Psychiatrists in Batesville, AR

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Whitney H Reed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Batesville, AR 72501  (Online Only)
An ideal client is someone that needs support in navigating and understanding how medication management can be an important component in meeting their treatment goals. My ideal client communicates with me openly about their response to medication, both good and bad. They are willing to be open-minded and are interested in learning about their medication and advocating for themselves when something isn't right.
An ideal client is someone that needs support in navigating and understanding how medication management can be an important component in meeting their treatment goals. My ideal client communicates with me openly about their response to medication, both good and bad. They are willing to be open-minded and are interested in learning about their medication and advocating for themselves when something isn't right.
(870) 259-5098 View (870) 259-5098
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Scotty Spurlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Batesville, AR 72501
As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, I enjoy helping older children, adolescents, and adults achieve their goals and improve their lives. My emphasis is medication management, but I often also recommend counseling. I welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community. While I do see older adults, I do not specialize in dementia or geriatric psychiatry.
As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, I enjoy helping older children, adolescents, and adults achieve their goals and improve their lives. My emphasis is medication management, but I often also recommend counseling. I welcome members of the LGBTQ+ community. While I do see older adults, I do not specialize in dementia or geriatric psychiatry.
(501) 214-6233 View (501) 214-6233

Online Psychiatrists

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GracePoint Psychiatry & Therapy Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Paragould, AR 72450
As a mental health clinic, our primary objective is to provide comprehensive, empathetic, and individualized care to each patient we encounter. We are deeply committed to understanding the unique circumstances of every individual, and approach each case with the utmost respect for the patient's personal journey towards mental wellness. Throughout our experience we have been drawn to the field of mental health due to its complex and challenging nature. We believe that mental health is a crucial aspect of overall wellbeing, often overlooked in traditional medical settings. Our passion lies in bridging this gap, ensuring that mental
As a mental health clinic, our primary objective is to provide comprehensive, empathetic, and individualized care to each patient we encounter. We are deeply committed to understanding the unique circumstances of every individual, and approach each case with the utmost respect for the patient's personal journey towards mental wellness. Throughout our experience we have been drawn to the field of mental health due to its complex and challenging nature. We believe that mental health is a crucial aspect of overall wellbeing, often overlooked in traditional medical settings. Our passion lies in bridging this gap, ensuring that mental
(870) 218-8200 View (870) 218-8200
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Zack Coco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72211
I have experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, insomnia, and substance abuse disorders. Being certified in mental health treatment throughout the lifespan, I am able to see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I offer medication management, Spravato (esketamine) treatments, and IM and IV Ketamine infusions for treatment resistant issues.
I have experience treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, insomnia, and substance abuse disorders. Being certified in mental health treatment throughout the lifespan, I am able to see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. I offer medication management, Spravato (esketamine) treatments, and IM and IV Ketamine infusions for treatment resistant issues.
(501) 238-8812 View (501) 238-8812
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Nihit Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAACAP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205
I am a licensed and board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management and addiction services for adults and children. Through my contributions to clinical work, teaching, and research, I've been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I primarily treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma in children and adolescents, and substance use problems in youth and adults.
I am a licensed and board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatric medication management and addiction services for adults and children. Through my contributions to clinical work, teaching, and research, I've been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I primarily treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Trauma in children and adolescents, and substance use problems in youth and adults.
(501) 298-4789 View (501) 298-4789
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Mark Andersen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205  (Online Only)
During my 30 years of practicing psychiatry, I've come to firmly believe that our connection as caregiver and patient is the single biggest reason clients either get healthier or continue to struggle. This means it's crucial for us to spend time connecting. It means I need to hear your story, the ups and downs, the successes, the failures and the frustrations with previous treatment. More than anything though, it means that we need to be honest with one another. Only then, in the midst of hearing about your journey, can I give my greatest effort to help you. If you're ready and willing to teach me about you, I'm ready to learn.
During my 30 years of practicing psychiatry, I've come to firmly believe that our connection as caregiver and patient is the single biggest reason clients either get healthier or continue to struggle. This means it's crucial for us to spend time connecting. It means I need to hear your story, the ups and downs, the successes, the failures and the frustrations with previous treatment. More than anything though, it means that we need to be honest with one another. Only then, in the midst of hearing about your journey, can I give my greatest effort to help you. If you're ready and willing to teach me about you, I'm ready to learn.
(501) 236-4530 View (501) 236-4530
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Cathy Petty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Little Rock, AR 72116  (Online Only)
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Arkansas. She is qualified to diagnose, manage, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Cathy has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, impulsivity, behavioral issues, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and psychosis. She is passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services with a holistic approach to individuals of all ages.
Cathy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Arkansas. She is qualified to diagnose, manage, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe medications to children, adolescents, and adults with mental health disorders. Cathy has experience working with individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, depression, impulsivity, behavioral issues, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and psychosis. She is passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services with a holistic approach to individuals of all ages.
(501) 790-4332 View (501) 790-4332
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Maribeth Jenkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72201  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected and schedule with Maribeth, please use the "my website" button! Maribeth Jenkins is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been in the nursing field for over 20 years. Maribeth has completed degrees in Licensed Vocational Nursing, Registered Nursing, and has both a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and a Masters Degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected and schedule with Maribeth, please use the "my website" button! Maribeth Jenkins is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has been in the nursing field for over 20 years. Maribeth has completed degrees in Licensed Vocational Nursing, Registered Nursing, and has both a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and a Masters Degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
(469) 765-0121 View (469) 765-0121
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Stephanie Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jonesboro, AR 72401
My name is Stephanie Patterson. As a practitioner, I aim to provide kind, personable, and compassionate care to each patient throughout their healing journey. I have more than 19 years of experience in nursing care. And 2+ years’ experience as a mental health nurse. In my new role as psychiatric nurse practitioner, it is my goal to genuinely hear your concerns, provide a safe space and to form the best possible, individualized treatment plan. I believe in holistic care and offer interventions such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychedelic mental health treatment with other wellness techniques to treat the mind and body.
My name is Stephanie Patterson. As a practitioner, I aim to provide kind, personable, and compassionate care to each patient throughout their healing journey. I have more than 19 years of experience in nursing care. And 2+ years’ experience as a mental health nurse. In my new role as psychiatric nurse practitioner, it is my goal to genuinely hear your concerns, provide a safe space and to form the best possible, individualized treatment plan. I believe in holistic care and offer interventions such as psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and psychedelic mental health treatment with other wellness techniques to treat the mind and body.
(870) 606-2403 View (870) 606-2403
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Med Minds Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSNc, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72205  (Online Only)
I believe in holistic health: which means caring for the whole person and addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. Mental and emotional health are often the foundation of a healthy and fulfilling life. My specialty is medication management for a variety of mental health needs, across the lifespan. Initial appointments are usually (60) minutes in length and follow up appointments are usually (20) minutes in length. I want each person I partner with to feel comfortable and well informed of their options so that they are able to make an informed decision.
I believe in holistic health: which means caring for the whole person and addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. Mental and emotional health are often the foundation of a healthy and fulfilling life. My specialty is medication management for a variety of mental health needs, across the lifespan. Initial appointments are usually (60) minutes in length and follow up appointments are usually (20) minutes in length. I want each person I partner with to feel comfortable and well informed of their options so that they are able to make an informed decision.
(501) 474-6168 View (501) 474-6168
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Amber Marengo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenbrier, AR 72058
Working with women is my main focus - women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and grief are a few of the issues I have a love for addressing. I am passionate about helping women build stronger, more satisfying lives, and I work hard to help you achieve your goals and begin to thrive instead of just "existing." I currently offer CBT and ACT therapy services with a background as a previous prescriber. I understand both medical and mental health sides of therapy, and I am continually striving to expand my therapy modalities and provide clients with the most effective forms of treatment!
Working with women is my main focus - women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and grief are a few of the issues I have a love for addressing. I am passionate about helping women build stronger, more satisfying lives, and I work hard to help you achieve your goals and begin to thrive instead of just "existing." I currently offer CBT and ACT therapy services with a background as a previous prescriber. I understand both medical and mental health sides of therapy, and I am continually striving to expand my therapy modalities and provide clients with the most effective forms of treatment!
(501) 474-6728 View (501) 474-6728
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Dr. Andreya Reed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Little Rock, AR 72116
Have you found yourself navigating a crossroads of emotions, where challenges feel overwhelming and the way forward seems unclear? You're not alone. My name is Dr. Andreya Reed, and as a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult mental health, I'm here to guide you on a journey of understanding, healing, and rediscovery. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other mental health concern, I offer a safe and supportive space where you can explore your unique experiences with compassion and without judgment.
Have you found yourself navigating a crossroads of emotions, where challenges feel overwhelming and the way forward seems unclear? You're not alone. My name is Dr. Andreya Reed, and as a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult mental health, I'm here to guide you on a journey of understanding, healing, and rediscovery. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other mental health concern, I offer a safe and supportive space where you can explore your unique experiences with compassion and without judgment.
(501) 271-3557 View (501) 271-3557
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Sarah Weatherford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Sarah Weatherford is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then later returned to the college to earn her Master of Nursing Science with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health. Sarah spent her first years working as a nurse in an inpatient setting for children with psychiatric disorders. She learned the importance of implementing trauma-informed care for improving patient outcomes. She understands the importance of being an empathic listener in being an effective care provider to her patients.
Sarah Weatherford is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then later returned to the college to earn her Master of Nursing Science with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health. Sarah spent her first years working as a nurse in an inpatient setting for children with psychiatric disorders. She learned the importance of implementing trauma-informed care for improving patient outcomes. She understands the importance of being an empathic listener in being an effective care provider to her patients.
(870) 493-8242 View (870) 493-8242
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Rhonda Mattox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Rock, AR 72223  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Mattox specializes in helping people "Rise, Shine, & Transform" after a fall. It's tempting to ruminate and retreat after life's great disappointments (divorce, death, downsize & other devastating blows.) But Dr. Mattox helps you get off the sidelines and get back into the game of life. She serves as a guide to facilitate the process through coaching. Some think they "should be stronger" or that it's weak to invest in coaching. But the truth is that it's not weak to seek feedback. Why do you think Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, and Michael Jordan have coaches? Why do you think Fortune 500 companies have advisory boards? Results!
Dr. Mattox specializes in helping people "Rise, Shine, & Transform" after a fall. It's tempting to ruminate and retreat after life's great disappointments (divorce, death, downsize & other devastating blows.) But Dr. Mattox helps you get off the sidelines and get back into the game of life. She serves as a guide to facilitate the process through coaching. Some think they "should be stronger" or that it's weak to invest in coaching. But the truth is that it's not weak to seek feedback. Why do you think Tiger Woods, Venus Williams, and Michael Jordan have coaches? Why do you think Fortune 500 companies have advisory boards? Results!
(501) 322-8165 View (501) 322-8165
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Lindsay Van Parys
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, CPNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Little Rock, AR 72116
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner board-certified in psychiatric mental health and pediatrics. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and therapy of individuals of all ages with autism, ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. I am also passionate about helping with sleep problems, parent-child interactions, and substance use. I have a way of helping patients feel comfortable and at ease. My patients are encouraged to be themselves and openly discuss any and all things. I enjoy working with individuals from various backgrounds and openly welcome LBGTQ+ individuals.
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner board-certified in psychiatric mental health and pediatrics. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and therapy of individuals of all ages with autism, ADHD, adjustment disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. I am also passionate about helping with sleep problems, parent-child interactions, and substance use. I have a way of helping patients feel comfortable and at ease. My patients are encouraged to be themselves and openly discuss any and all things. I enjoy working with individuals from various backgrounds and openly welcome LBGTQ+ individuals.
(501) 300-9479 View (501) 300-9479
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Rhianna Harberson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryant, AR 72022  (Online Only)
I specialize in all ages across the lifespan. I primarily treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior and Impulse Control, PTSD, Autism, and ADHD (no stimulants). I think it is important that clients understand that medications don't "fix" people and they do not teach skills. It is important for clients to know that my job is not to ever talk you into medications, but rather help to discuss the pros and cons to see how we can help benefit and better you.
I specialize in all ages across the lifespan. I primarily treat Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior and Impulse Control, PTSD, Autism, and ADHD (no stimulants). I think it is important that clients understand that medications don't "fix" people and they do not teach skills. It is important for clients to know that my job is not to ever talk you into medications, but rather help to discuss the pros and cons to see how we can help benefit and better you.
(501) 359-5981 View (501) 359-5981
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Devin Annette Devlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MNSc, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryant, AR 72022  (Online Only)
I am board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), who provides psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with brief psychotherapeutic interventions. I seek to provide psychiatric services for individuals across the lifespan from children to older adults. I primarily see clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD/Trauma. My approach to care is of a holistic, collaborative, empowering, practical and evidence-based nature in order to improve the lives of those of whom I serve. My goal, above all else, is to empower you to take charge of your own well-being.
I am board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), who provides psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services and medication management with brief psychotherapeutic interventions. I seek to provide psychiatric services for individuals across the lifespan from children to older adults. I primarily see clients suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar, and PTSD/Trauma. My approach to care is of a holistic, collaborative, empowering, practical and evidence-based nature in order to improve the lives of those of whom I serve. My goal, above all else, is to empower you to take charge of your own well-being.
(501) 434-4312 View (501) 434-4312
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Ryan Nikolai Leslie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Little Rock, AR 72204  (Online Only)
My practice was born out of a desire to escape the transactional nature of modern corporate medicine and provide authentic, person-centered care that is not driven by metrics and checkboxes. I wanted the freedom to build a practice with the provider-patient relationship placed at its center. I truly take the time to get to know my patients and listen to their thoughts, feelings, and concerns without judgment. My practice provides a safe space where all persons, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, are welcomed with open arms and treated with dignity.
My practice was born out of a desire to escape the transactional nature of modern corporate medicine and provide authentic, person-centered care that is not driven by metrics and checkboxes. I wanted the freedom to build a practice with the provider-patient relationship placed at its center. I truly take the time to get to know my patients and listen to their thoughts, feelings, and concerns without judgment. My practice provides a safe space where all persons, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, are welcomed with open arms and treated with dignity.
(501) 381-5237 View (501) 381-5237
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Stephanie Burnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-C, CNL-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maumelle, AR 72113
Welcome! I offer medication management, supportive therapy, genetic testing for psychotropic mediations, mindfulness techniques, and other ever evolving holistic practices. I'm not your typical Psych Nurse Practitioner. I have spent over a decade building concepts taught within my practice. Within all sessions, I integrate a systematic approach composed of my 7-Step Butterfly Method TM which offers educational concepts of awareness, growth and healing from faulty thinking patterns. You will find ease in your life and more control over your emotional life and mindset.
Welcome! I offer medication management, supportive therapy, genetic testing for psychotropic mediations, mindfulness techniques, and other ever evolving holistic practices. I'm not your typical Psych Nurse Practitioner. I have spent over a decade building concepts taught within my practice. Within all sessions, I integrate a systematic approach composed of my 7-Step Butterfly Method TM which offers educational concepts of awareness, growth and healing from faulty thinking patterns. You will find ease in your life and more control over your emotional life and mindset.
(501) 271-3874 View (501) 271-3874
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Casie Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Are you struggling with irritability, feeling overwhelmed, anxiety, sadness, or tearfulness? Anxiety, depression (including both postpartum), and other mental health disorders can present unique symptoms for each person. If you're seeking someone to listen to your experiences and help you navigate towards a better version of yourself, let's schedule an appointment!
Are you struggling with irritability, feeling overwhelmed, anxiety, sadness, or tearfulness? Anxiety, depression (including both postpartum), and other mental health disorders can present unique symptoms for each person. If you're seeking someone to listen to your experiences and help you navigate towards a better version of yourself, let's schedule an appointment!
(870) 860-8254 View (870) 860-8254

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Number of Psychiatrists in Batesville, AR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Batesville, AR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Other

How Psychiatrists in Batesville, AR see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Batesville?

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.