Psychiatrists in 60540

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Elizabeth Hozian
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Elizabeth Hozian is a double board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults and adolescents over 15 years old. She completed her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, and served as chief child/adolescent fellow at the University of Chicago. Through a collaborative approach, Dr. Hozian employs therapeutic techniques and evidence-based medications to address your mental health concerns and improve overall well-being. She strives to create an environment where you can feel heard and understood.
Elizabeth Hozian is a double board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults and adolescents over 15 years old. She completed her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, and served as chief child/adolescent fellow at the University of Chicago. Through a collaborative approach, Dr. Hozian employs therapeutic techniques and evidence-based medications to address your mental health concerns and improve overall well-being. She strives to create an environment where you can feel heard and understood.
(630) 412-7677 View (630) 412-7677
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Amelia Pauley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
As a provider with lived experience with significant anxiety, I know personally and professionally the challenges that can present themselves when you are seeking a way out of fear and sadness. Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of anxiety and dread? Or just missing the beauty of life and feeling lost without purpose or meaning? If this resonates with you I truly believe I can be of assistance. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I am skillful in medication management and have taken it upon myself to become thoroughly educated in the holistic path in my personal and professional life.
As a provider with lived experience with significant anxiety, I know personally and professionally the challenges that can present themselves when you are seeking a way out of fear and sadness. Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of anxiety and dread? Or just missing the beauty of life and feeling lost without purpose or meaning? If this resonates with you I truly believe I can be of assistance. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I am skillful in medication management and have taken it upon myself to become thoroughly educated in the holistic path in my personal and professional life.
(630) 686-7826 View (630) 686-7826
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Arturo Ventura
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Art Ventura. Are you scared of your own emotions? If you are, you’re definitely not alone. While we thrive for pleasant emotions, the moment we veer over to the troublesome side, rather than working on these challenges we tend to run away instead. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine I can provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions particularly in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, insomnia, dementia, OCD and other issues for individuals ages 18 to 65.
Hello, I’m Art Ventura. Are you scared of your own emotions? If you are, you’re definitely not alone. While we thrive for pleasant emotions, the moment we veer over to the troublesome side, rather than working on these challenges we tend to run away instead. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine I can provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions particularly in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, ADHD, insomnia, dementia, OCD and other issues for individuals ages 18 to 65.
(630) 912-9446 View (630) 912-9446
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Dr. Bill Papagiannopoulos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Dr. Papagiannopoulos offers weekly psychotherapy, with optional concurrent medication management. His approach involves the formation of a dependable relationship characterized by understanding and trust. Over time, people can come to understand themselves more deeply, which can help lead to change, reduced stress levels, improved relationships, and increased quality of life. He uses a variety of approaches, including psychodynamic therapy, CBT, family systems theory, person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and existential therapy. Weekly 45-minute appointments allow a deeper understanding of the patient’s concerns.
Dr. Papagiannopoulos offers weekly psychotherapy, with optional concurrent medication management. His approach involves the formation of a dependable relationship characterized by understanding and trust. Over time, people can come to understand themselves more deeply, which can help lead to change, reduced stress levels, improved relationships, and increased quality of life. He uses a variety of approaches, including psychodynamic therapy, CBT, family systems theory, person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and existential therapy. Weekly 45-minute appointments allow a deeper understanding of the patient’s concerns.
(630) 912-0517 x302 View (630) 912-0517 x302
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Abid Nazeer
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Abid K. Nazeer M.D., FASAM is a practicing psychiatrist with board certifications in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Nazeer is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Hopemark Health and is Vice President of the American Association of Psychedelics. In 2016, he founded Advanced Psychiatric Solutions, now Hopemark Health, pioneering the first dedicated outpatient psychiatric based ketamine clinic in the Midwest. Hopemark Health has successfully completed over 4500 IV ketamine treatments for mental health and substance use disorders in a comprehensive care model.
Dr. Abid K. Nazeer M.D., FASAM is a practicing psychiatrist with board certifications in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Nazeer is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Hopemark Health and is Vice President of the American Association of Psychedelics. In 2016, he founded Advanced Psychiatric Solutions, now Hopemark Health, pioneering the first dedicated outpatient psychiatric based ketamine clinic in the Midwest. Hopemark Health has successfully completed over 4500 IV ketamine treatments for mental health and substance use disorders in a comprehensive care model.
(630) 360-8215 View (630) 360-8215
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(630) 349-5712 View (630) 349-5712
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Ruhina Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Dr. Ruhina N. Ali is a Psychiatrist in Illinois. She studied General Psychiatry and completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic and graduated from St. Matthew's College of Medicine. Dr. Ali looks at the whole person, the family, and all environmental factors when she approaches patient care. She uses the latest scientific research and evidence-based practice to build a treatment plan with the patient and family. And Dr. Ali uses compassion and empathy to help patients and families heal.
Dr. Ruhina N. Ali is a Psychiatrist in Illinois. She studied General Psychiatry and completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Virginia Tech Carilion Clinic and graduated from St. Matthew's College of Medicine. Dr. Ali looks at the whole person, the family, and all environmental factors when she approaches patient care. She uses the latest scientific research and evidence-based practice to build a treatment plan with the patient and family. And Dr. Ali uses compassion and empathy to help patients and families heal.
(630) 407-1872 View (630) 407-1872
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Anmol N Tolani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
I completed residency at Case Western Reserve University with expertise in various settings, including direct patient care, addiction programs, and specialized clinics. With a focus on medication management for adult and geriatric patients, I gained rewarding experience, particularly in serving those facing challenging circumstances.
I completed residency at Case Western Reserve University with expertise in various settings, including direct patient care, addiction programs, and specialized clinics. With a focus on medication management for adult and geriatric patients, I gained rewarding experience, particularly in serving those facing challenging circumstances.
(630) 228-1784 View (630) 228-1784
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Hopemark Health Naperville
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540
Our psychiatric clinic in Naperville is committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches. We specialize in innovative treatments that have shown promise in clinical research, such as Ketamine-assisted therapy, Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), IV Ketamine, Spravato (nasal spray, esketamine), Medication Management, General Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, including EMDR.
Our psychiatric clinic in Naperville is committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches. We specialize in innovative treatments that have shown promise in clinical research, such as Ketamine-assisted therapy, Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), IV Ketamine, Spravato (nasal spray, esketamine), Medication Management, General Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, including EMDR.
(630) 345-4793 View (630) 345-4793
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Stacey M Schulte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540
I am currently accepting new patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric medication management services for clients who are 6-99 years old. I specialize in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and women's mental health issues. I understand that life changes bring anxiety, and affect sleep, your appetite, and your work and social life. I would like to work with you to find solutions to make life better.
I am currently accepting new patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric medication management services for clients who are 6-99 years old. I specialize in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and women's mental health issues. I understand that life changes bring anxiety, and affect sleep, your appetite, and your work and social life. I would like to work with you to find solutions to make life better.
(872) 233-4576 View (872) 233-4576
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Faraz Sultan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Faraz stresses a comprehensive understanding of a patient’s clinical picture, integrating multiple lines of evidence to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment regimen. His strategies are patient-specific and motivated by quantitative evidence derived from high-quality studies. Still, as an investigator, he understands psychiatry is a rapidly evolving field, and it is the goal of translational scientists to fill the gaps in our knowledge. Faraz consistently uses his best clinical judgement, combining fact and theory to care for his patients. Faraz is a strong proponent of multimodal approaches to patient care.
Faraz stresses a comprehensive understanding of a patient’s clinical picture, integrating multiple lines of evidence to arrive at an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment regimen. His strategies are patient-specific and motivated by quantitative evidence derived from high-quality studies. Still, as an investigator, he understands psychiatry is a rapidly evolving field, and it is the goal of translational scientists to fill the gaps in our knowledge. Faraz consistently uses his best clinical judgement, combining fact and theory to care for his patients. Faraz is a strong proponent of multimodal approaches to patient care.
(630) 491-5842 View (630) 491-5842
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Mandy Lusung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Mandy is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience and knowledge. With a deep passion for improving the lives of her patients, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Mandy prioritizes the individuality of her patients when creating treatment plans and will work with you to achieve mental health stability to reach your optimal state of wellness and live your best life.
Mandy is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience and knowledge. With a deep passion for improving the lives of her patients, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Mandy prioritizes the individuality of her patients when creating treatment plans and will work with you to achieve mental health stability to reach your optimal state of wellness and live your best life.
(847) 916-0533 View (847) 916-0533
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Craig Kestenberg
Psychiatrist, DO
Not Verified Not Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Dr. Craig Kestenberg is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2001. He has a D.O. degree with Residency Training in Psychiatry as well as Fellowship Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Child And Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kestenberg enjoys providing patients and their family members with the most appropriate patient-centered treatment options, which is based on his great medical knowledge from past training, continuing education, and a variety of clinical experiences.
Dr. Craig Kestenberg is a Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2001. He has a D.O. degree with Residency Training in Psychiatry as well as Fellowship Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Child And Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kestenberg enjoys providing patients and their family members with the most appropriate patient-centered treatment options, which is based on his great medical knowledge from past training, continuing education, and a variety of clinical experiences.
(630) 349-7803 View (630) 349-7803
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Brandy Eichelberger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Are you tired of not being able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life? Are you ready for a change? I can help you by gathering an extensive psychiatric evaluation, brief psychotherapy and initiation and monitoring psychopharmacological treatment. I am Brandy, founder of Optimum Mental Health Healing. I am a highly respected board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric nurse practitioner located in Illinois. I have 20 years of experience in mental health 14 years as a registered nurse and 6 years as a nurse practitioner.
Are you tired of not being able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life? Are you ready for a change? I can help you by gathering an extensive psychiatric evaluation, brief psychotherapy and initiation and monitoring psychopharmacological treatment. I am Brandy, founder of Optimum Mental Health Healing. I am a highly respected board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) and psychiatric nurse practitioner located in Illinois. I have 20 years of experience in mental health 14 years as a registered nurse and 6 years as a nurse practitioner.
(618) 266-8415 View (618) 266-8415
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Hopemark Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
If you are struggling with your mental health, Hopemark Health (formerly Advanced Psych Solutions) can help. Our psychiatric clinics are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches. We specialize in innovative treatments that have shown promise in clinical research, such as ketamine-assisted therapy, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), EMDR, psychotherapy, esketamine (nasal spray), and more. We can also carry out genetic testing to help determine the appropriate fit for prescribed medications.
If you are struggling with your mental health, Hopemark Health (formerly Advanced Psych Solutions) can help. Our psychiatric clinics are committed to providing cutting-edge treatments for mental health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches. We specialize in innovative treatments that have shown promise in clinical research, such as ketamine-assisted therapy, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS), EMDR, psychotherapy, esketamine (nasal spray), and more. We can also carry out genetic testing to help determine the appropriate fit for prescribed medications.
(630) 556-8403 View (630) 556-8403
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Grace Esmalla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Our clinic is accepting new patients. We endeavors to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
Our clinic is accepting new patients. We endeavors to partner with our patients, approaching their care from a holistic and integrative standpoint. We listen to and get to know our patients, addressing their needs from a medical, mental, and social health perspective. We provide medication management, supportive therapy, and several other services. Our clinic specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and other mood and personality disorders. Email us or call us today to book an appointment. You shouldn’t have to struggle to also find a provider.
(815) 396-6903 View (815) 396-6903
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Justin Jelinski
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
Justin is a certified Physician Assistant with over 10 years of experience. He has worked with patients of all ages and is dedicated to not only finding the appropriate treatment for his patients, but also getting to the root of the issue at hand. Justin has a Bachelor of Science from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, and a Master of Science of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of St. Francis in New Mexico.
Justin is a certified Physician Assistant with over 10 years of experience. He has worked with patients of all ages and is dedicated to not only finding the appropriate treatment for his patients, but also getting to the root of the issue at hand. Justin has a Bachelor of Science from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, and a Master of Science of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of St. Francis in New Mexico.
(630) 345-4726 View (630) 345-4726
Steve C Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Naperville, IL 60540
As a provider for Meier Clinics, I believe in treating the whole person - emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I am dedicated to providing Christian care through psychiatric evaluations and medication management to compliment the counseling process.
As a provider for Meier Clinics, I believe in treating the whole person - emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I am dedicated to providing Christian care through psychiatric evaluations and medication management to compliment the counseling process.
(888) 725-4642 View (888) 725-4642
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Sarah Skea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naperville, IL 60540  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Sarah Skea, MSN, ARPN, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Board Certification. Sarah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, known for having one of the best nursing programs in the country. With twelve years of experience, Sarah is an expert in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and life adjustments. Sarah is empathic and patient-centered. She approaches treatment with the belief that each client is an individual, with the goal of helping you regain a sense of wholeness. Sarah specializes in seeing children, adolescents, and adults.
Accepting New Clients. Sarah Skea, MSN, ARPN, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with Board Certification. Sarah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, known for having one of the best nursing programs in the country. With twelve years of experience, Sarah is an expert in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and life adjustments. Sarah is empathic and patient-centered. She approaches treatment with the belief that each client is an individual, with the goal of helping you regain a sense of wholeness. Sarah specializes in seeing children, adolescents, and adults.
(630) 517-0841 View (630) 517-0841

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 60540

40+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 60540 who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
79% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Bipolar Disorder
63% Medication Management
60% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% Aetna
86% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 60540 see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 60540?

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.