Psychiatrists in Miami Beach, FL

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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33141
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(305) 930-8443 View (305) 930-8443
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Rashida Gray
Psychiatrist
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist without success? Are you frustrated with your current psychiatric care? Do you want a compassionate psychiatrist who listens and provides you with the expert care you deserve? Gray MD Psychiatry is a small patient focused, telepsychiatry practice, providing detailed comprehensive evaluations for patients experiencing sadness, worry, panic, insomnia, or other mental health symptoms. We believe in providing treatment recommendations that are holistic, evidence-based and personalized. Gray MD Psychiatry can you get you scheduled today, no long waits for appointments.
Have you been searching for a psychiatrist without success? Are you frustrated with your current psychiatric care? Do you want a compassionate psychiatrist who listens and provides you with the expert care you deserve? Gray MD Psychiatry is a small patient focused, telepsychiatry practice, providing detailed comprehensive evaluations for patients experiencing sadness, worry, panic, insomnia, or other mental health symptoms. We believe in providing treatment recommendations that are holistic, evidence-based and personalized. Gray MD Psychiatry can you get you scheduled today, no long waits for appointments.
(786) 901-7950 View (786) 901-7950
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Smita Bhandari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of medical settings offering expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. My practice focus is highly personalized and evidence-based care in a professional environment of genuineness, acceptance and empathy. My goal is only one - to help you achieve your full potential. As a wellness and integrative psychiatrist, my care philosophy centers around understanding and treating the patient as a whole. Currently, I maintain a broad private practice conveniently located in Miami Beach. I offer same day, evening and weekend appointments.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of medical settings offering expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. My practice focus is highly personalized and evidence-based care in a professional environment of genuineness, acceptance and empathy. My goal is only one - to help you achieve your full potential. As a wellness and integrative psychiatrist, my care philosophy centers around understanding and treating the patient as a whole. Currently, I maintain a broad private practice conveniently located in Miami Beach. I offer same day, evening and weekend appointments.
(305) 699-8084 View (305) 699-8084
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Noam Koenigsberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Miami Beach, FL 33140  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I have a telepsychiatric practice where I see clients all over Florida and New York state. I am licensed in both states. My concierge practice specializes in medication management to treat psychiatric issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and all other psychiatric needs of the patient. I approach each client in a nonjudgmental manner to help decrease and eliminate symptoms and achieve treatment goals. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual.
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I have a telepsychiatric practice where I see clients all over Florida and New York state. I am licensed in both states. My concierge practice specializes in medication management to treat psychiatric issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and all other psychiatric needs of the patient. I approach each client in a nonjudgmental manner to help decrease and eliminate symptoms and achieve treatment goals. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual.
(305) 440-4768 View (305) 440-4768
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Stephanie Pelletier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Stephanie is a Psychiatric nurse practitioner, and earned her masters in psychiatric nursing from Boston College. Prior to this, she obtained a bachelors in nursing from University of New England. Stephanie has been working in mental healthcare for over 6 years. The majority with children and teenagers in the hospital setting, at both inpatient units and acute community based programs. Stephanie has worked in some of the top mental health programs in the country at Boston Childrens’ Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Psychiatric Hospital.
Stephanie is a Psychiatric nurse practitioner, and earned her masters in psychiatric nursing from Boston College. Prior to this, she obtained a bachelors in nursing from University of New England. Stephanie has been working in mental healthcare for over 6 years. The majority with children and teenagers in the hospital setting, at both inpatient units and acute community based programs. Stephanie has worked in some of the top mental health programs in the country at Boston Childrens’ Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Psychiatric Hospital.
(786) 882-6521 View (786) 882-6521
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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) 218-5950 View (321) 218-5950
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Delia Nieves-Arvelo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Dr Delia E Nieves-Arvelo is a bilingual (Spanish) Board certified Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Nieves-Arvelo received her medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, before moving to New York to complete her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in affiliation with Weill Medical College and Cornell University. After completing her residency, Dr Nieves-Arvelo moved to San Diego to work for Kaiser-Permanente in various settings such as outpatient, inpatient, consultation liaison and chemical dependence/dual diagnosis programs.
Dr Delia E Nieves-Arvelo is a bilingual (Spanish) Board certified Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Nieves-Arvelo received her medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, before moving to New York to complete her residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in affiliation with Weill Medical College and Cornell University. After completing her residency, Dr Nieves-Arvelo moved to San Diego to work for Kaiser-Permanente in various settings such as outpatient, inpatient, consultation liaison and chemical dependence/dual diagnosis programs.
(786) 756-6571 View (786) 756-6571
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Michelle Paley
Psychiatrist, MD, FACP
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice on Miami Beach. I believe talking about thoughts and feelings within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship can help us move and even grow through life's challenges with more freedom and flexibility. Recognizing and changing patterns or aspects of ourselves that we are not fully aware of can help with a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, struggles with relationships or family, sexuality or body image concerns, or even just feeling "stuck," in certain areas when all else in life seems to be going "ok."
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice on Miami Beach. I believe talking about thoughts and feelings within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship can help us move and even grow through life's challenges with more freedom and flexibility. Recognizing and changing patterns or aspects of ourselves that we are not fully aware of can help with a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, struggles with relationships or family, sexuality or body image concerns, or even just feeling "stuck," in certain areas when all else in life seems to be going "ok."
(786) 420-6673 View (786) 420-6673
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(305) 449-9859 View (305) 449-9859
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Samuel Olaoluwa Omolade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Life can often present us with challenges and uncertainties that may seem overwhelming. If you're here, you're already taking a significant step toward addressing your concerns and seeking support. I'm here to walk with you on your journey towards improved mental health and well-being. Understanding Your Issues: I understand that every individual is unique, and your concerns are as individual as you are. Whether you're grappling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, or simply navigating the complexities of life, I'm here to listen and provide guidance.
Life can often present us with challenges and uncertainties that may seem overwhelming. If you're here, you're already taking a significant step toward addressing your concerns and seeking support. I'm here to walk with you on your journey towards improved mental health and well-being. Understanding Your Issues: I understand that every individual is unique, and your concerns are as individual as you are. Whether you're grappling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, or simply navigating the complexities of life, I'm here to listen and provide guidance.
(646) 362-2149 View (646) 362-2149
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Carative Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami Beach, FL 33109  (Online Only)
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Florida.
Our mission is to enhance wellness and motivate self-improvement by strengthening minds. We offer high quality health care for patients seeking a trustworthy long-term psychiatric provider who can provide medication management and supportive counseling. The providers at Carative Psychiatry (CP) provide care to their patients using medical and mental health care models in order to treat the whole individual. The providers at CP are passionate about serving the community and helping others achieve their goals by using the Carative theory. Telepsychiatry practice serving Florida.
(843) 595-8742 View (843) 595-8742
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Jaclyn Jardine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33140  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience helping people in hospitals and clinics. I specialize in dealing with issues like substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD, using the newest guidelines and proven treatments. I care deeply about mental health, believing it's just as important as physical health. My goal is to break down the stigma around mental illness and encourage others to put their mental well-being first for a happier life.
Hello! I'm a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience helping people in hospitals and clinics. I specialize in dealing with issues like substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD, using the newest guidelines and proven treatments. I care deeply about mental health, believing it's just as important as physical health. My goal is to break down the stigma around mental illness and encourage others to put their mental well-being first for a happier life.
(727) 761-9579 View (727) 761-9579
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Kerrie Wilder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139  (Online Only)
As a compassionate mental health professional, my focus is always on meeting my clients where they are and guiding them towards a path of healing and growth. I understand that seeking therapy can be a daunting step, but I'm here to provide a safe and supportive space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or simply feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges, my goal is to empower you to regain control of your mental well-being and live a more fulfilling life.
As a compassionate mental health professional, my focus is always on meeting my clients where they are and guiding them towards a path of healing and growth. I understand that seeking therapy can be a daunting step, but I'm here to provide a safe and supportive space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, or simply feeling overwhelmed by life's challenges, my goal is to empower you to regain control of your mental well-being and live a more fulfilling life.
(727) 761-0661 View (727) 761-0661
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Erin-Marie Kernan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-BC
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to helping clients manage anxiety, depression, mood, C-PTSD, ADHD, and neurocognitive disorders.
I am dedicated to helping clients manage anxiety, depression, mood, C-PTSD, ADHD, and neurocognitive disorders.
(845) 284-9649 View (845) 284-9649
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Neelam Varshney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dr. Varshney is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Varshney was born and raised in Sikkim, India. She graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree. Dr. Varshney completed her residency in psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/ Elmhurst Hospital Center, in New York City. She then went on to complete a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, Massachusetts, Department of Law and Psychiatry.
Dr. Varshney is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Varshney was born and raised in Sikkim, India. She graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree. Dr. Varshney completed her residency in psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/ Elmhurst Hospital Center, in New York City. She then went on to complete a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, Massachusetts, Department of Law and Psychiatry.
(786) 765-4122 View (786) 765-4122
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Mariela Padro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Miami Beach, FL 33140
LIFE CAN BE HARD AND COMPLICATED AT TIMES BUT IT CAN ALSO BRING JOY, EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS. A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN AND MAKE THINGS WORK, OTHER TIMES WE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO OR WE MAY EVEN FEEL LOST. SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO WORK OUT YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE; CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OR A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER OTHERS BUT WE DO HAVE CONTROL OVER HOW WE DECIDE TO MANAGE A SITUATION.
LIFE CAN BE HARD AND COMPLICATED AT TIMES BUT IT CAN ALSO BRING JOY, EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS. A LOT OF TIMES WE CAN FIGURE IT OUT ON OUR OWN AND MAKE THINGS WORK, OTHER TIMES WE MAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP TO OR WE MAY EVEN FEEL LOST. SOUND FAMILIAR? YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IF YOU WANT THINGS TO WORK OUT YOU NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE; CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR OR A CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T HAVE CONTROL OVER OTHERS BUT WE DO HAVE CONTROL OVER HOW WE DECIDE TO MANAGE A SITUATION.
(305) 456-1014 View (305) 456-1014
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Teri Beers Rossi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Dr. Beers Rossi is the former Medical Director of Adolescent Behavioral Health at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Chief, department of Psychiatry at Memorial Regional Hospital. Dr. Beers Rossi received her training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Miami.
Dr. Beers Rossi is the former Medical Director of Adolescent Behavioral Health at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Chief, department of Psychiatry at Memorial Regional Hospital. Dr. Beers Rossi received her training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Miami.
(305) 771-2051 View (305) 771-2051
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Marnin Fischbach
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33140  (Online Only)
I have had the privilege to treat patients for 49 years. I've learned that investing in a warm and authentic doctor-patient relationship lays the groundwork for lasting healing. Yours will be personal and personable care. My practice is devoted to providing medication management and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults aged 18-65.
I have had the privilege to treat patients for 49 years. I've learned that investing in a warm and authentic doctor-patient relationship lays the groundwork for lasting healing. Yours will be personal and personable care. My practice is devoted to providing medication management and/or psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults aged 18-65.
(941) 666-7536 View (941) 666-7536
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Michelle Gavin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33109
Dr. Michelle Gavin is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her training in adult Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gavin works closely with her patients in a warm and empathic environment and tailors treatment to fit the needs of the individual. If medication is warranted, she strives to achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal to no side effects.
Dr. Michelle Gavin is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and received her training in adult Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gavin works closely with her patients in a warm and empathic environment and tailors treatment to fit the needs of the individual. If medication is warranted, she strives to achieve the best possible outcomes with minimal to no side effects.
(754) 203-4386 View (754) 203-4386
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Miami Beach, FL 33139
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(772) 732-2943 View (772) 732-2943

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Number of Psychiatrists in Miami Beach, FL

30+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Miami Beach, FL who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
94% Depression
89% ADHD
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Bipolar Disorder
74% Medication Management
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Miami Beach, FL see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Miami Beach?

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.