Psychiatrists in 48104

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Dr. Akash Kumar MD - Arbor Video Psych and ADHD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. Special interest in ADHD, anxiety, mood, and OCD. Therapeutic time cannot be rushed. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I address psychological AND medical factors by looking beyond the usual 20 psychiatric medications to investigate the underlying biological or psychological issues. Investigating may entail (based on current research): laboratory panels looking for chronic nutritional deficiencies; genetic testing (to predict what meds/supplements can help); brain scans; neuro exam; deeper forms of talk therapy
See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. Special interest in ADHD, anxiety, mood, and OCD. Therapeutic time cannot be rushed. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist, I address psychological AND medical factors by looking beyond the usual 20 psychiatric medications to investigate the underlying biological or psychological issues. Investigating may entail (based on current research): laboratory panels looking for chronic nutritional deficiencies; genetic testing (to predict what meds/supplements can help); brain scans; neuro exam; deeper forms of talk therapy
(517) 833-4110 View (517) 833-4110
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Addiction Treatment At Westlake Consultation Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
2 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Addiction Treatment Specialist at Westlake enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. We are also advocates for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. We are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. We are passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
Addiction Treatment Specialist at Westlake enjoy helping clients through their struggles with addiction. Intensive therapy and Medication Assisted Treatment are the tools utilized to helps assist you through your recovery. We are also advocates for holistic health care and have a passion for individually focused patient care. We are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible by listening to my patients, employing motivational interviewing techniques, and providing multiple proven treatment options. We are passionate about whole body wellness, and how mental health plays a role in the quality of your life.
(248) 453-7513 x1 View (248) 453-7513 x1
Barry M Miller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
Most people, whether they have a psychiatric illness or not, need psychotherapy, at some point in their lives. I'm here to help determine what's wrong and how to best help. If a medicine is helpful, I'm trained to prescribe it. In most situations, medicine, alone, is not enough to help people disentangle themselves from the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that have interfered with their functioning or caused such discomfort. Problematic patterns have developed over a long time, but for 'good reasons'. Until we know why, we're unlikely to change them.
(734) 720-4895 View (734) 720-4895
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Leanna Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed undergrad at Northern Michigan University in 2011 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I then graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2016 with my Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. I have experience in treating a wide variety of mental health conditions in all age groups while working in a family practice setting.
I am a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I completed undergrad at Northern Michigan University in 2011 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I then graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2016 with my Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. I have experience in treating a wide variety of mental health conditions in all age groups while working in a family practice setting.
(734) 206-7103 View (734) 206-7103
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book a video appointment online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Social and General Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, Impulse Control, OCD, and PTSD. I investigate for root causes of symptoms and have trained with Dr. Akash Kumar MD on his multi layered diagnostic approach to looking at nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. With this background, we can find underlying often missed subtle conditions that contribute to symptoms.
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book a video appointment online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Social and General Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, Impulse Control, OCD, and PTSD. I investigate for root causes of symptoms and have trained with Dr. Akash Kumar MD on his multi layered diagnostic approach to looking at nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. With this background, we can find underlying often missed subtle conditions that contribute to symptoms.
(734) 749-9816 x1 View (734) 749-9816 x1
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. We use traditional medication when appropriate, but then also use current research to go beyond the usual 15 psych meds. At Arbor Video Psych, our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing going beyond a simple TSH level. If nothing has helped, consider us.
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. We use traditional medication when appropriate, but then also use current research to go beyond the usual 15 psych meds. At Arbor Video Psych, our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing going beyond a simple TSH level. If nothing has helped, consider us.
(734) 275-2355 x1 View (734) 275-2355 x1
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Andrew T. Schmale
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
We generally only have openings for new TMS and ketamine patients. We have a waiting list for those looking for medication management. Please feel free to call and we will do our best to help!… About me: I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people and feel everyone has a unique story to tell. I treat everything on the psychiatric spectrum from mild to moderate severity, as well as those stubborn conditions where medications have not been effective.
We generally only have openings for new TMS and ketamine patients. We have a waiting list for those looking for medication management. Please feel free to call and we will do our best to help!… About me: I was drawn to psychiatry because I enjoy connecting with people and feel everyone has a unique story to tell. I treat everything on the psychiatric spectrum from mild to moderate severity, as well as those stubborn conditions where medications have not been effective.
(734) 396-8810 View (734) 396-8810
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Jean Thayer-Seitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-BC, MSN
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. I have a wide range of knowledge treating Depression, Mood Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Anxiety and Psychosis. I also treat adults ages and older. I use a Holistic approach and establish a therapeutic and fulfilling rapport with all of my clients.
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. I have a wide range of knowledge treating Depression, Mood Disorders, Crisis Intervention, Anxiety and Psychosis. I also treat adults ages and older. I use a Holistic approach and establish a therapeutic and fulfilling rapport with all of my clients.
(734) 876-8334 View (734) 876-8334
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Thomas L Atkins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I approach my work with an empathetic and non-judgmental mindset and this allows me to connect with my clients in a way that is based in collaboration and compassion. I use psychotherapy, insight oriented work, mindfulness, life-style changes, and medication to create an integrative treatment plan for each client. I specialize in depression, bipolar illness, ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma. I am ready to learn about you and work together to help you meet your goals. Reach out so that we can get started!
I approach my work with an empathetic and non-judgmental mindset and this allows me to connect with my clients in a way that is based in collaboration and compassion. I use psychotherapy, insight oriented work, mindfulness, life-style changes, and medication to create an integrative treatment plan for each client. I specialize in depression, bipolar illness, ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, and trauma. I am ready to learn about you and work together to help you meet your goals. Reach out so that we can get started!
(734) 471-5040 x101 View (734) 471-5040 x101
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults from all walks of life. She holds an MD from the University of Michigan, where she also completed specialty training in psychiatry. Leveraging her broad clinical experience, she provides high-quality, personalized treatment for psychiatric concerns including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma-related disorders. With a compassionate approach, Dr. Phan-Huy integrates medication management with specialized psychotherapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy. This comprehensive approach provides a foundation for sustained healing and long-term well-being.
Dr. Phan-Huy treats adults from all walks of life. She holds an MD from the University of Michigan, where she also completed specialty training in psychiatry. Leveraging her broad clinical experience, she provides high-quality, personalized treatment for psychiatric concerns including anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma-related disorders. With a compassionate approach, Dr. Phan-Huy integrates medication management with specialized psychotherapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy. This comprehensive approach provides a foundation for sustained healing and long-term well-being.
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Mauran Sivananthan, DO, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I am a dual board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, and I specialize in treating a range of disorders including ADHD, behavioral problems, anxiety, Autism, intellectual disabilities, men's health, and mental health issues in athletes. My goal with every patient is to provide up to date, evidence based, individualized, supportive, and collaborative care. Additionally, I am a sports psychiatrist with extensive experience working with athletes of all levels. I am currently the team psychiatrist for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Pistons.
I am a dual board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, and I specialize in treating a range of disorders including ADHD, behavioral problems, anxiety, Autism, intellectual disabilities, men's health, and mental health issues in athletes. My goal with every patient is to provide up to date, evidence based, individualized, supportive, and collaborative care. Additionally, I am a sports psychiatrist with extensive experience working with athletes of all levels. I am currently the team psychiatrist for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Pistons.
(734) 428-3660 View (734) 428-3660
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Steven L. Gotlib MD, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can cause intense suffering. Seeking help is the first step toward controlling your life. Anxiety and depression can interfere with enjoying your family and friends and performing your best at work or school. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. I use an integrated approach that uses psychotherapy and if necessary medication. I have helped many patients improve their lives while minimizing the need for medications.
Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can cause intense suffering. Seeking help is the first step toward controlling your life. Anxiety and depression can interfere with enjoying your family and friends and performing your best at work or school. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. I use an integrated approach that uses psychotherapy and if necessary medication. I have helped many patients improve their lives while minimizing the need for medications.
(734) 931-6688 View (734) 931-6688
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
See new patient openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. My focus is on ADHD, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. I see ages 8 and up. I look beyond symptoms, and the usual 20 medications, to assess for underlying causes of difficulty. Neurobiologically, this may include lab work to assess nutritional status, genetic testing, lifestyle factors, and often missed underlying medical conditions.
See new patient openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. My focus is on ADHD, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. I see ages 8 and up. I look beyond symptoms, and the usual 20 medications, to assess for underlying causes of difficulty. Neurobiologically, this may include lab work to assess nutritional status, genetic testing, lifestyle factors, and often missed underlying medical conditions.
(734) 619-6733 View (734) 619-6733
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Haley Wanic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, AGNP-BC
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
I completed two bachelor’s degrees with honors at Grand Valley State University majoring in Biomedical Science and Nursing. I continued my education at Grand Valley State University and graduated with honors with my Doctor of Nursing Practice. I am dedicated to providing the best care possible by staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatments and actively listening to my patients concerns. I employ a non-judgmental approach to get know my patients so we can create a treatment plan together. Populations I treat include, but are not limited to, teens-end of life, men, women, and LGBTQIA+.
(734) 802-1997 View (734) 802-1997
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Dorothy Gotlib, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I believe that nurturing a collaborative physician-patient relationship is key to helping patients gain a deeper understanding of their mental health. I strive to create a therapeutic environment where patients can feel comfortable discussing their concerns. My treatment process involves learning about the issues most pressing to my patients. I believe in a tailored and integrated approach that utilizes psychotherapy (including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy), lifestyle modifications, psychiatric medications, and/or supplements.
I believe that nurturing a collaborative physician-patient relationship is key to helping patients gain a deeper understanding of their mental health. I strive to create a therapeutic environment where patients can feel comfortable discussing their concerns. My treatment process involves learning about the issues most pressing to my patients. I believe in a tailored and integrated approach that utilizes psychotherapy (including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy), lifestyle modifications, psychiatric medications, and/or supplements.
(734) 821-3226 View (734) 821-3226
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Green Arbor Video Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I maintain openings within a week. See openings and book an online appointment at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, PTSD. While I employ research based diagnostic and treatment modalities, my training goes far beyond this to encompass expertise both on the medical side and psychiatric side. I have additional trainings, including with Dr. Akash Kumar MD known for his multi layered diagnostic approach to assess nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. Because of my background, I am uniquely able to identify oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
I maintain openings within a week. See openings and book an online appointment at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUS: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, PTSD. While I employ research based diagnostic and treatment modalities, my training goes far beyond this to encompass expertise both on the medical side and psychiatric side. I have additional trainings, including with Dr. Akash Kumar MD known for his multi layered diagnostic approach to assess nutritional, medical, psychiatric, and cognitive dimensions. Because of my background, I am uniquely able to identify oft missed root causes of subtle medical conditions that contribute to emotional difficulty.
(734) 203-7855 x1 View (734) 203-7855 x1
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Priscilla Jimenez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the state of Michigan. I completed my Masters of Nursing Education from Oakland University and received my Post Master’s Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. My personal passion and experience, combined with over 12 years of bedside Nursing experience has led me to the field of Perinatal Psychiatry . My mission is to aid clients along their individual journey of Mental Health during the perinatal period with a goal of improving and maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of mothers and their families.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the state of Michigan. I completed my Masters of Nursing Education from Oakland University and received my Post Master’s Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University. My personal passion and experience, combined with over 12 years of bedside Nursing experience has led me to the field of Perinatal Psychiatry . My mission is to aid clients along their individual journey of Mental Health during the perinatal period with a goal of improving and maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of mothers and their families.
(734) 977-1182 View (734) 977-1182
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Dwarakanath Rao
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The goal of good therapy is to find ways to love, work, and play through self-understanding. Taking the first step is often the hardest. I offer a safe and confidential forum for self-learning at a pace and manner best suited to you. My training and experience spans psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalysis, overseeing a large outpatient psychiatric clinic, training of residents and interns, and psychoanalytic education and supervision. I have been privileged to assist people for over 30 years. I am on professional committees, and teach at the University of Michigan and at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
The goal of good therapy is to find ways to love, work, and play through self-understanding. Taking the first step is often the hardest. I offer a safe and confidential forum for self-learning at a pace and manner best suited to you. My training and experience spans psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalysis, overseeing a large outpatient psychiatric clinic, training of residents and interns, and psychoanalytic education and supervision. I have been privileged to assist people for over 30 years. I am on professional committees, and teach at the University of Michigan and at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
(734) 329-5251 View (734) 329-5251
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Ashwini Gulwadi, M.D. - PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
In- office and Tele-visit appointments available, Accepting new patients now, please see my website gulwadimd.com for more details and contact information. Psychiatric services provided here include evaluating and treating clinical symptoms and emotional concerns that cause distress and limits functioning in various aspects of life. Drawing on my medical and psychotherapy training and experience, I can offer you an approach to treatment that can help your clinical needs at a pace that is best suited for you and can help you in making positive and lasting changes in your life.
In- office and Tele-visit appointments available, Accepting new patients now, please see my website gulwadimd.com for more details and contact information. Psychiatric services provided here include evaluating and treating clinical symptoms and emotional concerns that cause distress and limits functioning in various aspects of life. Drawing on my medical and psychotherapy training and experience, I can offer you an approach to treatment that can help your clinical needs at a pace that is best suited for you and can help you in making positive and lasting changes in your life.
(734) 436-3821 View (734) 436-3821
Photo of Brian Phillips, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 48104, MI
Brian Phillips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
See openings and book an intake (I usually have openings within a week) at AnnArborPsych.com. I specialize in ADHD, a range of anxiety disorders, mood, and impulsivity. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I think of myself as a passionate nurse, care-giver, and patient advocate first, and a prescriber second. Good mental health care begins with listening to the patient. I have engaged in a considerable amount of additional training and supervision after completing my specialty in psychiatry. For years I have worked along side Dr. Akash Kumar MD and we are both passionate about staying on the cutting edge of psychiatric medicine.
See openings and book an intake (I usually have openings within a week) at AnnArborPsych.com. I specialize in ADHD, a range of anxiety disorders, mood, and impulsivity. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I think of myself as a passionate nurse, care-giver, and patient advocate first, and a prescriber second. Good mental health care begins with listening to the patient. I have engaged in a considerable amount of additional training and supervision after completing my specialty in psychiatry. For years I have worked along side Dr. Akash Kumar MD and we are both passionate about staying on the cutting edge of psychiatric medicine.
(734) 315-2256 View (734) 315-2256

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Number of Psychiatrists in 48104

30+

Average cost per session

$240

Psychiatrists in 48104 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
91% Depression
82% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Bipolar Disorder
68% ADHD
65% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
76% Aetna
71% Blue Care Network

How Psychiatrists in 48104 see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

52% Female
48% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 48104?

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.