Psychiatrists in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Photo of Pavel Ksendz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
My name is Pavel Ksendz an I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I envision assisting those navigating life with mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, or ADHD-related challenges. If you're seeking a holistic approach that not only addresses these concerns but considers your unique life story and goals, I believe we could be a perfect fit. You're yearning for an individualized plan, a supportive collaboration, and a safe space prioritizing your well-being. Let's make this journey together.
My name is Pavel Ksendz an I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I envision assisting those navigating life with mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, or ADHD-related challenges. If you're seeking a holistic approach that not only addresses these concerns but considers your unique life story and goals, I believe we could be a perfect fit. You're yearning for an individualized plan, a supportive collaboration, and a safe space prioritizing your well-being. Let's make this journey together.
(949) 264-5949 View (949) 264-5949
Photo of Samir Hamed, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
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.
(949) 506-3724 View (949) 506-3724
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(925) 489-1878 View (925) 489-1878
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Todd Benjamin Young
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Dr. Young is a board-certified psychiatrist serving the communities of Northern San Diego County, with offices conveniently located in Encinitas. He has extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and adults, both in outpatient and acute care settings. Areas of focus include mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, ADHD, psychotic disorders, trauma-related conditions, behavioral disorders, and many others.Primary treatment modalities include psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, using applied principles of psychodynamic psychiatry, functional medicine, nutrition, healthy relationships, personal development and lifestyle design
Dr. Young is a board-certified psychiatrist serving the communities of Northern San Diego County, with offices conveniently located in Encinitas. He has extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and adults, both in outpatient and acute care settings. Areas of focus include mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, ADHD, psychotic disorders, trauma-related conditions, behavioral disorders, and many others.Primary treatment modalities include psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, using applied principles of psychodynamic psychiatry, functional medicine, nutrition, healthy relationships, personal development and lifestyle design
(760) 313-3762 View (760) 313-3762
Photo of Donna Kashani, Psychiatrist in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Donna Kashani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Dr. Kashani, a premier concierge psychiatrist serving La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and surrounding areas of San Diego, offers direct access via her cell. Board-certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, she's been ranked the number one Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist nationally since 2016, according to Healthgrades. Her practice provides personalized care, including therapy and medication management, without a retainer fee. Specializing in high achievers and their families, she ensures a seamless path to mental excellence with one point of contact.
Dr. Kashani, a premier concierge psychiatrist serving La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and surrounding areas of San Diego, offers direct access via her cell. Board-certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, she's been ranked the number one Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist nationally since 2016, according to Healthgrades. Her practice provides personalized care, including therapy and medication management, without a retainer fee. Specializing in high achievers and their families, she ensures a seamless path to mental excellence with one point of contact.
(858) 358-7757 View (858) 358-7757
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(805) 203-9021 View (805) 203-9021
Photo of Matthew Montgomery, Psychiatrist in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Matthew Montgomery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Matthew Montgomery, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His work with complex psychiatric patients in numerous practice settings makes him uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a broad range of patients. Dr. Montgomery's approach includes a thorough diagnostic assessment which allows for a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan. While he enjoys working with a variety of patients, he has notable experience working with treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders (including PTSD and OCD), and ADHD. His practice includes work with the LGBTQ community.
Matthew Montgomery, M.D. is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. His work with complex psychiatric patients in numerous practice settings makes him uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a broad range of patients. Dr. Montgomery's approach includes a thorough diagnostic assessment which allows for a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan. While he enjoys working with a variety of patients, he has notable experience working with treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders (including PTSD and OCD), and ADHD. His practice includes work with the LGBTQ community.
(858) 358-7960 View (858) 358-7960
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
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.
(619) 396-2132 View (619) 396-2132
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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.
(619) 313-5659 View (619) 313-5659
Photo of Adam Borecky, Psychiatrist in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Adam Borecky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Dr. Adam Borecky, based in Encinitas, CA, combines expertise and empathy in psychiatry. Trained at Loma Linda University, with over 16,640 hours in patient care, he specializes in diverse mental health disorders. As an out-of-network provider, he dedicates ample time to understand patient needs deeply, crafting creative solutions. Dr. Borecky's work on the 'Connection Index' and 'Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast' showcases his commitment to advancing mental health. Choose him for in-depth, individualized care.
Dr. Adam Borecky, based in Encinitas, CA, combines expertise and empathy in psychiatry. Trained at Loma Linda University, with over 16,640 hours in patient care, he specializes in diverse mental health disorders. As an out-of-network provider, he dedicates ample time to understand patient needs deeply, crafting creative solutions. Dr. Borecky's work on the 'Connection Index' and 'Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast' showcases his commitment to advancing mental health. Choose him for in-depth, individualized care.
(760) 254-0171 View (760) 254-0171
Photo of Eric Nghe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Eric Nghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
Eric is a doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his PMHNP Certificate in Nursing from California State University, Los Angeles. Eric has gained a well-rounded knowledge in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis stabilization for mental health. He offers evidence-based care while maintaining a supportive, compassionate, and judgment-free environment for his clients.
(619) 468-7756 View (619) 468-7756
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Carolyn Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MFT
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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.
(619) 393-3385 View (619) 393-3385
Photo of Brainpower Wellness Institute, Psychiatrist in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Brainpower Wellness Institute
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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.
(858) 293-1573 View (858) 293-1573
Photo of Penny Greaves, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Penny Greaves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091  (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.
(619) 304-9639 View (619) 304-9639
Photo of Catvy Nguyen, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Catvy Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
Catvy Nguyen 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. Kathy believes in the influence of three factors: one's past and upbringing, current life situations, and one's genetic makeup, affecting mental illness.
(619) 492-5910 View (619) 492-5910
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Paxina Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
You feel like you've tried everything. Meds. Therapy. It has helped some, maybe, but not enough. Your struggle with depression is still very much there. TMS can help.
You feel like you've tried everything. Meds. Therapy. It has helped some, maybe, but not enough. Your struggle with depression is still very much there. TMS can help.
(760) 314-8660 View (760) 314-8660

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Photo of Shehnaz Hussain, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Shehnaz Hussain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Solana Beach, CA 92075  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), trained and experienced in treating psychiatric disorders across all ages and practice environments, including inpatient and outpatient settings. I have garnered extensive experience as a PMHNP, working with patients of all ages, from young children to adolescents and adults. I completed my graduate education at Maryville University of St. Louis, Missouri, where I obtained my Master’s of Nursing with a specialization as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), trained and experienced in treating psychiatric disorders across all ages and practice environments, including inpatient and outpatient settings. I have garnered extensive experience as a PMHNP, working with patients of all ages, from young children to adolescents and adults. I completed my graduate education at Maryville University of St. Louis, Missouri, where I obtained my Master’s of Nursing with a specialization as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
(657) 300-2571 View (657) 300-2571
Photo of Pavel Ksendz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Del Mar, CA 92014
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialized in treating mood, anxiety, cognitive, trauma-related, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. I am a strong proponent of the philosophy that health is multifactorial, made up of physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual facets. I value taking a collaborative approach with clients to create a thorough, individualized treatment plan that best meets their specific needs and goals. I have a long-held passion for mental healthcare and have worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings within psychiatry.
(858) 901-6274 View (858) 901-6274
Photo of Madalyn Cosensci, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Madalyn Cosensci
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92109  (Online Only)
As a California Licensed Psychiatric Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) my role is to diagnose and treat a diverse array of psychiatric ailments. With over seven years of experience in acute inpatient psychiatric hospitals, my approach to treatment is founded upon the principles of a collaborative team dynamic. My priority lies in alleviating suffering, enhancing resilience, and fostering long-term mental well-being for each patient under my care.
As a California Licensed Psychiatric Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) my role is to diagnose and treat a diverse array of psychiatric ailments. With over seven years of experience in acute inpatient psychiatric hospitals, my approach to treatment is founded upon the principles of a collaborative team dynamic. My priority lies in alleviating suffering, enhancing resilience, and fostering long-term mental well-being for each patient under my care.
(657) 300-4804 View (657) 300-4804
Photo of Jordan Blaine, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Jordan Blaine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Del Mar, CA 92014  (Online Only)
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
(619) 292-0163 View (619) 292-0163

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Rancho Santa Fe, CA who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
81% Depression
81% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Medication Management
63% Bipolar Disorder
56% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Rancho Santa Fe, CA see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Male
20% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rancho Santa Fe?

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.