Psychiatrists in Green Valley, AZ

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Pusch Ridge Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Green Valley, AZ 85614
Therapy appointments available! We now offer Deep TMS. We are the only ones in Tucson with Deep TMS! We are a small group practice providing mental health services, including assessments, medication management, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Our diverse team is trained to treat a wide range of challenges including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, anxiety, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, self-harm, substance use, grief, and relational/family conflict. We work with clients ranging from age six through adulthood.
Therapy appointments available! We now offer Deep TMS. We are the only ones in Tucson with Deep TMS! We are a small group practice providing mental health services, including assessments, medication management, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Our diverse team is trained to treat a wide range of challenges including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, anxiety, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, self-harm, substance use, grief, and relational/family conflict. We work with clients ranging from age six through adulthood.
(520) 526-2663 View (520) 526-2663
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Pusch Ridge Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Green Valley, AZ 85614
Therapy appointments available! We now offer Deep TMS. We are the only ones in Tucson with Deep TMS! We are a small group practice providing mental health services, including assessments, medication management, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Our diverse team is trained to treat a wide range of challenges including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, anxiety, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, self-harm, substance use, grief, and relational/family conflict. We work with clients ranging from age six through adulthood.
Therapy appointments available! We now offer Deep TMS. We are the only ones in Tucson with Deep TMS! We are a small group practice providing mental health services, including assessments, medication management, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Our diverse team is trained to treat a wide range of challenges including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, anxiety, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders, self-harm, substance use, grief, and relational/family conflict. We work with clients ranging from age six through adulthood.
(520) 395-1593 View (520) 395-1593
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Pool of Bethesda Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, CNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Green Valley, AZ 85622  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed in these troubled times? Are you experiencing Acute Stress Syndrome? Is your Anxiety or Depression uncontrollable? Are you living with BIPOLAR, PTSD and ADHD? Together, let's end the shame, guilt, doubt, hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of self-worth. We are Dr. Hancock and Shawn Dugan- Your Compassionate Board-Certified Psych. Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) DNP. Regardless of who you see, We Care & We Serve. Appointments In Green Valley, Surprise, and AZ Offices Are Available, however due to COVID-19 Pandemic, We are currently open for Tele-Psych & TMS appts in Arizona. Most insurances are accepted. Call us now!
Are you overwhelmed in these troubled times? Are you experiencing Acute Stress Syndrome? Is your Anxiety or Depression uncontrollable? Are you living with BIPOLAR, PTSD and ADHD? Together, let's end the shame, guilt, doubt, hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of self-worth. We are Dr. Hancock and Shawn Dugan- Your Compassionate Board-Certified Psych. Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) DNP. Regardless of who you see, We Care & We Serve. Appointments In Green Valley, Surprise, and AZ Offices Are Available, however due to COVID-19 Pandemic, We are currently open for Tele-Psych & TMS appts in Arizona. Most insurances are accepted. Call us now!
(623) 278-7729 View (623) 278-7729
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Pool of Bethesda Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP, - BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Green Valley, AZ 85622  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed in these troubled times? Is your anxiety or depression uncontrollable? Are you living with bipolar, PTSD and ADHD? Let us end the shame, guilt, doubt, hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of self-worth which often come with this. I am Dr. Stephanie Hancock - Your Compassionate Board-Certified Psych. Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) DNP and I care for you deeply. I serve from personal experiences. Appointments in Green Valley, Surprise, AZ offices are available, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, We are currently open for Tele-psych & TMS appointments in Arizona. Most Insurances are accepted. Call us now!
Are you overwhelmed in these troubled times? Is your anxiety or depression uncontrollable? Are you living with bipolar, PTSD and ADHD? Let us end the shame, guilt, doubt, hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of self-worth which often come with this. I am Dr. Stephanie Hancock - Your Compassionate Board-Certified Psych. Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) DNP and I care for you deeply. I serve from personal experiences. Appointments in Green Valley, Surprise, AZ offices are available, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, We are currently open for Tele-psych & TMS appointments in Arizona. Most Insurances are accepted. Call us now!
(623) 343-3663 View (623) 343-3663
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Pool of Bethesda Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, CNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Green Valley, AZ 85622  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed in these troubled times? Are you experiencing Acute Stress Syndrome? Is your Anxiety or Depression uncontrollable? Are you living with bipolar, PTSD and ADHD? Together, let's end the shame, guilt, doubt, hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of self-worth. I am Dr. Stephanie Hancock-Your Compassionate Board-Certified Psych. Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) DNP and I care for you deeply. I serve from personal experience. Appointments in Green Valley, Surprise, AZ Offices are Available, but due to COVID-19 pandemic, we're currently open for Tele-Psych & TMS Appts in ARIZONA. Most insurances are accepted. Call us now!
Are you overwhelmed in these troubled times? Are you experiencing Acute Stress Syndrome? Is your Anxiety or Depression uncontrollable? Are you living with bipolar, PTSD and ADHD? Together, let's end the shame, guilt, doubt, hopelessness, helplessness, and lack of self-worth. I am Dr. Stephanie Hancock-Your Compassionate Board-Certified Psych. Mental Health (PMHNP-BC) DNP and I care for you deeply. I serve from personal experience. Appointments in Green Valley, Surprise, AZ Offices are Available, but due to COVID-19 pandemic, we're currently open for Tele-Psych & TMS Appts in ARIZONA. Most insurances are accepted. Call us now!
(623) 343-1748 View (623) 343-1748
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Sharon Meglathery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Green Valley, AZ 85614
I am a board cert psychiatrist w/ 27 yrs of experience, incl: 3 yr residency in internal medicine (board cert, 2000) and exposure to alt approaches/diverse populations (Native American, holistic eating disorder facility, students, inner-city crisis work) who loves to learn/listen (courses: EMDR-basic, dissoc, addictions, personality, chronic illness, attachment; DBT; CBT; mindfulness, lifestyle, communication, evid-based non-pharm). I apply all of this when I assess and assist you to capitalize on strengths, gain resilience, dive deep into psyche/your past/struggles, process trauma, learn skills, broaden perspective and agency.
I am a board cert psychiatrist w/ 27 yrs of experience, incl: 3 yr residency in internal medicine (board cert, 2000) and exposure to alt approaches/diverse populations (Native American, holistic eating disorder facility, students, inner-city crisis work) who loves to learn/listen (courses: EMDR-basic, dissoc, addictions, personality, chronic illness, attachment; DBT; CBT; mindfulness, lifestyle, communication, evid-based non-pharm). I apply all of this when I assess and assist you to capitalize on strengths, gain resilience, dive deep into psyche/your past/struggles, process trauma, learn skills, broaden perspective and agency.
(520) 895-4797 View (520) 895-4797
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Green Valley, AZ 85614
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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Brett Curran - Ages 4 And Up
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, DNP
Verified Verified
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
I have been practicing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) since graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2010. I completed my doctoral education in 2021 culminating in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. I have also obtained Master’s and Bachelor’s level degrees in psychology/forensic psychology and have worked previously as a counselor. As a PMHNP, I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, virtual telemedicine, corrections, IOP, ACT, long term care, and administration.
I have been practicing as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) since graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 2010. I completed my doctoral education in 2021 culminating in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. I have also obtained Master’s and Bachelor’s level degrees in psychology/forensic psychology and have worked previously as a counselor. As a PMHNP, I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, virtual telemedicine, corrections, IOP, ACT, long term care, and administration.
(520) 729-4188 View (520) 729-4188

Online Psychiatrists

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Judith Ochieng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD/DNP, FNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85701  (Online Only)
Dealing with mental health can be challenging for you as an individual and your family. When you come to see me, the goal is to alleviate suffering and manage your health well. Identifying the health needs, providing resources, and creating a positive environment that fosters open discussion of your condition is critical. Providing non-judgmental care empowers you as an individual to actively participate in your healthcare decision-making. Providing education allows you to make informed decisions in how you want your care to be managed. The goal is to keep you healthy, prevent relapse, and help you feel better.
Dealing with mental health can be challenging for you as an individual and your family. When you come to see me, the goal is to alleviate suffering and manage your health well. Identifying the health needs, providing resources, and creating a positive environment that fosters open discussion of your condition is critical. Providing non-judgmental care empowers you as an individual to actively participate in your healthcare decision-making. Providing education allows you to make informed decisions in how you want your care to be managed. The goal is to keep you healthy, prevent relapse, and help you feel better.
(520) 335-3956 View (520) 335-3956
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James Christopher Van Doren
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Patients can connect quickly through a secure chat on my patient portal, ensuring concierge-level service and accessibility. I provide comprehensive treatment by using medication management with psychotherapy in a holistic approach, recognizing the unique life experiences of each patient.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Patients can connect quickly through a secure chat on my patient portal, ensuring concierge-level service and accessibility. I provide comprehensive treatment by using medication management with psychotherapy in a holistic approach, recognizing the unique life experiences of each patient.
(520) 389-5749 View (520) 389-5749
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David R Goen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHMP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85715
Are you looking for someone to help with medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other mental health struggles ? Perhaps you’ve tried self-help books, researching online, or even therapy, only to discover that nothing works, at least for very long. I’ll assess where you’re at with symptoms and prescribe or adjust medications if appropriate, while monitoring your overall treatment. When needed I provide therapy referrals as well. I know it can be scary to reach out to a medical professional. Feeling uncertain is normal, and I’m here to help you overcome that step so you can take more control of your own mental health.
Are you looking for someone to help with medication management for depression, anxiety, ADHD, or other mental health struggles ? Perhaps you’ve tried self-help books, researching online, or even therapy, only to discover that nothing works, at least for very long. I’ll assess where you’re at with symptoms and prescribe or adjust medications if appropriate, while monitoring your overall treatment. When needed I provide therapy referrals as well. I know it can be scary to reach out to a medical professional. Feeling uncertain is normal, and I’m here to help you overcome that step so you can take more control of your own mental health.
(520) 502-7034 View (520) 502-7034
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Az del Pino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85710
Do you identify as LGBTQ2IA+ or neurodivergent? Do you experience sadness, irritability, nervousness, gender incongruence, difficulty focusing and concentrating, and low motivation? Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting out of bed? Do you feel stuck or held back from your full potential by your feelings? Have you experienced distressing events or a bad personal experience in healthcare? Do you hold back from sharing parts of your life for fear of experiencing judgment, shaming, or awkwardness? Are you searching for care that celebrates your diversity of relationship, gender, and sexual orientation?
Do you identify as LGBTQ2IA+ or neurodivergent? Do you experience sadness, irritability, nervousness, gender incongruence, difficulty focusing and concentrating, and low motivation? Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting out of bed? Do you feel stuck or held back from your full potential by your feelings? Have you experienced distressing events or a bad personal experience in healthcare? Do you hold back from sharing parts of your life for fear of experiencing judgment, shaming, or awkwardness? Are you searching for care that celebrates your diversity of relationship, gender, and sexual orientation?
(520) 441-1968 View (520) 441-1968
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Lisa Eisenbraun-Long
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85705
I've recently joined the team with Tucson Counseling Associates which specializes in working with the lgbtqia+ population, psychedelic integration, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. I have an interest in working with many diverse populations, especially lgbtqia+, military veterans, children and older adults.
I've recently joined the team with Tucson Counseling Associates which specializes in working with the lgbtqia+ population, psychedelic integration, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. I have an interest in working with many diverse populations, especially lgbtqia+, military veterans, children and older adults.
(928) 487-4638 View (928) 487-4638
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Herald Surya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85704
At Eastwest Integrated Care we understand that health issues do not only affect the individual, but their family and community, thus we are committed to provide transformational programs created for the recovery and maintenance of overall health and wellness of mind and body, while at the same time, empowering our patients to regain control of their health through the practice of preventative care. The core foundation of our practice is an integrative effective approach with a blend of the best of high-tech biomedicine with the best of complementary medicine.
At Eastwest Integrated Care we understand that health issues do not only affect the individual, but their family and community, thus we are committed to provide transformational programs created for the recovery and maintenance of overall health and wellness of mind and body, while at the same time, empowering our patients to regain control of their health through the practice of preventative care. The core foundation of our practice is an integrative effective approach with a blend of the best of high-tech biomedicine with the best of complementary medicine.
(520) 210-5249 View (520) 210-5249
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Cristie Sanborn @ Entune Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85715
I value individualized treatment plans tailored to meet your mental health needs and goals by working alongside you on your mental health journey. If you are unsure or not comfortable with the thought of pharmacological interventions to address your needs, I advocate for non-pharmacological interventions that play a vital role in the success of your mental health. These interventions may include sleep hygiene, nutrition, referral to therapy services, and/or addressing overall physical health.
I value individualized treatment plans tailored to meet your mental health needs and goals by working alongside you on your mental health journey. If you are unsure or not comfortable with the thought of pharmacological interventions to address your needs, I advocate for non-pharmacological interventions that play a vital role in the success of your mental health. These interventions may include sleep hygiene, nutrition, referral to therapy services, and/or addressing overall physical health.
(520) 987-8010 View (520) 987-8010
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Peace of Mind Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ACNP
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85719  (Online Only)
Compassion***Connection***Commitment to help you achieve better balance in your personal and employment relationships.
Compassion***Connection***Commitment to help you achieve better balance in your personal and employment relationships.
(520) 341-2358 View (520) 341-2358
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Sutapa Dube
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucson, AZ 85712
Dr. Dube is a quadruple board-certified psychiatrist based in Arizona. She trained in Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She completed further fellowships in Integrative Medicine with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and in Integrative Psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Dr. Dube has experience in community mental health, hospital, residential, and private outpatient settings with both children and adults.
Dr. Dube is a quadruple board-certified psychiatrist based in Arizona. She trained in Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She completed further fellowships in Integrative Medicine with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and in Integrative Psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Dr. Dube has experience in community mental health, hospital, residential, and private outpatient settings with both children and adults.
(520) 341-2053 View (520) 341-2053
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Jordan Reuter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
As an advocate for integrative mental health care, I am dedicated to providing empathetic and comprehensive treatment plans to individuals facing various mental health challenges. I implement evidence-based psychiatric interventions with complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle modifications, and a strengths-based approach to empower individuals on their journey toward recovery.
As an advocate for integrative mental health care, I am dedicated to providing empathetic and comprehensive treatment plans to individuals facing various mental health challenges. I implement evidence-based psychiatric interventions with complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle modifications, and a strengths-based approach to empower individuals on their journey toward recovery.
(520) 221-2306 View (520) 221-2306
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Kristine Norris
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH
Verified Verified
Tucson, AZ 85712
Virtual appointments available. Comprehensive. Collaborative. Confidential. Taking new patients age 12 to 64. Book online now at www.psychiatrytucson.com. Dr. Norris is a Tucson Psychiatrist and Therapist. She is trained in multiple forms of psychotherapy, including insight-oriented and trauma-focused, in addition to medication management. Dr. Norris uses her skills to evaluate from a holistic perspective and takes into account the biological (body), psychological (mind), and social aspects of each individual to explore treatment options that work best for them.
Virtual appointments available. Comprehensive. Collaborative. Confidential. Taking new patients age 12 to 64. Book online now at www.psychiatrytucson.com. Dr. Norris is a Tucson Psychiatrist and Therapist. She is trained in multiple forms of psychotherapy, including insight-oriented and trauma-focused, in addition to medication management. Dr. Norris uses her skills to evaluate from a holistic perspective and takes into account the biological (body), psychological (mind), and social aspects of each individual to explore treatment options that work best for them.
(520) 780-8413 View (520) 780-8413
Oluremi Cole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
At Olive Health and Wellness LLC, our vision is to create a world where mental health is a top priority and everyone has access to quality mental health care. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and we are committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from receiving the care they need. We offer a range of mental health services, including individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and telehealth services. Our team of licensed mental health professionals is dedicated to providing compassionate care to all of our clients.
At Olive Health and Wellness LLC, our vision is to create a world where mental health is a top priority and everyone has access to quality mental health care. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and we are committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from receiving the care they need. We offer a range of mental health services, including individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and telehealth services. Our team of licensed mental health professionals is dedicated to providing compassionate care to all of our clients.
(520) 210-4884 View (520) 210-4884

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Number of Psychiatrists in Green Valley, AZ

< 10

Psychiatrists in Green Valley, AZ who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Suicidal Ideation
86% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Green Valley, AZ see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Green Valley?

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.