Psychiatrists in Shelton, WA

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Balance Psychiatric Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelton, WA 98584
As a PMHNP-BC in a rural, underserved, small community, I'm passionate about providing medication management services and serving my community. I understand the importance of treating people in a holistic manner, to maintain a balanced state so wellness is achieved. I focus on a “whole patient” approach and “patient-centered care” for better outcomes. For one to live their best life there must be balance in sleep hygiene, diet, and exercise. I strive to help patients reach their best potential, psychiatrically after other options have been exhausted through medication management and education. I look forward to serving my community.
As a PMHNP-BC in a rural, underserved, small community, I'm passionate about providing medication management services and serving my community. I understand the importance of treating people in a holistic manner, to maintain a balanced state so wellness is achieved. I focus on a “whole patient” approach and “patient-centered care” for better outcomes. For one to live their best life there must be balance in sleep hygiene, diet, and exercise. I strive to help patients reach their best potential, psychiatrically after other options have been exhausted through medication management and education. I look forward to serving my community.
(360) 926-9293 View (360) 926-9293
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David Penner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelton, WA 98584
I am a double board-certified Harvard-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist specializing in treating hard-to-treat depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). For over ten years, I've treated adults and children with a wide range of acute and chronic mental illnesses and implemented TMS into my services when I saw the incredible results my patients were achieving.
I am a double board-certified Harvard-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist specializing in treating hard-to-treat depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). For over ten years, I've treated adults and children with a wide range of acute and chronic mental illnesses and implemented TMS into my services when I saw the incredible results my patients were achieving.
(360) 339-8759 View (360) 339-8759
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Harvey William Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHMP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Shelton, WA 98584
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
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Diana Wilcox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelton, WA 98584
Accepting new patients! Is your battle with depression taking too much out of you? Is your child in need of mental health support? I am a board-certified Gonzaga Trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My main focus is on offering medication-free treatment for depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). In addition to TMS treatments, I work with children and adolescents. Our office is the only one in Tumwater that offers TMS for adolescents ages 15 and up. We have impressive remision rates of depression - 62 percent. No medication!
Accepting new patients! Is your battle with depression taking too much out of you? Is your child in need of mental health support? I am a board-certified Gonzaga Trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My main focus is on offering medication-free treatment for depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). In addition to TMS treatments, I work with children and adolescents. Our office is the only one in Tumwater that offers TMS for adolescents ages 15 and up. We have impressive remision rates of depression - 62 percent. No medication!
(360) 367-3088 View (360) 367-3088

Online Psychiatrists

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Alaba Kenny Kehinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sammamish, WA 98074
Alaba Kenny Kehinde is a Nurse Practitioner in Sammamish, WA. He is a graduate of Walden University with a focus on Psychiatric/Mental health. Kenny is non-judgmental in his approach and provides individualized treatment. Kenny provides medication management for adults with a particular interest in Mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, psychosis/schizophrenia, and substance use disorders, to mention a few. Outside of work, Kenny enjoys playing table tennis, cycling, and playing and watching soccer. He is an ardent supporter of Arsenal FC in the EPL.
Alaba Kenny Kehinde is a Nurse Practitioner in Sammamish, WA. He is a graduate of Walden University with a focus on Psychiatric/Mental health. Kenny is non-judgmental in his approach and provides individualized treatment. Kenny provides medication management for adults with a particular interest in Mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, psychosis/schizophrenia, and substance use disorders, to mention a few. Outside of work, Kenny enjoys playing table tennis, cycling, and playing and watching soccer. He is an ardent supporter of Arsenal FC in the EPL.
(425) 475-2906 View (425) 475-2906
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Mary Shickich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98119
I am a board-certified psychiatrist (MD) specializing in psychotherapy. I offer depth-focused therapy with the thoughtful integration of medication into our work together when needed. In addition to general psychiatry, I have specialty training and expertise in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist (MD) specializing in psychotherapy. I offer depth-focused therapy with the thoughtful integration of medication into our work together when needed. In addition to general psychiatry, I have specialty training and expertise in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry.
(206) 586-8390 View (206) 586-8390
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Joan Ili
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98006  (Online Only)
I provide remote psychiatric evaluations and manage medications through telehealth care for adults in AZ, OR and WA. I love to help my clients work towards feeling better! An individualized care plan is created for each client. Along with prescribing medication, I may also recommend labs, nutrients, and mental health techniques, if appropriate. I strive to use the least amount of medications while still improving mental health.
I provide remote psychiatric evaluations and manage medications through telehealth care for adults in AZ, OR and WA. I love to help my clients work towards feeling better! An individualized care plan is created for each client. Along with prescribing medication, I may also recommend labs, nutrients, and mental health techniques, if appropriate. I strive to use the least amount of medications while still improving mental health.
(503) 543-1207 View (503) 543-1207
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Bonnie Culbertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Have you been struggling to find balance within yourself or the ability to connect to others? Mental health challenges can make it hard to feel like you belong, are worthy, or have the energy to be around others. Such challenges can leave you feeling guilty and struggling to change the direction of your life. Everyone’s journey is uniquely theirs and accompanied by challenges and obstacles. Fortunately, through the combination of therapy and medication management you can stop surviving and start working towards your important goals.
Have you been struggling to find balance within yourself or the ability to connect to others? Mental health challenges can make it hard to feel like you belong, are worthy, or have the energy to be around others. Such challenges can leave you feeling guilty and struggling to change the direction of your life. Everyone’s journey is uniquely theirs and accompanied by challenges and obstacles. Fortunately, through the combination of therapy and medication management you can stop surviving and start working towards your important goals.
(425) 215-1940 View (425) 215-1940
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Cindy Moua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98107
Aisha Mirza - "It's not the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on my mind." Yes, I am accepting NEW patients. Please email me and I will respond in 1-2 business days.
Aisha Mirza - "It's not the bruises on the body that hurt. It is the wounds of the heart and the scars on my mind." Yes, I am accepting NEW patients. Please email me and I will respond in 1-2 business days.
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Harvey William Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bremerton, WA 98312
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.
(360) 228-3547 View (360) 228-3547
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Harleen Kang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
My name is Dr. Harleen Kang, I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing out of the great state of Washington. I come with over seven years’ experience in psychiatry and aim to continue providing excellent care to all those seeking help for their mental health. My primary areas of focus are anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD/trauma, life transitions, loss and grief, and adjustment issues. I primarily do medication management with minimal therapy.
My name is Dr. Harleen Kang, I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing out of the great state of Washington. I come with over seven years’ experience in psychiatry and aim to continue providing excellent care to all those seeking help for their mental health. My primary areas of focus are anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD/trauma, life transitions, loss and grief, and adjustment issues. I primarily do medication management with minimal therapy.
(360) 995-1668 View (360) 995-1668
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Xin ' Carrie ' Wu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in the healthcare field for over 21 years. I work with my clients who suffer from a wide range of Mental Health Disorders, including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, and Psychosis. I provide expertise in medication management and psychotherapy. I aim to help all my clients feel heard, supported, and inspired to better themselves. I work in collaboration with the patient to create a treatment plan. I am also happy to help with referrals—whatever it takes to help my clients achieve goals. I also offer flexible hours to all my clients.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in the healthcare field for over 21 years. I work with my clients who suffer from a wide range of Mental Health Disorders, including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, and Psychosis. I provide expertise in medication management and psychotherapy. I aim to help all my clients feel heard, supported, and inspired to better themselves. I work in collaboration with the patient to create a treatment plan. I am also happy to help with referrals—whatever it takes to help my clients achieve goals. I also offer flexible hours to all my clients.
(206) 222-5035 View (206) 222-5035
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Ashley Cerny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Langley, WA 98260
Ashley has been in the field of mental health and psychology since 2001. She completed her her masters in nursing at University of Washington in 2011. As an ARNP she has worked in community mental health clinics serving families, chronically mentally ill adults and people struggling with addiction. In 2015 she transitioned into private practice and began her focus on women's mental health and trauma. Ashley works with women coping with anxiety disorders, trauma and complex PTSD, depression, bipolar, postpartum concerns, disordered sleep and ADHD.
Ashley has been in the field of mental health and psychology since 2001. She completed her her masters in nursing at University of Washington in 2011. As an ARNP she has worked in community mental health clinics serving families, chronically mentally ill adults and people struggling with addiction. In 2015 she transitioned into private practice and began her focus on women's mental health and trauma. Ashley works with women coping with anxiety disorders, trauma and complex PTSD, depression, bipolar, postpartum concerns, disordered sleep and ADHD.
(360) 205-4560 View (360) 205-4560
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98006  (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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Emily David Serenity Mental Healthcare Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
I am a licensed and certified psychiatric Nurse practitioner treating patients who are at least 15 years (15 years to 75 years). I provide comprehensive online psychiatry services (telehealth), 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 mental services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. Currently accepting new clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and individual therapy, You can book a video appointment right now.
I am a licensed and certified psychiatric Nurse practitioner treating patients who are at least 15 years (15 years to 75 years). I provide comprehensive online psychiatry services (telehealth), 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 mental services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. Currently accepting new clients for psychiatric evaluation, medication management and individual therapy, You can book a video appointment right now.
(253) 316-8596 View (253) 316-8596
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Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
(971) 791-2946 x2 View (971) 791-2946 x2
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Anna Long
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98103  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Anna and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, LGBTQIA+ Care, Life Transitions, Loss/Grief, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Sexual Health/Dysfuntion, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. 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 Anna and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in Anxiety, Bipolar, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, LGBTQIA+ Care, Life Transitions, Loss/Grief, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Sexual Health/Dysfuntion, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Stress Management and Women's Issues. 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) 202-4647 View (206) 202-4647
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Copestone Psychiatric - Warren Shadko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Kirkland, WA 98034  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients (Nevada & Washington): You are searching for a psychiatric provider that will help you follow through with needed care to complete and maintain your recovery. Copestone Psychiatric works to provide quality mental health care across the lifespan through medication management, therapy, coaching, and more. All psychiatric complaints are treated, including: ADHD, Anxiety disorders, Depressive/Mood disorders, Panic, PTSD, OCD, and Sleep/Wake Disorders. Click our "Website" link to schedule your free, 15-minute consult so we may chat!
Accepting New Clients (Nevada & Washington): You are searching for a psychiatric provider that will help you follow through with needed care to complete and maintain your recovery. Copestone Psychiatric works to provide quality mental health care across the lifespan through medication management, therapy, coaching, and more. All psychiatric complaints are treated, including: ADHD, Anxiety disorders, Depressive/Mood disorders, Panic, PTSD, OCD, and Sleep/Wake Disorders. Click our "Website" link to schedule your free, 15-minute consult so we may chat!
(425) 217-1651 View (425) 217-1651
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Peace Banks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98115
My clients come to me with a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and more. They seek a compassionate, understanding professional who can help them navigate these challenges and improve their overall mental well-being. Their goals often include achieving better emotional regulation, reducing symptoms of mental health disorders, improving their quality of life, and finding sustainable strategies to maintain long-term mental health.
My clients come to me with a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and more. They seek a compassionate, understanding professional who can help them navigate these challenges and improve their overall mental well-being. Their goals often include achieving better emotional regulation, reducing symptoms of mental health disorders, improving their quality of life, and finding sustainable strategies to maintain long-term mental health.
(425) 961-9952 View (425) 961-9952
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Kellye Campbell Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, ARNP, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Silverdale, WA 98383
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults through the age of 60. My practice has expertise in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder., and other disorders. I also perform Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is the gold standard of treatment for sleep disorders.
Welcome to my practice! I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults through the age of 60. My practice has expertise in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, Autism, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder., and other disorders. I also perform Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), which is the gold standard of treatment for sleep disorders.
(206) 309-7652 View (206) 309-7652

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Shelton, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Shelton, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
75% ADHD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Shelton, WA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shelton?

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.