Psychiatrists in Flagstaff, AZ

Photo of Dustin Husemann, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Dustin Husemann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ACNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
My interest and passion for mental health began in 2007 with a position as a behavioral health tech in Iowa. I eventually advanced my education in the Nursing field and obtained my associates and bachelor’s degrees. Shortly after finishing school, I began travel nursing and served patients in the state of Oregon. I eventually relocated to Phoenix, AZ, in 2014, where I completed my first master’s degree and began working as a Trauma/ICU Nurse Practitioner.
My interest and passion for mental health began in 2007 with a position as a behavioral health tech in Iowa. I eventually advanced my education in the Nursing field and obtained my associates and bachelor’s degrees. Shortly after finishing school, I began travel nursing and served patients in the state of Oregon. I eventually relocated to Phoenix, AZ, in 2014, where I completed my first master’s degree and began working as a Trauma/ICU Nurse Practitioner.
(928) 285-0710 View (928) 285-0710
Photo of Dr. Morgan Alexander, Psychiatrist in Flagstaff, AZ
Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Laura Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
I am a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients over lifespan, child, adolescent/teen, adult and geriatric. I have worked closely with college students to help them reach their academic goals. My treatment approach is evidence based and collaborative. I like to meet you where you are. Each person has their own unique needs and background and, that is where I start. By using pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions, my patients have a variety of treatment modalities to choose from. I am here to help guide you back to “the real you”.
I am a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients over lifespan, child, adolescent/teen, adult and geriatric. I have worked closely with college students to help them reach their academic goals. My treatment approach is evidence based and collaborative. I like to meet you where you are. Each person has their own unique needs and background and, that is where I start. By using pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions, my patients have a variety of treatment modalities to choose from. I am here to help guide you back to “the real you”.
(480) 757-3177 View (480) 757-3177
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Emmanuella Edekobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Flagstaff, AZ 86001  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
(928) 642-9264 View (928) 642-9264
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Cheryl Carstens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-c, FNP-c, WHNP-c
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Hi! My name is Cheryl Carstens and I am a Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I realize that seeking mental health care is often outside of our comfort zone. My hope is to provide an experience that is relaxed, supportive and effective. I offer telehealth visits in the comfort of your home or in person visits in my Flagstaff office.
Hi! My name is Cheryl Carstens and I am a Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I realize that seeking mental health care is often outside of our comfort zone. My hope is to provide an experience that is relaxed, supportive and effective. I offer telehealth visits in the comfort of your home or in person visits in my Flagstaff office.
(928) 916-6916 View (928) 916-6916
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Bethany Bartlett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 11 years of experience licensed to practice in the state of Arizona. I completed my master's degree at the University of Vermont and began practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Arizona in 2012. I have since practiced in various locations and settings throughout the state. I have experience across the spectrum of mental health disorders with particular clinical interests in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and anxiety.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 11 years of experience licensed to practice in the state of Arizona. I completed my master's degree at the University of Vermont and began practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in Arizona in 2012. I have since practiced in various locations and settings throughout the state. I have experience across the spectrum of mental health disorders with particular clinical interests in the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and anxiety.
(928) 766-7637 View (928) 766-7637
Photo of Bre Chamoff, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Bre Chamoff
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CPNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
My name is Bre (like the cheese) Chamoff (she/her). I am triple board certified in pediatric primary care, critical care and psychiatric mental health. I have been a nurse practitioner for over a decade and am extremely passionate about working with kids, adolescents and young adults. My prescribing philosophy is meds are not first-line, unless they absolutely need to be - and my "drug of choice" is human connection. I believe that your child is considered an active person in our treatment partnership with meaningful thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Medicine is not the only option. I'm here to root you and your family on!
My name is Bre (like the cheese) Chamoff (she/her). I am triple board certified in pediatric primary care, critical care and psychiatric mental health. I have been a nurse practitioner for over a decade and am extremely passionate about working with kids, adolescents and young adults. My prescribing philosophy is meds are not first-line, unless they absolutely need to be - and my "drug of choice" is human connection. I believe that your child is considered an active person in our treatment partnership with meaningful thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Medicine is not the only option. I'm here to root you and your family on!
(480) 618-1752 View (480) 618-1752
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Michelle Whitacre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CMIP, CDBT, DMT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Flagstaff, AZ 86001  (Online Only)
Change can be hard to accept. It can be tough to accept the reality of the present situation let alone the present moment! That's exactly what we can work toward together. You can experience hard circumstances, difficult relationships, and life transitions and not only survive but thrive. We all suffer wounds that can get in the way of what we are trying to accomplish in the world. Whether you are having a hard time in your relationships, just not feeling like yourself lately, or experiencing changes that make you feel lost, I assure you that you are not alone. Together, let's uncover the strength that you need to tap into.
Change can be hard to accept. It can be tough to accept the reality of the present situation let alone the present moment! That's exactly what we can work toward together. You can experience hard circumstances, difficult relationships, and life transitions and not only survive but thrive. We all suffer wounds that can get in the way of what we are trying to accomplish in the world. Whether you are having a hard time in your relationships, just not feeling like yourself lately, or experiencing changes that make you feel lost, I assure you that you are not alone. Together, let's uncover the strength that you need to tap into.
(928) 569-9376 View (928) 569-9376
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP, BC
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Photo of Adel Mostafavi, Psychiatrist in Flagstaff, AZ
Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(520) 500-1149 View (520) 500-1149
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(623) 303-8673 View (623) 303-8673
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Sound Mynd, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. I also offer psychiatric care for oncology patients and psychological evaluation for surgeries. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. I also offer psychiatric care for oncology patients and psychological evaluation for surgeries. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
(480) 608-9188 View (480) 608-9188
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(888) 909-8676 View (888) 909-8676
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/AZ
(323) 310-5285 View (323) 310-5285
Photo of Tami Trea, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Tami Trea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Arizona! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help.
Accepting new patients from anywhere in Arizona! Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you wonder why you are so forgetful, why it's so hard to concentrate, or why you easily get distracted? Or maybe it's hard to get out of bed in the morning, you lack the motivation to participate in life anymore, and you can sometimes be tearful for no reason? Is it hard to fall asleep at night or do you wake up multiple times which leaves you feeling exhausted the next day? Have you experienced trauma that has left you feeling anxious and on edge? You do not have to go through these challenges alone! I would like to help.
(480) 485-3312 View (480) 485-3312
Photo of Dr. Christopher J Smallwood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Dr. Christopher J Smallwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(720) 782-8058 View (720) 782-8058
Photo of Casey Blonde, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Casey Blonde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
As you progress in your care with me, you will find a relaxed, conversational approach to ease discomfort, anxiety, and fear. I am impassioned to provide quality care for vulnerable communities with genuine compassion, empathy, and humor where appropriate. More specifically, I have specialized training and experience in delivering affirming care, and my network and mentors are specialists and identify in the LGBTQ+ community. Mental health care should be a safe space for you, even if you are still figuring out who you are.
As you progress in your care with me, you will find a relaxed, conversational approach to ease discomfort, anxiety, and fear. I am impassioned to provide quality care for vulnerable communities with genuine compassion, empathy, and humor where appropriate. More specifically, I have specialized training and experience in delivering affirming care, and my network and mentors are specialists and identify in the LGBTQ+ community. Mental health care should be a safe space for you, even if you are still figuring out who you are.
(480) 618-1676 View (480) 618-1676
Photo of Beth Pembroke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Beth Pembroke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86001  (Online Only)
Treatment style: mutual optimism, curiosity, teamwork and self motivation. Experience: 15 years Psychiatric RN, 3 years Psychiatric NP. Education: MSN & MEd. I offer: patient-provider collaboration, honesty, hope, and patience. Philosophy: solutions take time, and healing is a lifelong endeavor. I provide: open mindedness, affirmation, & humor.
Treatment style: mutual optimism, curiosity, teamwork and self motivation. Experience: 15 years Psychiatric RN, 3 years Psychiatric NP. Education: MSN & MEd. I offer: patient-provider collaboration, honesty, hope, and patience. Philosophy: solutions take time, and healing is a lifelong endeavor. I provide: open mindedness, affirmation, & humor.
(623) 624-8755 View (623) 624-8755
Photo of Dr. Christopher J Smallwood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Dr. Christopher J Smallwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(720) 776-0342 View (720) 776-0342
Photo of Dr. Christopher J Smallwood, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flagstaff, AZ
Dr. Christopher J Smallwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
My patients receive individualized treatment that is focused on them as a “whole person” with a unique set of needs and goals that guide their lives. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. I take the time and listen to my patients' needs to understand their symptoms and to identify the correct diagnosis(es). Then, we will work together to integrate my wealth of knowledge and experience into each treatment decision we mutually reach. My approach is scientific and constructivist, as I focus on the physiological aspects of disorders with the understanding that each person's perception of the world is unique.
(720) 408-3137 View (720) 408-3137

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Flagstaff, AZ

30+

Average cost per session

$162

Psychiatrists in Flagstaff, AZ who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
97% Depression
97% Medication Management
91% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
76% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Flagstaff, AZ see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Flagstaff?

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.