Psychiatrists in Coral Gables, FL

Patricia Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33143
Patricia Rodriguez, PMHNP, is a dedicated and compassionate Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a profound passion for helping individuals achieve mental well-being and emotional balance. She is deeply committed to providing the highest level of care and support to her patients. Patricia offers in person and online psychiatry consults for both new and existing patients, providing comprehensive medication management, personalized treatment plans. She firmly believes in a holistic approach to mental health, acknowledging that each individual is unique and requires personalized care.
Patricia Rodriguez, PMHNP, is a dedicated and compassionate Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a profound passion for helping individuals achieve mental well-being and emotional balance. She is deeply committed to providing the highest level of care and support to her patients. Patricia offers in person and online psychiatry consults for both new and existing patients, providing comprehensive medication management, personalized treatment plans. She firmly believes in a holistic approach to mental health, acknowledging that each individual is unique and requires personalized care.
(786) 550-7234 View (786) 550-7234
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Rebecca Fleisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Hi, I'm Rebecca. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at South Florida Integrative Medicine. I provide compassionate, comprehensive care that empowers individuals to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. In my practice, I blend evidence-based therapies with personalized medication management to create tailored treatment plans for each individual. I believe in the power of collaboration and work closely with my clients to ensure their unique needs and goals are met. I prioritize building a strong therapeutic alliance, creating a safe and supportive environment where healing can thrive.
Hi, I'm Rebecca. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at South Florida Integrative Medicine. I provide compassionate, comprehensive care that empowers individuals to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. In my practice, I blend evidence-based therapies with personalized medication management to create tailored treatment plans for each individual. I believe in the power of collaboration and work closely with my clients to ensure their unique needs and goals are met. I prioritize building a strong therapeutic alliance, creating a safe and supportive environment where healing can thrive.
(786) 982-8561 View (786) 982-8561
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Aarti U Jerath
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Dr. Aarti Jerath, MD MA, is a board certified psychiatrist who treats adults and children. She feels passionate and driven about helping people feel mentally and emotionally healthy. She is committed to her patients’ well-being with the goal of helping them achieve happiness, enjoy life and be successful. The source of Dr. Jerath’s quality of care comes from her genuine love and empathy for people.
Dr. Aarti Jerath, MD MA, is a board certified psychiatrist who treats adults and children. She feels passionate and driven about helping people feel mentally and emotionally healthy. She is committed to her patients’ well-being with the goal of helping them achieve happiness, enjoy life and be successful. The source of Dr. Jerath’s quality of care comes from her genuine love and empathy for people.
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Jonathan Parker, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Many families feel overwhelmed and have a hard time finding the right psychiatrist for their child. It can be a lonely and frightening experience when a child or teenager has behavioral, emotional, or mental health issues. The whole family is affected when a loved one is suffering. Is your child experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, mood swings, or behavioral problems that are affecting the family, their relationships, or school performance? With the proper psychiatric support and expertise, you can help your child thrive and reach their highest potential.
Many families feel overwhelmed and have a hard time finding the right psychiatrist for their child. It can be a lonely and frightening experience when a child or teenager has behavioral, emotional, or mental health issues. The whole family is affected when a loved one is suffering. Is your child experiencing anxiety, depression, anger, mood swings, or behavioral problems that are affecting the family, their relationships, or school performance? With the proper psychiatric support and expertise, you can help your child thrive and reach their highest potential.
(305) 676-8149 View (305) 676-8149
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Nicole Derish
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. My specialties are women's mental health, parenting, & invisible disabilities. In addition to my private practice, I serve as voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, where I have the privilege of instructing psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as those in the OBGYN departments.
I am a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. My specialties are women's mental health, parenting, & invisible disabilities. In addition to my private practice, I serve as voluntary faculty at the University of Miami, where I have the privilege of instructing psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as those in the OBGYN departments.
(786) 901-6572 View (786) 901-6572
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Dr. Nicolas D Sikaczowski
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Physician with same-month availability. I provide medication management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for both children and adults in Miami & throughout Florida. I completed 5 years of residency/fellowship training in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after completing medical school and see child, adolescent, and adult patients. I take time to provide quality, unrushed, evidence-based treatment and it shows in my patient's results. I allocate 90 minutes of intake appointments and 30 minutes for follow-up visits in addition to communication via phone and direct message.
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Heather Stein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33146
As a Nurse Practitioner my goal is to treat through a combination of medication and various individual therapy techniques. I have a goal-oriented approach in helping patients become the best version of themselves. I mainly work with pediatric and adolescents ages and their families in addition to adults. My specialties are ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, mood disorders, disruptive behaviors, stress, and more.
As a Nurse Practitioner my goal is to treat through a combination of medication and various individual therapy techniques. I have a goal-oriented approach in helping patients become the best version of themselves. I mainly work with pediatric and adolescents ages and their families in addition to adults. My specialties are ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, mood disorders, disruptive behaviors, stress, and more.
(786) 751-3473 View (786) 751-3473
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Mariela Padro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134
LIFE CAN BE HARD AND COMPLICATED AT TIMES BUT IT CAN ALSO BRING JOY, EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS. A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN AND MAKE THINGS WORK, OTHER TIMES WE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO OR WE MAY EVEN FEEL LOST. SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO WORK OUT YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE; CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OR A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER OTHERS BUT WE DO HAVE CONTROL OVER HOW WE DECIDE TO MANAGE A SITUATION.
LIFE CAN BE HARD AND COMPLICATED AT TIMES BUT IT CAN ALSO BRING JOY, EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS. A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN AND MAKE THINGS WORK, OTHER TIMES WE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO OR WE MAY EVEN FEEL LOST. SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO WORK OUT YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE; CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OR A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER OTHERS BUT WE DO HAVE CONTROL OVER HOW WE DECIDE TO MANAGE A SITUATION.
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Mia Bell
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
Dr. Mia Bell is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist. She believes in completing a thorough psychiatric assessment for all patients in order to make the best individualized treatment recommendations. Dr. Bell is a physician that is board certified in child, adolescent and general psychiatry. She see’s patients between the ages of 4 and 64 and treats a wide variety of mental illnesses including: Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, panic attacks, and PTSD.
Dr. Mia Bell is a caring and compassionate psychiatrist. She believes in completing a thorough psychiatric assessment for all patients in order to make the best individualized treatment recommendations. Dr. Bell is a physician that is board certified in child, adolescent and general psychiatry. She see’s patients between the ages of 4 and 64 and treats a wide variety of mental illnesses including: Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, panic attacks, and PTSD.
(786) 244-2505 View (786) 244-2505
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Antonella V. Grana
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, PNP
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33146
I am a dually certified nurse practitioner in pediatrics and psychiatry. In my practice I use a holistic approach with the understanding that each person has different needs. Although medication may be one component of treatment, I also provide guidance on nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and positive life choices. No matter where my patients are in life, I hope that my compassionate and hopeful outlook with help them achieve their full potential.
I am a dually certified nurse practitioner in pediatrics and psychiatry. In my practice I use a holistic approach with the understanding that each person has different needs. Although medication may be one component of treatment, I also provide guidance on nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and positive life choices. No matter where my patients are in life, I hope that my compassionate and hopeful outlook with help them achieve their full potential.
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
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Shumaia Rahman
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
As an experienced and holistic psychiatrist and psychotherapist I enjoy treating adolescents and adults. During my initial evaluation I focus on a whole mind-body connection of an individual. This includes family concerns, dietary habits, environmental issues, social and cultural matters and underlying medical disease that may have an impact on mental health. I provide therapeutic interventions such as psychopharmacological medication management, psychosocial interventions including patient education, supportive and individualized therapy, and referrals to alternative modalities of healing as indicated for the patient.
As an experienced and holistic psychiatrist and psychotherapist I enjoy treating adolescents and adults. During my initial evaluation I focus on a whole mind-body connection of an individual. This includes family concerns, dietary habits, environmental issues, social and cultural matters and underlying medical disease that may have an impact on mental health. I provide therapeutic interventions such as psychopharmacological medication management, psychosocial interventions including patient education, supportive and individualized therapy, and referrals to alternative modalities of healing as indicated for the patient.
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Hugh Humphery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33146
I am a holistic practitioner who believes in each individual's ability to improve themselves. I am also a Duke University-trained medical doctor, a therapist, a researcher, a husband and a father. I strive to bring the knowledge and experience that I continue to acquire in these roles into my approach to the practice of medicine. During sessions, I focus on the here-and-now and use a variety of tools to help my clients move forward. My work is characterized by compassion, collaboration, optimism, warmth and hope.
I am a holistic practitioner who believes in each individual's ability to improve themselves. I am also a Duke University-trained medical doctor, a therapist, a researcher, a husband and a father. I strive to bring the knowledge and experience that I continue to acquire in these roles into my approach to the practice of medicine. During sessions, I focus on the here-and-now and use a variety of tools to help my clients move forward. My work is characterized by compassion, collaboration, optimism, warmth and hope.
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Telepsychiatrist _Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse clients via video across Florida. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse clients via video across Florida. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer.
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Michelle Trevino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
Do you sometimes think "is this feeling normal"? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to concentrate, or why you are so easily distracted? Do you struggle with the motivation to "get up and go" each morning and find yourself irritable or tearful for no apparent reason? Having trouble sleeping because you can't seem to "shut off" your brain? Feeling anxious or on edge? Or is your child struggling in school due to lack of focus, concentration or impulsiveness? Is your child displaying disobedience at home and school? Is your teen more moody than the average teen? You don't need to navigate these challenges alone. We want to help!
Do you sometimes think "is this feeling normal"? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to concentrate, or why you are so easily distracted? Do you struggle with the motivation to "get up and go" each morning and find yourself irritable or tearful for no apparent reason? Having trouble sleeping because you can't seem to "shut off" your brain? Feeling anxious or on edge? Or is your child struggling in school due to lack of focus, concentration or impulsiveness? Is your child displaying disobedience at home and school? Is your teen more moody than the average teen? You don't need to navigate these challenges alone. We want to help!
(786) 744-4880 View (786) 744-4880
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Ana Maria Tous
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Dr. Tous champions symptom management, delving into the interplay of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition, and chronic medical conditions. In the dynamic realm of psychiatry, Dr. Ana Maria Tous stands out as a luminary, celebrated for her groundbreaking integrative and holistic approach to mental health. Beyond the accolades and credentials, Dr. Tous embodies a genuine passion for the well-being of her patients, a commitment deeply rooted in her multicultural education and profound insights into the complexities of the human mind. ​
Dr. Tous champions symptom management, delving into the interplay of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition, and chronic medical conditions. In the dynamic realm of psychiatry, Dr. Ana Maria Tous stands out as a luminary, celebrated for her groundbreaking integrative and holistic approach to mental health. Beyond the accolades and credentials, Dr. Tous embodies a genuine passion for the well-being of her patients, a commitment deeply rooted in her multicultural education and profound insights into the complexities of the human mind. ​
(786) 840-9250 View (786) 840-9250
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Maria Fernanda Antunez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134  (Online Only)
I’m a board certified, psychiatric mental nurse practitioner. I received my Master’s of Science in Nursing from Regis College of Nursing from Boston, Massachusetts. I focuses on treating adult’s patients across the life span, while working alongside with families, and other health professionals. This is essential in forming a treatment plan that follows a holistic approach, with the overall goal of creating a more desirable quality of life. I’m very easy to talk to and I’m focuses on making sure you are heard. We’ll will brainstorm ideas together, we’ll develop a plan, and set goals.
I’m a board certified, psychiatric mental nurse practitioner. I received my Master’s of Science in Nursing from Regis College of Nursing from Boston, Massachusetts. I focuses on treating adult’s patients across the life span, while working alongside with families, and other health professionals. This is essential in forming a treatment plan that follows a holistic approach, with the overall goal of creating a more desirable quality of life. I’m very easy to talk to and I’m focuses on making sure you are heard. We’ll will brainstorm ideas together, we’ll develop a plan, and set goals.
(786) 783-3508 View (786) 783-3508
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Sunflower Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Our goal at Sunflower Psychiatry is to help our clients achieve a balanced lifestyle. We develop a three-pronged approach to patient care by incorporating nutritional, chemical and therapeutic aspects catered towards each client’s needs. Our approach offers alternative interventions-with a focus on diet and nutrition- in addition to traditional medication management.
Our goal at Sunflower Psychiatry is to help our clients achieve a balanced lifestyle. We develop a three-pronged approach to patient care by incorporating nutritional, chemical and therapeutic aspects catered towards each client’s needs. Our approach offers alternative interventions-with a focus on diet and nutrition- in addition to traditional medication management.
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Georgette De Jesus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Coral Gables, FL 33146
I am a Board-Certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Coral Gables, FL. I received my general psychiatry training at Duke University and later moved to NYU for my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training. After finishing training I moved back to my hometown of San Juan, PR, where I established a successful private practice as well as worked at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School, as the Associate Residency Training Director for the Child Psychiatry Residency Training Program. In 2016 I started working with South Florida Integrative Medicine, an integrative/holistic practice in Coral Gables Florida.
I am a Board-Certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Coral Gables, FL. I received my general psychiatry training at Duke University and later moved to NYU for my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training. After finishing training I moved back to my hometown of San Juan, PR, where I established a successful private practice as well as worked at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School, as the Associate Residency Training Director for the Child Psychiatry Residency Training Program. In 2016 I started working with South Florida Integrative Medicine, an integrative/holistic practice in Coral Gables Florida.
(786) 460-2572 View (786) 460-2572
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Fariba Ostovary
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Coral Gables, FL 33134
In the past 25 years, I have had the pleasure of working with individuals seeking a better quality of life through medication management and counseling. Integrating the whole person as an emotional, physical, spiritual being through integrated process has demonstrated effective in improving quality of life. Cognitive Behavioral therapy for treatment of most psychiatric symptoms & sensible Medication management approach provided in office or video. Same day appointments are available most days. To book an appointment: use my website or Text (305) 417-9149 with your preferred day and time.
In the past 25 years, I have had the pleasure of working with individuals seeking a better quality of life through medication management and counseling. Integrating the whole person as an emotional, physical, spiritual being through integrated process has demonstrated effective in improving quality of life. Cognitive Behavioral therapy for treatment of most psychiatric symptoms & sensible Medication management approach provided in office or video. Same day appointments are available most days. To book an appointment: use my website or Text (305) 417-9149 with your preferred day and time.
(786) 756-6978 View (786) 756-6978
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Number of Psychiatrists in Coral Gables, FL

50+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Coral Gables, FL who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
96% Depression
90% ADHD
86% Medication Management
82% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
82% Bipolar Disorder
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
84% Cigna and Evernorth
68% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Coral Gables, FL see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Coral Gables?

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.