Psychiatrists in Yakima, WA

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Katie - - Awen Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98901  (Online Only)
Now Taking New Patients. Telehealth and Inpatient Appointments I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with training and experience assessing and treating adults and children focusing on a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD and addiction recovery. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I work in collaboration with other treatment providers to ensure proper medication management for all patients
Now Taking New Patients. Telehealth and Inpatient Appointments I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with training and experience assessing and treating adults and children focusing on a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD and addiction recovery. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I work in collaboration with other treatment providers to ensure proper medication management for all patients
(206) 590-2973 View (206) 590-2973
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98902  (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.
(509) 794-0878 View (509) 794-0878
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Lori Drews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98902  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, experienced in evaluating and managing conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders and sleep issues. I am licensed to diagnose mental health disorders and to provide medication management. I offer problem focused, solution-based therapy sessions and work with local therapists to meet more extensive needs. I recognize that every individual has unique goals for their life. I will work with you to meet these goals and develop a treatment plan that is symptom focused and designed to meet your individual needs. I offer telepsych appointments.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, experienced in evaluating and managing conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders and sleep issues. I am licensed to diagnose mental health disorders and to provide medication management. I offer problem focused, solution-based therapy sessions and work with local therapists to meet more extensive needs. I recognize that every individual has unique goals for their life. I will work with you to meet these goals and develop a treatment plan that is symptom focused and designed to meet your individual needs. I offer telepsych appointments.
(509) 266-0263 View (509) 266-0263
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The Psych Lounge
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, BSc, PMHNPBC, FNPC
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98904  (Online Only)
I am a doctoral prepared, licensed, and double board-certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner (DNP, FNP-C PMHNP-BC). I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from Brandman University, Irvine California, Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University Minneapolis Minnesota, and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information systems from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
I am a doctoral prepared, licensed, and double board-certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner (DNP, FNP-C PMHNP-BC). I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from Brandman University, Irvine California, Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University Minneapolis Minnesota, and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information systems from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
(509) 210-4467 View (509) 210-4467
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Summitview Psychological Center, Karen Diana, ARNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98902
Currently I am seeing clients for medication management only.
Currently I am seeing clients for medication management only.
(509) 955-7116 View (509) 955-7116
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98901  (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.
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.
(612) 324-6788 x2 View (612) 324-6788 x2
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Dr. Celina Egemasi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98902  (Online Only)
Dr. Celina Egemasi is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry; diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults and elderly. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. She graduated from Walden University with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree and Brandman University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. Dr. Egemasi is part of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and Golden Key International
Dr. Celina Egemasi is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry; diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, adults and elderly. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. She graduated from Walden University with her Family Nurse Practitioner degree and Brandman University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. Dr. Egemasi is part of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and Golden Key International
(509) 300-4795 View (509) 300-4795
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Tamara Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98908
Patient who is looking for warm, empathetic caring clinician. Patient who is looking to move forward in their life and heal past traumas and excel in any facet of their life.
Patient who is looking for warm, empathetic caring clinician. Patient who is looking to move forward in their life and heal past traumas and excel in any facet of their life.
(509) 517-7015 View (509) 517-7015
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98902  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98902
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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Tanner Rapp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, ARNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98902
Hello, I'm Tanner Rapp, ARNP, FNP-C, an experienced healthcare professional committed to your well-being. Over seven years, I've forged trusting relationships with patients, ensuring comfort throughout their healthcare journey. Choose me as your partner, and embark on a path to holistic wellness backed by years of experience, specialized knowledge, and compassionate care. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Depression, and mental health concerns, my mission is to support your holistic well-being. I am dedicated to empowering you to thrive at every level.
Hello, I'm Tanner Rapp, ARNP, FNP-C, an experienced healthcare professional committed to your well-being. Over seven years, I've forged trusting relationships with patients, ensuring comfort throughout their healthcare journey. Choose me as your partner, and embark on a path to holistic wellness backed by years of experience, specialized knowledge, and compassionate care. Specializing in ADHD, Anxiety, Behavioral Issues, Depression, and mental health concerns, my mission is to support your holistic well-being. I am dedicated to empowering you to thrive at every level.
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Bella Mente PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98901  (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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Online Kairos Psychiatry in Washington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98902  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, where ever you are. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, where ever you are. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(720) 605-6295 View (720) 605-6295
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98903  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(509) 652-2470 View (509) 652-2470
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Branden Heath
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98908  (Online Only)
My patients are often battling the shortage of mental health care and unable to get help when they need it the most. My clients have been coping with anxiety of the future or depression of the past and need someone who will believe their experience. My patients have been living with mental illness, in varying degrees, which has inhibited their potential socially and personally.
My patients are often battling the shortage of mental health care and unable to get help when they need it the most. My clients have been coping with anxiety of the future or depression of the past and need someone who will believe their experience. My patients have been living with mental illness, in varying degrees, which has inhibited their potential socially and personally.
(253) 201-0438 View (253) 201-0438
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Pw Psych NP Services Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98901  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(206) 829-6563 View (206) 829-6563
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Kristine Burns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98902
Kristine Burns is a doctorally prepared, licensed, and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC). She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from University of Missouri, Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from University of Illinois, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr. Winkler has worked in mental health, which has always been her focus and passion, since 1998.
Kristine Burns is a doctorally prepared, licensed, and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC). She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from University of Missouri, Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from University of Illinois, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University. Dr. Winkler has worked in mental health, which has always been her focus and passion, since 1998.
(425) 309-7758 View (425) 309-7758
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Maryam Gulraiz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yakima, WA 98901  (Online Only)
I am a provider with several years of experience in treating mental health. I have a special interest in relationship and social difficulties and how masking and rejection sensitivity impacts mental health. Issues I work with are: Anxiety, Depression, social anxiety, perfectionism, Sleep problems, relationship issues and trauma, problems at school or work (motivation, attention, and interpersonal problems), Bipolar Disorder, OCD and many more. I use an individualized approach based on my client's needs. If this sounds somewhat familiar, I would like to help you in this healing journey.
I am a provider with several years of experience in treating mental health. I have a special interest in relationship and social difficulties and how masking and rejection sensitivity impacts mental health. Issues I work with are: Anxiety, Depression, social anxiety, perfectionism, Sleep problems, relationship issues and trauma, problems at school or work (motivation, attention, and interpersonal problems), Bipolar Disorder, OCD and many more. I use an individualized approach based on my client's needs. If this sounds somewhat familiar, I would like to help you in this healing journey.
(206) 775-7217 View (206) 775-7217
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Farrukh Hashmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98901
I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I have worked with a diverse group of psychiatric patients for the past twenty years within the Tri-Cities.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist. I have worked with a diverse group of psychiatric patients for the past twenty years within the Tri-Cities.
(425) 292-8446 View (425) 292-8446
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Precision Psychiatry - Dr. Marli W. Parobek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Yakima, WA 98908
Hello. I am Dr. Marli W. Parobek, owner of Precision Psychiatry. My practice is focused on medication treatment that is tailored to meet your specific mental health needs. I am dedicated to delivering modern medical solutions with a practical application. Everyone has different needs and your care deserves to be individualized. When you are ready, I am here to help in your pursuit of wellness.
Hello. I am Dr. Marli W. Parobek, owner of Precision Psychiatry. My practice is focused on medication treatment that is tailored to meet your specific mental health needs. I am dedicated to delivering modern medical solutions with a practical application. Everyone has different needs and your care deserves to be individualized. When you are ready, I am here to help in your pursuit of wellness.
(206) 312-4172 View (206) 312-4172

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Yakima, WA

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Yakima, WA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
87% Depression
87% Medication Management
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
81% Sleep or Insomnia
74% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Yakima, WA see their clients

58% Online Only
42% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Yakima?

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.