Psychiatrists in 85206

Photo of Raelin Bright Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85206, AZ
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(480) 418-7422 View (480) 418-7422
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Winnie Bunch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
My name is Winnie, I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I have experience working in various facets of psychiatry, including inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment. I was trained to work with people with all cultural, religious backgrounds and traumatic experiences at Sierra Tucson, one of the most prestigious treatment centers in the nation. I utilize evidence-based medicine and holistic therapies to alleviate symptoms and cultivate optimal wellness. My specialities include mood disorders, trauma related disorders, anxiety, and co-occurring issues.
My name is Winnie, I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 8 years of experience in mental health. I have experience working in various facets of psychiatry, including inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment. I was trained to work with people with all cultural, religious backgrounds and traumatic experiences at Sierra Tucson, one of the most prestigious treatment centers in the nation. I utilize evidence-based medicine and holistic therapies to alleviate symptoms and cultivate optimal wellness. My specialities include mood disorders, trauma related disorders, anxiety, and co-occurring issues.
(480) 530-7679 View (480) 530-7679
Photo of Irene Wanjiku Njenga, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85206, AZ
Irene Wanjiku Njenga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am dedicated in providing comprehensive and personalized care to treatment for mental health challenges to patients 10 years and older. . I process strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families empowering them to make the best treatment choices. We will evaluate your specific needs and work with you to develop a clear plan and support you through the process of improving your life. My goal is to help you achieve balanced mental health and function at your best.
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I am dedicated in providing comprehensive and personalized care to treatment for mental health challenges to patients 10 years and older. . I process strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families empowering them to make the best treatment choices. We will evaluate your specific needs and work with you to develop a clear plan and support you through the process of improving your life. My goal is to help you achieve balanced mental health and function at your best.
(480) 573-7527 View (480) 573-7527
Photo of Edward S. Leyba, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85206, AZ
Edward S. Leyba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206
Let's face it: life can be challenging, especially when we don't feel our best. Everyday tasks become overwhelming, and it's easy to feel stuck. Taking steps to overcome these challenges is not selfish; it’s an essential part of caring for yourself. Together, we can explore what’s been troubling you, and create a plan for your unique needs. I prescribe effective medications while also providing motivation and encouragement. I specialize in helping clients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, grief, and sleep disturbances. I can also perform ADHD evaluations, and prescribe ADHD medications when appropriate.
Let's face it: life can be challenging, especially when we don't feel our best. Everyday tasks become overwhelming, and it's easy to feel stuck. Taking steps to overcome these challenges is not selfish; it’s an essential part of caring for yourself. Together, we can explore what’s been troubling you, and create a plan for your unique needs. I prescribe effective medications while also providing motivation and encouragement. I specialize in helping clients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, grief, and sleep disturbances. I can also perform ADHD evaluations, and prescribe ADHD medications when appropriate.
(480) 582-2955 View (480) 582-2955
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Karen Holtz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
It's my pleasure to serve the Phoenix metro population with their mental health needs! I provide excellent care to individuals struggling with mental health issues, and here at New Hope Behavioral Health Center, I am able to provide my empathetic and a personalized approach; advocating for mental health and to help individuals achieve optimal mental well-being and live fulfilling lives.
It's my pleasure to serve the Phoenix metro population with their mental health needs! I provide excellent care to individuals struggling with mental health issues, and here at New Hope Behavioral Health Center, I am able to provide my empathetic and a personalized approach; advocating for mental health and to help individuals achieve optimal mental well-being and live fulfilling lives.
(480) 562-6628 View (480) 562-6628
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Brandi Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, Psych, NP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
**NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***Our goal is to meet all of your therapy and medication needs. Through a web-based platform (telepsychiatry), we hope to maintain a relaxing environment for you as we allow for care to be given to you in your home, from the comfort of your couch to a quiet space in your providers' office. We provide exceptional, personalized, and timely access to psychiatric care with little to no wait time.
**NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***Our goal is to meet all of your therapy and medication needs. Through a web-based platform (telepsychiatry), we hope to maintain a relaxing environment for you as we allow for care to be given to you in your home, from the comfort of your couch to a quiet space in your providers' office. We provide exceptional, personalized, and timely access to psychiatric care with little to no wait time.
(803) 913-6265 View (803) 913-6265
Photo of LifeOak Mental Health, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85206, AZ
LifeOak Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206
Weekend and Evening appointments available. At LifeOak Mental Health we offer in-office appointments in Mesa, AZ for the greater Phoenix area as well as tele-health appointments for the entire state of Arizona. Runako Richardson, APRN, is a board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at LifeOak Mental Health. She works with children, adolescents, adults and seniors who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, other mood disorders, emotional instability, trauma, sleep problems, school/work/college issues and other mental health conditions.
Weekend and Evening appointments available. At LifeOak Mental Health we offer in-office appointments in Mesa, AZ for the greater Phoenix area as well as tele-health appointments for the entire state of Arizona. Runako Richardson, APRN, is a board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at LifeOak Mental Health. She works with children, adolescents, adults and seniors who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, other mood disorders, emotional instability, trauma, sleep problems, school/work/college issues and other mental health conditions.
(480) 470-0601 View (480) 470-0601
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Beth Howe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
Beth Howe, PMHNP-BC is a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing treatment in the form of medication management tailored to each individual’s unique needs. She has experience working with diverse populations in the psychiatric field, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and clinical settings.
Beth Howe, PMHNP-BC is a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing treatment in the form of medication management tailored to each individual’s unique needs. She has experience working with diverse populations in the psychiatric field, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and clinical settings.
(480) 470-7782 View (480) 470-7782
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MiraMinds Holistic Care, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never struggle alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Currently Accepting New Clients!
Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never struggle alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Currently Accepting New Clients!
(480) 780-2680 View (480) 780-2680
Photo of Keira Stevens, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85206, AZ
Keira Stevens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed with life? Are you are struggling to get through the day? Do you feel underwater, not yourself, like there is no hope anymore? At NP Psych and Mental Health, we can help. We offer in-depth psychiatric evaluations and medication management therapies to help you get back to who you want to be. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan uniquely suited to you. We are accepting NEW PATIENTS in ARIZONA and NEW MEXICO
Do you feel overwhelmed with life? Are you are struggling to get through the day? Do you feel underwater, not yourself, like there is no hope anymore? At NP Psych and Mental Health, we can help. We offer in-depth psychiatric evaluations and medication management therapies to help you get back to who you want to be. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan uniquely suited to you. We are accepting NEW PATIENTS in ARIZONA and NEW MEXICO
(480) 470-9127 View (480) 470-9127
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Brigham Nicoll
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
I work with patients wanting to understand the root causes of their mental health challenges. There is rarely a quick fix when it comes to long term mental wellness. My approach is to take a comprehensive approach find and address the many factors contributing to the issue. This may include medication but there is so much more that can be done to optimize mental health. As a part of each treatment plan I offer treatment options using nutraceuticals, nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy, interpersonal interventions, mind-body medicine and of course physical health.
I work with patients wanting to understand the root causes of their mental health challenges. There is rarely a quick fix when it comes to long term mental wellness. My approach is to take a comprehensive approach find and address the many factors contributing to the issue. This may include medication but there is so much more that can be done to optimize mental health. As a part of each treatment plan I offer treatment options using nutraceuticals, nutrition, exercise, psychotherapy, interpersonal interventions, mind-body medicine and of course physical health.
(480) 418-2452 View (480) 418-2452
Photo of Dr. Joshua Nead, Psychiatrist in 85206, AZ
Dr. Joshua Nead
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
We strive to provide Arizona with the quality of care we would expect for our own family who were in need of treatment. We feel strongly that the path to mental health does not start by identifying an individual diagnosis, but rather a comprehensive evaluation of the individual as a person. As Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrists trained in medical school, residency and several fellowships we are positioned to confidently evaluate and treat all ages. We specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar, Depression, Disruptive behaviors, Insomnia, OCD, Schizophrenia, Substance or behavioral addiction and many more.
We strive to provide Arizona with the quality of care we would expect for our own family who were in need of treatment. We feel strongly that the path to mental health does not start by identifying an individual diagnosis, but rather a comprehensive evaluation of the individual as a person. As Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrists trained in medical school, residency and several fellowships we are positioned to confidently evaluate and treat all ages. We specialize in Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar, Depression, Disruptive behaviors, Insomnia, OCD, Schizophrenia, Substance or behavioral addiction and many more.
(480) 741-2261 View (480) 741-2261
Photo of Jessica Faltinowski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85206, AZ
Jessica Faltinowski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206
Are you overwhelmed with life's challenges? Do you wake up each morning feeling like every step is a struggle, every moment an uphill battle? Are you looking for a provider who will listen to you; take the time to understand your struggles and not just hurry you along like just another appointment on their schedule? If your goal is to stop just surviving, and begin to thrive, then look no further. Through a blend of psychotherapy, holistic medication, and traditional medication management, Jessica will partner with you on the journey towards well-being.
Are you overwhelmed with life's challenges? Do you wake up each morning feeling like every step is a struggle, every moment an uphill battle? Are you looking for a provider who will listen to you; take the time to understand your struggles and not just hurry you along like just another appointment on their schedule? If your goal is to stop just surviving, and begin to thrive, then look no further. Through a blend of psychotherapy, holistic medication, and traditional medication management, Jessica will partner with you on the journey towards well-being.
(480) 864-4031 View (480) 864-4031
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Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206  (Online Only)
At Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC nonprofit organization mental wellness is a personal journey, and we’re here to help you navigate that journey with compassion, support, and personalized care. Our telepsychiatry services provide an integrative approach to mental health care that nurtures the entire person. We embrace holistic wellness at our core. We take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan. We aim to help you achieve balance and well-being that encompasses your mind, body, and soul. We recognize that mental health issues are overwhelming and isolating.
At Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC nonprofit organization mental wellness is a personal journey, and we’re here to help you navigate that journey with compassion, support, and personalized care. Our telepsychiatry services provide an integrative approach to mental health care that nurtures the entire person. We embrace holistic wellness at our core. We take a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating alternative therapies into your treatment plan. We aim to help you achieve balance and well-being that encompasses your mind, body, and soul. We recognize that mental health issues are overwhelming and isolating.
(833) 552-7149 View (833) 552-7149
Photo of Jennifer Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85206, AZ
Jennifer Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206
Now Accepting NEW Patients! At Thrive Psychiatry LLC you will be listened to, never rushed, and you will be a partner in planning your treatment. I believe in looking at you as a whole. Medication is a helpful tool that is best partnered with a great therapist. As a previous junior high and high school teacher for 22 years, I have extensive experience working with adolescents, and I love it!
Now Accepting NEW Patients! At Thrive Psychiatry LLC you will be listened to, never rushed, and you will be a partner in planning your treatment. I believe in looking at you as a whole. Medication is a helpful tool that is best partnered with a great therapist. As a previous junior high and high school teacher for 22 years, I have extensive experience working with adolescents, and I love it!
(928) 260-5696 View (928) 260-5696
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Mentally STRONG by Sharon Lynn Sawyer PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
Online and in person appointments available. I provide diagnosis and medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, OCD, and more. I offer extended hours and weekend hours to accommodate varying schedules. I am dual certified psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I am also a veteran and understand the unique needs of this population. I am also an Ericksonian trained hypnotherapist. I treat individuals age 5 to adults
Online and in person appointments available. I provide diagnosis and medication management for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, OCD, and more. I offer extended hours and weekend hours to accommodate varying schedules. I am dual certified psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I am also a veteran and understand the unique needs of this population. I am also an Ericksonian trained hypnotherapist. I treat individuals age 5 to adults
(480) 386-6298 View (480) 386-6298
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The Carrington Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Mesa, AZ 85206
Hеllo, I'm Jеnnifеr Bradlеy, a compassionatе Nursе Practitionеr with ovеr two dеcadеs of еxpеriеncе in healthcare, with 7 of those years being strictly dedicated to mental health. Whеn I еnvision my idеal cliеnt, I sее somеonе grappling with the complexities of life. Thеy arе individuals sееking undеrstanding, rеliеf, and stratеgiеs to navigatе thе oftеn turbulеnt watеrs of thеir еmotions and thoughts. Thеir goal is simplе yеt profound – to find balancе, pеacе, and a sеnsе of control in thеir livеs. Thеy yеarn for a thеrapеutic rеlationship whеrе thеy fееl hеard, validatеd, and activеly supportеd in thеir quеst for mеntal wеllnеss.
Hеllo, I'm Jеnnifеr Bradlеy, a compassionatе Nursе Practitionеr with ovеr two dеcadеs of еxpеriеncе in healthcare, with 7 of those years being strictly dedicated to mental health. Whеn I еnvision my idеal cliеnt, I sее somеonе grappling with the complexities of life. Thеy arе individuals sееking undеrstanding, rеliеf, and stratеgiеs to navigatе thе oftеn turbulеnt watеrs of thеir еmotions and thoughts. Thеir goal is simplе yеt profound – to find balancе, pеacе, and a sеnsе of control in thеir livеs. Thеy yеarn for a thеrapеutic rеlationship whеrе thеy fееl hеard, validatеd, and activеly supportеd in thеir quеst for mеntal wеllnеss.
(678) 501-7579 View (678) 501-7579
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Tiffany Jordan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206
I don't just treat mental illness, I promote and support mental wellness. The mind is a complex concept that is influenced by our physiology, spirituality and psychosocial factors and must be treated as such. I work well with patients who are desire to move beyond just treating symptoms and explore how they can optimize their mental wellness. I also specialize in working closely with individuals to reduce or discontinue medication reliance when indicated.
I don't just treat mental illness, I promote and support mental wellness. The mind is a complex concept that is influenced by our physiology, spirituality and psychosocial factors and must be treated as such. I work well with patients who are desire to move beyond just treating symptoms and explore how they can optimize their mental wellness. I also specialize in working closely with individuals to reduce or discontinue medication reliance when indicated.
(480) 605-4744 View (480) 605-4744
Photo of Nikka Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 85206, AZ
Nikka Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-BC, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206  (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.
(623) 343-7213 View (623) 343-7213
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Dr. Dorothy Igwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mesa, AZ 85206
Dr. Igwe uses an integrated mind-body approach to identify the physical symptoms that can lead to mental health issues and vice versa. She is double certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. She sees patients across the lifespan. She has over 27 years of nursing experience. She is experienced in psychiatric evaluation and medication management for anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, psychosis, and substance abuse treatment. As a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Igwe also evaluates and manages patients in various acute and chronic medical conditions.
Dr. Igwe uses an integrated mind-body approach to identify the physical symptoms that can lead to mental health issues and vice versa. She is double certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a family nurse practitioner. She sees patients across the lifespan. She has over 27 years of nursing experience. She is experienced in psychiatric evaluation and medication management for anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, psychosis, and substance abuse treatment. As a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Igwe also evaluates and manages patients in various acute and chronic medical conditions.
(480) 462-7969 View (480) 462-7969

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85206

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 85206 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
91% Bipolar Disorder
87% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
74% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 85206 see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85206?

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.