Psychiatrists in University Place, WA

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Barbara Rix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
University Place, WA 98467  (Online Only)
I am a Nurse Practitioner (Family & PMHNP) that provides holistic care focusing on weight loss coaching, medical weight loss, and medication management in depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
I am a Nurse Practitioner (Family & PMHNP) that provides holistic care focusing on weight loss coaching, medical weight loss, and medication management in depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
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Always Better Together LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
University Place, WA 98466
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING CLIENTS. I believe the best client outcomes are achieved when the client and provider work collaboratively on a viable treatment plan with the client guiding outcome progress. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, DMDD, ODD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and many other diagnoses.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING CLIENTS. I believe the best client outcomes are achieved when the client and provider work collaboratively on a viable treatment plan with the client guiding outcome progress. I specialize in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, DMDD, ODD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and many other diagnoses.
(253) 785-3652 View (253) 785-3652
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NeuroSync TMS Therapy_Magnetic Brain Stimulation)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
University Place, WA 98466
Seeking Compassionate Care? I'm here to help. If you're facing mental health challenges, I'm here to support you. Whether you have Medicare, private insurance, an FSA, or are considering self-pay, I'm ready to assist. I specialize in providing compassionate, knowledgeable, and effective help. If you're feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, or isolated due to mental health issues, you're not alone. Maybe you've tried therapy or medications before, but they didn't bring the relief you needed. It's time for a change, a chance to start living your best life.
Seeking Compassionate Care? I'm here to help. If you're facing mental health challenges, I'm here to support you. Whether you have Medicare, private insurance, an FSA, or are considering self-pay, I'm ready to assist. I specialize in providing compassionate, knowledgeable, and effective help. If you're feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, or isolated due to mental health issues, you're not alone. Maybe you've tried therapy or medications before, but they didn't bring the relief you needed. It's time for a change, a chance to start living your best life.
(253) 321-1372 View (253) 321-1372
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Laura Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
University Place, WA 98466
Now accepting new clients! I am a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals of all ages, from children to adults. My mission is to foster a comfortable and collaborative environment to support your mental wellbeing. My treatment approach combines evidence-based practices with a person-centered perspective, allowing for my clients to be the expert in their lived experiences.
Now accepting new clients! I am a dedicated and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals of all ages, from children to adults. My mission is to foster a comfortable and collaborative environment to support your mental wellbeing. My treatment approach combines evidence-based practices with a person-centered perspective, allowing for my clients to be the expert in their lived experiences.
(253) 243-2295 View (253) 243-2295
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Cognitive Growth Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
University Place, WA 98466
Accepting new clients - Cecil Groetken is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Washington State. He was inspired to specialize in mental health after caring for individuals in crisis as an RN in an emergency room setting for the past eight years. He trained under multiple providers in the area before starting Cognitive Growth Mental Health and would be honored to have the opportunity to help you focus on your mental health needs.
Accepting new clients - Cecil Groetken is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Washington State. He was inspired to specialize in mental health after caring for individuals in crisis as an RN in an emergency room setting for the past eight years. He trained under multiple providers in the area before starting Cognitive Growth Mental Health and would be honored to have the opportunity to help you focus on your mental health needs.
(253) 400-2470 View (253) 400-2470
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Heather King - Melrose Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
University Place, WA 98466
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 29 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental wellness and provide a caring, empathetic, non judgmental environment when caring for clients. I value evidence-based, complementary, integrative care that includes lifestyle and behavioral changes. In addition to prescribing medications, I offer cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi), the first line treatment recommendation for insomnia from the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and World Sleep Society.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 29 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. I take a holistic approach to mental wellness and provide a caring, empathetic, non judgmental environment when caring for clients. I value evidence-based, complementary, integrative care that includes lifestyle and behavioral changes. In addition to prescribing medications, I offer cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi), the first line treatment recommendation for insomnia from the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and World Sleep Society.
(253) 364-0576 View (253) 364-0576
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Donna Elam
Physician Assistant, MPA-C
Verified Verified
University Place, WA 98466
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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Michele Romero, ARNP, Green Isle Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
University Place, WA 98466
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am here to help with the effects of depression, anxiety, mood imbalance, trauma, insomnia, inattention, memory loss, and other concerns. Fear, sadness, low self-esteem, confusion, overwhelm, and hopelessness can impair our resilience and ability to enjoy life. I provide diagnosis, counsel, education, and if needed, prescribed medication to ease your symptoms and support your healing. If you need psychotherapy in addition to medical mental health treatment, I can refer you.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am here to help with the effects of depression, anxiety, mood imbalance, trauma, insomnia, inattention, memory loss, and other concerns. Fear, sadness, low self-esteem, confusion, overwhelm, and hopelessness can impair our resilience and ability to enjoy life. I provide diagnosis, counsel, education, and if needed, prescribed medication to ease your symptoms and support your healing. If you need psychotherapy in addition to medical mental health treatment, I can refer you.
(253) 262-0463 View (253) 262-0463

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NeuroStim TMS Centers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98409
PROVEN NON-DRUG TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION. We specialize in TMS Therapy, a revolutionary FDA-Approved treatment that is providing new HOPE and HEALING to thousands of patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and similar disorders. TMS is a safe and highly effective treatment that is covered by most insurances. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression, anxiety, and similar disorders. TMS provides substantial relief and even complete remission in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
PROVEN NON-DRUG TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION. We specialize in TMS Therapy, a revolutionary FDA-Approved treatment that is providing new HOPE and HEALING to thousands of patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and similar disorders. TMS is a safe and highly effective treatment that is covered by most insurances. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression, anxiety, and similar disorders. TMS provides substantial relief and even complete remission in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
(888) 963-9467 View (888) 963-9467
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Susan King
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98467
Susan King is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master's in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Susan provides appropriate medication and education to help manage the symptoms of mental health issues and therapeutic support. Outside of work, Susan enjoys working with animals and loves gardening.
Susan King is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2014. She has a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master's in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Susan provides appropriate medication and education to help manage the symptoms of mental health issues and therapeutic support. Outside of work, Susan enjoys working with animals and loves gardening.
(253) 201-0022 View (253) 201-0022
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Pulcharia Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98465
If you are an individual who is privately suffering from mental health illness or a loved one who is privately suffering with them, there is help for you. At Tandem Psychiatric and Family Practice, the focus is to integrate the most current and accurate treatment along with psychotherapy that centers on aiding the individual to feel whole again. I come from a Christian background and I firmly believe that every human being has the dignity of God, which comes with a purpose in life. This is the premise from which I approach treatment, so that hopefully every client can be given the means to reach their God given potential.
If you are an individual who is privately suffering from mental health illness or a loved one who is privately suffering with them, there is help for you. At Tandem Psychiatric and Family Practice, the focus is to integrate the most current and accurate treatment along with psychotherapy that centers on aiding the individual to feel whole again. I come from a Christian background and I firmly believe that every human being has the dignity of God, which comes with a purpose in life. This is the premise from which I approach treatment, so that hopefully every client can be given the means to reach their God given potential.
(713) 987-7277 View (713) 987-7277
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Rebecca Boucher, MD | Mindful Health Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98409
My ideal patient is someone struggling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD who is seeking more effective treatment options. They are open to exploring medication as well as interventional treatments like TMS or esketamine. Their goal is to improve their quality of life, regain functionality, and find relief from their symptoms. They want to understand their condition better and are motivated to make informed decisions about their care, valuing a collaborative approach to treatment.
My ideal patient is someone struggling with depression, anxiety, or PTSD who is seeking more effective treatment options. They are open to exploring medication as well as interventional treatments like TMS or esketamine. Their goal is to improve their quality of life, regain functionality, and find relief from their symptoms. They want to understand their condition better and are motivated to make informed decisions about their care, valuing a collaborative approach to treatment.
(253) 553-3105 View (253) 553-3105
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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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Dorcas Kiguru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tacoma, WA 98405  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 10 years of diverse experience in mental health. I am here for you or your loved one with comprehensive and compassionate care. Every client is unique. Therefore, my approach is one that creates individualized treatment plans to meet every individual's needs by providing client-centered care using an evidence-based approach.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has over 10 years of diverse experience in mental health. I am here for you or your loved one with comprehensive and compassionate care. Every client is unique. Therefore, my approach is one that creates individualized treatment plans to meet every individual's needs by providing client-centered care using an evidence-based approach.
(425) 584-3478 View (425) 584-3478
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Geleen Salcedo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DPT, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98405  (Online Only)
Ever felt like your emotions are a puzzle that doesn't quite fit? Or wondered why focus and motivation sometimes play hard to get? Let's tackle those questions together. I'm here to help you rediscover the joy in life. Struggling to kick-start your mornings or find the energy to face the day? Wrestling with overwhelming emotions that appear out of nowhere? Finding restful sleep elusive, leaving you drained? Lingering thoughts putting you on edge? Let's put these challenges to rest. If your mind feels like a racecar on an endless track, and handling intense emotions is like catching a whirlwind, you're not alone. I can be your guide.
Ever felt like your emotions are a puzzle that doesn't quite fit? Or wondered why focus and motivation sometimes play hard to get? Let's tackle those questions together. I'm here to help you rediscover the joy in life. Struggling to kick-start your mornings or find the energy to face the day? Wrestling with overwhelming emotions that appear out of nowhere? Finding restful sleep elusive, leaving you drained? Lingering thoughts putting you on edge? Let's put these challenges to rest. If your mind feels like a racecar on an endless track, and handling intense emotions is like catching a whirlwind, you're not alone. I can be your guide.
(321) 414-8817 View (321) 414-8817
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Margaret Boyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98405
Margaret is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Pacific Lutheran University. She provides medication management and therapy services to individuals of all ages. Her practice focuses on holistic patient-centered care and empowering individuals to become active participants in the management of their physical and emotional health. Margaret strives to improve the overall well-being of individuals, families, and her community. She enjoys photography, gardening, playing the piano, and spending time outdoors with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Margaret is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Pacific Lutheran University. She provides medication management and therapy services to individuals of all ages. Her practice focuses on holistic patient-centered care and empowering individuals to become active participants in the management of their physical and emotional health. Margaret strives to improve the overall well-being of individuals, families, and her community. She enjoys photography, gardening, playing the piano, and spending time outdoors with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
(253) 867-9539 View (253) 867-9539
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Jennifer Irwin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tacoma, WA 98466
Dr. Irwin is a general psychiatrist interested in an integrative care approach to healing, incorporating medication, psychotherapy and exercise. After graduating Hartwick College, in upstate New York, summa cum laude with departmental honors in Biology, Dr. Irwin attended Michigan State Medical School. She went on to complete four years of residency training in Psychiatry at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and moved to Washington in 1999. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, skiing, and practicing yoga and meditation.
Dr. Irwin is a general psychiatrist interested in an integrative care approach to healing, incorporating medication, psychotherapy and exercise. After graduating Hartwick College, in upstate New York, summa cum laude with departmental honors in Biology, Dr. Irwin attended Michigan State Medical School. She went on to complete four years of residency training in Psychiatry at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and moved to Washington in 1999. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, skiing, and practicing yoga and meditation.
(253) 338-5169 View (253) 338-5169
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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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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
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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Number of Psychiatrists in University Place, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in University Place, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
88% ADHD
75% Medication Management
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Trauma and PTSD
63% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

3 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Premera
88% Regence
63% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in University Place, WA see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in University Place?

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.