Psychiatrists in 98104

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Edward Macias
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Blue Mountain Psychiatry is a distinguished mental health and psychiatry practice conveniently located in Seattle, Washington. Led by the experienced mental health nurse practitioner Edward Macias, PMHNP-BC, the dedicated team offers comprehensive, patient-centered care. They embrace a holistic philosophy that recognizes the intricate connections between physical, emotional, and social well-being. “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.” -Vivian Greene
Blue Mountain Psychiatry is a distinguished mental health and psychiatry practice conveniently located in Seattle, Washington. Led by the experienced mental health nurse practitioner Edward Macias, PMHNP-BC, the dedicated team offers comprehensive, patient-centered care. They embrace a holistic philosophy that recognizes the intricate connections between physical, emotional, and social well-being. “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.” -Vivian Greene
(206) 208-8497 View (206) 208-8497
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Rebecca Mae Allen
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Allen graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Stanford University. She attended Oregon Health and Science University for medical school where she also earned a Masters of Public Health in biostatistics and epidemiology. She completed psychiatry residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, a joint program between Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Massachusetts Mental Health Center. She served as Chief Resident of the psychiatry consult service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She then went on to complete a 2-year fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Allen graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with honors from Stanford University. She attended Oregon Health and Science University for medical school where she also earned a Masters of Public Health in biostatistics and epidemiology. She completed psychiatry residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, a joint program between Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Massachusetts Mental Health Center. She served as Chief Resident of the psychiatry consult service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She then went on to complete a 2-year fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
(206) 823-1642 View (206) 823-1642
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Michael K. Friedman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104
My specialty is psychiatry and psychoanalysis. My expertise is the diagnosis and treatment of emotional disorders. I help people understand the origins and find solutions to emotional feelings that have gotten in the way of a meaningful and satisfying life. I utilize a variety of techniques including psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and medication to help manage emotional distress.
My specialty is psychiatry and psychoanalysis. My expertise is the diagnosis and treatment of emotional disorders. I help people understand the origins and find solutions to emotional feelings that have gotten in the way of a meaningful and satisfying life. I utilize a variety of techniques including psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and medication to help manage emotional distress.
(206) 558-0219 View (206) 558-0219
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William V Healey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104
PROVIDING ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS AND INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT Serving Seattle for over 25 years - Dr. Healey is a board-certified and HIMS-approved psychiatrist. He specializes in working with adolescents and adults, age 15 and older, suffering with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, OCD, eating disorders and ADD-spectrum disorders. Dr. William Healey also specializes in FAA Mental Health Examinations. He has performed psychiatric evaluations of pilots needing mental health clearance ​for medical re-certification for more than 20 years.
PROVIDING ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS AND INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT Serving Seattle for over 25 years - Dr. Healey is a board-certified and HIMS-approved psychiatrist. He specializes in working with adolescents and adults, age 15 and older, suffering with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, OCD, eating disorders and ADD-spectrum disorders. Dr. William Healey also specializes in FAA Mental Health Examinations. He has performed psychiatric evaluations of pilots needing mental health clearance ​for medical re-certification for more than 20 years.
(206) 701-6144 View (206) 701-6144
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Talia Baruch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Do you struggle to find the energy to do things you once enjoyed? Activities that used to bring happiness and fulfillment now feel like an insurmountable task. Even the simplest of tasks, like getting out of bed or taking a shower, feels impossible. The constant negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. You might not feel as if you can ever get better but you are ready to find a way to get out of the isolating hole of depression. You are ready to start living your life again. Clients come to me looking for a compassionate and patient provider who brings them hope in even the darkest of times.
Do you struggle to find the energy to do things you once enjoyed? Activities that used to bring happiness and fulfillment now feel like an insurmountable task. Even the simplest of tasks, like getting out of bed or taking a shower, feels impossible. The constant negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. You might not feel as if you can ever get better but you are ready to find a way to get out of the isolating hole of depression. You are ready to start living your life again. Clients come to me looking for a compassionate and patient provider who brings them hope in even the darkest of times.
(206) 203-8169 View (206) 203-8169
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Holistic Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
At Holistic Behavioral Health, we embrace an integrated healing approach, respecting and addressing your unique challenges with empathy. Dr. Osakwe, a Doctorate-prepared provider with dual Board-Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, boasts 15+ years of delivering high-quality care. She focuses on holistic, personalized care, dedicated to easing stressors and fostering enduring improvement. With diverse in-patient and out-patient experiences, Dr. Osakwe tailors treatment plans to your needs.
At Holistic Behavioral Health, we embrace an integrated healing approach, respecting and addressing your unique challenges with empathy. Dr. Osakwe, a Doctorate-prepared provider with dual Board-Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, boasts 15+ years of delivering high-quality care. She focuses on holistic, personalized care, dedicated to easing stressors and fostering enduring improvement. With diverse in-patient and out-patient experiences, Dr. Osakwe tailors treatment plans to your needs.
(509) 233-4317 View (509) 233-4317
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Joshua Bess
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
Dr. Bess graduated from Swarthmore College and University of Michigan Medical School, completed residency at UM, including a year as a chief resident, then joined the psychiatry faculty at UM, working on the Inpatient, Consultation-Liaison and ECT teams. Interests include brain stimulation, pharmacology for treatment-resistant mood disorders and psychiatric illness complicated by medical problems.
Dr. Bess graduated from Swarthmore College and University of Michigan Medical School, completed residency at UM, including a year as a chief resident, then joined the psychiatry faculty at UM, working on the Inpatient, Consultation-Liaison and ECT teams. Interests include brain stimulation, pharmacology for treatment-resistant mood disorders and psychiatric illness complicated by medical problems.
(206) 966-6968 View (206) 966-6968
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Dr. Eme Ukot
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
PSYCH Acute CARE - Is STRESS, anxiety, depression, burnout, or overwhelming emotions preventing you from living your BEST Life? Longing for relief but feeling like you've tried everything to NUMB the pain without success? You don't have to face this alone; we can help. At AB Holistic, we believe in an integrative approach to HEALING that addresses your unique struggles with compassion and understanding. Our experienced team, led by Dr. Eme Blessing (dual board-certified PMHNP & FNP) and Dr. Joseph Mugenga will listen attentively to you, seeking to uncover the root causes of your distress because healing goes beyond medication.
PSYCH Acute CARE - Is STRESS, anxiety, depression, burnout, or overwhelming emotions preventing you from living your BEST Life? Longing for relief but feeling like you've tried everything to NUMB the pain without success? You don't have to face this alone; we can help. At AB Holistic, we believe in an integrative approach to HEALING that addresses your unique struggles with compassion and understanding. Our experienced team, led by Dr. Eme Blessing (dual board-certified PMHNP & FNP) and Dr. Joseph Mugenga will listen attentively to you, seeking to uncover the root causes of your distress because healing goes beyond medication.
(206) 752-5639 View (206) 752-5639
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Safe Space psychiatry group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, Freddy, Akoko
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Welcome to Safe Space Clinic, where compassionate care meets expertise in psychiatric and family medicine. As co-owners, Ferdinand Akoko (Freddy) PMHNP-BC and Nadege Akoko (Nadi) FNP-BC are committed to providing a holistic approach to healthcare. Freddy specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, bringing years of experience and dedication to helping patients achieve mental wellness. Nadi specializes in family practice, offering comprehensive care for patients of all ages
Welcome to Safe Space Clinic, where compassionate care meets expertise in psychiatric and family medicine. As co-owners, Ferdinand Akoko (Freddy) PMHNP-BC and Nadege Akoko (Nadi) FNP-BC are committed to providing a holistic approach to healthcare. Freddy specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, bringing years of experience and dedication to helping patients achieve mental wellness. Nadi specializes in family practice, offering comprehensive care for patients of all ages
(206) 759-5507 View (206) 759-5507
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SeattleNTC - Tacoma Bellevue Bellingham Seattle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
We are not currently accepting new patients for medication management. When depression has you ready to give up, you need doctors who won't. SeattleNTC - www.seattlentc.com - is a specialty clinic offering compassionate, expert care for severe depression and other hard-to-treat psychiatric conditions throughout the Puget Sound region. We specialize in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), esketamine (Spravato), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and other interventions for debilitating depression that has not improved with medications and psychotherapy.
We are not currently accepting new patients for medication management. When depression has you ready to give up, you need doctors who won't. SeattleNTC - www.seattlentc.com - is a specialty clinic offering compassionate, expert care for severe depression and other hard-to-treat psychiatric conditions throughout the Puget Sound region. We specialize in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), esketamine (Spravato), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and other interventions for debilitating depression that has not improved with medications and psychotherapy.
(206) 512-8375 View (206) 512-8375
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MindsMatter LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
At MindsMatter, prescribing medication is not the main focus. We believe in patient-centered care tailored to your needs! Not all clients seek mental wellness treatment for the same reasons, and that's why individualized care is so important in our treatment plans. We also offer brief therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for those seeking personal counseling. I provided educational videos about mental wellness on social media via TikTok and YouTube. You can find me on TikTok (raypsychnp) or YouTube (mrraypsychnp) if you would like to subscribe to either channel or be informed when a new video is posted!
At MindsMatter, prescribing medication is not the main focus. We believe in patient-centered care tailored to your needs! Not all clients seek mental wellness treatment for the same reasons, and that's why individualized care is so important in our treatment plans. We also offer brief therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for those seeking personal counseling. I provided educational videos about mental wellness on social media via TikTok and YouTube. You can find me on TikTok (raypsychnp) or YouTube (mrraypsychnp) if you would like to subscribe to either channel or be informed when a new video is posted!
(206) 210-5478 View (206) 210-5478
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Sarah A Pullen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
“A tree that is unbending is easily broken.” Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching). One of Aesop’s fables, “The Oak and the Reeds,” reflects this same idea- that a rigid oak will break in a major storm whereas the flexible reeds live on. We cannot avoid life’s storms, yet we can find ways to weather them and perhaps come out the other side a bit stronger. I believe that the key to this is resilience. It is the ability to spring back from adversity. To face the winds of life while also being strong in one’s core and true to one’s value. And after the storm, to stand up straight and tall, unbroken. My goal is to help you build your resilience.
“A tree that is unbending is easily broken.” Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching). One of Aesop’s fables, “The Oak and the Reeds,” reflects this same idea- that a rigid oak will break in a major storm whereas the flexible reeds live on. We cannot avoid life’s storms, yet we can find ways to weather them and perhaps come out the other side a bit stronger. I believe that the key to this is resilience. It is the ability to spring back from adversity. To face the winds of life while also being strong in one’s core and true to one’s value. And after the storm, to stand up straight and tall, unbroken. My goal is to help you build your resilience.
(206) 659-1018 View (206) 659-1018
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
(206) 593-4379 View (206) 593-4379
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Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
(971) 791-2946 x2 View (971) 791-2946 x2
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Melissa Osada
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients in WA! Online video appointments! I provide a personal and empathetic approach to managing mental health concerns such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia through medication management. I utilize strong critical thinking and knowledge of assessment and diagnostics to provide exceptional care while at the same time successfully building relationships with patients.
Now Accepting New Patients in WA! Online video appointments! I provide a personal and empathetic approach to managing mental health concerns such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia through medication management. I utilize strong critical thinking and knowledge of assessment and diagnostics to provide exceptional care while at the same time successfully building relationships with patients.
(425) 517-1445 View (425) 517-1445
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Jodene Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Self-schedule at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. Jodene Jensen, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, works with patients age 14 and up who have symptoms of anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic, social anxiety), mood disorders (depression, bipolar, mania), psychosis (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder), ADHD, PTSD, OCD, addiction, and insomnia. She will listen carefully to you to find the best personalized treatment to obtain calm and symptom relief. Accepting new patients. Schedule a free consultation at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. In-network with many insurances. Accepts private pay.
Accepting new patients. Self-schedule at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. Jodene Jensen, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, works with patients age 14 and up who have symptoms of anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic, social anxiety), mood disorders (depression, bipolar, mania), psychosis (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder), ADHD, PTSD, OCD, addiction, and insomnia. She will listen carefully to you to find the best personalized treatment to obtain calm and symptom relief. Accepting new patients. Schedule a free consultation at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. In-network with many insurances. Accepts private pay.
(321) 529-0252 View (321) 529-0252
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Laura Frantz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104  (Online Only)
My priority is to get to know my clients individually and understand their unique needs. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I provide comprehensive client centered psychiatric services for adults that begins with a diagnostic evaluation and development of an evidence-based treatment plan. I strive to provide compassionate care that is individualized and collaborative. I offer services via Telehealth with a fully integrated electronic health record to make accessing care easy. I enjoy working with adults across the lifespan with a specific interest in working with individuals in the perinatal period.
My priority is to get to know my clients individually and understand their unique needs. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I provide comprehensive client centered psychiatric services for adults that begins with a diagnostic evaluation and development of an evidence-based treatment plan. I strive to provide compassionate care that is individualized and collaborative. I offer services via Telehealth with a fully integrated electronic health record to make accessing care easy. I enjoy working with adults across the lifespan with a specific interest in working with individuals in the perinatal period.
(206) 984-3634 View (206) 984-3634
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Olivier Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104
Olivier is a compassionate, patient-focused, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with nine years of experience providing mental health services in acute and outpatient settings. Mental health problems can affect your sleep, thoughts, processing information, perceiving events or other people, handling stress, making decisions, and interacting with your friends and loved ones. Your feelings are valid, so please do not feel shame or compare your struggle with anyone else's. Accepting new patients.....Book your Appointment.
Olivier is a compassionate, patient-focused, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with nine years of experience providing mental health services in acute and outpatient settings. Mental health problems can affect your sleep, thoughts, processing information, perceiving events or other people, handling stress, making decisions, and interacting with your friends and loved ones. Your feelings are valid, so please do not feel shame or compare your struggle with anyone else's. Accepting new patients.....Book your Appointment.
(509) 519-4945 View (509) 519-4945
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Bridget Awosika
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98104
Life is a pattern; it has its ups and down, when the challenges of life hit, I am here to listen. I connect with my patients and provide individual plan of care. We will talk about your needs and together formulate the best treatment. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental health nurse practitioner with over 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry and I believe that every individual is unique, I provide culturally competent care and specializes in treating a wide range of mental health and behavioral disorders
Life is a pattern; it has its ups and down, when the challenges of life hit, I am here to listen. I connect with my patients and provide individual plan of care. We will talk about your needs and together formulate the best treatment. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental health nurse practitioner with over 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry and I believe that every individual is unique, I provide culturally competent care and specializes in treating a wide range of mental health and behavioral disorders
(281) 214-6194 View (281) 214-6194
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Flowers Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98104
Welcome to Flowers Family Psychiatry, where compassionate care meets evidence-based practice. Flowers Family Psychiatry is committed to guiding individuals through challenging times with an open-minded, affirming, and empathetic approach. At Flowers Family Psychiatry, we understand the importance of providing non-judgmental support to individuals across the lifespan.
Welcome to Flowers Family Psychiatry, where compassionate care meets evidence-based practice. Flowers Family Psychiatry is committed to guiding individuals through challenging times with an open-minded, affirming, and empathetic approach. At Flowers Family Psychiatry, we understand the importance of providing non-judgmental support to individuals across the lifespan.
(817) 646-5719 View (817) 646-5719

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98104

30+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in 98104 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
91% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
76% Medication Management
73% Stress
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
81% Aetna
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 98104 see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

63% Female
34% Male
3% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98104?

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.