Psychiatrists in 98112

Photo of Tim Richardson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98112, WA
Tim Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112
As a Psychiatric Practitioner, I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnose, manage treatment plans, and prescribe medication for various psychiatric conditions. I also provide supportive psychotherapy or talk therapy. It offers the benefits of improved interpersonal relationships, stress reduction, and a deeper insight into one’s own life, values, goals, and development. During your initial visit, I will thoroughly review your current issues and personal story. By the end of the initial visit, I will offer my preliminary impressions and discuss treatment recommendations.
As a Psychiatric Practitioner, I provide psychiatric assessments, diagnose, manage treatment plans, and prescribe medication for various psychiatric conditions. I also provide supportive psychotherapy or talk therapy. It offers the benefits of improved interpersonal relationships, stress reduction, and a deeper insight into one’s own life, values, goals, and development. During your initial visit, I will thoroughly review your current issues and personal story. By the end of the initial visit, I will offer my preliminary impressions and discuss treatment recommendations.
(206) 887-9586 View (206) 887-9586
Catherine Terri Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
My practice is oriented towards long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, sometimes including medication management as part of an overall treatment plan. I seek to provide non-critical, empathic, and respectful listening which will enable my patients to feel safe as we explore together the sources of their distress. As a person achieves greater self-understanding, greater self-acceptance and compassion towards oneself becomes possible, and this helps relieve suffering and affords greater personal freedom to become one's authentic self.
My practice is oriented towards long-term insight-oriented psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults, sometimes including medication management as part of an overall treatment plan. I seek to provide non-critical, empathic, and respectful listening which will enable my patients to feel safe as we explore together the sources of their distress. As a person achieves greater self-understanding, greater self-acceptance and compassion towards oneself becomes possible, and this helps relieve suffering and affords greater personal freedom to become one's authentic self.
(206) 745-4453 View (206) 745-4453
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Brian D Jaeger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
Dr. Jaeger graduated from the University of Washington, and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed a four year residency at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has over 20 years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist. He believes that the relationship between health care provider and patient is of the utmost importance. He takes a balanced approach to go beyond symptom relief and help you find ways to revitalize your life so that you can thrive in all of your endeavors.
Dr. Jaeger graduated from the University of Washington, and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed a four year residency at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has over 20 years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist. He believes that the relationship between health care provider and patient is of the utmost importance. He takes a balanced approach to go beyond symptom relief and help you find ways to revitalize your life so that you can thrive in all of your endeavors.
(425) 276-6346 x1 View (425) 276-6346 x1
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Susi Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
It can be difficult to get an ADHD evaluation, but I'm here to help. As a board certified ARNP with a resolution to provide the most effective method for treatment I'm open to understanding each individual's personal history, his or her life experiences, and each patient's particular concerns about medications. Within a collaborative relationship, I approach all of this with patience, warmth, and understanding. In order to prioritize providing treatment for patients, scheduling is completed exclusively through my website. For FAQ (including accepted insurances), please visit the website link on this page.
It can be difficult to get an ADHD evaluation, but I'm here to help. As a board certified ARNP with a resolution to provide the most effective method for treatment I'm open to understanding each individual's personal history, his or her life experiences, and each patient's particular concerns about medications. Within a collaborative relationship, I approach all of this with patience, warmth, and understanding. In order to prioritize providing treatment for patients, scheduling is completed exclusively through my website. For FAQ (including accepted insurances), please visit the website link on this page.
(425) 217-3996 View (425) 217-3996
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David G Zacharias
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Mayo Clinic and Harvard-trained psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. I discovered a love for the humanities—notably literature and philosophy—early in life due to the profound way in which they helped me to understand and appreciate the human condition. This eventually merged with an interest in medicine and a desire to help improve people's lives. My interactions with patients tend to be relational and existentially-oriented, focusing heavily on personal growth and empowerment within a larger context of meaning and values.
I am a Mayo Clinic and Harvard-trained psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience working in healthcare. I discovered a love for the humanities—notably literature and philosophy—early in life due to the profound way in which they helped me to understand and appreciate the human condition. This eventually merged with an interest in medicine and a desire to help improve people's lives. My interactions with patients tend to be relational and existentially-oriented, focusing heavily on personal growth and empowerment within a larger context of meaning and values.
(206) 565-0232 View (206) 565-0232
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Geoff Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
I am seeing new and existing clients via telehealth. I believe in collaborating with parents, family, and other mental health professionals to bring a team of support and care to my patients. I offer psychiatric consultations, psychiatric evaluations, and medication management. I treat patients of most ages, ranging from young children (4 and up) to adolescents and adults. **Please note, I do not treat addiction or substance abuse. To learn more about my treatment philosophy and determine if I would be a good fit for your needs, please visit my personal webpage.
I am seeing new and existing clients via telehealth. I believe in collaborating with parents, family, and other mental health professionals to bring a team of support and care to my patients. I offer psychiatric consultations, psychiatric evaluations, and medication management. I treat patients of most ages, ranging from young children (4 and up) to adolescents and adults. **Please note, I do not treat addiction or substance abuse. To learn more about my treatment philosophy and determine if I would be a good fit for your needs, please visit my personal webpage.
(206) 743-9366 View (206) 743-9366
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Jan Gullette
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
My approach to therapy is to acknowledge and respect that this is a collaborative process where we together explore how your beliefs, thoughts, and unique chemistry, along with your physical health, social and spiritual experiences affect who you are and how satisfied you are with your life. In a safe and comfortable environment we can learn what it is you are want to understand and what you wish to accomplish in our work together. I provide counseling, therapy, medication management and alternatives to medication when indicated. I have experience working with individuals, couples and families.
My approach to therapy is to acknowledge and respect that this is a collaborative process where we together explore how your beliefs, thoughts, and unique chemistry, along with your physical health, social and spiritual experiences affect who you are and how satisfied you are with your life. In a safe and comfortable environment we can learn what it is you are want to understand and what you wish to accomplish in our work together. I provide counseling, therapy, medication management and alternatives to medication when indicated. I have experience working with individuals, couples and families.
(206) 535-2041 View (206) 535-2041
Photo of Angela Heald, Psychiatrist in 98112, WA
Angela Heald
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
I am a fully licensed psychiatrist (MD) specializing in psychotherapy. I treat adults with psychotherapy and additional medication management services if needed. (I am not accepting any medication-only patients.) I provide short and long-term psychotherapy, the frequency and length of which will depend on your needs. I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, career issues, family issues, grief and life transitions, and low self-esteem.
I am a fully licensed psychiatrist (MD) specializing in psychotherapy. I treat adults with psychotherapy and additional medication management services if needed. (I am not accepting any medication-only patients.) I provide short and long-term psychotherapy, the frequency and length of which will depend on your needs. I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, relationship issues, career issues, family issues, grief and life transitions, and low self-esteem.
(425) 354-3851 View (425) 354-3851
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Susan Malatesta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
My clients tell me that after starting treatment they feel more like themselves, they are brighter and are confident to reach their wellness goals. I specialize in helping patients experience relief from struggles like depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, constant worry and fear, insomnia, and irritability. Clients often need short and long term solutions to problems that are preventing them from performing at work, having fulfilling relationships and feeling their best.
My clients tell me that after starting treatment they feel more like themselves, they are brighter and are confident to reach their wellness goals. I specialize in helping patients experience relief from struggles like depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, constant worry and fear, insomnia, and irritability. Clients often need short and long term solutions to problems that are preventing them from performing at work, having fulfilling relationships and feeling their best.
(425) 842-1450 View (425) 842-1450
Photo of Christopher Garrity, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98112, WA
Christopher Garrity
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
I partner with my patients because I believe the best healthcare decisions are made when both provider and patient work together. Reach out to me if you are looking for a voice in your own healthcare, looking for someone who thoroughly understands medications and wants to be listened to very carefully. Contact me if you need someone who understands your anxiety and depression and is willing to comprehend your unique situation. Perhaps you are looking to make a change but don't know how to make the first step. Or perhaps you are tired of feeling a certain way but don't know how to articulate your feelings. Reach out!
I partner with my patients because I believe the best healthcare decisions are made when both provider and patient work together. Reach out to me if you are looking for a voice in your own healthcare, looking for someone who thoroughly understands medications and wants to be listened to very carefully. Contact me if you need someone who understands your anxiety and depression and is willing to comprehend your unique situation. Perhaps you are looking to make a change but don't know how to make the first step. Or perhaps you are tired of feeling a certain way but don't know how to articulate your feelings. Reach out!
(206) 312-8323 View (206) 312-8323
Photo of Ryan R. Gorman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98112, WA
Ryan R. Gorman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
I am an experienced mental health clinician with expertise treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I prescribe discerningly for adult clients who would benefit from a medication's role in their healing process. Additionally, I offer insight-oriented, strength-based psychotherapies which support the brain's natural ability to recover from trauma and attachment wounds. Whether you are accessing mental health treatment for the first time or wish to pursue your healing on a deeper level, I look forward to working together.
I am an experienced mental health clinician with expertise treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I prescribe discerningly for adult clients who would benefit from a medication's role in their healing process. Additionally, I offer insight-oriented, strength-based psychotherapies which support the brain's natural ability to recover from trauma and attachment wounds. Whether you are accessing mental health treatment for the first time or wish to pursue your healing on a deeper level, I look forward to working together.
(425) 578-5995 View (425) 578-5995
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Anicka Oyer Meyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
I help people navigate transitions into young adulthood, parenthood, and gender or sexual identities. These changes can be overwhelming. Together we can connect you to your own inner guide. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my hope is to create a space where you can share openly, find support for deep challenges, and share decision-making in your treatment. I use clinical diagnosis as a starting point, and together we will explore your individual story that cannot be written by anyone but you. My role is to help you move beyond diagnosis to relief, ease, and wellness.
I help people navigate transitions into young adulthood, parenthood, and gender or sexual identities. These changes can be overwhelming. Together we can connect you to your own inner guide. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my hope is to create a space where you can share openly, find support for deep challenges, and share decision-making in your treatment. I use clinical diagnosis as a starting point, and together we will explore your individual story that cannot be written by anyone but you. My role is to help you move beyond diagnosis to relief, ease, and wellness.
(206) 231-6635 View (206) 231-6635
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Dr. Daniel Daylamani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist currently accepting new patients. My practice is strictly through the use of telepsychiatry which means that all appointments will be held via HIPAA compliant video conferencing software. Many patients prefer this means of treatment as appointments can be done from the comfort of your home or office without the need for lengthy commutes or waiting rooms and it provides access to mental health treatment to patients located in more remote locations. I treat adult (18+) patients located in Colorado, Texas and Washington State though controlled substance prescribing may only be done in Colorado.
(206) 752-1959 View (206) 752-1959
Photo of Dr. Tundike Gore, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98112, WA
Dr. Tundike Gore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment for women and men is my core specialty. ADHD is a "Sticky Ball", rolling as we age, picking up all kinds of symptoms. It is often misdiagnosed medically by blaming the hormones or as another mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, stress, bipolar disorder, or believing that ADHD is a childhood condition. Anxiety, panic, depression, insomnia, mood swings, anger, self blame are all symptoms of ADHD. My goal is to brighten your daily life and lift you out of the current state of misdiagnosis and medication failures that are causing unmanageable difficulties in your life.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment for women and men is my core specialty. ADHD is a "Sticky Ball", rolling as we age, picking up all kinds of symptoms. It is often misdiagnosed medically by blaming the hormones or as another mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, stress, bipolar disorder, or believing that ADHD is a childhood condition. Anxiety, panic, depression, insomnia, mood swings, anger, self blame are all symptoms of ADHD. My goal is to brighten your daily life and lift you out of the current state of misdiagnosis and medication failures that are causing unmanageable difficulties in your life.
(509) 600-1124 View (509) 600-1124
Photo of Dr. Kelly C. Aldinger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98112, WA
Dr. Kelly C. Aldinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSW, RYT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
APRIL 2024 - OPEN www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Hello! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring diverse professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
APRIL 2024 - OPEN www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Hello! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring diverse professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
(360) 685-1658 View (360) 685-1658
Photo of Deborah Seidel ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98112, WA
Deborah Seidel ARNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
Welcome! I am looking forward to meeting you.I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. You may be considering therapy or medications because you are experiencing distress or dissatisfaction with some part of your life. I believe that I can help you to move through a challenging time by creating a safe place to talk about difficult situations. Therapy will be mutually designed to assst you to examing the cognitive, psychological and behavioral patterns that may interefere with your experiences of fulfillment in life. Sessions will be supportive and challenge you to examine your current life situation.
Welcome! I am looking forward to meeting you.I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. You may be considering therapy or medications because you are experiencing distress or dissatisfaction with some part of your life. I believe that I can help you to move through a challenging time by creating a safe place to talk about difficult situations. Therapy will be mutually designed to assst you to examing the cognitive, psychological and behavioral patterns that may interefere with your experiences of fulfillment in life. Sessions will be supportive and challenge you to examine your current life situation.
(206) 488-1693 View (206) 488-1693
Photo of Ryan M. Fugate, Psychiatrist in 98112, WA
Ryan M. Fugate
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
**Currently accepting patients for telemedicine/teletherapy only** I'm experienced with a broad range of psychiatric conditions but, have particular focus in the areas of bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD and post-traumatic stress. I believe in a multi-faceted approach to care and often recommend elements of lifestyle modification, nutrition/supplementation, mindfulness and mind-body practices, in addition to psychotherapy and prescription medication. I try to emphasize a collaborative treatment approach, involving the patient and their entire healthcare team to optimize treatment efficacy and quality of care.
**Currently accepting patients for telemedicine/teletherapy only** I'm experienced with a broad range of psychiatric conditions but, have particular focus in the areas of bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD and post-traumatic stress. I believe in a multi-faceted approach to care and often recommend elements of lifestyle modification, nutrition/supplementation, mindfulness and mind-body practices, in addition to psychotherapy and prescription medication. I try to emphasize a collaborative treatment approach, involving the patient and their entire healthcare team to optimize treatment efficacy and quality of care.
(206) 785-2609 View (206) 785-2609
Photo of Kiranjot (Kiran) K. Gill, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 98112, WA
Kiranjot (Kiran) K. Gill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112
Accepting NEW patients. To schedule with Kiran please go to www.hushforms.com/soundmindrequest and complete the request form. - Everyone has strengths, no one is without strengths. “When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”. Kiran partners with clients to identify their challenges and strengths, explore opportunities for growth, and discover pathways for empowerment, ease and healing. She provides medication management for adults 18 to 60. Her expertise lies in treating depression, anxiety disorder, adult ADHD, and women's health.
Accepting NEW patients. To schedule with Kiran please go to www.hushforms.com/soundmindrequest and complete the request form. - Everyone has strengths, no one is without strengths. “When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”. Kiran partners with clients to identify their challenges and strengths, explore opportunities for growth, and discover pathways for empowerment, ease and healing. She provides medication management for adults 18 to 60. Her expertise lies in treating depression, anxiety disorder, adult ADHD, and women's health.
(206) 457-2689 View (206) 457-2689
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MindRx Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
An ideal client is anyone looking for help or in need of help to manage their mental health. These clients often want a life they can be proud of, they want to be there for their families in the best possible way, they want to reach goals, go through life without extreme fears and anxieties. Sometimes we are unaware of our own need for mental health treatment when life gets hectic. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood and personality disorders, etc, can be hindering an individual from reaching their full potential if left untreated.
An ideal client is anyone looking for help or in need of help to manage their mental health. These clients often want a life they can be proud of, they want to be there for their families in the best possible way, they want to reach goals, go through life without extreme fears and anxieties. Sometimes we are unaware of our own need for mental health treatment when life gets hectic. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood and personality disorders, etc, can be hindering an individual from reaching their full potential if left untreated.
(971) 306-5813 View (971) 306-5813
Photo of Michele Vanderlin, Physician Assistant in 98112, WA
Michele Vanderlin
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98112  (Online Only)
I'm here for you, in whatever form you need. My primary treatment is evaluation and appropriate medication recommendations. However, I believe the mind, body, spirit is all connected and even the best medication needs supportive therapy. Therefore I dip into the pool of counseling to discuss mindfulness- helps with anxiety; self awareness- recognizing triggers & reactions; emotional expression- why anger is the go-to; self worth- how it leads to self destructive patterns; guilt and other forms of irrational but powerful emotions. Together we'll help you become the best version of yourself.
I'm here for you, in whatever form you need. My primary treatment is evaluation and appropriate medication recommendations. However, I believe the mind, body, spirit is all connected and even the best medication needs supportive therapy. Therefore I dip into the pool of counseling to discuss mindfulness- helps with anxiety; self awareness- recognizing triggers & reactions; emotional expression- why anger is the go-to; self worth- how it leads to self destructive patterns; guilt and other forms of irrational but powerful emotions. Together we'll help you become the best version of yourself.
(425) 309-7730 View (425) 309-7730

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98112

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 98112 who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
90% Anxiety
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Medication Management
71% Bipolar Disorder
71% Sleep or Insomnia
71% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% Premera
73% Regence
68% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 98112 see their clients

55% In Person and Online
45% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98112?

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.