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David Rope
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
I am a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry and Mental Health as well as Family Practice. I graduated in 2000 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing from University of San Diego and in 2019 with a postgraduate degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Western Kentucky University. I have a subspecialty in Latino health and am bilingual in Spanish and bicultural in the Latino lifestyle. My training and experiences have led to a passionate pursuit of partnering with individuals and families to restore optimal mental health. I also advocate to erase the stigma and stereotypes of mental health.
I am a dual board-certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry and Mental Health as well as Family Practice. I graduated in 2000 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing from University of San Diego and in 2019 with a postgraduate degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Western Kentucky University. I have a subspecialty in Latino health and am bilingual in Spanish and bicultural in the Latino lifestyle. My training and experiences have led to a passionate pursuit of partnering with individuals and families to restore optimal mental health. I also advocate to erase the stigma and stereotypes of mental health.
(520) 214-9475 View (520) 214-9475
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Shavaun Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW clients -Shavaun Johnson, DNP is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Light at the End PLLC, serving all of the Valley as well as the surrounding rural communities in Phoenix. Having worked in behavioral/mental health for over 10 years in various settings/roles including corrections, inpatient care, outpatient care, community mental health, residential care, and acute treatment she is passionate about advocating for mental health and vulnerable populations.
Accepting NEW clients -Shavaun Johnson, DNP is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Light at the End PLLC, serving all of the Valley as well as the surrounding rural communities in Phoenix. Having worked in behavioral/mental health for over 10 years in various settings/roles including corrections, inpatient care, outpatient care, community mental health, residential care, and acute treatment she is passionate about advocating for mental health and vulnerable populations.
(928) 218-5937 View (928) 218-5937
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Meshack Samia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Not accepting new clients
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide holistic and high-quality care to my patients. I listen to you and together we come up with a treatment plan that is patient-based, and which goes beyond a standard approach to diagnosis. I believe that Mental Wellness is equally valuable as Physical Wellness. My approach therefore, is not only non-judgmental, but compassionate.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I provide holistic and high-quality care to my patients. I listen to you and together we come up with a treatment plan that is patient-based, and which goes beyond a standard approach to diagnosis. I believe that Mental Wellness is equally valuable as Physical Wellness. My approach therefore, is not only non-judgmental, but compassionate.
(520) 210-5680 View (520) 210-5680
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Dr. Michaela Beaver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
You Deserve to Feel Better. Are you a family with kids who are struggling with big feelings, anxiety, or sadness? You're not alone. Millions of families face these challenges every day. I'm a psychiatric NP who specializes in integrative psychiatric care. I offer a comprehensive approach that starts with a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. Then, we work together to develop a personalized care plan that includes individualized testing recommendations, health coaching, medications, and supplements. My goal is to help you and your family feel better and regain control of your lives. I'm here to help you achieve that goal.
You Deserve to Feel Better. Are you a family with kids who are struggling with big feelings, anxiety, or sadness? You're not alone. Millions of families face these challenges every day. I'm a psychiatric NP who specializes in integrative psychiatric care. I offer a comprehensive approach that starts with a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. Then, we work together to develop a personalized care plan that includes individualized testing recommendations, health coaching, medications, and supplements. My goal is to help you and your family feel better and regain control of your lives. I'm here to help you achieve that goal.
(480) 531-7025 View (480) 531-7025
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Nicole Lavonne Carrera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ACNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Nicole is a board certified FPMHNP with over 22 years in nursing. She began her nursing career in the U.S. Army and became a nurse practitioner in 2013.
Nicole is a board certified FPMHNP with over 22 years in nursing. She began her nursing career in the U.S. Army and became a nurse practitioner in 2013.
(480) 660-4079 View (480) 660-4079
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Danielle Orr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified
3 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
My passion is to help treat those individuals with intellectual, development and behavior disabilities along with treating a variety of other mental health needs including ADHD, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, Autism Spectrum, sensory processing disorders. I believe that children are not just smaller adults, they will need their care to be uniquely tailored towards them and what works best. I believe to be successful, we need to work with the whole family unit to ensure long term sustainable success for both child and parents. WE are now offering ADHD testing along with cognitive assessments.
My passion is to help treat those individuals with intellectual, development and behavior disabilities along with treating a variety of other mental health needs including ADHD, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, Autism Spectrum, sensory processing disorders. I believe that children are not just smaller adults, they will need their care to be uniquely tailored towards them and what works best. I believe to be successful, we need to work with the whole family unit to ensure long term sustainable success for both child and parents. WE are now offering ADHD testing along with cognitive assessments.
(520) 412-7037 View (520) 412-7037
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Jennifer Foresman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
(878) 217-0537 View (878) 217-0537
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Rachel Wybron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Is life stressful? Does it feel harder than it used to? This is especially true if you have health issues, a history of trauma, work in healthcare or are a first responder, or have many responsibilities in life (hi moms!). Whatever you may be struggling with, you are welcome here. My approach is respectful, warm, and compassionate, with a focus on stress reduction and skill building so you can rediscover and restore your hope and your future in life. Together we’ll identify root causes for the burdens you're carrying and create a personalized plan for your mental health based on your unique needs and the latest treatment options.
Is life stressful? Does it feel harder than it used to? This is especially true if you have health issues, a history of trauma, work in healthcare or are a first responder, or have many responsibilities in life (hi moms!). Whatever you may be struggling with, you are welcome here. My approach is respectful, warm, and compassionate, with a focus on stress reduction and skill building so you can rediscover and restore your hope and your future in life. Together we’ll identify root causes for the burdens you're carrying and create a personalized plan for your mental health based on your unique needs and the latest treatment options.
(480) 530-5314 View (480) 530-5314
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The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, APRN
Verified
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(602) 737-0241 View (602) 737-0241
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Maricopa Christian Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. Jane Lao is a Dual-Certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in both Family medicine and Psychiatry. She has a passion for empowering patients to advocate for their best physical and mental health. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or attention difficulty, we can help you. Get the care you need from the comfort of your home. Maricopa Christian Psychiatry (MCP) is a mental health clinic that provide services across Arizona. MCP team of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and a therapist offers compassionate, non-judgmental, and evidence-based psychiatric services.
Accepting New Patients. Jane Lao is a Dual-Certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in both Family medicine and Psychiatry. She has a passion for empowering patients to advocate for their best physical and mental health. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, mood swings, or attention difficulty, we can help you. Get the care you need from the comfort of your home. Maricopa Christian Psychiatry (MCP) is a mental health clinic that provide services across Arizona. MCP team of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and a therapist offers compassionate, non-judgmental, and evidence-based psychiatric services.
(928) 382-3914 View (928) 382-3914
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Susan Bowen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
I am a seasoned healthcare professional with over 14 years of experience working with a diverse population of clients throughout the lifespan. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and have many years of nursing experience in emergency and trauma as well as inpatient psychiatry. I believe the foundation of all care is the relationship formed between myself and my clients. Brain health is crucial to overall wellness, and deserves the time and attention of a caring provider to address the complexity of treatment.
I am a seasoned healthcare professional with over 14 years of experience working with a diverse population of clients throughout the lifespan. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and have many years of nursing experience in emergency and trauma as well as inpatient psychiatry. I believe the foundation of all care is the relationship formed between myself and my clients. Brain health is crucial to overall wellness, and deserves the time and attention of a caring provider to address the complexity of treatment.
(480) 758-4698 View (480) 758-4698
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Kionglee Jung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Kionglee Jung DNP, PMHNP, FNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner at Paradigm Psychiatry. She graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University in 2014. Through the years, she has gained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Master of Science in Biology from Yonsei University - Korea, and a diploma in Clinical Research from Toronto. Most of her nursing career of more than 10 years were in hospitals and clinical research trials located in Massachusetts and Toronto.
Kionglee Jung DNP, PMHNP, FNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner at Paradigm Psychiatry. She graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University in 2014. Through the years, she has gained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Master of Science in Biology from Yonsei University - Korea, and a diploma in Clinical Research from Toronto. Most of her nursing career of more than 10 years were in hospitals and clinical research trials located in Massachusetts and Toronto.
(520) 210-5232 View (520) 210-5232
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Jennifer Weatherford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and children in both community mental health and private practice settings. Before I went to school for my Master’s degree, I worked as a registered nurse in a variety of clinical areas including oncology, critical care, and telemetry within the hospital setting. I consider myself a life-long learner and I am always reading the latest research in psychiatry to help my clients achieve optimal mental health and wellness outcomes.
Thank you for considering me for your psychiatric medication management needs. I have experience working with adults and children in both community mental health and private practice settings. Before I went to school for my Master’s degree, I worked as a registered nurse in a variety of clinical areas including oncology, critical care, and telemetry within the hospital setting. I consider myself a life-long learner and I am always reading the latest research in psychiatry to help my clients achieve optimal mental health and wellness outcomes.
(480) 680-9213 View (480) 680-9213
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Ijeoma Ononenyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I specialize in helping people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. I work with my clients to develop personalized care plans that meet their individual needs and goals. My ideal client is someone who's struggling with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, or both, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. If that's you, I can help. Please reach out to me to get started.
(602) 892-1175 View (602) 892-1175
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Alexandra Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dr. Alexandra Moore is a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Paradigm Psychiatry. She graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Moore is compassionate and uses a holistic approach to patient care. She began her training with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through an accelerated program at St. Joseph’s Hospital campus of Grand Canyon University. Dr. Moore furthered her education with Grand Canyon University and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing education as well.
Dr. Alexandra Moore is a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Paradigm Psychiatry. She graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Arizona State University and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Moore is compassionate and uses a holistic approach to patient care. She began her training with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through an accelerated program at St. Joseph’s Hospital campus of Grand Canyon University. Dr. Moore furthered her education with Grand Canyon University and obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing education as well.
(520) 412-6222 View (520) 412-6222
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Nikka Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-BC, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
My clients usually have a mutual respect and understanding that I'm here to support their needs, goals, and values. My practice is based on a holistic approach, looking at a person as a whole, NOT just the illness. My background is emergency care, substance treatment, blended families so I'm super understanding, private, and friendly. I'm also one of the few providers that offers genetic testing that can help reduce medication side-effects. I have a medical background, so your care is truly a well-rounded comfortable experience that's tailored to your particular needs.
My clients usually have a mutual respect and understanding that I'm here to support their needs, goals, and values. My practice is based on a holistic approach, looking at a person as a whole, NOT just the illness. My background is emergency care, substance treatment, blended families so I'm super understanding, private, and friendly. I'm also one of the few providers that offers genetic testing that can help reduce medication side-effects. I have a medical background, so your care is truly a well-rounded comfortable experience that's tailored to your particular needs.
(646) 453-6777 View (646) 453-6777
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Jessica Faltinowski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to manage the challenges life throws at you? Do you find yourself consistently overwhelmed, perhaps even feeling hopeless at times? Are you yearning for more fulfillment and balance in your life? Meet Jessica, a seasoned psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25 years of invaluable healthcare experience, dedicated to guiding individuals from infancy through their golden years on their journey to improved mental well-being. Jessica specializes in a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, addiction, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
Are you struggling to manage the challenges life throws at you? Do you find yourself consistently overwhelmed, perhaps even feeling hopeless at times? Are you yearning for more fulfillment and balance in your life? Meet Jessica, a seasoned psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25 years of invaluable healthcare experience, dedicated to guiding individuals from infancy through their golden years on their journey to improved mental well-being. Jessica specializes in a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, addiction, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
(480) 864-4031 View (480) 864-4031
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Robert Inzunza
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Physician Assistant and 12 years of diverse experience across Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine, Primary Care, Nephrology, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine. Fluent in Spanish, I have successfully worked with a broad range of patients. With a comprehensive background spanning 30 years as an EMT, Phlebotomist, RN, and PA-C, I have honed my skills, building confidence and autonomy. Proficient in various Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), I have contributed to enhancing HEDIS Quality Core Measures, ensuring patient satisfaction, reducing complaints, and minimizing hospital admissions.
I am a licensed Physician Assistant and 12 years of diverse experience across Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine, Primary Care, Nephrology, Cardiology, and Internal Medicine. Fluent in Spanish, I have successfully worked with a broad range of patients. With a comprehensive background spanning 30 years as an EMT, Phlebotomist, RN, and PA-C, I have honed my skills, building confidence and autonomy. Proficient in various Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), I have contributed to enhancing HEDIS Quality Core Measures, ensuring patient satisfaction, reducing complaints, and minimizing hospital admissions.
(480) 426-8372 View (480) 426-8372
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Kristen Clement
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Queen Creek, AZ 85142  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Kristen Clement is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is the owner and founder of Twin Peaks Behavioral Health. She has over 7 years of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. She utilizes a patient- and family-focused approach to address the needs of her patients.
Kristen Clement is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is the owner and founder of Twin Peaks Behavioral Health. She has over 7 years of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. She utilizes a patient- and family-focused approach to address the needs of her patients.
(520) 457-5559 View (520) 457-5559

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85142

20+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in 85142 who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
82% ADHD
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
80% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 85142 see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85142?

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.