Psychiatrists in Dunedin, FL

Photo of Michelle Thomas, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dunedin, FL
Michelle Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dunedin, FL 34698
All patients deserve to be healthy, happy, heard, and seen. That is why Michelle focuses on integrative medicine and treating the whole patient wherever they may be on their journey. Michelle welcomes patients from all walks of life including disabled persons, LGBTQIA+, and other minoritized communities. Each individual might have unique issues, needs, or wellness goals. Michelle uses counseling, therapy, diagnosis, and the prescription of medication in combination with lifestyle recommendations to help individuals on the path to health and wellness.
All patients deserve to be healthy, happy, heard, and seen. That is why Michelle focuses on integrative medicine and treating the whole patient wherever they may be on their journey. Michelle welcomes patients from all walks of life including disabled persons, LGBTQIA+, and other minoritized communities. Each individual might have unique issues, needs, or wellness goals. Michelle uses counseling, therapy, diagnosis, and the prescription of medication in combination with lifestyle recommendations to help individuals on the path to health and wellness.
(727) 761-2762 View (727) 761-2762
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Dunedin, FL 34698  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(772) 212-8364 View (772) 212-8364
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Julie Angileri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Dunedin, FL 34698  (Online Only)
Now ADHD and Autism Certified! I know you're looking for a better life, I know you don't like how things are going right now. I'm here. I'm here to help you. It takes tremendous courage to take the first steps toward wellness. I know that together, we can get you to your goals quickly. I am a double board certified NP with over 20 years of experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and I have additional training in integrative medicine. I treat any age for depression, anxiety, mood, autism, ADHD and PTSD. Today is your day, now it the time, give me a chance to help you.
Now ADHD and Autism Certified! I know you're looking for a better life, I know you don't like how things are going right now. I'm here. I'm here to help you. It takes tremendous courage to take the first steps toward wellness. I know that together, we can get you to your goals quickly. I am a double board certified NP with over 20 years of experience in family medicine, psychiatry, and I have additional training in integrative medicine. I treat any age for depression, anxiety, mood, autism, ADHD and PTSD. Today is your day, now it the time, give me a chance to help you.
(727) 235-7429 View (727) 235-7429
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Zachary Zimko
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Dunedin, FL 34697
Dr. Zimko is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in the Tampa Bay Area. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Minors in Medical Humanities, Medical Diagnostics, and Biology. He graduated from Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016 with a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. He graduated his Psychiatry Residency at Largo Medical Center in 2020 and was Chief Resident in his final year. He serves as part of the the Medical Executive Committee of Suncoast Behavioral Health Center. His hobbies include cooking, home-brewing and spending time with his Wife, Daughter, & Corgi (Luna)
Dr. Zimko is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in the Tampa Bay Area. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Minors in Medical Humanities, Medical Diagnostics, and Biology. He graduated from Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016 with a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. He graduated his Psychiatry Residency at Largo Medical Center in 2020 and was Chief Resident in his final year. He serves as part of the the Medical Executive Committee of Suncoast Behavioral Health Center. His hobbies include cooking, home-brewing and spending time with his Wife, Daughter, & Corgi (Luna)
(727) 335-6749 View (727) 335-6749
Photo of George Dekeles, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dunedin, FL
George Dekeles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dunedin, FL 34698
My name is George Dekeles and I am Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner whom successfully earned my Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of South Florida. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults. I am an understanding clinician who provides medication management and psychotherapeutic interventions, while creating a goal targeted and individuated treatment plan. My approach is extremely thorough, charged by compassion, and grounded by evidence based science.
My name is George Dekeles and I am Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner whom successfully earned my Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of South Florida. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and adults. I am an understanding clinician who provides medication management and psychotherapeutic interventions, while creating a goal targeted and individuated treatment plan. My approach is extremely thorough, charged by compassion, and grounded by evidence based science.
(727) 261-1463 View (727) 261-1463

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Felix Widlacki
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
When you are suffering, you want help now, not three weeks from now! I keep appointments open for new patients, so you can be seen quickly, usually within a few days. Imagine waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Imagine going to bed at night and falling asleep easily, not dreading the next day. Do you want to feel less depressed, and start enjoying life again? Are you suffering from the terrible pain of anxiety? There is help, and I can help you feel better.
When you are suffering, you want help now, not three weeks from now! I keep appointments open for new patients, so you can be seen quickly, usually within a few days. Imagine waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Imagine going to bed at night and falling asleep easily, not dreading the next day. Do you want to feel less depressed, and start enjoying life again? Are you suffering from the terrible pain of anxiety? There is help, and I can help you feel better.
(813) 773-1316 View (813) 773-1316
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Noel Patrick Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Noel Hamilton is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both Psychiatry and Primary care medicine. Noel is passionate about providing compassionate , comprehensive and high quality mental health services to adults. He possesses strong clinical skills and establishes excellent raport with patients and family. Noel has always had an interest in the field of Psychiatry, he started his career as a nurse in a hospital Psychiatric crisis/acute care unit as well as hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Drexel University in Pennsylvania with a Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health
Noel Hamilton is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both Psychiatry and Primary care medicine. Noel is passionate about providing compassionate , comprehensive and high quality mental health services to adults. He possesses strong clinical skills and establishes excellent raport with patients and family. Noel has always had an interest in the field of Psychiatry, he started his career as a nurse in a hospital Psychiatric crisis/acute care unit as well as hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Drexel University in Pennsylvania with a Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health
(813) 321-4386 View (813) 321-4386
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Balance & Boundaries Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Largo, FL 33771  (Online Only)
We listen, we care & we guide. We’re dedicated to your mental wellness journey. With us, you’ll always feel listened to, without judgement, as we craft a care plan that fits your life. Our team believes in empowering you to set healthy boundaries, ensuring you thrive. There is a need for boundaries in every type of relationship, whether personal, business, parents, or just day to day interactions. Without balance and boundaries life becomes much more difficult to juggle. Mental Health & wellness is an extremely important self-care and learning ways to make life less challenging. Join us, and let’s walk the path to balance together.
We listen, we care & we guide. We’re dedicated to your mental wellness journey. With us, you’ll always feel listened to, without judgement, as we craft a care plan that fits your life. Our team believes in empowering you to set healthy boundaries, ensuring you thrive. There is a need for boundaries in every type of relationship, whether personal, business, parents, or just day to day interactions. Without balance and boundaries life becomes much more difficult to juggle. Mental Health & wellness is an extremely important self-care and learning ways to make life less challenging. Join us, and let’s walk the path to balance together.
(727) 349-2742 View (727) 349-2742
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33765  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Mariana Delgado
Psychiatrist, MD, BA
Verified Verified
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Now Accepting New Patients. Do you often find yourself overwhelmed and stressed out? Tired of battling with depression and anxiety? When you've tried to seek help in the past, have you felt that your concerns were not adequately addressed? Dr. Delgado maintains a cozy, warm and welcoming office in the quaint and tranquil City of Safety Harbor. She prides herself on giving her patients the gift of time. You will not feel rushed in her presence. During your session you will be given enough time to express your concerns and you will leave feeling heard, understood, and respected.
Now Accepting New Patients. Do you often find yourself overwhelmed and stressed out? Tired of battling with depression and anxiety? When you've tried to seek help in the past, have you felt that your concerns were not adequately addressed? Dr. Delgado maintains a cozy, warm and welcoming office in the quaint and tranquil City of Safety Harbor. She prides herself on giving her patients the gift of time. You will not feel rushed in her presence. During your session you will be given enough time to express your concerns and you will leave feeling heard, understood, and respected.
(727) 233-5312 View (727) 233-5312
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Katherine Rizzo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33761
Katherine R. Rizzo, DO, graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Microbiology and Cell Science and from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rizzo is a compassionate, caring physician who puts all her patients at ease. Confident in the latest techniques, theories and medication, Dr. Rizzo is an outstanding physician who was chosen as Chief Resident at the University of South Florida. While at USF she received clinical awards and served on several of USF's professional clinical committees. Dr. Rizzo is certified in NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Katherine R. Rizzo, DO, graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Microbiology and Cell Science and from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rizzo is a compassionate, caring physician who puts all her patients at ease. Confident in the latest techniques, theories and medication, Dr. Rizzo is an outstanding physician who was chosen as Chief Resident at the University of South Florida. While at USF she received clinical awards and served on several of USF's professional clinical committees. Dr. Rizzo is certified in NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(727) 205-7977 View (727) 205-7977
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SK Lifestyle Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clearwater, FL 33759
Welcome to our psychiatry private practice serving Tampa, Florida! Life can be hard. That's where we come in: offering compassionate, personalized care tailored to your needs. We focus on you as an individual with unique stories and challenges—whether you're connecting with us virtually or in-person, we're dedicated to providing a supportive, judgment-free space where your mental health is our primary focus.
Welcome to our psychiatry private practice serving Tampa, Florida! Life can be hard. That's where we come in: offering compassionate, personalized care tailored to your needs. We focus on you as an individual with unique stories and challenges—whether you're connecting with us virtually or in-person, we're dedicated to providing a supportive, judgment-free space where your mental health is our primary focus.
(201) 389-2729 View (201) 389-2729
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Lisa French
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Lisa works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Lisa believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Lisa works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Lisa believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(727) 761-4517 View (727) 761-4517
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Oldsmar, FL 34677  (Online Only)
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(941) 267-4152 View (941) 267-4152
Photo of Travis Taylor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Dunedin, FL
Travis Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, EMTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Before accomplishing my educational goals, I served in the United States Army, and was a law enforcement officer. I have been a paramedic for more than a decade, and have been deployed overseas. I credit my civil service experience in helping prepare me to help others better understand the impacts of trauma and stress both mentally and physically. I see all ages from 10 years of age and up. I am LGBTQ supportive, and feel everyone should be encouraged to be themselves and loved! I continue to support our veterans, first responders, emergency services personnel through my clinical work, helping those that help others!
Before accomplishing my educational goals, I served in the United States Army, and was a law enforcement officer. I have been a paramedic for more than a decade, and have been deployed overseas. I credit my civil service experience in helping prepare me to help others better understand the impacts of trauma and stress both mentally and physically. I see all ages from 10 years of age and up. I am LGBTQ supportive, and feel everyone should be encouraged to be themselves and loved! I continue to support our veterans, first responders, emergency services personnel through my clinical work, helping those that help others!
(321) 405-1979 View (321) 405-1979
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Betts Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Largo, FL 33770
Now taking on new clients! I am highly trained in treating clients from ages 6-65 with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical management. Are you feeling angry or anxious? Unmanageable feelings or moods? Severe stress, trauma, or depression? Are you finding it difficult to focus or finish your work? You're not alone! More than ever, people are experiencing feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and uncertainty about how to handle their relationships, careers, and overall life. Ignoring your wants and neglecting yourself can have long-term negative effects on your body and psyche. We think that leading a better life shouldn't be that difficult.
Now taking on new clients! I am highly trained in treating clients from ages 6-65 with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical management. Are you feeling angry or anxious? Unmanageable feelings or moods? Severe stress, trauma, or depression? Are you finding it difficult to focus or finish your work? You're not alone! More than ever, people are experiencing feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and uncertainty about how to handle their relationships, careers, and overall life. Ignoring your wants and neglecting yourself can have long-term negative effects on your body and psyche. We think that leading a better life shouldn't be that difficult.
(727) 619-1100 View (727) 619-1100
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Elizabeth Di Martino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clearwater, FL 33759
We all need an unbiased ear to share emotions that could be negatively impacting our lives. If you are suffering with anxiety, depression, mood swings, poor concentration, or insomnia, and would like to have a comprehensive evaluation, please call or email the office. I work closely with Tampa Bay's top-rated psychiatrist and trauma therapist to provide a team approach that not only consists of medication management and individual therapy but also ketamine-assisted-therapy.
We all need an unbiased ear to share emotions that could be negatively impacting our lives. If you are suffering with anxiety, depression, mood swings, poor concentration, or insomnia, and would like to have a comprehensive evaluation, please call or email the office. I work closely with Tampa Bay's top-rated psychiatrist and trauma therapist to provide a team approach that not only consists of medication management and individual therapy but also ketamine-assisted-therapy.
(813) 295-7808 View (813) 295-7808
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Joseph E Haas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clearwater, FL 33761
I treat all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages (2-99), specializing in mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, sexual problems and sleep disorders as well as emotional, behavioral, and Neuro-Psychiatric problems from ADHD to dementia. I have expertise in most sub-types of addiction treatment including(but not limited to): treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, sexual addictions, and gambling addictions. I am licensed to prescribe Suboxone (a tremendous advancement in the treatment of addiction to opiates).
I treat all psychiatric conditions for patients of all ages (2-99), specializing in mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, sexual problems and sleep disorders as well as emotional, behavioral, and Neuro-Psychiatric problems from ADHD to dementia. I have expertise in most sub-types of addiction treatment including(but not limited to): treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, sexual addictions, and gambling addictions. I am licensed to prescribe Suboxone (a tremendous advancement in the treatment of addiction to opiates).
(727) 369-8666 View (727) 369-8666
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689  (Online Only)
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
Our mission is to restore hope, promote well-being, and cultivate harmony in the lives of our patients. In the dynamic landscape of today's society, characterized by daily stress and constant challenges, we recognize the crucial demand for a tranquil and stable environment.
(727) 758-7599 View (727) 758-7599
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Ron Lopez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Harbor, FL 34683  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr Lopez is in the house!!! As the founder of the Brain Enhancement Institute, it is my life's purpose to provide the highest quality professional mental, behavioral and addiction recovery treatment to the residents of our community. I am so proud of the group of experienced and qualified mental health professionals with whom I have been affiliated for the past 20 years. I am certain that we offer the most comprehensive and sophisticated array of mental health services in our area.
Dr Lopez is in the house!!! As the founder of the Brain Enhancement Institute, it is my life's purpose to provide the highest quality professional mental, behavioral and addiction recovery treatment to the residents of our community. I am so proud of the group of experienced and qualified mental health professionals with whom I have been affiliated for the past 20 years. I am certain that we offer the most comprehensive and sophisticated array of mental health services in our area.
(727) 231-6257 View (727) 231-6257

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Dunedin, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Dunedin, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
80% Anxiety
80% Addiction
80% ADHD

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Humana
100% Medicare
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Dunedin, FL see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Dunedin?

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.