Psychiatrists in 30030

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MindBodySoul Medical Weight Loss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Being overweight is without a doubt a big health issue. It influences you physically, mentally, and even socially. The excess weight makes you apply more effort in doing basic things like rising from your bed or bending down to pick up things. You find yourself out of breath when you go up the stairs to the second flooring of your house. You start to feel some pains and pains in your neck and back. Your excess weight can also influence your mental health. You know the negative health effects of being overweight and these thoughts often cross your mind and leave you nervous and uneasy.
Being overweight is without a doubt a big health issue. It influences you physically, mentally, and even socially. The excess weight makes you apply more effort in doing basic things like rising from your bed or bending down to pick up things. You find yourself out of breath when you go up the stairs to the second flooring of your house. You start to feel some pains and pains in your neck and back. Your excess weight can also influence your mental health. You know the negative health effects of being overweight and these thoughts often cross your mind and leave you nervous and uneasy.
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Amitha L Dhingra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Dr. Dhingra is board certified in General Psychiatry. She completed her residency in adult psychiatry at the Emory University School of Medicine, and was chosen to serve as the Chief Resident for Emory University Hospital in her final year of adult psychiatry. Dr. Dhingra completed an additional year of training in Geriatric Psychiatry, graduating in 2020.
Dr. Dhingra is board certified in General Psychiatry. She completed her residency in adult psychiatry at the Emory University School of Medicine, and was chosen to serve as the Chief Resident for Emory University Hospital in her final year of adult psychiatry. Dr. Dhingra completed an additional year of training in Geriatric Psychiatry, graduating in 2020.
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Mindbodysoul Mental Health & Family practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Everyone’s journey is different. We work with everyone for a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Some struggles are harder to overcome than others and require the assistance of a highly trained and compassionate mental health provider. The first step to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or abuse is getting personalized substance use disorder treatment. Proper treatment for substance use disorder should address both the physical and medical ramifications of your addiction, as well as the lasting behavioral, psychological and lifestyle damage caused by prolonged and untreated substance
Everyone’s journey is different. We work with everyone for a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Some struggles are harder to overcome than others and require the assistance of a highly trained and compassionate mental health provider. The first step to lasting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or abuse is getting personalized substance use disorder treatment. Proper treatment for substance use disorder should address both the physical and medical ramifications of your addiction, as well as the lasting behavioral, psychological and lifestyle damage caused by prolonged and untreated substance
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Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Hi, I'm Lois Schwarze, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management and believe that medications work best when they are a part of a wider plan of care. I co-founded Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness with Ella Laura Johannaber, a therapeutic coach and wellness educator, so that our clients have more choices for getting the support they need. I am passionate about mental health and I've witnessed that healing happens through authentic connection. I spend time with my clients, listen, and treat each person as a unique individual.
Hi, I'm Lois Schwarze, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management and believe that medications work best when they are a part of a wider plan of care. I co-founded Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness with Ella Laura Johannaber, a therapeutic coach and wellness educator, so that our clients have more choices for getting the support they need. I am passionate about mental health and I've witnessed that healing happens through authentic connection. I spend time with my clients, listen, and treat each person as a unique individual.
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Dr. Judith Ngulefac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness.
Dr. Judith Ngulefac, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, DOT-CME is an experienced doctoral-prepared board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner with over 14 years of experience in diverse health care settings providing high-quality care to clients. Dr. Ngulefac believes that your mental health is as important as your physical health and requires the same attention. She provides an initial psychiatric evaluation that will enable her to diagnose & develop an individualized treatment plan with routine follow-up visits to monitor symptoms and medication effectiveness.
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Patrick Robbins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Our brains are complex systems of competing parts, each part influencing the others and contributing to our larger personality. This interplay between competing systems allows us to respond to the infinite challenges we face in life, but it can also become imbalanced, with different brain regions exerting too much or too little influence over our larger psyche. Oftentimes, this imbalance is initially an adaptation to something in our environment – stress, trauma, grief – but over time, it can cause the symptoms of mental illness.
Our brains are complex systems of competing parts, each part influencing the others and contributing to our larger personality. This interplay between competing systems allows us to respond to the infinite challenges we face in life, but it can also become imbalanced, with different brain regions exerting too much or too little influence over our larger psyche. Oftentimes, this imbalance is initially an adaptation to something in our environment – stress, trauma, grief – but over time, it can cause the symptoms of mental illness.
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Tina Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
I boast a very diverse work history, passion for people and integrative approach to caring for the whole patient across the lifespan. Since 2005, I have worked in a variety of settings from the emergency department and Pediatrics to Family and Women’s health as well as inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry. I am experienced in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions such as Disorders of Mood and Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Schizophrenia, Dual-Diagnosis as well as Women’s Health, including during pregnancy.
I boast a very diverse work history, passion for people and integrative approach to caring for the whole patient across the lifespan. Since 2005, I have worked in a variety of settings from the emergency department and Pediatrics to Family and Women’s health as well as inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry. I am experienced in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions such as Disorders of Mood and Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Schizophrenia, Dual-Diagnosis as well as Women’s Health, including during pregnancy.
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Corey Allen Beck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
I believe that a combination of skilled psychotherapy and proper medication management helps people recover faster. My goal is to get you back to living your life to its fullest as quickly as possible.
I believe that a combination of skilled psychotherapy and proper medication management helps people recover faster. My goal is to get you back to living your life to its fullest as quickly as possible.
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Anthony Campanella
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
I am a Physician Assistant with 3 years experience working in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. I have also recently been awarded a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Psychiatry by the NCCPA. Originally from the state of FL, I graduated from then University of FL with my bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies before earning my PA degree from the University of South Alabama in 2020. I diagnose and help patients to manage conditions including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, sleep issues, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and much more.
I am a Physician Assistant with 3 years experience working in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. I have also recently been awarded a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Psychiatry by the NCCPA. Originally from the state of FL, I graduated from then University of FL with my bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies before earning my PA degree from the University of South Alabama in 2020. I diagnose and help patients to manage conditions including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, sleep issues, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and much more.
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Sandra Fraro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
I am board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have over 10 years experience providing compassionate care in the mental health field. I advocate for mental health care access for everyone.
I am board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I have over 10 years experience providing compassionate care in the mental health field. I advocate for mental health care access for everyone.
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Katherine Gill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Katherine Gill is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 30+ years of registered nurse experience and an expansive nursing background in psychiatry, public and school health. Katherine has practiced in a wide variety of settings caring for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. She uses a patient centered health care model encouraging patients to take part in their plan of care. Katherine has extensive experience in caring for children and adolescents and uses a compassionate, and holistic approach in patient care to obtain optimal mental wellness.
Katherine Gill is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 30+ years of registered nurse experience and an expansive nursing background in psychiatry, public and school health. Katherine has practiced in a wide variety of settings caring for pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. She uses a patient centered health care model encouraging patients to take part in their plan of care. Katherine has extensive experience in caring for children and adolescents and uses a compassionate, and holistic approach in patient care to obtain optimal mental wellness.
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Nafiha Islam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Nafiha Islam, MD Nafiha Islam is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2018. Nafiha strives to establish a partnership with her patients based on trust and dependability. She listens to their concerns and works together with them to find a solution. In her spare time, Nafiha enjoys learning about other cultures especially through traveling and trying various cuisines.
Nafiha Islam, MD Nafiha Islam is a Psychiatrist in Georgia who has been practicing since 2018. Nafiha strives to establish a partnership with her patients based on trust and dependability. She listens to their concerns and works together with them to find a solution. In her spare time, Nafiha enjoys learning about other cultures especially through traveling and trying various cuisines.
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Dr. Nathan Skoller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Dr. Skoller is an Emory-trained board certified psychiatrist taking new patients in the Atlanta and adjacent areas. He has broad knowledge and experience treating various mental health conditions and see's patients both in-person and via telemedicine. Dr. Skoller offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Ketamine treatment services, available to patients either in-clinic or conveniently in your own home. Dr. Skoller is also board certified in internal medicine, offering a uniquely thorough approach to treating his patient's mental health concerns. He is a member of Melody Medical Group. www.MelodyMedicalGroup.com
Dr. Skoller is an Emory-trained board certified psychiatrist taking new patients in the Atlanta and adjacent areas. He has broad knowledge and experience treating various mental health conditions and see's patients both in-person and via telemedicine. Dr. Skoller offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Ketamine treatment services, available to patients either in-clinic or conveniently in your own home. Dr. Skoller is also board certified in internal medicine, offering a uniquely thorough approach to treating his patient's mental health concerns. He is a member of Melody Medical Group. www.MelodyMedicalGroup.com
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Michael S Conley, MD PC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
For me, the most satisfying part of practicing psychiatry is that each day I have the opportunity to interact with patients and help them improve their mental health and lives. Over my 23 years of private practice in Atlanta, I have seen firsthand that good psychiatric care, often in conjunction with targeted psychotherapy, can be transformative to a patient's health and well being. I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, because each individual has unique biology, life circumstances, and goals for themselves.
For me, the most satisfying part of practicing psychiatry is that each day I have the opportunity to interact with patients and help them improve their mental health and lives. Over my 23 years of private practice in Atlanta, I have seen firsthand that good psychiatric care, often in conjunction with targeted psychotherapy, can be transformative to a patient's health and well being. I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, because each individual has unique biology, life circumstances, and goals for themselves.
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Jonathan Edward Guy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
I provide psychiatric mental health care treatment for adults, adolescents, and children, in both Spanish and English. I listen to my patients and try to understand who they are, what their problems are, and how they are suffering. I believe it is important to understand each patient's unique life including learning about their interpersonal relationships, work life, home life, and what their hopes and dreams are. Psychiatric treatment is a partnership between me and my patients. By working together we can decrease pain and suffering, and create happiness, peacefulness, and the ability to live and enjoy life.
I provide psychiatric mental health care treatment for adults, adolescents, and children, in both Spanish and English. I listen to my patients and try to understand who they are, what their problems are, and how they are suffering. I believe it is important to understand each patient's unique life including learning about their interpersonal relationships, work life, home life, and what their hopes and dreams are. Psychiatric treatment is a partnership between me and my patients. By working together we can decrease pain and suffering, and create happiness, peacefulness, and the ability to live and enjoy life.
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David Sogbamu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
David Sogbamu, APRN, PMHNP–BC, stands at the forefront of psychiatric and Mental Health care, bringing a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to his practice. As a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on the entire lifespan, David has dedicated his career to the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. With specialized training covering a diverse range of issues, David is adept at addressing the unique
David Sogbamu, APRN, PMHNP–BC, stands at the forefront of psychiatric and Mental Health care, bringing a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to his practice. As a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on the entire lifespan, David has dedicated his career to the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. With specialized training covering a diverse range of issues, David is adept at addressing the unique
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Kris Magpantay
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
I have worked with individuals in inpatient psychiatric hospital settings and trained with psychiatrists while in PA school in rural inpatient psychiatric care. I enjoy working with all individuals in need of mental health services in a collaborative team based approach.
I have worked with individuals in inpatient psychiatric hospital settings and trained with psychiatrists while in PA school in rural inpatient psychiatric care. I enjoy working with all individuals in need of mental health services in a collaborative team based approach.
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Psych Care ATL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
Psych Care ATL is a small practice with a big heart. Woman-owned and founded in 2022 with a desire to offer holistic, customized mental health services where you feel seen and supported. We are proud to provide psychiatric care for adults as well as ADHD management support and treatment for substance use and addictions.
Psych Care ATL is a small practice with a big heart. Woman-owned and founded in 2022 with a desire to offer holistic, customized mental health services where you feel seen and supported. We are proud to provide psychiatric care for adults as well as ADHD management support and treatment for substance use and addictions.
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Jessica Kettell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Whatever problems you are facing right now, let’s tackle them together. You are not alone. I am here to help you restore your mental health through individualized and integrative solutions and empower you to live your life to your fullest potential. You deserve to be happy and enjoy your life! My lifelong dream has been to make mental health care more accessible to individuals and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment. Just as it is normal to seek treatment for diabetes, it should be natural to seek treatment for anxiety, low mood or poor focus. I specialize in treating depression and anxiety in all ages.
Whatever problems you are facing right now, let’s tackle them together. You are not alone. I am here to help you restore your mental health through individualized and integrative solutions and empower you to live your life to your fullest potential. You deserve to be happy and enjoy your life! My lifelong dream has been to make mental health care more accessible to individuals and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment. Just as it is normal to seek treatment for diabetes, it should be natural to seek treatment for anxiety, low mood or poor focus. I specialize in treating depression and anxiety in all ages.
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Patrice Barnhill Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Patrice Barnhill is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who joined the Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals group in April 2018, and is currently seeing patients at our Decatur and Stockbridge locations. Prior to starting with GBHP, Patrice worked in a pediatric primary care setting, where she cared for patients with acute and chronic health conditions, as well as provided preventative care, mental health and developmental screenings. She has always been the most passionate in her care of children, adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns.
Patrice Barnhill is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who joined the Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals group in April 2018, and is currently seeing patients at our Decatur and Stockbridge locations. Prior to starting with GBHP, Patrice worked in a pediatric primary care setting, where she cared for patients with acute and chronic health conditions, as well as provided preventative care, mental health and developmental screenings. She has always been the most passionate in her care of children, adolescents and young adults with mental health concerns.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 30030

30+

Average cost per session

$149

Psychiatrists in 30030 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Bipolar Disorder
77% Medication Management
68% ADHD
55% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
81% Cigna and Evernorth
76% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in 30030 see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 30030?

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.