Psychiatrists in 37067

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Deanna Martin
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
(615) 437-3118 View (615) 437-3118
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Dakotah Willis
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
As a Physician Assistant it is my duty to explore all aspects of your health. In order to treat every patient holistically, I use the 4-part biopsychosocial-spiritual model. This acknowledges that each and every individual has 4 key factors surrounding your mental wellbeing these being: biological, psychological, social and spiritual. Using evidence-based practice I will dive into each of these aspects in order to fully understand what brought you to me. I want to be your teammate on this journey of healing and be the support you need to be able to celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest extent.
As a Physician Assistant it is my duty to explore all aspects of your health. In order to treat every patient holistically, I use the 4-part biopsychosocial-spiritual model. This acknowledges that each and every individual has 4 key factors surrounding your mental wellbeing these being: biological, psychological, social and spiritual. Using evidence-based practice I will dive into each of these aspects in order to fully understand what brought you to me. I want to be your teammate on this journey of healing and be the support you need to be able to celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest extent.
(615) 697-4889 View (615) 697-4889
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Debra Poplar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37067
There are so many reasons for seeking mental health treatment. You could be struggling with a history of trauma, unstable moods, poor sleep, inability to focus and low motivation, or something else that has been negatively affecting your life. We will work together to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I provide medication management with an emphasis on helping you to identify underlying causes of mental health concerns, such as stress, trauma, diet, physical health, sleep, relationships, and metabolic abnormalities, within a mindfulness-based framework. Please visit www.myharmonyearth.com for more information.
There are so many reasons for seeking mental health treatment. You could be struggling with a history of trauma, unstable moods, poor sleep, inability to focus and low motivation, or something else that has been negatively affecting your life. We will work together to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I provide medication management with an emphasis on helping you to identify underlying causes of mental health concerns, such as stress, trauma, diet, physical health, sleep, relationships, and metabolic abnormalities, within a mindfulness-based framework. Please visit www.myharmonyearth.com for more information.
(615) 249-1511 View (615) 249-1511
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Sam Burress
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Sam Burress received his Bachelor’s degree from Martin Methodist College in 2015. Sam has a background in Intensive Care and Emergency nursing, but quickly realized that his true passion was in psychiatric nursing. He worked in Centennial’s inpatient psychiatric hospital in various bedside and administrative roles for 6 years prior to attending Middle Tennessee State University to obtain a Master’s degree and PMHNP certification. He strives to provide excellent and compassionate care to all of his clients.
Sam Burress received his Bachelor’s degree from Martin Methodist College in 2015. Sam has a background in Intensive Care and Emergency nursing, but quickly realized that his true passion was in psychiatric nursing. He worked in Centennial’s inpatient psychiatric hospital in various bedside and administrative roles for 6 years prior to attending Middle Tennessee State University to obtain a Master’s degree and PMHNP certification. He strives to provide excellent and compassionate care to all of his clients.
(615) 455-0026 x1 View (615) 455-0026 x1
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Shahid Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Shahid Ali, MD, Gold Medalists is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Ali utilizes Buprenorphine to assist patients struggling with opioid use disorder. In addition to medication assisted treatment Dr. Ali works with patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, offers medication management for Bi-polar and mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety disorders.
Shahid Ali, MD, Gold Medalists is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Ali utilizes Buprenorphine to assist patients struggling with opioid use disorder. In addition to medication assisted treatment Dr. Ali works with patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, offers medication management for Bi-polar and mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety disorders.
(615) 813-4765 View (615) 813-4765
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The Hawkins Group
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
At The Hawkins Group, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care to our patients. Our practice specializes in medication management, therapy, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere where you can feel comfortable and understood. Our Approach: Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve your mental health goals. We prioritize staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in psychiatry through our multiple academic affiliations throughout Alabama and Tennessee.
At The Hawkins Group, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive psychiatric care to our patients. Our practice specializes in medication management, therapy, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression. We are committed to creating a welcoming and supportive atmosphere where you can feel comfortable and understood. Our Approach: Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve your mental health goals. We prioritize staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in psychiatry through our multiple academic affiliations throughout Alabama and Tennessee.
(629) 229-9703 View (629) 229-9703
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Charles Roger Freed
Psychiatrist, MHA, LFAPA, FASAM, ABIHM
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Do you suffer from fatigue, poor concentration and 'brain fog', insomnia, anxiety and depression? How about gastrointestinal problems (gut-brain issues)? Have traditional psychiatric services failed to help? Or have prescribed medications created intolerable side effects? I can assist you in ways that traditional psychiatric services are not equipped to provide.
Do you suffer from fatigue, poor concentration and 'brain fog', insomnia, anxiety and depression? How about gastrointestinal problems (gut-brain issues)? Have traditional psychiatric services failed to help? Or have prescribed medications created intolerable side effects? I can assist you in ways that traditional psychiatric services are not equipped to provide.
(615) 603-3725 View (615) 603-3725
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Mackenzie Grimes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37067
Mackenzie is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has five years of psychiatry experience caring for adults and adolescents in acute inpatient, residential, outpatient, and correctional release settings. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of South Alabama.
Mackenzie is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has five years of psychiatry experience caring for adults and adolescents in acute inpatient, residential, outpatient, and correctional release settings. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of South Alabama.
(615) 437-2614 View (615) 437-2614
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Katharine Dinwiddie
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
I enjoy the collaborative nature of psychiatry. Working with parents/guardians, teachers, therapists and primary care providers to help kids thrive is very important to me.
I enjoy the collaborative nature of psychiatry. Working with parents/guardians, teachers, therapists and primary care providers to help kids thrive is very important to me.
(615) 488-4976 View (615) 488-4976
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Cayla Busuito
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Cayla Busuito received her bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and went straight to Nashville to begin working as a nurse at Vanderbilt. Her passion is within mental health and for multiple years she worked in Vanderbilt’s Psychiatric Hospital and Emergency Department. She received a Master’s Degree through Vanderbilt University. She loves exploring the city of Nashville and the surrounding areas. Her hobbies include enjoying time near any body of water and caring for her fur baby, Hendrix. She looks forward to meeting and providing the best care possible to all of her clients.
Cayla Busuito received her bachelor’s degree from Bethel University and went straight to Nashville to begin working as a nurse at Vanderbilt. Her passion is within mental health and for multiple years she worked in Vanderbilt’s Psychiatric Hospital and Emergency Department. She received a Master’s Degree through Vanderbilt University. She loves exploring the city of Nashville and the surrounding areas. Her hobbies include enjoying time near any body of water and caring for her fur baby, Hendrix. She looks forward to meeting and providing the best care possible to all of her clients.
(615) 437-5818 View (615) 437-5818
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InSight Recovery & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
The InSight team welcomes patients suffering from mental illness and addictions of all kinds. Here at InSight, we work to engage the whole person by integrating psychiatric treatment, behavioral health counseling, peer support, case management, and specialized primary care, all to promote sustained recovery from addiction and mental illness and improve overall well-being. We are located in Franklin, TN. We serve the greater Nashville area and beyond.
(615) 437-9643 View (615) 437-9643
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD , MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(615) 205-9448 View (615) 205-9448
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Markeshe Wood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in Tennessee. I am a dually certified provider and received my Masters in psychiatric mental health from the University of Maryville. I help clients struggling with mental health disorders and medication management become the best versions of themselves. Disorders include, but are not limited to anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder.
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) based in Tennessee. I am a dually certified provider and received my Masters in psychiatric mental health from the University of Maryville. I help clients struggling with mental health disorders and medication management become the best versions of themselves. Disorders include, but are not limited to anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder.
(629) 302-1424 View (629) 302-1424
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Dr. Patrick Eneje
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
(206) 203-7325 View (206) 203-7325
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Nashville NeuroCare Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
We understand that while depression may be common, it is a serious illness that requires proven methodologies to renew one’s life. Our TMS Therapy approach provides a safe and drug-free path to living better. Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment.
We understand that while depression may be common, it is a serious illness that requires proven methodologies to renew one’s life. Our TMS Therapy approach provides a safe and drug-free path to living better. Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment.
(615) 395-6539 View (615) 395-6539
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Stepping Stones Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Theresa Wilson is a Tennessee licensed board certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with prescriptive authority, specializing in a wide range of psychiatric services to patients across the life span. Her areas of focus include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, behavioral issues, thought disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum, addictions, abuse, and trauma. No person should be defined by their diagnosis. Theresa embraces everyone's uniqueness. She delivers a personalized treatment plan tailored to fit each individual needs.
Theresa Wilson is a Tennessee licensed board certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with prescriptive authority, specializing in a wide range of psychiatric services to patients across the life span. Her areas of focus include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, behavioral issues, thought disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum, addictions, abuse, and trauma. No person should be defined by their diagnosis. Theresa embraces everyone's uniqueness. She delivers a personalized treatment plan tailored to fit each individual needs.
(615) 374-7735 View (615) 374-7735
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Saydie Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Hi, my is Saydie Marshall and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my BSN from Jacksonville State University in 2020 and in 2023 obtained my MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have always been very intrigued and interested in psychiatry. My passion for mental health grew as I experienced how underserved the patients were while working as an RN with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients on various acute inpatient psychiatric units in Alabama.
Hi, my is Saydie Marshall and I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I obtained my BSN from Jacksonville State University in 2020 and in 2023 obtained my MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I have always been very intrigued and interested in psychiatry. My passion for mental health grew as I experienced how underserved the patients were while working as an RN with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients on various acute inpatient psychiatric units in Alabama.
(334) 423-3240 View (334) 423-3240
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Candice Schrodetzki | Anxiety Depression Ptsd | Sgb | Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Stella Center with over five years of experience in the field. I offer medical and biopsychosocial assessments to help guide you through your care journey. I specialize in treating mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and PTSD with biological treatments like the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), ketamine infusion therapy, and more. I take a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern-day therapies.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Stella Center with over five years of experience in the field. I offer medical and biopsychosocial assessments to help guide you through your care journey. I specialize in treating mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and PTSD with biological treatments like the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), ketamine infusion therapy, and more. I take a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern-day therapies.
(708) 627-2613 View (708) 627-2613
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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
(615) 829-8811 View (615) 829-8811
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Rex Sparks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, TN 37067  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty years of involvement in the mental health field. I am interested in treating patients with a wide range of issues including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Disturbances, and Thought Disorders. I welcome all members of the LGBTQ community. I strive for a nonjudgmental, “real” partnership, encouraging individuals to take an active role in their care. My goal is to be a partner with you to help you fully realize your strengths and empower you to change your thoughts and behaviors to achieve a healthier, happier life.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty years of involvement in the mental health field. I am interested in treating patients with a wide range of issues including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Disturbances, and Thought Disorders. I welcome all members of the LGBTQ community. I strive for a nonjudgmental, “real” partnership, encouraging individuals to take an active role in their care. My goal is to be a partner with you to help you fully realize your strengths and empower you to change your thoughts and behaviors to achieve a healthier, happier life.
(615) 697-6754 View (615) 697-6754

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 37067

30+

Average cost per session

$271

Psychiatrists in 37067 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
91% Anxiety
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Trauma and PTSD
76% Bipolar Disorder
73% ADHD
73% Medication Management

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Optum
88% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 37067 see their clients

85% In Person and Online
15% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 37067?

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.