Psychiatrists in Palmdale, CA

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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palmdale, CA 93550
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. I aim 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. I aim to help you to thrive at your best.
(661) 732-2561 View (661) 732-2561
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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palmdale, CA 93551
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.
(657) 256-3763 View (657) 256-3763
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palmdale, CA 93550  (Online Only)
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
Brittany Lute is a warm and dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who is passionate about providing care with a gentle touch of kindness and compassion. With experience in various settings such as outpatient clinics, community healthcare centers, and other facilities, Brittany has gained diverse knowledge and expertise in her field. She takes great joy in connecting with people from all walks of life and is especially enthusiastic about working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds.
(424) 317-9053 View (424) 317-9053
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Palmdale, CA 93550  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. We offer affordable rates out-of-pocket rates
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. We offer affordable rates out-of-pocket rates
(424) 622-6652 View (424) 622-6652
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The Mindful Lemon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palmdale, CA 93550  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(805) 243-1303 View (805) 243-1303

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, CA 93539  (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) 265-7809 View (909) 265-7809
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Ibukun Odutola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, CA 93534
Ibee is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of total nursing experience in health care. She is a very compassionate and a subject matter expert in Virtual Care. Ibee practices whole person and holistic collaborative care management (CoCM) model of care. Ibee uses empathy as well as a patient-centered care approach to deliver high quality care. Ibee's performance resulted in improved patient outcomes, and establishment of genuine connections with her patient’s. Ibee specializes in complex psych cases and is able to use technology to leverage a high level of care.
Ibee is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of total nursing experience in health care. She is a very compassionate and a subject matter expert in Virtual Care. Ibee practices whole person and holistic collaborative care management (CoCM) model of care. Ibee uses empathy as well as a patient-centered care approach to deliver high quality care. Ibee's performance resulted in improved patient outcomes, and establishment of genuine connections with her patient’s. Ibee specializes in complex psych cases and is able to use technology to leverage a high level of care.
(209) 444-9500 View (209) 444-9500
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Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, CA 93535
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 Allied Healers, 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.
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 Allied Healers, 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.
(657) 571-1378 View (657) 571-1378
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Poincianna Youell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Lancaster, CA 93534  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Poincianna Youell, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about helping people find balance through effective medication management, complemented by conventional and alternative therapies. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, or trauma, I offer a collaborative approach that blends personalized medication with supportive guidance. While I don't provide extensive therapy, I offer practical strategies you can implement in your life. I assist patients in managing stress, navigating life transitions, and addressing complex mental health concerns.
Hello, I'm Poincianna Youell, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about helping people find balance through effective medication management, complemented by conventional and alternative therapies. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, or trauma, I offer a collaborative approach that blends personalized medication with supportive guidance. While I don't provide extensive therapy, I offer practical strategies you can implement in your life. I assist patients in managing stress, navigating life transitions, and addressing complex mental health concerns.
(661) 465-3948 View (661) 465-3948
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Cherie Mouton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, IBCLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lancaster, CA 93534
Cherie Mouton is a dedicated psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience as a registered nurse providing exceptional care to diverse patient populations. In providing care, her approach is rooted in warmth and compassion. She strives to create a safe and nurturing space where individuals feel heard and valued.
Cherie Mouton is a dedicated psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience as a registered nurse providing exceptional care to diverse patient populations. In providing care, her approach is rooted in warmth and compassion. She strives to create a safe and nurturing space where individuals feel heard and valued.
(661) 409-3951 View (661) 409-3951
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Ugo Ndubaku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lancaster, CA 93534
Thank you for visiting my page. What is affecting your mental health or the wellness of your loved ones today? Have you considered a holistic approach and integrative healing therapies? If not, make an appointment with me because no matter how long you’ve been struggling with your mental health, there is hope. Together, let's identify all the factors of your symptoms, such as background, stress factors, genetics, lifestyle, and nutrition to create a treatment approach that works for you. You need someone to see you as a whole person and not just as a bundle of symptoms. You are not alone in your journey.
Thank you for visiting my page. What is affecting your mental health or the wellness of your loved ones today? Have you considered a holistic approach and integrative healing therapies? If not, make an appointment with me because no matter how long you’ve been struggling with your mental health, there is hope. Together, let's identify all the factors of your symptoms, such as background, stress factors, genetics, lifestyle, and nutrition to create a treatment approach that works for you. You need someone to see you as a whole person and not just as a bundle of symptoms. You are not alone in your journey.
(661) 215-8712 View (661) 215-8712
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, CA 93534  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, have nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(415) 599-8715 View (415) 599-8715
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Tinuke (Tinu) Olalere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, CA 93534  (Online Only)
Hi, I am Tinu, dedicated and devoted ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 18 years working in different areas of healthcare sector. My career is defined by my unwavering commitment to the well-being and personal growth of each client. I don't just see you as a case to be treated, but a unique individual deserving of respect, understanding, and support. My approach is rooted in fostering genuine connections with you and empowering you to take ownership of your mental health journey.
Hi, I am Tinu, dedicated and devoted ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 18 years working in different areas of healthcare sector. My career is defined by my unwavering commitment to the well-being and personal growth of each client. I don't just see you as a case to be treated, but a unique individual deserving of respect, understanding, and support. My approach is rooted in fostering genuine connections with you and empowering you to take ownership of your mental health journey.
(916) 659-8370 View (916) 659-8370
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, CA 93535
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
Khadija Hamisi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. Treatment is personalized, based on evidence research, and encompasses on a myriad of treatment modalities. The influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness Being trained and current with the best evidence-bas medication treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment. Many psychiatric conditions have an underlying biological and genetic component of treatment.
(415) 870-8862 View (415) 870-8862
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Tamela Dunn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lancaster, CA 93534
“As a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services of the highest quality. I am committed to promoting wellness, fostering a therapeutic relationship with patients, and empowering them through education. I strive to advocate for mental health at the individual and community levels, and to continually improve my skills and knowledge to provide the best care possible.”
“As a dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner, my mission is to provide compassionate and comprehensive mental health services of the highest quality. I am committed to promoting wellness, fostering a therapeutic relationship with patients, and empowering them through education. I strive to advocate for mental health at the individual and community levels, and to continually improve my skills and knowledge to provide the best care possible.”
(661) 451-6259 View (661) 451-6259

Online Psychiatrists

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Micah Martinez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Dr. Micah Martinez is a dedicated psychiatrist who helps young adults and adults through therapy and medication management. He creates a supportive environment for his patients, valuing the importance of their unique experiences. Dr. Martinez encourages patients to take an active role in their treatment plans, believing in the significance of their contribution to the healing process. He uses holistic and evidence-based techniques, including acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, tailoring his methods to meet each patient’s needs.
Dr. Micah Martinez is a dedicated psychiatrist who helps young adults and adults through therapy and medication management. He creates a supportive environment for his patients, valuing the importance of their unique experiences. Dr. Martinez encourages patients to take an active role in their treatment plans, believing in the significance of their contribution to the healing process. He uses holistic and evidence-based techniques, including acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, tailoring his methods to meet each patient’s needs.
(855) 743-2006 View (855) 743-2006
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Uchenna Okoye
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oxnard, CA 93036  (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!
(805) 334-8702 View (805) 334-8702
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Tameka Dyce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ontario, CA 91764  (Online Only)
As a PMHNP, I provide dedicated care to clients facing anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. For clients that seek a safe, non-judgmental space to express themselves and have their experiences validated. For clients that desire effective coping strategies, resilience, and self-acceptance. And their goals encompass regaining balance, building meaningful connections, and finding joy and purpose. Through empathetic care and evidence-based interventions, I empower clients, fostering transformative growth on their journey towards psychological well-being.
As a PMHNP, I provide dedicated care to clients facing anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. For clients that seek a safe, non-judgmental space to express themselves and have their experiences validated. For clients that desire effective coping strategies, resilience, and self-acceptance. And their goals encompass regaining balance, building meaningful connections, and finding joy and purpose. Through empathetic care and evidence-based interventions, I empower clients, fostering transformative growth on their journey towards psychological well-being.
(951) 498-5180 View (951) 498-5180
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Lana Benedek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Do you want to wake up each day feeling inspired and excited for the day ahead? Are you tired of old feelings and patterns getting in the way of achieving your goals? Are you ready to work hard and make changes but not sure where to start, I can help. I work with adolescents and adults who want to take risks and live meaningful lives and are open to looking at past patterns that aren’t working anymore. Many of my clients are going through life transitions and all want to have more peace and joy in their lives. I will help you figure out where you want to get to, what is holding you back and how to get there.
Do you want to wake up each day feeling inspired and excited for the day ahead? Are you tired of old feelings and patterns getting in the way of achieving your goals? Are you ready to work hard and make changes but not sure where to start, I can help. I work with adolescents and adults who want to take risks and live meaningful lives and are open to looking at past patterns that aren’t working anymore. Many of my clients are going through life transitions and all want to have more peace and joy in their lives. I will help you figure out where you want to get to, what is holding you back and how to get there.
(424) 344-4922 View (424) 344-4922
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Salvage Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Montclair, CA 91763
Dr. Taiye Osawe is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has devoted over 30 years of her career to clinical practice providing comprehensive and holistic care. Taiye is the CEO of Salvage Psychiatry, a telehealth technology company that link people with mental health conditions to healthcare professionals. Sometimes, life can be challenging and struggling with mental health conditions should not be solo. With Salvage, you are not alone. Join the community of mental health experts, access affordable and quality mental health services, and live productive life.
Dr. Taiye Osawe is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has devoted over 30 years of her career to clinical practice providing comprehensive and holistic care. Taiye is the CEO of Salvage Psychiatry, a telehealth technology company that link people with mental health conditions to healthcare professionals. Sometimes, life can be challenging and struggling with mental health conditions should not be solo. With Salvage, you are not alone. Join the community of mental health experts, access affordable and quality mental health services, and live productive life.
(747) 298-5333 View (747) 298-5333

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Palmdale, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Palmdale, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
80% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Sleep or Insomnia
60% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Palmdale, CA see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Palmdale?

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.