Psychiatrists in Villa Park, CA

Photo of Samir Hamed, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Samir Hamed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Villa Park, CA 92867
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.
(909) 531-4083 View (909) 531-4083
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Pavel Ksendz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Villa Park, CA 92861  (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.
(707) 532-2144 View (707) 532-2144
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Khadija Hamisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Villa Park, CA 92667
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.
(559) 404-6296 View (559) 404-6296
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Brittany Lute
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Villa Park, CA 92861  (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.
(661) 690-4896 View (661) 690-4896

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Progeny Psychiatric Clinic
Psychiatrist, DNP, NP, MD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
Ideal clients are those that are dealing with mental health issue, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bi-Polar, and many more. The goal is to help them become stable and function as normal as possible in their daily lives. Patients want to be helped to become independent in society.
Ideal clients are those that are dealing with mental health issue, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bi-Polar, and many more. The goal is to help them become stable and function as normal as possible in their daily lives. Patients want to be helped to become independent in society.
(949) 649-7321 View (949) 649-7321
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Kelsey Joan Pearson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tustin, CA 92780
Feeling adrift? Stormy emotions weighing you down? Living with symptoms of mental health disorders can be isolating, frightening, and make simple tasks feel difficult. But good news, you don’t have to weather this storm alone. Your mental health is not something to be taken lightly, and I’m here to provide the care and support you need. Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, there’s hope, and there’s help. We can work together to understand your struggles, build resilience, and find joy again. To learn more about me and my services visit KelseyPearson.net.
Feeling adrift? Stormy emotions weighing you down? Living with symptoms of mental health disorders can be isolating, frightening, and make simple tasks feel difficult. But good news, you don’t have to weather this storm alone. Your mental health is not something to be taken lightly, and I’m here to provide the care and support you need. Whether you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, there’s hope, and there’s help. We can work together to understand your struggles, build resilience, and find joy again. To learn more about me and my services visit KelseyPearson.net.
(714) 617-2530 View (714) 617-2530
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Taylor Alexander Pmhnp-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92867
You feel so alone. No one seems to understand what you're going through. You don't feel comfortable anywhere. School is a minefield of social interactions, peer pressures, and demands from teachers. At home, your parents are overbearing and never let you forget that every choice you make now will affect your entire future. It feels like everyone has so many expectations for who you are supposed to be, and you never get a chance to figure out who you actually are. You wish there were somewhere you could go to find peace. Someone you could talk to that might help you navigate this complex time. But you're too scared to reach out.
You feel so alone. No one seems to understand what you're going through. You don't feel comfortable anywhere. School is a minefield of social interactions, peer pressures, and demands from teachers. At home, your parents are overbearing and never let you forget that every choice you make now will affect your entire future. It feels like everyone has so many expectations for who you are supposed to be, and you never get a chance to figure out who you actually are. You wish there were somewhere you could go to find peace. Someone you could talk to that might help you navigate this complex time. But you're too scared to reach out.
(949) 356-7146 View (949) 356-7146
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Dr. Katelyn Magsino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92866
Struggling with attention issue, depression or anxiety can cause increased difficulties and can affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships or may even disrupt your ability to function at work, school or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Dr. Katelyn Magsino, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Magsino focuses on your needs and is here to help you.
Struggling with attention issue, depression or anxiety can cause increased difficulties and can affect your ability to have or enjoy relationships or may even disrupt your ability to function at work, school or home. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Dr. Katelyn Magsino, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Magsino focuses on your needs and is here to help you.
(714) 276-1742 View (714) 276-1742
Photo of Deborah Spandikow, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deborah Spandikow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92867
I strive to provide compassionate evidence-based care to help you successfully achieve your mental health goals. Biography I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the lifespan. I am accepting new patients ages 15 and above. I enjoy working with individuals and families. I incorporate a holistic approach to mental health, including problem-focused psychotherapy, mind-body connection, lifestyle modifications, and medication management. We are all unique individuals, so our best strategy is to individualize care across disciplines, including referrals for in-depth psychotherapy.
I strive to provide compassionate evidence-based care to help you successfully achieve your mental health goals. Biography I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner across the lifespan. I am accepting new patients ages 15 and above. I enjoy working with individuals and families. I incorporate a holistic approach to mental health, including problem-focused psychotherapy, mind-body connection, lifestyle modifications, and medication management. We are all unique individuals, so our best strategy is to individualize care across disciplines, including referrals for in-depth psychotherapy.
(657) 837-5838 View (657) 837-5838
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Joshua Rashon Petty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92807  (Online Only)
My name is Joshua Rashon Petty, and I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I’am really excited about the opportunity to support you in "Discovering Clarity, Embracing Balance, and Inspiring Change". I have specialized in emotional health for eight years, with experience treating adolescents and adults with various diagnoses.
My name is Joshua Rashon Petty, and I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I’am really excited about the opportunity to support you in "Discovering Clarity, Embracing Balance, and Inspiring Change". I have specialized in emotional health for eight years, with experience treating adolescents and adults with various diagnoses.
(832) 979-6238 View (832) 979-6238
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Adel Mostafavi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(714) 386-1816 View (714) 386-1816
Photo of Medard Sison, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Medard Sison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92866
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention issues, or other issues affecting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step in the right direction to make a positive change. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Sison believes in treating each client and their family with respect, care, and professionalism. Medard focuses on your needs and tailors his treatment plan to keep you informed.
Are you or your loved ones struggling with depression, anxiety, focus, attention issues, or other issues affecting your work, health, or personal life? If so, you have made the first step in the right direction to make a positive change. Medard Sison, DNP is a Doctorate Prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD, & other mental health disorders. Dr. Sison believes in treating each client and their family with respect, care, and professionalism. Medard focuses on your needs and tailors his treatment plan to keep you informed.
(657) 220-8068 View (657) 220-8068
Photo of Emily Lippincott, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily Lippincott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim, CA 92807
I enjoy working in close collaboration with my patients to help them achieve their optimal wellness. Emphasizing psychoeducation, I prioritize that patients are actively involved in making well-informed decisions about their treatment plan. I believe that good therapeutic rapport, and frequent discussions to better understand the patient’s priorities and desires is an important step for setting the foundation to achieve any treatment goal. I enjoy working with the perinatal population and love helping my patients navigate the unique mental health challenges that occur during pregnancy and after the birth of a child.
I enjoy working in close collaboration with my patients to help them achieve their optimal wellness. Emphasizing psychoeducation, I prioritize that patients are actively involved in making well-informed decisions about their treatment plan. I believe that good therapeutic rapport, and frequent discussions to better understand the patient’s priorities and desires is an important step for setting the foundation to achieve any treatment goal. I enjoy working with the perinatal population and love helping my patients navigate the unique mental health challenges that occur during pregnancy and after the birth of a child.
(714) 598-1953 View (714) 598-1953
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Jessica Wang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92867
I was born and raised on the West Coast but have spent a significant amount of time in the Northeast as well. I did my undergraduate studies at Cornell University and received my medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Afterwards, I did my first two years of psychiatry residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia before its closure in 2019 and completed the remainder of my training at Temple University Hospital. Throughout the years I have worked in multiple settings including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, consultation-liaison services, and crisis response centers.
I was born and raised on the West Coast but have spent a significant amount of time in the Northeast as well. I did my undergraduate studies at Cornell University and received my medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Afterwards, I did my first two years of psychiatry residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia before its closure in 2019 and completed the remainder of my training at Temple University Hospital. Throughout the years I have worked in multiple settings including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, consultation-liaison services, and crisis response centers.
(657) 837-3552 View (657) 837-3552
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92866
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Telepsychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(714) 294-2446 View (714) 294-2446
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Mariam Fazil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92867
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.
(949) 303-7391 View (949) 303-7391
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(657) 255-8197 View (657) 255-8197
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Randall Bailey
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
Are you struggling to balance your physical and mental health? Are things becoming unmanageable? Is your time limited? Then welcome to WellPsyche! WellPsyche Medical Group provides experts in the field of Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Our practice offers the latest in psychiatry including Telemedicine! Now you can visit with your psychiatrist from the privacy and convenience of your home or work. Our providers take a Conservative and Effective approach to medication management and can help you balance your life.
(714) 970-4868 View (714) 970-4868
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Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Orange, CA 92669  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA
(949) 386-2740 View (949) 386-2740
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Lisa A Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92867
Lisa Johnson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2010. She has a Master's in Family nurse practitioner and a Post Master's in PMHNP. Lisa's training includes treating individuals with a variety of psychiatric disorders such as bipolar, ADHD, anxiety, depression, treatment resistant depression and eating disorders in an outpatient setting. She believes that care should be personalized to meet client needs and comprehensive utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Evidence based research is essential in her treatment plan.
Lisa Johnson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2010. She has a Master's in Family nurse practitioner and a Post Master's in PMHNP. Lisa's training includes treating individuals with a variety of psychiatric disorders such as bipolar, ADHD, anxiety, depression, treatment resistant depression and eating disorders in an outpatient setting. She believes that care should be personalized to meet client needs and comprehensive utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Evidence based research is essential in her treatment plan.
(657) 530-6650 View (657) 530-6650

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Villa Park, CA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Villa Park, CA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Medication Management
100% Dual Diagnosis
75% Addiction
75% ADHD

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Villa Park, CA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Villa Park?

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.