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Photo of Compass Crossing Behavioral Health- Lacresha Rox, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 44118, OH
Compass Crossing Behavioral Health- Lacresha Rox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
University Heights, OH 44118  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, SAME WEEK, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. Are you or a loved one are suffering from mental health concerns? Seeking help can be overwhelming. Look no further. We offer high quality, compassionate care in a judgement free environment with a provider who listens to your concerns.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS, SAME WEEK, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE. Are you or a loved one are suffering from mental health concerns? Seeking help can be overwhelming. Look no further. We offer high quality, compassionate care in a judgement free environment with a provider who listens to your concerns.
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Photo of Nikki at Revive Counseling & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 44118, OH
Nikki at Revive Counseling & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
University Heights, OH 44118  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients now! Nikki Edwards is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in treating; depression, anxiety, bipolar, attention deficit disorder, and OCD. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Alabama of Birmingham - Birmingham, AL in 2013 and has had many opportunities to practice in multiple levels of settings.
Accepting new patients now! Nikki Edwards is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in treating; depression, anxiety, bipolar, attention deficit disorder, and OCD. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Alabama of Birmingham - Birmingham, AL in 2013 and has had many opportunities to practice in multiple levels of settings.
(216) 350-1369 View (216) 350-1369
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Renattie Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Acceping new patients! Hello, my name is Renattie Martin, I am a dual certified psychiatric and adult nurse practitioner with greater than 15 years experience. I am a passionate psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals struggling with mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. I strive to empower patients on their individual journey towards improved well-being utilizing a holistic treatment with consideration to biologic, social and psychological factors that may influence mental health.
Acceping new patients! Hello, my name is Renattie Martin, I am a dual certified psychiatric and adult nurse practitioner with greater than 15 years experience. I am a passionate psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals struggling with mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. I strive to empower patients on their individual journey towards improved well-being utilizing a holistic treatment with consideration to biologic, social and psychological factors that may influence mental health.
(216) 208-6447 View (216) 208-6447
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Shane Strnad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Shane Strnad is a board certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner whose primary focus is mental health care through healthy living habits, diet and exercise. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Akron, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree and also has served as a lecturer and presenter. He has worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Mansfield, Ohio, and at community health centers in the Akron area.
Shane Strnad is a board certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner whose primary focus is mental health care through healthy living habits, diet and exercise. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Akron, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree and also has served as a lecturer and presenter. He has worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Mansfield, Ohio, and at community health centers in the Akron area.
(216) 584-8861 View (216) 584-8861
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Anna Popova
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP/PM
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Anna Popova, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Anna Popova is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Master Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Akron, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College, is a Licensed Practical Nurse through ATS Institute of Technology, is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is ANCC certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats children as young as 4 years old, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
Anna Popova, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Anna Popova is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. She has a Master Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Akron, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College, is a Licensed Practical Nurse through ATS Institute of Technology, is a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is ANCC certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats children as young as 4 years old, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
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Neeti Wyckoff
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Dr. Wyckoff is board certified and a fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and served her residency at The Cleveland Clinic. She also served as staff pediatrician at both Akron City Hospital and Akron General Medical Center and was attending pediatrician at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Wyckoff completed her portal fellowship in child and adult psychiatry at University Hospitals, developing a Depression Toolkit for use at Rainbow Babies' and Children's Hospital.
Dr. Wyckoff is board certified and a fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and served her residency at The Cleveland Clinic. She also served as staff pediatrician at both Akron City Hospital and Akron General Medical Center and was attending pediatrician at Akron Children's Hospital. Dr. Wyckoff completed her portal fellowship in child and adult psychiatry at University Hospitals, developing a Depression Toolkit for use at Rainbow Babies' and Children's Hospital.
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Gayatriben Gadani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Dr. Gadani is a board-certified psychiatrist with over five years of experience in psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Medical College Baroda in India. She previously worked at Saint Louis University Hospital and Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, Missouri. She focuses on treating adults and specializes in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders. She is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the Missouri Psychiatry Association.
Dr. Gadani is a board-certified psychiatrist with over five years of experience in psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Medical College Baroda in India. She previously worked at Saint Louis University Hospital and Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, Missouri. She focuses on treating adults and specializes in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders. She is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the Missouri Psychiatry Association.
(216) 868-7610 View (216) 868-7610
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Ariel Mintz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Dr. Ariel Mintz, dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, attended medical school at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He trained in General Psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic. He previously founded and worked at Kesher Psychiatry, an early adopter of telepsychiatry.
Dr. Ariel Mintz, dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, attended medical school at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He trained in General Psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic. He previously founded and worked at Kesher Psychiatry, an early adopter of telepsychiatry.
(216) 677-4969 View (216) 677-4969
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James Srp
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, CNS, LICDC
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
James Srp has been working in the field of addictions for the past 30 years. He was most recently a nurse practitioner at Addiction Recovery Services of University Hospitals of Cleveland, a program he helped develop in 2004 after an 18 year tenure as a staff nurse, followed by service as a clinical nurse specialist for the Cleveland Clinic Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. He holds a master's degree in psychology from Cleveland State University, a master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ursuline College.
James Srp has been working in the field of addictions for the past 30 years. He was most recently a nurse practitioner at Addiction Recovery Services of University Hospitals of Cleveland, a program he helped develop in 2004 after an 18 year tenure as a staff nurse, followed by service as a clinical nurse specialist for the Cleveland Clinic Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center. He holds a master's degree in psychology from Cleveland State University, a master's degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ursuline College.
(216) 677-1840 View (216) 677-1840
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Nicholas Eilbeck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Dr. Eilbeck serves as Division Associate Medical Director for LifeStance Health. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also was Chief Fellow. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Eilbeck served as Chief Resident during his adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Dr. Eilbeck serves as Division Associate Medical Director for LifeStance Health. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also was Chief Fellow. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Eilbeck served as Chief Resident during his adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
(216) 446-6735 View (216) 446-6735
Photo of Michael McFadden, Psychiatrist in 44118, OH
Michael McFadden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Dr. Michael McFadden, MD Dr. Michael McFadden is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Summa Health System and Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. Dr. McFadden completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Akron Children's Hospital. He is dual board-certified in child and adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. McFadden uses medication management in combination with cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and supportive therapies, and motivational interviewing with children and adolescents.
Dr. Michael McFadden, MD Dr. Michael McFadden is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2017. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Summa Health System and Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. Dr. McFadden completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Akron Children's Hospital. He is dual board-certified in child and adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. McFadden uses medication management in combination with cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and supportive therapies, and motivational interviewing with children and adolescents.
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Meredith Mahilo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Dr. Mahilo is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She completed her psychiatry training at Cleveland Clinic Akron General/Summa Health, where she served as a chief resident. She earned her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and her undergraduate degree from Kent State University. She is a member of the American Medical Association. She has experience working with adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Mahilo's specialty areas of interest include the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders and depression.
Dr. Mahilo is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She completed her psychiatry training at Cleveland Clinic Akron General/Summa Health, where she served as a chief resident. She earned her medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and her undergraduate degree from Kent State University. She is a member of the American Medical Association. She has experience working with adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Mahilo's specialty areas of interest include the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders and depression.
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Emily Cao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Dr. Cao is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mental health issues in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She attended the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated magna cum laude. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Cao served as Chief Resident for Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry during her adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she was also recognized by the Department of Psychiatry with the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Cao is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of mental health issues in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She attended the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated magna cum laude. After completing medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Cao served as Chief Resident for Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry during her adult psychiatry training at the University of Toledo Medical Center, where she was also recognized by the Department of Psychiatry with the Excellence in Teaching Award.
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Navjoth Karuvannur
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Dr. Karuvannur (Dr. K) is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2018. He is dual board certified in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. He trained in adult psychiatry at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY where he served as the education committee representative. He completed his child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cleveland Clinic where he served as chief fellow. He is a member of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association.
Dr. Karuvannur (Dr. K) is a Psychiatrist in Ohio who has been practicing since 2018. He is dual board certified in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. He trained in adult psychiatry at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY where he served as the education committee representative. He completed his child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cleveland Clinic where he served as chief fellow. He is a member of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Ohio Psychiatric Physician’s Association.
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Photo of Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 44118, OH
Amanda Lambert at Revive Counseling and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
Hi! My name is Amanda! I am committed to helping improve the mental health of my patients through both medication management and therapeutic intervention. My approach to mental health treatment focuses on treating each patient as an individual by diving into their personal history, concerns with medication, and goals of treatment to improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
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Photo of Deanna Berry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 44118, OH
Deanna Berry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN, RN
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Deanna Berry is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as adult-geriatric primary care. She has 20 years experience as nurse. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-master's certification in nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH and is certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Deanna Berry is a nurse practitioner dually certified in psychiatric and mental health as well as adult-geriatric primary care. She has 20 years experience as nurse. She received her bachelor's degree, master's degree and post-master's certification in nursing from Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH and is certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
(440) 762-6239 View (440) 762-6239
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DeBalzo, Elgudin, Levine, Risen LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD, CNS, LPCC, LISW-S
Verified
WE HAVE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS. WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. We are a comprehensive psychiatric and mental health practice offering a wide spectrum of evidence-based therapies. We provide services to children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Our services include individual psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, couples and family therapy, psychological testing, genomic testing for medication sensitivity, and evaluation and therapy for sexual and gender-related concerns. We offer ADHD assessment with the QbTest which is a FDA cleared computer based objective test.
WE HAVE IMMEDIATE OPENINGS. WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. We are a comprehensive psychiatric and mental health practice offering a wide spectrum of evidence-based therapies. We provide services to children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Our services include individual psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, couples and family therapy, psychological testing, genomic testing for medication sensitivity, and evaluation and therapy for sexual and gender-related concerns. We offer ADHD assessment with the QbTest which is a FDA cleared computer based objective test.
(216) 831-2900 View (216) 831-2900
Photo of Eileen Zehe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 44118, OH
Eileen Zehe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eileen Zehe, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has provided care to individuals across the life span. Her primary focus over the last several years; however, has been on children and adolescents struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
Eileen Zehe, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has provided care to individuals across the life span. Her primary focus over the last several years; however, has been on children and adolescents struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
(216) 478-5647 View (216) 478-5647
Scott F. Martin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cleveland, OH 44118
Greetings! I provide a full range of psychiatric care, focused on individuals' needs and often consisting of psychotherapy and/or medication treatment. I welcome your inquiries and would recommend meeting for an assessment and to establish a plan on how we can work together. My psychotherapeutic background is in psychodynamic and relational work with a holistic and humanistic approach. I have a particular interest in wellness practices and in the integration of psychedelics with medicine to expand the potential for psychotherapy.
Greetings! I provide a full range of psychiatric care, focused on individuals' needs and often consisting of psychotherapy and/or medication treatment. I welcome your inquiries and would recommend meeting for an assessment and to establish a plan on how we can work together. My psychotherapeutic background is in psychodynamic and relational work with a holistic and humanistic approach. I have a particular interest in wellness practices and in the integration of psychedelics with medicine to expand the potential for psychotherapy.
(216) 859-4304 View (216) 859-4304
Photo of Dr. Leonard Marinis, Psychiatrist in 44118, OH
Dr. Leonard Marinis
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Hello and welcome to my Psychology Today profile. I grew up on the west side of Cleveland and initially worked as a systems engineer with several local organizations, including NASA Glenn Research center for 10+ years. I returned to school to pursue my interest in medicine, and obtained my medical degree from CWRU's School of Medicine. I relocated to California for my 4-year psychiatry residency at UC Davis, as well as an additional year of training at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, before returning home to Cleveland.
Hello and welcome to my Psychology Today profile. I grew up on the west side of Cleveland and initially worked as a systems engineer with several local organizations, including NASA Glenn Research center for 10+ years. I returned to school to pursue my interest in medicine, and obtained my medical degree from CWRU's School of Medicine. I relocated to California for my 4-year psychiatry residency at UC Davis, as well as an additional year of training at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, before returning home to Cleveland.
(216) 279-3700 View (216) 279-3700

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Number of Psychiatrists in 44118

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 44118 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
90% Medication Management
86% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Medical Mutual
95% Optum
90% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 44118 see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 44118?

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.