Psychiatrists in 20016

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Christopher Thomas Raczynski
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
Thanks for taking the time to learn about me and Washington Interventional Psychiatry (WIP), which my partner, Navin Reddy, MD and I co-founded in early 2018. I am fellowship trained in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. My primary interest/expertise is in treating condition that do not response adequately to oral psychotropic medication. Our fastest acting, safest, and most effective treatments include ketamine infusion therapy and accelerated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (aTMS). We have 9 prescribers in practice that manage oral medications for patients. None of us offer psychotherapy.
Thanks for taking the time to learn about me and Washington Interventional Psychiatry (WIP), which my partner, Navin Reddy, MD and I co-founded in early 2018. I am fellowship trained in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. My primary interest/expertise is in treating condition that do not response adequately to oral psychotropic medication. Our fastest acting, safest, and most effective treatments include ketamine infusion therapy and accelerated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (aTMS). We have 9 prescribers in practice that manage oral medications for patients. None of us offer psychotherapy.
(202) 856-9203 View (202) 856-9203
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Jeffrey L Seal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I am a psychiatrist specializing in therapy and medication management for adults and late adolescents. My practice provides the time for an in-depth assessment of a patient's needs and the formulation of a detailed treatment plan. The initial assessment usually takes two meetings and forms the foundation for an ongoing therapeutic relationship. I primarily utilize psychodynamic approaches, within a holistic framework that considers diet, exercise, and work-life balance. I provide treatment in a warm, compassionate, and accepting environment.
I am a psychiatrist specializing in therapy and medication management for adults and late adolescents. My practice provides the time for an in-depth assessment of a patient's needs and the formulation of a detailed treatment plan. The initial assessment usually takes two meetings and forms the foundation for an ongoing therapeutic relationship. I primarily utilize psychodynamic approaches, within a holistic framework that considers diet, exercise, and work-life balance. I provide treatment in a warm, compassionate, and accepting environment.
(202) 946-5733 View (202) 946-5733
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Marc Dalton
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I look forward to helping you achieve optimal mental health. I strive to meet each patient where they are and explore where they would like to go. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you in your journey toward good mental health.
I look forward to helping you achieve optimal mental health. I strive to meet each patient where they are and explore where they would like to go. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you in your journey toward good mental health.
(202) 816-6606 View (202) 816-6606
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Pooja Lakshmin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Not accepting new clients
**Please note: I am not accepting new patients at this time** I am a board certified perinatal psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry. I take a holistic and integrative approach to psychiatric treatment, and believe that no single modality can fix everything. In addition to prescribing medication when necessary, I provide psychotherapy as a means to navigate life transitions, interpersonal conflict, and identity shifts.
**Please note: I am not accepting new patients at this time** I am a board certified perinatal psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and perinatal psychiatry. I take a holistic and integrative approach to psychiatric treatment, and believe that no single modality can fix everything. In addition to prescribing medication when necessary, I provide psychotherapy as a means to navigate life transitions, interpersonal conflict, and identity shifts.
(202) 851-9410 View (202) 851-9410
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Sasha Bergeron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
I specialize in integrative, evidence-based medication management. I practice collaboratively, supporting you to achieve your wellness goals. In addition to medication management, I draw on theories of mindfulness, internal family systems (IFS), and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), to provide whole person, supportive care. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar I and II, OCD, PTSD, and perinatal/postpartum mental health concerns. I also specialize in ketamine therapy & transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for medication-resistant anxiety and depression.
I specialize in integrative, evidence-based medication management. I practice collaboratively, supporting you to achieve your wellness goals. In addition to medication management, I draw on theories of mindfulness, internal family systems (IFS), and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), to provide whole person, supportive care. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar I and II, OCD, PTSD, and perinatal/postpartum mental health concerns. I also specialize in ketamine therapy & transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for medication-resistant anxiety and depression.
(202) 946-2885 View (202) 946-2885
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Matt Leshchiner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
I diagnose and treat adults and adolescents with all psychiatric illnesses. However, I don’t get hung up on labels and diagnoses. My patients describe me as authentic because I treat each person as an individual with their own specific symptoms and needs. I am committed to providing a safe space for LGBTQIA+ patients. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and have worked in psychiatry for over six years. I earned my BSN and MSN from The George Washington University. While I primarily do medication management, I am also trained in DBT and existential therapy.
I diagnose and treat adults and adolescents with all psychiatric illnesses. However, I don’t get hung up on labels and diagnoses. My patients describe me as authentic because I treat each person as an individual with their own specific symptoms and needs. I am committed to providing a safe space for LGBTQIA+ patients. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and have worked in psychiatry for over six years. I earned my BSN and MSN from The George Washington University. While I primarily do medication management, I am also trained in DBT and existential therapy.
(202) 932-9745 View (202) 932-9745
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Agerie Ejigu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
I meet patients where they are and provide individualized services to meet the individual's unique needs while working through any stigma or barriers to optimal wellbeing. I provide telehealth services exclusively and see individuals in DC, MD & Virginia for individuals 13 & up.
I meet patients where they are and provide individualized services to meet the individual's unique needs while working through any stigma or barriers to optimal wellbeing. I provide telehealth services exclusively and see individuals in DC, MD & Virginia for individuals 13 & up.
(202) 952-4808 View (202) 952-4808
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Carlos E Sluzki
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I am a seasoned therapist for individuals, couples and families, with years of experience (and many presentations and publications --see my website www.sluzki.com). In therapy, I follow an empathic systemic/ narrative orientation, with occasional whiffs stemming from my prior psychoanalytic training. I am also a psychiatrist, with M.D. licenses in CA, DC and MA, and I offer medication management if needed. My multi-lingual, multi-cultural practice takes place in English, Spanish or Italian. Half of my current practice is by Skype/Zoom.
I am a seasoned therapist for individuals, couples and families, with years of experience (and many presentations and publications --see my website www.sluzki.com). In therapy, I follow an empathic systemic/ narrative orientation, with occasional whiffs stemming from my prior psychoanalytic training. I am also a psychiatrist, with M.D. licenses in CA, DC and MA, and I offer medication management if needed. My multi-lingual, multi-cultural practice takes place in English, Spanish or Italian. Half of my current practice is by Skype/Zoom.
(202) 517-2732 View (202) 517-2732
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Michael Bogrov
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Dr. Michael Bogrov is a Johns Hopkins trained child psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD across the age spectrum. His leadership positions while a member of the faculty at Hopkins included leading the ADHD clinic, and serving as medical director of the Children’s Mental Health Center. Over his 18 year career at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, one of the top ten rated psychiatric hospitals in the country, he served in a number of positions. He has been practicing in Washington, DC since 2015.
Dr. Michael Bogrov is a Johns Hopkins trained child psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD across the age spectrum. His leadership positions while a member of the faculty at Hopkins included leading the ADHD clinic, and serving as medical director of the Children’s Mental Health Center. Over his 18 year career at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, one of the top ten rated psychiatric hospitals in the country, he served in a number of positions. He has been practicing in Washington, DC since 2015.
(202) 525-5123 View (202) 525-5123
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Emi Leiner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
My name is Emi Leiner and I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Washington, DC. I earned my degree from Yale University, where I sub-specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry in addition to working with adults. I served as a preceptor for Columbia University’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program and have an additional Master’s in Clinical Social Work.
My name is Emi Leiner and I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Washington, DC. I earned my degree from Yale University, where I sub-specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry in addition to working with adults. I served as a preceptor for Columbia University’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program and have an additional Master’s in Clinical Social Work.
(202) 946-8835 View (202) 946-8835
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Horizon Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
As an Integrative Psychiatrist, I offer a patient-centered model where I combine conventional medicine and evidence-based pharmaceutical treatments with complementary mind-body medicine, nutritional counseling, vitamins, micronutrients, psychotherapy, and preventative medicine to promote long-term wellbeing.
As an Integrative Psychiatrist, I offer a patient-centered model where I combine conventional medicine and evidence-based pharmaceutical treatments with complementary mind-body medicine, nutritional counseling, vitamins, micronutrients, psychotherapy, and preventative medicine to promote long-term wellbeing.
(202) 851-8574 View (202) 851-8574
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Tuna Burgut
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
I have trained at Cornell and Columbia and am Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. Having trained in both specialties, I believe that brain and mind are inseparable, therefore I frequently evaluate my patients with multiple modalities.I am interested in assessing each patient comprehensively using multiple perspectives, including cognition, behavior, life story and personality. My practice focuses on patients living with mood, cognitive and behavioral problems which are sometimes in the context of other neurological symptoms. I am dedicated to helping my patients with mood disorders, behavioral disorders, cognitive concerns, anxiety, ADHD and other disorders.
I have trained at Cornell and Columbia and am Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. Having trained in both specialties, I believe that brain and mind are inseparable, therefore I frequently evaluate my patients with multiple modalities.I am interested in assessing each patient comprehensively using multiple perspectives, including cognition, behavior, life story and personality. My practice focuses on patients living with mood, cognitive and behavioral problems which are sometimes in the context of other neurological symptoms. I am dedicated to helping my patients with mood disorders, behavioral disorders, cognitive concerns, anxiety, ADHD and other disorders.
(646) 699-3852 View (646) 699-3852
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Washington Interventional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
At Washington Interventional Psychiatry, we are dedicated to offering cutting-edge and evidence-based treatments that cater to a diverse range of mental health needs. Our practice is built on the foundation of providing effective, efficient, and safe interventions that truly make a difference in the lives of our patients. We take pride in being a leading psychiatric practice that embraces a comprehensive approach to mental health care. Our range of services includes medication management, interventional therapies, and even groundbreaking psychedelic treatments like ketamine and spravato.
At Washington Interventional Psychiatry, we are dedicated to offering cutting-edge and evidence-based treatments that cater to a diverse range of mental health needs. Our practice is built on the foundation of providing effective, efficient, and safe interventions that truly make a difference in the lives of our patients. We take pride in being a leading psychiatric practice that embraces a comprehensive approach to mental health care. Our range of services includes medication management, interventional therapies, and even groundbreaking psychedelic treatments like ketamine and spravato.
(202) 759-8751 View (202) 759-8751
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Nicole Perras
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
Not accepting new clients
****Dr. Perras is not taking new patients at this time**** I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric issues. I practice humanistic medicine with an emphasis on treatment of the whole person. My approach to care combines evidence-based medicine with patient-driven collaboration. All appointments will be done via telepsychiatry until further notice.
****Dr. Perras is not taking new patients at this time**** I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric issues. I practice humanistic medicine with an emphasis on treatment of the whole person. My approach to care combines evidence-based medicine with patient-driven collaboration. All appointments will be done via telepsychiatry until further notice.
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Ruth Esmeralda Mena
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
Ruth Esmeralda Mena, PMHNP, is a board-certified bi-lingual (Spanish and English) who specializes in treating individuals across the lifespan with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, psychosis, and ADHD. With over eight years of diverse experience in community, outpatient, and acute care settings. She's compassionate and dedicated to improving mental health.
Ruth Esmeralda Mena, PMHNP, is a board-certified bi-lingual (Spanish and English) who specializes in treating individuals across the lifespan with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, psychosis, and ADHD. With over eight years of diverse experience in community, outpatient, and acute care settings. She's compassionate and dedicated to improving mental health.
(571) 771-2215 View (571) 771-2215
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Enyonam Jordan-Brangman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP-C, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to my patients. My goal is to get to know my patients individually by listening to their unique needs and establishing treatment goals that focus on the whole person. My role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist and medication manager. In addition to medication management I also incorporate various therapy techniques including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral and person-centered techniques to treatment.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to my patients. My goal is to get to know my patients individually by listening to their unique needs and establishing treatment goals that focus on the whole person. My role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist and medication manager. In addition to medication management I also incorporate various therapy techniques including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral and person-centered techniques to treatment.
(571) 771-2713 View (571) 771-2713
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Oak Tree Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, HSLM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
Dr. Zivago Bunting is a Nationally Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He earned his doctorate degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing; licensed in MD, VA and District of Columbia. He evaluates research to foster high-quality, evidence-based patient-centered mental health care. Dr. Bunting's humble beginning, combined with twenty-two years of medical and mental health clinical experience, fosters his non-judgment listening skills. His role as your mental health provider is considered a privilege and an honor. Therefore, a partnership in your mental health journey is not taken lightly.
Dr. Zivago Bunting is a Nationally Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He earned his doctorate degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing; licensed in MD, VA and District of Columbia. He evaluates research to foster high-quality, evidence-based patient-centered mental health care. Dr. Bunting's humble beginning, combined with twenty-two years of medical and mental health clinical experience, fosters his non-judgment listening skills. His role as your mental health provider is considered a privilege and an honor. Therefore, a partnership in your mental health journey is not taken lightly.
(240) 201-2059 View (240) 201-2059
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E-Psychiatriq LLC, Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-NC, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
E-Psychiatriq LLC provides telehealth behavioral services throughout Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Idaho, via tele-video conferencing. We treat a wide range of mental and psychological disorders and can provide patients with the same treatment just as if they were on-site. We also collaborate with organizations to provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for sole proprietorship's, and medical providers interested in implementing a virtual collaborative care model within their practice. We offer self- scheduling on our website at www.epsychiatriq.com, visit us today!
E-Psychiatriq LLC provides telehealth behavioral services throughout Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Idaho, via tele-video conferencing. We treat a wide range of mental and psychological disorders and can provide patients with the same treatment just as if they were on-site. We also collaborate with organizations to provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for sole proprietorship's, and medical providers interested in implementing a virtual collaborative care model within their practice. We offer self- scheduling on our website at www.epsychiatriq.com, visit us today!
(443) 292-9191 View (443) 292-9191
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Lynn Staton Dworsky Md
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Not accepting new clients
MY PRACTICE IS PRESENTLY CLOSED. WASHINGTON PSYCHIATRIC SOCIETY WEBSITE HAS A SEARCHABLE FEATURE "FIND A PSYCHIATRIST" listing psychiatrist by area and insurance plans that they accept. HYPNOSIS RESOURCES SEARCHABLE BY AREA AND SPECIALTY ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL HYPNOSIS WEBSITE (ASCH). I work with my patients using eclectic approaches, including Hypnosis, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Cognitive techniques, I have had extensive training and experience in Experiential Therapies (Gestalt and Ego-State Therapy), and Hypnosis. I work with medications/supplements when appropriate.
MY PRACTICE IS PRESENTLY CLOSED. WASHINGTON PSYCHIATRIC SOCIETY WEBSITE HAS A SEARCHABLE FEATURE "FIND A PSYCHIATRIST" listing psychiatrist by area and insurance plans that they accept. HYPNOSIS RESOURCES SEARCHABLE BY AREA AND SPECIALTY ARE AVAILABLE ON THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL HYPNOSIS WEBSITE (ASCH). I work with my patients using eclectic approaches, including Hypnosis, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Cognitive techniques, I have had extensive training and experience in Experiential Therapies (Gestalt and Ego-State Therapy), and Hypnosis. I work with medications/supplements when appropriate.
(301) 684-8174 View (301) 684-8174
Photo of Kristin Mary Sorensen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 20016, DC
Kristin Mary Sorensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I appreciate the opportunity to work with children, adolescent and adult clients. I see clients via a privacy protected telemedicine-video conferencing platform (Telemedicine) and in person if preferred. I welcome those who are feeling down, anxious, having difficulty focusing or controlling behavior and those who are concerned with alcohol and drug use. If you have longstanding psychiatric concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, attention deficit and addictions, I will conduct a thorough review of medication and hospitalization history and together, we will create a unique plan of care for you.
I appreciate the opportunity to work with children, adolescent and adult clients. I see clients via a privacy protected telemedicine-video conferencing platform (Telemedicine) and in person if preferred. I welcome those who are feeling down, anxious, having difficulty focusing or controlling behavior and those who are concerned with alcohol and drug use. If you have longstanding psychiatric concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, attention deficit and addictions, I will conduct a thorough review of medication and hospitalization history and together, we will create a unique plan of care for you.
(218) 228-8910 View (218) 228-8910

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20016

30+

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in 20016 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
87% Medication Management
77% Trauma and PTSD
74% ADHD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
61% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Cigna and Evernorth
69% Blue Cross
62% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 20016 see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20016?

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.