Psychiatrists in Renton, WA

Photo of Dr. Anthony DelosReyes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Dr. Anthony DelosReyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, CARN
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98057
Offering individualized and compassionate care in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of various mental health disorders. I am double-board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and in Addictions (CARN). Services that are available include Medication Management and supportive therapy. When indicated, our clinic offers genetic testing to optimize ideal medication(s) for you. We also offer home detox treatment for Opiate and Alcohol addictions. This includes: SUBOXONE (Buprenorphine), Non-Suboxone Protocol, Naltrexone, and Vivitrol therapy.
Offering individualized and compassionate care in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of various mental health disorders. I am double-board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and in Addictions (CARN). Services that are available include Medication Management and supportive therapy. When indicated, our clinic offers genetic testing to optimize ideal medication(s) for you. We also offer home detox treatment for Opiate and Alcohol addictions. This includes: SUBOXONE (Buprenorphine), Non-Suboxone Protocol, Naltrexone, and Vivitrol therapy.
(425) 529-5272 View (425) 529-5272
Photo of Prisca Nwizugbo, Psychiatric Nurse in Renton, WA
Prisca Nwizugbo
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98057
My goal for every client that I encounter is to have them walk out of their session feeling better than they did when they arrived. This is true even when a client's needs are best served elsewhere. Through the utilization of a teamwork approach, I believe that you are the authority of your own mind. I emphasize the prevention of new issues, relapses, and symptom reduction, whilst achieving the highest level of wellness possible. I look forward to being with you every step of the way, on your journey to good health.
My goal for every client that I encounter is to have them walk out of their session feeling better than they did when they arrived. This is true even when a client's needs are best served elsewhere. Through the utilization of a teamwork approach, I believe that you are the authority of your own mind. I emphasize the prevention of new issues, relapses, and symptom reduction, whilst achieving the highest level of wellness possible. I look forward to being with you every step of the way, on your journey to good health.
(425) 405-6476 View (425) 405-6476
Divine Behavioral health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98057
We are accepting new clients of all ages for psychiatry evaluation and medication management options. We offer a holistic approach to care, and the treatment plan is tailored toward the client's goal. Divine Behavioral Health Services LLC provides clients with the opportunity to feel safe to talk about mental health challenges without fear or shame. We discuss treatment plans and provide education that allows you to make an informed decision about the care that is right for you.
We are accepting new clients of all ages for psychiatry evaluation and medication management options. We offer a holistic approach to care, and the treatment plan is tailored toward the client's goal. Divine Behavioral Health Services LLC provides clients with the opportunity to feel safe to talk about mental health challenges without fear or shame. We discuss treatment plans and provide education that allows you to make an informed decision about the care that is right for you.
(206) 290-7385 View (206) 290-7385
Photo of Jane Tellis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Jane Tellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98055
Not accepting new clients
Jane Tellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She has been with Discovery MD since August, 2022. Her career stems from years of serving as a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse in various areas of practice both in medical and behavioral health. Jane earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington and then proceeded to earn her Master's of Science in Nursing at the same institution. She joined Gonzaga University for her second Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatry.
Jane Tellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She has been with Discovery MD since August, 2022. Her career stems from years of serving as a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse in various areas of practice both in medical and behavioral health. Jane earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington and then proceeded to earn her Master's of Science in Nursing at the same institution. She joined Gonzaga University for her second Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatry.
(206) 899-0371 View (206) 899-0371
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Sarah Pullen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98057
Hello, I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist in the state of Washington. After receiving my MD at University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, FL, I made the move to the Pacific Northwest for my residency in psychiatry at University of Washington. Following residency, I completed 5 years of active duty military service in the US Air Force at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. I consider the Pacific Northwest home and returned to Seattle following my military service. I take a collaborative and balanced approach to psychiatric care.
Hello, I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist in the state of Washington. After receiving my MD at University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, FL, I made the move to the Pacific Northwest for my residency in psychiatry at University of Washington. Following residency, I completed 5 years of active duty military service in the US Air Force at Mountain Home AFB in Idaho. I consider the Pacific Northwest home and returned to Seattle following my military service. I take a collaborative and balanced approach to psychiatric care.
(206) 210-2563 View (206) 210-2563
Photo of Rebekah Strong, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Rebekah Strong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98056
I am board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Washington. I see adult clients with a variety of mental health issues and diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar spectrum disorders, panic disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. I love caring for clients seeking medication management while planning pregnancy, already pregnant, and in the postpartum period.
I am board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Washington. I see adult clients with a variety of mental health issues and diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar spectrum disorders, panic disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. I love caring for clients seeking medication management while planning pregnancy, already pregnant, and in the postpartum period.
(425) 230-4370 View (425) 230-4370
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Katie Rose Kern
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98057  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients. I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP), graduating from Oregon Health & Science University in 2008. I provide assessment, diagnosis, brief therapy, and medication management. I work with those 18 years and older with the following conditions: depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, bipolar, obsessions & compulsions, anger and psychotic disorders.
I am accepting new clients. I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP), graduating from Oregon Health & Science University in 2008. I provide assessment, diagnosis, brief therapy, and medication management. I work with those 18 years and older with the following conditions: depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, bipolar, obsessions & compulsions, anger and psychotic disorders.
(425) 279-7266 View (425) 279-7266
Photo of Alexa Velez-Pearson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Alexa Velez-Pearson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98057
Currently open and accepting new patients. There is no ideal client, but individuals seeking to heal from trauma, grief, sadness, and anxiety. We all walk our own paths in life and sometimes need support along the way. Those who are willing to get better and work towards their goals of health and happiness warm my heart and are the driving force for why I practice in psychiatry.
Currently open and accepting new patients. There is no ideal client, but individuals seeking to heal from trauma, grief, sadness, and anxiety. We all walk our own paths in life and sometimes need support along the way. Those who are willing to get better and work towards their goals of health and happiness warm my heart and are the driving force for why I practice in psychiatry.
(253) 600-4383 View (253) 600-4383
Photo of Redempta Mwikya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Redempta Mwikya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98058  (Online Only)
Life is filled with moments of joy, challenges, and self-discovery. Sometimes, we encounter roadblocks that leave us feeling overwhelmed and unsure of our next steps. If you're here, it's because you're ready for a path of healing and I'm here to guide you. Whether you're a teenager navigating the complexities of youth, a couple seeking to rekindle your connection, a woman facing unique challenges, or an adult dealing with the weight of anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, or life transitions, your feelings and experiences are heard and deeply understood. We will work together to unpack your thoughts and help find clarity.
Life is filled with moments of joy, challenges, and self-discovery. Sometimes, we encounter roadblocks that leave us feeling overwhelmed and unsure of our next steps. If you're here, it's because you're ready for a path of healing and I'm here to guide you. Whether you're a teenager navigating the complexities of youth, a couple seeking to rekindle your connection, a woman facing unique challenges, or an adult dealing with the weight of anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, or life transitions, your feelings and experiences are heard and deeply understood. We will work together to unpack your thoughts and help find clarity.
(425) 470-4457 View (425) 470-4457
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98058  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Naumi Mbuli Munyoki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98057
As a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I offer psychiatric medication management with supportive therapy. Your treatment plan may involve prescribing medication, therapy, or a combination of both. I also provide education on life skills for recovery, coping skills, lifestyle changes, and self-care strategies. I believe in a patient-centered care approach that emphasizes the respect and compassion I have for my clients.
As a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I offer psychiatric medication management with supportive therapy. Your treatment plan may involve prescribing medication, therapy, or a combination of both. I also provide education on life skills for recovery, coping skills, lifestyle changes, and self-care strategies. I believe in a patient-centered care approach that emphasizes the respect and compassion I have for my clients.
(509) 283-8616 View (509) 283-8616
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Harvey William Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHMP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98055
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
(206) 895-6430 View (206) 895-6430
Photo of Jeff Skolnick, Psychiatrist in Renton, WA
Jeff Skolnick
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98055
Dr. Jeff Skolnick is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 1988. Besides neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment, Dr. Skolnick has created a new approach to psychotherapy and advanced ("spiritual") development called the SatoriWest Method. The subject of 2 published and 1 to be published books, it has been trialed in two psychiatric facilities with hundreds of patients, getting positive metrics, as well as many enthusiastic testimonials.
Dr. Jeff Skolnick is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 1988. Besides neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment, Dr. Skolnick has created a new approach to psychotherapy and advanced ("spiritual") development called the SatoriWest Method. The subject of 2 published and 1 to be published books, it has been trialed in two psychiatric facilities with hundreds of patients, getting positive metrics, as well as many enthusiastic testimonials.
(206) 875-2397 View (206) 875-2397
Photo of Ethiopia Zerfu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Ethiopia Zerfu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98055
Ethiopia Zerfu is a Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with two decades of experience providing high-impact healthcare in Washington. The inclusiveness of her care is furthered by her bilingualism in English and Amharic. Ms. Zerfu earned her bachelor's from the University of Washington and her master's degree from Walden University. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Within healthcare, she has worked in various specialties and has found her passion in psychiatry.
Ethiopia Zerfu is a Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with two decades of experience providing high-impact healthcare in Washington. The inclusiveness of her care is furthered by her bilingualism in English and Amharic. Ms. Zerfu earned her bachelor's from the University of Washington and her master's degree from Walden University. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Within healthcare, she has worked in various specialties and has found her passion in psychiatry.
(206) 312-8162 View (206) 312-8162
Photo of Melissa J Spencer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Melissa J Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Renton, WA 98058
My focus is medication management. I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness that prevents people from getting the support they need. I am a fierce advocate of LGBTQ+ persons and of anyone else who needs my support. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric conditions: mood disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and many more. I work with adults and teens to determine an appropriate combination of both medications and psychotherapy.
My focus is medication management. I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness that prevents people from getting the support they need. I am a fierce advocate of LGBTQ+ persons and of anyone else who needs my support. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric conditions: mood disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and many more. I work with adults and teens to determine an appropriate combination of both medications and psychotherapy.
(206) 339-5809 View (206) 339-5809
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Stephanie Nagai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98057
Accepting new clients. As a board psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), I am able to provide a comprehensive mental health assessment and medication management. It is my belief that collaborating with patients and families can result in better outcomes and satisfaction. I am passionate in partnering with clients to develop realistic goals. Typically, appointments may be more frequent until we establish stability. I provide brief supportive therapy and medication management. I look forward to being a partner in your healing journey.
Accepting new clients. As a board psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), I am able to provide a comprehensive mental health assessment and medication management. It is my belief that collaborating with patients and families can result in better outcomes and satisfaction. I am passionate in partnering with clients to develop realistic goals. Typically, appointments may be more frequent until we establish stability. I provide brief supportive therapy and medication management. I look forward to being a partner in your healing journey.
(425) 215-0944 View (425) 215-0944
Photo of Ioana Hall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Ioana Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Renton, WA 98055
Ioana Hall is a graduate of Seattle University, having earned a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice, specializing in Psychiatry. She was born and raised in Romania. Dr. Hall has worked for over a decade in different roles, providing direct inpatient care at a local psychiatric hospital, where she ultimately completed her preceptorship. Dr. Hall has been with Discovery MD since early April, 2023. She has a passion for holistic medicine combined with individualized pharmaceutical and alternative psychiatric treatment to effectively target symptoms associated with all psychiatric disorders, specifically treatment-resistant MDD.
Ioana Hall is a graduate of Seattle University, having earned a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice, specializing in Psychiatry. She was born and raised in Romania. Dr. Hall has worked for over a decade in different roles, providing direct inpatient care at a local psychiatric hospital, where she ultimately completed her preceptorship. Dr. Hall has been with Discovery MD since early April, 2023. She has a passion for holistic medicine combined with individualized pharmaceutical and alternative psychiatric treatment to effectively target symptoms associated with all psychiatric disorders, specifically treatment-resistant MDD.
(425) 541-7680 View (425) 541-7680
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Renton, WA 98057
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) 517-1099 View (425) 517-1099
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Renton, WA 98057  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(425) 629-8645 View (425) 629-8645
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Renton, WA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Renton, WA 98057
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/CA
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/CA
(360) 492-4403 View (360) 492-4403

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Renton, WA

40+

Average cost per session

$220

Psychiatrists in Renton, WA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
94% Medication Management
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
89% Bipolar Disorder
85% Trauma and PTSD
81% Depression
68% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth
80% First Choice Health | FCH

How Psychiatrists in Renton, WA see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Renton?

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.