Psychiatrists in Los Alamitos, CA

Photo of Thuong-Phuong Arvid Nguyen, MD, Psychiatrist
Thuong-Phuong Arvid Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
At Bright Psychiatry, our top priority is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients to express their concerns and work towards achieving their mental health goals. We have a deep understanding of how challenging it can be to navigate life's ups and downs, and we are committed to offering personalized and effective treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each of our clients. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other mental health issue, we are here to help.
At Bright Psychiatry, our top priority is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients to express their concerns and work towards achieving their mental health goals. We have a deep understanding of how challenging it can be to navigate life's ups and downs, and we are committed to offering personalized and effective treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each of our clients. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other mental health issue, we are here to help.
(657) 837-5931 View (657) 837-5931
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Clint Nacar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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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Karen Rightler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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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Vides Apresto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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!
(562) 632-4792 View (562) 632-4792
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Mattison Pearlman
Physician Assistant, PAC, CAQ Psy
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90720  (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.
(562) 561-2809 View (562) 561-2809
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Eric Osterlind I Ketamine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90720  (Online Only)
Fighting depression, anxiety, and trauma, can be challenging. If you're feeling stuck, at-home ketamine treatments might be a different way to help you deal with these problems. When regular treatments don't work, it's easy to feel like there's no hope. But there might be something you haven't tried yet. At-home ketamine has helped many people with depression, anxiety, and PTSD that seemed impossible to fix before. Imagine finding a solution to your struggles and not having to feel the weight of depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Fighting depression, anxiety, and trauma, can be challenging. If you're feeling stuck, at-home ketamine treatments might be a different way to help you deal with these problems. When regular treatments don't work, it's easy to feel like there's no hope. But there might be something you haven't tried yet. At-home ketamine has helped many people with depression, anxiety, and PTSD that seemed impossible to fix before. Imagine finding a solution to your struggles and not having to feel the weight of depression, anxiety, and trauma.
(562) 837-0496 View (562) 837-0496
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Ana Jimenez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90721
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!
(310) 579-2145 View (310) 579-2145
Photo of Ana Jimenez | Bonmente, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Ana Jimenez | Bonmente
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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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Jaspreet Takhar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90720  (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!
(562) 554-7934 View (562) 554-7934
Photo of Kelsey Pearson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kelsey Pearson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Do you feel overwhelmed by intense emotions and find it difficult to navigate through your day-to-day life? You're not alone. Whether you're facing depression, anxiety, or other issues, I'm here to help you navigate these challenges. Together, we'll explore your needs and goals, build resilience, and rediscover joy in your life. Don't wait to start your journey towards mental well-being. Let's connect and make positive changes together.
Do you feel overwhelmed by intense emotions and find it difficult to navigate through your day-to-day life? You're not alone. Whether you're facing depression, anxiety, or other issues, I'm here to help you navigate these challenges. Together, we'll explore your needs and goals, build resilience, and rediscover joy in your life. Don't wait to start your journey towards mental well-being. Let's connect and make positive changes together.
(562) 451-4871 View (562) 451-4871
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Dr Priti Bhardwaj - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Los Alamitos, CA 90721
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) 459-7847 View (424) 459-7847
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Renewed Mental Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, PMHNP, LMFT, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
At Renewed Mental Health Group, we strive to provide high-quality, patient-centered, psychiatric and mental health services utilizing up to date, evidence-based treatment solutions. We are a group comprised of experienced professional consisting of Board-Certified Psychiatrists, Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Mental Health Associates, Nurses, and Medical Assistants. We provide mental health care through psychotherapy, medication management, ADHD testing, and other treatment modalities for individuals ages 6 years old and above.
At Renewed Mental Health Group, we strive to provide high-quality, patient-centered, psychiatric and mental health services utilizing up to date, evidence-based treatment solutions. We are a group comprised of experienced professional consisting of Board-Certified Psychiatrists, Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Mental Health Associates, Nurses, and Medical Assistants. We provide mental health care through psychotherapy, medication management, ADHD testing, and other treatment modalities for individuals ages 6 years old and above.
(714) 769-8423 View (714) 769-8423

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Renewed ADHD Treatment Center (Renewed MH)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MD, LMFT, NP, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cypress, CA 90630
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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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seal Beach, CA 90740  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(424) 361-1660 View (424) 361-1660
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Gol Ara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
Accepting New Patients - Dr. Ara completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (CLP) at UCLA. CLP is a subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on treating mental health issues in patients with complex medical conditions. Before her fellowship training, she completed her psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico and earned her M.D. degree from Tehran University.
(619) 658-7122 View (619) 658-7122
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Mattison Pearlman
Physician Assistant, PAC, CAQ Psy
Verified Verified
Cypress, CA 90630  (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
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Chris Cleary
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Long Beach, CA 90815
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a focus on medication management. I specialize in Major Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Obsession/Compulsions, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my training and education brings together medicine and the holistic care of nursing. I work with adolescents and adults in this private practice in Seal Beach, CA. As a holistic provider the focus is on each of the dimensions of your health including physical, behavioral, emotional, spiritual and social.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a focus on medication management. I specialize in Major Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Obsession/Compulsions, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my training and education brings together medicine and the holistic care of nursing. I work with adolescents and adults in this private practice in Seal Beach, CA. As a holistic provider the focus is on each of the dimensions of your health including physical, behavioral, emotional, spiritual and social.
(657) 213-3530 View (657) 213-3530
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Riz Ahmad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seal Beach, CA 90740  (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.
(213) 221-6701 View (213) 221-6701
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Ana Jimenez
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Seal Beach, CA 90740
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!
(949) 776-2731 View (949) 776-2731
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Ana Jimenez | Bonmente
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Cypress, CA 90630
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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Los Alamitos, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Los Alamitos, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% ADHD
92% Trauma and PTSD
92% Bipolar Disorder
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Medication Management

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Los Alamitos, CA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Los Alamitos?

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.