Psychiatrists in 11787

Photo of Megan B Resnick, PMHNP, BC, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Megan B Resnick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787
I work with adults ages 18 and older struggling with Anxiety, Panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, Depression, as well as, a several other psychiatric diagnoses. I offer concierge style of approach, my treatment plans are individual to your needs and treatment goals. I am open and supportive of a holistic approach to achieving wellness, with the options to utilize medication management when necessary. I will require a screening assessment prior to initial intake. I am an provider with CIGNA, OSCAR, BC/BS, AETNA, United Heath, Oxford ONLY. No community plans are accepted. Private pay is accepted.
I work with adults ages 18 and older struggling with Anxiety, Panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, Depression, as well as, a several other psychiatric diagnoses. I offer concierge style of approach, my treatment plans are individual to your needs and treatment goals. I am open and supportive of a holistic approach to achieving wellness, with the options to utilize medication management when necessary. I will require a screening assessment prior to initial intake. I am an provider with CIGNA, OSCAR, BC/BS, AETNA, United Heath, Oxford ONLY. No community plans are accepted. Private pay is accepted.
(631) 570-8530 View (631) 570-8530
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Joan C Mahoney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN RN , PMHNP, AGACNP
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Joan is deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. With a background in nursing and specialized training in psychiatric care, she brings a unique blend of clinical expertise and empathetic understanding to her practice. Joan believes in the importance of forming trusting and collaborative relationships with her patients, empowering them to actively participate in their treatment journey. By listening attentively to their concerns and experiences, they create personalized treatment plans that address their unique goals.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Joan is deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. With a background in nursing and specialized training in psychiatric care, she brings a unique blend of clinical expertise and empathetic understanding to her practice. Joan believes in the importance of forming trusting and collaborative relationships with her patients, empowering them to actively participate in their treatment journey. By listening attentively to their concerns and experiences, they create personalized treatment plans that address their unique goals.
(934) 203-8445 View (934) 203-8445
Clarity Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
Mental health conditions can be debilitating and become obstacles in the way of us from pursuing our dreams. I am here to work with you to navigate those obstacles and gain control of your future. Your struggles do not define you, rather, they are obstacles in your path. My style is one of empathetic listening, compassion, education, and options. I am not here to see you for a three minute telephone appointment every six months for a medication renewal; rather, I am here to support you and work with you to achieve your goals.
Mental health conditions can be debilitating and become obstacles in the way of us from pursuing our dreams. I am here to work with you to navigate those obstacles and gain control of your future. Your struggles do not define you, rather, they are obstacles in your path. My style is one of empathetic listening, compassion, education, and options. I am not here to see you for a three minute telephone appointment every six months for a medication renewal; rather, I am here to support you and work with you to achieve your goals.
(631) 868-5771 View (631) 868-5771
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Diane Boaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FPMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
In therapy you learn how to process the problems of life by seeing the patterns of one's thoughts and actions. These patterns have ruled your life and always bring you back to the same unresolved situations. Together we can Identify the root cause to see were the issues have caused dis-ease, and enable you to look and heal the fear that has held you back. Remove the negative thought process and bring resolution in a productive and healing manner. To learn how to treat yourself with love and kindness!
In therapy you learn how to process the problems of life by seeing the patterns of one's thoughts and actions. These patterns have ruled your life and always bring you back to the same unresolved situations. Together we can Identify the root cause to see were the issues have caused dis-ease, and enable you to look and heal the fear that has held you back. Remove the negative thought process and bring resolution in a productive and healing manner. To learn how to treat yourself with love and kindness!
(631) 689-2055 View (631) 689-2055
David M. Margulies
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
Though I treat a broad range of issues, the most common disorders that I treat include ADHD, anxiety disorders, and depression. Very often these problems interfere with the patient's school performance and may cause behavior problems at home as well. When inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, anxiety, or mood problems directly interferes with learning, or cause behavior issues that indirectly reduces a student's availability to learn, that student has an unnecessary impediment to achieving their full potential. The parents of my patients want their children to overcome these obstacles.
Though I treat a broad range of issues, the most common disorders that I treat include ADHD, anxiety disorders, and depression. Very often these problems interfere with the patient's school performance and may cause behavior problems at home as well. When inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, anxiety, or mood problems directly interferes with learning, or cause behavior issues that indirectly reduces a student's availability to learn, that student has an unnecessary impediment to achieving their full potential. The parents of my patients want their children to overcome these obstacles.
(631) 257-3584 View (631) 257-3584
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Susan Walton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
Going off to college and need help with treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD or other problem? Having trouble getting through your days? Attention problems, mood instability and intrusive thoughts can make it hard to move forward and accomplish your goals at work or home. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) treating children, adolescents and adults. My experience includes working at a major psychiatric center, outpatient and in emergency settings. I can explain things in a way you can understand take time for questions. I offer a whole body approach, choosing medications thoughtfully.
Going off to college and need help with treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD or other problem? Having trouble getting through your days? Attention problems, mood instability and intrusive thoughts can make it hard to move forward and accomplish your goals at work or home. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) treating children, adolescents and adults. My experience includes working at a major psychiatric center, outpatient and in emergency settings. I can explain things in a way you can understand take time for questions. I offer a whole body approach, choosing medications thoughtfully.
(631) 309-2786 View (631) 309-2786
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787  (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.
(516) 289-9381 View (516) 289-9381
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Timothy P. Aiello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
I started my career as a nurse in a state-run psychiatric emergency room where I treated patients along the entire spectrum of psychiatric illnesses; many of whom were in the most emotionally vulnerable time in their lives. Having experienced this severity of psychiatric illnesses everyday allowed me to develop a level of expertise to quickly recognize symptoms and develop an accurate diagnosis so we can initiate the best treatment plan for you from the very beginning. I understand that those suffering with emotional pain cannot wait months for relief, and they shouldn't have to. I understand the need for rapid healing.
I started my career as a nurse in a state-run psychiatric emergency room where I treated patients along the entire spectrum of psychiatric illnesses; many of whom were in the most emotionally vulnerable time in their lives. Having experienced this severity of psychiatric illnesses everyday allowed me to develop a level of expertise to quickly recognize symptoms and develop an accurate diagnosis so we can initiate the best treatment plan for you from the very beginning. I understand that those suffering with emotional pain cannot wait months for relief, and they shouldn't have to. I understand the need for rapid healing.
(631) 250-8694 View (631) 250-8694
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Georgia Kelly-Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787  (Online Only)
My work includes helping individuals who may be having a difficult time managing life's challenges as well as dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or other mental illnesses. I look forward to collaborating with you as you actively seek to begin your healing journey through medication management and or therapy.
My work includes helping individuals who may be having a difficult time managing life's challenges as well as dealing with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or other mental illnesses. I look forward to collaborating with you as you actively seek to begin your healing journey through medication management and or therapy.
(631) 529-6913 View (631) 529-6913
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Carreen Castroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, BC
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at North Shore Psychiatric Consultants. I am a graduate of Stony Brook School of Nursing. I am an Associate Memberof The American Society for Psychopharmacology. It has been my passion and pleasure to have worked in the field of Psychiatry and Mental Health since 1982. I’ve worked in private and community hospitals doing general psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders, emergency psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry. It will equally be my pleasure to work in a mutual patient-provider driven plan of care to develop optimal overall health and quality of life.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at North Shore Psychiatric Consultants. I am a graduate of Stony Brook School of Nursing. I am an Associate Memberof The American Society for Psychopharmacology. It has been my passion and pleasure to have worked in the field of Psychiatry and Mental Health since 1982. I’ve worked in private and community hospitals doing general psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders, emergency psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry. It will equally be my pleasure to work in a mutual patient-provider driven plan of care to develop optimal overall health and quality of life.
(631) 301-2917 View (631) 301-2917
Long Island psychiatric services-NP in psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
My years of professional experience in both psychiatry and psychotherapy taught me that there is more to the medical issues that we experience. While it is essential for me to relieve symptoms with medications, I am also committed to holistic care. Together, we will work to develop the best treatment for you. My approach: help you to gain understanding of the underlying issues, which compromise your health, and optimize your emotional well-being. You can expect me to: *Take medical and psychiatric histories * Diagnose and offer the level of care. * Prescribe medications * Empower you to make well-informed decisions.
My years of professional experience in both psychiatry and psychotherapy taught me that there is more to the medical issues that we experience. While it is essential for me to relieve symptoms with medications, I am also committed to holistic care. Together, we will work to develop the best treatment for you. My approach: help you to gain understanding of the underlying issues, which compromise your health, and optimize your emotional well-being. You can expect me to: *Take medical and psychiatric histories * Diagnose and offer the level of care. * Prescribe medications * Empower you to make well-informed decisions.
(631) 993-4196 View (631) 993-4196
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Regina Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with years of experience working in a broad variety of environments including consult liaison in one of Long Island's largest hospitals, inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I am experienced in the pharmacological treatment of substance abuse including the use of Suboxone, Sublocade, Vivitrol, and Medical Marijuana. I also have experience with treatment-resistant depression, adult ADHD, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. I believe in the use of esketamine for treatment-resistant depression.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with years of experience working in a broad variety of environments including consult liaison in one of Long Island's largest hospitals, inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, I am experienced in the pharmacological treatment of substance abuse including the use of Suboxone, Sublocade, Vivitrol, and Medical Marijuana. I also have experience with treatment-resistant depression, adult ADHD, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. I believe in the use of esketamine for treatment-resistant depression.
(631) 201-0072 View (631) 201-0072
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Janine DeSimone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
I am a Johns Hopkins University doctorally prepared Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adult patients with a variety of psychiatric illness. I am committed to using the highest standards of care and evidence-based practice protocols, along with emerging research to provide the best possible care to my patients. I believe in building therapeutic relationships with my patients and use a collaborative approach when formulating treatment plans.
I am a Johns Hopkins University doctorally prepared Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adult patients with a variety of psychiatric illness. I am committed to using the highest standards of care and evidence-based practice protocols, along with emerging research to provide the best possible care to my patients. I believe in building therapeutic relationships with my patients and use a collaborative approach when formulating treatment plans.
(934) 451-1024 View (934) 451-1024
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Jannet Li Harkins- Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787  (Online Only)
Psychiatry is an art and science I am grateful to have the privilege of working in. I have been working as a nurse practitioner for the past 5 years in Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. I have traveled the country for the past few years learning different ways of practicing and approaching patients' obstacles.
Psychiatry is an art and science I am grateful to have the privilege of working in. I have been working as a nurse practitioner for the past 5 years in Emergency Psychiatry, Inpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. I have traveled the country for the past few years learning different ways of practicing and approaching patients' obstacles.
(332) 264-1689 View (332) 264-1689
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James Snyder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
Not accepting new clients
Dr. James Snyder, M.D. is known for his sensitivity, careful diagnostic assessments and expertise in the psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Tic Disorders, Social Anxiety/Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Snyder completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. James Snyder, M.D. is known for his sensitivity, careful diagnostic assessments and expertise in the psychopharmacological treatment of children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Tic Disorders, Social Anxiety/Selective Mutism and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Snyder completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and holds a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(207) 218-0546 View (207) 218-0546
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Shaneel Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787
I completed my psychiatry residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. After residency, I went on to have a 2-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in NYC. Besides being in private practice, I am a professor at Stony Brook University where I supervise residents and medical students. I also serve as a psychiatrist in United States Army Reserve. While I believe in the importance of accurate diagnosis, I think people are much more than a diagnosis and require treatment that is individualized to their needs and circumstances.
I completed my psychiatry residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. After residency, I went on to have a 2-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in NYC. Besides being in private practice, I am a professor at Stony Brook University where I supervise residents and medical students. I also serve as a psychiatrist in United States Army Reserve. While I believe in the importance of accurate diagnosis, I think people are much more than a diagnosis and require treatment that is individualized to their needs and circumstances.
(631) 515-6721 View (631) 515-6721
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Telepsychiatry Services in Suffolk
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare). I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems, dysphoria or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist practicing in Long Island, NY. I provide both office visits and telepsychiatry visits ( please visit my website at gaba.healthcare). I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, family and marital therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as medication management. Whatever your reasons for seeing a psychiatrist? whether you are suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, attention problems, dysphoria or just wanting to perform better at work, I strongly believe that everyone has the potential to feel and be better, and everyone deserves optimal care.
(631) 801-0807 View (631) 801-0807
Phyllis Pinard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
***I am a Board Certified Mental Health/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner*** Psychiatric Medication Management is an art; and for over 10 years I have treated children and adolescents at a Children's Psychiatric Center. I also have experience working with Adults for the past 11 years. With the utilization of both brief psychotherapy and/or medication management; I have worked successfully with Adults, Adolescents and Children who have psychiatric issues of Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Difficulties, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, OCD, Eating Disorders; Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
***I am a Board Certified Mental Health/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner*** Psychiatric Medication Management is an art; and for over 10 years I have treated children and adolescents at a Children's Psychiatric Center. I also have experience working with Adults for the past 11 years. With the utilization of both brief psychotherapy and/or medication management; I have worked successfully with Adults, Adolescents and Children who have psychiatric issues of Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Difficulties, ADHD, Behavioral Disorders, OCD, Eating Disorders; Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
(631) 706-4065 View (631) 706-4065
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Frederick Scholl Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Smithtown, NY 11787
Frederick Scholl MSN, APRN, PMHNP is a board-certified practitioner in psychiatry, licensed and registered in NYS. He specializes in treating a number of conditions with medication, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit disorder. In addition, we are now offering medication assisted treatment with Suboxone for opioid dependence. Frederick is a consultant for several area hospitals. His extensive experience includes emergency psychiatry, geriatric, adult, forensic and outpatient care.
Frederick Scholl MSN, APRN, PMHNP is a board-certified practitioner in psychiatry, licensed and registered in NYS. He specializes in treating a number of conditions with medication, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and attention deficit disorder. In addition, we are now offering medication assisted treatment with Suboxone for opioid dependence. Frederick is a consultant for several area hospitals. His extensive experience includes emergency psychiatry, geriatric, adult, forensic and outpatient care.
(631) 213-1144 View (631) 213-1144
Psychiatric & Psychotherapy Services
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MS, NP
Verified Verified
Smithtown, NY 11787
"The mission of my practice is to provide Person-Centered Care" and empower my clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve "their" desirable goals. I've had the satisfaction of seeing my clients achieve success and their lives changed through the shared partnership and treatment planning with me. Unlike the traditional mental health practitioner who focuses only on the problems or deficits, and dominates the treatment of decision making; I focus on my client's strengths, skill acquisition, quality-of-life, and choices. I like to talk to my clients. My clients feel they are heard and understood.
"The mission of my practice is to provide Person-Centered Care" and empower my clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve "their" desirable goals. I've had the satisfaction of seeing my clients achieve success and their lives changed through the shared partnership and treatment planning with me. Unlike the traditional mental health practitioner who focuses only on the problems or deficits, and dominates the treatment of decision making; I focus on my client's strengths, skill acquisition, quality-of-life, and choices. I like to talk to my clients. My clients feel they are heard and understood.
(631) 292-1868 View (631) 292-1868

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 11787

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 11787 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
88% Medication Management
85% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD
69% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
88% Aetna
82% Empire BlueCross BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 11787 see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 11787?

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.