Psychiatrists in 85338

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Modern Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
Amanda is a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), with over a decade of healthcare experience. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings including psychiatric crisis stabilization, psychiatric inpatient hospitals, inpatient addiction/detox, correctional health, MAT clinics, & outpatient clinics. Her goal is to help her patients reach their full potential with what wellness means to them. She aims to treat her patients with a holistic wellness approach that encompasses both mental and physical health.
Amanda is a dual-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C), with over a decade of healthcare experience. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings including psychiatric crisis stabilization, psychiatric inpatient hospitals, inpatient addiction/detox, correctional health, MAT clinics, & outpatient clinics. Her goal is to help her patients reach their full potential with what wellness means to them. She aims to treat her patients with a holistic wellness approach that encompasses both mental and physical health.
(480) 485-4581 View (480) 485-4581
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Dr. Barbara Baumgardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, IBCLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
Telehealth appointments are available! As both a Nurse Practitioner and a Psychologist, I bring a relatively rare combination of skills and ways of thinking about problems to the therapy process. I am keenly interested in helping you feel better both emotionally and physically as well as helping you be successful in the relationships that matter most to you. My goal is to provide seamless care so that as your doctor who knows you best, through therapy, I'm also managing the medications that are part of our collaborative treatment plan.
Telehealth appointments are available! As both a Nurse Practitioner and a Psychologist, I bring a relatively rare combination of skills and ways of thinking about problems to the therapy process. I am keenly interested in helping you feel better both emotionally and physically as well as helping you be successful in the relationships that matter most to you. My goal is to provide seamless care so that as your doctor who knows you best, through therapy, I'm also managing the medications that are part of our collaborative treatment plan.
(855) 582-9251 View (855) 582-9251
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Ibukun Fagbuyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN, MSN
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338
I'm committed to continuous growth, always seeking to understand the latest therapeutic techniques and research. Medicine and therapy are ever-evolving, and I want to ensure I'm always at the forefront to serve you best. Lastly, when you step into People's Wellness and into my care, know that you're entering a judgment-free zone. A place where you can be yourself, share openly, and embark on a healing journey with a trusted partner by your side.
I'm committed to continuous growth, always seeking to understand the latest therapeutic techniques and research. Medicine and therapy are ever-evolving, and I want to ensure I'm always at the forefront to serve you best. Lastly, when you step into People's Wellness and into my care, know that you're entering a judgment-free zone. A place where you can be yourself, share openly, and embark on a healing journey with a trusted partner by your side.
(623) 278-9130 View (623) 278-9130
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Quality Mental Health Services QMHS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
Introducing Karlton and Althein Nicholson, Husband and Wife Psychiatric Team! We are a dynamic psychiatric team dedicated to providing exceptional mental health care to individuals and families in our community. We are proud graduates of Eastern Kentucky University, where we earned our Master of Science in Nursing degrees specializing in psychiatry. Following 22years military service in the USAF, we transitioned seamlessly into civilian life, where we have continued to make a profound impact in the field of mental health. Together, we possess seven years of combined experience as psychiatric nurse practitioners.
Introducing Karlton and Althein Nicholson, Husband and Wife Psychiatric Team! We are a dynamic psychiatric team dedicated to providing exceptional mental health care to individuals and families in our community. We are proud graduates of Eastern Kentucky University, where we earned our Master of Science in Nursing degrees specializing in psychiatry. Following 22years military service in the USAF, we transitioned seamlessly into civilian life, where we have continued to make a profound impact in the field of mental health. Together, we possess seven years of combined experience as psychiatric nurse practitioners.
(623) 280-2521 View (623) 280-2521
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Agape Family Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Whether you or your loved one is suffering through Anxiety with or without panic attacks, Chronic Sleep problems, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, psychosis or personality disorder, or just trying to get help dealing with a substance addiction such as smoking cessation, looking to control your weight or simply require help with ADHD. Our family consists of Board Certified Psychiatric NPs, Trauma therapist associates and licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). We treat each patient in a professional and team oriented manner. Constantly collaborating and communicating with you to monitor your progress.
Whether you or your loved one is suffering through Anxiety with or without panic attacks, Chronic Sleep problems, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, psychosis or personality disorder, or just trying to get help dealing with a substance addiction such as smoking cessation, looking to control your weight or simply require help with ADHD. Our family consists of Board Certified Psychiatric NPs, Trauma therapist associates and licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). We treat each patient in a professional and team oriented manner. Constantly collaborating and communicating with you to monitor your progress.
(623) 230-4481 View (623) 230-4481
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Courtney Tafoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338
I am an experienced board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience caring for ages 10 and up. I began my nursing career two decades ago as a cardiac/critical care nurse. After several years, I began working with Veterans at the VA hospital. While there, I developed a passion for helping patients with mental illness, PTSD/trauma, and substance use. I use medication and holistic approaches in treatment.
I am an experienced board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience caring for ages 10 and up. I began my nursing career two decades ago as a cardiac/critical care nurse. After several years, I began working with Veterans at the VA hospital. While there, I developed a passion for helping patients with mental illness, PTSD/trauma, and substance use. I use medication and holistic approaches in treatment.
(602) 806-7699 View (602) 806-7699
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Veronica Mbuwir Kongnyuy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) . I do believe that every patient is seeking someone that is capable of listening and processing their care with them. I believe that all patients are capable of happiness and success and it is my role as the PMHNP to help patients with this quest. I am culturally competent and understand the importance of acknowledging and respecting the patient's belief and opinion before working out a treatment plan.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) . I do believe that every patient is seeking someone that is capable of listening and processing their care with them. I believe that all patients are capable of happiness and success and it is my role as the PMHNP to help patients with this quest. I am culturally competent and understand the importance of acknowledging and respecting the patient's belief and opinion before working out a treatment plan.
(520) 346-6409 View (520) 346-6409
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Gabriel Obu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338
I diagnose and treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep disorder, PTSD, Social anxiety, Schizophrenia, OCD, and offer laboratory testing to rule out any organic cause. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. I am currently accepting new patients from Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maryland, and New Mexico. You can self-schedule at I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My treatment philosophy is rooted in a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to achieving my patient holistic goals.
I diagnose and treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep disorder, PTSD, Social anxiety, Schizophrenia, OCD, and offer laboratory testing to rule out any organic cause. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. I am currently accepting new patients from Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maryland, and New Mexico. You can self-schedule at I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My treatment philosophy is rooted in a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to achieving my patient holistic goals.
(520) 346-0991 View (520) 346-0991
Photo of Dr. Jade Goodloe, DNP, APRN , PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (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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Photo of undefined - Estrella Integrative Psychiatry, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Estrella Integrative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Estrella Integrative Psychiatry is an outpatient mental health clinic located in Avondale, Arizona. We specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, childhood behavioral problems, substance abuse, and a variety of other mental health issues. We treat patients of all ages, from children and adolescents, to adults and geriatric populations.
Estrella Integrative Psychiatry is an outpatient mental health clinic located in Avondale, Arizona. We specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, childhood behavioral problems, substance abuse, and a variety of other mental health issues. We treat patients of all ages, from children and adolescents, to adults and geriatric populations.
(623) 207-7333 View (623) 207-7333
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Brian C Nyberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
Virtual Consultation. I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. Platform: We will be conducting the appointment via Google Meet. You'll need a stable internet connection and access to a computer or mobile device with a webcam and microphone. If you haven't used Google Meet before, please try it out in advance. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please reach out to me for assistance. Privacy and Confidentiality: Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance. The confidentiality of our session depends on the the security of your internet connection and the privacy of your surroundings.
Virtual Consultation. I am committed to providing you with the highest quality of care. Platform: We will be conducting the appointment via Google Meet. You'll need a stable internet connection and access to a computer or mobile device with a webcam and microphone. If you haven't used Google Meet before, please try it out in advance. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please reach out to me for assistance. Privacy and Confidentiality: Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance. The confidentiality of our session depends on the the security of your internet connection and the privacy of your surroundings.
(623) 624-5128 View (623) 624-5128
Photo of Jared Brink, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jared Brink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
Jared Brink is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner raised in Northern AZ. He discovered his passion for helping others after graduating from ASU with a degree in nursing in 2012. Over the years Jared has developed a keen desire to help people who are hurting, both physically and mentally. Working as an acute care ICU nurse for years, it was extremely satisfying providing care and compassion to people who desperately needed it. However, after joining an outpatient assertive community treatment (ACT) team helping those with severe mental illness Jared knew he would become a psychiatric provider.
Jared Brink is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner raised in Northern AZ. He discovered his passion for helping others after graduating from ASU with a degree in nursing in 2012. Over the years Jared has developed a keen desire to help people who are hurting, both physically and mentally. Working as an acute care ICU nurse for years, it was extremely satisfying providing care and compassion to people who desperately needed it. However, after joining an outpatient assertive community treatment (ACT) team helping those with severe mental illness Jared knew he would become a psychiatric provider.
(480) 300-8965 View (480) 300-8965
Photo of Tisha Romero, CEO, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tisha Romero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CEO, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
Mental wellness is something that most of us are striving for in our lives. For some, it comes naturally through diet, exercise, meditation, and other coping skills, and for others, it is all we can do to get out of bed and fake a smile. I am here to support you on each side of the journey because life can be unpredictable. For those of you that are struggling with irritability, anxiety, ruminating thoughts that keep you awake, worry that things won't get better, disorganization in tasks or thoughts, that is where I come in. I help build you back up with medication, coping skills, and a lot of listening so I can understand YOU.
Mental wellness is something that most of us are striving for in our lives. For some, it comes naturally through diet, exercise, meditation, and other coping skills, and for others, it is all we can do to get out of bed and fake a smile. I am here to support you on each side of the journey because life can be unpredictable. For those of you that are struggling with irritability, anxiety, ruminating thoughts that keep you awake, worry that things won't get better, disorganization in tasks or thoughts, that is where I come in. I help build you back up with medication, coping skills, and a lot of listening so I can understand YOU.
(623) 304-5705 View (623) 304-5705
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Kemper & Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Earned an Associate of Science in Nursing from Kent State University. Graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Walden University with her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration on Psychiatric Mental Health across a life span. I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and The Arizona Nurses Association. I have 10+ years of experience working with patients of all
Earned an Associate of Science in Nursing from Kent State University. Graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Walden University with her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration on Psychiatric Mental Health across a life span. I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and The Arizona Nurses Association. I have 10+ years of experience working with patients of all
(623) 323-9050 View (623) 323-9050
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Pool of Bethesda Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, CNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed in these troubled times? Are you experiencing Acute Stress Syndrome? Is your Anxiety or Depression uncontrollable? Are you living with BIPOLAR, PTSD and ADHD? Together, let's end the shame, guilt, doubt, hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of self-worth. We are Dr. Hancock and Shawn Dugan- Your Compassionate Board-Certified Psych. Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) DNP. Regardless of who you see, We Care & We Serve. Appointments In Green Valley, Surprise, and AZ Offices Are Available, however due to COVID-19 Pandemic, We are currently open for Tele-Psych & TMS appts in Arizona. Most insurances are accepted. Call us today!
Are you overwhelmed in these troubled times? Are you experiencing Acute Stress Syndrome? Is your Anxiety or Depression uncontrollable? Are you living with BIPOLAR, PTSD and ADHD? Together, let's end the shame, guilt, doubt, hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of self-worth. We are Dr. Hancock and Shawn Dugan- Your Compassionate Board-Certified Psych. Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) DNP. Regardless of who you see, We Care & We Serve. Appointments In Green Valley, Surprise, and AZ Offices Are Available, however due to COVID-19 Pandemic, We are currently open for Tele-Psych & TMS appts in Arizona. Most insurances are accepted. Call us today!
(623) 278-7729 View (623) 278-7729
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(623) 462-4598 View (623) 462-4598
Photo of Taqialdeen Zamil, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338  (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
Photo of undefined - Ignite Care Group, PLLC, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ignite Care Group, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Goodyear, AZ 85338
When patients are going through difficult times, their needs are someone who is compassionate, supportive, understands their struggles, meet them where they are, oh their illness, journing with them and help them to gain control of their lives. Ketura specializes in providing treatment for anxiety, emotional disturbance, impulse control disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), personality disorders, psychosis, insomnia/sleep disorders, stress, substance use, and medication management.denced-based treatment to achieve optimal care and positive outcomes.
When patients are going through difficult times, their needs are someone who is compassionate, supportive, understands their struggles, meet them where they are, oh their illness, journing with them and help them to gain control of their lives. Ketura specializes in providing treatment for anxiety, emotional disturbance, impulse control disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), personality disorders, psychosis, insomnia/sleep disorders, stress, substance use, and medication management.denced-based treatment to achieve optimal care and positive outcomes.
(623) 920-0175 View (623) 920-0175
Photo of Laura Ross, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laura Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodyear, AZ 85338
I am an experienced board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am currently treating patients in the West Valley, child, adolescent/teen, and adults. My treatment approach is evidence based and collaborative. I like to meet you where you are. Each person has their own unique needs and background and, that is where I start. By using the most up to date pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions, my patients have a variety of treatment modalities to choose from. There are no 5min "med refill" visits. At GenHealth, you have an experienced care team to help guide you back to “the real you”.
I am an experienced board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am currently treating patients in the West Valley, child, adolescent/teen, and adults. My treatment approach is evidence based and collaborative. I like to meet you where you are. Each person has their own unique needs and background and, that is where I start. By using the most up to date pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions, my patients have a variety of treatment modalities to choose from. There are no 5min "med refill" visits. At GenHealth, you have an experienced care team to help guide you back to “the real you”.
(480) 646-4647 View (480) 646-4647

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85338

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 85338 who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
79% Sleep or Insomnia
74% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
94% Cigna and Evernorth
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 85338 see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85338?

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.