Psychiatrists in 90503

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Susan Magorno
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
Dr. Susan Magorno, PMHNP is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2018 and a registered nurse since 1996. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a doctorate in nursing practice and advanced practice in psychiatry. She also graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for her bachelors of science in nursing. Susan does not offer neuropsychological testing and treatment requiring controlled substances such as stimulants or benzodiazepines are limited only to the Los Angeles metropolitan area due to Drug Enforcement Agency restrictions.
Dr. Susan Magorno, PMHNP is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2018 and a registered nurse since 1996. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a doctorate in nursing practice and advanced practice in psychiatry. She also graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for her bachelors of science in nursing. Susan does not offer neuropsychological testing and treatment requiring controlled substances such as stimulants or benzodiazepines are limited only to the Los Angeles metropolitan area due to Drug Enforcement Agency restrictions.
(424) 374-3639 View (424) 374-3639
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Stephany Lavigne - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
(310) 896-4327 View (310) 896-4327
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Shemiah Sullivan-Muse Behavioral Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better,” Frida Kahlo. I love this quote as it represents my passion for encouraging others to embrace wellness and self-care because I do believe that mental healthcare is a form of self-care. And this is what we emphasize at Muse Behavioral Health and Wellness. Muse provides healthcare services that help you live life to the fullest. As a dual-licensed nurse practitioner, I am passionate about delivering personalized care and treating my patient, the person, rather than just your symptoms. Please note I do not provide therapy outside of medication management.
“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better,” Frida Kahlo. I love this quote as it represents my passion for encouraging others to embrace wellness and self-care because I do believe that mental healthcare is a form of self-care. And this is what we emphasize at Muse Behavioral Health and Wellness. Muse provides healthcare services that help you live life to the fullest. As a dual-licensed nurse practitioner, I am passionate about delivering personalized care and treating my patient, the person, rather than just your symptoms. Please note I do not provide therapy outside of medication management.
(310) 997-4768 View (310) 997-4768
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Stephanie Chan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
Dr. Stephanie Chan is a double board-certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She empathically listens and thoroughly assesses from biological, psychological, social, and cultural lenses, for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. She believes strongly that the success of treatment comes from collaboration between provider and patient, emphasizing on open communication and psychoeducation throughout the treatment process. Her approach involves various therapy modalities (including CBT, DBT-informed, psychodynamic, mindfulness), medication management when appropriate, or a combination of both.
Dr. Stephanie Chan is a double board-certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She empathically listens and thoroughly assesses from biological, psychological, social, and cultural lenses, for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. She believes strongly that the success of treatment comes from collaboration between provider and patient, emphasizing on open communication and psychoeducation throughout the treatment process. Her approach involves various therapy modalities (including CBT, DBT-informed, psychodynamic, mindfulness), medication management when appropriate, or a combination of both.
(310) 953-8632 View (310) 953-8632
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WellPsyche Medical Group Inc
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Are you looking for someone Real and Up-To-Date with today's challenges? Welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group providers are 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 help our clients function at their best, consistently!
Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Are you looking for someone Real and Up-To-Date with today's challenges? Welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group providers are 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 help our clients function at their best, consistently!
(424) 349-5026 View (424) 349-5026
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Dustin Stephens
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
Dr. Stephens is a board-certified psychiatrist who received specialty training at UCLA and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is a compassionate and experienced physician with years of clinical experience. Dr. Stephens understands the unique challenges that come with mental illness, and he provides a safe and non-judgmental space for his patients to explore their feelings and work towards healing. His approach is tailored to each individual, using evidence-based techniques to provide effective and personalized care.
Dr. Stephens is a board-certified psychiatrist who received specialty training at UCLA and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. He is a compassionate and experienced physician with years of clinical experience. Dr. Stephens understands the unique challenges that come with mental illness, and he provides a safe and non-judgmental space for his patients to explore their feelings and work towards healing. His approach is tailored to each individual, using evidence-based techniques to provide effective and personalized care.
(310) 706-2732 View (310) 706-2732
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Sarah Raike
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(424) 321-8038 View (424) 321-8038
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Samuel Sanders
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
Working closely with the patient, I believe in using the biopsychosocial model to address mental health problems. Through examination of the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors, an individualized treatment plan can be created to best address targets to improve quality of life. I am comfortable treating a broad spectrum of diagnoses including mood disorders such as depression and bipolar, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, and ADHD. I have a specific interest in the management of ADHD through my training experience.
Working closely with the patient, I believe in using the biopsychosocial model to address mental health problems. Through examination of the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors, an individualized treatment plan can be created to best address targets to improve quality of life. I am comfortable treating a broad spectrum of diagnoses including mood disorders such as depression and bipolar, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, and ADHD. I have a specific interest in the management of ADHD through my training experience.
(424) 788-1683 View (424) 788-1683
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(310) 340-0368 View (310) 340-0368
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Sophia Rabiee - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
Sophia is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University. She has NP experience in a variety of settings including homeless outreach. Sophia values a person-centered treatment approach and is passionate about supporting patients in their journey toward mental wellness. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, being in nature, and traveling the world.
Sophia is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University. She has NP experience in a variety of settings including homeless outreach. Sophia values a person-centered treatment approach and is passionate about supporting patients in their journey toward mental wellness. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, being in nature, and traveling the world.
(424) 855-1669 View (424) 855-1669
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Eric Adrian Lazcano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
Eric A. Lazcano, M.D. is an ABPN-Board Certified Psychiatrist. He graduated medical school from UT Southwestern, and completed psychiatry residency training as Chief Resident from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Lazcano is an adult general psychiatrist who has been overseeing a South Bay Los Angeles private practice since 2018. In addition to offering both in-person and virtual sessions, Dr. Lazcano creates content on social media to help his audience members achieve lives with less stress.
Eric A. Lazcano, M.D. is an ABPN-Board Certified Psychiatrist. He graduated medical school from UT Southwestern, and completed psychiatry residency training as Chief Resident from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Dr. Lazcano is an adult general psychiatrist who has been overseeing a South Bay Los Angeles private practice since 2018. In addition to offering both in-person and virtual sessions, Dr. Lazcano creates content on social media to help his audience members achieve lives with less stress.
(424) 373-7325 View (424) 373-7325
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Levitate Mental Health - Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90503
Accepting New Clients- Levitate Mental Health is a psychiatric practice serving all residents of California. Enjoy the convenience of our Telepsychiatry services by attending your visits from the convenience of your home or office using your laptop or smart phone. Our providers have years of experience in treating patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders & other mental health conditions. Busy schedule? We offer some evening and weekend appointments upon request. Call us or visit www.levitatementalhealth.com to schedule an appointment today. Guaranteed to secure an appointment with a provider fast.
Accepting New Clients- Levitate Mental Health is a psychiatric practice serving all residents of California. Enjoy the convenience of our Telepsychiatry services by attending your visits from the convenience of your home or office using your laptop or smart phone. Our providers have years of experience in treating patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders & other mental health conditions. Busy schedule? We offer some evening and weekend appointments upon request. Call us or visit www.levitatementalhealth.com to schedule an appointment today. Guaranteed to secure an appointment with a provider fast.
(310) 627-1598 View (310) 627-1598
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now welcoming new patients!
(424) 227-5778 View (424) 227-5778
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Stephany Lavigne - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
(562) 362-3926 View (562) 362-3926
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Shanna Darling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503
My goal and passion is to improve your quality of life and guide you to becoming the best version of yourself. I have worked in healthcare for over twelve years across a variety of patient populations. Some of my specialties include depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, and ADHD. I have a master's degree from UCLA where I learned the value of evidence-based practice and striving for the utmost quality when delivering healthcare for my patients. I am dual certified as a family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
My goal and passion is to improve your quality of life and guide you to becoming the best version of yourself. I have worked in healthcare for over twelve years across a variety of patient populations. Some of my specialties include depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, trauma, eating disorders, chronic pain, and ADHD. I have a master's degree from UCLA where I learned the value of evidence-based practice and striving for the utmost quality when delivering healthcare for my patients. I am dual certified as a family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
(310) 868-2360 View (310) 868-2360
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Jessica Darling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
Jessica is a triple Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has worked in nursing since 2007 at some of the nations top facilities. She has training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Her treatments are healing-centered, education-forward, person-focused. This involves customized strategies that may begin with therapy and medication, and can involve holistic planning including nutrition and activity to treat the whole person. She has broad experience in healthcare working with adolescents, adult, and geriatric clients.
Jessica is a triple Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that has worked in nursing since 2007 at some of the nations top facilities. She has training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. Her treatments are healing-centered, education-forward, person-focused. This involves customized strategies that may begin with therapy and medication, and can involve holistic planning including nutrition and activity to treat the whole person. She has broad experience in healthcare working with adolescents, adult, and geriatric clients.
(310) 421-0013 View (310) 421-0013
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(424) 372-0380 View (424) 372-0380
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Lisa Chan
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(424) 401-0378 View (424) 401-0378
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MiraMinds Holistic Care, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, ACNP-BC, CCRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never struggle alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Currently Accepting New Clients!
Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never struggle alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Currently Accepting New Clients!
(480) 780-2680 View (480) 780-2680
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Martina Murialdo
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Torrance, CA 90503  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
Accepting New Patients - Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
(562) 247-3315 View (562) 247-3315

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 90503

50+

Average cost per session

$337

Psychiatrists in 90503 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
96% Depression
94% Bipolar Disorder
94% Medication Management
90% Trauma and PTSD
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in 90503 see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 90503?

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.