Psychiatrists in 98105

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Cheryl Cooke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
I am primarily seeing folks for therapy. I am familiar with the challenges experienced by communities of Color, academics, women at transitions in life, and individuals experiencing parenting and relationship challenges. I also see children with anxiety, depression, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 5 & 12.
I am primarily seeing folks for therapy. I am familiar with the challenges experienced by communities of Color, academics, women at transitions in life, and individuals experiencing parenting and relationship challenges. I also see children with anxiety, depression, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 5 & 12.
(360) 889-8850 View (360) 889-8850
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Shannon La Douce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
FEB 2024 - Appointments available this week! I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - people who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing pressures of the field, a mom juggling parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
FEB 2024 - Appointments available this week! I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - people who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing pressures of the field, a mom juggling parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
(206) 739-0245 View (206) 739-0245
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Dr. Katharine Frissora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105
MARCH 2024- Appointments available within 1-2 weeks! To begin services, please complete the new patient request form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact - we will get back to you in 1 business day! I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 15 years of healthcare experience providing psychiatric care.
MARCH 2024- Appointments available within 1-2 weeks! To begin services, please complete the new patient request form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact - we will get back to you in 1 business day! I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 15 years of healthcare experience providing psychiatric care.
(206) 823-2496 View (206) 823-2496
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(206) 736-3263 View (206) 736-3263
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Michael Weeks MD MSW Pllc
Psychiatrist, MD, MSW
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
With a rich background in mental health, I bring a unique blend of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, addiction specialist, and educator in psychology. However, at the heart of my practice, I am a dedicated psychotherapist. My journey in medicine, culminating in my board certification in Psychiatry in Washington State in 2017, has always been driven by a passion for understanding and nurturing the human psyche. While I am equipped to prescribe medication when it supports treatment, my primary focus is on delivering comprehensive psychodynamic psychotherapy for optimal patient care.
With a rich background in mental health, I bring a unique blend of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, addiction specialist, and educator in psychology. However, at the heart of my practice, I am a dedicated psychotherapist. My journey in medicine, culminating in my board certification in Psychiatry in Washington State in 2017, has always been driven by a passion for understanding and nurturing the human psyche. While I am equipped to prescribe medication when it supports treatment, my primary focus is on delivering comprehensive psychodynamic psychotherapy for optimal patient care.
(206) 565-0641 View (206) 565-0641
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Janelle Yim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
Currently ACCEPTing NEW patients: (make an appointment on the website - www.telemyvisit.com.) Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health to reach overall well-being. Many people suffer from depression or other mental health problems that affect their lives, and yet they often struggle to reach out for help. Mental health conditions are common, and you are not alone in this. Whether you know that you live with a long-term mental illness or you are not sure what's causing your symptoms, I can help you find hope.
Currently ACCEPTing NEW patients: (make an appointment on the website - www.telemyvisit.com.) Looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health to reach overall well-being. Many people suffer from depression or other mental health problems that affect their lives, and yet they often struggle to reach out for help. Mental health conditions are common, and you are not alone in this. Whether you know that you live with a long-term mental illness or you are not sure what's causing your symptoms, I can help you find hope.
(509) 260-2380 View (509) 260-2380
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ECARE Psychiatric Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Ed, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS 100% TELEHEALTH/ONLINE. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I received my post-graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health from Maryville University, St. Louis Missouri, Masters in Nursing Education from Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio, and Associates in Applied Science Nursing from Mercy College of NWO, Toledo, Ohio. I am the founder and owner of ECARE Psychiatric Services PLLC in Washington State. My practice provides comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, evidence-based medication management, and supportive therapy.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS 100% TELEHEALTH/ONLINE. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I received my post-graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health from Maryville University, St. Louis Missouri, Masters in Nursing Education from Lourdes University, Sylvania, Ohio, and Associates in Applied Science Nursing from Mercy College of NWO, Toledo, Ohio. I am the founder and owner of ECARE Psychiatric Services PLLC in Washington State. My practice provides comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, evidence-based medication management, and supportive therapy.
(206) 207-0030 View (206) 207-0030
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M Tobey Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
My name is Mary, I go by "Maria". I have been working in mental health nursing for the past 9 years, and nursing in general for the past 23 years. My greatest joy is connecting with my patients at a human level and helping them realize the strengths within themselves to achieving a more calm and peaceful life. My style of engaging with patients is holistic. I believe in meeting the needs of the mind, the body and soul, for a more fulfilled existence. My clients can expect to feel more hopeful, understood, and empowered after a session with me.
My name is Mary, I go by "Maria". I have been working in mental health nursing for the past 9 years, and nursing in general for the past 23 years. My greatest joy is connecting with my patients at a human level and helping them realize the strengths within themselves to achieving a more calm and peaceful life. My style of engaging with patients is holistic. I believe in meeting the needs of the mind, the body and soul, for a more fulfilled existence. My clients can expect to feel more hopeful, understood, and empowered after a session with me.
(253) 364-7030 View (253) 364-7030
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Ashley Harmon, M.D. PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
Not accepting new clients
Symptoms and diagnoses do not define who we are. Mental health is more than symptom reduction, and there are mulitple ways of understanding their powerful impact on our lives. Addressing root causes leads to mental health. Through connection, curiosity, and collaboration, we create practical treatment plans based on your lived experience, neurobiology, and personal mental health goals. Increasing self-awareness and compassion empowers and promotes resilience in the face of life’s inevitable challenges. I am honored to work with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Symptoms and diagnoses do not define who we are. Mental health is more than symptom reduction, and there are mulitple ways of understanding their powerful impact on our lives. Addressing root causes leads to mental health. Through connection, curiosity, and collaboration, we create practical treatment plans based on your lived experience, neurobiology, and personal mental health goals. Increasing self-awareness and compassion empowers and promotes resilience in the face of life’s inevitable challenges. I am honored to work with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
(206) 557-6062 View (206) 557-6062
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Charles Anstett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
As a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, licensed to practice in the State of Washington. I have experience working with children, teens and adults. I have also worked with acutely ill adult clients in a number of inpatient facilities. I hold Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana, and have worked in the nursing profession since 1998. I am currently not accepting new patients for ADHD treatment.
As a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, licensed to practice in the State of Washington. I have experience working with children, teens and adults. I have also worked with acutely ill adult clients in a number of inpatient facilities. I hold Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of Southern Indiana, and have worked in the nursing profession since 1998. I am currently not accepting new patients for ADHD treatment.
(206) 429-4076 View (206) 429-4076
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Dr. Kelly Gupta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
Welcome to a world of psychiatry that's more than just medication. I am an experienced psychiatrist with a deep interest in healing and a down-to-earth approach. I treat patients via telepsychiatry in Washington, Florida, and Michigan. Telepsychiatry is surprisingly personal, highly convenient, and effective. My practice includes adults (21+) with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and OCD in addition to those navigating relationship challenges or life transitions. I also welcome those who are simply feeling stuck or who wish to take a liberating dive into self-exploration.
Welcome to a world of psychiatry that's more than just medication. I am an experienced psychiatrist with a deep interest in healing and a down-to-earth approach. I treat patients via telepsychiatry in Washington, Florida, and Michigan. Telepsychiatry is surprisingly personal, highly convenient, and effective. My practice includes adults (21+) with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and OCD in addition to those navigating relationship challenges or life transitions. I also welcome those who are simply feeling stuck or who wish to take a liberating dive into self-exploration.
(206) 208-8682 View (206) 208-8682
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New Heights Behavioral Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
AS Seen On: NBC, CBS, FOX, and USA Today. Anxiety, Stress, Depression, and Trauma are challenges that can make life hard. You feel lost. Your relationships and work suffer, and eventually, your overall health declines. You can barely get out of bed because you don't feel motivated. Pain is inevitable but suffering is unnecessary. Working together, you'll discover your strengths and the tools necessary to help you overcome obstacles stopping you from showing up in the world and living your best life.
AS Seen On: NBC, CBS, FOX, and USA Today. Anxiety, Stress, Depression, and Trauma are challenges that can make life hard. You feel lost. Your relationships and work suffer, and eventually, your overall health declines. You can barely get out of bed because you don't feel motivated. Pain is inevitable but suffering is unnecessary. Working together, you'll discover your strengths and the tools necessary to help you overcome obstacles stopping you from showing up in the world and living your best life.
(206) 438-9716 View (206) 438-9716
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Frederick Duennebier, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
Hello! I am accepting new clients, having recently moved to Seattle. As an adult, adolescent & child psychiatrist, I am privileged to work with individuals of all ages. If you or your child struggles with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, relationship conflicts, professional and academic concerns, existential distress or similar issues, then consider this a safe harbor. A place based on mutual respect, compassion, patience, and unconditional regard.
Hello! I am accepting new clients, having recently moved to Seattle. As an adult, adolescent & child psychiatrist, I am privileged to work with individuals of all ages. If you or your child struggles with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, relationship conflicts, professional and academic concerns, existential distress or similar issues, then consider this a safe harbor. A place based on mutual respect, compassion, patience, and unconditional regard.
(206) 208-7637 View (206) 208-7637
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Bertrand Lee Wicholas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105
I specialize in the treatment of adults with a range of mental health concerns. I treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. My practice draws upon a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies and utilizes psychiatric medications if appropriate. I believe that for any treatment to be effective, it must be built upon a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship that reflects each client's individual needs and personal values. I believe in a down-to-earth and transparent approach to psychiatry that views genuine human connection as the foundation of any treatment.
I specialize in the treatment of adults with a range of mental health concerns. I treat clients in a professional and confidential setting that feels safe and non-judgmental. My practice draws upon a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies and utilizes psychiatric medications if appropriate. I believe that for any treatment to be effective, it must be built upon a trusting and collaborative therapeutic relationship that reflects each client's individual needs and personal values. I believe in a down-to-earth and transparent approach to psychiatry that views genuine human connection as the foundation of any treatment.
(206) 745-6315 View (206) 745-6315
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Florence Omoro Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
From my years of practice and practice experience, I have learned that it is important to take time to listen and understand every family’s and individual’s unique needs, and to keep current with the latest advances in psychiatric treatments. My goal is to work with you to formulate an individualized evidence-based, culturally-sensitive treatment plan to achieve the best possible outcome for you or your child.
From my years of practice and practice experience, I have learned that it is important to take time to listen and understand every family’s and individual’s unique needs, and to keep current with the latest advances in psychiatric treatments. My goal is to work with you to formulate an individualized evidence-based, culturally-sensitive treatment plan to achieve the best possible outcome for you or your child.
(206) 339-8077 View (206) 339-8077
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Dr.SemoreDNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
Dr. Ogun-Semore- DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP-BC- Treat ACROSS LIFESPAN. In my line of profession and with expertise, I explain the pathophysiology of the condition and how medications work, use a rating scale, and evidenced-based treatments to support my diagnosis. The services I provide include comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and supportive therapy. I am experienced in helping people with anxiety, chronic depression resistant to other treatment options and modalities, panic, bipolar disorders, psychotic symptoms, PTSD, memory impairment, ADHD.....etc
Dr. Ogun-Semore- DNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP-BC- Treat ACROSS LIFESPAN. In my line of profession and with expertise, I explain the pathophysiology of the condition and how medications work, use a rating scale, and evidenced-based treatments to support my diagnosis. The services I provide include comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and supportive therapy. I am experienced in helping people with anxiety, chronic depression resistant to other treatment options and modalities, panic, bipolar disorders, psychotic symptoms, PTSD, memory impairment, ADHD.....etc
(425) 217-1891 View (425) 217-1891
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Harleen Kang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
My name is Dr. Harleen Kang, I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing out of the great state of Washington. I come with over seven years’ experience in psychiatry and aim to continue providing excellent care to all those seeking help for their mental health. My primary areas of focus are anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD/trauma, life transitions, loss and grief, and adjustment issues. I primarily do medication management with minimal therapy.
My name is Dr. Harleen Kang, I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner practicing out of the great state of Washington. I come with over seven years’ experience in psychiatry and aim to continue providing excellent care to all those seeking help for their mental health. My primary areas of focus are anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, PTSD/trauma, life transitions, loss and grief, and adjustment issues. I primarily do medication management with minimal therapy.
(360) 995-1668 View (360) 995-1668
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Rachel Crothers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management to individual adults. My approach to treatment is empathic, collaborative, holistic, and in-depth. My style is warm, engaging and interactive. My goal is to help you heal as well as to find greater authenticity, purpose and meaning in life. I provide a compassionate and safe space where we can understand and change patterns that are no longer serving you, support you through life transitions, and work together to help you heal and reach greater authenticity and meaning in life.
I am a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management to individual adults. My approach to treatment is empathic, collaborative, holistic, and in-depth. My style is warm, engaging and interactive. My goal is to help you heal as well as to find greater authenticity, purpose and meaning in life. I provide a compassionate and safe space where we can understand and change patterns that are no longer serving you, support you through life transitions, and work together to help you heal and reach greater authenticity and meaning in life.
(510) 826-3658 View (510) 826-3658
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Laura Donnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98105
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! I am a board certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained in psychiatric medication management and therapy. Whether you are interested in finding a medication prescriber who can continue a treatment regimen that is already working well, seeking psychiatric services for the first time, or rectifying improper diagnosis and/or treatment, I am excited to work with you to achieve your goals. Many people suffer for months or years because anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or a myriad of other mental health problems have been improperly diagnosed or undiagnosed altogether.
Welcome! I am a board certified family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained in psychiatric medication management and therapy. Whether you are interested in finding a medication prescriber who can continue a treatment regimen that is already working well, seeking psychiatric services for the first time, or rectifying improper diagnosis and/or treatment, I am excited to work with you to achieve your goals. Many people suffer for months or years because anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or a myriad of other mental health problems have been improperly diagnosed or undiagnosed altogether.
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Michael Ramsey
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98105
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98105

40+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 98105 who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
93% Depression
81% Trauma and PTSD
79% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
74% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Premera
72% Regence
69% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 98105 see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98105?

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.