Psychiatrists in Santa Barbara County, CA

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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
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.
(805) 900-4030 View (805) 900-4030
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Eric Nghe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93105  (Online Only)
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.
(805) 919-8935 View (805) 919-8935
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Michael Bolton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
I am a Harvard-Trained Board Certified psychiatrist in Santa Barbara. I specialize in ADHD, as well as issues related to positive psychiatry, well-being, achievement in college and at work. I am a former interviewer for Harvard and Yale, and my interest is in helping others achieve work-life balance and meaning in their lives. Please visit my new office and website and click on "request a consult" and I'll be in touch! BecomeYourAuthenticSelf.com
I am a Harvard-Trained Board Certified psychiatrist in Santa Barbara. I specialize in ADHD, as well as issues related to positive psychiatry, well-being, achievement in college and at work. I am a former interviewer for Harvard and Yale, and my interest is in helping others achieve work-life balance and meaning in their lives. Please visit my new office and website and click on "request a consult" and I'll be in touch! BecomeYourAuthenticSelf.com
(805) 730-0370 View (805) 730-0370
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Ryan Scoggins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (Online Only)
Dr. Ryan Scoggins is a double-board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Originally, from Massachusetts Dr. Scoggins graduated from Northeastern University where he majored in psychology and minored in philosophy. After receiving his medical degree from Touro College of Medicine in New York he completed his general psychiatry residency training at Mount Sinai in New York City. He went on to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University of Southern California. Dr. Scoggins specializes in treating children, transitional age youth and adults.
Dr. Ryan Scoggins is a double-board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Originally, from Massachusetts Dr. Scoggins graduated from Northeastern University where he majored in psychology and minored in philosophy. After receiving his medical degree from Touro College of Medicine in New York he completed his general psychiatry residency training at Mount Sinai in New York City. He went on to complete his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at University of Southern California. Dr. Scoggins specializes in treating children, transitional age youth and adults.
(805) 221-4200 View (805) 221-4200
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Barry Mills
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Barry Mills MD, PhD, has over twenty-five years experience as a psychiatrist including teaching on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He commonly treats problems such as ADD/ADHD, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and chemical dependency, among other conditions. Dr. Mills has received a MD degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He has been an Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, a Harvard Faculty Teaching Award nominee, consultant to the U. S.
Barry Mills MD, PhD, has over twenty-five years experience as a psychiatrist including teaching on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He commonly treats problems such as ADD/ADHD, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and chemical dependency, among other conditions. Dr. Mills has received a MD degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He has been an Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, a Harvard Faculty Teaching Award nominee, consultant to the U. S.
(512) 598-5822 View (512) 598-5822
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Carlos Barrios MD, Boarded Pediatric Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101  (Online Only)
Dr. Carlos Barrios, with 20+ years of experience, is a renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist. He uniquely integrates metabolic health principles into his practice, emphasizing exercise, nutrition, and sleep for mental health. Specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Pediatric PTSD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dr. Barrios advocates a holistic approach to reduce medication dependency. His telepsychiatric practice serves a diverse clientele across several states. A cancer survivor, Dr. Barrios embodies his "Healing Minds, Minimizing Meds" philosophy. Visit carlosbarriosmd.com for more information.
Dr. Carlos Barrios, with 20+ years of experience, is a renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist. He uniquely integrates metabolic health principles into his practice, emphasizing exercise, nutrition, and sleep for mental health. Specializing in Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Pediatric PTSD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dr. Barrios advocates a holistic approach to reduce medication dependency. His telepsychiatric practice serves a diverse clientele across several states. A cancer survivor, Dr. Barrios embodies his "Healing Minds, Minimizing Meds" philosophy. Visit carlosbarriosmd.com for more information.
(805) 665-3475 View (805) 665-3475
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Danielle Lopez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117
Danielle Lopez, M.D. is an adult outpatient psychiatrist practicing since 2012. She graduated in 2007 from University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine and completed her residency training in 2012 at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Dr. Lopez has worked in an array of settings, including inpatient addiction, subacute setting for severely and persistently mentally ill, homeless outreach, psychiatric urgent care and adult outpatient psychiatry.
Danielle Lopez, M.D. is an adult outpatient psychiatrist practicing since 2012. She graduated in 2007 from University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine and completed her residency training in 2012 at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. Dr. Lopez has worked in an array of settings, including inpatient addiction, subacute setting for severely and persistently mentally ill, homeless outreach, psychiatric urgent care and adult outpatient psychiatry.
(805) 774-1326 View (805) 774-1326
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Orah Mahtov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Orah Mahtov is a highly experienced, dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and psychotherapy in California. With years of experience in diverse medical settings, Orah discovered her passion for mental health and obtained a post-master’s certificate in psychiatry at California State University, Los Angeles.
Orah Mahtov is a highly experienced, dual certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and psychotherapy in California. With years of experience in diverse medical settings, Orah discovered her passion for mental health and obtained a post-master’s certificate in psychiatry at California State University, Los Angeles.
(805) 572-7802 View (805) 572-7802
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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.
(805) 387-6790 View (805) 387-6790
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Jill Norman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
I am a double board certified child, adolescent and adult (general) psychiatrist with a focus on children, teens, young adults and adult mental health. I provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation then make recommendations for specific conditions including different therapeutic approaches and if necessary medication. I specialize in working with children/adolescents and focus on development, behavior, educational and social functioning. I work closely with parents or guardians to better understand the child/adolescent and most importantly to help them thrive.
I am a double board certified child, adolescent and adult (general) psychiatrist with a focus on children, teens, young adults and adult mental health. I provide a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation then make recommendations for specific conditions including different therapeutic approaches and if necessary medication. I specialize in working with children/adolescents and focus on development, behavior, educational and social functioning. I work closely with parents or guardians to better understand the child/adolescent and most importantly to help them thrive.
(805) 243-0772 View (805) 243-0772
Deniz Camsari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Isla Vista, CA 93117
I am a psychiatrist treating anxiety, mood disorders, and suicidality. In addition to medication management, I use cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. My journey to the West Coast started after finishing medical school in Ankara, Turkey, in 2010. I completed my residency in psychiatry at Mayo Clinic.
I am a psychiatrist treating anxiety, mood disorders, and suicidality. In addition to medication management, I use cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. My journey to the West Coast started after finishing medical school in Ankara, Turkey, in 2010. I completed my residency in psychiatry at Mayo Clinic.
(805) 856-6211 View (805) 856-6211
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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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Brainpower Wellness Institute
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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.
(805) 552-5878 View (805) 552-5878
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Patrick Sassoon Md
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(805) 303-8258 View (805) 303-8258
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Sherif El-Asyouty
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93111  (Online Only)
Dr. El-Asyouty believes it’s important to not confuse the person with their illness. Alcoholism, substance abuse and chemical dependency are all diseases that affect the nervous system resulting in a loss of control over the use of substances. Dr. El-Asyouty is aware of the need to be very careful about using addictive medications in patients who are in recovery from addiction. Additionally, it is also important to recognize that people who are in recovery from depression and anxiety usually also require a change in the way that the individual processes feeling information, which Dr. El-Asyouty provides in a training program.
Dr. El-Asyouty believes it’s important to not confuse the person with their illness. Alcoholism, substance abuse and chemical dependency are all diseases that affect the nervous system resulting in a loss of control over the use of substances. Dr. El-Asyouty is aware of the need to be very careful about using addictive medications in patients who are in recovery from addiction. Additionally, it is also important to recognize that people who are in recovery from depression and anxiety usually also require a change in the way that the individual processes feeling information, which Dr. El-Asyouty provides in a training program.
(805) 870-8046 View (805) 870-8046
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Howard K Gershenfeld
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117  (Online Only)
Don't let stress, anxiety, depression, or insomnia issues hold you back. Is distress, demoralization, feeling stuck or overwhelmed, flailing, or limiting beliefs wearing you down? If these issues are interferring with your life, then please consider investing in yourself & getting help. Indeed, therapy may be your best choice. If it works for you, it will be among the best investments you ever make. And yet, too many people unnecessarily suffer due to wishful thinking, delays, insecurity, shame, & partial improvements, while not getting completely well. Start getting help and a check up now.
Don't let stress, anxiety, depression, or insomnia issues hold you back. Is distress, demoralization, feeling stuck or overwhelmed, flailing, or limiting beliefs wearing you down? If these issues are interferring with your life, then please consider investing in yourself & getting help. Indeed, therapy may be your best choice. If it works for you, it will be among the best investments you ever make. And yet, too many people unnecessarily suffer due to wishful thinking, delays, insecurity, shame, & partial improvements, while not getting completely well. Start getting help and a check up now.
(805) 243-1449 View (805) 243-1449
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Santa Barbara World Class Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Dr. Adham Malaty, an esteemed Psychiatrist, provides compassionate care to adults and seniors, catering to a wide range of mental health concerns. His expertise spans various areas, including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnias, and addiction medicine. Dr. Malaty completed his medical degree at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and went on to pursue his residency in psychiatry at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and Addiction Medicine
Dr. Adham Malaty, an esteemed Psychiatrist, provides compassionate care to adults and seniors, catering to a wide range of mental health concerns. His expertise spans various areas, including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, insomnias, and addiction medicine. Dr. Malaty completed his medical degree at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and went on to pursue his residency in psychiatry at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds dual board certifications in Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and Addiction Medicine
(805) 730-0805 View (805) 730-0805
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Mikhail Meyerovich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Goleta, CA 93117
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. I received my medical doctorate from the U. C. Davis School of Medicine, and completed my residency training in both Psychiatry and Family and Community Medicine at U. C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. I received my medical doctorate from the U. C. Davis School of Medicine, and completed my residency training in both Psychiatry and Family and Community Medicine at U. C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. I am board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(805) 874-6716 View (805) 874-6716
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Dr. Andrew D Monasterio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Isla Vista, CA 93117
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and medication management. Originally from Tennessee but culturally identifying as a Californian, I blend my Southern hospitality, West Coast inclusivity, and home-grown empathy to create a warm, welcoming, and judgment-free atmosphere. I use a flexible, modern biopsychosocial approach to authentically connect with people to fully understand their unique selves, journeys, struggles, and goals. We will collaboratively develop a holistic, whole-person wellness plan tailored to your individualized needs and goals.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and medication management. Originally from Tennessee but culturally identifying as a Californian, I blend my Southern hospitality, West Coast inclusivity, and home-grown empathy to create a warm, welcoming, and judgment-free atmosphere. I use a flexible, modern biopsychosocial approach to authentically connect with people to fully understand their unique selves, journeys, struggles, and goals. We will collaboratively develop a holistic, whole-person wellness plan tailored to your individualized needs and goals.
(805) 856-6211 View (805) 856-6211

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Number of Psychiatrists in Santa Barbara County, CA

80+

Average cost per session

$225

Psychiatrists in Santa Barbara County, CA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
93% Depression
84% ADHD
84% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
84% Bipolar Disorder
84% Medication Management
74% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
89% Aetna
87% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Santa Barbara County, CA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

51% Male
49% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Santa Barbara 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.