Psychiatrists in 97005

Photo of Neupathway (Melissa Osada), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97005, OR
Neupathway (Melissa Osada)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... With 28 years in healthcare, Melissa, a U.S. Army vet, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP licensed in WA and OR. Holding an MSN from Gonzaga University, she provides evidence-based care for those 18+, addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma-related concerns. Melissa emphasizes connections with patients, values inherent worth, and fosters respect, understanding, and compassion. Collaborating on holistic treatment decisions, she builds strong therapeutic relationships in a safe environment.
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... With 28 years in healthcare, Melissa, a U.S. Army vet, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP licensed in WA and OR. Holding an MSN from Gonzaga University, she provides evidence-based care for those 18+, addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma-related concerns. Melissa emphasizes connections with patients, values inherent worth, and fosters respect, understanding, and compassion. Collaborating on holistic treatment decisions, she builds strong therapeutic relationships in a safe environment.
(971) 606-4764 View (971) 606-4764
Photo of Neupathway (Gabriel Taylor-Parsons), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97005, OR
Neupathway (Gabriel Taylor-Parsons)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! SAME WEEK AVAILABILITY! ......... I am Gabriel Taylor-Parsons, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the integrated approach of medication management and psychotherapy for patients with various mental health disorders such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Attacks, and more. Our primary focus is to provide comprehensive tele-psychiatry services that prioritize both quality and excellence in healthcare.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! SAME WEEK AVAILABILITY! ......... I am Gabriel Taylor-Parsons, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the integrated approach of medication management and psychotherapy for patients with various mental health disorders such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Attacks, and more. Our primary focus is to provide comprehensive tele-psychiatry services that prioritize both quality and excellence in healthcare.
(971) 206-6292 View (971) 206-6292
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Healing Continually Behavioral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with clients through empathy, respect, dignity, and humility. I have a passion for restoring dignity and reducing stigma in all mental health aspects including Substance use, anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Schizophrenia, and ADHD.
I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with clients through empathy, respect, dignity, and humility. I have a passion for restoring dignity and reducing stigma in all mental health aspects including Substance use, anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Schizophrenia, and ADHD.
(971) 290-1632 View (971) 290-1632
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Todd N Palumbo MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
***I currently have capabilities to see patients on Doxy.me - please call the office for more details.*** As a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist, I focus on evidence-based treatment modalities including pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic interventions for a variety of conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, chemical addictions, and stressful life events.
***I currently have capabilities to see patients on Doxy.me - please call the office for more details.*** As a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist, I focus on evidence-based treatment modalities including pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic interventions for a variety of conditions including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, chemical addictions, and stressful life events.
(503) 966-9310 View (503) 966-9310
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Ginny Weston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MSN, LPCC, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients as of 10/11/2023. Please contact the office directly by calling the number listed. Ms. Weston is a board-certified lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in all ages, including children and adolescents, the LGBTQ+ population, as well as prenatal/postnatal mental healthcare. She also specializes in telehealth having been online since 2018. She currently offers medication management in Oregon (self pay and insurance) and Washington (self pay only at this time). Will be expanding to Alaska.
Accepting new patients as of 10/11/2023. Please contact the office directly by calling the number listed. Ms. Weston is a board-certified lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in all ages, including children and adolescents, the LGBTQ+ population, as well as prenatal/postnatal mental healthcare. She also specializes in telehealth having been online since 2018. She currently offers medication management in Oregon (self pay and insurance) and Washington (self pay only at this time). Will be expanding to Alaska.
(971) 444-7296 View (971) 444-7296
Photo of Madeline Jacobs, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97005, OR
Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
(541) 204-8386 x2 View (541) 204-8386 x2
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Dr. Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 4/15/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 4/15/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
(971) 703-5503 View (971) 703-5503
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Justin Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beaverton, OR 97005
Greetings! I am an established, local, and experienced provider. My primary treatment focus is the use of education, reasonable doses of medication , and therapy to treat and manage symptoms that are negatively affecting the quality of your life. It's important to me that your sessions are not rushed. You can choose between 30 minute or 1 hour appointments to address any questions or concerns you have. I want you to get the results and symptom relief you are looking for!
Greetings! I am an established, local, and experienced provider. My primary treatment focus is the use of education, reasonable doses of medication , and therapy to treat and manage symptoms that are negatively affecting the quality of your life. It's important to me that your sessions are not rushed. You can choose between 30 minute or 1 hour appointments to address any questions or concerns you have. I want you to get the results and symptom relief you are looking for!
(503) 476-3926 View (503) 476-3926
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Rena Apon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
I am the only Double Board-Certified Nurse Anesthesiologist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Oregon. Atomic MindWorks is an interventional psychiatric clinic that utilizes the quick-acting anti-depressive benefits of IV Ketamine. Nebulized Ketamine also available. Appointments for psychiatric medication management are available within 2 weeks. The clinic specializes in major depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. Precision medicine can be provided that takes genetic information into consideration for more personalized treatment.
I am the only Double Board-Certified Nurse Anesthesiologist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Oregon. Atomic MindWorks is an interventional psychiatric clinic that utilizes the quick-acting anti-depressive benefits of IV Ketamine. Nebulized Ketamine also available. Appointments for psychiatric medication management are available within 2 weeks. The clinic specializes in major depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. Precision medicine can be provided that takes genetic information into consideration for more personalized treatment.
(971) 273-5848 View (971) 273-5848
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Maggie Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse, ND, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Not accepting new clients
Looking for someone who will listen carefully to your experience and questions? As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I prescribe medications and do therapy. I welcome both adolescent and adult clients who request assistance with their ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, school problems or other mental health challenges. My background as a nurse-midwife makes me particularly skilled at addressing issues related to pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. I enjoy working with teens and their families. I welcome a diverse clientele. Take a look at my website - lots of great information there !
Looking for someone who will listen carefully to your experience and questions? As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I prescribe medications and do therapy. I welcome both adolescent and adult clients who request assistance with their ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, school problems or other mental health challenges. My background as a nurse-midwife makes me particularly skilled at addressing issues related to pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. I enjoy working with teens and their families. I welcome a diverse clientele. Take a look at my website - lots of great information there !
(503) 360-9349 View (503) 360-9349
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Kyle Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Waitlist for new clients
I see patients ages 18 years and older. My ideal client would be one that desires the help offered, who places importance in themselves and fights for their happiness and their life. I truly enjoy sharing in goal-setting and ultimately goal-achieving with my clients, and find my greatest joy in hearing of their successes and personal growth. I personally enjoy getting to know my clients on an equal footing as fellow human beings. I do not accept patients currently on benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin).
I see patients ages 18 years and older. My ideal client would be one that desires the help offered, who places importance in themselves and fights for their happiness and their life. I truly enjoy sharing in goal-setting and ultimately goal-achieving with my clients, and find my greatest joy in hearing of their successes and personal growth. I personally enjoy getting to know my clients on an equal footing as fellow human beings. I do not accept patients currently on benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin).
(503) 832-0945 View (503) 832-0945
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Neupathway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
(971) 791-2876 View (971) 791-2876
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Sabine Meyer
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Not accepting new clients
Getting older is not for the faint of heart. With age, invariably we face challenges such as physical disability, forgetfulness, widowhood. My patients are often brought to me by their families who notice that something is not right. Families are concerned about their loved one's increasing social isolation, or they notice that everyday chores seem to be getting harder and harder. Sometimes, their loved one seems to be acting in unreasonable ways. I aim to help my patients and their families cope with the challenges of aging.
Getting older is not for the faint of heart. With age, invariably we face challenges such as physical disability, forgetfulness, widowhood. My patients are often brought to me by their families who notice that something is not right. Families are concerned about their loved one's increasing social isolation, or they notice that everyday chores seem to be getting harder and harder. Sometimes, their loved one seems to be acting in unreasonable ways. I aim to help my patients and their families cope with the challenges of aging.
(503) 451-6761 View (503) 451-6761
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(412) 312-3283 View (412) 312-3283
Photo of Raelin Bright Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97005, OR
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you experience racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you experience racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(949) 303-7436 View (949) 303-7436
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Jennifer Foresman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
(202) 946-3073 View (202) 946-3073
Photo of Dr. Katharine Frissora, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 97005, OR
Dr. Katharine Frissora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaverton, OR 97005  (Online Only)
MARCH 2024 - Appointments available in 1 week! To begin services, please complete the new patient request form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact - we will get back to you in 1 business day! I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 15 years of healthcare experience providing psychiatric care. I aim to promote holistic mental health by partnering with you to create healing and wellness.
MARCH 2024 - Appointments available in 1 week! To begin services, please complete the new patient request form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact - we will get back to you in 1 business day! I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 15 years of healthcare experience providing psychiatric care. I aim to promote holistic mental health by partnering with you to create healing and wellness.
(503) 855-6597 View (503) 855-6597
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Robert Geistwhite, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Despite being successful, many creative and talented people live with a negative inner world. Often thinking, "If I only had someone to talk to." They are stuck but reluctant to seek help. It seems shameful or overwhelming. The fact is, once we are able to connect many of my patients quickly start to feel better. I listen in a way that respects their own perspective, pace and autonomy. Together we strive to deepen our understanding of the problems, while expanding our appreciation of a unique inner life.
Despite being successful, many creative and talented people live with a negative inner world. Often thinking, "If I only had someone to talk to." They are stuck but reluctant to seek help. It seems shameful or overwhelming. The fact is, once we are able to connect many of my patients quickly start to feel better. I listen in a way that respects their own perspective, pace and autonomy. Together we strive to deepen our understanding of the problems, while expanding our appreciation of a unique inner life.
(503) 828-9929 View (503) 828-9929
Photo of Kara Powers, Psychiatrist in 97005, OR
Kara Powers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified psychiatrist offering psychiatric consultation, psychotherapy and medication management. I specialize in psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or problems in school or work. Depending on the individual's needs and preferences, I also incorporate components of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. I join with my patients to understand their suffering and together we find solutions for change.
I am a board certified psychiatrist offering psychiatric consultation, psychotherapy and medication management. I specialize in psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues or problems in school or work. Depending on the individual's needs and preferences, I also incorporate components of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. I join with my patients to understand their suffering and together we find solutions for change.
(503) 438-4503 View (503) 438-4503
Photo of James Harrison Powers, Psychiatrist in 97005, OR
James Harrison Powers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Beaverton, OR 97005
Not accepting new clients
Every individual comes to therapy with a need to be deeply understood. We all experience longing. We suffer, celebrate and grapple with psychological pain. There are areas of our life that lack liveliness or vitality. We struggle in ways that are deeply private and that may not be fully known even to ourselves. I strive to help each person feel safe enough that such private feelings can emerge and be explored. Whether you are looking for help through a crisis or with long-standing psychological suffering, my hope is to understand who you are uniquely as an individual.
Every individual comes to therapy with a need to be deeply understood. We all experience longing. We suffer, celebrate and grapple with psychological pain. There are areas of our life that lack liveliness or vitality. We struggle in ways that are deeply private and that may not be fully known even to ourselves. I strive to help each person feel safe enough that such private feelings can emerge and be explored. Whether you are looking for help through a crisis or with long-standing psychological suffering, my hope is to understand who you are uniquely as an individual.
(503) 564-1324 View (503) 564-1324

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 97005

30+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in 97005 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
95% Depression
84% Medication Management
76% Trauma and PTSD
70% Bipolar Disorder
68% ADHD
62% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% BlueCross and BlueShield
76% PacificSource
76% Regence

How Psychiatrists in 97005 see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 97005?

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.