Psychiatrists in District of Columbia

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Photo of Jyotika Devi Vazirani, Psychiatric Nurse in District of Columbia
Jyotika Devi Vazirani
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CRNP, CNS
Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
We often come into our personal behaviors, thoughts, & feelings because they have helped us survive our own anxieties. As adults, often habitual patterns of behavior inhibit us from growing into the effective human beings we expect ourselves to become. Freedom, in its broadest sense, can be limited, depending on our own thought patterns, emotions, and our personal responses/reactions to our emotions. Together, we can look at patterns of behavior, private thoughts and feelings with empathy and without judgment. We can explore how freedom of thought and emotional reactivity can help you achieve your personal goals of actualization.
We often come into our personal behaviors, thoughts, & feelings because they have helped us survive our own anxieties. As adults, often habitual patterns of behavior inhibit us from growing into the effective human beings we expect ourselves to become. Freedom, in its broadest sense, can be limited, depending on our own thought patterns, emotions, and our personal responses/reactions to our emotions. Together, we can look at patterns of behavior, private thoughts and feelings with empathy and without judgment. We can explore how freedom of thought and emotional reactivity can help you achieve your personal goals of actualization.
(202) 568-8185 View (202) 568-8185
Photo of Affect Optimum Behavioral Health, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in District of Columbia
Affect Optimum Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20002
Dr. Ngozi M. Okudoh is an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides caring, effective, and evidence-based treatments to meet the needs of her patients. She strives to provide empathy and warmth when treating patients. Dr. Okudoh believes that trust in the clinical setting is fostered by taking the adequate time to meet the needs of her patients. She is a major proponent of psychotherapy and well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes in using psychiatric medications judiciously and when appropriate to treat the patient in the most effective and safe manner.
Dr. Ngozi M. Okudoh is an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides caring, effective, and evidence-based treatments to meet the needs of her patients. She strives to provide empathy and warmth when treating patients. Dr. Okudoh believes that trust in the clinical setting is fostered by taking the adequate time to meet the needs of her patients. She is a major proponent of psychotherapy and well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes in using psychiatric medications judiciously and when appropriate to treat the patient in the most effective and safe manner.
(202) 304-1031 View (202) 304-1031
Photo of Queer Ear Mental Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in District of Columbia
Queer Ear Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Presently not taking new patients, but you can contact us to be placed on our waitlist. The LGBTQIA+ (we embrace "Queer") community has the right to seek mental health medication just as we are. Perhaps you, or your child, are seeking medication management for anxiety, depression, or ADHD. Maybe you're trans/non-binary/gender-nonconforming and are tired of explaining everything to prescribers. Perhaps you're anxious or depressed about app dating or a recent kink or OnlyFans effort. Maybe, you're not out (or fully out) and need medication to help the anxiety.
Presently not taking new patients, but you can contact us to be placed on our waitlist. The LGBTQIA+ (we embrace "Queer") community has the right to seek mental health medication just as we are. Perhaps you, or your child, are seeking medication management for anxiety, depression, or ADHD. Maybe you're trans/non-binary/gender-nonconforming and are tired of explaining everything to prescribers. Perhaps you're anxious or depressed about app dating or a recent kink or OnlyFans effort. Maybe, you're not out (or fully out) and need medication to help the anxiety.
(202) 816-6667 View (202) 816-6667
Photo of Solomon Meltzer, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Solomon Meltzer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Through my training at Sheppard Pratt, I practice an integrated approach with consideration for the mind/body connection. While medications can play an important role in treatment of psychiatric illnesses, I endeavor to consider the whole person, paying careful attention to the individual and their internal world. Depressive and anxiety disorders are particularly suited to this holistic approach.
Through my training at Sheppard Pratt, I practice an integrated approach with consideration for the mind/body connection. While medications can play an important role in treatment of psychiatric illnesses, I endeavor to consider the whole person, paying careful attention to the individual and their internal world. Depressive and anxiety disorders are particularly suited to this holistic approach.
(410) 989-4937 x929 View (410) 989-4937 x929
Photo of Yolanda R Cockerham, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in District of Columbia
Yolanda R Cockerham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the District of Columbia area, who strives to provide an excellent level of care to the mental health population. Her services include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and helping individuals towards becoming functioning people in their environment.
Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the District of Columbia area, who strives to provide an excellent level of care to the mental health population. Her services include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and helping individuals towards becoming functioning people in their environment.
(202) 417-3209 View (202) 417-3209
Photo of Sonia Palmieri, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in District of Columbia
Sonia Palmieri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANP- BC, MSN , RN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
Tranquil Healthcare is an Integrative Mental Health & Wellness practice focusing on mild to moderate anxiety and depression disorders as well as improving over all health, lifestyle and wellness. We practice conventional medicine as well as integrative and functional medicine approaches to your mental health for mood/anxiety, sleep issues, depression, GI/ abdominal issues, fatigue, nutrition. As an integrative mental health practitioner, we also offer Ketamine Therapy and Ketamine Assisted Therapy for a treatment approach to treatment resistant depression (TRD) and PTSD and trauma work. Please see our webiste for more info.
Tranquil Healthcare is an Integrative Mental Health & Wellness practice focusing on mild to moderate anxiety and depression disorders as well as improving over all health, lifestyle and wellness. We practice conventional medicine as well as integrative and functional medicine approaches to your mental health for mood/anxiety, sleep issues, depression, GI/ abdominal issues, fatigue, nutrition. As an integrative mental health practitioner, we also offer Ketamine Therapy and Ketamine Assisted Therapy for a treatment approach to treatment resistant depression (TRD) and PTSD and trauma work. Please see our webiste for more info.
(202) 335-7240 View (202) 335-7240
Photo of New Era Recovery & Behavioral Health LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in District of Columbia
New Era Recovery & Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Washington, DC 20002
Greg Obiwuma is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of working in psychiatric and mental health care in the Washington, DC metro area. We perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and other mental health issues in people of all ages. At New Era Recovery and Behavioral Health LLC, we utilize a holistic approach to treat patients across the lifespan (Adults, Adolescents and Children). Applying evidence-based
Greg Obiwuma is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of working in psychiatric and mental health care in the Washington, DC metro area. We perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and other mental health issues in people of all ages. At New Era Recovery and Behavioral Health LLC, we utilize a holistic approach to treat patients across the lifespan (Adults, Adolescents and Children). Applying evidence-based
(202) 946-7827 View (202) 946-7827
Photo of Ifreke Williams, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Ifreke Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005
Hello, I'm an adult Psychiatrist with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you to address your behavioral health needs. My goal is to improve your mental and emotional health, help you feel better, happier and function at your best. I utilize a holistic person-centered approach to provide quality compassionate, culturally sensitive and evidence-based psychiatric care. I take time to listen, ensure that you feel heard not rushed, and develop an appropriate treatment plan in collaboration with you. I take pride in helping my patients achieve better quality of life and a sense of well-being.
Hello, I'm an adult Psychiatrist with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you to address your behavioral health needs. My goal is to improve your mental and emotional health, help you feel better, happier and function at your best. I utilize a holistic person-centered approach to provide quality compassionate, culturally sensitive and evidence-based psychiatric care. I take time to listen, ensure that you feel heard not rushed, and develop an appropriate treatment plan in collaboration with you. I take pride in helping my patients achieve better quality of life and a sense of well-being.
(202) 816-6648 View (202) 816-6648
Photo of Carlos E Sluzki, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Carlos E Sluzki
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I am a seasoned therapist for individuals, couples and families, with years of experience (and many presentations and publications --see my website www.sluzki.com). In therapy, I follow an empathic systemic/ narrative orientation, with occasional whiffs stemming from my prior psychoanalytic training. I am also a psychiatrist, with M.D. licenses in CA, DC and MA, and I offer medication management if needed. My multi-lingual, multi-cultural practice takes place in English, Spanish or Italian. Half of my current practice is by Skype/Zoom.
I am a seasoned therapist for individuals, couples and families, with years of experience (and many presentations and publications --see my website www.sluzki.com). In therapy, I follow an empathic systemic/ narrative orientation, with occasional whiffs stemming from my prior psychoanalytic training. I am also a psychiatrist, with M.D. licenses in CA, DC and MA, and I offer medication management if needed. My multi-lingual, multi-cultural practice takes place in English, Spanish or Italian. Half of my current practice is by Skype/Zoom.
(202) 517-2732 View (202) 517-2732
Photo of Michael Bogrov, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Michael Bogrov
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Dr. Michael Bogrov is a Johns Hopkins trained child psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD across the age spectrum. His leadership positions while a member of the faculty at Hopkins included leading the ADHD clinic, and serving as medical director of the Children’s Mental Health Center. Over his 18 year career at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, one of the top ten rated psychiatric hospitals in the country, he served in a number of positions. He has been practicing in Washington, DC since 2015.
Dr. Michael Bogrov is a Johns Hopkins trained child psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD across the age spectrum. His leadership positions while a member of the faculty at Hopkins included leading the ADHD clinic, and serving as medical director of the Children’s Mental Health Center. Over his 18 year career at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, one of the top ten rated psychiatric hospitals in the country, he served in a number of positions. He has been practicing in Washington, DC since 2015.
(202) 525-5123 View (202) 525-5123
Photo of Stephen M Weissman, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Stephen M Weissman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
Overwhelmed? Frustrated with people in your life? Trouble at school, work or home? Change can happen. I see adolescents, adults and couples. I'm direct, open, collaborative. My style is eclectic, practical and problem-solving. I prescribe anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications when indicated. Psychotherapy is a two-way street. It begins with a consultation, when together we clarify what's troubling you. During that first encounter, we road-test our compatibility as communicators and collaborators. In psycho-therapy, "one size" does not fit all. You should meet more than one clinician before deciding whom to work with.
Overwhelmed? Frustrated with people in your life? Trouble at school, work or home? Change can happen. I see adolescents, adults and couples. I'm direct, open, collaborative. My style is eclectic, practical and problem-solving. I prescribe anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications when indicated. Psychotherapy is a two-way street. It begins with a consultation, when together we clarify what's troubling you. During that first encounter, we road-test our compatibility as communicators and collaborators. In psycho-therapy, "one size" does not fit all. You should meet more than one clinician before deciding whom to work with.
(202) 499-2635 View (202) 499-2635
Photo of Smita H Patel, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Smita H Patel
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified
Washington, DC 20006
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and have provided Comprehensive Psychiatric treatment to the Washington Metropolitan area for the past three decades. My unique nature of the practice and approach to healing the emotional storm stems from my training at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I believe strongly in a holistic approach of mindfulness technique of relaxation combined with medication management for a particular disorder. I provide most cost effective comprehensive treatment by coordinating patient care with other mental health professional and Primary Care Physician.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and have provided Comprehensive Psychiatric treatment to the Washington Metropolitan area for the past three decades. My unique nature of the practice and approach to healing the emotional storm stems from my training at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. I believe strongly in a holistic approach of mindfulness technique of relaxation combined with medication management for a particular disorder. I provide most cost effective comprehensive treatment by coordinating patient care with other mental health professional and Primary Care Physician.
(202) 729-9504 View (202) 729-9504
Photo of Lorenzo Santos Gutierrez, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Lorenzo Santos Gutierrez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Dr. Santos is a highly experienced, Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist with over 10 years of clinical experience in English and Spanish. His practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy, and he conducts follow-up visits in 30-minute increments. He believes that the most successful treatments integrate physical health, therapy, mindfulness, and medication, when necessary, to provide the most effective solutions for his patients. He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and completed his residency training in NYC at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.
Dr. Santos is a highly experienced, Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist with over 10 years of clinical experience in English and Spanish. His practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy, and he conducts follow-up visits in 30-minute increments. He believes that the most successful treatments integrate physical health, therapy, mindfulness, and medication, when necessary, to provide the most effective solutions for his patients. He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and completed his residency training in NYC at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.
(202) 816-6915 View (202) 816-6915
Photo of Adhd-Aid Psychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in District of Columbia
Adhd-Aid Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients in DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. If you are a student or professional struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression. Make an appointment, get tested online for ADHD, and enjoy life. Today, you are one step closer to a new you. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing accepted at schools and workplaces for ADA accommodations like extra time on tests or a distraction-free environment. I test ages 5+. I have recently added Personality testing to my practice. This means if you do not have ADHD, we can help figure out what the underlining issue is. This is covered by your insurance.
Accepting new clients in DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. If you are a student or professional struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression. Make an appointment, get tested online for ADHD, and enjoy life. Today, you are one step closer to a new you. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing accepted at schools and workplaces for ADA accommodations like extra time on tests or a distraction-free environment. I test ages 5+. I have recently added Personality testing to my practice. This means if you do not have ADHD, we can help figure out what the underlining issue is. This is covered by your insurance.
(202) 519-0087 View (202) 519-0087
Photo of Dr. Ryszard Zebrak - Preventive Measures, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Dr. Ryszard Zebrak - Preventive Measures
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20020
If you are facing challenges with depression, anxiety, trauma, or mood disorders, know that you don't have to navigate this path alone. My empathetic nature creates a safe and judgment-free space where you can openly share your struggles and aspirations. I believe that genuine listening and understanding are fundamental in establishing trust and forming a strong therapeutic alliance. Together, we will tailor a treatment plan that addresses your specific circumstances, empowering you with knowledge and actively involving you in shaping your healing journey.
If you are facing challenges with depression, anxiety, trauma, or mood disorders, know that you don't have to navigate this path alone. My empathetic nature creates a safe and judgment-free space where you can openly share your struggles and aspirations. I believe that genuine listening and understanding are fundamental in establishing trust and forming a strong therapeutic alliance. Together, we will tailor a treatment plan that addresses your specific circumstances, empowering you with knowledge and actively involving you in shaping your healing journey.
(202) 688-3835 View (202) 688-3835
Photo of Jeffrey L Seal, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Jeffrey L Seal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I am a psychiatrist specializing in therapy and medication management for adults and late adolescents. My practice provides the time for an in-depth assessment of a patient's needs and the formulation of a detailed treatment plan. The initial assessment usually takes two meetings and forms the foundation for an ongoing therapeutic relationship. I primarily utilize psychodynamic approaches, within a holistic framework that considers diet, exercise, and work-life balance. I provide treatment in a warm, compassionate, and accepting environment.
I am a psychiatrist specializing in therapy and medication management for adults and late adolescents. My practice provides the time for an in-depth assessment of a patient's needs and the formulation of a detailed treatment plan. The initial assessment usually takes two meetings and forms the foundation for an ongoing therapeutic relationship. I primarily utilize psychodynamic approaches, within a holistic framework that considers diet, exercise, and work-life balance. I provide treatment in a warm, compassionate, and accepting environment.
(202) 946-5733 View (202) 946-5733
Photo of Jason M Rosen, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Jason M Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Washington, DC 20037
The unique nature of my practice and approach to therapy stem from my medical training and advanced training in insight-oriented psychotherapy. Although I have a strong background in psychiatric diagnosis and medical management, I believe strongly in a holistic approach to therapy.
The unique nature of my practice and approach to therapy stem from my medical training and advanced training in insight-oriented psychotherapy. Although I have a strong background in psychiatric diagnosis and medical management, I believe strongly in a holistic approach to therapy.
(202) 559-1102 View (202) 559-1102
Photo of Tuna Burgut, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Tuna Burgut
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016
I have trained at Cornell and Columbia and am Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. Having trained in both specialties, I believe that brain and mind are inseparable, therefore I frequently evaluate my patients with multiple modalities.I am interested in assessing each patient comprehensively using multiple perspectives, including cognition, behavior, life story and personality. My practice focuses on patients living with mood, cognitive and behavioral problems which are sometimes in the context of other neurological symptoms. I am dedicated to helping my patients with mood disorders, behavioral disorders, cognitive concerns, anxiety, ADHD and other disorders.
I have trained at Cornell and Columbia and am Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. Having trained in both specialties, I believe that brain and mind are inseparable, therefore I frequently evaluate my patients with multiple modalities.I am interested in assessing each patient comprehensively using multiple perspectives, including cognition, behavior, life story and personality. My practice focuses on patients living with mood, cognitive and behavioral problems which are sometimes in the context of other neurological symptoms. I am dedicated to helping my patients with mood disorders, behavioral disorders, cognitive concerns, anxiety, ADHD and other disorders.
(646) 699-3852 View (646) 699-3852
Photo of Dr. Renee Diane Parisi, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in District of Columbia
Dr. Renee Diane Parisi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, MSN, DNP
Verified
15 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Reproductive trauma (miscarriage, IVF failure, and neonatal loss) often brings forth a complex array of emotions, ranging from grief and sadness to guilt, anxiety, and sometimes even feelings of isolation. By fostering a therapeutic relationship built on trust and understanding, we can explore and process these emotions together. I am committed to helping you navigate the unique aspects of your journey, acknowledging the distinct challenges that come with reproductive experiences, and providing a compassionate space for you to express and make sense of your feelings.
Reproductive trauma (miscarriage, IVF failure, and neonatal loss) often brings forth a complex array of emotions, ranging from grief and sadness to guilt, anxiety, and sometimes even feelings of isolation. By fostering a therapeutic relationship built on trust and understanding, we can explore and process these emotions together. I am committed to helping you navigate the unique aspects of your journey, acknowledging the distinct challenges that come with reproductive experiences, and providing a compassionate space for you to express and make sense of your feelings.
(505) 591-5465 View (505) 591-5465
Photo of Dr. Celia Regina Oliveira, Psychiatrist in District of Columbia
Dr. Celia Regina Oliveira
Psychiatrist, MD, , MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
I am a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC and treat adults, young and older adolescents. As I was a pediatrician prior to becoming a psychiatrist, I am particularly interested in working with older adolescents and young adults who face a multitude of challenges as they progress into adulthood. Unlike many psychiatrists who prescribe medication only, I work with my clients through understanding and helping them in psychotherapy as well as providing expert treatment with the latest psychiatric medications.
I am a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC and treat adults, young and older adolescents. As I was a pediatrician prior to becoming a psychiatrist, I am particularly interested in working with older adolescents and young adults who face a multitude of challenges as they progress into adulthood. Unlike many psychiatrists who prescribe medication only, I work with my clients through understanding and helping them in psychotherapy as well as providing expert treatment with the latest psychiatric medications.
(866) 968-2084 View (866) 968-2084

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in District of Columbia who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
92% Depression
74% Medication Management
73% ADHD
71% Bipolar Disorder
70% Trauma and PTSD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% Cigna and Evernorth
77% Aetna
74% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in District of Columbia see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
33% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in District of Columbia?

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.