Who should I see? 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THERAPY AND PSYCHIATRY

Holt office interior 08Patients often call to set up an appointment without knowing which of our professionals they need to see—Allison Holt or Angie O’Shea?

The professional you see will depend on your unique circumstances and situation. Some of our patients require a more medical approach to addressing their issues, with prescribed, proven medications to enable change and provide healing.

Others will improve most from individual, family or couples counseling sessions, in which they discuss their problems in order to change habits, sort through relationship issues, address grief, or solicit advice, feedback, or coping strategies.

We work together with our clients to determine whether they will benefit most from a medical approach, a therapeutic approach, or a combination of both. Our ability to offer the skills and expertise of both a therapist and a psychiatrist is one that many patients appreciate.

What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a therapist?

The differences involve both education and scope of work. Psychiatrists are physicians with specific training in diagnoising and treating mental illness; they have earned an M.D. as well as completed four years of residency in mental health. Another distinction is that psychiatrists can prescribe medications in Minnesota while psychotherapists cannot.

Therapists, or psychotherapists, typically have a masters degree (MS or MA) or a doctorate (PhD) degree. Many therapists hold a master's in Psychology or Social Work. Those with a PhD have earned the title of Psychologist. 


DrAllisonHoltDr. Allison Holt provides a psychiatric approach for issues that are more serious in nature.

At this time she is choosing to spend less time doing patient therapy in order to provide more patients with her medical expertise.


AngieOSheaAngie O’Shea works with patients in a counseling environment, listening, offering feedback and providing strategies for moving forward.

As a licensed and trained therapist, she possesses a Masters degree in marriage and family therapy.


When you call our office to set up an appointment, you will likely talk with Becky, our clinic administrator and a registered nurse. Becky is the first screen to help us determine what path to take in your recovery plan. Sometimes your first appointment will be a group meeting with both Angie and Allison to help us determine how to help you best.

Our primary concern is always the health and well-being our clients, and to provide customized treatment plans that offer optimal potential for each person's journey to mental and emotional health.

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A note about insurance

Please know that we are not an in-network provider for any insurer; however, we can provide you with the necessary paperwork so you can submit a claim to your insurer for out-of-network providers and services. Learn more


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