Psychiatrists in 33432

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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(720) 523-5763 View (720) 523-5763
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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(720) 571-4532 View (720) 571-4532
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(561) 794-3228 View (561) 794-3228
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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(561) 861-3857 View (561) 861-3857
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Dr. Christopher J. Smallwood, PhD, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(561) 861-2459 View (561) 861-2459
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Frances Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My name is Frances Murphy and I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-up visits remotely through telemedicine throughout the state of Florida. I provide medication management and brief psychotherapy to adolescents (13 +), adults and elders suffering from various mental health conditions. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and trauma.
My name is Frances Murphy and I am a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and follow-up visits remotely through telemedicine throughout the state of Florida. I provide medication management and brief psychotherapy to adolescents (13 +), adults and elders suffering from various mental health conditions. I specialize in ADHD, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, addictions and trauma.
(561) 556-5160 View (561) 556-5160
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Michelle Desarmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Michelle is a passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a wealth of experience in the field. Over the past 5 to 6 years, she has tirelessly served as a board-certified professional, specializing in psychiatry. My genuine love for the subject shines through in my daily interactions with patients, as I strive to make a positive impact on their mental well-being. Beyond my professional accomplishments, I embrace the role of a nurturing mother to five beautiful children. Balancing my career and family responsibilities, I exemplify resilience and devotion, both at home and in my practice.
Michelle is a passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with a wealth of experience in the field. Over the past 5 to 6 years, she has tirelessly served as a board-certified professional, specializing in psychiatry. My genuine love for the subject shines through in my daily interactions with patients, as I strive to make a positive impact on their mental well-being. Beyond my professional accomplishments, I embrace the role of a nurturing mother to five beautiful children. Balancing my career and family responsibilities, I exemplify resilience and devotion, both at home and in my practice.
(561) 678-0082 View (561) 678-0082
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MorMindful Therapy & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Welcome to MorMindful Therapy & Psychiatry! We are a mindfulness based practice that provides affordable therapy and psychiatry on a cognitive behavioral platform that clients find accessible and hands on. If you are taking the first step to improving your mental health, looking for help for a loved one or considering switching providers, you will quickly find that MorMindul is a unique family-run mental health practice that offers therapeutic interventions delivered with respect, compassion and real clinical expertise in a judgement free zone. To find out more about our staff clinicians please visit www.MorMindful.com.
Welcome to MorMindful Therapy & Psychiatry! We are a mindfulness based practice that provides affordable therapy and psychiatry on a cognitive behavioral platform that clients find accessible and hands on. If you are taking the first step to improving your mental health, looking for help for a loved one or considering switching providers, you will quickly find that MorMindul is a unique family-run mental health practice that offers therapeutic interventions delivered with respect, compassion and real clinical expertise in a judgement free zone. To find out more about our staff clinicians please visit www.MorMindful.com.
(561) 220-4323 View (561) 220-4323
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Willine Louis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boca Raton, FL 33432
I am a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner (FNP, PMHNP) who entered this profession to provide the impactful, meaningful results that most people hope to find when they seek treatment for a mental health condition. My main areas of focus include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder in the adult and geriatric population. I utilize medication management and psychotherapy to meet the needs of my clients.
I am a dual certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner (FNP, PMHNP) who entered this profession to provide the impactful, meaningful results that most people hope to find when they seek treatment for a mental health condition. My main areas of focus include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder in the adult and geriatric population. I utilize medication management and psychotherapy to meet the needs of my clients.
(561) 359-0902 View (561) 359-0902
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(772) 236-4020 View (772) 236-4020
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Scott Krakower
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Dr. Krakower is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and formerly served as Unit Chief of Psychiatry at Northwell Health / Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is internationally recognized for his work with patients suffering from trauma, anxiety, video gaming, head injuries, coronavirus recovery, and addiction. He has provided expert opinion for hundreds of studies worldwide. He is recognized as a top physician by SuperDoctors and was a group recipient of the the Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Krakower is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and formerly served as Unit Chief of Psychiatry at Northwell Health / Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is internationally recognized for his work with patients suffering from trauma, anxiety, video gaming, head injuries, coronavirus recovery, and addiction. He has provided expert opinion for hundreds of studies worldwide. He is recognized as a top physician by SuperDoctors and was a group recipient of the the Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award.
(347) 695-3075 View (347) 695-3075
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Michael J Morejon
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN, DFAPA
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Proliance Center is the office of Michael J. Morejon, M.D., or Dr. Mike as he is known. It is a unique and comprehensive private psychiatric and mental health practice located in the heart of Boca Raton, Florida and specializing in delivering the very best personalized and high-quality treatment to those we serve. Many of our adult patients have achieved great success in their lives, but certain key things are lacking either in their own or a family member's life. At Proliance we figure out what those things are, and work to help our patients fix it.
Proliance Center is the office of Michael J. Morejon, M.D., or Dr. Mike as he is known. It is a unique and comprehensive private psychiatric and mental health practice located in the heart of Boca Raton, Florida and specializing in delivering the very best personalized and high-quality treatment to those we serve. Many of our adult patients have achieved great success in their lives, but certain key things are lacking either in their own or a family member's life. At Proliance we figure out what those things are, and work to help our patients fix it.
(561) 257-5318 View (561) 257-5318
Erers Esrer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boca Raton, FL 33432
My ideal client is one who needs help enhancing their self esteem and confidence in themselves as well as within relationships. I will help them to increase meaningful relationships through self discovery and acceptance of oneself.
My ideal client is one who needs help enhancing their self esteem and confidence in themselves as well as within relationships. I will help them to increase meaningful relationships through self discovery and acceptance of oneself.
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Total Health Solutions, Inc.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, LMFT, PhD , ABD, FAARM
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432  (Online Only)
Receive psychiatric services from the comfort of YOUR couch!! Why do insurance companies have to know your business? For those people not wishing to utilize insurance, we do accept fee for service. We are also accepting some insurances at this time. Totally private and HIPAA compliant video sessions available. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, social anxiety or other psychiatric issues, I am here for you! I have over 30 yrs experience in the psychiatric arena. Give me a call! Pay Pal, Venmo, credit cards accepted. You may review my credentials- www.totalhealthsolutions.org and review my background in the About Us section.
Receive psychiatric services from the comfort of YOUR couch!! Why do insurance companies have to know your business? For those people not wishing to utilize insurance, we do accept fee for service. We are also accepting some insurances at this time. Totally private and HIPAA compliant video sessions available. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, social anxiety or other psychiatric issues, I am here for you! I have over 30 yrs experience in the psychiatric arena. Give me a call! Pay Pal, Venmo, credit cards accepted. You may review my credentials- www.totalhealthsolutions.org and review my background in the About Us section.
(754) 704-1811 View (754) 704-1811
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Madeleine M Castellanos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
I have 2 different, but overlapping, focuses in my practice. I am a holistic/nutritional psychiatrist, using a functional medicine approach to health and wellness, thereby trying to reduce or eliminate the need for medications. I also have a 15yr+ specialty in sex therapy with couples/individuals treating all sexual dysfunctions in all areas of desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, or sexual issues that interfere with a couple's happiness. I give couples & individuals a holistic understanding of their sexual difficulties - incorporating physical, psychological, emotional, and relational - to enhance sexual pleasure while maintaining balance in one's physical and emotional health.
I have 2 different, but overlapping, focuses in my practice. I am a holistic/nutritional psychiatrist, using a functional medicine approach to health and wellness, thereby trying to reduce or eliminate the need for medications. I also have a 15yr+ specialty in sex therapy with couples/individuals treating all sexual dysfunctions in all areas of desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, or sexual issues that interfere with a couple's happiness. I give couples & individuals a holistic understanding of their sexual difficulties - incorporating physical, psychological, emotional, and relational - to enhance sexual pleasure while maintaining balance in one's physical and emotional health.
(917) 740-4996 View (917) 740-4996
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Joseph Spitalieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP, APN, RN
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing From Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I completed my Associates in Applied Science Nursing From Brookdale Community College, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Aspen University, and Masters of Science in Nursing at Walden University. I currently hold the title of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in New York, New Jersey and Florida. I have worked the last 4 years in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY.
(732) 393-8391 View (732) 393-8391
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boca Raton, FL 33432  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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MCW Psych Care MD, LLC
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
I am a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry services for adult patients. I accept insurance payments from Optum, Oscar, and Avmed only and do not take out of network insurance. I do not offer a self payment option. My practice is tele-psychiatry based. I assess and treat patients for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many other psychiatric conditions. I do not provide evaluation or treatment for new patients with ADHD at this time. My focus is psycho - pharmacologic treatment with supportive psychotherapy. I have worked in psychiatry for almost 3 decades, starting out in Manhattan, NY and subsequently migrating to South Florida.
I am a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry services for adult patients. I accept insurance payments from Optum, Oscar, and Avmed only and do not take out of network insurance. I do not offer a self payment option. My practice is tele-psychiatry based. I assess and treat patients for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many other psychiatric conditions. I do not provide evaluation or treatment for new patients with ADHD at this time. My focus is psycho - pharmacologic treatment with supportive psychotherapy. I have worked in psychiatry for almost 3 decades, starting out in Manhattan, NY and subsequently migrating to South Florida.
(561) 564-0764 View (561) 564-0764
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Psychiatric Care Florida
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432
At Psychiatric Care Florida, we understand that some things are beyond our control. However, we strongly believe in taking charge of our destiny by improving our responses to hardship. We believe that serenity emerges in the wake of chaos and we welcome the opportunity to help you reach your goals. We provide thorough evaluations, medication management, therapy as well interventional psychiatric treatment modalities. We take great joy and pride in the care we provide and we are fully committed to your wellbeing. Please see our website for further details of our services and for booking options.
At Psychiatric Care Florida, we understand that some things are beyond our control. However, we strongly believe in taking charge of our destiny by improving our responses to hardship. We believe that serenity emerges in the wake of chaos and we welcome the opportunity to help you reach your goals. We provide thorough evaluations, medication management, therapy as well interventional psychiatric treatment modalities. We take great joy and pride in the care we provide and we are fully committed to your wellbeing. Please see our website for further details of our services and for booking options.
(561) 783-3580 View (561) 783-3580
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MiamiPsych Concierge-Virtual Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Boca Raton, FL 33432  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. MiamiPsych Concierge offers affordable tele-psych services to everyone with busy demanding lifestyles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable out-of-pocket rates. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, Cigna (Evernorth) and Medicare insurance.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. MiamiPsych Concierge offers affordable tele-psych services to everyone with busy demanding lifestyles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable out-of-pocket rates. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, Cigna (Evernorth) and Medicare insurance.
(786) 420-4833 View (786) 420-4833

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 33432

20+

Average cost per session

$165

Psychiatrists in 33432 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
95% Anxiety
95% Bipolar Disorder
90% Medication Management
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% ADHD
81% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Optum
93% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 33432 see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Male
42% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 33432?

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.