Psychiatrists in 19107

Photo of Erica Johnson, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Erica Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107  (Online Only)
Erica Johnson is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of Pennsylvania. She completed her Bachelors of Nursing from Temple University in Philadelphia, P.A. She recieved her Masters of Nursing in Psychiatry from Walden University. She has over 11 years in the field of Nursing.
Erica Johnson is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of Pennsylvania. She completed her Bachelors of Nursing from Temple University in Philadelphia, P.A. She recieved her Masters of Nursing in Psychiatry from Walden University. She has over 11 years in the field of Nursing.
(215) 598-6780 View (215) 598-6780
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Susan P Marcel
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
I like to think I am best suited for treating individuals who are very sensitive and want more out of their lives, those who are seeking a deeper, richer life than where they find themselves currently. Identifying and changing those things that block emotional satisfaction is something patients and I work together on. Doing this allows my patients to make better emotional contact with themselves, with their loved ones and their life's work. I like to help patients identify what is healthy and what is unhealthy in their emotional and physical lives. Establishing genuine contact with my patients is the hallmark of psychotherapy.
I like to think I am best suited for treating individuals who are very sensitive and want more out of their lives, those who are seeking a deeper, richer life than where they find themselves currently. Identifying and changing those things that block emotional satisfaction is something patients and I work together on. Doing this allows my patients to make better emotional contact with themselves, with their loved ones and their life's work. I like to help patients identify what is healthy and what is unhealthy in their emotional and physical lives. Establishing genuine contact with my patients is the hallmark of psychotherapy.
(215) 645-2939 View (215) 645-2939
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Russell Bohner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107  (Online Only)
Russell Bohner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked with psychiatric patients for over 21 years. Through his education and previous practice experience, Russell has accumulated a wide range of experiences working with people from adolescents to the elderly. Russell started his career in psychiatry as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked his way to a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) at Wilkes University before obtaining his Nurse Practitioner (NP) license.
Russell Bohner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked with psychiatric patients for over 21 years. Through his education and previous practice experience, Russell has accumulated a wide range of experiences working with people from adolescents to the elderly. Russell started his career in psychiatry as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked his way to a Master's degree in Nursing (MSN) at Wilkes University before obtaining his Nurse Practitioner (NP) license.
(267) 710-7198 View (267) 710-7198
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Vincenzo R Sanguineti
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
My areas of expertise in Adult Psychiatry include: anxiety disorders (obsessive-compulsive, PTSD, dissociative disorders); depression (including atypical and treatment resistant subtypes); bipolar disorders; pain management and other medico-psychiatric conditions; addictions and substance abuse; problems of aging. By practicing for over 40 years I came to realize that every individual is able to change his or her way of thinking and feeling, provided the client is willing to do so. My role is to individualize which role medications and psychotherapy may play for each client, in which combination, and to act accordingly.
My areas of expertise in Adult Psychiatry include: anxiety disorders (obsessive-compulsive, PTSD, dissociative disorders); depression (including atypical and treatment resistant subtypes); bipolar disorders; pain management and other medico-psychiatric conditions; addictions and substance abuse; problems of aging. By practicing for over 40 years I came to realize that every individual is able to change his or her way of thinking and feeling, provided the client is willing to do so. My role is to individualize which role medications and psychotherapy may play for each client, in which combination, and to act accordingly.
(215) 995-0209 View (215) 995-0209
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Katelyn Shaffer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107  (Online Only)
Dr. Katelyn Shaffer DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Dr. Shaffer has taken on many roles as a psychiatric NP. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in settings including, outpatient psychiatry, acute inpatient care, research, and education. Working with adult patients in outpatient psychiatry has always been Dr. Shaffer’s primary interest and specialty. She is well-versed in treating an array of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.
Dr. Katelyn Shaffer DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Dr. Shaffer has taken on many roles as a psychiatric NP. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in settings including, outpatient psychiatry, acute inpatient care, research, and education. Working with adult patients in outpatient psychiatry has always been Dr. Shaffer’s primary interest and specialty. She is well-versed in treating an array of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.
(267) 651-1112 View (267) 651-1112
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Christina Woodson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107  (Online Only)
Christina is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and former Clinical Social Worker who combines empathy and a strong understanding of psychopharmacology to provide comprehensive mental health treatment. Mental Health conditions treated include depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief/bereavement, adjustment disorder, ADHD, and OCD. Christina is passionate about mental health advocacy, client-centered care, and building a strong and effective therapeutic relationship.
Christina is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and former Clinical Social Worker who combines empathy and a strong understanding of psychopharmacology to provide comprehensive mental health treatment. Mental Health conditions treated include depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief/bereavement, adjustment disorder, ADHD, and OCD. Christina is passionate about mental health advocacy, client-centered care, and building a strong and effective therapeutic relationship.
(267) 651-1015 View (267) 651-1015
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Robert F. McFadden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19107
I have expertise in psychodynamics, CBT, and psychopharmacology. I have experience in the clinical assessment and treatment of Adult ADHD, depression and anxiety. In 2015, I was named a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. I am a Three Best Rated Psychiatrist in Philadelphia. I was named a Top Doc in Psychiatry in 2020. I offer initial assessments, coordination of care, and the choice of several treatment modalities (including medication). I do not accept insurance. I can help you submit reimbursement forms to your insurance. Watch "What to Expect at Our First Meeting" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sv9GGBp0AOU
I have expertise in psychodynamics, CBT, and psychopharmacology. I have experience in the clinical assessment and treatment of Adult ADHD, depression and anxiety. In 2015, I was named a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. I am a Three Best Rated Psychiatrist in Philadelphia. I was named a Top Doc in Psychiatry in 2020. I offer initial assessments, coordination of care, and the choice of several treatment modalities (including medication). I do not accept insurance. I can help you submit reimbursement forms to your insurance. Watch "What to Expect at Our First Meeting" on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sv9GGBp0AOU
(215) 600-4758 View (215) 600-4758
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Yi Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS...I am a UPenn-trained, fully licensed and boarded psychiatrist. I help people resolve psychological or psychiatric problems that keep them from fully enjoying their lives. Some of my patients struggle with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic. Others have trouble coping with stress arising from major life events, grief, or relationship difficulties. Some simply wish to understand themselves better or to live more intentionally.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS...I am a UPenn-trained, fully licensed and boarded psychiatrist. I help people resolve psychological or psychiatric problems that keep them from fully enjoying their lives. Some of my patients struggle with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic. Others have trouble coping with stress arising from major life events, grief, or relationship difficulties. Some simply wish to understand themselves better or to live more intentionally.
(267) 313-5249 View (267) 313-5249
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Katelin Crane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19107
I am dedicated to being the supportive relationship that you need to gain mastery of your mental health as you navigate life’s ups and downs. No matter what you are facing, whether it be depression, anxiety, trauma, mood swings, sleep troubles, substance use, or something else, I am here to help. Deciding to get help can be intimidating, but I am committed to helping you feel safe to share your thoughts and feelings, building confidence within vulnerability, and I will be there every step of the way.
I am dedicated to being the supportive relationship that you need to gain mastery of your mental health as you navigate life’s ups and downs. No matter what you are facing, whether it be depression, anxiety, trauma, mood swings, sleep troubles, substance use, or something else, I am here to help. Deciding to get help can be intimidating, but I am committed to helping you feel safe to share your thoughts and feelings, building confidence within vulnerability, and I will be there every step of the way.
(484) 263-5287 View (484) 263-5287
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Raena Khorram
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
(484) 813-4864 View (484) 813-4864
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Munachim Uyanwune
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Do you feel anxious, depressed, have difficulty concentrating, or feel you are not quite where you should be, difficulty functioning? If so, Dr. Uyanwune (popularly known as 'Dr. U') is who you need to see! Dr. Uyanwune brings a holistic approach in her treatment of behavioral health problems. She believes in wellness & uses both therapy and medication in treating clients. She believes "less is more" and strives to use medication only when needed and the minimal amount of it to best target symptoms. Dr. Uyanwune takes time to educate her clients as well.
Do you feel anxious, depressed, have difficulty concentrating, or feel you are not quite where you should be, difficulty functioning? If so, Dr. Uyanwune (popularly known as 'Dr. U') is who you need to see! Dr. Uyanwune brings a holistic approach in her treatment of behavioral health problems. She believes in wellness & uses both therapy and medication in treating clients. She believes "less is more" and strives to use medication only when needed and the minimal amount of it to best target symptoms. Dr. Uyanwune takes time to educate her clients as well.
(410) 709-6913 View (410) 709-6913
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Bianca Previdi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hi! I am a psychiatrist and therapist, trained at Jefferson Medical and University of Pennsylvania, currently working at my private practice in center city. I offer comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a variety of mental health concerns, and seek to provide an individualized approach through therapy (with or without) medications. I have received additional post-graduate training in therapy at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and practice insight-oriented psychotherapy. My goal is to provide compassionate, professional care, and to truly understand the person seeking my help, and collaborate with them.
Hi! I am a psychiatrist and therapist, trained at Jefferson Medical and University of Pennsylvania, currently working at my private practice in center city. I offer comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a variety of mental health concerns, and seek to provide an individualized approach through therapy (with or without) medications. I have received additional post-graduate training in therapy at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and practice insight-oriented psychotherapy. My goal is to provide compassionate, professional care, and to truly understand the person seeking my help, and collaborate with them.
(267) 323-4873 View (267) 323-4873
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Galina Lensky, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Dr. Galina Lensky is a board-certified general psychiatrist in Philadelphia. She specializes in the treatment of adults and geriatric patients with psychiatric disorders. She has a clinical interest in mood disorders, such as major depression, bipolar disorder,anxiety disorders.She works with people struggling with anxiety, eating disorders, post traumatic stress,OCD, sexuality issues, PMS, PMDD, psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, and the menopausal transition,she is experienced in treating patients with psychiatric conditions in comorbidity with chronic medical illnesses.
Dr. Galina Lensky is a board-certified general psychiatrist in Philadelphia. She specializes in the treatment of adults and geriatric patients with psychiatric disorders. She has a clinical interest in mood disorders, such as major depression, bipolar disorder,anxiety disorders.She works with people struggling with anxiety, eating disorders, post traumatic stress,OCD, sexuality issues, PMS, PMDD, psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, and the menopausal transition,she is experienced in treating patients with psychiatric conditions in comorbidity with chronic medical illnesses.
(215) 883-8580 View (215) 883-8580
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Dr. Elina Maymind
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107  (Online Only)
If you are reading my profile you are looking for a well-trained psychiatrist with expertise in psychiatric assessment and development of treatment plans. I am a Cornell and Jefferson trained physician, with multiple publications and a track record of excellent care. I believe that both medication and psychotherapy can help decrease suffering and help a person reach his/her own full potential. I often collaborate with other therapists, nutritionists, and physicians to create a multidimensional approach to treatment.
If you are reading my profile you are looking for a well-trained psychiatrist with expertise in psychiatric assessment and development of treatment plans. I am a Cornell and Jefferson trained physician, with multiple publications and a track record of excellent care. I believe that both medication and psychotherapy can help decrease suffering and help a person reach his/her own full potential. I often collaborate with other therapists, nutritionists, and physicians to create a multidimensional approach to treatment.
(856) 636-4095 View (856) 636-4095
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Prianka Sinha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and moved to Erie, PA for medical school, internship, residency, and fellowship. I am trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and have also certified in ECT. I received my medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and completed residency and fellowship with Millcreek Community Hospital. During my time working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Erie, PA, I was given an incredible opportunity to serve a community in need.
I was born and raised in New Jersey, and moved to Erie, PA for medical school, internship, residency, and fellowship. I am trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and have also certified in ECT. I received my medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and completed residency and fellowship with Millcreek Community Hospital. During my time working as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Erie, PA, I was given an incredible opportunity to serve a community in need.
(484) 316-7220 View (484) 316-7220
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Megan Ines
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Megan Ines is a Psychiatrist in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where she studied Human Biology, Health & Society with a minor in Policy Analysis & Management. Megan attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Northwell Health-Mather Hospital, where she served as chief resident. As a DO, Megan has been trained to look at a patient holistically, treating the whole patient and not just the disease.
Megan Ines is a Psychiatrist in New Jersey who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where she studied Human Biology, Health & Society with a minor in Policy Analysis & Management. Megan attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Northwell Health-Mather Hospital, where she served as chief resident. As a DO, Megan has been trained to look at a patient holistically, treating the whole patient and not just the disease.
(267) 641-9616 View (267) 641-9616
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Scott Ambrass
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Scott Ambrass earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. While working for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on their neurological and brain injury rehabilitation unit, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University and his Master of Science in Nursing from Monmouth University. Scott was board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in late 2018 and began with Life Stance in June of 2020.
Scott Ambrass earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. While working for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on their neurological and brain injury rehabilitation unit, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University and his Master of Science in Nursing from Monmouth University. Scott was board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in late 2018 and began with Life Stance in June of 2020.
(267) 710-7984 View (267) 710-7984
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Molly Robinson
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Molly Robinson is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. Molly believes that communication is key when it comes to developing a treatment plan. She always strives to have an open communication style and enjoys teaching her patients about their mental illness so that they can better work together as a team to find the best treatment plan that works for them. Outside of work, Molly enjoys creative writing, movies, books, animals, trivia, and the ukulele.
Molly Robinson is a Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. Molly believes that communication is key when it comes to developing a treatment plan. She always strives to have an open communication style and enjoys teaching her patients about their mental illness so that they can better work together as a team to find the best treatment plan that works for them. Outside of work, Molly enjoys creative writing, movies, books, animals, trivia, and the ukulele.
(267) 214-3710 View (267) 214-3710
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Brian Frankel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Mental suffering is often neither simple nor obvious to others. My primary aim is to help alleviate that suffering, and I recognize how important a personalized and collaborative approach is in this work. Psychiatric medication and psychotherapy are powerful tools that can promote well-being and I enjoy working in both modalities to provide a tailored treatment plan as well as foster greater understanding and growth. After completing my training at Yale I have worked in multiple treatment settings, which has broadened my perspective and helped me be attuned to each patient on an individual level.
Mental suffering is often neither simple nor obvious to others. My primary aim is to help alleviate that suffering, and I recognize how important a personalized and collaborative approach is in this work. Psychiatric medication and psychotherapy are powerful tools that can promote well-being and I enjoy working in both modalities to provide a tailored treatment plan as well as foster greater understanding and growth. After completing my training at Yale I have worked in multiple treatment settings, which has broadened my perspective and helped me be attuned to each patient on an individual level.
(267) 214-3177 View (267) 214-3177
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Dr. Stephanie Cross
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The journey to emotional well-being can be a challenge, is an ever evolving process, and our goals for treatment vary over the lifespan. Dr. Cross is a UPenn trained adult psychiatrist, with a private practice located in Philadelphia, and is available to help you on your mental health journey. She has an exceptional training background, with additional experience working with older adults and medically complex individuals. She takes a holistic mind-body approach to treatment, and works to build a safe space for exploration and healing.
The journey to emotional well-being can be a challenge, is an ever evolving process, and our goals for treatment vary over the lifespan. Dr. Cross is a UPenn trained adult psychiatrist, with a private practice located in Philadelphia, and is available to help you on your mental health journey. She has an exceptional training background, with additional experience working with older adults and medically complex individuals. She takes a holistic mind-body approach to treatment, and works to build a safe space for exploration and healing.
(484) 755-3946 View (484) 755-3946

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 19107

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 19107 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
82% Trauma and PTSD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Grief
68% Bipolar Disorder
61% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Other

How Psychiatrists in 19107 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

81% Female
19% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 19107?

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.