Psychiatrists in La Crosse County, WI

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Photo of Dr. Erica Larson, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr. Erica Larson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
La Crosse, WI 54602
I take an approach that is comprehensive and holistic, integrating all aspects of wellness and functionality. I am compassionate and listen to my patients, spending time figuring out core challenges they face and how this has contributed to what they are experiencing as well as how we can identify strengths and provide tangible tools to get them better. I utilize personalized medicine to guide treatment recommendations and partner with my patients to develop individualized care plans. Sustainable life changes occur with decision making that is informed and purposeful, guided by an individuals' unique values and goals.
I take an approach that is comprehensive and holistic, integrating all aspects of wellness and functionality. I am compassionate and listen to my patients, spending time figuring out core challenges they face and how this has contributed to what they are experiencing as well as how we can identify strengths and provide tangible tools to get them better. I utilize personalized medicine to guide treatment recommendations and partner with my patients to develop individualized care plans. Sustainable life changes occur with decision making that is informed and purposeful, guided by an individuals' unique values and goals.
(608) 557-3347 View (608) 557-3347
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Sarah Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
La Crosse, WI 54601
As a board certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am able to see patients across the lifespan, providing care for individuals of all ages. I provide medication management. Areas of interest include generalized anxiety disorder, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
As a board certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am able to see patients across the lifespan, providing care for individuals of all ages. I provide medication management. Areas of interest include generalized anxiety disorder, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(608) 546-9329 View (608) 546-9329
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Dileep Borra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Onalaska, WI 54650
My clinic is named Being You Mental Health because I believe "being you" is a unique experience, and I feel honored to help my patients overcome barriers to becoming their most authentic and unique selves. I employ a strengths-based, patient-centered, and collaborative approach and I combine psychotherapy with psychiatric medication management (only if needed) to help my patients achieve the most improvement in their mental health and functioning. The electronic medical record I use is Luminello. Patients will have access to a patient portal (similar to mychart for epic) through which secure documents and messages can be exchanged
My clinic is named Being You Mental Health because I believe "being you" is a unique experience, and I feel honored to help my patients overcome barriers to becoming their most authentic and unique selves. I employ a strengths-based, patient-centered, and collaborative approach and I combine psychotherapy with psychiatric medication management (only if needed) to help my patients achieve the most improvement in their mental health and functioning. The electronic medical record I use is Luminello. Patients will have access to a patient portal (similar to mychart for epic) through which secure documents and messages can be exchanged
(608) 975-3292 View (608) 975-3292
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Monica Gorski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APNP, APRN, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Crosse, WI 54601
At the core of my work is a radical healing relationship that attunes to whatever is calling for your attention. Whatever feelings or parts of you you've learned were unlovable, unacceptable, or bad, I welcome here. Together, we can sensitively tune in and learn to see and relate to these parts differently. I help people remember how to be with themselves, the sensations in their body, their messy humanness, and their awe-inspiring magic. Here, your autonomy is central, and your care is organically holistic.
At the core of my work is a radical healing relationship that attunes to whatever is calling for your attention. Whatever feelings or parts of you you've learned were unlovable, unacceptable, or bad, I welcome here. Together, we can sensitively tune in and learn to see and relate to these parts differently. I help people remember how to be with themselves, the sensations in their body, their messy humanness, and their awe-inspiring magic. Here, your autonomy is central, and your care is organically holistic.
(608) 433-2482 View (608) 433-2482
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Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
La Crosse, WI 54601
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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Patrick Allen Cortado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
La Crosse, WI 54601
Dual Board Certified PMHNP (psychiatric mental health) and FNP (family practice). Master Psychopharmacology certified with NEI. ADHD-CCSP (ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider). Partnered with GeneSight and has the ability to order gene testing for psychiatric medications. Alumni of Purdue Global University and Rocky Mountain University. Worked in multiple settings such as Retail Clinic, Psychiatry, home health, neurology, and bariatrics/bariatric surgery. My therapeutic approach is patient-centered care; my focus has always been the least amount of medication possible to handle mental health disorders.
Dual Board Certified PMHNP (psychiatric mental health) and FNP (family practice). Master Psychopharmacology certified with NEI. ADHD-CCSP (ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider). Partnered with GeneSight and has the ability to order gene testing for psychiatric medications. Alumni of Purdue Global University and Rocky Mountain University. Worked in multiple settings such as Retail Clinic, Psychiatry, home health, neurology, and bariatrics/bariatric surgery. My therapeutic approach is patient-centered care; my focus has always been the least amount of medication possible to handle mental health disorders.
(414) 420-1997 View (414) 420-1997
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Therese Alm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
La Crosse, WI 54601
I’m a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in nursing focused on public health and psychiatry/mental health. I believe that mental health should be first health and that there is a critical connection between physical health and mental health. My approach is holistic, understanding medication can be beneficial but is not the only tool to be utilized. We'll also explore how therapy, nutrition, sleep, and physical activity may be affecting how you feel.
I’m a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in nursing focused on public health and psychiatry/mental health. I believe that mental health should be first health and that there is a critical connection between physical health and mental health. My approach is holistic, understanding medication can be beneficial but is not the only tool to be utilized. We'll also explore how therapy, nutrition, sleep, and physical activity may be affecting how you feel.
(414) 441-6598 View (414) 441-6598
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Trisha Jacox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
14 Endorsed
La Crosse, WI 54601  (Online Only)
Now accepting NEW patients via telehealth! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), across the lifespan. I have been in healthcare for over twenty years. I have a deep passion for mental health. I started my nursing career as a registered nurse working in inpatient psychiatric care. There I found my calling to help those navigate their healing journey through treatment of mental health. I pride myself on meeting people where they are and coming up with a treatment and medication plan to get them where they want to be. My main approach is holistic, collaborative, supportive and patient centered.
Now accepting NEW patients via telehealth! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), across the lifespan. I have been in healthcare for over twenty years. I have a deep passion for mental health. I started my nursing career as a registered nurse working in inpatient psychiatric care. There I found my calling to help those navigate their healing journey through treatment of mental health. I pride myself on meeting people where they are and coming up with a treatment and medication plan to get them where they want to be. My main approach is holistic, collaborative, supportive and patient centered.
(715) 652-8220 View (715) 652-8220
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Hong Yin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Crosse, WI 54601
I specialize in TMS therapy and see individuals for a course of TMS. This stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and it is FDA approved and endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association. TMS is ideal to consider if a patient has underwent traditional therapy and medication management but they are still struggling with finding relief from their depressive symptoms. Individuals may still struggle with low mood, lack of interest, low energy, difficulty thinking clearly, sleep and appetite disturbances and more. If you are interested in meeting me, please tell the front desk you are interested in TMS to get an appointment.
I specialize in TMS therapy and see individuals for a course of TMS. This stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and it is FDA approved and endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association. TMS is ideal to consider if a patient has underwent traditional therapy and medication management but they are still struggling with finding relief from their depressive symptoms. Individuals may still struggle with low mood, lack of interest, low energy, difficulty thinking clearly, sleep and appetite disturbances and more. If you are interested in meeting me, please tell the front desk you are interested in TMS to get an appointment.
(262) 404-3696 View (262) 404-3696
Photo of Christina Fuchs, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Christina Fuchs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
La Crosse, WI 54603
Accepting new patients! I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who can diagnose and treat anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, mood disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, sleep disorders, migraines and more across Wisconsin. I also offer telehealth appointments for your convenience!
Accepting new patients! I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who can diagnose and treat anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar, mood disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, sleep disorders, migraines and more across Wisconsin. I also offer telehealth appointments for your convenience!
(262) 233-2320 View (262) 233-2320
Photo of Miranda Dulek, DNP, APRN, CNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Miranda Dulek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
La Crosse, WI 54601
As a psychiatric provider, my primary focus is medication management. If you are looking for a personal, compassionate touch, that is my specialty. When struggling with our mental health, combining medication and therapy has been shown to be the most effective approach. While medication can be an important part of recovery and staying well, it is only one piece of the puzzle. I strive to combine medication management with individual therapy in such a way that it allows patients and family to feel heard, validated and comfortable in a non-judgmental space.
As a psychiatric provider, my primary focus is medication management. If you are looking for a personal, compassionate touch, that is my specialty. When struggling with our mental health, combining medication and therapy has been shown to be the most effective approach. While medication can be an important part of recovery and staying well, it is only one piece of the puzzle. I strive to combine medication management with individual therapy in such a way that it allows patients and family to feel heard, validated and comfortable in a non-judgmental space.
(612) 503-5981 View (612) 503-5981

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Reka Furedi, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
Reka Furedi
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Tomah, WI 54660  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice and thank you for your interest in my services! My name is Reka Furedi and I’m a board certified psychiatrist, with years of experience, serving patients throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota utilizing the latest technologies to provide individualized care, tailored for you, via secure video visits to fit any lifestyle from busy city life to rural, close to nature choices and everything in-between.
Welcome to my practice and thank you for your interest in my services! My name is Reka Furedi and I’m a board certified psychiatrist, with years of experience, serving patients throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota utilizing the latest technologies to provide individualized care, tailored for you, via secure video visits to fit any lifestyle from busy city life to rural, close to nature choices and everything in-between.
(608) 655-6823 View (608) 655-6823
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Brada Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up, juggling the demands of work, home, and personal life, yet never quite catching up? Are you overwhelmed by the relentless pace, feeling lost in a sea of responsibilities that seems to grow by the day? It's a shared experience for many, where the pressure to perform perfectly in every aspect of life leads to deep-seated anxiety and a loss of one's sense of self. Ignoring these feelings can lead to a downward spiral of stress and emotional exhaustion. Remember, you're not alone in this struggle. It's crucial to acknowledge these challenges to find a path to peace and balance.
Do you feel like you're constantly struggling to keep up, juggling the demands of work, home, and personal life, yet never quite catching up? Are you overwhelmed by the relentless pace, feeling lost in a sea of responsibilities that seems to grow by the day? It's a shared experience for many, where the pressure to perform perfectly in every aspect of life leads to deep-seated anxiety and a loss of one's sense of self. Ignoring these feelings can lead to a downward spiral of stress and emotional exhaustion. Remember, you're not alone in this struggle. It's crucial to acknowledge these challenges to find a path to peace and balance.
(715) 317-5466 View (715) 317-5466
Bronwyn L Dilley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Middleton, WI 53562
I have been a practicing Nurse Practitioner for 23 years. I have a completed the certification for Master of Psychopharmacology with the Neurological Education Institiute (NEI) and ADHD certified with Evergreen certifications as a clinical services provider. I try to focus on the patient's needs by listening to their concerns. Together we work on the most important struggles the patient is experiencing. I use a holistic approach to treatments, such as diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, with medications and counseling to treat mental issues. I feel that it is most important to listen to my patients.
I have been a practicing Nurse Practitioner for 23 years. I have a completed the certification for Master of Psychopharmacology with the Neurological Education Institiute (NEI) and ADHD certified with Evergreen certifications as a clinical services provider. I try to focus on the patient's needs by listening to their concerns. Together we work on the most important struggles the patient is experiencing. I use a holistic approach to treatments, such as diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, with medications and counseling to treat mental issues. I feel that it is most important to listen to my patients.
(608) 200-2871 View (608) 200-2871
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Sara Feist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, APRN
Verified Verified
Middleton, WI 53562
Sara Feist is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She completed graduate school at the University of North Dakota earing her Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Sara spent nearly 15 years as a Registered Nurse caring for children and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric unit and outpatient psychiatric programs.
Sara Feist is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She completed graduate school at the University of North Dakota earing her Master of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Sara spent nearly 15 years as a Registered Nurse caring for children and adults in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric unit and outpatient psychiatric programs.
(608) 527-0544 View (608) 527-0544
Photo of Emily Longhenry, APNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily Longhenry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Platteville, WI 53818
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric medication management to all ages. Telehealth appointments MAY be available ONLY after a face-to-face visit has been completed.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric medication management to all ages. Telehealth appointments MAY be available ONLY after a face-to-face visit has been completed.
(608) 557-4525 View (608) 557-4525
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Kelly JOSSART
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Friendship, WI 53934
My name is Kelly Jossart, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is dedicated to helping you on your mental health journey. I have committed most of my nursing career to working with and advocating for individuals with mental health needs. I am devoted to helping those struggling with mental health. I work with children to adults specializing in Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders. I believe in a compassionate, trauma-informed, and holistic approach to improving the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of each person whom I encounter.
My name is Kelly Jossart, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is dedicated to helping you on your mental health journey. I have committed most of my nursing career to working with and advocating for individuals with mental health needs. I am devoted to helping those struggling with mental health. I work with children to adults specializing in Trauma, PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders. I believe in a compassionate, trauma-informed, and holistic approach to improving the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of each person whom I encounter.
(608) 523-9607 View (608) 523-9607
Photo of Denise Matel-Anderson, APNP, RN, Psychiatric Nurse
Denise Matel-Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse, APNP, RN
Verified Verified
Madison, WI 53717
I am a compassionate practitioner with a doctorate in nursing and dual certifications as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). In addition to working as a PMHNP, I was a lecturer and clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, published research on a variety of mental health topics, and provided medical care at a psychiatric hospital for adults and children/adolescents. My research focuses on resilience, positive thinking, and resourcefulness in vulnerable populations. In practice, I treat a broad range of mental health concerns for adults.
I am a compassionate practitioner with a doctorate in nursing and dual certifications as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). In addition to working as a PMHNP, I was a lecturer and clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students, published research on a variety of mental health topics, and provided medical care at a psychiatric hospital for adults and children/adolescents. My research focuses on resilience, positive thinking, and resourcefulness in vulnerable populations. In practice, I treat a broad range of mental health concerns for adults.
(608) 736-1355 View (608) 736-1355
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Erika Steinbauer
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, WI 53717
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health.
Have you ever felt rushed through a mental health visit? Have you ever felt like "just" a diagnosis or collection of symptoms? You are more than that: You are a complex and whole human being and you have a right to be seen. I am committed to establishing a deep level of trust with each client, which I hope will serve as the foundation for our therapeutic alliance. I take the time to get to know each of my patients, understanding their individual experiences and needs, and working with them to develop effective strategies for managing their mental health.
(608) 523-9985 View (608) 523-9985
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Brenda Kibola
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Eau Claire, WI 54701
When life feels clouded by depression or anxiety, it can seem like the joyful world you once knew is just out of reach. It's like a puzzle piece is missing, but it's hard to figure out which one. I've heard this from many clients, and together we've managed to fill in those gaps. We've addressed conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and peripartum disorders using a blend of medication and therapy. If it aligns with your beliefs, we can incorporate Christian Biblical principles into your treatment. Let's work collaboratively to rediscover the joy and peace in your world.
When life feels clouded by depression or anxiety, it can seem like the joyful world you once knew is just out of reach. It's like a puzzle piece is missing, but it's hard to figure out which one. I've heard this from many clients, and together we've managed to fill in those gaps. We've addressed conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and peripartum disorders using a blend of medication and therapy. If it aligns with your beliefs, we can incorporate Christian Biblical principles into your treatment. Let's work collaboratively to rediscover the joy and peace in your world.
(646) 681-4541 View (646) 681-4541

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Number of Psychiatrists in La Crosse County, WI

10+

Average cost per session

$244

Psychiatrists in La Crosse County, WI who prioritize treating:

82% Depression
82% Anxiety
73% Medication Management
64% ADHD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Trauma and PTSD
64% Stress

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in La Crosse County, WI see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in La Crosse County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.