Psychiatrists in Tacoma, WA

Ohtae Kwon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98467  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received a Master of Science in Nursing-PMHNP at University of Texas at Arlington where I trained in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I am an U.S. Army veteran nurse who is dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and trained to work in high stress environment, providing high quality service in healthcare settings. I decided to be a PMHNP after I witnessed many veterans with mental disorders and realized mental illness can be just as impairing in someone's life as physical illness.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I received a Master of Science in Nursing-PMHNP at University of Texas at Arlington where I trained in both outpatient and inpatient settings. I am an U.S. Army veteran nurse who is dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and trained to work in high stress environment, providing high quality service in healthcare settings. I decided to be a PMHNP after I witnessed many veterans with mental disorders and realized mental illness can be just as impairing in someone's life as physical illness.
(253) 785-4360 View (253) 785-4360
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Shannon Corbin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98467
Hello, I'm Dr. Shannon Corbin. I went to medical school at the University of Washington (UW), where I also completed my residency in Psychiatry. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (the "˜official' way of saying that I am a board-certified specialist). As a psychiatrist I see only adults, with special interests in older adults, women, veterans and people managing long-term health conditions. I've a strong interest in integrated care and in reaching people who've potentially been underserved by our health care systems.
Hello, I'm Dr. Shannon Corbin. I went to medical school at the University of Washington (UW), where I also completed my residency in Psychiatry. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (the "˜official' way of saying that I am a board-certified specialist). As a psychiatrist I see only adults, with special interests in older adults, women, veterans and people managing long-term health conditions. I've a strong interest in integrated care and in reaching people who've potentially been underserved by our health care systems.
(253) 447-5192 View (253) 447-5192
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Enrich Community Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
I am a licensed board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individual ages 16 and older. I also provide evaluations for bariatric surgery eligible patients. My areas of specialization are mood disorders, depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, PTSD, panic attacks, panic disorder and nightmares.
I am a licensed board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for individual ages 16 and older. I also provide evaluations for bariatric surgery eligible patients. My areas of specialization are mood disorders, depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactive disorders (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, PTSD, panic attacks, panic disorder and nightmares.
(253) 201-0305 View (253) 201-0305
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Aaron Padron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Aaron Padron, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Hello, we are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments are available.
Hello, we are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments are available.
(425) 598-0174 View (425) 598-0174
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Logical Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98409  (Online Only)
Hi, thanks for stopping by I'm Fatima, I'm a dual board-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, in past 15 years I have served patients in medical and mental health facilities both inpatient and outpatient. I have in the past and currently am comfortable with treating patients that are struggling with complex medical and mental health conditions. I enjoy working with patients utilizing a collaborative approach in finding solutions for various mental health challenges/conditions. I am currently accepting new patients.
Hi, thanks for stopping by I'm Fatima, I'm a dual board-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, in past 15 years I have served patients in medical and mental health facilities both inpatient and outpatient. I have in the past and currently am comfortable with treating patients that are struggling with complex medical and mental health conditions. I enjoy working with patients utilizing a collaborative approach in finding solutions for various mental health challenges/conditions. I am currently accepting new patients.
(253) 342-4034 View (253) 342-4034
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Meghan McFarland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
Hi, my name is Meghan McFarland and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. If you are tired of having prescribers not listen, I'm the type of prescriber who will take time to get to know you and your history, then help make medication decisions while supporting you along the way. I enjoy supporting clients with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I work best with clients who are engaged in treatment both inside and outside of session(s).
Hi, my name is Meghan McFarland and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. If you are tired of having prescribers not listen, I'm the type of prescriber who will take time to get to know you and your history, then help make medication decisions while supporting you along the way. I enjoy supporting clients with ADHD, depression, and anxiety. I work best with clients who are engaged in treatment both inside and outside of session(s).
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Caroline N Nduati
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in the state of Washington. My philosophy of care centers on the patient, valuing their perspectives, preferences, and values. Throughout our collaborative journey, I am committed to ensuring that you feel not only heard, but also understood and empowered. Recognizing the distinctive nature of each person's mental health journey, we will work together to craft a personalized treatment plan, aimed at promoting your well-being and achieving positive clinical outcomes.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) licensed in the state of Washington. My philosophy of care centers on the patient, valuing their perspectives, preferences, and values. Throughout our collaborative journey, I am committed to ensuring that you feel not only heard, but also understood and empowered. Recognizing the distinctive nature of each person's mental health journey, we will work together to craft a personalized treatment plan, aimed at promoting your well-being and achieving positive clinical outcomes.
(253) 400-1906 View (253) 400-1906
Robert E Sands
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98409
I am a 70 year old developmental Psychiatrist who practices evaluation, psychotherapy and medication management in a private pay outpatient office. I see child, adolescent and adult patients with AD/HD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and complex psychiatric cases.I do not bill insurance but instead, I provide you a "super bill" that shows payment and enables you to recoup your costs out of network. Nothing is better than an individualized interactive assessment (with all due respect for checklists). I am trained in a wide variety of psychotherapy approaches and try and find the ones that apply to each patient.
I am a 70 year old developmental Psychiatrist who practices evaluation, psychotherapy and medication management in a private pay outpatient office. I see child, adolescent and adult patients with AD/HD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and complex psychiatric cases.I do not bill insurance but instead, I provide you a "super bill" that shows payment and enables you to recoup your costs out of network. Nothing is better than an individualized interactive assessment (with all due respect for checklists). I am trained in a wide variety of psychotherapy approaches and try and find the ones that apply to each patient.
(253) 248-7288 View (253) 248-7288
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Bella Mente PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98498  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or trauma because of fertility challenges, miscarriage, pregnancy, postpartum, or parenthood? The journey to becoming a parent and being a parent can be an overwhelming experience fraught with emotional highs and lows. For many, navigating these experiences can feel very isolating and stressful. Trying to adapt to the many physical, hormonal, and life changes that arise during these periods may impact not only your mental health but also your relationships, career, and overall wellbeing.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, and/or trauma because of fertility challenges, miscarriage, pregnancy, postpartum, or parenthood? The journey to becoming a parent and being a parent can be an overwhelming experience fraught with emotional highs and lows. For many, navigating these experiences can feel very isolating and stressful. Trying to adapt to the many physical, hormonal, and life changes that arise during these periods may impact not only your mental health but also your relationships, career, and overall wellbeing.
(253) 785-8763 View (253) 785-8763
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Pamela Handran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a nationally board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington state. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University with a specialization in psychiatric and mental health. Prior to this, I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I have been in healthcare since 1998, transitioning to mental health in 2016. I have worked with both adults and adolescents in the inpatient psychiatric setting. My experience includes the management of acute exacerbations of existing mental health conditions and treating newer concerns.
I am a nationally board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington state. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University with a specialization in psychiatric and mental health. Prior to this, I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Governors University. I have been in healthcare since 1998, transitioning to mental health in 2016. I have worked with both adults and adolescents in the inpatient psychiatric setting. My experience includes the management of acute exacerbations of existing mental health conditions and treating newer concerns.
(206) 539-1147 View (206) 539-1147
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Olivia Uhart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98406  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), have a certification in perinatal mental health, and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). I provide psychiatric assessments for the purpose of treatment, medication management, psychoeducation for patients and families, and supportive counseling.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), have a certification in perinatal mental health, and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). I provide psychiatric assessments for the purpose of treatment, medication management, psychoeducation for patients and families, and supportive counseling.
(206) 258-7702 View (206) 258-7702
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Bradley Brosius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98407
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I practice in Tacoma, and welcome all potential clients who want to meet with their provider in person for their mental healthcare. I also provide Telehealth services to meet with any client throughout the state of Washington, though I do request our first visit be in person to facilitate the establishment of a strong patient provider relationship. Originally from Utah, I have lived in the PNW for 10 years, after beginning my nursing career in the US Army.
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I practice in Tacoma, and welcome all potential clients who want to meet with their provider in person for their mental healthcare. I also provide Telehealth services to meet with any client throughout the state of Washington, though I do request our first visit be in person to facilitate the establishment of a strong patient provider relationship. Originally from Utah, I have lived in the PNW for 10 years, after beginning my nursing career in the US Army.
(253) 398-7860 View (253) 398-7860
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DeGrate + Co PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CHPN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98407
At DeGrate + Co (www.degrate.co), we utilize the latest science to springboard you into the future with reverence and respect for your past. We specialize in navigating transitions, tough conversations, and believe in trauma-informed care. We are gentle guides as you progress and willing witnesses to your next right step. You can find us at the corner of behavioral health and wellness. Reach out if you’re ready to grow.
At DeGrate + Co (www.degrate.co), we utilize the latest science to springboard you into the future with reverence and respect for your past. We specialize in navigating transitions, tough conversations, and believe in trauma-informed care. We are gentle guides as you progress and willing witnesses to your next right step. You can find us at the corner of behavioral health and wellness. Reach out if you’re ready to grow.
(253) 523-3953 View (253) 523-3953
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98405  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(253) 600-2115 View (253) 600-2115
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.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 Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 470-2369 View (253) 470-2369
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98406
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Deanette James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98402  (Online Only)
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
(253) 252-5269 x1 View (253) 252-5269 x1
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Amity Tucker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98407
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and committed to providing holistic, person-centered care. I graduated with my master’s degree from Gonzaga University and have a broad range of professional experience. I have a second board certification as an Advanced Practice Public Health Nurse and am committed to improving the health of communities.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and committed to providing holistic, person-centered care. I graduated with my master’s degree from Gonzaga University and have a broad range of professional experience. I have a second board certification as an Advanced Practice Public Health Nurse and am committed to improving the health of communities.
(253) 316-8117 View (253) 316-8117
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98405
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
(253) 338-8657 View (253) 338-8657
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Al Jerome Cruz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98409
Al Jerome (AJ) is a dual board-certified Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult psychiatric medication management. He also offers Medical Weight loss and Nutritional Psychiatry services. He received his Doctoral degree and post-graduate psychiatric mental health certificate at Duke University. He utilizes a holistic, collaborative, and integrative approach to provide personalized, evidence-based, and non-judgmental psychiatric care. AJ highly values a therapeutic provider-client relationship built in trust, respect, and empathy.
Al Jerome (AJ) is a dual board-certified Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult psychiatric medication management. He also offers Medical Weight loss and Nutritional Psychiatry services. He received his Doctoral degree and post-graduate psychiatric mental health certificate at Duke University. He utilizes a holistic, collaborative, and integrative approach to provide personalized, evidence-based, and non-judgmental psychiatric care. AJ highly values a therapeutic provider-client relationship built in trust, respect, and empathy.
(360) 531-6869 View (360) 531-6869
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tacoma, WA

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Tacoma, WA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
85% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
77% Trauma and PTSD
76% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
77% Cigna and Evernorth
77% Premera

How Psychiatrists in Tacoma, WA see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
31% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tacoma?

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.