Psychiatrists in Longwood, FL

Photo of Gabriel Alvarez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Gabriel Alvarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Hablo Español, we provide in office and tele-psychiatry services throughout the state of Florida. We are a small practice, you will have direct access to the medical provider through a HIPPA compliant application. You can also text the main office number on the website if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you and working together on restoring your mental peace.
Hablo Español, we provide in office and tele-psychiatry services throughout the state of Florida. We are a small practice, you will have direct access to the medical provider through a HIPPA compliant application. You can also text the main office number on the website if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you and working together on restoring your mental peace.
(407) 974-6539 View (407) 974-6539
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Imara Blume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
41 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to being with my clients every step of their healing journey. I have been frustrated, in the past, by seeing clients misdiagnosed and over-medicated. With my years of experience, I understand the care that needs to be taken with diagnosis and treatment. I am dedicated to learning how I can best help clients overcome anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder..
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is committed to being with my clients every step of their healing journey. I have been frustrated, in the past, by seeing clients misdiagnosed and over-medicated. With my years of experience, I understand the care that needs to be taken with diagnosis and treatment. I am dedicated to learning how I can best help clients overcome anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder..
(407) 993-1334 View (407) 993-1334
Photo of Jesus Gonzalez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Jesus Gonzalez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Still Waters Psychiatry is Accepting New Patients, be seen within 7-10 days. Jesus is dedicated and compassionate. With a background spanning critical care nursing and mental health, he has developed a deep understanding of holistic patient care. He prides himself in providing quality evidence based, non rushed psychiatric evaluations and medication management appointments. Your concerns will be heard and addressed. Each patient has their own path to mental wellness and I plan to be your guide through the road ahead. Visit us and book directly by phone or online at www.stillwaterspsychiatry.com.
Still Waters Psychiatry is Accepting New Patients, be seen within 7-10 days. Jesus is dedicated and compassionate. With a background spanning critical care nursing and mental health, he has developed a deep understanding of holistic patient care. He prides himself in providing quality evidence based, non rushed psychiatric evaluations and medication management appointments. Your concerns will be heard and addressed. Each patient has their own path to mental wellness and I plan to be your guide through the road ahead. Visit us and book directly by phone or online at www.stillwaterspsychiatry.com.
(407) 573-7185 View (407) 573-7185
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Dr. Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
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
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Shahenaz Jivani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGPNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Accepting new patients for virtual and in- person visit. Appointments within 48 hours for new patient and follow- ups. Most insurance accepted. Self-pay options available Services available for children, teens, adults and geriatric population. Specializes in anxiety, substance abuse, depression, ADHD, sleep disturbance, bipolar disorder or other chronic mental health conditions. With a deep understanding of evidence-based research and true compassion for our patients, I strive to provide the best care. All sessions are patient-focused and individualized.
Accepting new patients for virtual and in- person visit. Appointments within 48 hours for new patient and follow- ups. Most insurance accepted. Self-pay options available Services available for children, teens, adults and geriatric population. Specializes in anxiety, substance abuse, depression, ADHD, sleep disturbance, bipolar disorder or other chronic mental health conditions. With a deep understanding of evidence-based research and true compassion for our patients, I strive to provide the best care. All sessions are patient-focused and individualized.
(407) 584-3273 View (407) 584-3273
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All Around Health And Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Welcome to All Around Health And Wellness! We are a specialty clinic for the treatments of Psychiatric, Mental Health, Family Medicine and Wellness. We treat patients from age 12 and up, through a combination of medication management and individual/family therapy. Our multidisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners,physician assistant and therapists. We provide professional outpatient services telehealth and In office. Schedule an appointment today!
Welcome to All Around Health And Wellness! We are a specialty clinic for the treatments of Psychiatric, Mental Health, Family Medicine and Wellness. We treat patients from age 12 and up, through a combination of medication management and individual/family therapy. Our multidisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners,physician assistant and therapists. We provide professional outpatient services telehealth and In office. Schedule an appointment today!
(321) 231-7332 View (321) 231-7332
Photo of Laura Casey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
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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Modern Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, LMFT, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
Now Accepting New Patients- - -Most Insurance Plans Accepted- - - We are a team of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, therapists, case managers and primary care physicians offering convenient and comprehensive mental health treatment across multiple states, both in-person and virtually. We specialize in treating a multitude of conditions therefore are able to match you with a provider best suited to meet your specific needs. Let us help you achieve a higher quality of life and overall sense of wellbeing. Contact us today!
(908) 638-1374 View (908) 638-1374
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Healing Psychiatry of Florida
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longwood, FL 32779
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
Call us Today 386-218-6335! We accent New patients, Adolescents and adults! So many people struggle with mental health issues or chemical dependency but are afraid to seek help. Here’s the truth — there is no shame in finding the care you need. In fact, it’s one of the bravest things you can do. Better mental health is a process, and there is no shame in working with an expert who can guide you through that journey. Our practice employs a holistic approach to care for people struggling with addiction, anxiety, insomnia, inattention, fatigue, low mood, stress, and depression. It’s time to get the support you need.
(321) 972-9215 View (321) 972-9215
Photo of Caya Health , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Caya Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Experience new approach to mental health. We are a group of compassionate behavioral health professionals, consisting of licensed mental health counselors, Psychiatrists MDs, and psych nurse practitioners, treating child through geriatric patients. We are unique in that we take a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health, treating mind, spirit and body, with in house family medicine doctors and NPs. Our primary care physicians understand the inextricable link between our bodies and our mental health. Come experience the difference. CAYA stand for “Come As You Are”. We accept most all major commercial insurance.
Experience new approach to mental health. We are a group of compassionate behavioral health professionals, consisting of licensed mental health counselors, Psychiatrists MDs, and psych nurse practitioners, treating child through geriatric patients. We are unique in that we take a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health, treating mind, spirit and body, with in house family medicine doctors and NPs. Our primary care physicians understand the inextricable link between our bodies and our mental health. Come experience the difference. CAYA stand for “Come As You Are”. We accept most all major commercial insurance.
(407) 305-7451 View (407) 305-7451
Photo of Shannon Meyers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Shannon Meyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32750
Now Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
Now Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
(407) 337-2587 View (407) 337-2587
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Donna K Dempsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Longwood, FL 32779
Donna Dempsey MS APRN is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating adults at all levels of care. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing and started my career as Head Nurse of Adult Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have worked in private practice gaining extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer Saturday appointments for new urgent visits.
Donna Dempsey MS APRN is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating adults at all levels of care. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing and started my career as Head Nurse of Adult Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have worked in private practice gaining extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer Saturday appointments for new urgent visits.
(727) 312-1019 View (727) 312-1019

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Fernando Laracuente, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Fernando Laracuente
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Oviedo, FL 32765
My name is Fernando and I have been a therapist for 22 years. I have a doctorate in special education, which allows me to do comprehensive developmental evaluations and psychiatric for pediatric patients exhibiting developmental delays. I have a postgraduate certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which allows me to prescribe and treat various psychiatric disorders. I have another master’s degree in family and marriage therapy, as well as a second master’s degree specializing in advanced practice family medicine. I will hold dual board certifications through ANCC and AANP.
My name is Fernando and I have been a therapist for 22 years. I have a doctorate in special education, which allows me to do comprehensive developmental evaluations and psychiatric for pediatric patients exhibiting developmental delays. I have a postgraduate certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which allows me to prescribe and treat various psychiatric disorders. I have another master’s degree in family and marriage therapy, as well as a second master’s degree specializing in advanced practice family medicine. I will hold dual board certifications through ANCC and AANP.
(954) 799-4651 View (954) 799-4651
Photo of Complexity Care Mental Health Clinic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Complexity Care Mental Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Casselberry, FL 32707  (Online Only)
As you seek support for mental health challenges, my role as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to offer you a pathway towards healing and improved well-being. My practice is dedicated to providing comprehensive care tailored to a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Bipolar Disorder. With a specialization that also encompasses addiction medicine, I bring a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges associated with these issues.
As you seek support for mental health challenges, my role as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to offer you a pathway towards healing and improved well-being. My practice is dedicated to providing comprehensive care tailored to a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Bipolar Disorder. With a specialization that also encompasses addiction medicine, I bring a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges associated with these issues.
(321) 342-1281 View (321) 342-1281
Photo of Laura Grant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Laura Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Winter Park, FL 32789
Laura 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. Laura 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.
Laura 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. Laura 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.
(407) 955-5655 View (407) 955-5655
Photo of Laurie Stiger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Laurie Stiger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Sanford, FL 32773  (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.
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Juliet Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Juliet Nelson, APRN is a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She takes an integrative, holistic approach to the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and other mental health conditions. Are you experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, frequent mood changes, difficulty with focus and concentration, poor sleep, or changes in your overall mental health? Are your looking for someone who will listen, offer support, implement safe effective treatment and skillfully manage your care? Juliet can help you regain balance and learn new coping skills to manage your emotions.
Juliet Nelson, APRN is a Board- Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She takes an integrative, holistic approach to the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD and other mental health conditions. Are you experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, frequent mood changes, difficulty with focus and concentration, poor sleep, or changes in your overall mental health? Are your looking for someone who will listen, offer support, implement safe effective treatment and skillfully manage your care? Juliet can help you regain balance and learn new coping skills to manage your emotions.
(561) 944-2758 View (561) 944-2758
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Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32804
** REGISTERED OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH PROVIDER FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA ** Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. As a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner, I pride myself in partnership with my patients to provide high-quality individualized medication and symptomatology management. http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth
** REGISTERED OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH PROVIDER FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA ** Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. As a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner, I pride myself in partnership with my patients to provide high-quality individualized medication and symptomatology management. http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth
(407) 214-4581 View (407) 214-4581
Photo of Dr. Nina Edelman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Dr. Nina Edelman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Oviedo, FL 32765
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of experience in direct patient care. As a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner, I have the highest level of education in my field. I have strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience and patient values. I believe in treating the person as a whole and am passionate about helping my patients achieve optimal mental and physical health.
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of experience in direct patient care. As a doctorate prepared nurse practitioner, I have the highest level of education in my field. I have strong clinical skills enhanced by a natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience and patient values. I believe in treating the person as a whole and am passionate about helping my patients achieve optimal mental and physical health.
(786) 661-3046 View (786) 661-3046
Photo of Anita Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Longwood, FL
Anita Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Having a feeling of despair and as if the walls are closing in on you? Are you or a family member suffering from depression, anxiety or having mood swings ? Does everyday seem like a struggle that seems to never end?
Having a feeling of despair and as if the walls are closing in on you? Are you or a family member suffering from depression, anxiety or having mood swings ? Does everyday seem like a struggle that seems to never end?
(321) 248-5311 View (321) 248-5311

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Longwood, FL

10+

Average cost per session

$199

Psychiatrists in Longwood, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
92% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Medication Management
67% Psychosis

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Longwood, FL see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

63% Female
37% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Longwood?

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.