Psychiatrists in Tukwila, WA

Photo of Carrie O'Grady, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tukwila, WA
Carrie O'Grady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My goal for patients is to give them the support that they need to improve their quality of life and a safe space to identify how to make that happen. I am passionate about working with with adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and trauma-related disorders. As a provider, I take a collaborative approach with my patients and individualize treatment to meet your needs. I want to empower people to feel in control of their lives and their own mental health and strive to provide the tools to make informed decisions about mental healthcare.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My goal for patients is to give them the support that they need to improve their quality of life and a safe space to identify how to make that happen. I am passionate about working with with adults with ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and trauma-related disorders. As a provider, I take a collaborative approach with my patients and individualize treatment to meet your needs. I want to empower people to feel in control of their lives and their own mental health and strive to provide the tools to make informed decisions about mental healthcare.
(206) 203-1792 View (206) 203-1792
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Mental Health First
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tukwila, WA 98168
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my role is similar to that of a psychiatrist. I diagnose mental health disorders, work with you to develop treatment plan & prescribe psychiatric medications. I strongly feel it is important to understand your lived experience to make an accurate diagnosis & holistic treatment plan that best suites you as an individual.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my role is similar to that of a psychiatrist. I diagnose mental health disorders, work with you to develop treatment plan & prescribe psychiatric medications. I strongly feel it is important to understand your lived experience to make an accurate diagnosis & holistic treatment plan that best suites you as an individual.
(206) 466-3683 View (206) 466-3683
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Cindy Bello-Utu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSW, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Tukwila, WA 98188
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in the state of Washington with prescriptive authority. My primary areas of focus are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD/trauma. While I am licensed to treat across the lifespan my primary focus will be individuals between the ages of 18-60 years old.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in the state of Washington with prescriptive authority. My primary areas of focus are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD/trauma. While I am licensed to treat across the lifespan my primary focus will be individuals between the ages of 18-60 years old.
(425) 640-7009 x9310 View (425) 640-7009 x9310
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Behavioral Health Solutions
Psychiatrist
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
Immediate Availabilitiy! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
Immediate Availabilitiy! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
(253) 780-6355 View (253) 780-6355
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Xin ' Carrie ' Wu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in the healthcare field for over 21 years. I work with my clients who suffer from a wide range of Mental Health Disorders, including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, and Psychosis. I provide expertise in medication management and psychotherapy. I aim to help all my clients feel heard, supported, and inspired to better themselves. I work in collaboration with the patient to create a treatment plan. I am also happy to help with referrals—whatever it takes to help my clients achieve goals. I also offer flexible hours to all my clients.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in the healthcare field for over 21 years. I work with my clients who suffer from a wide range of Mental Health Disorders, including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, and Psychosis. I provide expertise in medication management and psychotherapy. I aim to help all my clients feel heard, supported, and inspired to better themselves. I work in collaboration with the patient to create a treatment plan. I am also happy to help with referrals—whatever it takes to help my clients achieve goals. I also offer flexible hours to all my clients.
(206) 222-5035 View (206) 222-5035
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My Mind Care, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP , PMHNP
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
Hello, my name is Annabelle Vo. I am a doctorally prepared Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PNHNP-BC). I received my Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees in Nursing from University of Washington, Seattle, WA. My philosophy of care is to instill hope and assist clients to find purpose in their journey of mental well-being. I strongly believe that committed collaboration between provider and client achieves best outcome.
Hello, my name is Annabelle Vo. I am a doctorally prepared Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PNHNP-BC). I received my Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees in Nursing from University of Washington, Seattle, WA. My philosophy of care is to instill hope and assist clients to find purpose in their journey of mental well-being. I strongly believe that committed collaboration between provider and client achieves best outcome.
(206) 678-0189 View (206) 678-0189
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M. Wallace Williams at Motiva Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
Immediate Appointments Available! Are you ready to embark on a journey towards better mental health? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing evidence based compassionate care that supports individuals like you who are seeking relief from mental illness. With over a decade of experience in psychiatric medication management, I have been serving adults (18-65) in the greater Puget Sound area. My practice specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment issues, personality disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions.
Immediate Appointments Available! Are you ready to embark on a journey towards better mental health? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing evidence based compassionate care that supports individuals like you who are seeking relief from mental illness. With over a decade of experience in psychiatric medication management, I have been serving adults (18-65) in the greater Puget Sound area. My practice specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment issues, personality disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions.
(206) 208-0084 View (206) 208-0084
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Alicia Valentino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington state and nationally board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). I earned both my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees at Pacific Lutheran University. Before pursuing my career in nursing, I spent 4 years on active duty in the United States Navy. Hooyah!
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington state and nationally board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). I earned both my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees at Pacific Lutheran University. Before pursuing my career in nursing, I spent 4 years on active duty in the United States Navy. Hooyah!
(206) 339-7653 View (206) 339-7653
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Alimatou (Alima) Moustapha
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
Hello and thank you for stopping by my profile. I work with people from all walks of life, teenagers, adults, and children that are experiencing blockages in their life. Are you ready to make changes? Reach your full potential? Expand in life? If you are ready to talk through the things that are holding you back and how to make improvements, please feel free to reach out.
Hello and thank you for stopping by my profile. I work with people from all walks of life, teenagers, adults, and children that are experiencing blockages in their life. Are you ready to make changes? Reach your full potential? Expand in life? If you are ready to talk through the things that are holding you back and how to make improvements, please feel free to reach out.
(206) 432-4544 View (206) 432-4544
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Lucy Waithaka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mood instability, suicidal ideations, addiction or inattention due to ADHD? Do you feel that life is hard, and you are constantly dealing with sadness? I am here to walk with you in this journey. I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you will feel safe, accepted and included.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mood instability, suicidal ideations, addiction or inattention due to ADHD? Do you feel that life is hard, and you are constantly dealing with sadness? I am here to walk with you in this journey. I strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where you will feel safe, accepted and included.
(253) 527-5419 View (253) 527-5419
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Donna Elam
Physician Assistant, MPA-C
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
Seeking services for mental health support is an important decision. My purpose in doing this work of psychiatry is to provide clarity and understanding of symptoms that interrupt function and compromise quality of life. It is with this purpose that we, together, devise strategies for raising stress tolerance, setting attainable goals and reaching them. Since 1990 I have been working in health care, from holistic beginnings in massage therapy and nutrition, to addiction medicine, family medicine and migrant health, and now psychiatry and behavioral medicine. I am a Psychiatric Physician Associate.
Seeking services for mental health support is an important decision. My purpose in doing this work of psychiatry is to provide clarity and understanding of symptoms that interrupt function and compromise quality of life. It is with this purpose that we, together, devise strategies for raising stress tolerance, setting attainable goals and reaching them. Since 1990 I have been working in health care, from holistic beginnings in massage therapy and nutrition, to addiction medicine, family medicine and migrant health, and now psychiatry and behavioral medicine. I am a Psychiatric Physician Associate.
(360) 523-7792 View (360) 523-7792
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Naumi Mbuli Munyoki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
As a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I offer psychiatric medication management with supportive therapy. Your treatment plan may involve prescribing medication, therapy, or a combination of both. I also provide education on life skills for recovery, coping skills, lifestyle changes, and self-care strategies. I believe in a patient-centered care approach that emphasizes the respect and compassion I have for my clients.
As a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I offer psychiatric medication management with supportive therapy. Your treatment plan may involve prescribing medication, therapy, or a combination of both. I also provide education on life skills for recovery, coping skills, lifestyle changes, and self-care strategies. I believe in a patient-centered care approach that emphasizes the respect and compassion I have for my clients.
(206) 708-7274 View (206) 708-7274
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Hea W Shin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. I believe each client needs individualized care, and approach every client with respect and nonjudgmental way. I provide combination of talk therapy, comprehensive evaluation, and medication management. *** Please make sure to contact the correct location, I do practice in two different states. Contact the one that you are currently permanently residing***
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. I believe each client needs individualized care, and approach every client with respect and nonjudgmental way. I provide combination of talk therapy, comprehensive evaluation, and medication management. *** Please make sure to contact the correct location, I do practice in two different states. Contact the one that you are currently permanently residing***
(972) 360-9649 View (972) 360-9649
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Bernard Chessum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
I am accepting NEW clients with same day appointments available. Also after-hours and weekends appointments available as well. In network with most major insurances in Washington State. Private pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients at any level they are without making them feel judged. During the initial session, i focus on patient-centered strategies and come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments. Most treatment plan involves medication, therapy, or a combination of both.
I am accepting NEW clients with same day appointments available. Also after-hours and weekends appointments available as well. In network with most major insurances in Washington State. Private pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients at any level they are without making them feel judged. During the initial session, i focus on patient-centered strategies and come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments. Most treatment plan involves medication, therapy, or a combination of both.
(253) 528-8235 View (253) 528-8235
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George H. Glade
Psychiatric Nurse, MC, MN, ARNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Tukwila, WA 98178
I am currently accepting new clients. Most problems have a solution, most illnesses are treatable. Change begins with a first step toward doing things differently than you have done them before. I believe the purpose of therapy is ultimately not to be in therapy but to aquire new skills to support positive change. I am not a therapist who will sit back quietly, nod and give you an occassional 'Uh-huh'. I have Master's degrees in both Counseling and Nursing. I work in the ER at Harborview, at my office practice, and with the psychiatric needs of older adults. I come from an integrative medicine perspective when I prescribe med.s
I am currently accepting new clients. Most problems have a solution, most illnesses are treatable. Change begins with a first step toward doing things differently than you have done them before. I believe the purpose of therapy is ultimately not to be in therapy but to aquire new skills to support positive change. I am not a therapist who will sit back quietly, nod and give you an occassional 'Uh-huh'. I have Master's degrees in both Counseling and Nursing. I work in the ER at Harborview, at my office practice, and with the psychiatric needs of older adults. I come from an integrative medicine perspective when I prescribe med.s
(206) 745-0905 View (206) 745-0905
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Albert Quainoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98178  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Albert and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in ADHD, Anger Management/Impulse Disorders, Anxiety, Binge Eating Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Insomnia & Sleep Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Albert and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Washington. I specialize in ADHD, Anger Management/Impulse Disorders, Anxiety, Binge Eating Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, College & Graduate Student Mental Health, Insomnia & Sleep Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(206) 537-0520 View (206) 537-0520
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LORRAINE Bennett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188  (Online Only)
Working with individuals challenged by mental health and substance use disorders is a passion of mine, and it truly is a privilege. Psychiatric problems are actually very common, but unfortunately that does not mean that they are easy to discuss with others, or to seek professional help to address. I recognize that simply acknowledging that we are having a problem can be an enormous hurdle to overcome. My hope is that I can provide an atmosphere which is open and non-judgmental, and allows individuals whom I work with to share.
Working with individuals challenged by mental health and substance use disorders is a passion of mine, and it truly is a privilege. Psychiatric problems are actually very common, but unfortunately that does not mean that they are easy to discuss with others, or to seek professional help to address. I recognize that simply acknowledging that we are having a problem can be an enormous hurdle to overcome. My hope is that I can provide an atmosphere which is open and non-judgmental, and allows individuals whom I work with to share.
(509) 260-2594 View (509) 260-2594
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Stephanie Lamigo Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98188
There is no one who does not struggle with different mental health issues that are driven by different pressures, problems, or expectations, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief, or a combination of different mental health issues. Please schedule your visit today, copy and paste this to your browser www.live-well-psychiatry.com and you will be directed to my website or simply click the website tab below my photo. I have partnered with Mindful Therapy Group for scheduling and billing. To schedule an appointment, please call WA: (425) 640-7009 x1
There is no one who does not struggle with different mental health issues that are driven by different pressures, problems, or expectations, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief, or a combination of different mental health issues. Please schedule your visit today, copy and paste this to your browser www.live-well-psychiatry.com and you will be directed to my website or simply click the website tab below my photo. I have partnered with Mindful Therapy Group for scheduling and billing. To schedule an appointment, please call WA: (425) 640-7009 x1
(425) 640-7009 x1 View (425) 640-7009 x1
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Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98178
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. We do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. We do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
(253) 237-8245 View (253) 237-8245
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Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Tukwila, WA 98178
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
(425) 600-5312 View (425) 600-5312

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tukwila, WA

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Tukwila, WA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
92% Bipolar Disorder
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Medication Management
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Premera
76% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Tukwila, WA see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tukwila?

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.