Psychiatrists in 98004

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Denmind Psychiatric Solutions PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Are you having mood swings? Feeling anxious, down, inattentive, overwhelmed with stress, or having the overall feeling that life just keeps getting harder? Have you tried to explain how you feel to friends or family, but no one fully understands? Because you don't want to be a burden, you sometimes hide your true feelings. We understand these struggles, and will love to help you turn things around for the better. We want to see you live life to your fullest potential. If you are looking for a provider who sees you as a person and not just as your diagnosis, condition or past struggles, please feel free to contact us.
Are you having mood swings? Feeling anxious, down, inattentive, overwhelmed with stress, or having the overall feeling that life just keeps getting harder? Have you tried to explain how you feel to friends or family, but no one fully understands? Because you don't want to be a burden, you sometimes hide your true feelings. We understand these struggles, and will love to help you turn things around for the better. We want to see you live life to your fullest potential. If you are looking for a provider who sees you as a person and not just as your diagnosis, condition or past struggles, please feel free to contact us.
(425) 659-2850 View (425) 659-2850
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Melissa Mason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
**TAKING NEW CLIENTS EITHER IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH** My name is Melissa and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) that is here to help with any mental health needs that you or your family might have. I want to help find you answers for any concerns that you are facing by discussing them with you, performing psychiatric evaluations and prescribing and managing medications you might need.. Partnering with my clients to come up with a treatment plan that is evidenced based is a process that I feel strongly about because it is your mental health and life that we are treating.
**TAKING NEW CLIENTS EITHER IN PERSON OR TELEHEALTH** My name is Melissa and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) that is here to help with any mental health needs that you or your family might have. I want to help find you answers for any concerns that you are facing by discussing them with you, performing psychiatric evaluations and prescribing and managing medications you might need.. Partnering with my clients to come up with a treatment plan that is evidenced based is a process that I feel strongly about because it is your mental health and life that we are treating.
(206) 278-3754 View (206) 278-3754
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Ionatan Cauneac @Prisma Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is passionate about helping people live their best lives by coming alongside them to cultivate hope, healing, and a newfound purpose in life. I believe whole heartedly that without mental health, there is no true health.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who is passionate about helping people live their best lives by coming alongside them to cultivate hope, healing, and a newfound purpose in life. I believe whole heartedly that without mental health, there is no true health.
(425) 541-1993 View (425) 541-1993
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Keya Kumar@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Keya Kumar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats patients across the lifespan with a particular emphasis on adults and transitional aged youth. Keya completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University. Keya believes in using a holistic approach with patients, combining pharmacotherapy with integrative treatment services in order to create the best possible outcomes for mental health.
Keya Kumar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats patients across the lifespan with a particular emphasis on adults and transitional aged youth. Keya completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University. Keya believes in using a holistic approach with patients, combining pharmacotherapy with integrative treatment services in order to create the best possible outcomes for mental health.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! My name is Linda Bett and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Alcohol and Drug Addiction, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders. I diagnose and provide medication management to adult individuals (ages 18-60)
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! My name is Linda Bett and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Alcohol and Drug Addiction, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders. I diagnose and provide medication management to adult individuals (ages 18-60)
(206) 309-7515 View (206) 309-7515
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Dr. Cedar Neary
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
I’m an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist passionate about empowering teens, college students and young adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma and identity exploration to find calm, clarity and connection through a blend of lifestyle-interventions, psychotherapy and medication management. I have a special interest in working with marginalized communities, including providing gender-affirming care for LGBTQ2S+ individuals, supporting those who are neurodivergent and holding space for racial and ethnic minorities struggling with historical trauma and systemic racism.
I’m an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist passionate about empowering teens, college students and young adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma and identity exploration to find calm, clarity and connection through a blend of lifestyle-interventions, psychotherapy and medication management. I have a special interest in working with marginalized communities, including providing gender-affirming care for LGBTQ2S+ individuals, supporting those who are neurodivergent and holding space for racial and ethnic minorities struggling with historical trauma and systemic racism.
(206) 502-2587 View (206) 502-2587
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Emmanuel Nwabude
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Are you having mood swings? Feeling anxious, down, inattentive, overwhelmed with stress, or having the overall feeling that life just keeps getting harder? Have you tried to explain how you feel to friends or family, but no one fully understands? Because you don't want to be a burden, you sometimes hide your true feelings. I understand these struggles, and will love to help you turn things around for the better. I want to see you live life to your fullest potential. If you are looking for a provider who sees you as a person and not just as your diagnosis, condition or past struggles, please feel free to contact me. I love to help.
Are you having mood swings? Feeling anxious, down, inattentive, overwhelmed with stress, or having the overall feeling that life just keeps getting harder? Have you tried to explain how you feel to friends or family, but no one fully understands? Because you don't want to be a burden, you sometimes hide your true feelings. I understand these struggles, and will love to help you turn things around for the better. I want to see you live life to your fullest potential. If you are looking for a provider who sees you as a person and not just as your diagnosis, condition or past struggles, please feel free to contact me. I love to help.
(206) 208-6335 View (206) 208-6335
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Kiranjot (Kiran) K. Gill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Accepting NEW patients. To schedule with Kiran please go to www.hushforms.com/soundmindrequest and complete the request form. - Everyone has strengths, no one is without strengths. “When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”. Kiran partners with clients to identify their challenges and strengths, explore opportunities for growth, and discover pathways for empowerment, ease and healing. She provides medication management for adults 18 to 60. Her expertise lies in treating depression, anxiety disorder, adult ADHD, and women's health.
Accepting NEW patients. To schedule with Kiran please go to www.hushforms.com/soundmindrequest and complete the request form. - Everyone has strengths, no one is without strengths. “When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”. Kiran partners with clients to identify their challenges and strengths, explore opportunities for growth, and discover pathways for empowerment, ease and healing. She provides medication management for adults 18 to 60. Her expertise lies in treating depression, anxiety disorder, adult ADHD, and women's health.
(206) 457-2689 View (206) 457-2689
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Dr. Kory Simonsen @ Prisma Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
If you’re all too familiar with the relentless thought of ‘I can’t continue living like this,’ it’s a clear sign that you’re ready for change. I approach mental health as a transformative journey through a liminal space—an in-between space where one stands on the edge of old and new or growth and change, opening the door to new possibilities and personal transformations. Mental health extends far beyond a mere collection of symptoms or diagnoses; it’s a dynamic process that involves the intricate interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that all contribute to your lived experience.
If you’re all too familiar with the relentless thought of ‘I can’t continue living like this,’ it’s a clear sign that you’re ready for change. I approach mental health as a transformative journey through a liminal space—an in-between space where one stands on the edge of old and new or growth and change, opening the door to new possibilities and personal transformations. Mental health extends far beyond a mere collection of symptoms or diagnoses; it’s a dynamic process that involves the intricate interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that all contribute to your lived experience.
(425) 357-7127 View (425) 357-7127
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NeuroStim TMS Bellevue
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
PROVEN NON-DRUG TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION. We specialize in TMS Therapy, a revolutionary FDA-Approved treatment that is providing new HOPE and HEALING to thousands of patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and similar disorders. TMS is a safe and highly effective treatment that is covered by most insurances. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression, anxiety, and similar disorders. TMS provides substantial relief and even complete remission in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
PROVEN NON-DRUG TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION. We specialize in TMS Therapy, a revolutionary FDA-Approved treatment that is providing new HOPE and HEALING to thousands of patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and similar disorders. TMS is a safe and highly effective treatment that is covered by most insurances. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression, anxiety, and similar disorders. TMS provides substantial relief and even complete remission in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
(425) 230-5809 View (425) 230-5809
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Nancy Wagner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Waitlist for new clients
My specialties include ADHD and anxiety. I practice based on the belief that everybody has the power to create positive change in their lives. One of the most important factors that foster change is the relationship between the provider and the client. Therefore, I strive to develop a genuine therapeutic relationship with each client based on a foundation of empathy and understanding. I bring genuine empathy to each visit and meet you where you're at in your journey.
My specialties include ADHD and anxiety. I practice based on the belief that everybody has the power to create positive change in their lives. One of the most important factors that foster change is the relationship between the provider and the client. Therefore, I strive to develop a genuine therapeutic relationship with each client based on a foundation of empathy and understanding. I bring genuine empathy to each visit and meet you where you're at in your journey.
(425) 559-9672 View (425) 559-9672
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (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/WA
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/WA
(206) 895-7857 View (206) 895-7857
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Dr. Steven Philips
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Same Week Visits - Request visit via practice website - Work with a UW trained MD - Ages 18-60 - Use out-of-network benefits for reimbursement - No Medicare availability - - I'm dedicated to helping patients achieve and enhance psychological well-being. In my practice, I use various forms of psychotherapy, such as supportive psychotherapy and CBT (e.g., for insomnia). When necessary, I prescribe medications to help patients, but at the lowest dose that works and is tolerated. I enjoy taking time to answer your questions. My goal is for you to feel engaged and informed in your care.
Same Week Visits - Request visit via practice website - Work with a UW trained MD - Ages 18-60 - Use out-of-network benefits for reimbursement - No Medicare availability - - I'm dedicated to helping patients achieve and enhance psychological well-being. In my practice, I use various forms of psychotherapy, such as supportive psychotherapy and CBT (e.g., for insomnia). When necessary, I prescribe medications to help patients, but at the lowest dose that works and is tolerated. I enjoy taking time to answer your questions. My goal is for you to feel engaged and informed in your care.
(206) 350-3595 View (206) 350-3595
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Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Accepting New Patients: Family Psychiatry is committed to meeting the needs of our community by providing the best Psychiatric care for individuals of all ages and families. Our providers are trained as a Child & Adolescent specialist and also see patients across the lifespan including adults. We believes in a developmental approach that includes understanding both neuro-biological processes and bio-psychosocial issues.
Accepting New Patients: Family Psychiatry is committed to meeting the needs of our community by providing the best Psychiatric care for individuals of all ages and families. Our providers are trained as a Child & Adolescent specialist and also see patients across the lifespan including adults. We believes in a developmental approach that includes understanding both neuro-biological processes and bio-psychosocial issues.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Pulcharia Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
If you are an individual who is privately suffering from mental health illness or a loved one who is privately suffering with them, there is help for you. At Tandem Psychiatric and Family Practice, the focus is to integrate the most current and accurate treatment along with psychotherapy that centers on aiding the individual to feel whole again. I come from a Christian background and I firmly believe that every human being has the dignity of God, which comes with a purpose in life. This is the premise from which I approach treatment, so that hopefully every client can be given the means to reach their God given potential.
If you are an individual who is privately suffering from mental health illness or a loved one who is privately suffering with them, there is help for you. At Tandem Psychiatric and Family Practice, the focus is to integrate the most current and accurate treatment along with psychotherapy that centers on aiding the individual to feel whole again. I come from a Christian background and I firmly believe that every human being has the dignity of God, which comes with a purpose in life. This is the premise from which I approach treatment, so that hopefully every client can be given the means to reach their God given potential.
(206) 203-5804 View (206) 203-5804
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Renew Psychiatric Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients: Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’ve been working in the medical field for over twenty years. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though for the last 10 years I have practiced exclusively in psychiatry. My educational background and prior clinical experience in family practice gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5 and up. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you.
Accepting New Patients: Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’ve been working in the medical field for over twenty years. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though for the last 10 years I have practiced exclusively in psychiatry. My educational background and prior clinical experience in family practice gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5 and up. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you.
(407) 337-2578 View (407) 337-2578
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Kory Simonsen @prisma Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
If you’re all too familiar with the relentless thought of ‘I can’t continue living like this,’ it’s a clear sign that you’re ready for change. I approach mental health as a transformative journey through a liminal space—an in-between space where one stands on the edge of old and new or growth and change, opening the door to new possibilities and personal transformations. Mental health extends far beyond a mere collection of symptoms or diagnoses; it’s a dynamic process that involves the intricate interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that all contribute to your lived experience.
If you’re all too familiar with the relentless thought of ‘I can’t continue living like this,’ it’s a clear sign that you’re ready for change. I approach mental health as a transformative journey through a liminal space—an in-between space where one stands on the edge of old and new or growth and change, opening the door to new possibilities and personal transformations. Mental health extends far beyond a mere collection of symptoms or diagnoses; it’s a dynamic process that involves the intricate interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors that all contribute to your lived experience.
(425) 842-1138 View (425) 842-1138
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Kit Ko
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD can make life feel like an uphill climb. Combined with the uncertain times we are living in, things can quickly become overwhelming. Together we will develop a treatment plan the emphasizes your strengths and takes into consideration the many biopsychosocial factors that may be affecting you. Please note that I primarily provide medication management, with some therapy meant to supplement the work you are doing with your primary talk therapist.
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD can make life feel like an uphill climb. Combined with the uncertain times we are living in, things can quickly become overwhelming. Together we will develop a treatment plan the emphasizes your strengths and takes into consideration the many biopsychosocial factors that may be affecting you. Please note that I primarily provide medication management, with some therapy meant to supplement the work you are doing with your primary talk therapist.
(425) 968-5948 View (425) 968-5948
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Arabelle Estrada
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Bellevue, WA 98004
Arabelle is a board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay area. She enjoyed seven fulfilling years as a registered nurse in various areas of practice and eventually became the Director of Nursing at an addiction treatment center in the Pacific Northwest. She then obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University and a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Arabelle is a board-certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay area. She enjoyed seven fulfilling years as a registered nurse in various areas of practice and eventually became the Director of Nursing at an addiction treatment center in the Pacific Northwest. She then obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University and a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
(253) 321-1319 View (253) 321-1319
Photo of Michelle Zapinski @ Prisma Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98004, WA
Michelle Zapinski @ Prisma Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bellevue, WA 98004
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked in mental health for over 15 years. I've always had an interest in destigmatizing mental health disorders and treating them just like we would treat physical disorders. I have experience working with patients of all ages and work with clients to prescribe and help manage medications. Although my primary focus is medication management I also have training in various therapeutic approaches to provide a more holistic approach in caring for my clients.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who has worked in mental health for over 15 years. I've always had an interest in destigmatizing mental health disorders and treating them just like we would treat physical disorders. I have experience working with patients of all ages and work with clients to prescribe and help manage medications. Although my primary focus is medication management I also have training in various therapeutic approaches to provide a more holistic approach in caring for my clients.
(425) 361-4220 View (425) 361-4220

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98004

100+

Average cost per session

$287

Psychiatrists in 98004 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
81% Medication Management
79% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% Premera
71% Regence
67% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 98004 see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

54% Female
45% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98004?

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.