Psychiatrists in La Habra Heights, CA

Photo of Moses Morar, DNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Moses Morar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
Psychiatry seeks to relieve mental struggles through medication and therapy; however, it should be used as a tool instead of a solution. Understanding our psyche and learning to work with it is the key to strengthening our minds and being in control of our emotions. In today's busy society our brains can become addicted to the constant stimulation of our lives which can leave us feeling mismanaged, anxious, and depressed. I believe treatment should be individualized & it is my goal to partner with you to achieve your mental health goals and put you back in control of your own life and achieve the happiness everyone is deserving of.
Psychiatry seeks to relieve mental struggles through medication and therapy; however, it should be used as a tool instead of a solution. Understanding our psyche and learning to work with it is the key to strengthening our minds and being in control of our emotions. In today's busy society our brains can become addicted to the constant stimulation of our lives which can leave us feeling mismanaged, anxious, and depressed. I believe treatment should be individualized & it is my goal to partner with you to achieve your mental health goals and put you back in control of your own life and achieve the happiness everyone is deserving of.
(628) 266-4622 View (628) 266-4622

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Photo of Pavel Ksendz, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CA 90650  (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) 837-1237 View (657) 837-1237
Photo of Roberta Gordin, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Roberta Gordin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Yorba Linda, CA 92686
Roberta received her Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Roberta has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. She offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for her clients.
Roberta received her Master of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from California State University, Long Beach. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Roberta has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. She offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for her clients.
(909) 325-7997 View (909) 325-7997
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Aaron Newman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Brea, CA 92821  (Online Only)
If you are feeling overwhelmed by your mental health challenges, you don't have to face it alone. I'm here to support you every step of the way. In our initial sessions, we'll dive into your challenges, working together to create a personalized plan tailored to your needs. Many of my patients start noticing positive changes within just the first month, with sustained improvement over time. I helped patients overcome ADHD, depression, stress, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, weight loss and more. I also treat patients with mold illness and CIRS condition.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by your mental health challenges, you don't have to face it alone. I'm here to support you every step of the way. In our initial sessions, we'll dive into your challenges, working together to create a personalized plan tailored to your needs. Many of my patients start noticing positive changes within just the first month, with sustained improvement over time. I helped patients overcome ADHD, depression, stress, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, weight loss and more. I also treat patients with mold illness and CIRS condition.
(503) 751-8662 View (503) 751-8662
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Mindful Behavioral Solutions (MBS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Norwalk, CA 90650  (Online Only)
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence based care. Faith is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. You can also send an email directly to info@mbspsych.org.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence based care. Faith is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. You can also send an email directly to info@mbspsych.org.
(626) 406-2512 View (626) 406-2512
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Tameka Dyce - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Anaheim, CA 92815
Tameka Dyce is a highly experienced healthcare professional who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry. With 15 years of experience as a registered nurse in the emergency room, Tameka has developed a strong foundation in critical care, patient management, and medical triage. In addition to her ER experience, Tameka holds a Master of Science and Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. She dedicated 3 years of her career as a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Tameka Dyce is a highly experienced healthcare professional who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry. With 15 years of experience as a registered nurse in the emergency room, Tameka has developed a strong foundation in critical care, patient management, and medical triage. In addition to her ER experience, Tameka holds a Master of Science and Nursing from Azusa Pacific University. She dedicated 3 years of her career as a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
(714) 844-5332 View (714) 844-5332
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Anaheim, CA 92806  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING 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.
ACCEPTING 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.
(424) 232-0778 View (424) 232-0778
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Renewed Mental Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming difficult for you to manage, such as attention, concentration, focus and mood? Then welcome to Renewed Mental Health Group! Renewed Mental Health Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Living with symptoms of mental health disorders can be frightening and can interrupt your ability to work and maintain healthy social relationships. Most individuals that suffer from mental health disorders feel isolated, alone, and fear being judged or mistreated. Let us work together to restore your happiness and well-being.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming difficult for you to manage, such as attention, concentration, focus and mood? Then welcome to Renewed Mental Health Group! Renewed Mental Health Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Living with symptoms of mental health disorders can be frightening and can interrupt your ability to work and maintain healthy social relationships. Most individuals that suffer from mental health disorders feel isolated, alone, and fear being judged or mistreated. Let us work together to restore your happiness and well-being.
(562) 502-8908 View (562) 502-8908
Photo of Pavel Ksendz, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cypress, CA 90630  (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
Photo of Ana Jimenez | Bonmente, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Ana Jimenez | Bonmente
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Anaheim, CA 92801
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!
(562) 655-8651 View (562) 655-8651
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brea, CA 92821  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(714) 599-8634 View (714) 599-8634
Photo of Karen Rightler, PMHNP, MFT, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Karen Rightler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
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
Photo of Vides Apresto, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Vides Apresto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cerritos, CA 90701  (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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Revîv: Functional Psychiatry & TMS Wellness Ctr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fullerton, CA 92835  (Online Only)
At Revîv Functional Psychiatry & TMS Wellness Center our trained Providers help treat various forms of mental illness in the adult population through traditional medication management as well as modern techniques such as TMS under the guidance and leadership of Board Certified Psychiatrist Dr. Hina Sidhu with empathy and skill.
At Revîv Functional Psychiatry & TMS Wellness Center our trained Providers help treat various forms of mental illness in the adult population through traditional medication management as well as modern techniques such as TMS under the guidance and leadership of Board Certified Psychiatrist Dr. Hina Sidhu with empathy and skill.
(714) 905-5542 View (714) 905-5542
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Renewed ADHD Treatment Center
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Do you suspect you or your loved ones have ADHD? Are you struggling with attention, focus, or hyperactivity? Are your symptoms starting to negatively impact your performance at school, work or even in your relationship with others? Our Board Certified Doctorate Prepared Providers provide comprehensive ADHD assessments and evaluations, including ADHD testing, and provide treatment options for you and your family. We provide psychiatric assessment and management for Children ages 4+ and Adults. Our Doctorate Prepared Providers also treat other disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, social anxiety, ptsd and more.
Do you suspect you or your loved ones have ADHD? Are you struggling with attention, focus, or hyperactivity? Are your symptoms starting to negatively impact your performance at school, work or even in your relationship with others? Our Board Certified Doctorate Prepared Providers provide comprehensive ADHD assessments and evaluations, including ADHD testing, and provide treatment options for you and your family. We provide psychiatric assessment and management for Children ages 4+ and Adults. Our Doctorate Prepared Providers also treat other disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, social anxiety, ptsd and more.
(714) 862-1349 View (714) 862-1349
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Artesia, CA 90702
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
(949) 946-6843 View (949) 946-6843
Photo of Janet Agu, DNP, PMHNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janet Agu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Cerritos, CA 90703
Do you feel as though no one understands you? Do ruminating thoughts dominate your day? Can you visualize the life your heart desires, but aren’t sure what steps to take next? I provide a safe and caring place to share your thoughts, worries, goals, and traumas. You can say anything to me that you need to begin or continue your healing process. Together, we will create a personalized care plan, utilizing proven tools and techniques. If you are ready to take the first step, I’ll be at your side as your journey unfolds.
Do you feel as though no one understands you? Do ruminating thoughts dominate your day? Can you visualize the life your heart desires, but aren’t sure what steps to take next? I provide a safe and caring place to share your thoughts, worries, goals, and traumas. You can say anything to me that you need to begin or continue your healing process. Together, we will create a personalized care plan, utilizing proven tools and techniques. If you are ready to take the first step, I’ll be at your side as your journey unfolds.
(562) 685-8899 View (562) 685-8899
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Levitate Mental Health - Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Accepting New Patients- Levitate Mental Health is a psychiatric practice serving all residents of California. Enjoy the convenience of our Telepsychiatry services by attending your visits from the convenience of your home or office using your laptop or smart phone. Our providers have years of experience in treating patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders & other mental health conditions. Busy schedule? We offer some evening and weekend appointments upon request. Call us or visit www.levitatementalhealth.com to schedule an appointment today. Guaranteed to secure an appointment with a provider fast.
Accepting New Patients- Levitate Mental Health is a psychiatric practice serving all residents of California. Enjoy the convenience of our Telepsychiatry services by attending your visits from the convenience of your home or office using your laptop or smart phone. Our providers have years of experience in treating patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders & other mental health conditions. Busy schedule? We offer some evening and weekend appointments upon request. Call us or visit www.levitatementalhealth.com to schedule an appointment today. Guaranteed to secure an appointment with a provider fast.
(310) 627-1598 View (310) 627-1598
Photo of Jada Alston, DNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jada Alston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Anaheim, CA 92801
Are you struggling with managing your emotions? Has your daily life become challenging or too overwhelming? Living with symptoms of mental health disorders can be frightening and can interrupt your ability to work and maintain healthy social relationships. Most individuals that suffer from mental health disorders feel isolated, alone, and fear being judged or mistreated. Let us work together to restore your happiness and well-being. I specialize in medication management and can help you find a medication to help boost your wellness journey. Due to the high volume of emails, please call my clinic for scheduling instead of emailing.
Are you struggling with managing your emotions? Has your daily life become challenging or too overwhelming? Living with symptoms of mental health disorders can be frightening and can interrupt your ability to work and maintain healthy social relationships. Most individuals that suffer from mental health disorders feel isolated, alone, and fear being judged or mistreated. Let us work together to restore your happiness and well-being. I specialize in medication management and can help you find a medication to help boost your wellness journey. Due to the high volume of emails, please call my clinic for scheduling instead of emailing.
(949) 722-7118 View (949) 722-7118
Photo of Eric Nghe, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eric Nghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Yorba Linda, CA 92686
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
(909) 450-8742 View (909) 450-8742

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in La Habra Heights?

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.