Psychiatrists in 85282

Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in 85282, AZ
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(623) 471-7873 View (623) 471-7873
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Samantha Kragel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have worked in the healthcare field for 13 years. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. I started my career at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in 2008 and have always had a passion for working with children and adolescents. Throughout my career, I came to realize the overwhelming need for quality mental health care for our youth, and this really sparked my interest in helping people of all ages who struggle with mental health.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have worked in the healthcare field for 13 years. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. I started my career at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in 2008 and have always had a passion for working with children and adolescents. Throughout my career, I came to realize the overwhelming need for quality mental health care for our youth, and this really sparked my interest in helping people of all ages who struggle with mental health.
(480) 685-4123 View (480) 685-4123
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Vicki McLeod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282
I'm Vicki McLeod, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of experience in mental health care. Whether you're facing depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, anger issues, behavioral complaints, or specific women's issues, I'm here to offer comprehensive and compassionate support. If you're struggling with the complexities of mental health issues or the challenges brought about by life changes, know that you're not alone. Choosing me as your mental health partner means entrusting your journey to someone who is not only highly qualified but also deeply committed to your well-being.
I'm Vicki McLeod, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of experience in mental health care. Whether you're facing depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, anger issues, behavioral complaints, or specific women's issues, I'm here to offer comprehensive and compassionate support. If you're struggling with the complexities of mental health issues or the challenges brought about by life changes, know that you're not alone. Choosing me as your mental health partner means entrusting your journey to someone who is not only highly qualified but also deeply committed to your well-being.
(480) 470-5964 View (480) 470-5964
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Gagan Singh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
I work with a range of patients with emotional, functional and substance use issues as long as the person is invested in finding a collaborative pathway to help.
I work with a range of patients with emotional, functional and substance use issues as long as the person is invested in finding a collaborative pathway to help.
(480) 789-9934 View (480) 789-9934
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(480) 571-1983 View (480) 571-1983
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Matthew Deise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
Matthew is a native of Arizona and has been working in mental health for the last 20 years. He has provided care to our community in diverse care settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health centers, psychiatric home health, and telepsychiatry. Matthew is passionate about providing high quality psychiatric care services to all members of our community and greatly enjoys working with patients from diverse backgrounds. Matthew is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and received his education in this specialty at Maryville University of St. Louis.
Matthew is a native of Arizona and has been working in mental health for the last 20 years. He has provided care to our community in diverse care settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health centers, psychiatric home health, and telepsychiatry. Matthew is passionate about providing high quality psychiatric care services to all members of our community and greatly enjoys working with patients from diverse backgrounds. Matthew is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and received his education in this specialty at Maryville University of St. Louis.
(928) 683-7206 View (928) 683-7206
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Phoenix Pointe Psychiatry
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
At Phoenix Pointe Psychiatry we offer care for a variety of mental health conditions and lifestyle challenges. We work to empower you in your mental health journey by equipping you with resources and knowledge to overcome obstacles. Why Phoenix Pointe? We approach psychiatric care with a patient-centered commitment. We are passionate about understanding YOU, not just your condition.
At Phoenix Pointe Psychiatry we offer care for a variety of mental health conditions and lifestyle challenges. We work to empower you in your mental health journey by equipping you with resources and knowledge to overcome obstacles. Why Phoenix Pointe? We approach psychiatric care with a patient-centered commitment. We are passionate about understanding YOU, not just your condition.
(480) 378-6323 View (480) 378-6323
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Sunitha Jose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282  (Online Only)
Sunitha has worked with outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals with mental health disorders including serious mental illness (SMI) and the correctional health population. Most of Sunitha’s clients are adults, but she has had clients from ages 6 and up. Her PMHNP license covers the population across the lifespan.
Sunitha has worked with outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals with mental health disorders including serious mental illness (SMI) and the correctional health population. Most of Sunitha’s clients are adults, but she has had clients from ages 6 and up. Her PMHNP license covers the population across the lifespan.
(480) 376-7122 View (480) 376-7122
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Dr. Jennifer Muhammad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282
NEW Clients Accepted - Ages 10 and up - In-Office or Video Visits Available - Phoenix, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Chandler, Flagstaff, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, etc. At Healthy Wings Psychiatric Healthcare, we specialize in taking the time to get to know you and your mental health care concerns - you will not find an overcrowded waiting room or experience a rushed appointment. We are dedicated to helping you and your family to receive the care and respect you deserve! For faster service, visit our website to BOOK an appointment NOW for stress-free evaluations, lab testing, medication management, and psychotherapy/counseling.
NEW Clients Accepted - Ages 10 and up - In-Office or Video Visits Available - Phoenix, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Chandler, Flagstaff, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, etc. At Healthy Wings Psychiatric Healthcare, we specialize in taking the time to get to know you and your mental health care concerns - you will not find an overcrowded waiting room or experience a rushed appointment. We are dedicated to helping you and your family to receive the care and respect you deserve! For faster service, visit our website to BOOK an appointment NOW for stress-free evaluations, lab testing, medication management, and psychotherapy/counseling.
(480) 725-2946 View (480) 725-2946
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(520) 523-2411 View (520) 523-2411
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Allysen Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282
Hi there! I am accepting new clients from anywhere in Arizona. I started Her Season Behavioral Wellness and Psychiatry as a women-focused approach to mental health. I help women navigate each season of life with confidence and resilience. From the excitement and challenges of that young adults face, to the joys and complexities of motherhood, and on to the wisdom and perspective of womanhood, I am committed to helping you achieve optimal wellbeing. Women face unique challenges throughout their lives, which is why I offer personalized mental health and a wide range of services tailored to your specific needs.
Hi there! I am accepting new clients from anywhere in Arizona. I started Her Season Behavioral Wellness and Psychiatry as a women-focused approach to mental health. I help women navigate each season of life with confidence and resilience. From the excitement and challenges of that young adults face, to the joys and complexities of motherhood, and on to the wisdom and perspective of womanhood, I am committed to helping you achieve optimal wellbeing. Women face unique challenges throughout their lives, which is why I offer personalized mental health and a wide range of services tailored to your specific needs.
(480) 420-0319 View (480) 420-0319
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Brightstar Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
Welcome to Brightstar Health Solutions, LLC. We are Accepting new patients in person and via telehealth. Our provider Janine Dukuze, AGNP/PMHNP is a duo-certified Nurse Practitioner. She has over 10 years of NP experience. We treat adult patients suffering with various psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, psychosis, traumatic life experiences, interpersonal relationship, substance abuse addiction. We provide psychotherapy for individuals/families, as well as medication management.
Welcome to Brightstar Health Solutions, LLC. We are Accepting new patients in person and via telehealth. Our provider Janine Dukuze, AGNP/PMHNP is a duo-certified Nurse Practitioner. She has over 10 years of NP experience. We treat adult patients suffering with various psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, psychosis, traumatic life experiences, interpersonal relationship, substance abuse addiction. We provide psychotherapy for individuals/families, as well as medication management.
(480) 933-4888 View (480) 933-4888
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Spectrum Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, WHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282
Not accepting new clients
Helping you live your best life! As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders in ages 13 to 64. Whether you are dealing with a stressful situation, a new mental health issue or ongoing issues, I am committed to meeting you wherever you are in your journey. I have a special interest in women's mental health as well as working with young adults & LGBTQ+ populations. To learn more about my practice or to schedule, visit my website. I offer both in-office and virtual appointments as well as Saturday appointments to meet your needs.
Helping you live your best life! As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders in ages 13 to 64. Whether you are dealing with a stressful situation, a new mental health issue or ongoing issues, I am committed to meeting you wherever you are in your journey. I have a special interest in women's mental health as well as working with young adults & LGBTQ+ populations. To learn more about my practice or to schedule, visit my website. I offer both in-office and virtual appointments as well as Saturday appointments to meet your needs.
(480) 680-7951 View (480) 680-7951
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Alevea Mental Health
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MSPAS
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
At Alevea Mental Health, we understand that each individual is unique, and that's why we're committed to providing personalized, integrative mental healthcare that meets you where you are. From a range of conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD to more complex psychiatric conditions, our experienced team of dedicated and compassionate providers tailor treatment plans to suit your specific needs. What sets us apart is our holistic approach that combines psychiatric medication management with evidence-based counseling services, primary care, and psychedelic therapy.
At Alevea Mental Health, we understand that each individual is unique, and that's why we're committed to providing personalized, integrative mental healthcare that meets you where you are. From a range of conditions like depression, anxiety, and ADHD to more complex psychiatric conditions, our experienced team of dedicated and compassionate providers tailor treatment plans to suit your specific needs. What sets us apart is our holistic approach that combines psychiatric medication management with evidence-based counseling services, primary care, and psychedelic therapy.
(480) 923-6200 View (480) 923-6200
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Integrative Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNPC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282  (Online Only)
Clients who choose to work with me are motivated to make a change in their lives. The work we do together will help you to better know yourself and design a treatment plan together through, diet, nutrition, counseling and medication when needed to assist you to remember and restore your unique wholeness. We have all been blessed in this life with many gifts and challenges. It is by walking through life challenges how we often discover ourselves, and our greatest strengths.
Clients who choose to work with me are motivated to make a change in their lives. The work we do together will help you to better know yourself and design a treatment plan together through, diet, nutrition, counseling and medication when needed to assist you to remember and restore your unique wholeness. We have all been blessed in this life with many gifts and challenges. It is by walking through life challenges how we often discover ourselves, and our greatest strengths.
(928) 223-4588 View (928) 223-4588
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Awaken Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282  (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
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Sheila Trish Morgan-Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282  (Online Only)
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
The most important thing is your mental health. I am here to help you through your struggles. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatments for a wide spectrum of mental health conditions including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, mood disorders, OCD and more. My goal is to empower my patients and equip them with the tools they need to improve their mental health. I look forward to providing you with exceptional care and the best individualized treatment plan after a thorough evaluation.
(817) 904-9017 View (817) 904-9017
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Flora Stowater
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, ARNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health & Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in the State of Arizona. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric conditions. I use a holistic approach (body and mind) to target your symptoms; together, we make a plan that is best suited for your condition. I understand that mental illness remains a taboo for many. I believe in treating individuals, not their diagnostics. I offer telepsychiatry in the comfort of your home or car if you have reliable internet. I also offer late hours and weekend appointments for your convenience.
I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health & Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in the State of Arizona. I work with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of psychiatric conditions. I use a holistic approach (body and mind) to target your symptoms; together, we make a plan that is best suited for your condition. I understand that mental illness remains a taboo for many. I believe in treating individuals, not their diagnostics. I offer telepsychiatry in the comfort of your home or car if you have reliable internet. I also offer late hours and weekend appointments for your convenience.
(480) 439-2307 View (480) 439-2307
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Arizona Restorative Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tempe, AZ 85282
At Arizona Restorative Psychiatry we seek to get to know each patient on an individualized level and develop a treatment plan using our four core values to fully restore physical and mental health. We have 4 providers at our office. David Chong M.D and Josi Bernal PA-C who enjoy working with general mental health (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Mood Disorder, ADHD) and Brad Zehring D.O and Erica Neal PA-C who specialize in Eating Disorder.
At Arizona Restorative Psychiatry we seek to get to know each patient on an individualized level and develop a treatment plan using our four core values to fully restore physical and mental health. We have 4 providers at our office. David Chong M.D and Josi Bernal PA-C who enjoy working with general mental health (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Mood Disorder, ADHD) and Brad Zehring D.O and Erica Neal PA-C who specialize in Eating Disorder.
(480) 741-1352 View (480) 741-1352
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Marlene Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tempe, AZ 85282
Are you finding life overwhelming or difficult and wonder if there is something that could help make it better? Or, are you a parent of a child who is struggling in school or seems anxious or depressed? Have you already seen a psychiatric provider and feel like there is something missing or that you are not being heard? I can help you with these and other problems that are making life difficult for you or your loved one. My approach is to understand what is going on in YOUR life and tailor treatment that is individual to YOU.
Are you finding life overwhelming or difficult and wonder if there is something that could help make it better? Or, are you a parent of a child who is struggling in school or seems anxious or depressed? Have you already seen a psychiatric provider and feel like there is something missing or that you are not being heard? I can help you with these and other problems that are making life difficult for you or your loved one. My approach is to understand what is going on in YOUR life and tailor treatment that is individual to YOU.
(480) 470-4992 View (480) 470-4992

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85282

20+

Average cost per session

$137

Psychiatrists in 85282 who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
88% Depression
81% ADHD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Bipolar Disorder
65% Trauma and PTSD
58% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 85282 see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85282?

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.