Psychiatrists in Buena Park, CA

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Sunny Hills Medical Center
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Buena Park, CA 90620
Welcome to Sunny Hills Behavioral HeaIth. If you or loved ones are struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention problems, ability to advance in your career, or other issues affecting relationships, you are at the right place to make positive changes. Dr. Gudapati uses an interactive, solution-focused approach that is tailored to each client. Dr. Gudapati provides therapy for behavioral and emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, bipolar disorders, and mood disorders. Dr. Gudapati is also a certified TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) physician for treatment of depression.
Welcome to Sunny Hills Behavioral HeaIth. If you or loved ones are struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention problems, ability to advance in your career, or other issues affecting relationships, you are at the right place to make positive changes. Dr. Gudapati uses an interactive, solution-focused approach that is tailored to each client. Dr. Gudapati provides therapy for behavioral and emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, bipolar disorders, and mood disorders. Dr. Gudapati is also a certified TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) physician for treatment of depression.
(714) 786-5084 View (714) 786-5084
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Karen Rightler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Buena Park, CA 90620
Are you seeking a new mental health provider? If so, I am happy to help on your journey. I take pride in providing a safe space for others. I offer quality personalized treatment for anyone who is struggling to manage their anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, relationship issues, and more. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with additional education and training in Marriage and Family Therapy, my approach is tailored to help meet your specific mental health needs. I am trained to provide individual psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management for all mental health disorders.
Are you seeking a new mental health provider? If so, I am happy to help on your journey. I take pride in providing a safe space for others. I offer quality personalized treatment for anyone who is struggling to manage their anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD, relationship issues, and more. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with additional education and training in Marriage and Family Therapy, my approach is tailored to help meet your specific mental health needs. I am trained to provide individual psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management for all mental health disorders.
(714) 451-7835 View (714) 451-7835
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Juyeon Shin at Glory Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buena Park, CA 90620
“ I wish more people could take the stigma away from mental health issues and find out certain proactive coping strategies for themselves to handle life or mental health issues much better and enhance quality of life.”
“ I wish more people could take the stigma away from mental health issues and find out certain proactive coping strategies for themselves to handle life or mental health issues much better and enhance quality of life.”
(805) 886-5200 View (805) 886-5200
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buena Park, CA 90623  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(657) 837-2126 View (657) 837-2126
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Sima Aman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buena Park, CA 90620
In the midst of uncertainty with ADHD, PTSD, trauma, bipolar, depression, or anxiety? My ideal client seeks more than just coping – they aim for real healing and clarity. They're determined to navigate life's hurdles, find serenity, and reclaim their vitality. Recognizing that profound change begins with a simple dialogue, they're ready for a transformative journey. I treat individuals of ALL Ages with the use of Medication Management and Psychotherapy! Together, let's illuminate the path to your best self
In the midst of uncertainty with ADHD, PTSD, trauma, bipolar, depression, or anxiety? My ideal client seeks more than just coping – they aim for real healing and clarity. They're determined to navigate life's hurdles, find serenity, and reclaim their vitality. Recognizing that profound change begins with a simple dialogue, they're ready for a transformative journey. I treat individuals of ALL Ages with the use of Medication Management and Psychotherapy! Together, let's illuminate the path to your best self
(714) 248-0605 View (714) 248-0605
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Jasmine Whitlatch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Buena Park, CA 90624
Everyone has diverse responses to treatments and medications. I am happy to provide individualized care that centers around your unique goals and mindsets.
Everyone has diverse responses to treatments and medications. I am happy to provide individualized care that centers around your unique goals and mindsets.
(707) 343-4080 View (707) 343-4080
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Renewed ADHD Treatment Center (Renewed MH)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, LMFT, NP, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buena Park, CA 90620
Are you or someone you care about grappling with feelings of inattentiveness, lack of concentration? Are you in search of therapeutic support to navigate through these mental health challenges? If this rings true, our clinic is here to extend a helping hand to you or your loved ones. Renewed ADHD Treatment Center offers a secure and nurturing environment, delivering patient-centered care to individuals facing challenges with ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, and beyond. With a heartfelt desire to support, our clinic is poised to journey alongside you towards improved mental health.
Are you or someone you care about grappling with feelings of inattentiveness, lack of concentration? Are you in search of therapeutic support to navigate through these mental health challenges? If this rings true, our clinic is here to extend a helping hand to you or your loved ones. Renewed ADHD Treatment Center offers a secure and nurturing environment, delivering patient-centered care to individuals facing challenges with ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, and beyond. With a heartfelt desire to support, our clinic is poised to journey alongside you towards improved mental health.
(714) 410-2214 View (714) 410-2214
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Medard Sison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buena Park, CA 90620
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention issues, or other issues affecting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step in the right direction to make a positive change. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Sison believes in treating each client and their family with respect, care, and professionalism. Medard focuses on your needs and tailors his treatment plan to keep you informed.
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention issues, or other issues affecting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step in the right direction to make a positive change. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Sison believes in treating each client and their family with respect, care, and professionalism. Medard focuses on your needs and tailors his treatment plan to keep you informed.
(657) 220-8068 View (657) 220-8068
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buena Park, CA 90621
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Allied Healers, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(657) 571-2996 View (657) 571-2996
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Griselda Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Buena Park, CA 90620
My ideal patient is an adolescent facing mental health challenges. They struggle with anxiety, depression, or trauma and may have co-occurring substance use disorders. They need a supportive, non-judgmental environment to explore their feelings, understand their behaviors, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Their goals include achieving mental stability, overcoming addiction, and building resilience to handle life's challenges. They want to regain control of their lives, improve their relationships, and find hope and motivation for a brighter future.
My ideal patient is an adolescent facing mental health challenges. They struggle with anxiety, depression, or trauma and may have co-occurring substance use disorders. They need a supportive, non-judgmental environment to explore their feelings, understand their behaviors, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Their goals include achieving mental stability, overcoming addiction, and building resilience to handle life's challenges. They want to regain control of their lives, improve their relationships, and find hope and motivation for a brighter future.
(714) 683-1472 View (714) 683-1472

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Karen Rightler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Caught in life's storm? Need a helping hand? Whether you're grappling with ADHD, PTSD, trauma, depression, or anxiety, you're not alone. Imagine breaking through the fog and truly understanding the storm of emotions you feel. Picture a life not just built on coping, but flourishing from genuine healing. The journey to reclaiming your peace and navigating life's twists begins with a single step: a chat, a connection. No matter your age, if you're striving for deeper emotional clarity and a harmonious well-being, I'm here for you. Dive into a transformative experience with individual therapy and medication guidance for every age.
Caught in life's storm? Need a helping hand? Whether you're grappling with ADHD, PTSD, trauma, depression, or anxiety, you're not alone. Imagine breaking through the fog and truly understanding the storm of emotions you feel. Picture a life not just built on coping, but flourishing from genuine healing. The journey to reclaiming your peace and navigating life's twists begins with a single step: a chat, a connection. No matter your age, if you're striving for deeper emotional clarity and a harmonious well-being, I'm here for you. Dive into a transformative experience with individual therapy and medication guidance for every age.
(714) 487-0748 View (714) 487-0748
Photo of Carmela Zaragoza, PMHP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carmela Zaragoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHP
Verified Verified
Cypress, CA 90630  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now welcoming new patients!
(424) 999-7767 View (424) 999-7767
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Anthony Pham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD or a mental health concern that is negatively impacting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step towards making a positive change. Anthony is a Master's Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Anthony emphasizes treating each client & their family with respect, comfort, and professionalism. Anthony focuses on needs of his patients and tailors his treatment plan to keep everyone informed.
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD or a mental health concern that is negatively impacting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step towards making a positive change. Anthony is a Master's Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Anthony emphasizes treating each client & their family with respect, comfort, and professionalism. Anthony focuses on needs of his patients and tailors his treatment plan to keep everyone informed.
(714) 735-0693 View (714) 735-0693
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Yasha Rastgar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Dr. Rastgar, an Adult Psychiatrist at Integrative Behavioral Health and Medicine, Inc., hails from South Jersey. He earned his MD from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed his General Psychiatry Residency at West Virginia University. During his residency, Dr. Rastgar excelled, being named Chief Resident and Resident of the Year for his exceptional care.
Dr. Rastgar, an Adult Psychiatrist at Integrative Behavioral Health and Medicine, Inc., hails from South Jersey. He earned his MD from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed his General Psychiatry Residency at West Virginia University. During his residency, Dr. Rastgar excelled, being named Chief Resident and Resident of the Year for his exceptional care.
(657) 837-2567 View (657) 837-2567
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Vides Apresto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cypress, CA 90630  (Online Only)
Now welcoming new patients! We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Welcome!
Now welcoming new patients! We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Welcome!
(424) 316-1646 View (424) 316-1646
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Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92804
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(657) 300-9986 View (657) 300-9986
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Clint Nacar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression or adhd? Have you sought help for your mental health in the past but often felt rushed or struggled to connect with your provider? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. As a masters prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I focus on treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health diagnoses. I believe that working together collaboratively with each client is the key to creating an effective treatment plan to address each client’s unique situation and needs.
Are you suffering from anxiety, depression or adhd? Have you sought help for your mental health in the past but often felt rushed or struggled to connect with your provider? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. As a masters prepared psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I focus on treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health diagnoses. I believe that working together collaboratively with each client is the key to creating an effective treatment plan to address each client’s unique situation and needs.
(714) 706-1815 View (714) 706-1815
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, CA 90630  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(424) 372-0380 View (424) 372-0380
Photo of Taylor Alexander, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cypress, CA 90630  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(424) 317-8526 View (424) 317-8526
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Miguel Castellanos Jr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Welcome! If you or a loved one struggles with ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, mood disturbances, trauma, depression, or anxiety, you've found the right place. My ideal client seeks both understanding and practical solutions. They may feel overwhelmed or misjudged, and they're eager to find balance and peace. Using a combination of medication management and therapeutic techniques, I strive to provide comprehensive care tailored to each individual's needs. Hablo español. Proudly serving clients aged 6 years and above. Let's journey together towards healing and growth.
Welcome! If you or a loved one struggles with ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, mood disturbances, trauma, depression, or anxiety, you've found the right place. My ideal client seeks both understanding and practical solutions. They may feel overwhelmed or misjudged, and they're eager to find balance and peace. Using a combination of medication management and therapeutic techniques, I strive to provide comprehensive care tailored to each individual's needs. Hablo español. Proudly serving clients aged 6 years and above. Let's journey together towards healing and growth.
(657) 571-1565 View (657) 571-1565

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Buena Park, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Buena Park, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
90% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Psychosis
70% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
90% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Buena Park, CA see their clients

90% In Person and Online
10% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Buena Park?

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.