Psychiatrists in Naugatuck, CT

Photo of Shirley Joseph - Mindful Integrative Services, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mindful Integrative Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Naugatuck, CT 06770  (Online Only)
I work to help individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and individuals who are actively recovering from substance abuse.
I work to help individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and individuals who are actively recovering from substance abuse.
(475) 242-8010 View (475) 242-8010
Photo of Maria Tapia - WCT Health & Wellness, PMHNP, LCSW, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
WCT Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Naugatuck, CT 06770
My passion for empowering and aiding individuals in their wellness journey began 20 years ago. While working with under-served communities in New Haven and Hartford Counties, I was fortunate enough to interact and develop meaningful relationships with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. I continue to apply this philosophical thinking and practice while serving my patients in order to provide an individualized, holistic treatment. I utilize various forms of psychotherapy, complimentary approaches and/or medications to help ease mental health struggles.
My passion for empowering and aiding individuals in their wellness journey began 20 years ago. While working with under-served communities in New Haven and Hartford Counties, I was fortunate enough to interact and develop meaningful relationships with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. I continue to apply this philosophical thinking and practice while serving my patients in order to provide an individualized, holistic treatment. I utilize various forms of psychotherapy, complimentary approaches and/or medications to help ease mental health struggles.
(203) 433-6315 View (203) 433-6315
Photo of Sharda Belcher - The Fiercest Mind LLc, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
The Fiercest Mind LLc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Naugatuck, CT 06770
The mind is an infinite treasure! I am a Psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of behavioral health experience, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field that I am eager to share. Looking to connect, engage, and treat individuals age 6-55 years old. Treatment modalities include a combination of individual psychotherapy, and medication management in a safe and professional space. For individuals seeking treatment in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, psychosis. sleep disorders and more. Specializing in children with ADHD and social and emotional challenges.
The mind is an infinite treasure! I am a Psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of behavioral health experience, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field that I am eager to share. Looking to connect, engage, and treat individuals age 6-55 years old. Treatment modalities include a combination of individual psychotherapy, and medication management in a safe and professional space. For individuals seeking treatment in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, psychosis. sleep disorders and more. Specializing in children with ADHD and social and emotional challenges.
(475) 244-7552 View (475) 244-7552

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Photo of Chanon C. Biceglia - Dr. Chanon  C.  Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC, DNP, PMHNP, NP-C, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut & Arizona. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut & Arizona. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
(203) 806-9936 View (203) 806-9936
Photo of Mark D Stracks, MD, MS, MPH, Psychiatrist
Mark D Stracks
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, MPH
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
I strive to understand each of my clients as an individual and to craft treatment options that are most appropriate to their needs and preferences. I have found that, where possible, it is best to take a minimalist approach to medication interventions, balancing these with appropriate therapy interventions and focus on life changes that can improve a client's mental health or addiction difficulties. I bring many years of caring treatment experience to each of my client's individual needs. I look forward to working with you.
I strive to understand each of my clients as an individual and to craft treatment options that are most appropriate to their needs and preferences. I have found that, where possible, it is best to take a minimalist approach to medication interventions, balancing these with appropriate therapy interventions and focus on life changes that can improve a client's mental health or addiction difficulties. I bring many years of caring treatment experience to each of my client's individual needs. I look forward to working with you.
(475) 882-8791 View (475) 882-8791
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Emily Friedman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06408  (Online Only)
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
(475) 897-5578 View (475) 897-5578
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Gony Alexandra Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06701
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
(475) 242-8026 View (475) 242-8026
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Ajibola Ojo Adekanye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamden, CT 06518  (Online Only)
My name is Ajibola Adekanye, DNP, PMHNP-BC, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with individuals 18 years of age and over who are struggling with general mental health, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal ideations, anxiety and panic disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and OCD. My approach combines medication management with comprehensive psychiatric evaluation tailored to each patient’s needs. I create a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment from a diverse, culturally competent background that allows me to treat and heal individual.
My name is Ajibola Adekanye, DNP, PMHNP-BC, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with individuals 18 years of age and over who are struggling with general mental health, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal ideations, anxiety and panic disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and OCD. My approach combines medication management with comprehensive psychiatric evaluation tailored to each patient’s needs. I create a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment from a diverse, culturally competent background that allows me to treat and heal individual.
(475) 290-6827 View (475) 290-6827
Photo of Susan Peters - ABetterU LLC, APRN, PMHNP, MPH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
ABetterU LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MPH
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Life is an amazing and unpredictable journey we all share. It can bring joy, success, love and optimism, and also present extreme challenges, loss, sadness, grief and despair. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed or "stuck" for many reasons involving relationships, life transitions, illness, trauma, and personal circumstances. This can lead to depression, anxiety, mood swings and uncertainty about how to feel better and move forward. Regardless of what challenges you are facing, no situation is hopeless and there is always a way forward to a better you and and a better life.
Life is an amazing and unpredictable journey we all share. It can bring joy, success, love and optimism, and also present extreme challenges, loss, sadness, grief and despair. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed or "stuck" for many reasons involving relationships, life transitions, illness, trauma, and personal circumstances. This can lead to depression, anxiety, mood swings and uncertainty about how to feel better and move forward. Regardless of what challenges you are facing, no situation is hopeless and there is always a way forward to a better you and and a better life.
(203) 590-8859 View (203) 590-8859
Photo of Chengping Wang - WCT Health & Wellness, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
WCT Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06705
Welcome! We are a group practice of 60 licensed counselors and medication providers. We have a multi disciplinary team which is trained in several models to tailor each of our clients needs. Our biggest focus, is you, our client. We provide family, couples and individual counseling. Medication management for psychiatry and also offer Primary Care Services.
Welcome! We are a group practice of 60 licensed counselors and medication providers. We have a multi disciplinary team which is trained in several models to tailor each of our clients needs. Our biggest focus, is you, our client. We provide family, couples and individual counseling. Medication management for psychiatry and also offer Primary Care Services.
(203) 916-4595 View (203) 916-4595
Photo of Diana Lankenau, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse
Diana Lankenau
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Diana Lankenau is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specialized in psychiatric mental health at Lankenau Health Services. In her own words: “Life is a journey. We all struggle in understanding our own thoughts, emotions, insecurities, perceptions, and behaviors. Often times, we compare ourselves to others in search for the self”. Diana attempts to help others in understanding that mental health conflicts are very common. Showing emotion during these hard times is not a sign of weakness, or vulnerability but inner strength.
Diana Lankenau is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specialized in psychiatric mental health at Lankenau Health Services. In her own words: “Life is a journey. We all struggle in understanding our own thoughts, emotions, insecurities, perceptions, and behaviors. Often times, we compare ourselves to others in search for the self”. Diana attempts to help others in understanding that mental health conflicts are very common. Showing emotion during these hard times is not a sign of weakness, or vulnerability but inner strength.
(786) 743-4825 View (786) 743-4825
Photo of Lori Pelosi - Holistic Services, LLC, APRN, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse
Holistic Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06708
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner who has been helping those with mental health issues for many years. I do medication management. I also do tele-health visits.I am a kind and compassionate practitioner that focuses on the whole person and their needs.
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner who has been helping those with mental health issues for many years. I do medication management. I also do tele-health visits.I am a kind and compassionate practitioner that focuses on the whole person and their needs.
(860) 483-3163 View (860) 483-3163
Photo of Olga Selikhov, MSN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olga Selikhov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Olga and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Connecticut. I specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Olga and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Connecticut. I specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(475) 284-8854 View (475) 284-8854
Photo of Olivia Carter - Liv Well Behavioral Health Services (LWBHS), DNP,  , APRN,  PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Liv Well Behavioral Health Services (LWBHS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06408  (Online Only)
Doctorate Degree studies the impact of trauma-informed therapies throughout the life span. Chief Researcher: Building Resilience Among Veterans: TRM, CRM, EMDR to reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Principal Research Investigator of EMDR Therapy for inner-city adolescents to enhance resiliency. Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Yale-New Haven Psych & Medical Attending for Adult & Geriatrics Inpatient units, and Adjunct Professor at FFU Fairfield University in Psychiatry/Mental Health. Expertise in Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Diversity.
Doctorate Degree studies the impact of trauma-informed therapies throughout the life span. Chief Researcher: Building Resilience Among Veterans: TRM, CRM, EMDR to reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Principal Research Investigator of EMDR Therapy for inner-city adolescents to enhance resiliency. Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Yale-New Haven Psych & Medical Attending for Adult & Geriatrics Inpatient units, and Adjunct Professor at FFU Fairfield University in Psychiatry/Mental Health. Expertise in Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Diversity.
(860) 891-2936 View (860) 891-2936
Photo of Beatrice Peku, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Beatrice Peku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06410
Mental and behavioral health are crucial to our overall well-being. If you are among the over 57 million Americans experiencing mental illness, Thorough Immersion Health is here to help. I offer a patient-centered, holistic, and culturally sensitive approach to restoring health and well-being. My care prioritizes each patient’s unique biological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors to guide diagnosis and treatment. For your convenience, I provide both in-person and virtual consultations.
Mental and behavioral health are crucial to our overall well-being. If you are among the over 57 million Americans experiencing mental illness, Thorough Immersion Health is here to help. I offer a patient-centered, holistic, and culturally sensitive approach to restoring health and well-being. My care prioritizes each patient’s unique biological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors to guide diagnosis and treatment. For your convenience, I provide both in-person and virtual consultations.
(203) 904-2576 View (203) 904-2576
Photo of Arthur Brouse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Arthur Brouse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Arthur "Eddie" Brouse is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in psychiatric mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In his own words, "Mental illness is something that is extremely personal, yet often affects more than just one person. Worry, sadness, or feeling overwhelmed are only a few symptoms which cause difficulty for a person to function normally. Is there something that isn’t quite right which causes you trouble? Have you noticed your mood or issues have been affecting not just you, but also those around you? Are you isolating, or feeling alone? Do you feel the roller coaster is out of control?"
Arthur "Eddie" Brouse is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in psychiatric mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In his own words, "Mental illness is something that is extremely personal, yet often affects more than just one person. Worry, sadness, or feeling overwhelmed are only a few symptoms which cause difficulty for a person to function normally. Is there something that isn’t quite right which causes you trouble? Have you noticed your mood or issues have been affecting not just you, but also those around you? Are you isolating, or feeling alone? Do you feel the roller coaster is out of control?"
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
Photo of Leshawna Murrell, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leshawna Murrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southbury, CT 06488
If you or your child are experiencing extreme stress and life changes, it can be overwhelming to navigate distressing symptoms. You may feel helpless as to how to help yourself or your child cope with symptoms and maintain the overwhelming activities and requirements of daily life. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am here to listen to your unique story, family history, and symptoms, to help you find peace in your life, body, and mind. I am here to listen to your concerns and symptoms and provide a full evaluation to consider tools that may be helpful for you to feel better mentally and physically.
If you or your child are experiencing extreme stress and life changes, it can be overwhelming to navigate distressing symptoms. You may feel helpless as to how to help yourself or your child cope with symptoms and maintain the overwhelming activities and requirements of daily life. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am here to listen to your unique story, family history, and symptoms, to help you find peace in your life, body, and mind. I am here to listen to your concerns and symptoms and provide a full evaluation to consider tools that may be helpful for you to feel better mentally and physically.
(475) 253-5360 View (475) 253-5360
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SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06704  (Online Only)
Have you ever been prescribed medication and rushed out of the provider's door? No more! Are you in therapy now but feel like your symptoms are not improving? We are here to help you and your family. We have a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2001. We have experience in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. We help women and families.
Have you ever been prescribed medication and rushed out of the provider's door? No more! Are you in therapy now but feel like your symptoms are not improving? We are here to help you and your family. We have a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner since 2001. We have experience in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. We help women and families.
(475) 242-0923 View (475) 242-0923
Photo of Maegan Monterose, MSN, APRN, PMHNP , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Maegan Monterose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Struggling with mental health and feeling lost in the journey towards wellness? Are you seeking a compassionate expert to guide you towards a brighter, more stable future? I understand your search for relief and clarity amidst these challenges. As a dedicated mental health professional, my mission is to light your path towards healing and peace of mind. Together, we can create a treatment plan that you understand and actively participate in, paving the way towards a life of fulfillment and stability. I offer psychiatric medication management.
Struggling with mental health and feeling lost in the journey towards wellness? Are you seeking a compassionate expert to guide you towards a brighter, more stable future? I understand your search for relief and clarity amidst these challenges. As a dedicated mental health professional, my mission is to light your path towards healing and peace of mind. Together, we can create a treatment plan that you understand and actively participate in, paving the way towards a life of fulfillment and stability. I offer psychiatric medication management.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
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Olanike Idowu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN, NP
Verified Verified
Prospect, CT 06712
I am a Yale University-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner with over 18 years of experience in Mental Health. I am lifespan board-certified to treat ages 5 to 70years old. I have subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry and clinical research. I treat all psychiatric conditions including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, Panic Disorder, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD and abuse survivors, OCD, Eating Disorders, and ODD. I provide culturally sensitive integrative and holistic psychiatric services that are tailored to each individual patient's needs.
I am a Yale University-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner with over 18 years of experience in Mental Health. I am lifespan board-certified to treat ages 5 to 70years old. I have subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry and clinical research. I treat all psychiatric conditions including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, Panic Disorder, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD and abuse survivors, OCD, Eating Disorders, and ODD. I provide culturally sensitive integrative and holistic psychiatric services that are tailored to each individual patient's needs.
(475) 255-6394 View (475) 255-6394

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Number of Psychiatrists in Naugatuck, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Naugatuck, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Naugatuck, CT see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Naugatuck?

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.