Psychiatrists in Lecanto, FL

Photo of Dr. Tamara Russell, APRN , FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Lecanto, FL 34461
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
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
Lecanto, FL 34461
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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Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care , Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Crystal River, FL 34429
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
Photo of Pragnesh Patel - Instic Health - Inverness, MD , Psychiatrist
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
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Donna Felkins-Dohm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS, APRN, RN
Verified Verified
Homosassa, FL 34446  (Online Only)
I proudly serve individuals from all walks of life. I encourage each individual to reach out if they need help to overcome their mental illness so that they can keep their lives and families intact and function well in the community again. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
I proudly serve individuals from all walks of life. I encourage each individual to reach out if they need help to overcome their mental illness so that they can keep their lives and families intact and function well in the community again. I promise to be there for you every step of your journey.
(813) 981-7913 View (813) 981-7913
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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
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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 Nathalie Grant - Breakthrough eClinic, EdD, APRN, PMHNP, BC-ADM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Breakthrough eClinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, EdD, APRN, PMHNP, BC-ADM
Verified Verified
Beverly Hills, FL 34465  (Online Only)
As a professional committed to your well-being, I understand the unique challenges that individuals with mental health issues and diabetes encounter, and I am here to provide you with support, and expert guidance. Living with mental health concerns and diabetes can sometimes feel overwhelming, and it's crucial to have an experienced and reliable, practitioner by your side. My approach is grounded in a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between mental health and physical well-being. I am well equipped with the necessary qualifications and expertise in both fields.
As a professional committed to your well-being, I understand the unique challenges that individuals with mental health issues and diabetes encounter, and I am here to provide you with support, and expert guidance. Living with mental health concerns and diabetes can sometimes feel overwhelming, and it's crucial to have an experienced and reliable, practitioner by your side. My approach is grounded in a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between mental health and physical well-being. I am well equipped with the necessary qualifications and expertise in both fields.
(352) 612-3407 View (352) 612-3407

Online Psychiatrists

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Mind Revive Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lakeland, FL 33811
Now Accepting New Patients and Appointments Available Within 7 days! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Now Accepting New Patients and Appointments Available Within 7 days! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(813) 547-6215 x101 View (813) 547-6215 x101
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Dr. Gardine Jacques
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ANP-BC, CDE, CCRN
Verified Verified
Celebration, FL 34747  (Online Only)
Dr. Gardine Jacques holds two national board certifications with American Credentialing Center (ANCC) as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), and adult nurse practitioner (ANP). She is also a certified diabetic educator and certified critical care nurse. Dr. Jacques completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Florida International University. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and her Master in Nursing at University of South Florida. She received her Post Master at Valdosta State University.
Dr. Gardine Jacques holds two national board certifications with American Credentialing Center (ANCC) as psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), and adult nurse practitioner (ANP). She is also a certified diabetic educator and certified critical care nurse. Dr. Jacques completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Florida International University. She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, and her Master in Nursing at University of South Florida. She received her Post Master at Valdosta State University.
(321) 320-6295 View (321) 320-6295
Photo of Adil Mohammed - Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Psychiatrist
Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Hialeah, FL 33012  (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.
(321) 218-5892 View (321) 218-5892
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Person to Person Clinical Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Apollo Beach, FL 33572
Person to Person Clinical Services is a nurse practitioner owned practice located in beautiful Apollo Beach. Our provider is dual-board certified as a family practice and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The primary focus of this practice is to meet the mental health needs of the clients served. This includes but is not limited to the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, psychiatric disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse treatment with the use of Suboxone if necessary. Group therapy sessions are also available. Our mission is to meet you where you are, but lead you to your greatest potential!
Person to Person Clinical Services is a nurse practitioner owned practice located in beautiful Apollo Beach. Our provider is dual-board certified as a family practice and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The primary focus of this practice is to meet the mental health needs of the clients served. This includes but is not limited to the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, psychiatric disorders, personality disorders, and substance abuse treatment with the use of Suboxone if necessary. Group therapy sessions are also available. Our mission is to meet you where you are, but lead you to your greatest potential!
(813) 370-1152 View (813) 370-1152
Photo of Mariana Delgado, MD, BA, Psychiatrist
Mariana Delgado
Psychiatrist, MD, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Janique Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARPN, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Port Richey, FL 34668  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized mental health care. With extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, I focus on creating a safe and supportive environment for all my patients. I tailor my evidence-based treatment plans to meet each individual's unique needs, ensuring optimal outcomes. By fostering strong therapeutic relationships and offering expert medication management services, I am here to support you on your journey to mental wellness. Your health and well-being are my top priorities.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized mental health care. With extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, I focus on creating a safe and supportive environment for all my patients. I tailor my evidence-based treatment plans to meet each individual's unique needs, ensuring optimal outcomes. By fostering strong therapeutic relationships and offering expert medication management services, I am here to support you on your journey to mental wellness. Your health and well-being are my top priorities.
(786) 244-7347 View (786) 244-7347
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Dr TMS Therapy Griffith Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Life can be difficult. Are you feeling down? Having trouble sleeping? Is it difficult to focus and complete tasks? Are you lonely? Do you feel like a failure? Are your racing thoughts keeping you up at night? Are you sick of the side effects your medications are giving you? Does your provider genuinely care about you and spend enough time with you? Does your Doctor's office pick up the phone or return your calls? Do you feel like you need expert guidance on your current situation? Are you curious if there is better care out there?
Life can be difficult. Are you feeling down? Having trouble sleeping? Is it difficult to focus and complete tasks? Are you lonely? Do you feel like a failure? Are your racing thoughts keeping you up at night? Are you sick of the side effects your medications are giving you? Does your provider genuinely care about you and spend enough time with you? Does your Doctor's office pick up the phone or return your calls? Do you feel like you need expert guidance on your current situation? Are you curious if there is better care out there?
(941) 205-7330 View (941) 205-7330
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Michelle Dees
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Dr Dees is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who graduated residency from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. Dr Dees is certified to treat depression with TMS Dr Dees specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar, and schizophrenia. Dr Dees is a member of the American Psychiatric and Illinois Psychiatric Association. Dr Dees is a part of Northwestern University Psychiatry as a Health Systems Clinician and Orlando Health Horizon West We only accept patients 18+
Dr Dees is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who graduated residency from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. Dr Dees is certified to treat depression with TMS Dr Dees specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar, and schizophrenia. Dr Dees is a member of the American Psychiatric and Illinois Psychiatric Association. Dr Dees is a part of Northwestern University Psychiatry as a Health Systems Clinician and Orlando Health Horizon West We only accept patients 18+
(407) 706-3455 View (407) 706-3455
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Jesse Rodriguez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ocala, FL 34481  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Primary care Nurse Practitioner with 8 years experience. I originally did not plan to work in health care as a young man growing up. As a child my parents moved my twin brother and I up in the mountains in Idaho to live off the land and grid. We had lots of chores tending to animals, gardens, some foraging from the forest. I have traveled/lived as a young adult to South America and Mexico gaining a greater appreciation for all that we have in life.
I am a Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Primary care Nurse Practitioner with 8 years experience. I originally did not plan to work in health care as a young man growing up. As a child my parents moved my twin brother and I up in the mountains in Idaho to live off the land and grid. We had lots of chores tending to animals, gardens, some foraging from the forest. I have traveled/lived as a young adult to South America and Mexico gaining a greater appreciation for all that we have in life.
(352) 758-3296 View (352) 758-3296
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Laura Casey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32779
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, disconnection, or chronic stress? Are you beginning to feel that mental wellness is an unobtainable goal in today's hectic world? Hello and welcome! I’m Laura, a Board Certified Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Mental-Health provider based in Florida. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, and OCD. Additionally, I have professional and personal experience working with and caring for neurodivergent individuals.
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, disconnection, or chronic stress? Are you beginning to feel that mental wellness is an unobtainable goal in today's hectic world? Hello and welcome! I’m Laura, a Board Certified Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Integrative Mental-Health provider based in Florida. I work primarily with adults with depression, anxiety, and OCD. Additionally, I have professional and personal experience working with and caring for neurodivergent individuals.
(407) 842-8293 View (407) 842-8293
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Celeste Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Orlando, FL 32821
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) 386-2658 View (321) 386-2658
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Dr. Reham Sadek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33618  (Online Only)
In my practice, I prioritize children, adolescents, and their families' unique needs, fostering a safe and supportive environment for exploration and growth. As a dedicated mental health professional, I am particularly passionate about addressing ADHD and its impact on individuals' lives. I believe in a holistic approach to treatment, recognizing that each client's journey is multifaceted and deserves personalized attention. By combining evidence-based interventions with compassion and empathy, I strive to empower my clients to navigate the challenges of ADHD and other mental health concerns with resilience and confidence.
In my practice, I prioritize children, adolescents, and their families' unique needs, fostering a safe and supportive environment for exploration and growth. As a dedicated mental health professional, I am particularly passionate about addressing ADHD and its impact on individuals' lives. I believe in a holistic approach to treatment, recognizing that each client's journey is multifaceted and deserves personalized attention. By combining evidence-based interventions with compassion and empathy, I strive to empower my clients to navigate the challenges of ADHD and other mental health concerns with resilience and confidence.
(813) 688-0342 View (813) 688-0342

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lecanto, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lecanto, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Lecanto, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lecanto?

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.