Psychiatrists in 85701

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Judith Ochieng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD/DNP, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Dealing with mental health can be challenging for you as an individual and your family. When you come to see me, the goal is to alleviate suffering and manage your health well. Identifying the health needs, providing resources, and creating a positive environment that fosters open discussion of your condition is critical. Providing non-judgmental care empowers you as an individual to actively participate in your healthcare decision-making. Providing education allows you to make informed decisions in how you want your care to be managed. The goal is to keep you healthy, prevent relapse, and help you feel better.
Dealing with mental health can be challenging for you as an individual and your family. When you come to see me, the goal is to alleviate suffering and manage your health well. Identifying the health needs, providing resources, and creating a positive environment that fosters open discussion of your condition is critical. Providing non-judgmental care empowers you as an individual to actively participate in your healthcare decision-making. Providing education allows you to make informed decisions in how you want your care to be managed. The goal is to keep you healthy, prevent relapse, and help you feel better.
(520) 335-3956 View (520) 335-3956
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Medpsychplus LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! Dr. John Sparks DNP, PMHNP-BC earned is degree at the University of Arizona. He has spent the last five years working in community care seeing patients of all ages and working to help patients to manage Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Tic Disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Welcome! Dr. John Sparks DNP, PMHNP-BC earned is degree at the University of Arizona. He has spent the last five years working in community care seeing patients of all ages and working to help patients to manage Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Personality Disorders, Trauma, Tic Disorders, and adjustment disorders.
(928) 597-5724 View (928) 597-5724
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (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 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 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.
(844) 981-0613 View (844) 981-0613
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (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.
(520) 500-1149 View (520) 500-1149
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Sharon Meglathery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
I am a board cert psychiatrist w/ 27 yrs of experience, incl: 3 yr residency in internal medicine (board cert, 2000) and exposure to alt approaches/diverse populations (Native American, holistic eating disorder facility, students, inner-city crisis work) who loves to learn/listen (courses: EMDR-basic, dissoc, addictions, personality, chronic illness, attachment; DBT; CBT; mindfulness, lifestyle, communication, evid-based non-pharm). I apply all of this when I assess and assist you to capitalize on strengths, gain resilience, dive deep into psyche/your past/struggles, process trauma, learn skills, broaden perspective and agency.
I am a board cert psychiatrist w/ 27 yrs of experience, incl: 3 yr residency in internal medicine (board cert, 2000) and exposure to alt approaches/diverse populations (Native American, holistic eating disorder facility, students, inner-city crisis work) who loves to learn/listen (courses: EMDR-basic, dissoc, addictions, personality, chronic illness, attachment; DBT; CBT; mindfulness, lifestyle, communication, evid-based non-pharm). I apply all of this when I assess and assist you to capitalize on strengths, gain resilience, dive deep into psyche/your past/struggles, process trauma, learn skills, broaden perspective and agency.
(520) 895-4797 View (520) 895-4797
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Kayse Budd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome to my profile! I am a holistic psychiatrist who's also an artist, yoga instructor, & astrologer. I spent 12 years working with Andrew Weil MD's Integrative Medicine Program at the Univ of Arizona & Deepak Chopra/Chopra Center in Southern CA. I love helping people find purpose, live healthy + balanced lifestyles, & reach their potential. Mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, path-finding, & burnout are my specialties. Though conventionally trained at Duke University, Univ of Michigan Med School, & Univ of Arizona Psychiatry Residency, I practice in a unique & integrative way.
Hello and welcome to my profile! I am a holistic psychiatrist who's also an artist, yoga instructor, & astrologer. I spent 12 years working with Andrew Weil MD's Integrative Medicine Program at the Univ of Arizona & Deepak Chopra/Chopra Center in Southern CA. I love helping people find purpose, live healthy + balanced lifestyles, & reach their potential. Mild depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, path-finding, & burnout are my specialties. Though conventionally trained at Duke University, Univ of Michigan Med School, & Univ of Arizona Psychiatry Residency, I practice in a unique & integrative way.
(520) 346-0586 View (520) 346-0586
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David Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
My ideal clients are adults dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD and/or bipolar disorder. They seek a compassionate professional to understand and manage their conditions. Their goals are to improve mental well-being, gain symptom control, and achieve a balanced life. They desire change, understanding, and strategies to enhance personal and professional relationships, driven by a need for empowerment and improved quality of life.
(520) 341-8299 View (520) 341-8299
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Marcus Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN DAYS* Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN DAYS* Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(623) 254-4909 View (623) 254-4909
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David R Goen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHMP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701
Are you looking for someone to help with medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other mental health struggles ? Perhaps you’ve tried self-help books, researching online, or even therapy, only to discover that nothing works, at least for very long. I’ll assess where you’re at with symptoms and prescribe or adjust medications if appropriate, while monitoring your overall treatment. When needed I provide therapy referrals as well. I know it can be scary to reach out to a medical professional. Feeling uncertain is normal, and I’m here to help you overcome that step so you can take more control of your own mental health.
Are you looking for someone to help with medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other mental health struggles ? Perhaps you’ve tried self-help books, researching online, or even therapy, only to discover that nothing works, at least for very long. I’ll assess where you’re at with symptoms and prescribe or adjust medications if appropriate, while monitoring your overall treatment. When needed I provide therapy referrals as well. I know it can be scary to reach out to a medical professional. Feeling uncertain is normal, and I’m here to help you overcome that step so you can take more control of your own mental health.
(520) 502-7034 View (520) 502-7034
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Shannon Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
You are not broken! You may be feeling stuck or tired of the same level of inadequate relief from your symptoms. At Rooted Mental Health Solutions, LLC, we focus on helping you differentiate your symptoms from who you are! Negative emotions can really hold you back when you don't have the right tools for living the joyful life you deserve. If you're not sure where to start or you want a fresh approach to dealing with personal struggles, then we want to partner with you! From depression, overthinking, negative self talk, unhealthy habits, anxiety, and traumatic events, there is nothing you can't achieve when you're ROOTED.
You are not broken! You may be feeling stuck or tired of the same level of inadequate relief from your symptoms. At Rooted Mental Health Solutions, LLC, we focus on helping you differentiate your symptoms from who you are! Negative emotions can really hold you back when you don't have the right tools for living the joyful life you deserve. If you're not sure where to start or you want a fresh approach to dealing with personal struggles, then we want to partner with you! From depression, overthinking, negative self talk, unhealthy habits, anxiety, and traumatic events, there is nothing you can't achieve when you're ROOTED.
(480) 676-5646 View (480) 676-5646
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Mountain Dew Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
Mountain Dew Behavioral Health is an out patient psychiatry clinic that takes care of mental illness such as depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, medication management of alcohol and opioid related cravings, and total management of mental health issues.
Mountain Dew Behavioral Health is an out patient psychiatry clinic that takes care of mental illness such as depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, medication management of alcohol and opioid related cravings, and total management of mental health issues.
(520) 447-2077 View (520) 447-2077
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Tatiana Sanabria
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering medication management. As a healthcare professional, I believe it’s my responsibility to provide as much education about psychiatric conditions and psychotropic medications to you as I can, to help you make an informed decision about treatment. You know better than anyone else what your experience is and what your goals are. My goal is that we come up with a treatment plan together that is appropriate and doable, whether that includes medications or not. I believe that medications won’t always solve everything. Support is just as important, if not more.
Hi there! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering medication management. As a healthcare professional, I believe it’s my responsibility to provide as much education about psychiatric conditions and psychotropic medications to you as I can, to help you make an informed decision about treatment. You know better than anyone else what your experience is and what your goals are. My goal is that we come up with a treatment plan together that is appropriate and doable, whether that includes medications or not. I believe that medications won’t always solve everything. Support is just as important, if not more.
(480) 613-7901 View (480) 613-7901
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Preston's Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
I'm Preston Eyerman, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. I understand the challenges that individuals face when seeking mental health support, and I'm here to help you on your journey toward improved well-being. I believe in a personalized approach to psychiatric medication management. Drawing from my own experience with addiction and a comprehensive healthcare background, I offer a unique blend of empathy and expertise to guide you through your recovery. With a focus on evidence-based treatment and individualized care.
I'm Preston Eyerman, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in healthcare. I understand the challenges that individuals face when seeking mental health support, and I'm here to help you on your journey toward improved well-being. I believe in a personalized approach to psychiatric medication management. Drawing from my own experience with addiction and a comprehensive healthcare background, I offer a unique blend of empathy and expertise to guide you through your recovery. With a focus on evidence-based treatment and individualized care.
(602) 806-9556 View (602) 806-9556
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Meghan Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, PMHC, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Psychiatric medications can be life-saving scaffolding in the journey to managing your mental health. Sometimes they are a lifelong; sometimes they are a situation- or life-season- specific – but you are completely in control of that long-term plan and it will always be an ongoing discussion. I am a huge advocate of integrating non-medication tools into your toolbox– self-awareness, routine, practical life changes, sunlight, activity, community, and self-compassion (the list goes on) can be small-but-huge steps to transformation. Sometimes medication can be the step to take in order to be able to build in life management skills.
Psychiatric medications can be life-saving scaffolding in the journey to managing your mental health. Sometimes they are a lifelong; sometimes they are a situation- or life-season- specific – but you are completely in control of that long-term plan and it will always be an ongoing discussion. I am a huge advocate of integrating non-medication tools into your toolbox– self-awareness, routine, practical life changes, sunlight, activity, community, and self-compassion (the list goes on) can be small-but-huge steps to transformation. Sometimes medication can be the step to take in order to be able to build in life management skills.
(480) 442-2924 View (480) 442-2924
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LaMonica Antonette Hodges
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
My ideal client is an individual or family seeking comprehensive healthcare services with a focus on preventive care and overall well-being. They value a personalized approach to healthcare, understanding that their needs extend beyond just addressing immediate concerns.
My ideal client is an individual or family seeking comprehensive healthcare services with a focus on preventive care and overall well-being. They value a personalized approach to healthcare, understanding that their needs extend beyond just addressing immediate concerns.
(623) 343-7044 View (623) 343-7044
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Optimal Handup2health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Finding a mental health provider can be a very daunting experience, and as you search you may be wondering if you will be able to find a provider who will understand your life experience. Allow me to alleviate your fear and trepidation. I am Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience working in the medical field . I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and providing inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care.
Finding a mental health provider can be a very daunting experience, and as you search you may be wondering if you will be able to find a provider who will understand your life experience. Allow me to alleviate your fear and trepidation. I am Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years experience working in the medical field . I am experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and providing inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care.
(480) 485-2442 View (480) 485-2442
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Psychiatric Personal Practitioners in Az
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701
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.
(602) 800-4699 View (602) 800-4699
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Spark Telepsychiatry - Mental Health Clinics
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Spark is accepting new patients and we have SAME & NEXT DAY appointments readily available! Plus, and more importantly, we are a fully 5 STAR rated Psychiatric Practices across all review sites. We specialize in treating depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. We use technology to offer the most convenient care possible. In most cases, you can self-schedule appointments online, see your provider by HIPPA secure video, and have prescriptions sent in real-time electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.
Spark is accepting new patients and we have SAME & NEXT DAY appointments readily available! Plus, and more importantly, we are a fully 5 STAR rated Psychiatric Practices across all review sites. We specialize in treating depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. We use technology to offer the most convenient care possible. In most cases, you can self-schedule appointments online, see your provider by HIPPA secure video, and have prescriptions sent in real-time electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.
(602) 962-1445 View (602) 962-1445
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Insight Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Drop the rock you are carrying. We treat all mental health struggles. We treat the symptoms, not the diagnosis, holistically. We now offer appointments on evenings and weekends. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe in taking a holistic approach to patient care, addressing the symptoms of mental illness and the underlying causes. This is a team approach to mental health treatment as I work closely with patients to develop personalized treatment plans that may include medication management, therapy, and lifestyle changes. We are here to help you!
Accepting new patients. Drop the rock you are carrying. We treat all mental health struggles. We treat the symptoms, not the diagnosis, holistically. We now offer appointments on evenings and weekends. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I believe in taking a holistic approach to patient care, addressing the symptoms of mental illness and the underlying causes. This is a team approach to mental health treatment as I work closely with patients to develop personalized treatment plans that may include medication management, therapy, and lifestyle changes. We are here to help you!
(520) 415-2622 View (520) 415-2622

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 85701

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 85701 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
72% Trauma and PTSD
64% ADHD
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 85701 see their clients

72% Online Only
28% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 85701?

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.