Psychiatrists in Snohomish, WA

Photo of Anu Marrott-Ware, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish, WA
Anu Marrott-Ware
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN-L, RN
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98296  (Online Only)
Welcome to Holistic Mental Health, LLC! Are you looking for a provider who will work with you through the struggle/s you may be facing? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate and individualized care, utilizing best practices. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, genetic testing, and therapy/counseling services for adolescents (16+) and adults for most mental health issues.
Welcome to Holistic Mental Health, LLC! Are you looking for a provider who will work with you through the struggle/s you may be facing? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide compassionate and individualized care, utilizing best practices. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, genetic testing, and therapy/counseling services for adolescents (16+) and adults for most mental health issues.
(206) 202-2823 View (206) 202-2823
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Okechukwu Aneke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98290  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is struggling with mental health concerns and seeking support and guidance to improve their overall well-being. They may be dealing with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. My client values compassion, empathy, and evidence-based care, and they want a provider who can offer them a safe and supportive environment to share their concerns and challenges. They want to feel heard, validated, and empowered to take charge of their mental health. My goal is to work collaboratively with my clients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs.
My ideal client is someone who is struggling with mental health concerns and seeking support and guidance to improve their overall well-being. They may be dealing with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. My client values compassion, empathy, and evidence-based care, and they want a provider who can offer them a safe and supportive environment to share their concerns and challenges. They want to feel heard, validated, and empowered to take charge of their mental health. My goal is to work collaboratively with my clients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs.
(360) 685-7137 View (360) 685-7137
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Laura Perez
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Snohomish, WA 98296
My 11 years of experience caring for patients as a Nurse at the UW Medical Center has given me a unique understanding of the importance of the patient provider relationship. Trust, honesty & caring in addition to sound, evidenced based psychiatric and mental health care is essential in creating a treatment plan that works for you. You need to trust that your plan is in your best interest. Only you can decide to participate. As your provider, I will be honest with you. And you can be certain that I do really care about how you are doing.
My 11 years of experience caring for patients as a Nurse at the UW Medical Center has given me a unique understanding of the importance of the patient provider relationship. Trust, honesty & caring in addition to sound, evidenced based psychiatric and mental health care is essential in creating a treatment plan that works for you. You need to trust that your plan is in your best interest. Only you can decide to participate. As your provider, I will be honest with you. And you can be certain that I do really care about how you are doing.
(425) 615-6835 View (425) 615-6835
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Rafael Achacoso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Snohomish, WA 98290  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. As an immigrant from the Philippines & a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I offer a distinct viewpoint on mental health. My experience as an inpatient psychiatric provider, treating clients with complex symptoms and those in active crisis, significantly deepens my understanding and knowledge base.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. As an immigrant from the Philippines & a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I offer a distinct viewpoint on mental health. My experience as an inpatient psychiatric provider, treating clients with complex symptoms and those in active crisis, significantly deepens my understanding and knowledge base.
(425) 333-2766 View (425) 333-2766
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Happiness Nwadike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Snohomish, WA 98290
Accepting new patients now. Services include Psychiatric evaluation and medication management Telemedicine and In-person visits available. Ages 18-65 years.
Accepting new patients now. Services include Psychiatric evaluation and medication management Telemedicine and In-person visits available. Ages 18-65 years.
(737) 258-9256 View (737) 258-9256
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Susan J Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Snohomish, WA 98290
Not accepting new clients
I enjoy working in partnership with individuals to improve quality of life by addressing overall mental, emotional, relational and physical health. I specialize in combining focused psychotherapy with life style changes and medication if indicated. I have experience and special interest in helping clients building resilence, self awareness and self advocacy after trauma and loss, using those experiences to inform the present and improve the future. For those that want it, incorporating mindfulness, prayer and spiritual direction is available.
I enjoy working in partnership with individuals to improve quality of life by addressing overall mental, emotional, relational and physical health. I specialize in combining focused psychotherapy with life style changes and medication if indicated. I have experience and special interest in helping clients building resilence, self awareness and self advocacy after trauma and loss, using those experiences to inform the present and improve the future. For those that want it, incorporating mindfulness, prayer and spiritual direction is available.
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Dr. Kory Simonsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98290  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients: My approach is highly personalized, blending psychotherapy with pharmacological interventions when beneficial, ensuring that our journey is tailored to your needs. My background and training have equipped me to support you as we navigate through the complexities of life's toughest moments.
Accepting new clients: My approach is highly personalized, blending psychotherapy with pharmacological interventions when beneficial, ensuring that our journey is tailored to your needs. My background and training have equipped me to support you as we navigate through the complexities of life's toughest moments.
(425) 578-5929 View (425) 578-5929
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Conquer
Physician Assistant, MBA, PA-C, CCHP
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98290
Im here to assist anyone with a desire to change their life. This could be someone in the throes of addiction, someone being inadequately treated for their depression, or someone ashamed of a lingering severe mental illness. Many clients come to me when they have no where else to turn. Maybe they have been given up on by others or maybe they feel their current treatment provider isn't hearing or understanding their concerns. I am here to help those who feel hopeless. I treat the full spectrum of psychiatric illness to include, addiction, ADHD, Schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, anxiety, etc.
Im here to assist anyone with a desire to change their life. This could be someone in the throes of addiction, someone being inadequately treated for their depression, or someone ashamed of a lingering severe mental illness. Many clients come to me when they have no where else to turn. Maybe they have been given up on by others or maybe they feel their current treatment provider isn't hearing or understanding their concerns. I am here to help those who feel hopeless. I treat the full spectrum of psychiatric illness to include, addiction, ADHD, Schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, anxiety, etc.
(360) 614-2950 View (360) 614-2950
Photo of May Gemilo - Therapeutic Alliances, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish, WA
May Gemilo - Therapeutic Alliances
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98290
I'm drawn to clients facing a spectrum of mental health challenges—be it ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or other psychiatric issues. My ideal clients are those seeking support, understanding, and effective treatment tailored to their unique needs. They come to me with goals like achieving symptom relief, enhancing coping mechanisms, and overall well-being. What they want is a therapeutic partnership, trusting in my expertise to guide them toward mental wellness. It's about providing personalized care, fostering trust, and helping them navigate a path to a healthier, more balanced life.
I'm drawn to clients facing a spectrum of mental health challenges—be it ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or other psychiatric issues. My ideal clients are those seeking support, understanding, and effective treatment tailored to their unique needs. They come to me with goals like achieving symptom relief, enhancing coping mechanisms, and overall well-being. What they want is a therapeutic partnership, trusting in my expertise to guide them toward mental wellness. It's about providing personalized care, fostering trust, and helping them navigate a path to a healthier, more balanced life.
(425) 426-2353 View (425) 426-2353
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Mishele M Rutherford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Snohomish, WA 98290
Waitlist for new clients
Psychiatric care including medication management, treatment of Substance Use Disorders and therapy. In person and telehealth available. My approach is collaborative, trauma aware and person centered. I believe that individuals know themselves best and have found that creating a therapeutic partnership is the most effective path towards healing and wellness. In my experience, all people have phases in their lives where they would benefit from a partnership with a psychiatric provider.
Psychiatric care including medication management, treatment of Substance Use Disorders and therapy. In person and telehealth available. My approach is collaborative, trauma aware and person centered. I believe that individuals know themselves best and have found that creating a therapeutic partnership is the most effective path towards healing and wellness. In my experience, all people have phases in their lives where they would benefit from a partnership with a psychiatric provider.
(425) 403-2578 View (425) 403-2578
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Dr. Bridgette Jeffries
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98290
I am doctorally prepared from the University of Washington and board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, as a nurse of 30 years, my experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. As a board certified PMHNP, my practice will focus on providing services from the adolescent years throughout the life span. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey and enhance you with tools that will be life changing. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
I am doctorally prepared from the University of Washington and board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, as a nurse of 30 years, my experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. As a board certified PMHNP, my practice will focus on providing services from the adolescent years throughout the life span. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey and enhance you with tools that will be life changing. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
(206) 795-7388 View (206) 795-7388
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LaToyia Neal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Snohomish, WA 98291  (Online Only)
​ I am a highly motivated board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I have over 10 years of nursing experience. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2011. In 2017 I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing (APRN) degree from Clayton State University and my Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Degree in July 2021 from Valdosta State University.
​ I am a highly motivated board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I have over 10 years of nursing experience. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2011. In 2017 I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing (APRN) degree from Clayton State University and my Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Degree in July 2021 from Valdosta State University.
(425) 264-8699 View (425) 264-8699

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Schevon Pierre - Centered Mind Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. I love being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I get to do what I love, while making a difference in the lives of others. Getting to collaborate with clients to determine a course of action to address their needs, and help them realize those goals. I fully believe that there is a solution for every difficult situation we may face - it just takes work to find it sometimes, and finding solutions; that is my passion.
NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. I love being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I get to do what I love, while making a difference in the lives of others. Getting to collaborate with clients to determine a course of action to address their needs, and help them realize those goals. I fully believe that there is a solution for every difficult situation we may face - it just takes work to find it sometimes, and finding solutions; that is my passion.
(425) 269-3277 View (425) 269-3277
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish, WA
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bothell, WA 98021
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) 472-1743 View (206) 472-1743
Photo of Nehemiah Zarate-Rourke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish, WA
Nehemiah Zarate-Rourke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with the passion for evidence-based and holistic mental health care. Armed with a doctorate degree in nurse practice specializing in psychiatric and mental health care, coupled with extensive experience, I bring in a comprehensive approach. My mission is deeply personal. I believe in guiding individuals on their unique paths to mental well-being, offering personalized care, and unwavering support. Through compassion, innovation, and a commitment to growth, I strive to empower each person to embrace their journey, find resilience, and celebrate every forward step towards a brighter tomorrow.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with the passion for evidence-based and holistic mental health care. Armed with a doctorate degree in nurse practice specializing in psychiatric and mental health care, coupled with extensive experience, I bring in a comprehensive approach. My mission is deeply personal. I believe in guiding individuals on their unique paths to mental well-being, offering personalized care, and unwavering support. Through compassion, innovation, and a commitment to growth, I strive to empower each person to embrace their journey, find resilience, and celebrate every forward step towards a brighter tomorrow.
(206) 210-3776 View (206) 210-3776
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98037
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) 537-7966 View (425) 537-7966
Photo of Ghislaine Tonye, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish, WA
Ghislaine Tonye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98203  (Online Only)
Women's and Maternal Health. Patient's struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders.
Women's and Maternal Health. Patient's struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders.
(206) 944-5598 View (206) 944-5598
Photo of Arvinder Kaul, Psychiatrist in Snohomish, WA
Arvinder Kaul
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, ABPN
Verified Verified
Bothell, WA 98012
Dr. Kaul is a distinguished and board-certified psychiatrist with a wealth of experience spanning more than two decades in the field of psychiatry. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Kaul possesses a remarkable blend of clinical expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to mental health. Her vast experience, coupled with her specialization in TMS therapy, equips her with the tools to help patients overcome their challenges and achieve optimal mental well-being. Dr. Kaul is committed to providing the highest quality psychiatric care to individuals of all ages, empowering them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Dr. Kaul is a distinguished and board-certified psychiatrist with a wealth of experience spanning more than two decades in the field of psychiatry. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Kaul possesses a remarkable blend of clinical expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to mental health. Her vast experience, coupled with her specialization in TMS therapy, equips her with the tools to help patients overcome their challenges and achieve optimal mental well-being. Dr. Kaul is committed to providing the highest quality psychiatric care to individuals of all ages, empowering them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.
(425) 537-4641 View (425) 537-4641
Photo of Dr. Mercy Omijie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish, WA
Dr. Mercy Omijie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bothell, WA 98021
Accepting New Client in Washington State! I am a doctoral prepared & board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment of various psychiatric disorders in individuals of all ages. My approach to assessment is comprehensive & whole-person focused. I take my time to know each of my clients & to address their specific needs. I understand that everyone has their own unique psychological, biological, social & cultural factors that influence their mental health. I consider each of these components when formulating assessments & developing collaborative treatment plans with my clients.
Accepting New Client in Washington State! I am a doctoral prepared & board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis, & treatment of various psychiatric disorders in individuals of all ages. My approach to assessment is comprehensive & whole-person focused. I take my time to know each of my clients & to address their specific needs. I understand that everyone has their own unique psychological, biological, social & cultural factors that influence their mental health. I consider each of these components when formulating assessments & developing collaborative treatment plans with my clients.
(480) 765-9955 View (480) 765-9955
Photo of Syed Jamal Mustafa, Psychiatrist in Snohomish, WA
Syed Jamal Mustafa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist, specializing in medication management. I am open to collaborating with providers of other disciplines for the benefit my patients. I practice evidence based medicine. My primary focus is your well-being and safety. Accurate and honest clinical assessment/ diagnosis, and effective treatment is my goal.
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist, specializing in medication management. I am open to collaborating with providers of other disciplines for the benefit my patients. I practice evidence based medicine. My primary focus is your well-being and safety. Accurate and honest clinical assessment/ diagnosis, and effective treatment is my goal.
(425) 368-3893 View (425) 368-3893

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Snohomish, WA

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Snohomish, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
75% ADHD
58% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
83% Aetna
83% Premera

How Psychiatrists in Snohomish, WA see their clients

59% In Person and Online
41% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Snohomish?

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.