Psychiatrists in 20770

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Comprehensive Health and Behavioral Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over nineteen years of experience in nursing. Accepting new patients with a wide range of mental health challenges. I am passionate about patients and value patients by showing everyone respect, compassion, kindness, empathetic, non-judgmental, patient-centered care, and treatment to patients. I provide evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for a wide range of mental health illnesses. Services are offered confidentially and discreetly by telehealth services and outpatient office. When you are looking for a partner to walk you through the journey of mental health,
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over nineteen years of experience in nursing. Accepting new patients with a wide range of mental health challenges. I am passionate about patients and value patients by showing everyone respect, compassion, kindness, empathetic, non-judgmental, patient-centered care, and treatment to patients. I provide evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for a wide range of mental health illnesses. Services are offered confidentially and discreetly by telehealth services and outpatient office. When you are looking for a partner to walk you through the journey of mental health,
(301) 761-5945 View (301) 761-5945
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Grace Chikezie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
My name is Grace Chikezie. I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner and also licensed Family Nurse Practitioner too, I have worked with persons from various populations with mental health issues. Personally, I believe wholly in holistic care and in holistic approach. My passion for mental health grew because I continued to encounter patients of all ages with different levels of mental distress, as an FNP, and I really empathized with them and their families. I strongly believe in the treatment of the whole person because as humans we need our full functionality to scale through the journey of life
My name is Grace Chikezie. I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner and also licensed Family Nurse Practitioner too, I have worked with persons from various populations with mental health issues. Personally, I believe wholly in holistic care and in holistic approach. My passion for mental health grew because I continued to encounter patients of all ages with different levels of mental distress, as an FNP, and I really empathized with them and their families. I strongly believe in the treatment of the whole person because as humans we need our full functionality to scale through the journey of life
(240) 887-0508 View (240) 887-0508
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Lianna Bissell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Hello! I work at Choice Clinical Services, located in Greenbelt. However, I can see patients remotely anywhere in MD. I work with patients of all ages and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have found that I really enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and adolescents. We will work as a team because ultimately, you know what will work best for you. Hope to hear from you! Please reach out via email or phone.
Hello! I work at Choice Clinical Services, located in Greenbelt. However, I can see patients remotely anywhere in MD. I work with patients of all ages and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have found that I really enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and adolescents. We will work as a team because ultimately, you know what will work best for you. Hope to hear from you! Please reach out via email or phone.
(240) 679-5994 View (240) 679-5994
ADHD Management and Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , CRNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
At ADHD Management and Wellness Clinic, we provide the support and resources you need to help you succeed and reach your goals. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a neuro-cognitive disorder, with persistent patterns of inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Our licensed clinicians conduct a full evaluation and a thorough ADHD assessment to determine a treatment plan just for you which may include medication management if needed.
At ADHD Management and Wellness Clinic, we provide the support and resources you need to help you succeed and reach your goals. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a neuro-cognitive disorder, with persistent patterns of inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Our licensed clinicians conduct a full evaluation and a thorough ADHD assessment to determine a treatment plan just for you which may include medication management if needed.
(240) 816-3829 View (240) 816-3829
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Terra Health Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Terra Health Care LLC is an outpatient mental health clinic offering both virtual and in-person appointments. Terra Health Care has trained clinicians who are excellence in providing mental health services for adults, young adults, adolescents and children. Terra Health Care LLC provides innovative, evidence-based practice treatment and care to all its patients. At Terra Health Care it’s our goal to strive for excellence, while providing the care needed by our patients to overcome the challenges affecting their lives.
Terra Health Care LLC is an outpatient mental health clinic offering both virtual and in-person appointments. Terra Health Care has trained clinicians who are excellence in providing mental health services for adults, young adults, adolescents and children. Terra Health Care LLC provides innovative, evidence-based practice treatment and care to all its patients. At Terra Health Care it’s our goal to strive for excellence, while providing the care needed by our patients to overcome the challenges affecting their lives.
(240) 663-5701 View (240) 663-5701
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Utopia Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP Psyc
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Utopia was created to help build a society where people not only identified their dreams, they achieved them. Motivated to transform and redefine the idea of wellness for all through the use of innovative modalities, Utopia Health Center strives toward ending the stigma associated with mental and substance use disorders. Being client centered is the foundation Utopia is built on; showing commitment to provide access to services and ensuring those services provide building blocks for a holistic culture of well-being. Cultivating a better tomorrow for our clients and the surrounding communities with our hands and hearts - that's Utopia.
Utopia was created to help build a society where people not only identified their dreams, they achieved them. Motivated to transform and redefine the idea of wellness for all through the use of innovative modalities, Utopia Health Center strives toward ending the stigma associated with mental and substance use disorders. Being client centered is the foundation Utopia is built on; showing commitment to provide access to services and ensuring those services provide building blocks for a holistic culture of well-being. Cultivating a better tomorrow for our clients and the surrounding communities with our hands and hearts - that's Utopia.
(301) 220-2842 View (301) 220-2842
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Icon Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with DNP. Currently, I am a Provider here in Icon Clinic LLC in Greenbelt Maryland. I choose to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the desire I have in helping people. That philosophy is one which I will stand by throughout my duration in this career. It will be based on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and holistic care to the best of my ability without bias. This philosophy or values I believed was in me from birth - The spirit of caring and giving to the fullest. These values are accompanied by respect, and trustworthiness.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with DNP. Currently, I am a Provider here in Icon Clinic LLC in Greenbelt Maryland. I choose to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner because of the desire I have in helping people. That philosophy is one which I will stand by throughout my duration in this career. It will be based on providing competent, empathetic, compassionate, and holistic care to the best of my ability without bias. This philosophy or values I believed was in me from birth - The spirit of caring and giving to the fullest. These values are accompanied by respect, and trustworthiness.
(240) 219-7609 View (240) 219-7609
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Abundant Healthcare Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
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.
(240) 650-9969 View (240) 650-9969
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Anyinkeng Lydia Tazi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP, BC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
It is not by chance that you are reading this piece. I have been in healthcare for over a decade now. It has always been my dream to serve my community and those that are underserved. I have worked and continue to work with people from various groups regardless of race, cultural or ethnic background. My approach in practice is patient centered. I am a great listener and a team player. I utilize a holistic approach in my practice and I work collaboratively with my patients to attain goals.
It is not by chance that you are reading this piece. I have been in healthcare for over a decade now. It has always been my dream to serve my community and those that are underserved. I have worked and continue to work with people from various groups regardless of race, cultural or ethnic background. My approach in practice is patient centered. I am a great listener and a team player. I utilize a holistic approach in my practice and I work collaboratively with my patients to attain goals.
(240) 628-7320 View (240) 628-7320
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Medhin Gebreamlak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Our service includes ADHD, ANXIETY, depression and BIPOLAR d/o treatment. We also provider substance uses disorder (SUD) treatment with Suboxone. If you are looking for an excellent health care clinic for your specific needs and provide you with the treatment you need. Our professionals are trained to develop tailored care and treatment for you. Get the quality treatment you need from Addis Health Services. Connect with our team today to find out how we can assist you. Addis Health Services is located in Greenbelt, MD. We offer compassionate treatment for your mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse issues.
Our service includes ADHD, ANXIETY, depression and BIPOLAR d/o treatment. We also provider substance uses disorder (SUD) treatment with Suboxone. If you are looking for an excellent health care clinic for your specific needs and provide you with the treatment you need. Our professionals are trained to develop tailored care and treatment for you. Get the quality treatment you need from Addis Health Services. Connect with our team today to find out how we can assist you. Addis Health Services is located in Greenbelt, MD. We offer compassionate treatment for your mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse issues.
(240) 998-1336 View (240) 998-1336
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Vanita Dowdell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
I understand at times seeking mental health treatment can be a daunting task. As your provider I want to ensure that you feel heard, collaborate together towards your wellness goals and achieve optimal clinical outcomes. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I provide an evidence-based, patient-centered (not patient or provider driven) approach for individuals ages 10 and older.
I understand at times seeking mental health treatment can be a daunting task. As your provider I want to ensure that you feel heard, collaborate together towards your wellness goals and achieve optimal clinical outcomes. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I provide an evidence-based, patient-centered (not patient or provider driven) approach for individuals ages 10 and older.
(301) 982-3437 View (301) 982-3437
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John Dahunsi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPH, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
My experience as a registered nurse for over ten years includes teaching, research, psychiatric inpatient units and crisis management. Seeing the overlay of trauma, mental health and substance abuse across all ages, identities, races and religions led me to want to help my patients on a deeper level to make change and be present for their change on a more personal level. This was my motivation to go back and earn my Doctorate Degree to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have additional training in addictions to help serve as many patients as I can regardless of their diagnoses or comorbidities.
My experience as a registered nurse for over ten years includes teaching, research, psychiatric inpatient units and crisis management. Seeing the overlay of trauma, mental health and substance abuse across all ages, identities, races and religions led me to want to help my patients on a deeper level to make change and be present for their change on a more personal level. This was my motivation to go back and earn my Doctorate Degree to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have additional training in addictions to help serve as many patients as I can regardless of their diagnoses or comorbidities.
(240) 376-2718 View (240) 376-2718
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Berlinda Blanc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
My specialty is MEDICATION MANAGEMENT for the treatment of mood disorders like depression and bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and psychosis. I personally DO NOT offer therapy (but it is available at the practice). My motto is, meeting my clients where they are, but supporting them in getting to where they truly want to be! Life is challenging enough, finding a professional and personable clinician should not be. My goal is to assist you in achieving a more fulfilling life by successfully managing your mental health. I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience.
My specialty is MEDICATION MANAGEMENT for the treatment of mood disorders like depression and bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and psychosis. I personally DO NOT offer therapy (but it is available at the practice). My motto is, meeting my clients where they are, but supporting them in getting to where they truly want to be! Life is challenging enough, finding a professional and personable clinician should not be. My goal is to assist you in achieving a more fulfilling life by successfully managing your mental health. I am a Board Certified- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience.
(301) 517-6320 View (301) 517-6320
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Lilian Leanyuy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Dr. Leanyuy is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She specializes in psychopharmacology and various forms of psychotherapies for individuals, couples and families.
Dr. Leanyuy is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She specializes in psychopharmacology and various forms of psychotherapies for individuals, couples and families.
(240) 202-3837 View (240) 202-3837
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Bloom Behavioral - Gambrills Sisters Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DPN, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
I offer Diagnostic Assessments, Psychiatric Evaluation, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Medication Management and/or Monitoring, either Office and Home Based Services. I also offer Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) and Mental Health Education.
I offer Diagnostic Assessments, Psychiatric Evaluation, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Medication Management and/or Monitoring, either Office and Home Based Services. I also offer Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) and Mental Health Education.
(240) 376-3723 View (240) 376-3723
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Christina Ekoko Abange
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Dr. Christina Ekoko Abange is an experienced and compassionate Pediatric, Geriatric, and Psychiatric Nurse with 13 years in the industry. Patient rights advocate with excellent communication and critical thinking skills. Track record for demonstrating strong leadership, team management, crisis management, and organizational skills. Patient-focused care provider dedicated to patient success. Dr. Christina Ekoko Abange is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Registered Nurse (CRN)
Dr. Christina Ekoko Abange is an experienced and compassionate Pediatric, Geriatric, and Psychiatric Nurse with 13 years in the industry. Patient rights advocate with excellent communication and critical thinking skills. Track record for demonstrating strong leadership, team management, crisis management, and organizational skills. Patient-focused care provider dedicated to patient success. Dr. Christina Ekoko Abange is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Registered Nurse (CRN)
(240) 202-3319 View (240) 202-3319
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A Peaceful Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Are you feeling sad, lack of concentration, lack of energy, feeling irritable, anxious, you are not enjoying things you used to enjoy? Do you have, ADHD, Anxiety, Major Depression, Bipolar I/II, addiction, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Psychosis, Mood disorder? Are you looking for someone who is compassionate, understanding, and listens? Then you have come to the right place. Our provider will use a holistic approach and work with you to select the treatment plan tailored to your symptoms. We use individualize approach, new medications, and new testing that are available for treatment of mental health. Call or email us today!
Are you feeling sad, lack of concentration, lack of energy, feeling irritable, anxious, you are not enjoying things you used to enjoy? Do you have, ADHD, Anxiety, Major Depression, Bipolar I/II, addiction, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Psychosis, Mood disorder? Are you looking for someone who is compassionate, understanding, and listens? Then you have come to the right place. Our provider will use a holistic approach and work with you to select the treatment plan tailored to your symptoms. We use individualize approach, new medications, and new testing that are available for treatment of mental health. Call or email us today!
(240) 679-5930 View (240) 679-5930
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Chivic Health Care Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770
I am dual certified as Family and Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. My healthcare journey began in 1989 as a registered nurse. My goal is to treat my clients suffering from mental illnesses as well as physical illnesses. Having been born and raised in India, my core values are based on humanity and giving back to my community. I have been providing care for patients across the lifespan and am well experienced with dealing with various medical and mental health disorders.
I am dual certified as Family and Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner. I have been practicing in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. My healthcare journey began in 1989 as a registered nurse. My goal is to treat my clients suffering from mental illnesses as well as physical illnesses. Having been born and raised in India, my core values are based on humanity and giving back to my community. I have been providing care for patients across the lifespan and am well experienced with dealing with various medical and mental health disorders.
(240) 617-4823 View (240) 617-4823
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Fidelity Behavioral Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Greenbelt, MD 20770
We are here to take care of your mental health challenges, such as depression, mood, anxiety and short and long-term memory problems that pose a challenge to you. Our goal is to help you defeat these challenges and take control of your life, be able to carry out your day-to-day functions, manage your finances, and go places you have not been able to go, due to these challenges. At Fidelity Behavioral Healthcare, we are all about you and your loved ones, because your recovery and happiness is our goal for your therapy.
We are here to take care of your mental health challenges, such as depression, mood, anxiety and short and long-term memory problems that pose a challenge to you. Our goal is to help you defeat these challenges and take control of your life, be able to carry out your day-to-day functions, manage your finances, and go places you have not been able to go, due to these challenges. At Fidelity Behavioral Healthcare, we are all about you and your loved ones, because your recovery and happiness is our goal for your therapy.
(301) 259-3596 View (301) 259-3596
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Ritz Behavioral Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbelt, MD 20770  (Online Only)
Dr. Rita Dexter is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental health Nurse Practitioner who is driven, client-focused and proactive with over six years of experience working in different roles in the mental health field. Rita received her Master of Science in Nursing with concentration in psychiatric/mental Health at Walden University. Her diverse training and experience have prepared her to provide quality mental health care to her patients. Rita conducts psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis and treats individuals with mental health disorders. Rita is accepting new clients, offering in person and telehealth visit.
Dr. Rita Dexter is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental health Nurse Practitioner who is driven, client-focused and proactive with over six years of experience working in different roles in the mental health field. Rita received her Master of Science in Nursing with concentration in psychiatric/mental Health at Walden University. Her diverse training and experience have prepared her to provide quality mental health care to her patients. Rita conducts psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis and treats individuals with mental health disorders. Rita is accepting new clients, offering in person and telehealth visit.
(240) 679-8008 View (240) 679-8008

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20770

40+

Average cost per session

$165

Psychiatrists in 20770 who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
91% Depression
80% ADHD
76% Bipolar Disorder
67% Trauma and PTSD
61% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
46% Addiction

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

98% Cigna and Evernorth
95% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
93% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 20770 see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

93% Female
7% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20770?

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.