Psychiatrists in Hernando, FL

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Laurie Stiger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hernando, FL 34442  (Online Only)
I'm Laurie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
I'm Laurie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
(352) 290-7514 View (352) 290-7514
Photo of Dianne Doane-Bustetter - Strive Mental Health , PMHNP, FNP-BC, ARNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Strive Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hernando, FL 34442
We are a company that is there to help others feel better and achieve control of their symptoms . Medications should be there to make you feel better , not tired , fatigued and without emotions . We want to work with you to find the best fit for you , customized your treatment plan with you as part of the team . We offer genetic testing for those whom struggle with side effects and have found difficulty in finding a good fit in medication . We use the lowest amount of medications possible , preventing polypharmacy and drug interactions. Medications should help improve your life . Call us if you would like to ask more questions.
We are a company that is there to help others feel better and achieve control of their symptoms . Medications should be there to make you feel better , not tired , fatigued and without emotions . We want to work with you to find the best fit for you , customized your treatment plan with you as part of the team . We offer genetic testing for those whom struggle with side effects and have found difficulty in finding a good fit in medication . We use the lowest amount of medications possible , preventing polypharmacy and drug interactions. Medications should help improve your life . Call us if you would like to ask more questions.
(352) 995-3251 View (352) 995-3251
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Dr. Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Hernando, FL 34442
Tamara is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. Tamara's expertise lies in helping individuals navigate through various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities. Tamara’s clients often describe her as warm, empathetic, and compassionate. Her keen attention to detail enables her to tailor her care to meet everyone’s unique needs.
Tamara is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. Tamara's expertise lies in helping individuals navigate through various mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities. Tamara’s clients often describe her as warm, empathetic, and compassionate. Her keen attention to detail enables her to tailor her care to meet everyone’s unique needs.
(407) 974-4279 View (407) 974-4279

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Instic Health - Inverness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Inverness, FL 34452
As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for. In my own recent past as Vice-Chair of Medicine at Tampa Community Hospital; and, as a lead resident at Department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, I saw there was a fairly large gap between the standard of mental care needed by patients and that which was typically delivered in terms of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for. In my own recent past as Vice-Chair of Medicine at Tampa Community Hospital; and, as a lead resident at Department of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, I saw there was a fairly large gap between the standard of mental care needed by patients and that which was typically delivered in terms of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(352) 290-2188 View (352) 290-2188
Photo of Pragnesh Patel - Instic Health, MD, Psychiatrist
Instic Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Inverness, FL 34452
Pragnesh Patel, MD Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology Board Certified. Greetings, my name is Pragnesh Patel, MD, a Florida-licensed, board-certified practitioner, specializing in general/adult psychiatry, with just a few words about Instic Health and our larger purpose as a full-service healthcare company. As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for.Put us to the test and you’ll find us equal to the best
Pragnesh Patel, MD Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology Board Certified. Greetings, my name is Pragnesh Patel, MD, a Florida-licensed, board-certified practitioner, specializing in general/adult psychiatry, with just a few words about Instic Health and our larger purpose as a full-service healthcare company. As Medical Director, I enjoy the privilege of overseeing some of the most earnest, empathetic, and talented office and medical professionals in the field. Together, we represent an exceptionally skilled group that genuinely loves what we do and the patients we do it for.Put us to the test and you’ll find us equal to the best
(727) 235-7965 View (727) 235-7965
Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care , Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Dunnellon, FL 34430
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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.
(352) 646-2341 View (352) 646-2341

Online Psychiatrists

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Affordable Psychiatry Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Maitland, FL 32751  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Benjamin Howell, the Heart and Soul behind Affordable Psychiatry Services. We have EVENING and WEEKEND available for you so your busy schedule never has to stand in the way of you achieving mental health wellness. With over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities, I bring a wealth of experience with me. Regardless of how long you have been struggling, I believe that recovery is achievable through our work together. I see psychiatry as a delicate blend of science and compassion—this is the approach that defines my practice.
Hi, I'm Benjamin Howell, the Heart and Soul behind Affordable Psychiatry Services. We have EVENING and WEEKEND available for you so your busy schedule never has to stand in the way of you achieving mental health wellness. With over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities, I bring a wealth of experience with me. Regardless of how long you have been struggling, I believe that recovery is achievable through our work together. I see psychiatry as a delicate blend of science and compassion—this is the approach that defines my practice.
(321) 353-6689 View (321) 353-6689
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Zakisha Godfrey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544  (Online Only)
A Board-Certified Practitioner with experience in the treatment of individuals across the lifespan, with the use of Diagnostic evaluation and medication management. I am compassionate about leading others to a life of sustained mental wellness, by building a rapport and formulating a research-based individualized plan.
A Board-Certified Practitioner with experience in the treatment of individuals across the lifespan, with the use of Diagnostic evaluation and medication management. I am compassionate about leading others to a life of sustained mental wellness, by building a rapport and formulating a research-based individualized plan.
(813) 669-2023 View (813) 669-2023
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Vivid Minds Mental Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
Ocoee, FL 34761  (Online Only)
Vivid Minds Mental Care was founded to provide comprehensive, individualized, modern and convenient mental health care. We believe that accessibility is key to effective care and long-lasting positive outcomes; therefore, providing telepsychiatry/telehealth services with a warm touch. We pride ourselves in prioritizing our patients' time and providing comfort and privacy when our patients need it most. We stride to instill hope, insight, inspiration, and empowerment that encourages patients to embrace psychiatric care and achieve treatment outcomes through patient-provider partnerships.
Vivid Minds Mental Care was founded to provide comprehensive, individualized, modern and convenient mental health care. We believe that accessibility is key to effective care and long-lasting positive outcomes; therefore, providing telepsychiatry/telehealth services with a warm touch. We pride ourselves in prioritizing our patients' time and providing comfort and privacy when our patients need it most. We stride to instill hope, insight, inspiration, and empowerment that encourages patients to embrace psychiatric care and achieve treatment outcomes through patient-provider partnerships.
(407) 809-1098 View (407) 809-1098
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Florence Alexandre Desgraves
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481
I began my journey in nursing with a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others. My extensive clinical experience spans various healthcare settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, community mental health centers, and outpatient clinics. As a PMHNP, I am skilled in conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing mental health disorders, and developing personalized treatment plans. I am passionate about empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness through a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions.
I began my journey in nursing with a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others. My extensive clinical experience spans various healthcare settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, community mental health centers, and outpatient clinics. As a PMHNP, I am skilled in conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations, diagnosing mental health disorders, and developing personalized treatment plans. I am passionate about empowering individuals to achieve mental wellness through a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic interventions.
(561) 556-6106 View (561) 556-6106
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Candice Sexil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33619
Providing the most compassionate, comprehensive mental health care is my goal. I have been an active psychiatric nurse in the community in various settings for more than 10 years. I am currently practicing in Tampa Florida and the surrounding metro areas, and have provided mental health care as a NP for more than 3 years to children, adolescents, and adults. Specializing in promoting health and wellness, while treating anxiety disorders; stress management, depressive disorders, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, substance abuse, and medication management for various mental health conditions.
Providing the most compassionate, comprehensive mental health care is my goal. I have been an active psychiatric nurse in the community in various settings for more than 10 years. I am currently practicing in Tampa Florida and the surrounding metro areas, and have provided mental health care as a NP for more than 3 years to children, adolescents, and adults. Specializing in promoting health and wellness, while treating anxiety disorders; stress management, depressive disorders, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, substance abuse, and medication management for various mental health conditions.
(813) 733-8593 View (813) 733-8593
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Celeste Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Dr. Celeste Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Metamorphosis Psyche. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) from the University of Miami. She is licensed and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She Possesses a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.
Dr. Celeste Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Metamorphosis Psyche. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) from the University of Miami. She is licensed and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She Possesses a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.
(321) 450-3464 View (321) 450-3464
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Dinar Sajan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gainesville, FL 32601  (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.
(352) 660-0820 View (352) 660-0820
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Shannon N Turner-Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, - BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
My name is Shannon Turner-Anderson. I am a Florida Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I hold a Master's Degree in Nursing from Alabama University in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Before relocating to Florida, I lived in Windsor, Connecticut. I am married with three daughters, ages seven, seventeen, and twenty-two. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending church on Sundays, and watching track and field and basketball. I am passionate about mental health care.
My name is Shannon Turner-Anderson. I am a Florida Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I hold a Master's Degree in Nursing from Alabama University in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Before relocating to Florida, I lived in Windsor, Connecticut. I am married with three daughters, ages seven, seventeen, and twenty-two. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending church on Sundays, and watching track and field and basketball. I am passionate about mental health care.
(813) 547-5719 View (813) 547-5719
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Crawfordville, FL 32327  (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.
(850) 290-0293 View (850) 290-0293
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Joan Brise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32801
Joan S. Brise is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BSN from Florida International University, an MSN, Adult-Gerontology Primary care Nurse Practitioner from Florida A&M University, and a Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from Wilkes University. Joan provides high quality, evidence based and compassionate care to improve the mental health and overall wellbeing of the adolescent, adult, and elderly client.
Joan S. Brise is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BSN from Florida International University, an MSN, Adult-Gerontology Primary care Nurse Practitioner from Florida A&M University, and a Post Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from Wilkes University. Joan provides high quality, evidence based and compassionate care to improve the mental health and overall wellbeing of the adolescent, adult, and elderly client.
(407) 502-5334 View (407) 502-5334
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Dr. Reena Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33609
I am a board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults. Working at the top hospitals, I have gained invaluable experience and expertise in understanding and managing complex psychiatric conditions effectively. My professional journey spans over a decade, during which I have provided care to a diverse range of patients. I have experience on managing various mental health disorders including anxiety, mood dysregulation, ADHD, trauma, tics, psychosis, and behavioral concerns.
I am a board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults. Working at the top hospitals, I have gained invaluable experience and expertise in understanding and managing complex psychiatric conditions effectively. My professional journey spans over a decade, during which I have provided care to a diverse range of patients. I have experience on managing various mental health disorders including anxiety, mood dysregulation, ADHD, trauma, tics, psychosis, and behavioral concerns.
(813) 922-2274 View (813) 922-2274
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Alina Health Medical Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Alina Health Medical is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Health Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission.
Alina Health Medical is committed to providing exceptional patient care to anyone who needs Mental Health or Family Medical Services. We are Licensed & Certified by The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Alina Health Center ensures that all residents of Florida receive a high standard quality of care by showing compassion and respect and holding every member of our team to an even higher standard of expertise. Our goal is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and the growing population of Florida while staying true to our mission.
(352) 602-7924 View (352) 602-7924
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Lori Karner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32244  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Lori Karner, a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner, bringing over two decades of diverse healthcare experience to your service. My journey has led me through the realms of Family Practice, Mental Health, Urgent Care, Occupational Health, Pain Management, and supporting those overcoming Opioid Use Disorder. My commitment to your health is unwavering—I continuously update my knowledge and practice the latest in evidence-based medicine to ensure you receive the most current and effective care. My approach to healthcare is simple: you come first.
Hello! I'm Lori Karner, a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner, bringing over two decades of diverse healthcare experience to your service. My journey has led me through the realms of Family Practice, Mental Health, Urgent Care, Occupational Health, Pain Management, and supporting those overcoming Opioid Use Disorder. My commitment to your health is unwavering—I continuously update my knowledge and practice the latest in evidence-based medicine to ensure you receive the most current and effective care. My approach to healthcare is simple: you come first.
(904) 368-6027 View (904) 368-6027
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Florida Center for TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Saint Augustine, FL 32086
Now Offering Medication Management and therapy! We are specialists in depression and anxiety. Stop just existing and start living! Our cutting edge treatments can help. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine (Spravato) are safe, FDA cleared treatments used to treat depression and covered by insurance. Contact us to learn more information or visit our website www.floridacenterfortms.com. Providing TMS in STA since 2017. Let our board certified, nationally known psychiatrists and well trained psychiatric NP/PA find treatment options for you. Three convenient locations: St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and downtown Orlando.
Now Offering Medication Management and therapy! We are specialists in depression and anxiety. Stop just existing and start living! Our cutting edge treatments can help. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine (Spravato) are safe, FDA cleared treatments used to treat depression and covered by insurance. Contact us to learn more information or visit our website www.floridacenterfortms.com. Providing TMS in STA since 2017. Let our board certified, nationally known psychiatrists and well trained psychiatric NP/PA find treatment options for you. Three convenient locations: St Augustine, Ponte Vedra and downtown Orlando.
(904) 495-7103 View (904) 495-7103

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Hernando, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hernando, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Oppositional Defiance (ODD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Hernando, FL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hernando?

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.