Psychiatrists in 98052

Photo of Michael Ramsey, DO, Psychiatrist
Michael Ramsey
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
I specialize in treatment and services for children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 6-18). I am interested in assessing both the patient and family dynamics to create a holistic and behavioral approach to Psychiatry. Treatment modalities include medication management, partnering with therapists and schools, and building stronger families. In addition, I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and young adults with Developmental Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s, and LGBTQ+ related issues. I am an avid science fiction aficionado, Star Trek enthusiast, and friend to animals.
I specialize in treatment and services for children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 6-18). I am interested in assessing both the patient and family dynamics to create a holistic and behavioral approach to Psychiatry. Treatment modalities include medication management, partnering with therapists and schools, and building stronger families. In addition, I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and young adults with Developmental Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s, and LGBTQ+ related issues. I am an avid science fiction aficionado, Star Trek enthusiast, and friend to animals.
(206) 558-0264 View (206) 558-0264
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Dr. Miguel De La Mora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redmond, WA 98052
Dr. Miguel De La Mora, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a University of Texas-trained board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. During his time in Houston, TX completing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree he completed clinical rotations at UTHealth Houston Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, Psychiatry of Texas, Synapse Psychiatry and Turning Point Psychiatry. He completed his doctoral research project on post-stroke depression and post-stroke anxiety.
Dr. Miguel De La Mora, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a University of Texas-trained board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. During his time in Houston, TX completing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree he completed clinical rotations at UTHealth Houston Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, Psychiatry of Texas, Synapse Psychiatry and Turning Point Psychiatry. He completed his doctoral research project on post-stroke depression and post-stroke anxiety.
(509) 257-4102 View (509) 257-4102
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Ebony Blackmon Humphrey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-, BC, CCM
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
What is the quickest way to be seen? Click on the "My Website" tab and complete the "Pre-Screen" form. Once received our office will verify your insurance and send you a link to Luminello (Check Your Spam/Junk Folder). Once accepted, you can complete the new patient forms. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose passionate about caring for those with trauma narratives, such as sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, and addiction. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with Acute Adults, Geriatric, Adolescent and Youth, Outpatient Substance Use, and Perinatal Mood Populations.
What is the quickest way to be seen? Click on the "My Website" tab and complete the "Pre-Screen" form. Once received our office will verify your insurance and send you a link to Luminello (Check Your Spam/Junk Folder). Once accepted, you can complete the new patient forms. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose passionate about caring for those with trauma narratives, such as sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, and addiction. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with Acute Adults, Geriatric, Adolescent and Youth, Outpatient Substance Use, and Perinatal Mood Populations.
(206) 338-6616 View (206) 338-6616
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Dr. Annabelle Dampier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Dr. Dampier is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist accepting new patients. She has extensive experience with assessing and treating a diverse array of psychiatric diagnoses. Moreover, she incorporates cultural psychiatry into clinical supervision and psychiatric assessments. Her private practice offers pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy medical interventions. She enjoys working alongside neuropsychiatrist to manage patients who undergo acute and intermittent neuromodulation.
Dr. Dampier is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist accepting new patients. She has extensive experience with assessing and treating a diverse array of psychiatric diagnoses. Moreover, she incorporates cultural psychiatry into clinical supervision and psychiatric assessments. Her private practice offers pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy medical interventions. She enjoys working alongside neuropsychiatrist to manage patients who undergo acute and intermittent neuromodulation.
(206) 593-3343 View (206) 593-3343
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Dr. Kory Simonsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients: My approach is highly personalized, blending psychotherapy with pharmacological interventions when beneficial, ensuring that our journey is tailored to your needs. My background and training have equipped me to support you as we navigate through the complexities of life's toughest moments.
Accepting new clients: My approach is highly personalized, blending psychotherapy with pharmacological interventions when beneficial, ensuring that our journey is tailored to your needs. My background and training have equipped me to support you as we navigate through the complexities of life's toughest moments.
(425) 578-5929 View (425) 578-5929
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Redmond, WA 98052
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: 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 holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(206) 678-0481 View (206) 678-0481
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Jessica H Gonzales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients on a case-by-case basis for medication management. As an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I see patients 18 yo and older, which means that in addition to other tools I've gained from my advanced training, I can prescribe medication when necessary. Medication management is an important component of what I do, and when it's needed, I work collaboratively to find a regimen that works best for you. When you come to me, you may have been working with another practitioner, tried a variety of other approaches, or may be taking a step toward treatment for the first time.
I am accepting new clients on a case-by-case basis for medication management. As an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I see patients 18 yo and older, which means that in addition to other tools I've gained from my advanced training, I can prescribe medication when necessary. Medication management is an important component of what I do, and when it's needed, I work collaboratively to find a regimen that works best for you. When you come to me, you may have been working with another practitioner, tried a variety of other approaches, or may be taking a step toward treatment for the first time.
(425) 276-6294 View (425) 276-6294
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Nathan Bushue
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Redmond, WA 98052
I have worked in both community mental health and private clinics prior to coming to LightHeart. This exposure has equipped me with a broad perspective on mental healthcare. I have worked with clients with many different backgrounds and ages. I like working with clients during life transitions. Helping clients find a path for the future is a passion of mine. I am also well-versed in the use of innovative clinical technologies such as TMS (trans-cranial magnetic stimulation) and Spravato (ketamine delivered via nasal spray) for treatment-resistant depression.
I have worked in both community mental health and private clinics prior to coming to LightHeart. This exposure has equipped me with a broad perspective on mental healthcare. I have worked with clients with many different backgrounds and ages. I like working with clients during life transitions. Helping clients find a path for the future is a passion of mine. I am also well-versed in the use of innovative clinical technologies such as TMS (trans-cranial magnetic stimulation) and Spravato (ketamine delivered via nasal spray) for treatment-resistant depression.
(206) 589-1117 View (206) 589-1117
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Redmond, WA 98052
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: 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 holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(206) 457-1886 View (206) 457-1886
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Massoud Stephane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Dr. Massoud Stephane is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Stephane graduated from Damascus University Medical College and was trained in neurology at La Salpeteriere in Paris, France and in psychiatry at Tufts University and Yale University. He was also a research fellow in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School where he was faculty for short time afterwards. Over his career span, he practiced psychiatry in the East Coast, Midwest, and West coast; and held professorial positions at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Massoud Stephane is a Psychiatrist in Washington who has been practicing since 2019. Dr. Stephane graduated from Damascus University Medical College and was trained in neurology at La Salpeteriere in Paris, France and in psychiatry at Tufts University and Yale University. He was also a research fellow in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School where he was faculty for short time afterwards. Over his career span, he practiced psychiatry in the East Coast, Midwest, and West coast; and held professorial positions at the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and Oregon Health and Science University.
(425) 510-0200 View (425) 510-0200
Photo of Rachel Lee@ Family Psychiatry, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Lee@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Rachel Lee is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), that treats patients across the lifespan. She is experienced in both Pediatric and Adult care and has worked in a multitude of clinical environments. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and completed her graduate studies at Seattle University (FNP) and Frontier Nursing University (PMHNP). She enjoys creating tailored holistic treatment plans for her patients, integrating pharmacotherapy and therapeutic modalities of care.
Rachel Lee is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), that treats patients across the lifespan. She is experienced in both Pediatric and Adult care and has worked in a multitude of clinical environments. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and completed her graduate studies at Seattle University (FNP) and Frontier Nursing University (PMHNP). She enjoys creating tailored holistic treatment plans for her patients, integrating pharmacotherapy and therapeutic modalities of care.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Abebe Belete
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
I am Abebe Belete, a doctoral nurse practitioner (DNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board-certified (PMHNP-BC) with a holistic approach to therapy, integrating evidence-based practices with empathetic listening to address the unique needs of each client. With a focus on individual therapy and medication management, Dr. Belete specializes in treating mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders, as well as providing support for individuals navigating life transitions and managing stress.
I am Abebe Belete, a doctoral nurse practitioner (DNP) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board-certified (PMHNP-BC) with a holistic approach to therapy, integrating evidence-based practices with empathetic listening to address the unique needs of each client. With a focus on individual therapy and medication management, Dr. Belete specializes in treating mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders, as well as providing support for individuals navigating life transitions and managing stress.
(509) 210-4753 View (509) 210-4753
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Martha McCool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Hello, my name is Martha McCool. I am a licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I offer evidence-based and patient-centered care. I believe in the collaborative care process. I explore what matters to each patient and identify the best treatment. I work with patients suffering from major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, personality disorders, alcohol use disorder, and bipolar disorder. I provide a calm, non-judgmental space to explore feelings and thoughts.
Hello, my name is Martha McCool. I am a licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I offer evidence-based and patient-centered care. I believe in the collaborative care process. I explore what matters to each patient and identify the best treatment. I work with patients suffering from major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, personality disorders, alcohol use disorder, and bipolar disorder. I provide a calm, non-judgmental space to explore feelings and thoughts.
(509) 512-1345 View (509) 512-1345
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Cathleen Bozek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Hello, I’m Cat Bozek. I’ve been a psych nurse practitioner since 2010. I’ve had the honor of working with folks from all walks of life. I’m here to listen without judgment, offer strength-based reflection questions, and provide evidence-based treatment options, including medication management. My approach to providing quality mental health care begins with listening. I work for you, and my job is to adapt to individual needs to create trust and rapport. I believe in using evidence-based practices, having sustainable goals, and compassion first and foremost.
Hello, I’m Cat Bozek. I’ve been a psych nurse practitioner since 2010. I’ve had the honor of working with folks from all walks of life. I’m here to listen without judgment, offer strength-based reflection questions, and provide evidence-based treatment options, including medication management. My approach to providing quality mental health care begins with listening. I work for you, and my job is to adapt to individual needs to create trust and rapport. I believe in using evidence-based practices, having sustainable goals, and compassion first and foremost.
(509) 210-7476 View (509) 210-7476
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Wes Weidle
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ-PSY
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
I am motivated to work with individuals that want to improve and feel better, and are open to approaching their mental healthcare from multiple evidence-based avenues.
I am motivated to work with individuals that want to improve and feel better, and are open to approaching their mental healthcare from multiple evidence-based avenues.
(206) 785-2102 View (206) 785-2102
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Danielle Simpson@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients. I am a Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse practitioner that treats individuals throughout the lifespan, from early childhood into adulthood. She specializes in treating ADHD, Anxiety and Mood disorders and Autism spectrum disorders. She utilizes both pharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy techniques. In addition, she works with patients on interpersonal growth and professional developmental.
Accepting New Patients. I am a Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse practitioner that treats individuals throughout the lifespan, from early childhood into adulthood. She specializes in treating ADHD, Anxiety and Mood disorders and Autism spectrum disorders. She utilizes both pharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy techniques. In addition, she works with patients on interpersonal growth and professional developmental.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Sule Karakus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
I obtained my medical degree from University of Istanbul Medical School. I completed my Psychiatry Specialization at Case Western Reserve University. I was the chief resident of the inpatient units at Harvard Medical School. I have held positions at Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health and Navos Mental Health. I was a pediatric neurosurgeon previously and have vast experience working abroad in the international medical communities of Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Australia. I am fluent in English, German, French and Turkish. Services Offered: My focus will be on medication management.
I obtained my medical degree from University of Istanbul Medical School. I completed my Psychiatry Specialization at Case Western Reserve University. I was the chief resident of the inpatient units at Harvard Medical School. I have held positions at Western State Hospital, Good Samaritan Behavioral Health and Navos Mental Health. I was a pediatric neurosurgeon previously and have vast experience working abroad in the international medical communities of Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Australia. I am fluent in English, German, French and Turkish. Services Offered: My focus will be on medication management.
(425) 243-1078 View (425) 243-1078
Photo of Jabari Dobson, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jabari Dobson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Hi, I’m Jabari Dobson. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental nurse practitioner for all ages. I provide medication management, psychotherapy, and other great care. My specialties include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and more. My therapeutic approach is to use a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic methods to achieve healing and understanding within all of my patients. My patient focus is not limited to any specific group as I wish to serve anyone within need of care.
Hi, I’m Jabari Dobson. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental nurse practitioner for all ages. I provide medication management, psychotherapy, and other great care. My specialties include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and more. My therapeutic approach is to use a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic methods to achieve healing and understanding within all of my patients. My patient focus is not limited to any specific group as I wish to serve anyone within need of care.
(509) 567-2977 View (509) 567-2977
Photo of Kenny Kehinde, NP,  PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kenny Kehinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Redmond, WA 98052
Kenny Kehinde is a Nurse Practitioner in North Dakota who has been practicing since 2022. He has a Bachelor's degree from the United Kingdom and an MSN from the Walden University. Kenny is non-judgmental in his approach and provides individualized treatment. Kenny provides medication management for adults with a particular interest in Mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, psychosis/schizophrenia, and substance use disorders, to mention a few. Outside of work, Kenny enjoys playing table tennis, cycling, and playing and watching soccer. He is an ardent supporter of Arsenal FC in Premier League in the U. K.
Kenny Kehinde is a Nurse Practitioner in North Dakota who has been practicing since 2022. He has a Bachelor's degree from the United Kingdom and an MSN from the Walden University. Kenny is non-judgmental in his approach and provides individualized treatment. Kenny provides medication management for adults with a particular interest in Mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, psychosis/schizophrenia, and substance use disorders, to mention a few. Outside of work, Kenny enjoys playing table tennis, cycling, and playing and watching soccer. He is an ardent supporter of Arsenal FC in Premier League in the U. K.
(425) 475-2906 View (425) 475-2906

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98052

60+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 98052 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
95% Depression
81% ADHD
77% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

83% Aetna
77% Cigna and Evernorth
66% Regence

How Psychiatrists in 98052 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

68% Female
32% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98052?

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.