Psychiatrists in 20901

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Dr. Ola Adekola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Dr. Ola Adekola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is the owner of Divine Wellness & Psychiatric Services. As a certified Mental health care provider, her role includes a wide range of mental health services to patients across a life. She is experienced and competent to provide a full range of primary mental health services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
Dr. Ola Adekola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is the owner of Divine Wellness & Psychiatric Services. As a certified Mental health care provider, her role includes a wide range of mental health services to patients across a life. She is experienced and competent to provide a full range of primary mental health services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
(301) 640-5787 View (301) 640-5787
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Zuwena M Iddi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Welcome to my practice! I'm Zuwena Iddi, a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on holistic mental health care. With six years of experience across diverse healthcare settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my private practice located in Maryland. About Me: My journey in mental health care began with a commitment to provide personalized and comprehensive treatment to individuals facing mental health challenges. As a PMHNP, I blend evidence-based medication management with empathetic talk therapy to empower my patients on their path to healing and well-being.
Welcome to my practice! I'm Zuwena Iddi, a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on holistic mental health care. With six years of experience across diverse healthcare settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my private practice located in Maryland. About Me: My journey in mental health care began with a commitment to provide personalized and comprehensive treatment to individuals facing mental health challenges. As a PMHNP, I blend evidence-based medication management with empathetic talk therapy to empower my patients on their path to healing and well-being.
(301) 453-4598 View (301) 453-4598
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Sarah Burkey Gibson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901  (Online Only)
Clients reach out to me for a variety of reasons, but most of it boils down to wanting to feel like themselves, or perhaps wanting to feel like a version of themselves they hope for in the future. Clients with depression, anxiety, racing or intrusive thoughts, trauma, mood swings, insomnia, problems with appetite, problems with concentration come to me for help. They are interested in finding the right psychiatric medication, supplements, and lifestyle to provide symptom relief and be able to engage with the world around them in positive ways.
Clients reach out to me for a variety of reasons, but most of it boils down to wanting to feel like themselves, or perhaps wanting to feel like a version of themselves they hope for in the future. Clients with depression, anxiety, racing or intrusive thoughts, trauma, mood swings, insomnia, problems with appetite, problems with concentration come to me for help. They are interested in finding the right psychiatric medication, supplements, and lifestyle to provide symptom relief and be able to engage with the world around them in positive ways.
(301) 786-3533 View (301) 786-3533
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Rachel Mackessy-Lloyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and addiction. I will work with your mental healthcare team to collaborate and develop a plan that enables you to achieve your goals. My approach is grounded in the interpersonal theory of nursing, with strong influences of cognitive behavioral therapy. I am especially interested in mood disorder, anxiety, and addiction psychiatry.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar illness, and addiction. I will work with your mental healthcare team to collaborate and develop a plan that enables you to achieve your goals. My approach is grounded in the interpersonal theory of nursing, with strong influences of cognitive behavioral therapy. I am especially interested in mood disorder, anxiety, and addiction psychiatry.
(240) 213-7631 View (240) 213-7631
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Citta-MindBodyBaby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CPNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues in your journey through pregnancy/postpartum and feeling unheard or dismissed by healthcare professionals? That's because most OB/GYNS, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and therapists are NOT required to have any education or training in perinatal mental health! At Citta, we believe that the knowledge and evidenced-based treatment of perinatal mood disorders (PMADs) is the most important aspect of protecting the caregiver-infant bond which, in turn, nurtures the future mental health and well-being of the entire family.
Are you struggling with mental health issues in your journey through pregnancy/postpartum and feeling unheard or dismissed by healthcare professionals? That's because most OB/GYNS, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and therapists are NOT required to have any education or training in perinatal mental health! At Citta, we believe that the knowledge and evidenced-based treatment of perinatal mood disorders (PMADs) is the most important aspect of protecting the caregiver-infant bond which, in turn, nurtures the future mental health and well-being of the entire family.
(301) 381-2033 View (301) 381-2033
Fulgentia Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Are you having a hard time coping with various life stressors? Do you need a caring provider who will patiently listen to what you have to say? If you are looking for a knowledgeable provider who can help you improve your mental health, then you've come to the right place.
Are you having a hard time coping with various life stressors? Do you need a caring provider who will patiently listen to what you have to say? If you are looking for a knowledgeable provider who can help you improve your mental health, then you've come to the right place.
(301) 591-6539 View (301) 591-6539
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Candice Feliz Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901  (Online Only)
Seeing clients in Maryland. Candice Powell is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She acquired her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland. She completed her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Norwich University Northfield, VT United States. She also has a master's in nursing education from Western Governors University. She has over 18 years of nursing experience. She has a passion for working with those who suffer from mental health disorders and truly believes that your mental health illness does not define you.
Seeing clients in Maryland. Candice Powell is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She acquired her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland. She completed her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Norwich University Northfield, VT United States. She also has a master's in nursing education from Western Governors University. She has over 18 years of nursing experience. She has a passion for working with those who suffer from mental health disorders and truly believes that your mental health illness does not define you.
(813) 518-8253 View (813) 518-8253
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First Royal Health Care Service, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
At First Royal Health Care Services, we provide mental health assessment and develop individualized treatment plan based on your unique goals for treatment. Our directive is to get more people living with mental illness to recovery faster by combining clinical care, advocacy, research, and education to transform their lives. Our mission is to deliver gratifying cost-effective and humanistic outcomes in providing quality psychiatric care. We want our patients to have the confidence in expressing and placing their trust in us. At First Royal Health Care Services, we take Pride in your well-being and work with you through recovery
At First Royal Health Care Services, we provide mental health assessment and develop individualized treatment plan based on your unique goals for treatment. Our directive is to get more people living with mental illness to recovery faster by combining clinical care, advocacy, research, and education to transform their lives. Our mission is to deliver gratifying cost-effective and humanistic outcomes in providing quality psychiatric care. We want our patients to have the confidence in expressing and placing their trust in us. At First Royal Health Care Services, we take Pride in your well-being and work with you through recovery
(240) 692-3238 View (240) 692-3238
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Grace Olaleye-Anisere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901  (Online Only)
Meet Grace Olaleye-Anisere, a doctorally prepared board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is a compassionate and highly skilled with extensive clinical experience and interpersonal skills spanning over a decade.
Meet Grace Olaleye-Anisere, a doctorally prepared board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is a compassionate and highly skilled with extensive clinical experience and interpersonal skills spanning over a decade.
(726) 227-5021 View (726) 227-5021
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Uchenwa D Okoli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Cornell and Harvard educated psychiatrist with board certifications in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. I have also completed extended training in clinical neurology, which I find helpful in my approach with your care. I have experience working in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, residential and school based) with very diverse patient populations. I've held faculty appointments at Harvard University, Albert Einstein Medical College and Georgetown University.
I am a Cornell and Harvard educated psychiatrist with board certifications in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. I have also completed extended training in clinical neurology, which I find helpful in my approach with your care. I have experience working in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, residential and school based) with very diverse patient populations. I've held faculty appointments at Harvard University, Albert Einstein Medical College and Georgetown University.
(240) 503-8152 View (240) 503-8152
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Richard Silver
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
I am an adult/ adolescent psychiatrist and founder of the THRIVE Center for ADHD and Comprehensive Mental Health Care (www.MyThrive.net). THRIVE's specialty programs include ADHD/ Executive Dysfunction; Failure to Launch Young Adults; Workplace Mental Health; and Thriving Families. I believe that the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of personal growth flow together. THRIVE's goal is to create opportunities for success and mastery. We are committed to providing compassionate care which includes: discovering the gifts of individuals; honoring the wisdom of all participating in the healing partnership; and validating the unique ways each person experiences the world.
I am an adult/ adolescent psychiatrist and founder of the THRIVE Center for ADHD and Comprehensive Mental Health Care (www.MyThrive.net). THRIVE's specialty programs include ADHD/ Executive Dysfunction; Failure to Launch Young Adults; Workplace Mental Health; and Thriving Families. I believe that the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of personal growth flow together. THRIVE's goal is to create opportunities for success and mastery. We are committed to providing compassionate care which includes: discovering the gifts of individuals; honoring the wisdom of all participating in the healing partnership; and validating the unique ways each person experiences the world.
(410) 417-7816 View (410) 417-7816
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Phyllis J Heffner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Do you/your child experience depression or anxiety that prevent you from feeling your best or living up to your potential? Does your child (or do you) find it hard to pay attention or act impulsively? Does your child have autism or emotional or behavioral problems? These issues can make life challenging, yet are often improved using natural methods. I practice holistic, integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatry with the focus on finding and treating the underlying cause of each person's emotional and behavioral problems, often with natural methods rather than medications. NEW-online Scheduling available www.holisticchildpsychiatry.com
Do you/your child experience depression or anxiety that prevent you from feeling your best or living up to your potential? Does your child (or do you) find it hard to pay attention or act impulsively? Does your child have autism or emotional or behavioral problems? These issues can make life challenging, yet are often improved using natural methods. I practice holistic, integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatry with the focus on finding and treating the underlying cause of each person's emotional and behavioral problems, often with natural methods rather than medications. NEW-online Scheduling available www.holisticchildpsychiatry.com
(410) 695-6398 View (410) 695-6398
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Shanya S Hardie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901  (Online Only)
“It's time to rethink mental health”. Our Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner seeks to make each client experience unique by combining the latest evidence-based practices and technology to guide medication management and other healing options. Our provider recognizes the importance of customizing psychiatric care based on the individual characteristics, needs, and preferences of clients. We are happy to support you as you embrace your mental health and quality of life. Our behavioral health approach assists with the navigation of stress, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other concerns.
“It's time to rethink mental health”. Our Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner seeks to make each client experience unique by combining the latest evidence-based practices and technology to guide medication management and other healing options. Our provider recognizes the importance of customizing psychiatric care based on the individual characteristics, needs, and preferences of clients. We are happy to support you as you embrace your mental health and quality of life. Our behavioral health approach assists with the navigation of stress, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, and other concerns.
(240) 332-4133 View (240) 332-4133
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Jessica Janey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
(301) 900-6547 View (301) 900-6547
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
(301) 750-2744 View (301) 750-2744
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New Era Recovery & Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Greg Obiwuma is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of working in psychiatric and mental health care in the Washington, DC metro area. We perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and other mental health issues in people of all ages. At New Era Recovery and Behavioral Health LLC, we utilize a holistic approach to treat patients across the lifespan (Adults, Adolescents and Children). Applying evidence-based
Greg Obiwuma is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of working in psychiatric and mental health care in the Washington, DC metro area. We perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and other mental health issues in people of all ages. At New Era Recovery and Behavioral Health LLC, we utilize a holistic approach to treat patients across the lifespan (Adults, Adolescents and Children). Applying evidence-based
(202) 946-7827 View (202) 946-7827
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Sandra Krotman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, BC
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
My name is Sandra Krotman. I am a Board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ( PMHNP-BC) with prescriptive privileges. Every person has concerns they struggle with during their lifetime. Some people struggle on and off, and for others, the path is filled with twists, turns, slippery rocks, and possibly big boulders. Wherever you are on your journey, I can meet you on your route, and help you navigate your mental health needs. We can create a comprehensive treatment plan after an assessment and evaluation, discuss options such as therapy, medication management, or combination of both.
My name is Sandra Krotman. I am a Board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ( PMHNP-BC) with prescriptive privileges. Every person has concerns they struggle with during their lifetime. Some people struggle on and off, and for others, the path is filled with twists, turns, slippery rocks, and possibly big boulders. Wherever you are on your journey, I can meet you on your route, and help you navigate your mental health needs. We can create a comprehensive treatment plan after an assessment and evaluation, discuss options such as therapy, medication management, or combination of both.
(240) 616-4388 View (240) 616-4388
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Dr. Blanche Kattie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Accepting new patient. Welcome. I'm Blanche Kattie, a compassionate psychiatrist committed to guiding individuals on their path to mental well-being and fulfillment. With specialized expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a comprehensive range of services including medication management and psychotherapy.By integrating medication management with psychotherapy, I aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the underlying factors contributing to your mental health concerns.
Accepting new patient. Welcome. I'm Blanche Kattie, a compassionate psychiatrist committed to guiding individuals on their path to mental well-being and fulfillment. With specialized expertise in depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and ADHD, I offer a comprehensive range of services including medication management and psychotherapy.By integrating medication management with psychotherapy, I aim to not only alleviate symptoms but also address the underlying factors contributing to your mental health concerns.
(240) 376-3164 View (240) 376-3164
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Sandra Lake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901  (Online Only)
Dr. Lake works with people of all ages and demographics who are experiencing mental health issues and disorders. She provides more than just medication management. Dr. Lake emphasizes the use of Psycho-education and comprehensive assessments of each patient's mental health needs to best develop effective treatment strategies, including the prescribing of medication in addition to daily/weekly lifestyle changes or plans to complement medication. She collaborates with the therapists on her team to provide integrated care for her patients benefiting from both therapy and medication.
Dr. Lake works with people of all ages and demographics who are experiencing mental health issues and disorders. She provides more than just medication management. Dr. Lake emphasizes the use of Psycho-education and comprehensive assessments of each patient's mental health needs to best develop effective treatment strategies, including the prescribing of medication in addition to daily/weekly lifestyle changes or plans to complement medication. She collaborates with the therapists on her team to provide integrated care for her patients benefiting from both therapy and medication.
(410) 220-6185 View (410) 220-6185
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Katarina (Kat) Mijic-Barisic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Takoma Park, MD 20901
Hi! I’m Kat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a happier, more fulfilling life through medication management and supportive therapy. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and resilience. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to understanding each individual's unique journey, and my mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Hi! I’m Kat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a happier, more fulfilling life through medication management and supportive therapy. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and resilience. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to understanding each individual's unique journey, and my mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
(443) 647-8278 View (443) 647-8278

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 20901

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 20901 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
87% ADHD
84% Medication Management
77% Bipolar Disorder
74% Trauma and PTSD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Cigna and Evernorth
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
71% Optum

How Psychiatrists in 20901 see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 20901?

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.