Psychiatrists in 91203

Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(323) 916-6672 View (323) 916-6672
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(323) 310-5285 View (323) 310-5285
Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in 91203, CA
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203  (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.
(424) 334-5035 View (424) 334-5035
Photo of Joshua Flatow, Psychiatrist in 91203, CA
Joshua Flatow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
Pacific Mind Health approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, telemedicine, Spravato, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). We are excited to offer Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) - a revolutionary 3-minute procedure with equal or better efficacy to standard 40+ minute TMS protocols. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Please use this link for a free informational TMS session https://www.pacificmindhealth.com/tmsinfo.html
(844) 941-2740 View (844) 941-2740
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(323) 591-5922 View (323) 591-5922
Photo of Gol Ara, Psychiatrist in 91203, CA
Gol Ara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
(323) 645-2241 View (323) 645-2241
Photo of Michele Natarajan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Michele Natarajan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
Not accepting new clients
It is an honor to be of support to you, as you embark upon your Journey. This process may be challenging at times. I encourage you to trust the process knowing your intuition lead you here. I’ve been in healthcare for over 20 years. My passion for the Mental Health community dates back to childhood with a father who suffered from PTSD and self medicated to cope with his symptoms stemming from being a war veteran. As mental health continues to unfold and expand I as a practitioner have also expanded my learning by educating myself on a variety of Western, Eastern and Psychedelic modalities to allow clients to heal long term.
It is an honor to be of support to you, as you embark upon your Journey. This process may be challenging at times. I encourage you to trust the process knowing your intuition lead you here. I’ve been in healthcare for over 20 years. My passion for the Mental Health community dates back to childhood with a father who suffered from PTSD and self medicated to cope with his symptoms stemming from being a war veteran. As mental health continues to unfold and expand I as a practitioner have also expanded my learning by educating myself on a variety of Western, Eastern and Psychedelic modalities to allow clients to heal long term.
(626) 605-1410 View (626) 605-1410
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(323) 918-5290 View (323) 918-5290
Photo of Randall Bailey, Psychiatrist in 91203, CA
Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203  (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.
(424) 396-0455 View (424) 396-0455
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(323) 924-3388 View (323) 924-3388
Photo of Zubin Zehtab, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Zubin Zehtab
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
Zubin Zehtab is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2023. Zubin can help a client by conducting a thorough assessment to gather information about the client's mental health status, history, and treatment goals. Then he would provide evidence-based treatments such as psychotherapy, medication management, and referrals to other healthcare providers as needed, and regularly monitor the client's progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed. Zubin believes in educating the client and their family about their mental health condition, the treatment plan, and any side effects of medications.
Zubin Zehtab is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2023. Zubin can help a client by conducting a thorough assessment to gather information about the client's mental health status, history, and treatment goals. Then he would provide evidence-based treatments such as psychotherapy, medication management, and referrals to other healthcare providers as needed, and regularly monitor the client's progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed. Zubin believes in educating the client and their family about their mental health condition, the treatment plan, and any side effects of medications.
(323) 870-6195 View (323) 870-6195
Photo of Maxine C Okafor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Maxine C Okafor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203  (Online Only)
I work in CA, AZ, and TX. Dr. Okafor knew from an early age that her purpose in life was to serve, help, and heal others. She received her BSN degree in 2012, Masters of Science degree and license as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2017, then went on to receive her second Masters of Science degree and license as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree in 2019. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2020. Dr. O, as many of her clients call her, has worked in almost every area of healthcare. Dr. O has a passion for caring for her clients to reach remission and maintain their quality of life.
I work in CA, AZ, and TX. Dr. Okafor knew from an early age that her purpose in life was to serve, help, and heal others. She received her BSN degree in 2012, Masters of Science degree and license as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2017, then went on to receive her second Masters of Science degree and license as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree in 2019. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2020. Dr. O, as many of her clients call her, has worked in almost every area of healthcare. Dr. O has a passion for caring for her clients to reach remission and maintain their quality of life.
(480) 771-1721 View (480) 771-1721
Photo of Richard Mesco, Psychiatrist in 91203, CA
Richard Mesco
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
Richard works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Richard believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Richard works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. He seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Richard believes that establishing a strong alliance with his clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, he partners with his clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(323) 990-8305 View (323) 990-8305
Photo of Matthew White, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Matthew White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
Matthew White is a Psychiatric, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2019. Matt graduated from Cal State, Long Beach with a master's degree in clinical Psychiatry. Matt believes in an honest and straight forward approach to care, taking the time required to appropriately help those in need. Matt's areas of focus include Bipolar disorder, Depression, ADHD, and Schizophrenia. In his spare time, Matt enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and hiking in the Hollywood Hills.
Matthew White is a Psychiatric, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing since 2019. Matt graduated from Cal State, Long Beach with a master's degree in clinical Psychiatry. Matt believes in an honest and straight forward approach to care, taking the time required to appropriately help those in need. Matt's areas of focus include Bipolar disorder, Depression, ADHD, and Schizophrenia. In his spare time, Matt enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and hiking in the Hollywood Hills.
(323) 897-8475 View (323) 897-8475
Photo of Inessa Essaian, Psychiatrist in 91203, CA
Inessa Essaian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
Inessa Essaian, MD is a Board Certified psychiatrist. Dr. Essaian graduated from the Tbilisi State University Medical School with a Medical Doctor degree. She completed the four year residency program in Psychiatry at LAC-USC Medical Center. Dr. Essaian has over 24 years of experience treating adults with various psychiatric disorders. Her areas of expertise include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD. She is fluent in English and Russian.
Inessa Essaian, MD is a Board Certified psychiatrist. Dr. Essaian graduated from the Tbilisi State University Medical School with a Medical Doctor degree. She completed the four year residency program in Psychiatry at LAC-USC Medical Center. Dr. Essaian has over 24 years of experience treating adults with various psychiatric disorders. Her areas of expertise include anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD. She is fluent in English and Russian.
(323) 746-8272 View (323) 746-8272
Photo of Hripsime Kalanderian, Psychiatrist in 91203, CA
Hripsime Kalanderian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glendale, CA 91203
I believe that your mental health treatment should be as unique and individualized as you are. We are far more than just a group of symptoms that make up diagnoses, only to be treated with a generic list of medications. In my practice, I aim to incorporate evidence-based treatments while also considering the different factors that impact your mental health while working in collaboration with you. I limit my caseload to optimize availability for my established patients along with providing flexibility in scheduling and appointment times.
I believe that your mental health treatment should be as unique and individualized as you are. We are far more than just a group of symptoms that make up diagnoses, only to be treated with a generic list of medications. In my practice, I aim to incorporate evidence-based treatments while also considering the different factors that impact your mental health while working in collaboration with you. I limit my caseload to optimize availability for my established patients along with providing flexibility in scheduling and appointment times.
(310) 910-9612 View (310) 910-9612
Photo of Julio Quijada, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Julio Quijada
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
Julio Quijada is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2022. He has extensive experience working with people suffering from mental health disorders. Julio started his nursing career in the mid-1990s. He completed his nursing education in 1997 and earned his ASN from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Then he completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix and earned his BSN in 2010. Lastly, he completed his MSN and post-master education as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University in 2022.
Julio Quijada is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2022. He has extensive experience working with people suffering from mental health disorders. Julio started his nursing career in the mid-1990s. He completed his nursing education in 1997 and earned his ASN from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Then he completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix and earned his BSN in 2010. Lastly, he completed his MSN and post-master education as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University in 2022.
(323) 879-8373 View (323) 879-8373
Photo of Penny Greaves, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
(909) 265-7809 View (909) 265-7809
Photo of Khadija Hamisi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(415) 870-8862 View (415) 870-8862
Photo of Samir Hamed, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 91203, CA
Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glendale, CA 91203
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 Allied Healers, 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.
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 Allied Healers, 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.
(657) 571-1378 View (657) 571-1378

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 91203

20+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in 91203 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% ADHD
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Medication Management
81% Depression
71% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 91203 see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Male
42% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 91203?

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.