Psychiatrists in 32207

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Joy James
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. James is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has 32 years of clinical experience and worked as a Chief of Psychiatry at Pro Medica healthcare company. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, Consult Liaison and ER settings. Dr. James graduated from Tufts University Boston's affiliated program. She was awarded the resident teaching award for excellent teaching program at Steward  St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boston where she initiated in her residency program. Her inclination is towards community adult psychiatry and is invested in the care of the families and a variety of individual adult populations.
Dr. James is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has 32 years of clinical experience and worked as a Chief of Psychiatry at Pro Medica healthcare company. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, Consult Liaison and ER settings. Dr. James graduated from Tufts University Boston's affiliated program. She was awarded the resident teaching award for excellent teaching program at Steward  St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boston where she initiated in her residency program. Her inclination is towards community adult psychiatry and is invested in the care of the families and a variety of individual adult populations.
(904) 736-7851 View (904) 736-7851
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Candice Webb
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Webb received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She obtained her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education in Tamarac, Florida. Dr. Webb is currently board-certified under the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After completing training, Dr. Webb worked as an Attending psychiatrist with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Miami, FL.
Dr. Webb received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She obtained her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education in Tamarac, Florida. Dr. Webb is currently board-certified under the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After completing training, Dr. Webb worked as an Attending psychiatrist with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Miami, FL.
(904) 906-9267 View (904) 906-9267
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Bethanie Simmons-Becil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and graduate educator with over 14 years of experience providing evidence-based, holistically focused mental health care to multiple patient populations. I am passionate about integrating novel psychopharmacology and science-backed holistic interventions in psychiatric care. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, regardless of circumstance, and helping them with their depression, anxiety, and mood so that they may find joy in their life again.
I am a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and graduate educator with over 14 years of experience providing evidence-based, holistically focused mental health care to multiple patient populations. I am passionate about integrating novel psychopharmacology and science-backed holistic interventions in psychiatric care. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life, regardless of circumstance, and helping them with their depression, anxiety, and mood so that they may find joy in their life again.
(904) 877-4188 View (904) 877-4188
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Dr. Swarnalata Debbarma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Debbarma is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Debbarma is also certified in mindfulness therapy. Prior to joining Talkiatry, she was working as an attending psychiatrist and teaching faculty in an academic hospital. She has experience managing diverse patients, ranging from chronic severe mental illness, dual diagnosis patients, crisis management and high functioning outpatients population.
Dr. Debbarma is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Debbarma is also certified in mindfulness therapy. Prior to joining Talkiatry, she was working as an attending psychiatrist and teaching faculty in an academic hospital. She has experience managing diverse patients, ranging from chronic severe mental illness, dual diagnosis patients, crisis management and high functioning outpatients population.
(904) 831-1305 View (904) 831-1305
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Gaurav Agarwal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Agarwal is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist. He was elected chief resident from his residency program at the University of Central Florida. He graduated cum laude from the American University of Antigua where he obtained his medical degree, and received a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine.
Dr. Agarwal is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist. He was elected chief resident from his residency program at the University of Central Florida. He graduated cum laude from the American University of Antigua where he obtained his medical degree, and received a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine.
(904) 977-5607 View (904) 977-5607
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Gira Borad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Borad is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has specialized in Addiction Psychiatry. She finished her residency from WVU campus of Charleston, WV and finished Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship from UPMC/Western Psychiatry Institute. She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at WVU of Charleston, where she was involved in working with residents in inpatient and outpatient settings, provided psychiatric consult services to hospitalized patients, and was part of the Outpatient Comprehensive Opioid treatment program. She has interest in treating patients with mood , anxiety and psychotic disorders.
Dr. Borad is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has specialized in Addiction Psychiatry. She finished her residency from WVU campus of Charleston, WV and finished Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship from UPMC/Western Psychiatry Institute. She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at WVU of Charleston, where she was involved in working with residents in inpatient and outpatient settings, provided psychiatric consult services to hospitalized patients, and was part of the Outpatient Comprehensive Opioid treatment program. She has interest in treating patients with mood , anxiety and psychotic disorders.
(904) 344-5208 View (904) 344-5208
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Adrian Blotner
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Blotner is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA). He is also board certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Blotner specializes in the management of mood, anxiety, sleep & chronic pain disorders, with non-addictive medication, physical therapy & stress management / lifestyle adjustment. Dr. Blotner is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE, FL OFFICE.
Dr. Blotner is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA). He is also board certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Blotner specializes in the management of mood, anxiety, sleep & chronic pain disorders, with non-addictive medication, physical therapy & stress management / lifestyle adjustment. Dr. Blotner is a part of the Comprehensive MedPsych Systems (CMPS) team. I OFFER SERVICES IN OUR JACKSONVILLE, FL OFFICE.
(904) 720-4449 View (904) 720-4449
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Meena Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Meena Shah is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Shah's practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive and emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Shah believes in the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with her patients and families to help them achieve emotional their goals. Dr. Shah has extensive experience with the child and adolescent population and worked with foster care programs as well as juvenile residential facility programs.
Dr. Meena Shah is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Shah's practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive and emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Shah believes in the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with her patients and families to help them achieve emotional their goals. Dr. Shah has extensive experience with the child and adolescent population and worked with foster care programs as well as juvenile residential facility programs.
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John Banks III
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Banks implements an integrative approach to his practice that primarily utilizes medication management and various psychotherapy disciplines such as cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and psychodynamic techniques. While Dr. Banks is trained in a variety of therapeutic fields, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team to provide you with the level of care you deserve. The duration of follow-up appointments with Dr. Banks is typically 20-30 minutes.
Dr. Banks implements an integrative approach to his practice that primarily utilizes medication management and various psychotherapy disciplines such as cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and psychodynamic techniques. While Dr. Banks is trained in a variety of therapeutic fields, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team to provide you with the level of care you deserve. The duration of follow-up appointments with Dr. Banks is typically 20-30 minutes.
(904) 351-0601 View (904) 351-0601
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Alicia Garcete
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Alicia Garcete is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in practice for over 12 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, recognizing family involvement is extremely important and is an integral part of treatment. Dr. Garcete has treated a wide variety of patients. Her primary focus is treating depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD and OCD. Additionally, she can provide supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy but on occasions more therapy support may be needed, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
Dr. Alicia Garcete is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in practice for over 12 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, recognizing family involvement is extremely important and is an integral part of treatment. Dr. Garcete has treated a wide variety of patients. Her primary focus is treating depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD and OCD. Additionally, she can provide supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy but on occasions more therapy support may be needed, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome.
(904) 875-8073 View (904) 875-8073
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Chad Terry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Chad Terry is trained in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He has experience treating a wide variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. He provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Chad Terry is trained in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He has experience treating a wide variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. He provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
(904) 615-8612 View (904) 615-8612
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Jonathan Myrtil
Psychiatrist
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Jonathan Myrtil is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his Residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Central Florida affiliated with North Florida Regional Medical Center. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Myrtil stayed on at North Florida Regional as an Adult Psychiatrist and supervising physician where he treated patients from diverse settings including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization and IOP.
Dr. Jonathan Myrtil is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his Residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Central Florida affiliated with North Florida Regional Medical Center. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Myrtil stayed on at North Florida Regional as an Adult Psychiatrist and supervising physician where he treated patients from diverse settings including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization and IOP.
(904) 368-6017 View (904) 368-6017
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Sarah Debrey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Debrey is board-certified in adult psychiatry. Her approach is client-centered, individualized, and collaborative. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client to work towards achieving enhanced functioning and meaning in their lives. She works with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression and other mood concerns, bipolar spectrum illnesses, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.
Dr. Debrey is board-certified in adult psychiatry. Her approach is client-centered, individualized, and collaborative. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client to work towards achieving enhanced functioning and meaning in their lives. She works with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression and other mood concerns, bipolar spectrum illnesses, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.
(904) 569-7145 View (904) 569-7145
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Charles Maddix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Meet Charles – a board-certified Family Psychiatric NP and a devoted former Navy Corpsman. With 20+ potent years of medical experience, Charles is an alumnus of Saint Louis University holding a Master’s in Nursing. He has championed different branches of medical sciences, including Oncology, ICU, and community mental health. Charles has marked his expertise in treating individuals across all ages, from 5 to adults. Applying a holistic approach, he addresses a diversity of mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, trauma, and more.
Meet Charles – a board-certified Family Psychiatric NP and a devoted former Navy Corpsman. With 20+ potent years of medical experience, Charles is an alumnus of Saint Louis University holding a Master’s in Nursing. He has championed different branches of medical sciences, including Oncology, ICU, and community mental health. Charles has marked his expertise in treating individuals across all ages, from 5 to adults. Applying a holistic approach, he addresses a diversity of mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, trauma, and more.
(904) 601-1573 View (904) 601-1573
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Puja Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Puja Kumar is trained in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a board-certified pediatrician who, after five years of pediatric practice, decided to pursue her passion in psychiatry. Dr. Kumar provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. In addition, she believes in taking a holistic approach to each patient and emphasizes the impact of lifestyle, parenting practices, and family dynamics in treatment.
Dr. Puja Kumar is trained in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a board-certified pediatrician who, after five years of pediatric practice, decided to pursue her passion in psychiatry. Dr. Kumar provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. In addition, she believes in taking a holistic approach to each patient and emphasizes the impact of lifestyle, parenting practices, and family dynamics in treatment.
(904) 977-8573 View (904) 977-8573
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Kristina Schnitzer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Kristina Schnitzer is board-certified in Psychiatry and obtained her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has been practicing for over 7 years. Dr. Schnitzer's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Schnitzer may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Kristina Schnitzer is board-certified in Psychiatry and obtained her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has been practicing for over 7 years. Dr. Schnitzer's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Schnitzer may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(904) 682-9817 View (904) 682-9817
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Shelby Goicochea
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Goicochea is Peruvian and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a “triple Gator” having completed her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Florida (UF) and psychiatric training at UF Jacksonville. She was recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion and awarded Resident of the Year for exceptional clinical skills and commitment to patients.
Dr. Goicochea is Peruvian and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a “triple Gator” having completed her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Florida (UF) and psychiatric training at UF Jacksonville. She was recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion and awarded Resident of the Year for exceptional clinical skills and commitment to patients.
(904) 320-0735 View (904) 320-0735
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Harbir Sekhon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Harbir Sekhon is double board certified in child and adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with distinction of Lifetime certification. He treats all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages, specializing in mood-anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, sexual problems, internet/gambling/substance addictions as well as neuro-psychiatric problems from ADHD to Dementia. Dr. Sekhon performed his psychiatric internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his residency in general psychiatry, fellowship in child psychiatry at the USF Morsani School of Medicine, Tampa.
Dr. Harbir Sekhon is double board certified in child and adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with distinction of Lifetime certification. He treats all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages, specializing in mood-anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, sexual problems, internet/gambling/substance addictions as well as neuro-psychiatric problems from ADHD to Dementia. Dr. Sekhon performed his psychiatric internship at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed his residency in general psychiatry, fellowship in child psychiatry at the USF Morsani School of Medicine, Tampa.
(904) 675-3776 View (904) 675-3776
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Anisha Gulati
Psychiatrist
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida. Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring a
Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida. Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring a
(904) 977-6917 View (904) 977-6917
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Joyln Ferrell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
Dr. Joyln Ferrell is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care to treat depression and anxiety disorders. She enjoys working with patients to improve their quality of life and helping them reach their specific treatment goals. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and completed her residency training in psychiatry at VA Boston/Harvard Medical School with significant training experiences at McLean Hospital. She additionally completed a fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
Dr. Joyln Ferrell is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care to treat depression and anxiety disorders. She enjoys working with patients to improve their quality of life and helping them reach their specific treatment goals. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and completed her residency training in psychiatry at VA Boston/Harvard Medical School with significant training experiences at McLean Hospital. She additionally completed a fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
(904) 467-1059 View (904) 467-1059

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Number of Psychiatrists in 32207

70+

Average cost per session

$144

Psychiatrists in 32207 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
99% Bipolar Disorder
96% Medication Management
93% Trauma and PTSD
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Stress

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

99% Cigna and Evernorth
97% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
96% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 32207 see their clients

70% Online Only
30% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

53% Male
47% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 32207?

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.