Psychiatrists in Long Beach, CA

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Catalina Villa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (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) 966-2873 View (424) 966-2873
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Renewed Mental Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90806
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
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Claudette Banda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (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) 955-6370 View (424) 955-6370
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Ana Jimenez | Bonmente
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802
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) 297-5473 View (424) 297-5473
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (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, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Long Beach, CA
Taylor Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (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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Dr Priti Bhardwaj - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802
Dr. Priti Bhardwaj knows how difficult it can be to seek help, but by doing so you’re taking a step closer to where you want to be. Struggles with anxiety, depression, attention, and insecurity interfere with our emotional and physical well-being as well as our ability to connect with others. Her goal with patients and families is to provide a warm, safe, and accepting environment for them to communicate the difficulties and challenges they face and work on finding solutions that nourish them toward becoming the healthiest and best version of themselves.
Dr. Priti Bhardwaj knows how difficult it can be to seek help, but by doing so you’re taking a step closer to where you want to be. Struggles with anxiety, depression, attention, and insecurity interfere with our emotional and physical well-being as well as our ability to connect with others. Her goal with patients and families is to provide a warm, safe, and accepting environment for them to communicate the difficulties and challenges they face and work on finding solutions that nourish them toward becoming the healthiest and best version of themselves.
(424) 401-0524 View (424) 401-0524
Photo of Jordan Blaine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Long Beach, CA
Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
Bonmente approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Treating mental health in a modern society requires compassion, flexibility, and innovation.
Bonmente approaches mental health using a variety of evidence-based treatments including medication, psychotherapy, and telemedicine. We provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan that will help guide you towards wellness. Treating mental health in a modern society requires compassion, flexibility, and innovation.
(562) 247-5529 View (562) 247-5529
Photo of Angel Nwochie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Long Beach, CA
Angel Nwochie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90813  (Online Only)
Are you dealing with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD and other mental disorders that is troubling and snatching your happiness away? Let's have a chat to see how you can get the help you need to be happy again. I am a strong advocate for mental health wellness. I am a Doctoral prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, Mood swings, Chronic irritability, hallucinations, obsessive-compulsive disorders, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and other chronic health conditions using medications and education.
Are you dealing with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD and other mental disorders that is troubling and snatching your happiness away? Let's have a chat to see how you can get the help you need to be happy again. I am a strong advocate for mental health wellness. I am a Doctoral prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in diagnosing and treating Depression, Anxiety, Mood swings, Chronic irritability, hallucinations, obsessive-compulsive disorders, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and other chronic health conditions using medications and education.
(562) 655-8069 View (562) 655-8069
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Dr. Ritu Goel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90804
My training across 3 continents and 20 years of experience brings you diverse, holistic and effective mental health care. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism for children, teens and adults who experience sadness, anger, worries, and struggle with focus, social skills, and academics. I help you feel more confident, improve your sleep and mood, perform better at school and work, and enrich your relationships with friends and family. I engage closely with families, empowering parents with the understanding and tools that improve their young ones’ mental well-being and quality of lives
My training across 3 continents and 20 years of experience brings you diverse, holistic and effective mental health care. I specialize in depression, anxiety, ADHD and autism for children, teens and adults who experience sadness, anger, worries, and struggle with focus, social skills, and academics. I help you feel more confident, improve your sleep and mood, perform better at school and work, and enrich your relationships with friends and family. I engage closely with families, empowering parents with the understanding and tools that improve their young ones’ mental well-being and quality of lives
(562) 662-8750 View (562) 662-8750
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Mind Care Services Incorporated
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
Mind Care Services provides individualized psychiatric services in a caring, confidential and respectful environment. Our greatest joy comes from helping our clients realize their personal goals and achieve successful outcomes in their lives. We offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services from a diverse team of competent and compassionate providers. We are experienced in treating a wide array of cognitive, behavioral and emotional disorders thru therapy, medication management and other treatment modalities including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and SpravatoTM (esketamine) for medication resistant depression.
Mind Care Services provides individualized psychiatric services in a caring, confidential and respectful environment. Our greatest joy comes from helping our clients realize their personal goals and achieve successful outcomes in their lives. We offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services from a diverse team of competent and compassionate providers. We are experienced in treating a wide array of cognitive, behavioral and emotional disorders thru therapy, medication management and other treatment modalities including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and SpravatoTM (esketamine) for medication resistant depression.
(562) 471-4516 x2 View (562) 471-4516 x2
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Divine Health Psychotherapy LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90806  (Online Only)
I approach each patient as a unique individual and tailor the patient's care accordingly to their needs. I provide holistic, quality, and compassionate services to my patients.
I approach each patient as a unique individual and tailor the patient's care accordingly to their needs. I provide holistic, quality, and compassionate services to my patients.
(562) 620-7117 View (562) 620-7117
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (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) 372-8505 View (424) 372-8505
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Long Beach, CA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(424) 403-1094 View (424) 403-1094
Photo of Raelin Bright Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Long Beach, CA
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90804  (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, 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, 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.
(323) 487-7038 View (323) 487-7038
Photo of Martina Nankivell, Physician Assistant in Long Beach, CA
Martina Nankivell
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients - Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
Accepting New Patients - Martina is a highly qualified physician assistant with an impressive academic and clinical background. She earned her Master of Medical Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds board certifications in both general medicine and psychiatry. Additionally, Martina possesses a Certificate of Added Qualifications in psychiatry, reflecting her commitment to excellence in patient care.
(562) 247-3315 View (562) 247-3315
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Bonmente
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW TELEMEDICINE 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 TELEMEDICINE 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.
(562) 304-9310 View (562) 304-9310
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Mottsin Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90815  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS-Bonmente knows 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-Bonmente knows 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.
(562) 376-5512 View (562) 376-5512
Photo of Mattison Pearlman, Physician Assistant in Long Beach, CA
Mattison Pearlman
Physician Assistant, PAC, CAQ Psy
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING TELEMEDICINE 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 TELEMEDICINE 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) 377-7473 View (424) 377-7473
Photo of Desiree Bonomo, Physician Assistant in Long Beach, CA
Desiree Bonomo
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Long Beach, CA 90802  (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) 484-6869 View (424) 484-6869

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Long Beach, CA

100+

Average cost per session

$187

Psychiatrists in Long Beach, CA who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
91% Depression
82% ADHD
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% Cigna and Evernorth
95% Aetna
94% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Long Beach, CA see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Long Beach?

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.