Psychiatrists in North Palm Beach, FL

Photo of Dr. Eli Nader - Nader Palm Beach Psychiatry , MD, Psychiatrist
Nader Palm Beach Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Palm Beach, FL 33408  (Online Only)
Dr. Nader is a highly accomplished Triple Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. He has earned Board Certification in both specialties from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, Dr. Nader is recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Over the course of his extensive career, Dr. Nader has garnered a wealth of experience which he dedicated for the wellbeing of his patients.
Dr. Nader is a highly accomplished Triple Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. He has earned Board Certification in both specialties from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, Dr. Nader is recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Over the course of his extensive career, Dr. Nader has garnered a wealth of experience which he dedicated for the wellbeing of his patients.
(561) 783-2885 View (561) 783-2885
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Evan L Jacobson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
I am a Johns Hopkins trained Psychiatrist in Palm Beach Gardens. My practice is concierge based however there are no annual or membership fees. Every patient gets my cell phone number and direct access for scheduling, asking questions and any other communication. There is no office staff between us. My practice covers student mental health, young adult and adult patients. I treat common psychiatric conditions such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, ASD, and also personality issues. To discuss setting up an appointment, you can call or email me directly. To read more please visit fairwaypsychiatry.com
I am a Johns Hopkins trained Psychiatrist in Palm Beach Gardens. My practice is concierge based however there are no annual or membership fees. Every patient gets my cell phone number and direct access for scheduling, asking questions and any other communication. There is no office staff between us. My practice covers student mental health, young adult and adult patients. I treat common psychiatric conditions such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, ASD, and also personality issues. To discuss setting up an appointment, you can call or email me directly. To read more please visit fairwaypsychiatry.com
(561) 556-4344 View (561) 556-4344
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Rahonie Persaud Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP , FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Palm Beach, FL 33403
I am a Dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice licensed to practice in Florida. As a doctoral-prepared nurse practitioner with over thirteen years of experience, I am empowered to take a holistic and individualized approach to every client, knowing that mental health can affect multiple areas of one's life. So, if you are feeling overwhelmed and seeking to live a well-balanced life, you have come to the right place.
I am a Dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice licensed to practice in Florida. As a doctoral-prepared nurse practitioner with over thirteen years of experience, I am empowered to take a holistic and individualized approach to every client, knowing that mental health can affect multiple areas of one's life. So, if you are feeling overwhelmed and seeking to live a well-balanced life, you have come to the right place.
(772) 238-3478 View (772) 238-3478
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Lighthouse Health Group
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North Palm Beach, FL 33403
Welcome to Lighthouse Health Group. We are saving you gas and time, as our practice brings overall health and wellness to one location. With our state of the art, calming, and 'easy on the eyes' office space, you'll love going to the doctors (you never thought you would say that, right?).
Welcome to Lighthouse Health Group. We are saving you gas and time, as our practice brings overall health and wellness to one location. With our state of the art, calming, and 'easy on the eyes' office space, you'll love going to the doctors (you never thought you would say that, right?).
(561) 609-0549 View (561) 609-0549

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Photo of Melissa Neill, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Melissa Neill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering Telehealth appointments to patients throughout the state of Florida, at Lewis Family Psychiatry in Wellington. I enjoy working with patients of all ages, assisting with various social, emotional or behavioral concerns in conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, behavioral concerns in children.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering Telehealth appointments to patients throughout the state of Florida, at Lewis Family Psychiatry in Wellington. I enjoy working with patients of all ages, assisting with various social, emotional or behavioral concerns in conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, behavioral concerns in children.
(561) 821-2610 View (561) 821-2610
Photo of Nayda Gonzalez Kubski, MD, Psychiatrist
Nayda Gonzalez Kubski
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410  (Online Only)
My abilities and interests are in the rapid resolution of emotional difficulties in adults. Since training at Hillside Hospital of Long Island Jewish-Albert Einstein Medical School, I have used current developments in short term interpersonal psychotherapy with proven psychopharmacology and genetic testing. A single treating professional is aware of all your information, without gaps nor flawed untimely communication. People improve rapidly, develop strengths and strategies enabling them to achieve their highest level of functioning. Warm, directive, style without a computer nor keyboard between you and the doctor.
My abilities and interests are in the rapid resolution of emotional difficulties in adults. Since training at Hillside Hospital of Long Island Jewish-Albert Einstein Medical School, I have used current developments in short term interpersonal psychotherapy with proven psychopharmacology and genetic testing. A single treating professional is aware of all your information, without gaps nor flawed untimely communication. People improve rapidly, develop strengths and strategies enabling them to achieve their highest level of functioning. Warm, directive, style without a computer nor keyboard between you and the doctor.
(561) 899-6843 View (561) 899-6843
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Palm Beach, FL 33410  (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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Photo of Kristen Chambers, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kristen Chambers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403
My approach to patient care is holistic in nature and strives to go beyond treating symptoms by uncovering the root cause of mental health difficulties. With over 20 years of nursing experience, it has been my passion to deliver the highest quality of care with respect, and empathy for all patients. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I strive to develop effective, individualized treatment plans with the goal of restoring balance and health. In partnership, we will develop a lifestyle plan that builds on your strengths and cultivates resilience to help move toward a more fulfilling life.
My approach to patient care is holistic in nature and strives to go beyond treating symptoms by uncovering the root cause of mental health difficulties. With over 20 years of nursing experience, it has been my passion to deliver the highest quality of care with respect, and empathy for all patients. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I strive to develop effective, individualized treatment plans with the goal of restoring balance and health. In partnership, we will develop a lifestyle plan that builds on your strengths and cultivates resilience to help move toward a more fulfilling life.
(772) 218-5886 View (772) 218-5886
Photo of Jessica Shepley : Ketamine And Spravato Specialist, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CRNI, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Shepley : Ketamine And Spravato Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CRNI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
If you struggle with treatment-resistant depression, Cornerstone Ketamine can help provide the relief you need. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in treatment-resistant disorders, including depression, bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Since 2016 I have provided thousands of Ketamine infusions and Spravato treatments. At our clinic, you will find a warm, friendly environment with REMS & ACLS providers; safe and effective dosing with minimally intrusive monitoring; and a treatment room to yourself.
If you struggle with treatment-resistant depression, Cornerstone Ketamine can help provide the relief you need. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in treatment-resistant disorders, including depression, bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder. Since 2016 I have provided thousands of Ketamine infusions and Spravato treatments. At our clinic, you will find a warm, friendly environment with REMS & ACLS providers; safe and effective dosing with minimally intrusive monitoring; and a treatment room to yourself.
(561) 621-1661 View (561) 621-1661
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Alexis Dmytryk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403
Our practice Accepting new Clients! I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority with many years of experience in outpatient and inpatient settings .I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, Schizophrenia. My goal is to partner with each of you to formulate a treatment plan we can use to work toward achieving full remission of symptoms and the highest level of function and quality of life possible.I am empathetic and compassionate and will listen you to understand you concern.You deserve the best treatment !
Our practice Accepting new Clients! I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority with many years of experience in outpatient and inpatient settings .I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, Schizophrenia. My goal is to partner with each of you to formulate a treatment plan we can use to work toward achieving full remission of symptoms and the highest level of function and quality of life possible.I am empathetic and compassionate and will listen you to understand you concern.You deserve the best treatment !
(561) 418-6704 View (561) 418-6704
Photo of Marc Ettensohn - Cornerstone Psychiatric Care: Ketamine Therapy, MD, Psychiatrist
Cornerstone Psychiatric Care: Ketamine Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Cornerstone Psychiatric Care is currently acceptng new patients for both ketamine infusions and medication management. We are specialists in helping people overcome their treatment resistant depression. If you have struggled with depression and can't seem to make any progress no matter what medication you try, our experts are here to help you overcome that. We also have experts who can work with you no matter your psychiatric needs.
Cornerstone Psychiatric Care is currently acceptng new patients for both ketamine infusions and medication management. We are specialists in helping people overcome their treatment resistant depression. If you have struggled with depression and can't seem to make any progress no matter what medication you try, our experts are here to help you overcome that. We also have experts who can work with you no matter your psychiatric needs.
(561) 448-9147 View (561) 448-9147
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Martine Senatus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
We are here for you! Life can have many changes and learning to cope with those changes can be challenging. At VIP, we have the knowledge, training, and skill to help you overcome. We offer virtual, online, and in office appointments! NEW patients are welcome! 561-909-8555. We write Prescriptions! Medication management! Same Day and Next Day Appts Available! We accept many insurances and cash/credit pay! Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD Management & Treatment. Call us at 561-909-8555
We are here for you! Life can have many changes and learning to cope with those changes can be challenging. At VIP, we have the knowledge, training, and skill to help you overcome. We offer virtual, online, and in office appointments! NEW patients are welcome! 561-909-8555. We write Prescriptions! Medication management! Same Day and Next Day Appts Available! We accept many insurances and cash/credit pay! Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD Management & Treatment. Call us at 561-909-8555
(561) 763-9713 View (561) 763-9713
Photo of Julien Gardy - Resolutions Medical Services, Inc., Psychiatrist
Resolutions Medical Services, Inc.
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403
Resolutions is an organization committed to providing empathetic, compassionate mental health treatment. We know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Resolutions, you will get comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances. Our mission is to revolutionize mental health services and offer sound, evidence-based care to all clients, regardless of socio-economic status. There is no wait list and appointments are available immediately.
Resolutions is an organization committed to providing empathetic, compassionate mental health treatment. We know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Resolutions, you will get comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances. Our mission is to revolutionize mental health services and offer sound, evidence-based care to all clients, regardless of socio-economic status. There is no wait list and appointments are available immediately.
(561) 556-2194 View (561) 556-2194
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Aron Tendler
Psychiatrist, MD, CBSM, DABPN, FAPA, DABOM
Verified Verified
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403
Most of my patients struggle with treatment resistant disorders mood and anxiety disorders. Some have addictions or psychosis. They may have seen other clinicians and tried medications and psychotherapy already. They want to function better, and are open to changing your medications and behavior. From me and my office staff you can expect state of the art care in a compassionate and confidential fashion. I make sure every patients is seen on time and treated with with the highest level of care and respect.
Most of my patients struggle with treatment resistant disorders mood and anxiety disorders. Some have addictions or psychosis. They may have seen other clinicians and tried medications and psychotherapy already. They want to function better, and are open to changing your medications and behavior. From me and my office staff you can expect state of the art care in a compassionate and confidential fashion. I make sure every patients is seen on time and treated with with the highest level of care and respect.
(561) 739-2862 View (561) 739-2862
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Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Our team of professionals look forward to hearing from you and helping you live your best life. We treat almost all mental health situations and conditions, whether you feel depressed, or anxious, looking for life coaching or relationship counseling and support with work difficulties. We work hard to get you on track. Whether young or older, in a family setting or feeling alone, we have helped people like you live their best life.
Our team of professionals look forward to hearing from you and helping you live your best life. We treat almost all mental health situations and conditions, whether you feel depressed, or anxious, looking for life coaching or relationship counseling and support with work difficulties. We work hard to get you on track. Whether young or older, in a family setting or feeling alone, we have helped people like you live their best life.
(561) 763-9635 View (561) 763-9635
Photo of John C Profera, ARNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse
John C Profera
Psychiatric Nurse, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified. United States Navy Retired Lieutenant Commander. I have the education, training and clinical experience to relate to your needs. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders. I am an expert mentor and life coach for adolescents and young adults.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified. United States Navy Retired Lieutenant Commander. I have the education, training and clinical experience to relate to your needs. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders and substance abuse disorders. I am an expert mentor and life coach for adolescents and young adults.
(561) 329-3642 View (561) 329-3642
Photo of Sophia H Zaretsky, MD, Psychiatrist
Sophia H Zaretsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408
Now accepting new patients, treatment location in West Palm Beach. Not currently accepting insurance. I treat a variety of psychiatric conditions in a warm, supportive, and confidential private practice setting. I believe all patients deserve to be treated with patience and without judgement. I provide both medication management and various forms of talk therapy to help patients achieve their mental health goals.
Now accepting new patients, treatment location in West Palm Beach. Not currently accepting insurance. I treat a variety of psychiatric conditions in a warm, supportive, and confidential private practice setting. I believe all patients deserve to be treated with patience and without judgement. I provide both medication management and various forms of talk therapy to help patients achieve their mental health goals.
(561) 513-5490 View (561) 513-5490
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Dr. Tzvi Furer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Do you or your child suffer from difficulties that stop you from being the absolute best self? Do you suffer from symptoms of ADHD, depression/ mood symptoms or anxiety? Dr. Tzvi Furer of Palm Tree Psychiatry has seen the toll these conditions can play on relationships, school, work, and navigating life in the middle of numerous stressors. It is our goal to ensure that you not only feel better, but that you are better.
Do you or your child suffer from difficulties that stop you from being the absolute best self? Do you suffer from symptoms of ADHD, depression/ mood symptoms or anxiety? Dr. Tzvi Furer of Palm Tree Psychiatry has seen the toll these conditions can play on relationships, school, work, and navigating life in the middle of numerous stressors. It is our goal to ensure that you not only feel better, but that you are better.
(561) 821-3165 View (561) 821-3165
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Mehdi Bubba Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Palm Beach, FL 33403  (Online Only)
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
We know asking for help is a challenging thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here, and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be. Now, welcoming new patients!
(786) 646-0107 View (786) 646-0107
Photo of Jessica Coote, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Coote
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Cornerstone Weight Management offers a medically supervised weight loss program tailored to your needs. A typical program is 12 weeks with a potential weight loss of 5-10 percent of the total body weight. The initial consultation evaluates your medical history to determine which weight loss management or medication is best for you. We also offer vitamin injections and infusions that can play a role in boosting energy, aid in weight loss, improving your mood, enhancing bone health and preventing anemia among many other improvements. We offer complementary follow up visits if they're scheduled with a Fat Burner Vitamin Infusion.
Cornerstone Weight Management offers a medically supervised weight loss program tailored to your needs. A typical program is 12 weeks with a potential weight loss of 5-10 percent of the total body weight. The initial consultation evaluates your medical history to determine which weight loss management or medication is best for you. We also offer vitamin injections and infusions that can play a role in boosting energy, aid in weight loss, improving your mood, enhancing bone health and preventing anemia among many other improvements. We offer complementary follow up visits if they're scheduled with a Fat Burner Vitamin Infusion.
(561) 933-4286 View (561) 933-4286

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in North Palm Beach, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in North Palm Beach, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Substance Use
75% Relationship Issues
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Other
50% Aetna
50% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in North Palm Beach, FL see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Palm 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.