Psychiatrists in Orange County, CA

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Photo of Penny Greaves, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92868
Penny Greaves has over twenty years of Nursing experience and received her bachelor's in nursing in 2007 and a Master 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 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 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 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.
(657) 837-3217 View (657) 837-3217
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Amanda Seif
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Costa Mesa, CA 92626  (Online Only)
Dr. Seif is a board certified psychiatrist with a subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and integrative mental health. As an integrative psychiatrist, she looks with her patients and looks at the roots of their problems. Instead of addressing the illness itself only, Dr. Seif’s approach is proactive. Her goal is to find the deep cause of the current mental state of her patients, to better understand their thought process and to prevent future illness and setbacks. Dr. Seif’s journey, her education, and her passion for helping others have led her to develop a patient-centered outlook in her line of work.
Dr. Seif is a board certified psychiatrist with a subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and integrative mental health. As an integrative psychiatrist, she looks with her patients and looks at the roots of their problems. Instead of addressing the illness itself only, Dr. Seif’s approach is proactive. Her goal is to find the deep cause of the current mental state of her patients, to better understand their thought process and to prevent future illness and setbacks. Dr. Seif’s journey, her education, and her passion for helping others have led her to develop a patient-centered outlook in her line of work.
(949) 635-7149 View (949) 635-7149
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Andrew Morrow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, thought disorders and a multitude of other mental health issues. Having undergone extensive training in medical school, and a psychiatric residency, I am well trained in both psychotherapy and medication managment of mental problems. Whether you are suffering from severe depression or anxiety or if you simply wish to work on a certain aspect of your social, occupational or familial functioning, I can help. Born and raised in Orange County, I am familiar with the stresses of living in this community, and would love to help you reach your potential.
I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, thought disorders and a multitude of other mental health issues. Having undergone extensive training in medical school, and a psychiatric residency, I am well trained in both psychotherapy and medication managment of mental problems. Whether you are suffering from severe depression or anxiety or if you simply wish to work on a certain aspect of your social, occupational or familial functioning, I can help. Born and raised in Orange County, I am familiar with the stresses of living in this community, and would love to help you reach your potential.
(714) 752-0808 View (714) 752-0808
Photo of Medard Sison, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Medard Sison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92801
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention issues, or other issues affecting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step in the right direction to make a positive change. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Sison believes in treating each client and their family with respect, care, and professionalism. Medard focuses on your needs and tailors his treatment plan to keep you informed.
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention issues, or other issues affecting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step in the right direction to make a positive change. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Sison believes in treating each client and their family with respect, care, and professionalism. Medard focuses on your needs and tailors his treatment plan to keep you informed.
(657) 220-8068 View (657) 220-8068
Photo of Nathan Santibanez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Nathan Santibanez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CARN
Verified Verified
Accepting New Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. My practice revolves around addressing your main concerns and working towards creating solutions that work for you. Trying medication for the first time, looking to change medications, or wanting to taper off completely, we will go at your pace and process issues together as they arise.
Accepting New Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services and specializes in medication management. My practice revolves around addressing your main concerns and working towards creating solutions that work for you. Trying medication for the first time, looking to change medications, or wanting to taper off completely, we will go at your pace and process issues together as they arise.
(949) 312-5420 View (949) 312-5420
Photo of Stephany Lavigne - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Stephany Lavigne - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
Dr. Stephany Lavigne, a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice with honors from the University of South Alabama. With over a decade of experience, she has excelled in forensic psychiatry at Metropolitan State Hospital, caring for patients under penal codes and conservatorship. Dr. Lavigne has also demonstrated her commitment in diverse outpatient settings, providing quality mental health care.
(714) 477-1076 View (714) 477-1076
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Christian Small
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM, ABFM
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
Thanks for visiting! My professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I am the founder of Headlands ATS, a leader in addiction psychiatry. Our services are professional, personable, and based on methods proven to help you achieve sustainable recovery from substance use. At Headlands, we understand that the underpinnings of addiction have little to do with morality, character or personal responsibility – and everything to do with an individual trying desperately to cope with their suffering. We want to help you, give us a call.
(442) 276-3541 View (442) 276-3541
Photo of Jordan Blaine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
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, 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 to Bonmente!
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, 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 to Bonmente!
(949) 996-0465 View (949) 996-0465
Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618
I am a board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience treating individuals of all ages. I obtained her master’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. My training includes integrated primary care, developmental pediatrics, reproductive psychiatry, and general adult and pediatric psychiatry. I am trained to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan.
I am a board certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience treating individuals of all ages. I obtained her master’s degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. My training includes integrated primary care, developmental pediatrics, reproductive psychiatry, and general adult and pediatric psychiatry. I am trained to treat a variety of psychiatric conditions across the lifespan.
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Erin Benesch
Psychiatrist
Not Verified Not Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
Dr. Erin Benesch is double Board Certified in Child & Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. She provides treatment for a wide range of complex mental health issues in children, adolescents and young adults using medications, psychotherapy, and other alternative modalities of treatment. Dr. Benesch believes in the optimization of medication management while minimizing polypharmacy and addictive medications. She strongly encourages comprehensive mental health treatment in a collaborative model with therapists practicing primary evidence-based intervention.
Dr. Erin Benesch is double Board Certified in Child & Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. She provides treatment for a wide range of complex mental health issues in children, adolescents and young adults using medications, psychotherapy, and other alternative modalities of treatment. Dr. Benesch believes in the optimization of medication management while minimizing polypharmacy and addictive medications. She strongly encourages comprehensive mental health treatment in a collaborative model with therapists practicing primary evidence-based intervention.
(949) 751-1148 View (949) 751-1148
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Keeban Nam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Laguna Hills, CA 92653  (Online Only)
We provide top-quality comprehensive mental health services to help you foster the life you never thought possible. Our team of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, therapists, and tele-behavioral health clinicians are skilled in treating children and adults dealing with ADHD, addiction, anxiety, and depression, among many other conditions. As a client-focused center, we collaborate with your clinical providers to maximize your treatment outcome and to help you reach your greatest potential.
We provide top-quality comprehensive mental health services to help you foster the life you never thought possible. Our team of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, therapists, and tele-behavioral health clinicians are skilled in treating children and adults dealing with ADHD, addiction, anxiety, and depression, among many other conditions. As a client-focused center, we collaborate with your clinical providers to maximize your treatment outcome and to help you reach your greatest potential.
(949) 506-4921 View (949) 506-4921
Photo of Chris Cleary, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Chris Cleary
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Seal Beach, CA 90740
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
Carol Massey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PHMNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688  (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.
(949) 541-9380 View (949) 541-9380
Photo of Mae Caragay, Physician Assistant in Orange County, CA
Mae Caragay
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Irvine, CA 92612  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Physician Associate (PA) with extensive training in Family Practice, Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. My journey has taken me from rural to urban communities, equipping me with a diverse skill set to better serve my patients. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and empathy, I strive to provide the highest quality of care.
(949) 998-4533 View (949) 998-4533
Photo of Blaine Robert Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Blaine Robert Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brea, CA 92821  (Online Only)
As a dedicated psychiatric provider, my ideal client is anyone seeking comprehensive mental health care. I treat a wide array of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis to name a few. I focus on my client's long-term wellness with a tailored, empathetic approach on care for sustained mental health wellness. My goal is for each of my client to achieve mental wellness, understand their condition, and improve life quality. I am dedicated to a supportive partnership for effective mental health management. I am committed to each client's journey towards lasting mental well-being.
As a dedicated psychiatric provider, my ideal client is anyone seeking comprehensive mental health care. I treat a wide array of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and psychosis to name a few. I focus on my client's long-term wellness with a tailored, empathetic approach on care for sustained mental health wellness. My goal is for each of my client to achieve mental wellness, understand their condition, and improve life quality. I am dedicated to a supportive partnership for effective mental health management. I am committed to each client's journey towards lasting mental well-being.
(657) 571-7592 View (657) 571-7592
Photo of Nathan Holtzman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Nathan Holtzman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618  (Online Only)
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 10 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I have experience working in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth. I understand that everyone’s perspective of and desire for well-being is unique to oneself. I have a passion for working with younger and older adults to assist them in obtaining their optimal level of function and well-being, even during difficult and challenging times.
I am a California Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have over 10 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I have experience working in outpatient, inpatient, and telehealth. I understand that everyone’s perspective of and desire for well-being is unique to oneself. I have a passion for working with younger and older adults to assist them in obtaining their optimal level of function and well-being, even during difficult and challenging times.
(949) 787-0601 View (949) 787-0601
Photo of Nnenna Chimdi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Nnenna Chimdi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92868  (Online Only)
Are you having difficulty with anxiety and you don't know how to go about it? You have reached the right place which is a place where your anxiety will be addressed and the different ways we can go about it with you feeling much better. Are you feeling depressed which is usually complicated with anxiety? Are you struggling with your job? Are you having problems coping with your daily activities? What is it that you have that is too difficult to handle at this time? I am glad that you're reaching out because you are at the right place where you will learn new coping skills and different ways to maneuver what is weighing down.
Are you having difficulty with anxiety and you don't know how to go about it? You have reached the right place which is a place where your anxiety will be addressed and the different ways we can go about it with you feeling much better. Are you feeling depressed which is usually complicated with anxiety? Are you struggling with your job? Are you having problems coping with your daily activities? What is it that you have that is too difficult to handle at this time? I am glad that you're reaching out because you are at the right place where you will learn new coping skills and different ways to maneuver what is weighing down.
(657) 837-5746 View (657) 837-5746
Photo of Venice Sanchez, Psychiatrist in Orange County, CA
Venice Sanchez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newport Beach, CA 92660
My goal is to help you regain control of your life. It is important that I work closely with you in creating a cooperative and informed therapeutic environment. My areas of expertise include, but not limited to, TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Mental Illness in Pregnancy and Postpartum, Substance Dependence/ Dual Diagnosis, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Eating disorders. My work with the Long Beach VA ,Maternal/ Fetal Specialist OBGYN at UCI, multiple Rehab and Women's Clinic has allowed me to gain focus on Post Traumatic Stress disorder and Substance Abuse/Rehab.
My goal is to help you regain control of your life. It is important that I work closely with you in creating a cooperative and informed therapeutic environment. My areas of expertise include, but not limited to, TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Mental Illness in Pregnancy and Postpartum, Substance Dependence/ Dual Diagnosis, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Eating disorders. My work with the Long Beach VA ,Maternal/ Fetal Specialist OBGYN at UCI, multiple Rehab and Women's Clinic has allowed me to gain focus on Post Traumatic Stress disorder and Substance Abuse/Rehab.
(949) 281-6149 View (949) 281-6149
Photo of Mehdi Bubba Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Orange County, CA
Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
San Clemente, CA 92672  (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!
(949) 868-0326 View (949) 868-0326
Brainpower Wellness Institute
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92868
Brainpower Wellness Institute is a leading center for children and adolescent psychiatry. We provide comprehensive and compassionate care to children and adolescents ages 5 through 18. Our team of experienced and board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and tic disorders.
Brainpower Wellness Institute is a leading center for children and adolescent psychiatry. We provide comprehensive and compassionate care to children and adolescents ages 5 through 18. Our team of experienced and board-certified psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and tic disorders.
(657) 571-6885 View (657) 571-6885

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Number of Psychiatrists in Orange County, CA

500+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Orange County, CA who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
93% Depression
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
88% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Orange County, CA see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Orange County?

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.