Psychiatrists in Snohomish County, WA

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Photo of Mercy Wainaina, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Mercy Wainaina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, MPH, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Medication Management and Talk Therapy available! Telehealth & In-person available! I am doctoral prepared and board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic background. My goal is to advocate for the patients who struggle to be heard or respected and to manage mental health treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
Medication Management and Talk Therapy available! Telehealth & In-person available! I am doctoral prepared and board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic background. My goal is to advocate for the patients who struggle to be heard or respected and to manage mental health treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
(360) 282-0077 View (360) 282-0077
Photo of Janet Salimonu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Janet Salimonu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Marysville, WA 98271
I am passionate about helping people attain sound mental health so that they can function to their maximum potential. Mental health illness often affect people from living to their maximum potential. It is my joy to see people helped and see them liberated from the limitation that mental health illness can cause them.
I am passionate about helping people attain sound mental health so that they can function to their maximum potential. Mental health illness often affect people from living to their maximum potential. It is my joy to see people helped and see them liberated from the limitation that mental health illness can cause them.
(360) 209-7454 View (360) 209-7454
Photo of Tevon Dubois, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Tevon Dubois
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I believe you are the leading expert on yourself. I take the time to get to know you, providing individualized care guided by your values and goals. My practice offers medication management, supportive counseling and psychiatric evaluation drawing on my background in trauma and somatic therapy, mindfulness, and developmental psychology. I am attentive to the many elements that shape mental health, from neurobiology and nutrition to past and present experience. My approach is to go slow, emphasizing safety and acceptance, welcoming the many dimensions of human experience.
I believe you are the leading expert on yourself. I take the time to get to know you, providing individualized care guided by your values and goals. My practice offers medication management, supportive counseling and psychiatric evaluation drawing on my background in trauma and somatic therapy, mindfulness, and developmental psychology. I am attentive to the many elements that shape mental health, from neurobiology and nutrition to past and present experience. My approach is to go slow, emphasizing safety and acceptance, welcoming the many dimensions of human experience.
(425) 437-2500 View (425) 437-2500
Photo of Gagandeep Mundi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Gagandeep Mundi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, who graduated from chamberlain university. as I worked as a nurse for 6 years with mental health clients, inpatients, and outpatients. are you struggling with your mental health, we are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. we treat clients with ADHD, Depression, anxiety, bipolar, and many more. my goal is to help my clients where they at, and what they want and we will work together to reach their goals. we are accepting new clients, we are working with most of the insurance.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, who graduated from chamberlain university. as I worked as a nurse for 6 years with mental health clients, inpatients, and outpatients. are you struggling with your mental health, we are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. we treat clients with ADHD, Depression, anxiety, bipolar, and many more. my goal is to help my clients where they at, and what they want and we will work together to reach their goals. we are accepting new clients, we are working with most of the insurance.
(425) 534-7221 View (425) 534-7221
Photo of Bethell Assefa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Bethell Assefa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
My practice centers around the concept of mind body connection. As a ARNP I have trained in both primary care and psychiatry and believe in an all-inclusive, as well as holistic approach to wellbeing. I treat most psychiatric disorders and provide both medication management and psychotherapy. I believe psychotherapy is an essential part of mental well-being. I have experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Motivational interviewing.
My practice centers around the concept of mind body connection. As a ARNP I have trained in both primary care and psychiatry and believe in an all-inclusive, as well as holistic approach to wellbeing. I treat most psychiatric disorders and provide both medication management and psychotherapy. I believe psychotherapy is an essential part of mental well-being. I have experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Motivational interviewing.
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Photo of Sandy Grewal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Sandy Grewal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MA, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
My name is Sandy Grewal. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Maryville University (St. Louis MO) in 2020. My passion is mental health and serving those in need of mental health services. I approach care by looking at the individual as a whole and not as just a set of symptoms. My mental health services include psychiatric evaluations, psychoeducation, and medication management for depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Treatment plans are individualized for each client, 13 years and older. I will always take the time to explain what the best course of action is going to look like.
My name is Sandy Grewal. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated from Maryville University (St. Louis MO) in 2020. My passion is mental health and serving those in need of mental health services. I approach care by looking at the individual as a whole and not as just a set of symptoms. My mental health services include psychiatric evaluations, psychoeducation, and medication management for depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Treatment plans are individualized for each client, 13 years and older. I will always take the time to explain what the best course of action is going to look like.
(425) 585-4841 View (425) 585-4841
Photo of Sharon Clifner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Sharon Clifner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Arlington, WA 98223
I believe healing and recovery are possible for many mental health conditions. Other mental health concerns can be effectively managed so that you can lead a more fulfilling, and productive life. So many people struggle alone not knowing who to turn to for help with depression, anxiety, trauma, and severe attention deficits that impair success in life. As an empathetic listener and compassionate provider, I can help you in a very sensitive and confidential manner both online and in person with the issues that you are struggling with so that you may achieve a happier more joy filled life.
I believe healing and recovery are possible for many mental health conditions. Other mental health concerns can be effectively managed so that you can lead a more fulfilling, and productive life. So many people struggle alone not knowing who to turn to for help with depression, anxiety, trauma, and severe attention deficits that impair success in life. As an empathetic listener and compassionate provider, I can help you in a very sensitive and confidential manner both online and in person with the issues that you are struggling with so that you may achieve a happier more joy filled life.
(360) 614-2145 View (360) 614-2145
Photo of Lilia Peng, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Lilia Peng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ND, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edmonds, WA 98026
As a dually licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Naturopathic Physician (ND), I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management as well as complementary/alternative care for mental health. My approach is holistic and integrative, including tools such as laboratory assessment, lifestyle counseling, supportive therapy, natural treatments, and medications. I personalize treatments to the individual and work collaboratively with clients to address goals for care. I look forward to walking alongside you on your journey.
As a dually licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Naturopathic Physician (ND), I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management as well as complementary/alternative care for mental health. My approach is holistic and integrative, including tools such as laboratory assessment, lifestyle counseling, supportive therapy, natural treatments, and medications. I personalize treatments to the individual and work collaboratively with clients to address goals for care. I look forward to walking alongside you on your journey.
(425) 470-6421 View (425) 470-6421
Photo of Gladys Onchwati, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Gladys Onchwati
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
If you're seeking a dedicated healthcare professional who not only understands the complexities of mental health but also specializes in prescribing the necessary medications, you've come to the right place. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on your overall well-being. My mission is to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment, combining evidence-based medicine with a compassionate and empathetic approach. With over 6 years experience diagnosing and treating patients, I am committed to helping you regain control of your lives and achieve optimal mental health.
If you're seeking a dedicated healthcare professional who not only understands the complexities of mental health but also specializes in prescribing the necessary medications, you've come to the right place. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on your overall well-being. My mission is to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment, combining evidence-based medicine with a compassionate and empathetic approach. With over 6 years experience diagnosing and treating patients, I am committed to helping you regain control of your lives and achieve optimal mental health.
(206) 875-2869 View (206) 875-2869
Photo of Tammy Lipke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Tammy Lipke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, FNPC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Reaching a higher level of personal satisfaction may mean overcoming anxiety, depression, mood or thought disorders, attention and focus deficits, or other challenges.
Reaching a higher level of personal satisfaction may mean overcoming anxiety, depression, mood or thought disorders, attention and focus deficits, or other challenges.
(425) 217-3621 View (425) 217-3621
Photo of Dr. Bridgette Jeffries, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Dr. Bridgette Jeffries
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lynnwood, WA 98036
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
Photo of Alexandra J Pales, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Alexandra J Pales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
30 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98208
I enjoy helping others on their path towards self discovery and healing. Working with others through active listening, empathy, understanding, and using a client centered approach. I enjoy working with those looking for relief from their depression, anxiety, or PTSD. I have focused my work on helping those who have been labeled as treatment resistant, or those needing extra care in their life. I help those who set their own goals, and we work together to achieve them. I'm here to listen and understand how to best help you.
I enjoy helping others on their path towards self discovery and healing. Working with others through active listening, empathy, understanding, and using a client centered approach. I enjoy working with those looking for relief from their depression, anxiety, or PTSD. I have focused my work on helping those who have been labeled as treatment resistant, or those needing extra care in their life. I help those who set their own goals, and we work together to achieve them. I'm here to listen and understand how to best help you.
(206) 743-9286 View (206) 743-9286
Photo of Nehemiah Zarate-Rourke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, 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
Photo of Gabriel Obu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Gabriel Obu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you experiencing depression? Be aware that innovative treatment options are now available, promising relief from depressive symptoms within weeks. These are not SSRI's or SNRI's, but they are covered by insurance and do not require significant out-of-pocket expenses. There is help and hope available for you. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. My treatment philosophy is rooted in a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to achieving my patient holistic goals.
Are you experiencing depression? Be aware that innovative treatment options are now available, promising relief from depressive symptoms within weeks. These are not SSRI's or SNRI's, but they are covered by insurance and do not require significant out-of-pocket expenses. There is help and hope available for you. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. My treatment philosophy is rooted in a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to achieving my patient holistic goals.
(425) 517-1711 View (425) 517-1711
Photo of Susan J Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Susan J Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
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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Photo of Okechukwu Aneke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
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
Photo of Dorcas Kiguru, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Dorcas Kiguru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mill Creek, WA 98012  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 10 years of diverse experience in mental health. I am here for you or your loved one with comprehensive and compassionate care. Every client is unique. Therefore, my approach is one that creates individualized treatment plans to meet every individual's needs by providing client-centered care using an evidence-based approach.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 10 years of diverse experience in mental health. I am here for you or your loved one with comprehensive and compassionate care. Every client is unique. Therefore, my approach is one that creates individualized treatment plans to meet every individual's needs by providing client-centered care using an evidence-based approach.
(425) 584-3478 View (425) 584-3478
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Mind and Behavior Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, MN
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Specializing in medication management with therapy for ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Addiction, and Co-occurring Disorder treatment. Hyesoon Choi ARNP likes to see herself a little differently, right now she’s at the peak of her life. One of her beliefs is "Knowledge is not the power. Practiced knowledge is the power". She likes to share her knowledge and hopes that her audience will practice that knowledge to find their happiness within.
Specializing in medication management with therapy for ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Addiction, and Co-occurring Disorder treatment. Hyesoon Choi ARNP likes to see herself a little differently, right now she’s at the peak of her life. One of her beliefs is "Knowledge is not the power. Practiced knowledge is the power". She likes to share her knowledge and hopes that her audience will practice that knowledge to find their happiness within.
(425) 332-7502 View (425) 332-7502
Photo of Jennifer Medina, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Jennifer Medina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
During your first visit with Jennifer, She will dive into the root of things and how they’ve led you here today. She will consider all factors when addressing your current conditions and prescribing medications. She will also ensure you are fully educated on how medications work and how to implement wellness into your everyday life. You will feel a sense of compassion and empathy when you meet with Jennifer. You’ll gain a partner who’ll listen to you and work with you to create a plan.
During your first visit with Jennifer, She will dive into the root of things and how they’ve led you here today. She will consider all factors when addressing your current conditions and prescribing medications. She will also ensure you are fully educated on how medications work and how to implement wellness into your everyday life. You will feel a sense of compassion and empathy when you meet with Jennifer. You’ll gain a partner who’ll listen to you and work with you to create a plan.
(206) 672-5021 View (206) 672-5021
Photo of Pacific Wellness & Lactation, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Snohomish County, WA
Pacific Wellness & Lactation
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98204  (Online Only)
BreAnne Marcucci ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who is Perinatal Mental Health Certified. She specializes in medication management for anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum. She specializes in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and incorporates Wellness Care Planning as part of the treatment plan to support whole person care. Wellness Care Planning focuses on short term goals and is centered on sleep, nutrition, lactation/infant feeding and partner transitions. BreAnne does not treat ADHD at this time.
BreAnne Marcucci ARNP, FNP-C, PMH-C is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who is Perinatal Mental Health Certified. She specializes in medication management for anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum. She specializes in Postpartum Depression and Anxiety and incorporates Wellness Care Planning as part of the treatment plan to support whole person care. Wellness Care Planning focuses on short term goals and is centered on sleep, nutrition, lactation/infant feeding and partner transitions. BreAnne does not treat ADHD at this time.
(425) 517-1981 View (425) 517-1981

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Number of Psychiatrists in Snohomish County, WA

100+

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in Snohomish County, WA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
85% Bipolar Disorder
82% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
74% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Aetna
78% Premera
77% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Snohomish County, WA see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
30% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Snohomish County?

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.