Psychiatrists in Spokane County, WA

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Photo of Sommer Wright, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spokane County, WA
Sommer Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
My goal is to help you find treatment options that will take you from existing in this life to living your life. With treatment options tailored to the unique individual that is seeking the treatment. Past experience: outpatient with ages ranging from 12 to 80. Inpatient with ages 5-18. I provide in person services in Spokane WA. Telemed services to the state of WA
My goal is to help you find treatment options that will take you from existing in this life to living your life. With treatment options tailored to the unique individual that is seeking the treatment. Past experience: outpatient with ages ranging from 12 to 80. Inpatient with ages 5-18. I provide in person services in Spokane WA. Telemed services to the state of WA
(509) 285-9153 View (509) 285-9153
Photo of Adam D Barnett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spokane County, WA
Adam D Barnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
My ideal client is open minded and willing to work with me to establish treatment goals tailored to their needs. They understand that health is a continuous process & not a destination. They want to work towards complete wellness & consider lifestyle change. Advanced practice nurses consider therapies alongside medicine including complimentary/alternative approaches, well studied supplementation, nutrition, exercise, general health & wellness. We examine and perform individual as well as interpersonal & group psychotherapy.
My ideal client is open minded and willing to work with me to establish treatment goals tailored to their needs. They understand that health is a continuous process & not a destination. They want to work towards complete wellness & consider lifestyle change. Advanced practice nurses consider therapies alongside medicine including complimentary/alternative approaches, well studied supplementation, nutrition, exercise, general health & wellness. We examine and perform individual as well as interpersonal & group psychotherapy.
(509) 236-1560 x1 View (509) 236-1560 x1
Photo of Madeline Jacobs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spokane County, WA
Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
(360) 795-5027 x2 View (360) 795-5027 x2
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Dr. Funmilola (Lola) Sijuade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99201
Asking for help can be challenging but rewarding with educated and tailored services to your healthcare needs. Dr. Lola utilizes a holistic, evidence-based, and patient-centered approach to the management and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Psychiatric evaluation and possible medication management are offered for the following diagnoses- - 1. Anxiety 2. ADHD 3. PTSD 4. Bipolar 4. Schizophrenia 5. Adjustment disorders 6. Schizoaffective Disorders 7. Sleep issues 8. Conduct/oppositional disorders
Asking for help can be challenging but rewarding with educated and tailored services to your healthcare needs. Dr. Lola utilizes a holistic, evidence-based, and patient-centered approach to the management and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Psychiatric evaluation and possible medication management are offered for the following diagnoses- - 1. Anxiety 2. ADHD 3. PTSD 4. Bipolar 4. Schizophrenia 5. Adjustment disorders 6. Schizoaffective Disorders 7. Sleep issues 8. Conduct/oppositional disorders
(713) 364-1389 View (713) 364-1389
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AJ Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
Now accepting New Patients. "Telemedicine appointments only". Are you struggling with depression, anxiety or even mood instability or struggling with addiction? Do you feel that life is so hard and you are constantly dealing with sadness? Do you just want to be happy again? I am here to walk with you in this journey. I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you feel safe, accepted and understood.
Now accepting New Patients. "Telemedicine appointments only". Are you struggling with depression, anxiety or even mood instability or struggling with addiction? Do you feel that life is so hard and you are constantly dealing with sadness? Do you just want to be happy again? I am here to walk with you in this journey. I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you feel safe, accepted and understood.
(509) 517-6830 View (509) 517-6830
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Ashley Cyronak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Washington.
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Washington.
(509) 738-1922 View (509) 738-1922
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Joy Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSW
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99223
Making changes in anyone’s life is hard, but I believe that everybody deserves to feel the best they can. Daily stressors and traumatic events can create a whole cascade of other symptoms that impact us over the short and long term. Whether you are just beginning to seek help for your symptoms through psychotherapy, have questions about a previous or current diagnosis, or wish to start or stop psychiatric medications, I can help you consider your options and the risks/benefits of various decisions. Let's get you feeling better!
Making changes in anyone’s life is hard, but I believe that everybody deserves to feel the best they can. Daily stressors and traumatic events can create a whole cascade of other symptoms that impact us over the short and long term. Whether you are just beginning to seek help for your symptoms through psychotherapy, have questions about a previous or current diagnosis, or wish to start or stop psychiatric medications, I can help you consider your options and the risks/benefits of various decisions. Let's get you feeling better!
(509) 287-4011 View (509) 287-4011
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Panoramic Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99204
We are current accepting new clients at our Spokane office. At Panoramic Psychiatry, we specialize in providing psychiatric evaluations and providing/managing psychiatric medications with compassion and care. We treat attention deficient/hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, thought disorders and eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults. With our team of six psychiatric nurse practitioners, we can help you get an appointment quickly with a provider who aligns with your treatment needs and communication style.
We are current accepting new clients at our Spokane office. At Panoramic Psychiatry, we specialize in providing psychiatric evaluations and providing/managing psychiatric medications with compassion and care. We treat attention deficient/hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, thought disorders and eating disorders in children, adolescents and adults. With our team of six psychiatric nurse practitioners, we can help you get an appointment quickly with a provider who aligns with your treatment needs and communication style.
(509) 413-0175 View (509) 413-0175
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Mind Body Soul Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99208  (Online Only)
If you're looking for a provider to come alongside you in your healing journey and offer you tools to empower you in your recovery and growth, we'll make a great team! With Kristy on your care team as your board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, we'll work together to clarify your psychiatric diagnoses and choose the evidence-based treatments that feel like the best fit for you, including medication and/or non-medication modalities.
If you're looking for a provider to come alongside you in your healing journey and offer you tools to empower you in your recovery and growth, we'll make a great team! With Kristy on your care team as your board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, we'll work together to clarify your psychiatric diagnoses and choose the evidence-based treatments that feel like the best fit for you, including medication and/or non-medication modalities.
(509) 738-1390 View (509) 738-1390
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CopeWell Psychiatry And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99201
Accepting new patients! Have you been feeling down, stressed, or worried lately? Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks. You have intense emotions, trouble focusing, forgetful, or get easily distracted? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation or have no interest in things you normally enjoy doing, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Or is your sleep pattern consistently disrupted which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? You ARE NOT alone! I would like to help.
Accepting new patients! Have you been feeling down, stressed, or worried lately? Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? You're doing your best, but you have a hard time keeping up with your daily tasks. You have intense emotions, trouble focusing, forgetful, or get easily distracted? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack motivation or have no interest in things you normally enjoy doing, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Or is your sleep pattern consistently disrupted which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? You ARE NOT alone! I would like to help.
(509) 661-3221 View (509) 661-3221
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Shepherd Spring Psychiatry and Therapy Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
I am a doctoral-prepared and board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner and have worked in the mental health field for the past eight years. I have been a nurse for Twelve years. I have my doctorate from Texas Women's University Dallas, Texas, and my master’s and bachelor’s from the University of Texas Arlington, Texas. I currently see patients in TX, WA, OR, and DE.
I am a doctoral-prepared and board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner and have worked in the mental health field for the past eight years. I have been a nurse for Twelve years. I have my doctorate from Texas Women's University Dallas, Texas, and my master’s and bachelor’s from the University of Texas Arlington, Texas. I currently see patients in TX, WA, OR, and DE.
(509) 677-4002 View (509) 677-4002
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Salient Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Akosua, Obeng, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
I offer client-focused and compassionate mental health treatment for patients of varying ages, from 18 years and above. My area of expertise includes managing clients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, Autism Schizophrenia, and more. My approach to the treatment of mental health illness is a collaborative approach with the patient. I take into consideration my clients' past experiences and treatments, remaining sensitive to the patient’s perspective and including them in the treatment approach. My treatment plans are client specific and tailored to each client’s specific needs and goals.
I offer client-focused and compassionate mental health treatment for patients of varying ages, from 18 years and above. My area of expertise includes managing clients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, Autism Schizophrenia, and more. My approach to the treatment of mental health illness is a collaborative approach with the patient. I take into consideration my clients' past experiences and treatments, remaining sensitive to the patient’s perspective and including them in the treatment approach. My treatment plans are client specific and tailored to each client’s specific needs and goals.
(512) 886-9200 View (512) 886-9200
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Newly Sought After International LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
I respect and value every individual in my care. I give you my full attention listening to your needs and together we come up with how it is best to manage your condition. I help you to overcome addiction and control the cravings and watch you become a new you to attain your full potential. I help manage your weight and see you stand with your head up as you become confident and proud of your new look. Y
I respect and value every individual in my care. I give you my full attention listening to your needs and together we come up with how it is best to manage your condition. I help you to overcome addiction and control the cravings and watch you become a new you to attain your full potential. I help manage your weight and see you stand with your head up as you become confident and proud of your new look. Y
(678) 730-6047 View (678) 730-6047
Photo of Elizabeth J Mitchell, Psychiatric Nurse in Spokane County, WA
Elizabeth J Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, ARNP, ND
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99205
It is one of my greatest joys to see each of my client's life restored and improved. I consider this work my life's calling. I have expertise with a variety of mental-health conditions including: Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder / Depression); Anxiety Disorders; Grieving; and various life adjustments. I am Nationally Board Certified to do individual, marital, and family counseling as well as prescribe psychiatric medication. I do enjoy helping people with chronic health conditions and also am a certified naturopath to work with diet, herbs, and supplements which I can incorporate into treatment if the client desires.
It is one of my greatest joys to see each of my client's life restored and improved. I consider this work my life's calling. I have expertise with a variety of mental-health conditions including: Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder / Depression); Anxiety Disorders; Grieving; and various life adjustments. I am Nationally Board Certified to do individual, marital, and family counseling as well as prescribe psychiatric medication. I do enjoy helping people with chronic health conditions and also am a certified naturopath to work with diet, herbs, and supplements which I can incorporate into treatment if the client desires.
(509) 592-4249 View (509) 592-4249
Photo of Neo Minds Psychiatry PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spokane County, WA
Neo Minds Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting NEW PATIENTS via telehealth in the State of Washington. At Neo Minds Psychiatry, we provide evidence based, holistic psychiatric assessment for clients with mental health issues. Please call or schedule for your appointment today. We have evening and weekend hours available.
We are currently accepting NEW PATIENTS via telehealth in the State of Washington. At Neo Minds Psychiatry, we provide evidence based, holistic psychiatric assessment for clients with mental health issues. Please call or schedule for your appointment today. We have evening and weekend hours available.
(509) 204-9733 View (509) 204-9733
Photo of Jenny Shaw, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spokane County, WA
Jenny Shaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, ARNP, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99204
Hi, my name is Jenny Shaw. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. I enjoy collaborating with clients across the lifespan providing psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, and medication management. I look forward to working with you!
Hi, my name is Jenny Shaw. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. I enjoy collaborating with clients across the lifespan providing psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, and medication management. I look forward to working with you!
(509) 779-8728 View (509) 779-8728
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Cedarwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99205  (Online Only)
A compassionate, dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner highly regarded for 3+ years of success providing advanced, comprehensive Nursing care with a high degree of accuracy. Are you tired of second-guessing yourself, feeling disorganized, or powerless? Are you ready to experience healthier relationships with others with a higher quality and balanced life? I specialize in helping people stay on track, clarify their goals, and co-create the life they want in a safe and healthy environment. We treat Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating Disorders. Virtual Appointments Only (Telehealth)
A compassionate, dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner highly regarded for 3+ years of success providing advanced, comprehensive Nursing care with a high degree of accuracy. Are you tired of second-guessing yourself, feeling disorganized, or powerless? Are you ready to experience healthier relationships with others with a higher quality and balanced life? I specialize in helping people stay on track, clarify their goals, and co-create the life they want in a safe and healthy environment. We treat Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating Disorders. Virtual Appointments Only (Telehealth)
(509) 738-1983 View (509) 738-1983
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99205
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Photo of Raelin Bright Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spokane County, WA
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(206) 558-0582 View (206) 558-0582
Photo of Brenda Shanley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spokane County, WA
Brenda Shanley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
21 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99216  (Online Only)
Brenda Shanley, MN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Adult Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years experience in mental health, specializing in medication management for mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADD/ADHD and more. Telehealth appointments are available in Washington and Idaho. For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit my website at: www.shanleypsychiatry.com
Brenda Shanley, MN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Adult Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years experience in mental health, specializing in medication management for mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADD/ADHD and more. Telehealth appointments are available in Washington and Idaho. For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit my website at: www.shanleypsychiatry.com
(509) 553-0515 View (509) 553-0515

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Number of Psychiatrists in Spokane County, WA

100+

Average cost per session

$220

Psychiatrists in Spokane County, WA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
93% Anxiety
83% Medication Management
79% ADHD
76% Bipolar Disorder
75% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Spokane County, WA see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Spokane 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.