Psychiatrists in 98121

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MiraMinds Holistic Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, ACNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Call to schedule an appointment NOW.
Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. I strive to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness and work diligently to help my clients achieve a better quality of life. I work with children and adults struggling with varying mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Call to schedule an appointment NOW.
(206) 279-5406 View (206) 279-5406
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Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
(206) 207-3134 View (206) 207-3134
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Maycelin Ramos
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
I am a doctoral-prepared licensed Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a strong background in acute, subacute and chronic mental health disorders stemming from at least 10 years of inpatient psychiatric and mental health care experience. Though I am certified to work with all ages, I believe that I especially excel in working with adult individuals who are particularly having difficulty from various mood disorders and anxiety disorders along with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
I am a doctoral-prepared licensed Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have a strong background in acute, subacute and chronic mental health disorders stemming from at least 10 years of inpatient psychiatric and mental health care experience. Though I am certified to work with all ages, I believe that I especially excel in working with adult individuals who are particularly having difficulty from various mood disorders and anxiety disorders along with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
(206) 279-0941 View (206) 279-0941
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Embodied Wellness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Ifeoma Okwu is a dually board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who is licensed to practice in the state of Washington and California. She treats a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and specializes in mental health, weight management, sexual dysfunction, and thyroid optimization. Her approach to psychiatric care includes the utilization of an integrative approach to treating a variety of mental health conditions. A life coach within our practice is sometimes recommended alongside therapy to holistically address the psychosocial needs of our clients.
Ifeoma Okwu is a dually board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who is licensed to practice in the state of Washington and California. She treats a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and specializes in mental health, weight management, sexual dysfunction, and thyroid optimization. Her approach to psychiatric care includes the utilization of an integrative approach to treating a variety of mental health conditions. A life coach within our practice is sometimes recommended alongside therapy to holistically address the psychosocial needs of our clients.
(206) 565-1644 View (206) 565-1644
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Anita Sassaman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Anita has more than 8 yrs experience as psychiatric nurse practitioner, and experience as telepsych provider for more than 4 yrs. Her experiences include outpatient, inpatient, military, and civilian; works with children and adult populations.
Anita has more than 8 yrs experience as psychiatric nurse practitioner, and experience as telepsych provider for more than 4 yrs. Her experiences include outpatient, inpatient, military, and civilian; works with children and adult populations.
(206) 309-0870 View (206) 309-0870
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Steven Pline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ANRP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121
All are welcome here. We all live with problems: and they need not define us. I provide proven treatments to help patients access wellness and recovery. You have choices here. Since there are many paths of wellness and recovery, I recommend evidence-proven options to help you experience health, hope, and meaning your way.
All are welcome here. We all live with problems: and they need not define us. I provide proven treatments to help patients access wellness and recovery. You have choices here. Since there are many paths of wellness and recovery, I recommend evidence-proven options to help you experience health, hope, and meaning your way.
(206) 590-4772 View (206) 590-4772
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Dr. Nonye Rosemary Eneje
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Dr. Eneje is a doctoral prepared, licensed, and dual board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from Brandman University, Irvine California. She received a Masters of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Tennessee State University, Nashville TN. Dr. Eneje is part of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. She provides virtual/telehealth services through a secure and HIPAA compliant video conference platform.
Dr. Eneje is a doctoral prepared, licensed, and dual board-certified family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from Brandman University, Irvine California. She received a Masters of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Tennessee State University, Nashville TN. Dr. Eneje is part of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. She provides virtual/telehealth services through a secure and HIPAA compliant video conference platform.
(206) 737-1142 View (206) 737-1142
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Embodied Wellness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Bettina Ryan is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who is licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She graduated from the prestigious Vanderbilt University with her Masters degree in nursing, and truly has a passion for working with clients to optimize their mental health and functioning. She specializes in ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, co-occurring substance abuse, and bipolar disorders.
Bettina Ryan is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who is licensed to practice in the state of Washington. She graduated from the prestigious Vanderbilt University with her Masters degree in nursing, and truly has a passion for working with clients to optimize their mental health and functioning. She specializes in ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, co-occurring substance abuse, and bipolar disorders.
(206) 208-6671 View (206) 208-6671
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Karen Ni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Currently, I see patients via telemedicine in my private practice. I am a board certified psychiatrist and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Washington after finishing medical school at the University of California, San Diego. My experience ranges from a private practice in Seattle to overseeing community mental health centers as a behavioral health and medical director. I have worked in inpatient units in WA, AK, and USVI, and as a psychiatrist for the US Foreign Service. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Currently, I see patients via telemedicine in my private practice. I am a board certified psychiatrist and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Washington after finishing medical school at the University of California, San Diego. My experience ranges from a private practice in Seattle to overseeing community mental health centers as a behavioral health and medical director. I have worked in inpatient units in WA, AK, and USVI, and as a psychiatrist for the US Foreign Service. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(206) 895-4075 View (206) 895-4075
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Rafael Achacoso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. As an immigrant from the Philippines & a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I offer a distinct viewpoint on mental health. My experience as an inpatient psychiatric provider, treating clients with complex symptoms and those in active crisis, significantly deepens my understanding and knowledge base.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. As an immigrant from the Philippines & a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I offer a distinct viewpoint on mental health. My experience as an inpatient psychiatric provider, treating clients with complex symptoms and those in active crisis, significantly deepens my understanding and knowledge base.
(425) 333-2766 View (425) 333-2766
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Vibrant Mental Wellness- Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APR, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
We provide services, in Washington State, TX, AZ, OR, and WY. Am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients of all ages from children, adolescents adults to older Adults? I have been working in the field of mental for the past 10 years since I was a psychiatric mental health technician/assistant to now Psychiatric Mental health nurse practitioner for the past 10 years which has now become a passion. I truly care and listen to my patients. Book an appointment for a consultation. I provide a holistic approach via Telemedicine. I aim to improve your mental health needs.
We provide services, in Washington State, TX, AZ, OR, and WY. Am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients of all ages from children, adolescents adults to older Adults? I have been working in the field of mental for the past 10 years since I was a psychiatric mental health technician/assistant to now Psychiatric Mental health nurse practitioner for the past 10 years which has now become a passion. I truly care and listen to my patients. Book an appointment for a consultation. I provide a holistic approach via Telemedicine. I aim to improve your mental health needs.
(206) 800-7583 View (206) 800-7583
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Patrick Eneje
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
(206) 647-6641 View (206) 647-6641
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Progressive Psychiatric Consultant PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121
Currently accepting new clients throughout Nevada, New York, Oregon, Arizona, and Washington. Prioritize Your Mental Well-being. At Progressive Psychiatric Consultant PLLC, we believe mental health matters. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to support you on your journey towards better mental well-being. Discover a range of resources from therapy options to medication management, tailored to your unique needs. Together, we can create a happier, and healthier you. Take the first step today in the wellness journey!
Currently accepting new clients throughout Nevada, New York, Oregon, Arizona, and Washington. Prioritize Your Mental Well-being. At Progressive Psychiatric Consultant PLLC, we believe mental health matters. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to support you on your journey towards better mental well-being. Discover a range of resources from therapy options to medication management, tailored to your unique needs. Together, we can create a happier, and healthier you. Take the first step today in the wellness journey!
(425) 368-9962 View (425) 368-9962
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Pw Psych NP Services Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my prfessional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(206) 829-6563 View (206) 829-6563
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Nakyung (Lisa) Choe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121
I am a Korean American Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experiences with PTSD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other behavioral or mental health issues. As a US Army Veteran myself, I truly believe that the brain and body work together when outside forces such as trauma, stress, or injury occur. The mind will go into a survival mode, which can trigger mental and physical symptoms. Mental illness can come to anyone and at any time.
I am a Korean American Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experiences with PTSD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other behavioral or mental health issues. As a US Army Veteran myself, I truly believe that the brain and body work together when outside forces such as trauma, stress, or injury occur. The mind will go into a survival mode, which can trigger mental and physical symptoms. Mental illness can come to anyone and at any time.
(206) 207-5133 x1 View (206) 207-5133 x1
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders
(425) 217-8780 View (425) 217-8780
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Amanda Jayaraman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Accepting clients for 100% telemedicine/online. Virtual sessions avoid traffic and waiting rooms. Confidentiality is secured through HIPPA programs. Without judgment, I address issues people suffer but do not discuss. Through years of expertise, I have heard it all. Appointments are individualized to you with training on all psychiatric diagnoses. I have plenty of appointments available for medication management. Each appointment generates a Superbill for you to submit to your insurance. Some insurances are accepted: Aetna (Arizona, Oregon, Washington) and Cigna (Arizona, Oregon, Washington).
Accepting clients for 100% telemedicine/online. Virtual sessions avoid traffic and waiting rooms. Confidentiality is secured through HIPPA programs. Without judgment, I address issues people suffer but do not discuss. Through years of expertise, I have heard it all. Appointments are individualized to you with training on all psychiatric diagnoses. I have plenty of appointments available for medication management. Each appointment generates a Superbill for you to submit to your insurance. Some insurances are accepted: Aetna (Arizona, Oregon, Washington) and Cigna (Arizona, Oregon, Washington).
(206) 222-1304 View (206) 222-1304
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Solidarity Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121
Welcome! Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel self-doubt, guilt, or stuck in the past? Do you lack the focus and motivation required to meet your goals in school or work? Dr. Renia Smith provides online and in-person evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mood disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Smith is an expert mental health provider who works with children, adolescents, and adults.
Welcome! Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel self-doubt, guilt, or stuck in the past? Do you lack the focus and motivation required to meet your goals in school or work? Dr. Renia Smith provides online and in-person evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mood disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Smith is an expert mental health provider who works with children, adolescents, and adults.
(425) 331-9003 View (425) 331-9003
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Dr. Gold Nwokochah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Dr. Nwokochah is a doctoral-prepared, licensed, dual-board-certified family nurse and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Nwokochah offers medication management and brief supportive therapy for clients facing challenges like ADHD, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, PTDS, Insomnia, and anxiety. I'm here to help guide you through these obstacles .
Dr. Nwokochah is a doctoral-prepared, licensed, dual-board-certified family nurse and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Nwokochah offers medication management and brief supportive therapy for clients facing challenges like ADHD, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, PTDS, Insomnia, and anxiety. I'm here to help guide you through these obstacles .
(206) 944-3285 View (206) 944-3285
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Dr. Gold Nwokochah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Seattle, WA 98121  (Online Only)
Dr. Nwokochah is a doctoral-prepared, licensed, dual-board-certified family nurse and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Nwokochah offers medication management and brief supportive therapy for clients facing challenges not limited to ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and more. I'm here to help guide you through these obstacles.
Dr. Nwokochah is a doctoral-prepared, licensed, dual-board-certified family nurse and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Dr. Nwokochah offers medication management and brief supportive therapy for clients facing challenges not limited to ADHD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and more. I'm here to help guide you through these obstacles.
(206) 900-8109 View (206) 900-8109

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 98121

30+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 98121 who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
97% Depression
94% ADHD
94% Medication Management
91% Trauma and PTSD
91% Bipolar Disorder
79% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Aetna
90% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 98121 see their clients

64% Online Only
36% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

81% Female
19% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 98121?

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.