Psychiatrists in Miami, FL

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Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove
Psychiatrist, MD, PA-C, PMNHP, LMHC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33130
Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove provides friendly, affordable psychiatric care near Cocowalk! We offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and therapy for common mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and ADHD. Our patients receive expert, individualized care with dedicated time to spend with your provider. We include telepsychiatry, e-prescriptions, and DNA swab testing in our services. We're proud that our patients have rated Elevate Psychiatry the number one Psychiatrist in Miami on Yelp!
Elevate Psychiatry Coconut Grove provides friendly, affordable psychiatric care near Cocowalk! We offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and therapy for common mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and ADHD. Our patients receive expert, individualized care with dedicated time to spend with your provider. We include telepsychiatry, e-prescriptions, and DNA swab testing in our services. We're proud that our patients have rated Elevate Psychiatry the number one Psychiatrist in Miami on Yelp!
(305) 614-9126 View (305) 614-9126
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33142
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) 257-3568 View (321) 257-3568
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Envision Mindcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, PMHNP-BC is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, PMHNP-BC is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Insightful Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33101
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available. www.insightfulpsychiatry.com
Appointments Available! We are Insightful Psychiatry, a growing, and innovative Psychiatric office with the goal of providing treatment for mental health problems in the comfort of home. Evening and Weekend appointments available. www.insightfulpsychiatry.com
(206) 620-1222 View (206) 620-1222
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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Lucia Ricardo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33131
Hey there, I'm proficient bilingual physician, who has undergone training in both adult and pediatric psychiatry. I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Elmhurst, NY, where I acquired the skills to manage diverse and high-risk populations. Later, I returned to her hometown and pursued her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
Hey there, I'm proficient bilingual physician, who has undergone training in both adult and pediatric psychiatry. I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Elmhurst, NY, where I acquired the skills to manage diverse and high-risk populations. Later, I returned to her hometown and pursued her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
(786) 244-6935 View (786) 244-6935
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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
Margarita Lopez, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Margarita's experience has helped her develop an in-depth understanding of the healthcare needs of her community, and she is dedicated to supporting the underserved and ensuring that all her patients receive the best possible care. She is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where her patients can feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working together towards their goals.
Margarita Lopez, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Margarita's experience has helped her develop an in-depth understanding of the healthcare needs of her community, and she is dedicated to supporting the underserved and ensuring that all her patients receive the best possible care. She is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where her patients can feel comfortable sharing their concerns and working together towards their goals.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Jessica Sio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33183
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner my approach to providing mental health care is tailoring treatment to everyone’s distinctive needs, while promoting an autonomous, holistic, and patient-centered approach to clients. I personally consider it an honor to be a part of someone’s mental health journey. I enjoy integrating emotional wellness techniques into a holistic health perspective, utilizing elements of psychiatric medication management, solution-focused and mindfulness therapies, and personalized recommendations based on each client’s exclusive goals.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner my approach to providing mental health care is tailoring treatment to everyone’s distinctive needs, while promoting an autonomous, holistic, and patient-centered approach to clients. I personally consider it an honor to be a part of someone’s mental health journey. I enjoy integrating emotional wellness techniques into a holistic health perspective, utilizing elements of psychiatric medication management, solution-focused and mindfulness therapies, and personalized recommendations based on each client’s exclusive goals.
(786) 882-8071 View (786) 882-8071
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Yesenia Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33126  (Online Only)
I believe that where the mind goes the body follows and that your mental health is just as important as your physical well-being. As a PMHNP, I want you to feel heard and understood.
I believe that where the mind goes the body follows and that your mental health is just as important as your physical well-being. As a PMHNP, I want you to feel heard and understood.
(352) 697-7145 View (352) 697-7145
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Linda Collado MD PA
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33155
Dr. Collado graduated from Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami with a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Collado is an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital where she teaches and supervises medical students and psychiatrists in training. Dr. Collado is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Medical Association.
Dr. Collado graduated from Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami with a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Collado is an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital where she teaches and supervises medical students and psychiatrists in training. Dr. Collado is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Medical Association.
(786) 882-1025 View (786) 882-1025
Photo of Laura Pinero - Envision Mindcare LLC, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
Photo of Laura Pinero - Envision Mindcare LLC, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
Laura Pinero, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental health and wellness. Laura speaks both English and Spanish fluently. This linguistic proficiency, coupled with her innate empathy, has been instrumental in her ability to connect with and provide comprehensive care to patients from various cultural backgrounds. Her dedication, empathy, and commitment to cultural competence make her a valued healthcare provider in the vibrant and diverse city of Miami.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC, ACNPCAG
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
Maria Botero,APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, ACNPC-AG Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental wellness. With a passion for mental health and a dedication to compassionate care. My mission is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychiatric care that promotes healing, resilience, and overall well-being. I am dedicated to advocating for mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, striving to create a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals feel valued, heard, and empowered to seek the help they deserve.
Maria Botero,APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, ACNPC-AG Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental wellness. With a passion for mental health and a dedication to compassionate care. My mission is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychiatric care that promotes healing, resilience, and overall well-being. I am dedicated to advocating for mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, striving to create a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals feel valued, heard, and empowered to seek the help they deserve.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Envision Mindcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33137
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, PMHNP-BC is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
Lourdes E. Velazquez Perez, ARNP, FNP B-C, PMHNP-BC is a professionally trained Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric services. She is a foreign Medical Doctor who graduated in Cuba from the University of Medicine of Havana, “Calixto Garcia.” She has more than eight years of experience in the medical field. She treats patients with psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental health diagnoses. She is passionate and dedicated to her work and patients’ health outcomes.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33131  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Brave Health
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, MSW, FNP-C, PhD
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33136  (Online Only)
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and therapists with expertise in treating mental health and substance use disorders. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and therapists with expertise in treating mental health and substance use disorders. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective.
(786) 453-7206 View (786) 453-7206
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Quisqueya Espinal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33186
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practtioner ( PMHNP) with national recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Several of my long term goals include, but not limited to, enhacing medication managment and clinical treatment of children and the seriosly mentally ill, as well as delivering mental health educationand training to both patients and healthcare providers. I am committed to raising mental health awareness and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness, and I want to create a supportiveand inclusive workplace wich people feel respected, heard, get the help they need.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practtioner ( PMHNP) with national recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Several of my long term goals include, but not limited to, enhacing medication managment and clinical treatment of children and the seriosly mentally ill, as well as delivering mental health educationand training to both patients and healthcare providers. I am committed to raising mental health awareness and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness, and I want to create a supportiveand inclusive workplace wich people feel respected, heard, get the help they need.
(786) 574-3931 View (786) 574-3931
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Envision Mindcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC, ACNPCAG
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33137
Maria Botero,APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, ACNPC-AG Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental wellness. With a passion for mental health and a dedication to compassionate care. My mission is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychiatric care that promotes healing, resilience, and overall well-being. I am dedicated to advocating for mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, striving to create a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals feel valued, heard, and empowered to seek the help they deserve.
Maria Botero,APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, ACNPC-AG Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and currently assisting patient's needs in Envision Mindcare with our focus on mental wellness. With a passion for mental health and a dedication to compassionate care. My mission is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychiatric care that promotes healing, resilience, and overall well-being. I am dedicated to advocating for mental health awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, striving to create a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals feel valued, heard, and empowered to seek the help they deserve.
(786) 220-1969 View (786) 220-1969
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Nadege Barbe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami, FL 33130  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist serving patients throughout Florida. I chose to complete additional training to work with children, adolescents, and young adults, as I understand how early intervention is of utmost importance and can impact a person for many years to come. I consider it a privilege to listen to a patients' stories, work with them through life’s challenges. I am committed to working with socially, culturally, and economically diverse populations. My approach is never to be paternalistic; I try to meet my patients where they are and offer any help I can.
I am a Board-Certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist serving patients throughout Florida. I chose to complete additional training to work with children, adolescents, and young adults, as I understand how early intervention is of utmost importance and can impact a person for many years to come. I consider it a privilege to listen to a patients' stories, work with them through life’s challenges. I am committed to working with socially, culturally, and economically diverse populations. My approach is never to be paternalistic; I try to meet my patients where they are and offer any help I can.
(305) 419-3379 View (305) 419-3379
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Tamara Russell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Miami, FL 33156
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
Dr. Tamara Russell is a highly passionate and dedicated psychiatric nurse practitioner with over a decade of professional experience. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice. She is double board certified as a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Her experience in the field is varied and dynamic - she has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community mental health, and private clinics. As a seasoned healthcare professional, her patients can expect a holistic approach that incorporates a range of evidence-based, time-tested treatment modalities.
(904) 601-1960 View (904) 601-1960

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Miami, FL

400+

Average cost per session

$170

Psychiatrists in Miami, FL who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
82% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Medication Management

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Cigna and Evernorth
90% Aetna
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Miami, FL see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

74% Female
26% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Miami?

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.