Psychiatrists in 37203

Photo of Joseph M Sharpe, Psychiatrist in 37203, TN
Joseph M Sharpe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Memphis medical school in 1999 and then continued my training in psychiatry at Duke University where I served as chief resident of the Duke Inpatient service. I provide therapy and medication management for personality disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, sleeping disorders, addiction and attention deficit disorder. Medications are important but are not necessary in every case. I believe that through education, therapy, counseling, and sometimes medication everyone can return to their previous level of functioning and enjoy life to the fullest. I have been in practice 17yrs.
I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Memphis medical school in 1999 and then continued my training in psychiatry at Duke University where I served as chief resident of the Duke Inpatient service. I provide therapy and medication management for personality disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, sleeping disorders, addiction and attention deficit disorder. Medications are important but are not necessary in every case. I believe that through education, therapy, counseling, and sometimes medication everyone can return to their previous level of functioning and enjoy life to the fullest. I have been in practice 17yrs.
(615) 673-4209 View (615) 673-4209
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Ben Leven
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
We can work together to treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, setting boundaries, and PTSD by offering personalized treatment that gets to the root of the problem. You may have been struggling recently with mood symptoms or your focus, and want to get back on track. We can work together to get with individualized treatment options, such as medication, supplements, behavior change, labs, and talk therapy.
We can work together to treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, setting boundaries, and PTSD by offering personalized treatment that gets to the root of the problem. You may have been struggling recently with mood symptoms or your focus, and want to get back on track. We can work together to get with individualized treatment options, such as medication, supplements, behavior change, labs, and talk therapy.
(615) 903-5193 View (615) 903-5193
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Ellie Kenemer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
What obstacles have you feeling stuck on your path to wellness? Many aspects of your life are intertwined and influencing each other. Let's take a look at your mental health, physical health, relationship dynamics, financial health, fulfilling activity, and work/life balance to identify opportunities for improvement. Together, we will explore and address the barriers that are blocking your growth. My experience in individual psychotherapy, medication management, behavior modification, and physical assessment lends itself to a holistic approach to treatment. Through achievable goals, you will make impactful change and thrive.
What obstacles have you feeling stuck on your path to wellness? Many aspects of your life are intertwined and influencing each other. Let's take a look at your mental health, physical health, relationship dynamics, financial health, fulfilling activity, and work/life balance to identify opportunities for improvement. Together, we will explore and address the barriers that are blocking your growth. My experience in individual psychotherapy, medication management, behavior modification, and physical assessment lends itself to a holistic approach to treatment. Through achievable goals, you will make impactful change and thrive.
(615) 933-4236 View (615) 933-4236
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Nicole Hart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
I help clients struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders take charge of their lives by offering personalized, responsible care with psychotherapy and medication management. I do not participate in any insurance plans, however, invoices can be provided for you to submit to insurance for reimbursement or toward your deductible. For a consultation, please visit my website: nicolehartnp.com
I help clients struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and mood disorders take charge of their lives by offering personalized, responsible care with psychotherapy and medication management. I do not participate in any insurance plans, however, invoices can be provided for you to submit to insurance for reimbursement or toward your deductible. For a consultation, please visit my website: nicolehartnp.com
(615) 703-3538 View (615) 703-3538
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (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) 437-4282 View (615) 437-4282
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Brittany Haskell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
One of the bravest things anyone can do is ask for help. We are proud of you for taking the first step. Let's be honest, life is not easy. When you are feeling down, anxious, or stressed, life can feel downright overwhelming. Sometimes, even if we are trying our best to help ourselves, getting out of that miserable place can be a challenge. You do not have to do it alone! If you find yourself in this space, it might be time to consider mental health medications.
One of the bravest things anyone can do is ask for help. We are proud of you for taking the first step. Let's be honest, life is not easy. When you are feeling down, anxious, or stressed, life can feel downright overwhelming. Sometimes, even if we are trying our best to help ourselves, getting out of that miserable place can be a challenge. You do not have to do it alone! If you find yourself in this space, it might be time to consider mental health medications.
(615) 488-5517 View (615) 488-5517
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Amber Kerby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment ...My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is WHOLE-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment ...My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is WHOLE-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
(629) 276-7430 View (629) 276-7430
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Dianna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP-c
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-C, DNP-c is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider. Diana states she is honored and reverent that her practice role allows the responsibility of managing and facilitating care;
Dianna Smith, MSN, PMHNP-C, DNP-c is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of professional nursing experience caring for psychiatric, mental health/behavioral, developmental/intellectual disability, and substance abuse clients in the community and acute settings. She loves providing direct care and values her expanded capacity to serve as a Provider. Diana states she is honored and reverent that her practice role allows the responsibility of managing and facilitating care;
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Elizabeth K Burton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to Mind-Body Health Consults, an integrative medicine and psychotherapy practice! I embrace a multi-modal approach to wellness, addressing stress as a mind-body phenomenon, nutrition and gut health, environmental toxicity, relationship and attachment wounds, and existential and spiritual matters. In this work, I draw on my experience with Neuro Emotional Technique, Internal Family Systems therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, and Polyvagal-Informed meditation practices. I also use techniques from Applied Kinesiology to help evaluate nutritional needs and recommend supplements to support healing.
Welcome to Mind-Body Health Consults, an integrative medicine and psychotherapy practice! I embrace a multi-modal approach to wellness, addressing stress as a mind-body phenomenon, nutrition and gut health, environmental toxicity, relationship and attachment wounds, and existential and spiritual matters. In this work, I draw on my experience with Neuro Emotional Technique, Internal Family Systems therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, and Polyvagal-Informed meditation practices. I also use techniques from Applied Kinesiology to help evaluate nutritional needs and recommend supplements to support healing.
(615) 685-6770 View (615) 685-6770
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Tianlai Tang
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
We welcome new patients and accept most insurances except for UHC/Optum, Medicaid, Beacon. At Nashvill Brain Institute, we offer full psychiatric and neurological services. We are specialized in depression, anxiety, PTSD, dementia, brain trauma, suboxone detox treatment. We have therapists working in the same clinic. The psychiatrist and therapist developed a customized treatment plan together for our clients. We offer holistic approach of mental health treatment by using genetic testing, TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) treatment, Ketamine and natural medicines.
We welcome new patients and accept most insurances except for UHC/Optum, Medicaid, Beacon. At Nashvill Brain Institute, we offer full psychiatric and neurological services. We are specialized in depression, anxiety, PTSD, dementia, brain trauma, suboxone detox treatment. We have therapists working in the same clinic. The psychiatrist and therapist developed a customized treatment plan together for our clients. We offer holistic approach of mental health treatment by using genetic testing, TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) treatment, Ketamine and natural medicines.
(615) 994-7019 View (615) 994-7019
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Kristian Dambrino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
Treating patients, ages 14+, I utilize a highly individualized treatment approach in prescribing medications for a variety of diagnostic symptoms. There is no template for a human being. Therefore, I believe every person deserves to be heard, so that no nuance is missed. Patients who are struggling with depression, psychosis, mood swings, difficulty with concentration, sleep, motivation, bipolar illness, trauma, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, must be able to share freely what their specific treatment needs are. My goal is to hold space for everyone needing affordable, accessible, quality mental health care.
Treating patients, ages 14+, I utilize a highly individualized treatment approach in prescribing medications for a variety of diagnostic symptoms. There is no template for a human being. Therefore, I believe every person deserves to be heard, so that no nuance is missed. Patients who are struggling with depression, psychosis, mood swings, difficulty with concentration, sleep, motivation, bipolar illness, trauma, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, must be able to share freely what their specific treatment needs are. My goal is to hold space for everyone needing affordable, accessible, quality mental health care.
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Kast Dynamic Therapy and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
Welcome! I am Dr. Kristopher Kast, a psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee. My practice is focused on dynamic therapy, also called psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This is an evidence-based treatment for a number of problems - including depression, anxiety, and difficulties with relationships or self-esteem regulation - and it is well-suited to understanding and treating complexity. Dynamic therapy is open-ended and may include more frequent sessions. We will work together on a plan that best fits you.
Welcome! I am Dr. Kristopher Kast, a psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee. My practice is focused on dynamic therapy, also called psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This is an evidence-based treatment for a number of problems - including depression, anxiety, and difficulties with relationships or self-esteem regulation - and it is well-suited to understanding and treating complexity. Dynamic therapy is open-ended and may include more frequent sessions. We will work together on a plan that best fits you.
(615) 237-7238 View (615) 237-7238
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Chanel Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
As a provider who is neurodivergent, queer, and Black, I know I provide a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. If you are tired of rushed appointments that do not get to the root of your distress, then you are ready for an integrative approach! I work primarily with young adults of various backgrounds with emphasis on BIPOC and queer/questioning/transgender folx. I work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medications, herbal alternatives/supplements, and psychotherapy to empower your journey to sustainable wellness. +I do not accept insurance at this time+
As a provider who is neurodivergent, queer, and Black, I know I provide a unique perspective when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. If you are tired of rushed appointments that do not get to the root of your distress, then you are ready for an integrative approach! I work primarily with young adults of various backgrounds with emphasis on BIPOC and queer/questioning/transgender folx. I work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medications, herbal alternatives/supplements, and psychotherapy to empower your journey to sustainable wellness. +I do not accept insurance at this time+
(615) 437-8506 View (615) 437-8506
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Corina Picchiottino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
As the founder and clinician at Redefining Roots, LLC, I believe your past choices should not define you. We will explore your biological, psychological, social, and spiritual influences to determine how they shape your view of yourself and the world around you. I utilize an integrative mental health care model that is whole-body focused, patient-centered, and trauma-informed to provide holistic healing with the use of various modalities including psychopharmacology, nutritional supplements, lab testing, and pharmacogenomic testing. Additionally, I provide individualized education and supportive therapy.
As the founder and clinician at Redefining Roots, LLC, I believe your past choices should not define you. We will explore your biological, psychological, social, and spiritual influences to determine how they shape your view of yourself and the world around you. I utilize an integrative mental health care model that is whole-body focused, patient-centered, and trauma-informed to provide holistic healing with the use of various modalities including psychopharmacology, nutritional supplements, lab testing, and pharmacogenomic testing. Additionally, I provide individualized education and supportive therapy.
(615) 857-1894 View (615) 857-1894
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Yolanda Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
At Restoring Minds, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental illness by providing a safe space for you to heal. Our holistic approach to mental health will engage, educate, and empower you toward a restored sense of purpose and a life balance. The road to healing is paved differently for everyone. Though your healing journey is unique, you don't have to handle it alone.
At Restoring Minds, we seek to reduce the stigma around mental illness by providing a safe space for you to heal. Our holistic approach to mental health will engage, educate, and empower you toward a restored sense of purpose and a life balance. The road to healing is paved differently for everyone. Though your healing journey is unique, you don't have to handle it alone.
(615) 558-5640 View (615) 558-5640
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Kayla Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Hi! I specialize in treating women (18+) with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, and trauma disorders. I offer an integrative approach to mental health that includes evidence-based psychiatric medications, complementary supplements, brief therapy interventions, and lifestyle suggestions. I believe that it is important to treat the root cause of the illness, rather than just treating the symptoms. I also specialized in treating patients through pregnancy and postpartum, as well as women in substance use and/or eating disorder recovery.
Hi! I specialize in treating women (18+) with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, and trauma disorders. I offer an integrative approach to mental health that includes evidence-based psychiatric medications, complementary supplements, brief therapy interventions, and lifestyle suggestions. I believe that it is important to treat the root cause of the illness, rather than just treating the symptoms. I also specialized in treating patients through pregnancy and postpartum, as well as women in substance use and/or eating disorder recovery.
(615) 471-6462 View (615) 471-6462
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Alice Bernet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, NBC-HWC
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
My ideal client values precision and individualized treatment. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or other challenges, I offer a holistic approach through medications or brief therapy. Open communication and collaboration are my priorities. If you seek a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm here to empower you on your journey to mental health and wellness.
My ideal client values precision and individualized treatment. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or other challenges, I offer a holistic approach through medications or brief therapy. Open communication and collaboration are my priorities. If you seek a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner, I'm here to empower you on your journey to mental health and wellness.
(615) 903-8255 View (615) 903-8255
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Dr. Seth Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Dr. Seth Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Addictive Medicine. He completed his medical residency training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine where he had the opportunity to train with a diverse population of both providers and patients. He continues to reside in the eastern portion of Tennessee providing care for patients from a large swath and catchment area of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern and middle Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina.
Dr. Seth Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Addictive Medicine. He completed his medical residency training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine where he had the opportunity to train with a diverse population of both providers and patients. He continues to reside in the eastern portion of Tennessee providing care for patients from a large swath and catchment area of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern and middle Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina.
(615) 558-4175 View (615) 558-4175
Photo of Miriam Rose, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 37203, TN
Miriam Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
I am goal oriented, and I help patients see their full potential. While I believe pharmaceuticals are only a piece of the puzzle, I recognize when medicine is a necessary modality to help a patient feel like themself again. I am capable of diagnosing and prescribing for all mental illnesses, as my behavioral health experience includes: working in inpatient psychiatry, working for a psychiatrist as his personal Nurse Practitioner, and as the psychiatric provider for a clinic that serves the working uninsured. we do not file your visit with insurance. Intake appts are $250 and follow up appts are $150 and we can see you within a week.
I am goal oriented, and I help patients see their full potential. While I believe pharmaceuticals are only a piece of the puzzle, I recognize when medicine is a necessary modality to help a patient feel like themself again. I am capable of diagnosing and prescribing for all mental illnesses, as my behavioral health experience includes: working in inpatient psychiatry, working for a psychiatrist as his personal Nurse Practitioner, and as the psychiatric provider for a clinic that serves the working uninsured. we do not file your visit with insurance. Intake appts are $250 and follow up appts are $150 and we can see you within a week.
(615) 905-1389 View (615) 905-1389
Photo of Tami Lovejoy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 37203, TN
Tami Lovejoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Tami Lovejoy, I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. In my practice I focus on medication management, fostering holistic well-being, and building emotional resilience. With a background in family and psychiatric medicine I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to practice, striving to empower individuals on their journey towards mental wellness.
Hello! My name is Tami Lovejoy, I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. In my practice I focus on medication management, fostering holistic well-being, and building emotional resilience. With a background in family and psychiatric medicine I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to practice, striving to empower individuals on their journey towards mental wellness.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 37203

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 37203 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
96% Depression
89% Trauma and PTSD
85% Medication Management
81% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
90% UMR

How Psychiatrists in 37203 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 37203?

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.