Psychiatrists in Anchorage County, AK

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Photo of Claudia Miracle, ANP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Claudia Miracle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99507
Claudia C. Miracle earned a master’s from the University of Alaska Anchorage as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, ANP, and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-BC. Claudia takes a reflective approach in her 40 years of experience in health care, shaping her perspective in that ALL humans need to be seen, heard, affirmed, and to feel safe when seeking wellness, psychiatric, and medical health care. Claudia’s philosophical approach in her practice aligns with Socrates in that, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Claudia C. Miracle earned a master’s from the University of Alaska Anchorage as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, ANP, and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-BC. Claudia takes a reflective approach in her 40 years of experience in health care, shaping her perspective in that ALL humans need to be seen, heard, affirmed, and to feel safe when seeking wellness, psychiatric, and medical health care. Claudia’s philosophical approach in her practice aligns with Socrates in that, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
(877) 960-3294 View (877) 960-3294
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High Sierra Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99518  (Online Only)
Are you a busy adult who is tired of waiting weeks or even months to get an appointment to see your prescriber for a simple refill of psychiatric medication? Are you sick of spending hours sitting in a crowded waiting room while you are missing work or time away from your family or studies? Do you have a therapist you love but who can’t prescribe your medication?
Are you a busy adult who is tired of waiting weeks or even months to get an appointment to see your prescriber for a simple refill of psychiatric medication? Are you sick of spending hours sitting in a crowded waiting room while you are missing work or time away from your family or studies? Do you have a therapist you love but who can’t prescribe your medication?
(800) 777-1420 View (800) 777-1420
Photo of Jessica McGrath, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jessica McGrath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99515
Hello, my ideal client wants to work with me over time to feel better about themselves and their lives. The client may want to discuss medications for mental health symptoms or may want to talk and share. I will meet them where they are. We will come up with a plan together. If the client is a child we may start with playing a game or coloring. I hope the client will be honest with me and learn to trust me. I won't be shocked by anything. I've worked with people from all walks of life.
Hello, my ideal client wants to work with me over time to feel better about themselves and their lives. The client may want to discuss medications for mental health symptoms or may want to talk and share. I will meet them where they are. We will come up with a plan together. If the client is a child we may start with playing a game or coloring. I hope the client will be honest with me and learn to trust me. I won't be shocked by anything. I've worked with people from all walks of life.
(855) 904-0190 View (855) 904-0190
Photo of Rachael Langerman, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachael Langerman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99503
I enjoy helping patients and families navigate mental health issues and become as successful as they can be. Areas of focus include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, Autism, ODD, OCD, Impulse-Control issues, postpartum depression, and eating disorders. I provide gender-affirming care.
I enjoy helping patients and families navigate mental health issues and become as successful as they can be. Areas of focus include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, Autism, ODD, OCD, Impulse-Control issues, postpartum depression, and eating disorders. I provide gender-affirming care.
(907) 318-9050 View (907) 318-9050
Photo of Alisha Fluker - Peace of Mind Psychiatric Services, PLLC, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, WHNP, PMH-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Peace of Mind Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, WHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99503  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I'm Alisha Fluker, a doctoral-prepared, dual-certified psychiatric and women's health nurse practitioner. Specializing in the comprehensive care of women facing challenges like anxiety, depression, and premenstrual mood and anxiety symptoms, I am a certified perinatal mental health professional with a particular focus on supporting those dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety. My approach involves personalized treatment modalities, encompassing medication management, lifestyle modifications, supplement recommendations, and more.
Hello and welcome! I'm Alisha Fluker, a doctoral-prepared, dual-certified psychiatric and women's health nurse practitioner. Specializing in the comprehensive care of women facing challenges like anxiety, depression, and premenstrual mood and anxiety symptoms, I am a certified perinatal mental health professional with a particular focus on supporting those dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety. My approach involves personalized treatment modalities, encompassing medication management, lifestyle modifications, supplement recommendations, and more.
(855) 695-4687 View (855) 695-4687
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Rachad Rayess
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99508
My personal and professional experiences have allowed me to understand each patient at an individual level. I grew up and obtained my medical degree abroad, then came to Boston and received my adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School programs. I then worked in Alaska, Lebanon and Boston, MA. My work experience has included inpatient, outpatient, child, adult, Telehealth, urban, and rural psychiatry. Despite differences in diagnoses and presentations, we all share the human experience. Outside of work, my wife and I stay busy raising our three girls. As a family, we like to hike, camp and spend time outdoors.
My personal and professional experiences have allowed me to understand each patient at an individual level. I grew up and obtained my medical degree abroad, then came to Boston and received my adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School programs. I then worked in Alaska, Lebanon and Boston, MA. My work experience has included inpatient, outpatient, child, adult, Telehealth, urban, and rural psychiatry. Despite differences in diagnoses and presentations, we all share the human experience. Outside of work, my wife and I stay busy raising our three girls. As a family, we like to hike, camp and spend time outdoors.
(907) 223-3879 View (907) 223-3879
Photo of Sara Rottman, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sara Rottman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99503
I am an Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, which means I am a nurse with advanced practice and training in a wide range of mental health services. My approach: You and I will work together to understand your mental health symptoms and their causes. I develop your personal treatment plan that will include strategies for behavioral changes and medication management. Overall, the goal is for me to coach and support you to better mental health.
I am an Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, which means I am a nurse with advanced practice and training in a wide range of mental health services. My approach: You and I will work together to understand your mental health symptoms and their causes. I develop your personal treatment plan that will include strategies for behavioral changes and medication management. Overall, the goal is for me to coach and support you to better mental health.
(907) 929-4009 View (907) 929-4009
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Integrated Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99501
Hello, I am Jason de Luisa, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC and holistic medicine practitioner. I am passionate about combining Western Medicine with holistic approaches to help people live happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
Hello, I am Jason de Luisa, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC and holistic medicine practitioner. I am passionate about combining Western Medicine with holistic approaches to help people live happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
(877) 731-2995 View (877) 731-2995
Photo of Shannon Davis, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, AGACNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Shannon Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, AGACNP
Verified Verified
Eagle River, AK 99577
I moved to Alaska In July 2021 from Tennessee . I had been providing telehealth for two years in Alaska. I decided to move my family to open a practice to be more active in the community. I am a daughter and wife of a Veteran. I have a passion for mental health, addiction, and alternative treatments. My special interest is ADHD because I was diagnosed with this late in life and had another provider wrongly diagnosis me with PTSD. I also specialize in anxiety and bipolar along with other diagnoses. Ketamine and TMS along with other alternative treatments are a passion of mine.
I moved to Alaska In July 2021 from Tennessee . I had been providing telehealth for two years in Alaska. I decided to move my family to open a practice to be more active in the community. I am a daughter and wife of a Veteran. I have a passion for mental health, addiction, and alternative treatments. My special interest is ADHD because I was diagnosed with this late in life and had another provider wrongly diagnosis me with PTSD. I also specialize in anxiety and bipolar along with other diagnoses. Ketamine and TMS along with other alternative treatments are a passion of mine.
(855) 968-5040 View (855) 968-5040
Photo of Dr. Shawn Faust, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Shawn Faust
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99508  (Online Only)
Dr. Shawn Faust, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a distinguished Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings a unique and patient-centric approach to the field of mental health. His philosophy centers around the belief that individuals are experts in their own experiences, and collaboration between the patient and their mental health provider is essential for effective and personalized treatment. He believes that informed patients are better equipped to navigate their unique mental health challenges. Thus, treatment with Dr. Faust often involves teaching patients about their diagnosis and discussing the pros and cons of various treatment options.
Dr. Shawn Faust, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a distinguished Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings a unique and patient-centric approach to the field of mental health. His philosophy centers around the belief that individuals are experts in their own experiences, and collaboration between the patient and their mental health provider is essential for effective and personalized treatment. He believes that informed patients are better equipped to navigate their unique mental health challenges. Thus, treatment with Dr. Faust often involves teaching patients about their diagnosis and discussing the pros and cons of various treatment options.
(336) 515-1193 View (336) 515-1193
Photo of Susan A Bryan, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Susan A Bryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99503
Welcome! I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a board-certified Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My office, Empowerment Mental Health LLC, is located here in Anchorage, Alaska. I offer in-person and telehealth appointments. I understand reaching out for help is difficult and I try to make the process as straightforward as possible. I strive to genuinely listen to your concerns in an open and nonjudgmental environment. My goal is to assist you to improve your mental health and help you find hope for a better future. - - -Please visit my website to complete a confidential screening form or contact my office.
Welcome! I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a board-certified Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My office, Empowerment Mental Health LLC, is located here in Anchorage, Alaska. I offer in-person and telehealth appointments. I understand reaching out for help is difficult and I try to make the process as straightforward as possible. I strive to genuinely listen to your concerns in an open and nonjudgmental environment. My goal is to assist you to improve your mental health and help you find hope for a better future. - - -Please visit my website to complete a confidential screening form or contact my office.
(907) 231-2333 View (907) 231-2333
Photo of Jeffrey Wright Bayless, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeffrey Wright Bayless
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99504  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with mental health issues and unsure of where to turn for help? As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with years of experience, I understand the importance of providing compassionate care for those seeking support in their mental health journey. I am excited to share that I am accepting new patients through my exclusively online practice. I am dedicated to offering a safe and inclusive space for patients of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and with a wide range of mental health concerns. I want you to feel confident and comfortable coming as you are.
Are you struggling with mental health issues and unsure of where to turn for help? As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with years of experience, I understand the importance of providing compassionate care for those seeking support in their mental health journey. I am excited to share that I am accepting new patients through my exclusively online practice. I am dedicated to offering a safe and inclusive space for patients of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and with a wide range of mental health concerns. I want you to feel confident and comfortable coming as you are.
(907) 206-2328 View (907) 206-2328
Photo of Heidi Warmbold, APRN, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heidi Warmbold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, RN
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99503  (Online Only)
I am dual certified as a PMHNP (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner) and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
I am dual certified as a PMHNP (psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner) and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
(281) 957-8725 View (281) 957-8725
Photo of Pascale Davis - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99507  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment using our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances.
(855) 856-7698 View (855) 856-7698
Photo of Jessica Wilson, PMHNP, CS-P, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CS-P, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eagle River, AK 99577
Jessica Wilson, PMHNP Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Board Certified, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified, Legal Nurse Consultant, Forensic Psychiatry. Ms. Wilson conducts evaluations, determines diagnoses, and provides medication management for all psychiatric disorders. She obtained her Master of Science as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Clinical Specialist from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Ms. Wilson works for your mental health with a kind, professional and knowledgeable approach.
Jessica Wilson, PMHNP Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Board Certified, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified, Legal Nurse Consultant, Forensic Psychiatry. Ms. Wilson conducts evaluations, determines diagnoses, and provides medication management for all psychiatric disorders. She obtained her Master of Science as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Clinical Specialist from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Ms. Wilson works for your mental health with a kind, professional and knowledgeable approach.
(866) 955-5135 View (866) 955-5135
Photo of David N Ampong, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
David N Ampong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99501
Alaska Treatment Center offers individual and group psychotherapy in addition to medication management. Dr. Ampong is the owner of Alaska Treatment Center. He is a board-certified advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialty in addiction services. He provides mental health services for individuals with mental illness and those struggling with substance and alcohol abuse. Dr. Ampong focuses on the individual's unique needs through a biopsychosocial evaluation and cutting-edge psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
Alaska Treatment Center offers individual and group psychotherapy in addition to medication management. Dr. Ampong is the owner of Alaska Treatment Center. He is a board-certified advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner with a specialty in addiction services. He provides mental health services for individuals with mental illness and those struggling with substance and alcohol abuse. Dr. Ampong focuses on the individual's unique needs through a biopsychosocial evaluation and cutting-edge psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
(907) 222-2448 View (907) 222-2448
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Open Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anchorage, AK 99501  (Online Only)
At Open Mind Psychiatry, we believe in an integrative approach to HEALING that addresses your unique struggles with dignity and understanding. Dr. Celina Egemasi is a Doctorate prepared provider with dual Board-Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Egemasi has over 10 years of experience in providing quality care. She believes in providing holistic, integrative, and individualized care to her clients. She is passionate about helping people with decreasing their stressors.
At Open Mind Psychiatry, we believe in an integrative approach to HEALING that addresses your unique struggles with dignity and understanding. Dr. Celina Egemasi is a Doctorate prepared provider with dual Board-Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Egemasi has over 10 years of experience in providing quality care. She believes in providing holistic, integrative, and individualized care to her clients. She is passionate about helping people with decreasing their stressors.
(888) 493-0873 View (888) 493-0873
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Sharon Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99503  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health and family medicine primary care. I am deeply committed to helping individuals facing complex mental health challenges. I provide medication management for adults and children. I prioritize creating a safe, non-judgmental environment for personalized, patient-centered care. My goal is to be your trusted partner on the journey to mental well-being, providing support, understanding, and guidance for a fulfilling life. I am committed to being your trusted partner on this transformative journey.
I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health and family medicine primary care. I am deeply committed to helping individuals facing complex mental health challenges. I provide medication management for adults and children. I prioritize creating a safe, non-judgmental environment for personalized, patient-centered care. My goal is to be your trusted partner on the journey to mental well-being, providing support, understanding, and guidance for a fulfilling life. I am committed to being your trusted partner on this transformative journey.
(907) 802-2969 View (907) 802-2969
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Dr. Michael Alcorn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99503
Working at Border Counseling Services, LLC Dr. Alcorn is a board-eligible psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults, children, and adolescents. Dr. Alcorn brings a high level of excellence to our practice with his experienced psychiatric care. Dr. Alcorn uses a highly professional approach to the care of his patients while maintaining a sense of sincere compassion and caring that allows his patients to feel comfortable and heard.
Working at Border Counseling Services, LLC Dr. Alcorn is a board-eligible psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults, children, and adolescents. Dr. Alcorn brings a high level of excellence to our practice with his experienced psychiatric care. Dr. Alcorn uses a highly professional approach to the care of his patients while maintaining a sense of sincere compassion and caring that allows his patients to feel comfortable and heard.
(855) 604-9695 x1 View (855) 604-9695 x1
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Mountain & Sea Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Anchorage, AK 99501  (Online Only)
Hello, I have treated Alaskans since 2018 when I moved to Kodiak. I have since moved to WA state but am still very much involved with and enjoy working with Alaskan patients. 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. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Hello, I have treated Alaskans since 2018 when I moved to Kodiak. I have since moved to WA state but am still very much involved with and enjoy working with Alaskan patients. 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. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(719) 631-4828 View (719) 631-4828

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Number of Psychiatrists in Anchorage County, AK

30+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in Anchorage County, AK who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
95% Medication Management
81% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
76% BlueCross and BlueShield
64% Premera

How Psychiatrists in Anchorage County, AK see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Anchorage County?

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.