Psychiatrists in 33134

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Mariela Padro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134
LIFE CAN BE HARD AND COMPLICATED AT TIMES BUT IT CAN ALSO BRING JOY, EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS. A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN AND MAKE THINGS WORK, OTHER TIMES WE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO OR WE MAY EVEN FEEL LOST. SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO WORK OUT YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE; CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OR A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER OTHERS BUT WE DO HAVE CONTROL OVER HOW WE DECIDE TO MANAGE A SITUATION.
LIFE CAN BE HARD AND COMPLICATED AT TIMES BUT IT CAN ALSO BRING JOY, EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS. A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN AND MAKE THINGS WORK, OTHER TIMES WE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO OR WE MAY EVEN FEEL LOST. SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO WORK OUT YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE; CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OR A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER OTHERS BUT WE DO HAVE CONTROL OVER HOW WE DECIDE TO MANAGE A SITUATION.
(305) 456-1014 View (305) 456-1014
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Maria Fernanda Antunez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33134
Maria Fernanda Antunez is a board certified, psychiatric mental nurse practitioner. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Regis College of Nursing from Boston, Massachusetts. She focuses on treating adult’s patients across the life span, while working alongside with families, and other health professionals. This is essential in forming a treatment plan that follows a holistic approach, with the overall goal of creating a more desirable quality of life. Maria Fernanda is easy to talk to and focuses on making sure you are heard. She will brainstorm ideas with you, develop a plan, and set goals.
Maria Fernanda Antunez is a board certified, psychiatric mental nurse practitioner. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Regis College of Nursing from Boston, Massachusetts. She focuses on treating adult’s patients across the life span, while working alongside with families, and other health professionals. This is essential in forming a treatment plan that follows a holistic approach, with the overall goal of creating a more desirable quality of life. Maria Fernanda is easy to talk to and focuses on making sure you are heard. She will brainstorm ideas with you, develop a plan, and set goals.
(305) 520-7565 View (305) 520-7565
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Nicole Derish
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. My specialties are women's mental health, parenting, & invisible disabilities. In addition to my private practice, I serve as voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, where I have the privilege of instructing psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as those in the OBGYN departments.
I am a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. My specialties are women's mental health, parenting, & invisible disabilities. In addition to my private practice, I serve as voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, where I have the privilege of instructing psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as those in the OBGYN departments.
(786) 901-6572 View (786) 901-6572
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Maria Fernanda Antunez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
I’m a board certified, psychiatric mental nurse practitioner. I received my Master’s of Science in Nursing from Regis College of Nursing from Boston, Massachusetts. I focuses on treating adult’s patients across the life span, while working alongside with families, and other health professionals. This is essential in forming a treatment plan that follows a holistic approach, with the overall goal of creating a more desirable quality of life. I’m very easy to talk to and I’m focuses on making sure you are heard. We’ll will brainstorm ideas together, we’ll develop a plan, and set goals.
I’m a board certified, psychiatric mental nurse practitioner. I received my Master’s of Science in Nursing from Regis College of Nursing from Boston, Massachusetts. I focuses on treating adult’s patients across the life span, while working alongside with families, and other health professionals. This is essential in forming a treatment plan that follows a holistic approach, with the overall goal of creating a more desirable quality of life. I’m very easy to talk to and I’m focuses on making sure you are heard. We’ll will brainstorm ideas together, we’ll develop a plan, and set goals.
(786) 783-3508 View (786) 783-3508
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Aarti U Jerath
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Dr. Aarti Jerath, MD MA, is a board certified psychiatrist who treats adults and children. She feels passionate and driven about helping people feel mentally and emotionally healthy. She is committed to her patients’ well-being with the goal of helping them achieve happiness, enjoy life and be successful. The source of Dr. Jerath’s quality of care comes from her genuine love and empathy for people.
Dr. Aarti Jerath, MD MA, is a board certified psychiatrist who treats adults and children. She feels passionate and driven about helping people feel mentally and emotionally healthy. She is committed to her patients’ well-being with the goal of helping them achieve happiness, enjoy life and be successful. The source of Dr. Jerath’s quality of care comes from her genuine love and empathy for people.
(786) 788-7162 x7 View (786) 788-7162 x7
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Mia Bell
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
Dr. Mia Bell is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist. She believes in completing a thorough psychiatric assessment for all patients in order to make the best individualized treatment recommendations. Dr. Bell is a physician that is board certified in child, adolescent and general psychiatry. She see’s patients between the ages of 4 and 64 and treats a wide variety of mental illnesses including: Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, panic attacks, and PTSD.
Dr. Mia Bell is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist. She believes in completing a thorough psychiatric assessment for all patients in order to make the best individualized treatment recommendations. Dr. Bell is a physician that is board certified in child, adolescent and general psychiatry. She see’s patients between the ages of 4 and 64 and treats a wide variety of mental illnesses including: Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, panic attacks, and PTSD.
(786) 244-2505 View (786) 244-2505
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Telepsychiatrist _Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse clients via video across Florida. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse clients via video across Florida. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
(305) 520-7710 View (305) 520-7710
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Michelle Trevino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
Do you sometimes think "is this feeling normal"? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to concentrate, or why you are so easily distracted? Do you struggle with the motivation to "get up and go" each morning and find yourself irritable or tearful for no apparent reason? Having trouble sleeping because you can't seem to "shut off" your brain? Feeling anxious or on edge? Or is your child struggling in school due to lack of focus, concentration or impulsiveness? Is your child displaying disobedience at home and school? Is your teen more moody than the average teen? You don't need to navigate these challenges alone. We want to help!
Do you sometimes think "is this feeling normal"? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to concentrate, or why you are so easily distracted? Do you struggle with the motivation to "get up and go" each morning and find yourself irritable or tearful for no apparent reason? Having trouble sleeping because you can't seem to "shut off" your brain? Feeling anxious or on edge? Or is your child struggling in school due to lack of focus, concentration or impulsiveness? Is your child displaying disobedience at home and school? Is your teen more moody than the average teen? You don't need to navigate these challenges alone. We want to help!
(786) 744-4880 View (786) 744-4880
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Lourdez Velazquez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33134
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
(305) 834-7985 View (305) 834-7985
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Sunflower Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Our goal at Sunflower Psychiatry is to help our clients achieve a balanced lifestyle. We develop a three-pronged approach to patient care by incorporating nutritional, chemical and therapeutic aspects catered towards each client’s needs. Our approach offers alternative interventions-with a focus on diet and nutrition- in addition to traditional medication management.
Our goal at Sunflower Psychiatry is to help our clients achieve a balanced lifestyle. We develop a three-pronged approach to patient care by incorporating nutritional, chemical and therapeutic aspects catered towards each client’s needs. Our approach offers alternative interventions-with a focus on diet and nutrition- in addition to traditional medication management.
(305) 506-1364 View (305) 506-1364
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Shumaia Rahman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
As an experienced and holistic psychiatrist and psychotherapist I enjoy treating adolescents and adults. During my initial evaluation I focus on a whole mind-body connection of an individual. This includes family concerns, dietary habits, environmental issues, social and cultural matters and underlying medical disease that may have an impact on mental health. I provide therapeutic interventions such as psychopharmacological medication management, psychosocial interventions including patient education, supportive and individualized therapy, and referrals to alternative modalities of healing as indicated for the patient.
As an experienced and holistic psychiatrist and psychotherapist I enjoy treating adolescents and adults. During my initial evaluation I focus on a whole mind-body connection of an individual. This includes family concerns, dietary habits, environmental issues, social and cultural matters and underlying medical disease that may have an impact on mental health. I provide therapeutic interventions such as psychopharmacological medication management, psychosocial interventions including patient education, supportive and individualized therapy, and referrals to alternative modalities of healing as indicated for the patient.
(786) 756-6594 View (786) 756-6594
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Jonathan Parker, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Many families feel overwhelmed and have a hard time finding the right psychiatrist for their child. It can be a lonely and frightening experience when a child or teenager has behavioral, emotional, or mental health issues. The whole family is affected when a loved one is suffering. Is your child experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, mood swings, or behavioral problems that are affecting the family, their relationships, or school performance? With the proper psychiatric support and expertise, you can help your child thrive and reach their highest potential.
Many families feel overwhelmed and have a hard time finding the right psychiatrist for their child. It can be a lonely and frightening experience when a child or teenager has behavioral, emotional, or mental health issues. The whole family is affected when a loved one is suffering. Is your child experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, mood swings, or behavioral problems that are affecting the family, their relationships, or school performance? With the proper psychiatric support and expertise, you can help your child thrive and reach their highest potential.
(305) 676-8149 View (305) 676-8149
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Dr. Nicolas D Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
(305) 680-5376 View (305) 680-5376
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Harold R. Jordan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33134  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and experienced board certified psychiatrist, I understand that seeking help for mental health issues can be a difficult decision. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my patients to explore their thoughts and feelings and work towards their mental well-being.
As a compassionate and experienced board certified psychiatrist, I understand that seeking help for mental health issues can be a difficult decision. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my patients to explore their thoughts and feelings and work towards their mental well-being.
(786) 600-3025 View (786) 600-3025
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(786) 646-0107 View (786) 646-0107
Photo of Fariba Ostovary, APRN, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Fariba Ostovary
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
In the past 25 years, I have had the pleasure of working with individuals seeking a better quality of life through medication management and counseling. Integrating the whole person as an emotional, physical, spiritual being through integrated process has demonstrated effective in improving quality of life. Cognitive Behavioral therapy for treatment of most psychiatric symptoms & sensible Medication management approach provided in office or video. Same day appointments are available most days. To book an appointment: use my website or Text (305) 417-9149 with your preferred day and time.
In the past 25 years, I have had the pleasure of working with individuals seeking a better quality of life through medication management and counseling. Integrating the whole person as an emotional, physical, spiritual being through integrated process has demonstrated effective in improving quality of life. Cognitive Behavioral therapy for treatment of most psychiatric symptoms & sensible Medication management approach provided in office or video. Same day appointments are available most days. To book an appointment: use my website or Text (305) 417-9149 with your preferred day and time.
(786) 756-6978 View (786) 756-6978
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AIM Psychiatric Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
Do you sometimes think "is this feeling normal"? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to concentrate, or why you are so easily distracted? Do you struggle with the motivation to "get up and go" each morning and find yourself irritable or tearful for no apparent reason? Having trouble sleeping because you can't seem to "shut off" your brain? Feeling anxious or on edge? Or is your child struggling in school due to lack of focus, concentration or impulsiveness? Is your child displaying disobedience at home and school? Is your teen more moody than the average teen? You don't need to navigate these challenges alone. We want to help!
Do you sometimes think "is this feeling normal"? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to concentrate, or why you are so easily distracted? Do you struggle with the motivation to "get up and go" each morning and find yourself irritable or tearful for no apparent reason? Having trouble sleeping because you can't seem to "shut off" your brain? Feeling anxious or on edge? Or is your child struggling in school due to lack of focus, concentration or impulsiveness? Is your child displaying disobedience at home and school? Is your teen more moody than the average teen? You don't need to navigate these challenges alone. We want to help!
(952) 234-7153 View (952) 234-7153
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Dr. Charmi Balsara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
(786) 460-6587 View (786) 460-6587
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33134
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 306-1071 View (321) 306-1071
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Margaret Mary Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
Margaret Reyes, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and treats patients at Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove. She is validating, friendly, and skilled in psychiatric evaluation and management. Dr. Reyes provides empathy to all her patients and includes traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge treatment modalities to make sure her patients get better!
Margaret Reyes, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and treats patients at Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove. She is validating, friendly, and skilled in psychiatric evaluation and management. Dr. Reyes provides empathy to all her patients and includes traditional approaches as well as cutting-edge treatment modalities to make sure her patients get better!
(305) 686-2488 View (305) 686-2488
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 33134

20+

Average cost per session

$265

Psychiatrists in 33134 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
96% Medication Management
92% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 33134 see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33134?

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.