Psychiatrists in Shoreline, WA

Photo of Kelly Knickerbocker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shoreline, WA
Kelly Knickerbocker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98155  (Online Only)
I offer my patients a calm, upbeat, compassionate, non-judgmental experience. I will listen to you! I believe in working collaboratively with my patients to determine the best course of treatment. My goal is to help you be your best self by utilizing a diagnostic evaluation, possibly medication if indicated and supportive psychotherapy. I may utilize genetic testing and provide specialized referrals if needed. I am willing to work with your therapist and other medical providers. I believe the mind and body are connected. I am open minded to the use of alternative medicine and encourage healthy lifestyle changes.
I offer my patients a calm, upbeat, compassionate, non-judgmental experience. I will listen to you! I believe in working collaboratively with my patients to determine the best course of treatment. My goal is to help you be your best self by utilizing a diagnostic evaluation, possibly medication if indicated and supportive psychotherapy. I may utilize genetic testing and provide specialized referrals if needed. I am willing to work with your therapist and other medical providers. I believe the mind and body are connected. I am open minded to the use of alternative medicine and encourage healthy lifestyle changes.
(425) 584-3978 View (425) 584-3978
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Seong-Hun Kim
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98155
I am a psychiatrist who specializes in integrated psychiatric treatment that combines biological, social, cultural and psychological perspectives. My practice draws upon various evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches, and utilizes psychiatric medications if appropriate. I strongly believe that each person has a natural tendency to grow and realize her/his potential, but this process is frequently impeded for a variety of reasons. We will work together to identify those obstacles and to explore and articulate the feelings, thoughts and attitudes that are often not fully recognized. This is a collaborative, shared effort in a professional setting that is safe, open and supportive.
I am a psychiatrist who specializes in integrated psychiatric treatment that combines biological, social, cultural and psychological perspectives. My practice draws upon various evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches, and utilizes psychiatric medications if appropriate. I strongly believe that each person has a natural tendency to grow and realize her/his potential, but this process is frequently impeded for a variety of reasons. We will work together to identify those obstacles and to explore and articulate the feelings, thoughts and attitudes that are often not fully recognized. This is a collaborative, shared effort in a professional setting that is safe, open and supportive.
(206) 966-6989 View (206) 966-6989
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Ashley Harmon, M.D. PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98155
Not accepting new clients
Symptoms and diagnoses do not define who we are. Mental health is more than symptom reduction, and there are mulitple ways of understanding their powerful impact on our lives. Addressing root causes leads to mental health. Through connection, curiosity, and collaboration, we create practical treatment plans based on your lived experience, neurobiology, and personal mental health goals. Increasing self-awareness and compassion empowers and promotes resilience in the face of life’s inevitable challenges. I am honored to work with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Symptoms and diagnoses do not define who we are. Mental health is more than symptom reduction, and there are mulitple ways of understanding their powerful impact on our lives. Addressing root causes leads to mental health. Through connection, curiosity, and collaboration, we create practical treatment plans based on your lived experience, neurobiology, and personal mental health goals. Increasing self-awareness and compassion empowers and promotes resilience in the face of life’s inevitable challenges. I am honored to work with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
(206) 557-6062 View (206) 557-6062
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Kyl Dinsio, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98133
If you find yourself internet searching for a psychiatrist, you're probably asking questions like: why aren’t things (jobs/relationships/goals) working out for me? How do I balance what I want and what I need? How do I even KNOW what I need? Why do I keep getting into the same relationship patterns with family, friends, co-workers, bosses, and even intimate partners? Or perhaps you’ve sought help for anxiety or depression, but haven't found medications to be helpful, or helpful enough. Of course you feel overwhelmed, these are tough questions!
If you find yourself internet searching for a psychiatrist, you're probably asking questions like: why aren’t things (jobs/relationships/goals) working out for me? How do I balance what I want and what I need? How do I even KNOW what I need? Why do I keep getting into the same relationship patterns with family, friends, co-workers, bosses, and even intimate partners? Or perhaps you’ve sought help for anxiety or depression, but haven't found medications to be helpful, or helpful enough. Of course you feel overwhelmed, these are tough questions!
(206) 701-7896 View (206) 701-7896
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Clear Path Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98133
I am board certified in both general and geriatric psychiatry. I received my B.S. in Human Biology from Stanford University. I graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001 and completed a general psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. Following my training, I joined the faculty at OHSU as a geriatric psychiatrist, specializing in treating patients with refractory mood disorders with electroconvulsive therapy.
I am board certified in both general and geriatric psychiatry. I received my B.S. in Human Biology from Stanford University. I graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001 and completed a general psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. Following my training, I joined the faculty at OHSU as a geriatric psychiatrist, specializing in treating patients with refractory mood disorders with electroconvulsive therapy.
(206) 672-4893 View (206) 672-4893
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Integrative Psychiatry Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98155  (Online Only)
Over 43 million people in America and 1 out of 5 adults struggle with mental health problems. Mental health problems can affect your sleep, thoughts, processing information, perceiving events or other people, handling stress, making decisions, and interacting with your friends and loved ones. You don't have to suffer in silence. Your feelings are valid, so please do not feel shame or compare your struggle with anyone else's. Book your Appointment.
Over 43 million people in America and 1 out of 5 adults struggle with mental health problems. Mental health problems can affect your sleep, thoughts, processing information, perceiving events or other people, handling stress, making decisions, and interacting with your friends and loved ones. You don't have to suffer in silence. Your feelings are valid, so please do not feel shame or compare your struggle with anyone else's. Book your Appointment.
(469) 296-5135 View (469) 296-5135
Photo of Grace Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shoreline, WA
Grace Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98133
I have been working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2017. Prior to joining Spruce Psychiatric, I was employed at Pacific Medical Centers alongside primary care providers and other medical specialists. This improved my ability to see psychiatric concerns from multiple perspectives (e.g. sleep medicine, neuropsychology, gastroenterology). I understand that physical and mental health are inextricably linked. Finding the right diagnosis is foundational to successful treatment, which is why I devote significant time and care to get this right.
I have been working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2017. Prior to joining Spruce Psychiatric, I was employed at Pacific Medical Centers alongside primary care providers and other medical specialists. This improved my ability to see psychiatric concerns from multiple perspectives (e.g. sleep medicine, neuropsychology, gastroenterology). I understand that physical and mental health are inextricably linked. Finding the right diagnosis is foundational to successful treatment, which is why I devote significant time and care to get this right.
(425) 292-8687 View (425) 292-8687
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Dr. Lisa Nawei Chen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98133
Waitlist for new clients
I believe change is always possible, but is often difficult, and my role is helping you figure out what is illness, what is behavior, and what are the things most important to you. I offer both medication management and therapy appointments—depending on your diagnosis and needs. Please visit my website at www.lisanaweichen.com where I discuss my treatment philosophy and services in more detail. You can schedule an appointment or a 15 minute video screening with me directly through the website.
I believe change is always possible, but is often difficult, and my role is helping you figure out what is illness, what is behavior, and what are the things most important to you. I offer both medication management and therapy appointments—depending on your diagnosis and needs. Please visit my website at www.lisanaweichen.com where I discuss my treatment philosophy and services in more detail. You can schedule an appointment or a 15 minute video screening with me directly through the website.
(410) 881-3012 View (410) 881-3012
Photo of Linda Corey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shoreline, WA
Linda Corey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98133
I specialize in diagnosing and managing the medications of adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I specialize in diagnosing and managing the medications of adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(206) 395-9935 View (206) 395-9935
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Susan Malatesta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98177
Currently accepting new patients! Thank you for taking the first steps to improve your mental health. I love helping patients experience relief from struggles like difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, constant worry and fear, insomnia, and irritability. My patients tell me that after starting treatment they feel more like themselves, they are brighter and are confident to reach their wellness goals.
Currently accepting new patients! Thank you for taking the first steps to improve your mental health. I love helping patients experience relief from struggles like difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, constant worry and fear, insomnia, and irritability. My patients tell me that after starting treatment they feel more like themselves, they are brighter and are confident to reach their wellness goals.
(425) 842-1450 View (425) 842-1450
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Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Shoreline, WA 98133
Accepting New Patients at our Fremont office in Seattle. We provide Psychiatric evaluations for children, adolescents and adults. We treat patients across the lifespan and have particular interests in Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Depression and Bipolar disorder. We believe psycho-pharmacology in conjunction with psychological interventions provide the framework for a happy, healthy life. Please contact the office to arrange a Virtual or In person appointment.
Accepting New Patients at our Fremont office in Seattle. We provide Psychiatric evaluations for children, adolescents and adults. We treat patients across the lifespan and have particular interests in Anxiety disorders, ADHD, Depression and Bipolar disorder. We believe psycho-pharmacology in conjunction with psychological interventions provide the framework for a happy, healthy life. Please contact the office to arrange a Virtual or In person appointment.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342

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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Seattle, WA 98125
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
(206) 457-1886 View (206) 457-1886
Photo of Sprout Psychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shoreline, WA
Sprout Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98125  (Online Only)
You've worked hard to get to where you are in life. It almost seems unfair anxiety or depression, as if out of nowhere, hit you like a sack of bricks. Do you want to regain the ability to enjoy life outside of work? Whether you feel totally fatigued or entirely uninterested in things that used to bring you pleasure, this is not your new normal. We will find a path forward for you. Don't wait months to be seen for a 20 minute appointment. Visit www.sproutpsychiatry.org to be seen within days and learn about how both western medicine and/or natural remedies can change your life for the better.
You've worked hard to get to where you are in life. It almost seems unfair anxiety or depression, as if out of nowhere, hit you like a sack of bricks. Do you want to regain the ability to enjoy life outside of work? Whether you feel totally fatigued or entirely uninterested in things that used to bring you pleasure, this is not your new normal. We will find a path forward for you. Don't wait months to be seen for a 20 minute appointment. Visit www.sproutpsychiatry.org to be seen within days and learn about how both western medicine and/or natural remedies can change your life for the better.
(509) 646-7719 View (509) 646-7719
Photo of Jennifer Hogan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shoreline, WA
Jennifer Hogan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98125
I am a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner dedicated to developing trusting, collaborative, and effective working relationships with my clients. I believe in utilizing a holistic approach to mental health which can include psychotherapy, lifestyle and environmental modifications, and medication when necessary. The primary services I offer include comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and diagnosis, medication management, as well as psychoeducation and brief therapeutic interventions.
I am a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner dedicated to developing trusting, collaborative, and effective working relationships with my clients. I believe in utilizing a holistic approach to mental health which can include psychotherapy, lifestyle and environmental modifications, and medication when necessary. The primary services I offer include comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and diagnosis, medication management, as well as psychoeducation and brief therapeutic interventions.
(206) 202-2436 View (206) 202-2436
Photo of Nicholas Kenneth Garmon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shoreline, WA
Nicholas Kenneth Garmon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Seattle, WA 98125
Do you often feel that it's impossible to keep up? Ever find yourself watching others seemingly handle work, school, and personal responsibilities effortlessly? The pressure from the world outside, combined with the inner critic, can become overwhelming, leaving you feeling down, discouraged, and even hopeless. But here's the good news: this feeling does not have to be permanent. With the appropriate support, it can fade away. You can regain control over your everyday life while nurturing a positive outlook on yourself and your future.
Do you often feel that it's impossible to keep up? Ever find yourself watching others seemingly handle work, school, and personal responsibilities effortlessly? The pressure from the world outside, combined with the inner critic, can become overwhelming, leaving you feeling down, discouraged, and even hopeless. But here's the good news: this feeling does not have to be permanent. With the appropriate support, it can fade away. You can regain control over your everyday life while nurturing a positive outlook on yourself and your future.
(425) 517-3416 View (425) 517-3416
Photo of Starfire Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shoreline, WA
Starfire Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98155
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Mountlake Terrace. I work with folks 16+ via in-person or telemedicine. I can help you manage depression, anxiety, ADHD, perinatal concerns, and difficulties with other life transitions. I’m passionate about serving members of the LGBTQ+ community, new parents who may be struggling with the transition to parenthood including non-gestational/biological parents, and members of the poly and kink community. I have advanced training in the area of ADHD and perinatal mood disorders. If you don't like talking on the phone, you can even schedule your own appointment at starfirepsychiatry.com/schedule
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Mountlake Terrace. I work with folks 16+ via in-person or telemedicine. I can help you manage depression, anxiety, ADHD, perinatal concerns, and difficulties with other life transitions. I’m passionate about serving members of the LGBTQ+ community, new parents who may be struggling with the transition to parenthood including non-gestational/biological parents, and members of the poly and kink community. I have advanced training in the area of ADHD and perinatal mood disorders. If you don't like talking on the phone, you can even schedule your own appointment at starfirepsychiatry.com/schedule
(425) 358-3087 View (425) 358-3087
Photo of Marla Brucken, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Shoreline, WA
Marla Brucken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Seattle, WA 98133
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management services to adults. My approach is to examine the biological, psychological, and social factors that may be contributing to your symptoms and work in partnership with you to suggest treatments or other interventions to address these factors. When medications are recommended, I prescribe conservatively and thoughtfully and use evidence- based guidelines to inform my practice. I understand that it can be difficult to reach out for help and I provide a nonjudgmental setting for you to share your challenges.
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management services to adults. My approach is to examine the biological, psychological, and social factors that may be contributing to your symptoms and work in partnership with you to suggest treatments or other interventions to address these factors. When medications are recommended, I prescribe conservatively and thoughtfully and use evidence- based guidelines to inform my practice. I understand that it can be difficult to reach out for help and I provide a nonjudgmental setting for you to share your challenges.
(425) 490-4383 View (425) 490-4383
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155  (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.
(360) 502-2152 View (360) 502-2152
Geoffrey Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Seattle, WA 98133
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with prescriptive authority with specialty in Psychiatry. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, formulate diagnoses and prescribe evidence based-medication and supportive therapy for children, adolescents and adults. In particular, I have a specialized interest in the treatment of Autism, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, psychotic symptoms and ADHD. Through my experience I have come to conceptualize clients and their psychiatric issues as a complex union of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors. I aim to provide treatment that is patient-centered, supportive, collaborative, safe and non-judgmental.
I am a board certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with prescriptive authority with specialty in Psychiatry. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, formulate diagnoses and prescribe evidence based-medication and supportive therapy for children, adolescents and adults. In particular, I have a specialized interest in the treatment of Autism, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, psychotic symptoms and ADHD. Through my experience I have come to conceptualize clients and their psychiatric issues as a complex union of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors. I aim to provide treatment that is patient-centered, supportive, collaborative, safe and non-judgmental.
(206) 693-4896 View (206) 693-4896
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Jesse P McClelland
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Seattle, WA 98133
I want to personally invite new clients to my psychiatry practice. I am a board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to providing innovative, insightful care to my clients. I enjoy collaborating with adult clients with mental health issues who are serious about taking control of their life's journey. I relate personally to you. I understand your struggles, having been diagnosed and treated for ADHD myself. Not surprisingly, my special emphasis in my practice is treating ADHD/ADD, as I believe I have a unique insight into the treatment and therapy that might work best.
I want to personally invite new clients to my psychiatry practice. I am a board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to providing innovative, insightful care to my clients. I enjoy collaborating with adult clients with mental health issues who are serious about taking control of their life's journey. I relate personally to you. I understand your struggles, having been diagnosed and treated for ADHD myself. Not surprisingly, my special emphasis in my practice is treating ADHD/ADD, as I believe I have a unique insight into the treatment and therapy that might work best.
(206) 966-4774 View (206) 966-4774

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Shoreline, WA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Shoreline, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
91% Anxiety
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Medication Management
64% Bipolar Disorder
55% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth
67% LifeWise

How Psychiatrists in Shoreline, WA see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shoreline?

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.