Psychiatrists in Montclair, CA

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Salvage Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91763
Dr. Taiye Osawe is a highly skilled Doctor of Nursing Practice and a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience. As the CEO of Salvage Psychiatry, she brings a wealth of expertise in providing top-notch mental health care. Dr. Osawe specializes in working with all populations and has extensive experience in addressing a wide range of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD etc. At Salvage Psychiatry, clients find a supportive community of mental health experts offering personalized, compassionate, affordable, and high-quality services.
Dr. Taiye Osawe is a highly skilled Doctor of Nursing Practice and a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience. As the CEO of Salvage Psychiatry, she brings a wealth of expertise in providing top-notch mental health care. Dr. Osawe specializes in working with all populations and has extensive experience in addressing a wide range of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, PTSD etc. At Salvage Psychiatry, clients find a supportive community of mental health experts offering personalized, compassionate, affordable, and high-quality services.
(747) 298-5333 View (747) 298-5333
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Felista Anugom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91763
Now Accepting New Patient! Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others, reach out to me, a certified mental health specialist with a clear understanding and knowledge of what you're going through and will actively listen to you. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Call me to schedule an appointment today. Check out our webpage at www.prudenttelepsychiatry.com
Now Accepting New Patient! Are you struggling with mental health issues? You should never suffer alone or in silence. Your mental health is essential and matters a lot. If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, amongst others, reach out to me, a certified mental health specialist with a clear understanding and knowledge of what you're going through and will actively listen to you. I also assist with medication management. I am GENDER sensitive and use an individualized approach to care for you and your needs. Call me to schedule an appointment today. Check out our webpage at www.prudenttelepsychiatry.com
(562) 376-5419 View (562) 376-5419
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Sen Sen Liu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91763
Establishing connections with patients can be the starting point to explore issues causing mental struggles in us. My goal is to be the working partner with patients and work through these issues to alleviate both mental and physical distress. Areas of interests for me include depression, anxiety, stress and trauma related disorders, mood disorders, Asian American and immigrant mental health. I use both psychotherapy and medications as indicated in my treatment. Therapeutic approaches that I use include psychodynamic, behavioral, and supportive therapies.
Establishing connections with patients can be the starting point to explore issues causing mental struggles in us. My goal is to be the working partner with patients and work through these issues to alleviate both mental and physical distress. Areas of interests for me include depression, anxiety, stress and trauma related disorders, mood disorders, Asian American and immigrant mental health. I use both psychotherapy and medications as indicated in my treatment. Therapeutic approaches that I use include psychodynamic, behavioral, and supportive therapies.
(626) 667-2449 View (626) 667-2449
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Caroline E Ndifon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, NP, MSE/ED
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montclair, CA 91763  (Online Only)
ClearPath Mental Health understands the stressors induced to many of us either by previous or current experiences that cannot be resolved by one person. These stressors or traumatic experiences impaired our lives in many disorders that could manifested as depression, anxiety, sleep disorder, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and violent behavior and more. My treatment therapy starts by creating, a safe, supportive area, holistic and collaborative approaches that respect the cultural backgrounds of each patient seeking resolution in their specific diagnosis. I am here, you are not alone.
ClearPath Mental Health understands the stressors induced to many of us either by previous or current experiences that cannot be resolved by one person. These stressors or traumatic experiences impaired our lives in many disorders that could manifested as depression, anxiety, sleep disorder, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, and violent behavior and more. My treatment therapy starts by creating, a safe, supportive area, holistic and collaborative approaches that respect the cultural backgrounds of each patient seeking resolution in their specific diagnosis. I am here, you are not alone.
(714) 908-7029 View (714) 908-7029
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Isabella Chai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91763  (Online Only)
Isabella Chai is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. Isabella's primary goal is to provide comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. Above all, Isabella prioritizes the establishment of a therapeutic alliance built on trust and empathy, recognizing that each individual's journey toward mental wellness is unique and deserving of compassionate support. Outside of work, Isabella loves to read whether it's fiction or nonfiction, she finds that reading is a fantastic way to learn and escape into different worlds.
Isabella Chai is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2019. Isabella's primary goal is to provide comprehensive care to individuals facing mental health challenges. Above all, Isabella prioritizes the establishment of a therapeutic alliance built on trust and empathy, recognizing that each individual's journey toward mental wellness is unique and deserving of compassionate support. Outside of work, Isabella loves to read whether it's fiction or nonfiction, she finds that reading is a fantastic way to learn and escape into different worlds.
(626) 736-1322 View (626) 736-1322
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Camay Rooney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91763  (Online Only)
Hi! My name is Camay and I am so happy you are prioritizing your mental health. I aim to work with you to achieve optimum health so you may live your best life. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with my BSN and have been an RN since 2003. I started my career in Adult Med/Surg, worked in home health and finally found employment that provides my passion for mental health in 2014. I have mental and behavioral health RN experience in adult/geriatric inpatient hospitalization and also in correctional mental health. I graduated from Gonzaga University with my MSN, focus in psychiatry & am board certified.
Hi! My name is Camay and I am so happy you are prioritizing your mental health. I aim to work with you to achieve optimum health so you may live your best life. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with my BSN and have been an RN since 2003. I started my career in Adult Med/Surg, worked in home health and finally found employment that provides my passion for mental health in 2014. I have mental and behavioral health RN experience in adult/geriatric inpatient hospitalization and also in correctional mental health. I graduated from Gonzaga University with my MSN, focus in psychiatry & am board certified.
(626) 790-2885 View (626) 790-2885
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John Baldrias
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91762
I am a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with extensive experience in treating children & adolescents. I treat children, adolescents and adults. I have an empathetic and non-judgment approach and am committed to providing the highest quality of care for my patients. I use psychotropic medications as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In my practice, I empower my patients to improve their coping skills and interpersonal skills in order to achieve their optimal mental health.
I am a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, with extensive experience in treating children & adolescents. I treat children, adolescents and adults. I have an empathetic and non-judgment approach and am committed to providing the highest quality of care for my patients. I use psychotropic medications as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In my practice, I empower my patients to improve their coping skills and interpersonal skills in order to achieve their optimal mental health.
(909) 757-1281 View (909) 757-1281
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Rachel Jumonville
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91710  (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!
(626) 702-3217 View (626) 702-3217
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Jaspreet Takhar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91762  (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!
(626) 702-3093 View (626) 702-3093
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Carmela Zaragoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91762  (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!
(626) 702-3837 View (626) 702-3837
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Agno Health
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91763  (Online Only)
Hi - I'm looking forward to meeting you! I have over 30 years experience helping people of all ages with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and other chronic conditions... I use techniques like CBT, DBT, and Behavioral activation in solution focused sessions. Let's have a free introductory session to get to know each other!
Hi - I'm looking forward to meeting you! I have over 30 years experience helping people of all ages with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and other chronic conditions... I use techniques like CBT, DBT, and Behavioral activation in solution focused sessions. Let's have a free introductory session to get to know each other!
(737) 378-8099 View (737) 378-8099
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Dr. Denise Persichino
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91763
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Persichino is a medical doctor with over a decade of experience as a board certified psychiatrist. Trained at Loma Linda University, she has a passion for helping her clients to achieve their own best personal state of balance and Health.
Dr. Persichino is a medical doctor with over a decade of experience as a board certified psychiatrist. Trained at Loma Linda University, she has a passion for helping her clients to achieve their own best personal state of balance and Health.
(951) 903-5818 View (951) 903-5818
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Gloria Sudeta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91762
Gloria Sudeta FNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She able to prescribe medications for you to help with your mood, depression, and anxiety symptoms as well as medications for other issues. She has experience working in the emergency room, addiction detox centers, family practice, and out patient psychiatry. She is bilingual in Spanish as well. Gloria sees children as young as 5 years and up, as well as adults and geriatrics. Virtual appointments can be made with for private insurance on ZocDoc.
Gloria Sudeta FNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She able to prescribe medications for you to help with your mood, depression, and anxiety symptoms as well as medications for other issues. She has experience working in the emergency room, addiction detox centers, family practice, and out patient psychiatry. She is bilingual in Spanish as well. Gloria sees children as young as 5 years and up, as well as adults and geriatrics. Virtual appointments can be made with for private insurance on ZocDoc.
(951) 389-6255 View (951) 389-6255

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Alice Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ontario, CA 91762
Alice Kim is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alice has many years' experience in psychiatry in an acute inpatient and outpatient. She believes that mental health is essential, but is often a forgotten or invisible part of healthcare. She wants to be an advocate and caregiver for the vulnerable population in a compassionate, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach. Alice has made it her life’s passion to utilize her skills to help others aware of their illness, offer patients and their family quality of care, support, and guidance during a time of difficulty. Alice is bilingual and fluent in Korean
Alice Kim is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Alice has many years' experience in psychiatry in an acute inpatient and outpatient. She believes that mental health is essential, but is often a forgotten or invisible part of healthcare. She wants to be an advocate and caregiver for the vulnerable population in a compassionate, empathetic, and nonjudgmental approach. Alice has made it her life’s passion to utilize her skills to help others aware of their illness, offer patients and their family quality of care, support, and guidance during a time of difficulty. Alice is bilingual and fluent in Korean
(657) 530-5804 View (657) 530-5804
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Sachin Relia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708
I strive to partner with my patients in achieving mental health wellness. I utilize psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic skills in developing a truly individualized treatment plan. In addition, I focus on impact of sleep on mental health outcomes and therefore, utilize my background in sleep medicine and incorporate those principles while providing psychiatric care.
I strive to partner with my patients in achieving mental health wellness. I utilize psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic skills in developing a truly individualized treatment plan. In addition, I focus on impact of sleep on mental health outcomes and therefore, utilize my background in sleep medicine and incorporate those principles while providing psychiatric care.
(909) 245-6420 View (909) 245-6420
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(909) 326-7151 View (909) 326-7151
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ontario, CA 91762  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment in our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment in our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99
(909) 378-9879 View (909) 378-9879
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708  (Online Only)
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master's of Nursing with a primary care nurse practitioner certificate in 2010 from Ryerson University, in Toronto, Canada. She obtained her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) degree in 2021 from the National University and is dual certified with the ANCC in psychiatry and the AANP in family practice. She is currently pursuing a psychology doctorate degree (PsyD) to improve health outcomes. She is experienced with adults, adults with addictions, complex mental health problems, geriatrics, and dementia.
(909) 498-7939 View (909) 498-7939
Photo of Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ontario, CA 91762
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
Hello, I'm Mariam Fazil, DNP, PMHNP,a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Are you or your loved ones struggling to balance mental and physical health? Are you suffering from anxiety? If this somewhat sounds familiar, I would like to help you in your healing journey. I provide in-person as well as telemedicine services so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best.
(760) 359-9311 View (760) 359-9311
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Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
Chino, CA 91708
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
Compassionate and mission-driven, Carolyn is a dual certified MFT and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has a plethora of experience with outpatient psychiatric evaluations, evidence-based psychopharmacology, and collaborative care within multidisciplinary teams. She is committed to providing ethical and competent services to individuals, couples, and families. She is also dedicated to fostering meaningful connections, advocating for patients, and staying up to date with advancements in psychiatric care.
(909) 442-5451 View (909) 442-5451

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Montclair, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Montclair, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
92% Depression
77% ADHD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
77% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Montclair, CA see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

92% Female
8% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montclair?

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.