Psychiatrists in 20005

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Adequate Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Welcome to Adequate Healthcare LLC. We are happy that you want to take the first step in seeking professional services for your mental health. Are you sad, depressed, anxious, angry, having ADHD symptoms? Are your symptoms interfering with your ability to function at work, with your family, and in your social life, or is causing you to contemplate or plan to commit suicide, it would be a very good idea for you to consult with us in order to improve your mental health. Having your mental health treated improves your productivity, allowing you to focus on daily tasks and gives you the motivation to get things done in a timely manner.
Welcome to Adequate Healthcare LLC. We are happy that you want to take the first step in seeking professional services for your mental health. Are you sad, depressed, anxious, angry, having ADHD symptoms? Are your symptoms interfering with your ability to function at work, with your family, and in your social life, or is causing you to contemplate or plan to commit suicide, it would be a very good idea for you to consult with us in order to improve your mental health. Having your mental health treated improves your productivity, allowing you to focus on daily tasks and gives you the motivation to get things done in a timely manner.
(202) 915-5632 View (202) 915-5632
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Nubia Chong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Hi, I’m Dr. Nubia Chong. I work collaboratively with adults to carefully create an individualized plan for people looking to address the effects of imbalance and disconnection within their lives. This includes (but is not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, unresolved Trauma & PTSD, and other difficulties with emotion regulation. I work from a trauma informed framework and communicate in a way that is respectful, offers hope and genuine connection. I aim to center your ability to exercise self-determination, honoring that you are the expert in yourself.
Hi, I’m Dr. Nubia Chong. I work collaboratively with adults to carefully create an individualized plan for people looking to address the effects of imbalance and disconnection within their lives. This includes (but is not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, unresolved Trauma & PTSD, and other difficulties with emotion regulation. I work from a trauma informed framework and communicate in a way that is respectful, offers hope and genuine connection. I aim to center your ability to exercise self-determination, honoring that you are the expert in yourself.
(202) 793-7170 View (202) 793-7170
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Ifreke Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005
Hello, I'm an adult Psychiatrist with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you to address your behavioral health needs. My goal is to improve your mental and emotional health, help you feel better, happier and function at your best. I utilize a holistic person-centered approach to provide quality compassionate, culturally sensitive and evidence-based psychiatric care. I take time to listen, ensure that you feel heard not rushed, and develop an appropriate treatment plan in collaboration with you. I take pride in helping my patients achieve better quality of life and a sense of well-being.
Hello, I'm an adult Psychiatrist with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you to address your behavioral health needs. My goal is to improve your mental and emotional health, help you feel better, happier and function at your best. I utilize a holistic person-centered approach to provide quality compassionate, culturally sensitive and evidence-based psychiatric care. I take time to listen, ensure that you feel heard not rushed, and develop an appropriate treatment plan in collaboration with you. I take pride in helping my patients achieve better quality of life and a sense of well-being.
(202) 816-6648 View (202) 816-6648
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Jen Gregory | Anxiety Depression Ptsd Assessment | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse at Stella Center with over twenty years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse at Stella Center with over twenty years of experience. We specialize in identifying which innovative medical treatments & virtual therapies can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD & TBI. After completing a virtual assessment that accounts for medical, biological, psychological & social factors, I provide individualized treatment recommendations across our advanced protocols: the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block), ketamine infusions, integration therapy, and more. This allows you to feel better faster and maintain long-lasting gains.
(202) 925-8701 View (202) 925-8701
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Kate Price
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005
Kate (she/her) is a masters-prepared, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years’ experience working in the mental health field. While she offers treatment to patients across the lifespan, she primarily works with adolescents and adults. She values a holistic, patient-centered approach to the care of her clients while remaining sensitive to each person’s individual life journey, values, and needs.
Kate (she/her) is a masters-prepared, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years’ experience working in the mental health field. While she offers treatment to patients across the lifespan, she primarily works with adolescents and adults. She values a holistic, patient-centered approach to the care of her clients while remaining sensitive to each person’s individual life journey, values, and needs.
(720) 419-1115 View (720) 419-1115
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Bukola Zubair, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, BSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Do you need medication management support? As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I can help you get holistic mental health support and, when needed, the medication that helps you better manage anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder (BPD), and other challenges. If you are recovering from addiction or alcohol abuse, I can prescribe Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Naloxone, and other harm reduction medications. You can lead a fuller, happier life. Contact me via phone, text, or email. I am looking forward to helping!
Do you need medication management support? As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I can help you get holistic mental health support and, when needed, the medication that helps you better manage anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder (BPD), and other challenges. If you are recovering from addiction or alcohol abuse, I can prescribe Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Naloxone, and other harm reduction medications. You can lead a fuller, happier life. Contact me via phone, text, or email. I am looking forward to helping!
(202) 410-7035 View (202) 410-7035
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(878) 205-8667 View (878) 205-8667
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Anthony J. Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
At Ascension Psychiatric Services we believe that emotional wellness is complex and often misunderstood. It is a result of the combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. We employ the use of evidenced based therapeutic techniques along with judicious use of medication to address each of these components. It is our mission to Ascend above expectations by providing personalized and compassionate care to all, while building relationships and trust.
At Ascension Psychiatric Services we believe that emotional wellness is complex and often misunderstood. It is a result of the combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. We employ the use of evidenced based therapeutic techniques along with judicious use of medication to address each of these components. It is our mission to Ascend above expectations by providing personalized and compassionate care to all, while building relationships and trust.
(202) 868-8617 View (202) 868-8617
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Aastha Krebs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MBA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005
Dr. Aastha Krebs is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Recognized for her exceptional and compassionate care, she was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Award by the Good Samaritan Foundation. Dr. Krebs has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters in psychiatric nursing and health policy. Dr. Krebs focuses on treating clients across the lifespan including children, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Aastha Krebs is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Recognized for her exceptional and compassionate care, she was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Award by the Good Samaritan Foundation. Dr. Krebs has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters in psychiatric nursing and health policy. Dr. Krebs focuses on treating clients across the lifespan including children, adolescents, and adults.
(855) 729-1455 View (855) 729-1455
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Christiana Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, BP
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with exhaustion, low energy, trouble sleeping, or feeling sad or down? Are you having excessive fear or worry or extreme feelings of guilt? Do you feel withdrawn from friends and activities? Have you noticed drastic mood changes of highs and lows? There is a reason you feel that way, and I can help. I am here to listen, empathize, and try to understand how these issues affect you and your loved ones. Remember, your mental health can affect your physical health. My strengths are in Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Mood disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and more.
Do you struggle with exhaustion, low energy, trouble sleeping, or feeling sad or down? Are you having excessive fear or worry or extreme feelings of guilt? Do you feel withdrawn from friends and activities? Have you noticed drastic mood changes of highs and lows? There is a reason you feel that way, and I can help. I am here to listen, empathize, and try to understand how these issues affect you and your loved ones. Remember, your mental health can affect your physical health. My strengths are in Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Mood disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and more.
(833) 659-8018 View (833) 659-8018
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Elizabeth Olumese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Dr. Olumese takes great joy in helping you find answers and solutions to your mental and behavioral health problems. She believes in a holistic approach towards treatment. She is passionate about your care and committed to clinical excellence. She works closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to ensure you receive the high quality care you deserve. She provides treatment to ages 18 +. She is experienced in the treatment of anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, sleep disorder, schizophrenia, and more.
Dr. Olumese takes great joy in helping you find answers and solutions to your mental and behavioral health problems. She believes in a holistic approach towards treatment. She is passionate about your care and committed to clinical excellence. She works closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to ensure you receive the high quality care you deserve. She provides treatment to ages 18 +. She is experienced in the treatment of anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, sleep disorder, schizophrenia, and more.
(202) 929-2614 View (202) 929-2614
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Marlaine F Registe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling anxious? Depressed? Tired and can’t concentrate? Or maybe you’re on a bunch of medications that aren’t working? Does this sound familiar? If so, I can help. My name is Marlaine Registe, I am a Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of combined nursing experience, 12 years of which are in advanced practice. I work with patients ages 10-100+ with psychiatric mental health disorders in the Washington DC metro area.
Have you been feeling anxious? Depressed? Tired and can’t concentrate? Or maybe you’re on a bunch of medications that aren’t working? Does this sound familiar? If so, I can help. My name is Marlaine Registe, I am a Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of combined nursing experience, 12 years of which are in advanced practice. I work with patients ages 10-100+ with psychiatric mental health disorders in the Washington DC metro area.
(202) 952-9981 View (202) 952-9981
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Nicole Tazewell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Nicole Tazewell, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CARN is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the District of Columbia who has been practicing since 2021. She specializes in treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.
Nicole Tazewell, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CARN is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the District of Columbia who has been practicing since 2021. She specializes in treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.
(202) 849-9549 View (202) 849-9549
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Kate Pabai•Psychiatric Nurse•Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS, RN
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Do you, your teenager, or your adolescent need medication management for ADHD, depression, insomnia or problems sleeping, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, or other psychiatric challenges? Are you already taking medication but need to adjust your prescription? Has your therapist recommended medication? You don't have to struggle or suffer needlessly. If you are not sure about medication, an assessment can help determine if you need medication, and we can develop a plan for your treatment. Often, medication and support psychotherapy can deliver tangible improvements in your life. Reach out now. I am eager to hear your story!
Do you, your teenager, or your adolescent need medication management for ADHD, depression, insomnia or problems sleeping, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, or other psychiatric challenges? Are you already taking medication but need to adjust your prescription? Has your therapist recommended medication? You don't have to struggle or suffer needlessly. If you are not sure about medication, an assessment can help determine if you need medication, and we can develop a plan for your treatment. Often, medication and support psychotherapy can deliver tangible improvements in your life. Reach out now. I am eager to hear your story!
(301) 691-4331 View (301) 691-4331
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Eva Ogbuokiri, Psychiatric Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP-PM, MSN-FNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in medication management for children, teens, and adults with psychiatric challenges. Taking medication for a psychiatric condition can be a big decision, and I'm here to help you every step of the way. I'm here to listen to your story and understand your needs. We will create a treatment plan tailored to your goals, including any needed medication. As we move ahead, we can work together to tune your medication for the best results. I can also coordinate with your therapist if you are in therapy. Reach out today. I am looking forward to hearing your story and supporting your needs.
I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in medication management for children, teens, and adults with psychiatric challenges. Taking medication for a psychiatric condition can be a big decision, and I'm here to help you every step of the way. I'm here to listen to your story and understand your needs. We will create a treatment plan tailored to your goals, including any needed medication. As we move ahead, we can work together to tune your medication for the best results. I can also coordinate with your therapist if you are in therapy. Reach out today. I am looking forward to hearing your story and supporting your needs.
(301) 327-2164 View (301) 327-2164
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Seeta Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Dr. Seeta Patel is a Harvard-trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist. She provides evidence-based medication management for adults (18 years and older). She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma related concerns. She works with clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and have seen how trauma can cause lifelong suffering. We often do not reach out until aspects of our life have already been affected in a negative way - for instance, when our relationships have fallen apart, or when we have lost a job. Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather it is a sign of strength.
Dr. Seeta Patel is a Harvard-trained, board-certified adult psychiatrist. She provides evidence-based medication management for adults (18 years and older). She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma related concerns. She works with clients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and have seen how trauma can cause lifelong suffering. We often do not reach out until aspects of our life have already been affected in a negative way - for instance, when our relationships have fallen apart, or when we have lost a job. Reaching out for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather it is a sign of strength.
(571) 474-3261 View (571) 474-3261
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Davonna (Dee) Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Embracing the challenges you may be encountering, I am dedicated to fostering your emotional well-being and enabling you to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. As a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training, I bring a wealth of expertise to my practice. My approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
Embracing the challenges you may be encountering, I am dedicated to fostering your emotional well-being and enabling you to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. As a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training, I bring a wealth of expertise to my practice. My approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
(833) 659-5085 View (833) 659-5085
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Abundant Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(PMHNP), I find it indispensable to have the ability to actively manage mental and physical conditions cohesively. PMHNP primary focus is promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis, disease prevention and treatment. PMHNP are proficient in the art and science of psychotherapy. PMHNP provide comprehensive patient centered MH and psychiatric care in a variety of settings such as in-patient facilities, state psychiatric facilities, correctional facilities, MH centers and schools. PMHNP execute treatment plans by means of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapeutic interventions.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(PMHNP), I find it indispensable to have the ability to actively manage mental and physical conditions cohesively. PMHNP primary focus is promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis, disease prevention and treatment. PMHNP are proficient in the art and science of psychotherapy. PMHNP provide comprehensive patient centered MH and psychiatric care in a variety of settings such as in-patient facilities, state psychiatric facilities, correctional facilities, MH centers and schools. PMHNP execute treatment plans by means of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapeutic interventions.
(202) 412-8285 View (202) 412-8285
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Dawnette Campbell ⦿ Psychiatric Care & Medication
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, CRNP-PM
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Do you need psychiatric care or assessment for you, your teenager, or your children? Have you been told that you need psychiatric medication? Do you need to adjust your prescription for psychiatric medication to reduce side effects or improve results? Working together we may apply natural, integrative, and conventional interventions. You can expect me to suggest lifestyle modifications and changes to your eating or sleep habits that can support better mental health. When needed, I can write prescriptions for psychiatric medications and provide medication management. Reach out now for affordable expert psychiatric support.
Do you need psychiatric care or assessment for you, your teenager, or your children? Have you been told that you need psychiatric medication? Do you need to adjust your prescription for psychiatric medication to reduce side effects or improve results? Working together we may apply natural, integrative, and conventional interventions. You can expect me to suggest lifestyle modifications and changes to your eating or sleep habits that can support better mental health. When needed, I can write prescriptions for psychiatric medications and provide medication management. Reach out now for affordable expert psychiatric support.
(301) 923-4226 View (301) 923-4226
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Maheen Patel
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Not accepting new clients
Psychiatric care should be enlivening, enlightening and deeply healing: A secure, comfortable, collaborative place to negotiate your deepest concerns, navigate your darkest fears and overcome your staunchest impediments. My style is warm and compassionate, yet dynamic and evocative, readily engaging others in a manner that enhances their insight, as well as my own. Passionate in my purpose, I infuse the breadth of my knowledge, skill and experience with formidable intuition and deep empathy to help my patients achieve greater clarity, purpose, richness and joy in their lives.
Psychiatric care should be enlivening, enlightening and deeply healing: A secure, comfortable, collaborative place to negotiate your deepest concerns, navigate your darkest fears and overcome your staunchest impediments. My style is warm and compassionate, yet dynamic and evocative, readily engaging others in a manner that enhances their insight, as well as my own. Passionate in my purpose, I infuse the breadth of my knowledge, skill and experience with formidable intuition and deep empathy to help my patients achieve greater clarity, purpose, richness and joy in their lives.
(202) 568-8420 View (202) 568-8420

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20005

30+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 20005 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
81% ADHD
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder
68% Stress
65% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
79% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 20005 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20005?

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.