Psychiatrists in 30309

Photo of Funmilayo C Rachal, Psychiatrist in 30309, GA
Funmilayo C Rachal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified adult and forensic psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, professionals in crisis, and the issues of intimacy and sexual dysfunction. I have a specific interest in treating those who struggle with problems related to poor self esteem, assertiveness,and relationship dysfunction. In addition I provide anxiety and/or depression counseling to those struggling with transitioning in college or careers. After an initial consultation, an individualized treatment plan is designed to address your treatment needs including individual and couples therapy and psychiatric medication management.
I am a board certified adult and forensic psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, professionals in crisis, and the issues of intimacy and sexual dysfunction. I have a specific interest in treating those who struggle with problems related to poor self esteem, assertiveness,and relationship dysfunction. In addition I provide anxiety and/or depression counseling to those struggling with transitioning in college or careers. After an initial consultation, an individualized treatment plan is designed to address your treatment needs including individual and couples therapy and psychiatric medication management.
(404) 620-4930 View (404) 620-4930
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Lisa Mann
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Lisa Mann, PA-C Lisa Mann is a Physician Assistant in Georgia who has been practicing since 2018. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Science in Neuroscience, received a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University, and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Lisa's approach to patient care is thorough evaluation of the genetic, situational, and medical factors that may be contributing to a patient's mental health concerns.
Lisa Mann, PA-C Lisa Mann is a Physician Assistant in Georgia who has been practicing since 2018. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Science in Neuroscience, received a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Nova Southeastern University, and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Lisa's approach to patient care is thorough evaluation of the genetic, situational, and medical factors that may be contributing to a patient's mental health concerns.
(404) 689-1695 View (404) 689-1695
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Dr. Debbie Stevens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
I knew from my first day of my psychiatric clinical rotation during my junior year of nursing school that I wanted to commit my career to helping people with their mental health problems. I realized I found a true joy in sitting with individuals experiencing a crisis and helping others battling a myriad of issues. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, before completing a Master of Science in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After obtaining nearly a decade of clinical practice, I return to Emory to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.
I knew from my first day of my psychiatric clinical rotation during my junior year of nursing school that I wanted to commit my career to helping people with their mental health problems. I realized I found a true joy in sitting with individuals experiencing a crisis and helping others battling a myriad of issues. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, before completing a Master of Science in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. After obtaining nearly a decade of clinical practice, I return to Emory to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.
(470) 517-3858 View (470) 517-3858
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Gilda Moss-Traore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Hi! I am Gilda Moss-Traore a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C, PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience working with a variety of clients living with ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, as well as adjustment disorders and substance use disorders. I am a highly motivated board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse looking forward to providing individualized quality psychiatric care consisting of comprehensive assessments, medication management, and individualized psychosocial therapy to my clients.
Hi! I am Gilda Moss-Traore a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C, PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience working with a variety of clients living with ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, as well as adjustment disorders and substance use disorders. I am a highly motivated board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse looking forward to providing individualized quality psychiatric care consisting of comprehensive assessments, medication management, and individualized psychosocial therapy to my clients.
(470) 287-0878 View (470) 287-0878
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Ross F Grumet
Psychiatrist, MD, LFAPA
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
My psychiatric practice handles wide range of adult issues such as depression, ADHD (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Focalin, etc), bipolar, addictions (Suboxone buprenorphine for pain opioid medication problems)alcohol (naltrexone, acamprosate,etc.) I use medication in combination with brief therapy (cognitive, hypnosis, ACT) and coordinate with other therapists if necessary.. For insomnia, insufficient sleep, fatigue see SleepAdvocate.com. See my blogs at psychiatryatlanta.com. At first visit we usually discuss findings, alternative treatment options, your preferences, and start or continue medication with your informed consent. OK to bring another person if you believe this will be useful.
My psychiatric practice handles wide range of adult issues such as depression, ADHD (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Focalin, etc), bipolar, addictions (Suboxone buprenorphine for pain opioid medication problems)alcohol (naltrexone, acamprosate,etc.) I use medication in combination with brief therapy (cognitive, hypnosis, ACT) and coordinate with other therapists if necessary.. For insomnia, insufficient sleep, fatigue see SleepAdvocate.com. See my blogs at psychiatryatlanta.com. At first visit we usually discuss findings, alternative treatment options, your preferences, and start or continue medication with your informed consent. OK to bring another person if you believe this will be useful.
(404) 369-4636 View (404) 369-4636
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Lindsay Blair Fuson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30309
You are knowledgable, seek out information and desire to be actively involved in your mental health care, but every time you talk to your healthcare provider it feels like they really aren't hearing you or you are being hurried through appointments. Maybe you have experienced side effects or are apprehensive about medications altogether. I understand that reaching out to mental health provider can take courage and I am here to listen and work with you to help you become your best self!
You are knowledgable, seek out information and desire to be actively involved in your mental health care, but every time you talk to your healthcare provider it feels like they really aren't hearing you or you are being hurried through appointments. Maybe you have experienced side effects or are apprehensive about medications altogether. I understand that reaching out to mental health provider can take courage and I am here to listen and work with you to help you become your best self!
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John Tumeh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30309
My ideal client is someone battling Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or major depressive disorder with suicidal thoughts. They seek compassionate care, innovative treatments like TMS and Spravato (esketamine), and a personalized approach to find relief and regain a fulfilling life. Their goal is not just recovery but to reclaim life's richness and build emotional resilience. They want to break free from suffering and embrace purpose, joy, and growth, driven by a deep desire for transformation.
My ideal client is someone battling Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or major depressive disorder with suicidal thoughts. They seek compassionate care, innovative treatments like TMS and Spravato (esketamine), and a personalized approach to find relief and regain a fulfilling life. Their goal is not just recovery but to reclaim life's richness and build emotional resilience. They want to break free from suffering and embrace purpose, joy, and growth, driven by a deep desire for transformation.
(404) 998-4384 View (404) 998-4384
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D. Diane Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Not accepting new clients
Mental health disorders truly impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. Years of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders may result in adverse health behaviors like a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating and sleeping habits, difficulty in relationships, and negative coping skills such as smoking and substance use. I practice a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing medication management as needed and a focus on lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise. I am committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Mental health disorders truly impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. Years of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders may result in adverse health behaviors like a sedentary lifestyle, inadequate eating and sleeping habits, difficulty in relationships, and negative coping skills such as smoking and substance use. I practice a holistic approach to treatment, utilizing medication management as needed and a focus on lifestyle changes such as improved nutrition, adequate sleep, and exercise. I am committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
(470) 888-7057 View (470) 888-7057
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Larrice Gorley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30309
Larrice Gorley is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Valdosta State University. Her background includes child and adult psychiatry and substance abuse treatment. Mrs. Gorley clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of everyone from children with autism to older adults with dementia. Her expertise lies in psychopharmacology across the lifespan, acute and chronic mental health issues, and acute and chronic substance abuse treatment.
Larrice Gorley is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Valdosta State University. Her background includes child and adult psychiatry and substance abuse treatment. Mrs. Gorley clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of everyone from children with autism to older adults with dementia. Her expertise lies in psychopharmacology across the lifespan, acute and chronic mental health issues, and acute and chronic substance abuse treatment.
(877) 265-3058 View (877) 265-3058
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Maima Fortune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Psychology from The University of Rhode Island in 2010, then went on to get my Master’s in Nursing from Drexel University, graduating as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018. I have worked in variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as telemedicine. For 4 years, I have care for and provided psychotropic medication management to children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient, nursing home and state psychiatric facilities.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Psychology from The University of Rhode Island in 2010, then went on to get my Master’s in Nursing from Drexel University, graduating as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018. I have worked in variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as telemedicine. For 4 years, I have care for and provided psychotropic medication management to children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient, nursing home and state psychiatric facilities.
(470) 688-9393 View (470) 688-9393
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Tondalaya Sanford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has treated an array of clients as well as geriatric clients. I have treated clients who suffer from anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance abuse, addiction, and personality disorder, also schizoaffective and sleep disorders. I am a dedicated healthcare provider who works very hard to help each and every client heal and become a functioning member of society through education, therapy, non-medicinal therapies, and medication as needed. Together, we will decide on a plan of care that will give you the best results and help you thrive once again.
I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has treated an array of clients as well as geriatric clients. I have treated clients who suffer from anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance abuse, addiction, and personality disorder, also schizoaffective and sleep disorders. I am a dedicated healthcare provider who works very hard to help each and every client heal and become a functioning member of society through education, therapy, non-medicinal therapies, and medication as needed. Together, we will decide on a plan of care that will give you the best results and help you thrive once again.
(678) 264-3752 View (678) 264-3752
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Omotayo Abdul
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
My nursing career started in 1980 from Nigeria, where I worked in all areas of nursing. Moved to the United States in 1984, I was in Los Angeles, California for 10 years, and in 1994 I relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, I focused mainly on mental health conditions in our state psychiatry hospital, later transition to the Federal level at the Atlanta VA mostly with the adult populations. I consider myself a compassionate and caring individual with a special passion for those who serve our nation, as I am a mother of two Air Force Veterans.
My nursing career started in 1980 from Nigeria, where I worked in all areas of nursing. Moved to the United States in 1984, I was in Los Angeles, California for 10 years, and in 1994 I relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, I focused mainly on mental health conditions in our state psychiatry hospital, later transition to the Federal level at the Atlanta VA mostly with the adult populations. I consider myself a compassionate and caring individual with a special passion for those who serve our nation, as I am a mother of two Air Force Veterans.
(404) 689-2305 View (404) 689-2305
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Sarah Cook
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309  (Online Only)
We all struggle with challenges that impact us significantly at some time in our lives – relationships, feeling stagnant or stressed at work, grief, or simply feeling dissatisfied with life. You might struggle with depression, anxiety or panic or other mental health concerns and feel your symptoms are not well-controlled. As an adult psychiatrist, I can help you achieve relief from symptoms, clarity on your goals and relationships, and improved self-compassion.
We all struggle with challenges that impact us significantly at some time in our lives – relationships, feeling stagnant or stressed at work, grief, or simply feeling dissatisfied with life. You might struggle with depression, anxiety or panic or other mental health concerns and feel your symptoms are not well-controlled. As an adult psychiatrist, I can help you achieve relief from symptoms, clarity on your goals and relationships, and improved self-compassion.
(470) 202-0804 View (470) 202-0804
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Linda Floyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Linda Floyd is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Since beginning to work with patients in 2014, Linda has engaged with patients in a variety of treatment settings. She understands the distress and impaired functioning her patients are experiencing. Her goal is to engage with patients to reduce their distress, improve functioning, and help them reach their potential. She develops a therapeutic alliance with each patient, using best practices to set treatment goals and select the proper treatment plan. She combines psychopharmacology and non-pharmacological approaches, including mindfulness stress reduction technique
Linda Floyd is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Since beginning to work with patients in 2014, Linda has engaged with patients in a variety of treatment settings. She understands the distress and impaired functioning her patients are experiencing. Her goal is to engage with patients to reduce their distress, improve functioning, and help them reach their potential. She develops a therapeutic alliance with each patient, using best practices to set treatment goals and select the proper treatment plan. She combines psychopharmacology and non-pharmacological approaches, including mindfulness stress reduction technique
(404) 923-8177 View (404) 923-8177
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Angela Jenkins Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Angela Jenkins-Jacobs is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Angela provides non-judgmental, evidence-based services. Each visit focuses on how medication, supplements, and other holistic approaches can combine with psychotherapy to meet patient needs.
Angela Jenkins-Jacobs is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Angela provides non-judgmental, evidence-based services. Each visit focuses on how medication, supplements, and other holistic approaches can combine with psychotherapy to meet patient needs.
(844) 538-0318 View (844) 538-0318
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Kendra Jo Back
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309  (Online Only)
Mental health affects many people. My primary experience has been with anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, and bipolar. The utilization of medications when necessary, nutrition, exercise, and counseling will help you take charge of your mental health. The ultimate goal is to learn effective coping skills that will allow you to be in control.
Mental health affects many people. My primary experience has been with anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, and bipolar. The utilization of medications when necessary, nutrition, exercise, and counseling will help you take charge of your mental health. The ultimate goal is to learn effective coping skills that will allow you to be in control.
(470) 570-1319 x100 View (470) 570-1319 x100
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Ebele Compean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Dr. Compean is proud to be a part of patient's journey. She is privileged to be one of the few (or in some cases the only person) in their life to see the real person. There are many things medications itself cannot fix such as the the doctor, psychiatrist really listening to you and being an advocate for your mental wellness. Dr. Compean loves spending time with her husband and their two beautiful dogs as well as cooking authentic Nigerian cuisine.
Dr. Compean is proud to be a part of patient's journey. She is privileged to be one of the few (or in some cases the only person) in their life to see the real person. There are many things medications itself cannot fix such as the the doctor, psychiatrist really listening to you and being an advocate for your mental wellness. Dr. Compean loves spending time with her husband and their two beautiful dogs as well as cooking authentic Nigerian cuisine.
(470) 517-3504 View (470) 517-3504
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Dr. Nathan Skoller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
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
(470) 745-2390 View (470) 745-2390
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Dr. Nicole Almeida-Scaff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30309
Based in Fort Lauderdale (South Florida), Dr. Almeida-Scaff is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She currently sees patients (ages 6 to 50) in person or through telemedicine in Florida. She practiced in Atlanta, Georgia for many years prior to relocating to Florida and is able to provide care for patients in Georgia through telemedicine as well. Her areas of focus include treating adults, children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), depression and anxiety disorders. She provides psychiatric care for her patients in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Based in Fort Lauderdale (South Florida), Dr. Almeida-Scaff is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She currently sees patients (ages 6 to 50) in person or through telemedicine in Florida. She practiced in Atlanta, Georgia for many years prior to relocating to Florida and is able to provide care for patients in Georgia through telemedicine as well. Her areas of focus include treating adults, children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), depression and anxiety disorders. She provides psychiatric care for her patients in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
(954) 371-1108 View (954) 371-1108
Photo of Hasani Baharanyi, Psychiatrist in 30309, GA
Hasani Baharanyi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30309
Do you or your child have chest pain and gasp for air when you go out to public places? Do you avoid taking your son to the grocery store because of his frequent, intense temper tantrums? Do you spend most of your day laying on the couch and crying? Did you miss your daughter's soccer goal because you stayed in the parking lot opening and closing the car door repeatedly instead of watching her game? If so, you understand that living with mental illness can mean living with unrealized potential, missed opportunities, and pain. This suffering need not continue.
Do you or your child have chest pain and gasp for air when you go out to public places? Do you avoid taking your son to the grocery store because of his frequent, intense temper tantrums? Do you spend most of your day laying on the couch and crying? Did you miss your daughter's soccer goal because you stayed in the parking lot opening and closing the car door repeatedly instead of watching her game? If so, you understand that living with mental illness can mean living with unrealized potential, missed opportunities, and pain. This suffering need not continue.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 30309

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 30309 who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
81% Medication Management
77% ADHD
77% Bipolar Disorder
65% Trauma and PTSD
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
73% Cigna and Evernorth
53% Humana

How Psychiatrists in 30309 see their clients

93% In Person and Online
7% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 30309?

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.