Psychiatrists in 19406

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Habiba Mzougui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406  (Online Only)
Habiba Mzougui is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience treating patients across the lifespan. She is a graduate of Drexel University. She has cared for adults and children living with depression, anxiety, trauma, and childhood-related conditions such as ADHD, emotional dysregulation/anger management, learning, and behavioral challenges. NP Mzougui is passionate about the mental health of children and families. She believes the individual or family is the expert on their life, and collaboration with families results in the best outcome.
Habiba Mzougui is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of experience treating patients across the lifespan. She is a graduate of Drexel University. She has cared for adults and children living with depression, anxiety, trauma, and childhood-related conditions such as ADHD, emotional dysregulation/anger management, learning, and behavioral challenges. NP Mzougui is passionate about the mental health of children and families. She believes the individual or family is the expert on their life, and collaboration with families results in the best outcome.
(267) 633-8128 View (267) 633-8128
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Tara Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified
Dr. Tara Thompson, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Dr. Tara started her career as a therapist after earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from Eastern University where she was trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and systemic therapy. She later decided to change direction and pursue an education and career in nursing where she worked in cardiology and neurology.
Dr. Tara Thompson, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Dr. Tara started her career as a therapist after earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from Eastern University where she was trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and systemic therapy. She later decided to change direction and pursue an education and career in nursing where she worked in cardiology and neurology.
(484) 806-9353 View (484) 806-9353
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Michael Pertschuk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
I have worked in outpatient, residential and inpatient settings treating eating disorders, mood disorders and ADHD. My research interests include body image issues and medical complications of mental health problems, especially eating disorders. I am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University, Philadelphia. My medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and I have a Masters Degree in psychology also from Penn. I am married with grown children and live with my wife and several cats.
I have worked in outpatient, residential and inpatient settings treating eating disorders, mood disorders and ADHD. My research interests include body image issues and medical complications of mental health problems, especially eating disorders. I am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University, Philadelphia. My medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and I have a Masters Degree in psychology also from Penn. I am married with grown children and live with my wife and several cats.
(267) 490-4113 View (267) 490-4113
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O'Nisha Lawrence
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. O'Nisha Lawrence is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2014. She earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed her psychiatric residency and fellowship training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Lawrence specializes in the evaluation and treatment of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She utilizes a combination of psychotherapy and medication management.
Dr. O'Nisha Lawrence is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2014. She earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed her psychiatric residency and fellowship training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Lawrence specializes in the evaluation and treatment of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She utilizes a combination of psychotherapy and medication management.
(484) 573-7214 View (484) 573-7214
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Rachel Dillinger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Rachel completed medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and psychiatric residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program, where she served as a chief resident for inpatient psychiatry, the Sheppard Pratt hospital, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She works with patients to understand their mental health goals and determine the best strategy to meet them, including therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication.
Rachel completed medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and psychiatric residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program, where she served as a chief resident for inpatient psychiatry, the Sheppard Pratt hospital, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She works with patients to understand their mental health goals and determine the best strategy to meet them, including therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication.
(215) 398-4746 View (215) 398-4746
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Branch Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Welcome to Branch Behavioral Health Services, where your well-being comes first. BBHS offers access to convenient tele psych online and phone visits with board-certified licensed providers. Our staff of dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychotherapists, and counselors are here for you. Our providers are caring experts who treat an array of mental health issues. BBHS provides consultations, evaluations, and medication management from the comfort and privacy of your home. The evaluation is conducted similarly to a face-to-face office visit.
Welcome to Branch Behavioral Health Services, where your well-being comes first. BBHS offers access to convenient tele psych online and phone visits with board-certified licensed providers. Our staff of dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychotherapists, and counselors are here for you. Our providers are caring experts who treat an array of mental health issues. BBHS provides consultations, evaluations, and medication management from the comfort and privacy of your home. The evaluation is conducted similarly to a face-to-face office visit.
(484) 669-8510 View (484) 669-8510
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Nicole Wilson-Carr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Nicole is a dual certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and her master's degree from Maryville University. Nicole offers medication management and basic psychotherapy. She provides patient centered care combined with evidence based and collaborative pharmacological treatment. Her areas of special interest include Depression, Anxiety disorders, Sleep Disorders and Life transitions. She believes in shared decision making when it comes to patient care and makes sure each clients feel comfortable and listened to at each office visit.
Nicole is a dual certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and her master's degree from Maryville University. Nicole offers medication management and basic psychotherapy. She provides patient centered care combined with evidence based and collaborative pharmacological treatment. Her areas of special interest include Depression, Anxiety disorders, Sleep Disorders and Life transitions. She believes in shared decision making when it comes to patient care and makes sure each clients feel comfortable and listened to at each office visit.
(484) 662-4279 View (484) 662-4279
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Jutta Vogt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Vogt is a board certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 20 years. She graduated medical school from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany and completed her adult psychiatry residency training and child psychiatry fellowship at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2001. Dr. Vogt specializes in medication management of many psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder.
Dr. Vogt is a board certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 20 years. She graduated medical school from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany and completed her adult psychiatry residency training and child psychiatry fellowship at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2001. Dr. Vogt specializes in medication management of many psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder.
(267) 848-9166 View (267) 848-9166
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Mind, Body, & Soul Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSW, MSN, CRNP
Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in medication management for various mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I have 20+ years of mental health experience working with clients across the life span from 5 years old through adulthood. My skills and experience allow me to assist you in setting appropriate life goals and defining strategies to accomplish those goals. There is no set approach for mental health care. Every patient is unique and will be treated as such. I will customize your experience and help you to achieve optimal health.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in medication management for various mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I have 20+ years of mental health experience working with clients across the life span from 5 years old through adulthood. My skills and experience allow me to assist you in setting appropriate life goals and defining strategies to accomplish those goals. There is no set approach for mental health care. Every patient is unique and will be treated as such. I will customize your experience and help you to achieve optimal health.
(484) 346-0477 View (484) 346-0477
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David Monheit
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Monheit has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. He is board certified in adult psychiatry. While his primary responsibility diagnosis and medication management, he has completed psychoanalytic training and has many years of experience in eastern philosophy and practices. He has taught at the medical school and postgraduate levels. Dr. Monheit treats a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders amongst others.
Dr. Monheit has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. He is board certified in adult psychiatry. While his primary responsibility diagnosis and medication management, he has completed psychoanalytic training and has many years of experience in eastern philosophy and practices. He has taught at the medical school and postgraduate levels. Dr. Monheit treats a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders amongst others.
(267) 732-1749 View (267) 732-1749
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Susan Gilman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Gilman is a board certified psychiatrist and lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has over 38 years of experience in adult, geriatric and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her psychiatry training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH); and she has also postgraduate training at the Philadelphia Association of Psychoanalysis. She has been a medical director of several institutions including Fairmont Institute, Kirkbride Institute and Roxborough Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Gilman is a board certified psychiatrist and lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has over 38 years of experience in adult, geriatric and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her psychiatry training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH); and she has also postgraduate training at the Philadelphia Association of Psychoanalysis. She has been a medical director of several institutions including Fairmont Institute, Kirkbride Institute and Roxborough Memorial Hospital.
(267) 323-4940 View (267) 323-4940
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Denise Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Denise Miller, PMHNP Denise Miller is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. Denise offers patient centered care, providing supportive therapy, psychoeducation, and medication management. Outside of work, Denise volunteers at nursing homes and other public events with her therapy dog, fosters puppies for several rescues, and enjoys outdoor activities with family such as hiking and camping.
Denise Miller, PMHNP Denise Miller is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. Denise offers patient centered care, providing supportive therapy, psychoeducation, and medication management. Outside of work, Denise volunteers at nursing homes and other public events with her therapy dog, fosters puppies for several rescues, and enjoys outdoor activities with family such as hiking and camping.
(267) 202-4820 View (267) 202-4820
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michaelsumdpc
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified
My practice focuses on Integrative Medicine, the concept of Mind, Body and Spirit. Mental illness involved the whole body not just the brain. Brian health, thinking habits, diet, exercise, stress response techniques and religious believe all affecting our mood and behavior. If people knows the factors influencing their anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts and behaviors, they will be in control of their life. Our clinic had a TMS machine, which is FDA approved for depression treatment. TMS also had off labled indications for anxiety, PTSD, addiction, ear ringing, muscle pain, headache ect.
My practice focuses on Integrative Medicine, the concept of Mind, Body and Spirit. Mental illness involved the whole body not just the brain. Brian health, thinking habits, diet, exercise, stress response techniques and religious believe all affecting our mood and behavior. If people knows the factors influencing their anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts and behaviors, they will be in control of their life. Our clinic had a TMS machine, which is FDA approved for depression treatment. TMS also had off labled indications for anxiety, PTSD, addiction, ear ringing, muscle pain, headache ect.
(267) 361-0250 View (267) 361-0250
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Leslie Feggans-Haynes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Mrs. Leslie Feggans-Haynes is a dedicated and compassionate dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for understanding the critical importance of addressing psychological well-being alongside physical health. Mrs. Leslie Feggans-Haynes is a dedicated and compassionate dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for understanding the critical importance of addressing psychological well-being alongside physical health. She uses psychotherapy, wellness, medication management, and evidenced based
Mrs. Leslie Feggans-Haynes is a dedicated and compassionate dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for understanding the critical importance of addressing psychological well-being alongside physical health. Mrs. Leslie Feggans-Haynes is a dedicated and compassionate dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for understanding the critical importance of addressing psychological well-being alongside physical health. She uses psychotherapy, wellness, medication management, and evidenced based
(484) 759-7908 View (484) 759-7908
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Maria Francisco-Solon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Dr. Francisco-Solon is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 14 years in many different capacities. She spent most of her time in the outpatient faculty practice, wherein she assumed clinical and leadership role as Interim Medical Director. She provided clinical supervision for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows, as well as teaching and supervising medical students and rotating residents from the Adult Psychiatry program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Francisco-Solon is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 14 years in many different capacities. She spent most of her time in the outpatient faculty practice, wherein she assumed clinical and leadership role as Interim Medical Director. She provided clinical supervision for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows, as well as teaching and supervising medical students and rotating residents from the Adult Psychiatry program at the University of Pennsylvania.
(267) 863-7080 View (267) 863-7080
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Vincent Di Antonio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified
Vince Di Antonio, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Alpine Psychiatry in King of Prussia (KOP), Pennsylvania. Vince is a firm believer in the mind-body connection and is passionate about providing patient-centered, whole-person, and comprehensive mental health care to all patients 12 years and up at Alpine Psychiatry. He offers both in-person and telemedicine appointments. Vince treats all psychiatric disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
Vince Di Antonio, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Alpine Psychiatry in King of Prussia (KOP), Pennsylvania. Vince is a firm believer in the mind-body connection and is passionate about providing patient-centered, whole-person, and comprehensive mental health care to all patients 12 years and up at Alpine Psychiatry. He offers both in-person and telemedicine appointments. Vince treats all psychiatric disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
(610) 510-4881 View (610) 510-4881
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Trilessence
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN/PHN, CRNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified
Our offices provide a full range of services to treat your mental, emotional and psychological health. We conduct on-site assessments and testing for various conditions, and then put together an appropriate treatment plan, including medication management and/or psychotherapy services as needed. Our offices are also available for individual and family counseling. Our certified therapists will work with you to help manage issues with anger, anxiety, depression, guilt, abuse, grief, including certain traumas.
Our offices provide a full range of services to treat your mental, emotional and psychological health. We conduct on-site assessments and testing for various conditions, and then put together an appropriate treatment plan, including medication management and/or psychotherapy services as needed. Our offices are also available for individual and family counseling. Our certified therapists will work with you to help manage issues with anger, anxiety, depression, guilt, abuse, grief, including certain traumas.
(610) 570-5639 View (610) 570-5639
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Mitchell Kho
Psychiatrist
Verified
P.S. Psychiatry is a private psychiatry practice serving Doylestown and all of Pennsylvania. Our offices are located in the center of Doylestown Borough in the Historic Landmark Building. We work in-person and virtually. Dr Kho and Eileen Peirce work with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and older adults. Their clients are a dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, self harm, ODD, eating disorders, postpartum depression, mood instability, bipolar disorder, addictions, autism spectrum disorders, and personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder and others.
P.S. Psychiatry is a private psychiatry practice serving Doylestown and all of Pennsylvania. Our offices are located in the center of Doylestown Borough in the Historic Landmark Building. We work in-person and virtually. Dr Kho and Eileen Peirce work with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and older adults. Their clients are a dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, self harm, ODD, eating disorders, postpartum depression, mood instability, bipolar disorder, addictions, autism spectrum disorders, and personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder and others.
(267) 523-2983 View (267) 523-2983
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Michael Bondar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Hello, I am a psychiatric provider in the Philly area. I am offering in-person and virtual appointments. I work with a wide array of disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, ASD, borderline personality disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self harm/suicidal ideations. I treat clients ranging from 6-90 years, however my specialty is children, teens, and young adults. I strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. To ensure the best care, I work with my client's parents, therapists, doctors and teachers. I can prescribe genetic testing to make certain my clients are on the right medications.
Hello, I am a psychiatric provider in the Philly area. I am offering in-person and virtual appointments. I work with a wide array of disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, ASD, borderline personality disorder, addiction, eating disorders, and self harm/suicidal ideations. I treat clients ranging from 6-90 years, however my specialty is children, teens, and young adults. I strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan for my clients. To ensure the best care, I work with my client's parents, therapists, doctors and teachers. I can prescribe genetic testing to make certain my clients are on the right medications.
(267) 622-4611 View (267) 622-4611
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Eileen Peirce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych, NP
Verified
Hello. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Doylestown, King of Prussia and virtually in PA. I work with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Self Harm, OCD, ODD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, ASP, Suicidal Ideation and many other mental health Issues. I can evaluate for ADHD in the initial session. I have consults with parents who are hesitant or not quite ready for their child or adolescent to start medication but want to become knowledgeable in case that time comes. I strive in my sessions to gather all pertinent information in order to prescribe the psychiatric medications that will best suit my clients needs.
Hello. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Doylestown, King of Prussia and virtually in PA. I work with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Self Harm, OCD, ODD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, ASP, Suicidal Ideation and many other mental health Issues. I can evaluate for ADHD in the initial session. I have consults with parents who are hesitant or not quite ready for their child or adolescent to start medication but want to become knowledgeable in case that time comes. I strive in my sessions to gather all pertinent information in order to prescribe the psychiatric medications that will best suit my clients needs.
(267) 754-2507 View (267) 754-2507

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Number of Psychiatrists in 19406

30+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 19406 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
93% Bipolar Disorder
87% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% ADHD
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
95% Cigna and Evernorth
95% Highmark

How Psychiatrists in 19406 see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 19406?

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.