Psychiatrists in Parrish, FL

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Integrative Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Parrish, FL 34219
Hello, I am Jason de Luisa, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC and holistic medicine practitioner. I am passionate about combining Western Medicine with holistic approaches to help people live happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
Hello, I am Jason de Luisa, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC and holistic medicine practitioner. I am passionate about combining Western Medicine with holistic approaches to help people live happier, healthier, and fuller lives.
(941) 336-6898 View (941) 336-6898

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Bruce Welch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34202
Dr. Welch is a graduate of medical school with five postdoctoral years of formal training in psychiatry, more than the usual, board-certified psychiatrist. He has additional, specialized training in diagnostics and has been asked to testify in a number of high profile court cases in recognition of his training and background. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist who provides sophisticated psychotherapy, Dr. Welch provides the highest level of diagnostic skills and medication expertise to patients who he comes to know quite well. A patient's privacy is considered to be extremely important and is carefully protected.
Dr. Welch is a graduate of medical school with five postdoctoral years of formal training in psychiatry, more than the usual, board-certified psychiatrist. He has additional, specialized training in diagnostics and has been asked to testify in a number of high profile court cases in recognition of his training and background. As a medical doctor and psychiatrist who provides sophisticated psychotherapy, Dr. Welch provides the highest level of diagnostic skills and medication expertise to patients who he comes to know quite well. A patient's privacy is considered to be extremely important and is carefully protected.
(727) 232-4439 View (727) 232-4439
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Zoelife Psychiatric Services - Dr. Rose Ampadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, FPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bradenton, FL 34208
** REGISTERED OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH PROVIDER FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA ** Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. As a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner, I pride myself in partnership with my patients to provide high-quality individualized medication and symptomatology management. http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth
** REGISTERED OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH PROVIDER FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA ** Untreated mental illness can unravel one’s life causing stress, loss of hope, loss of relationships, loss of employment, and sadly the loss of one's life. As a Family Psychiatrist Nurse Practitioner, I pride myself in partnership with my patients to provide high-quality individualized medication and symptomatology management. http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth
(407) 214-4581 View (407) 214-4581
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Sandra Hatfield
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34202  (Online Only)
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers or possibly received harmful care. Patients find my compassionate and targeted approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, risks/benefits/alternatives, and 'think outside the box'. I seek the "Root Cause" of psychiatric problems via holistic methods, rather than prescribing powerful psychotropic medications unnecessarily for symptoms that might be caused by other underlying issues.
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers or possibly received harmful care. Patients find my compassionate and targeted approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, risks/benefits/alternatives, and 'think outside the box'. I seek the "Root Cause" of psychiatric problems via holistic methods, rather than prescribing powerful psychotropic medications unnecessarily for symptoms that might be caused by other underlying issues.
(941) 267-4699 View (941) 267-4699
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Dr. Melissa Nicholas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Palmetto, FL 34221
Do you struggle with feeling low, disconnected from yourself and others? Have a hard time concentrating or put your needs at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. Dr. Nicholas believes it shouldn’t be so hard to live a better life.
Do you struggle with feeling low, disconnected from yourself and others? Have a hard time concentrating or put your needs at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and uncertain about how they are supposed to manage their relationships, careers and their lives. Pushing away your needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues for your mind and body. Dr. Nicholas believes it shouldn’t be so hard to live a better life.
(813) 906-0642 View (813) 906-0642
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Dr. Charmi Balsara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34211
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
(786) 889-6875 View (786) 889-6875
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Renee Novak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
Renee has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, school clinics, community health centers, correction facilities, and tele-health. Renee treats patients across the lifespan who have a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD, psychosis, OCD, and insomnia. Renee includes a wholistic and individualized approach with each patient.
Renee has worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, school clinics, community health centers, correction facilities, and tele-health. Renee treats patients across the lifespan who have a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADD/ADHD, psychosis, OCD, and insomnia. Renee includes a wholistic and individualized approach with each patient.
(941) 231-6452 View (941) 231-6452
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Rachel Morgan Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34208
Hi! My name is Rachel Morgan Williams, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Elite DNA Behavioral Health - Sarasota, with more than 16 years of psychiatric experience. My goal as a provider is to work with you to achieve optimal mental health functioning in all areas of your life. I see patients of all ages across the lifespans, including children, adults and seniors. I attended Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, and have a Bachelors and Masters of Nursing. Services are available in-person in Sarasota and Telehealth across Florida.
Hi! My name is Rachel Morgan Williams, I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Elite DNA Behavioral Health - Sarasota, with more than 16 years of psychiatric experience. My goal as a provider is to work with you to achieve optimal mental health functioning in all areas of your life. I see patients of all ages across the lifespans, including children, adults and seniors. I attended Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, and have a Bachelors and Masters of Nursing. Services are available in-person in Sarasota and Telehealth across Florida.
(941) 231-7275 View (941) 231-7275
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New Path Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Palmetto, FL 34221
Our provider here at New Path Wellness Center is an empathic provider who is truly passionate about decreasing the generational stigma attached to mental health. She believes every individual is unique, which is why she takes a comprehensive approach to treatment by treating the body as a whole, addressing psychiatric, medical, as well as social contributing factors. She finds great joy in helping her clients reach their highest potential by making them productive in society through the absence of illicit drug, high risk behaviors, improved mental health and coping skills.
Our provider here at New Path Wellness Center is an empathic provider who is truly passionate about decreasing the generational stigma attached to mental health. She believes every individual is unique, which is why she takes a comprehensive approach to treatment by treating the body as a whole, addressing psychiatric, medical, as well as social contributing factors. She finds great joy in helping her clients reach their highest potential by making them productive in society through the absence of illicit drug, high risk behaviors, improved mental health and coping skills.
(941) 541-1323 View (941) 541-1323
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Tariq Halim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34212
A mental condition is never the result of one cause. The biopsychosocial treatment model was developed to address the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. While psychologists, LCSWs, or LMHCs are able to manage the psychological and social aspects of treatment, only a psychiatrist can assess and treat all three spheres. There may be underlying medical conditions that can present as psychiatric symptoms. Many mental conditions (depression/anxiety/ADHD) may require specific drugs that only an MD can provide.
A mental condition is never the result of one cause. The biopsychosocial treatment model was developed to address the interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors. While psychologists, LCSWs, or LMHCs are able to manage the psychological and social aspects of treatment, only a psychiatrist can assess and treat all three spheres. There may be underlying medical conditions that can present as psychiatric symptoms. Many mental conditions (depression/anxiety/ADHD) may require specific drugs that only an MD can provide.
(941) 236-5715 View (941) 236-5715
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Mark Sylvester
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bradenton, FL 34202
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers, or worse, received harmful care. They find my approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, and risks/benefits/alternatives "better than any provider has before" and I "think outside the box". We seek the primary Cause of problems via a holistic approach; rather than just prescribe powerful psychotropic medications for Symptoms via a trial-and-error method too commonly seen in this country for our level of knowledge and experience. "He treats me like a person and not a disease" is what I enjoy hearing the most.
Many patients have not seen results from previous providers, or worse, received harmful care. They find my approach to biological and functional psychiatry appealing. I explain their symptoms, treatment options, and risks/benefits/alternatives "better than any provider has before" and I "think outside the box". We seek the primary Cause of problems via a holistic approach; rather than just prescribe powerful psychotropic medications for Symptoms via a trial-and-error method too commonly seen in this country for our level of knowledge and experience. "He treats me like a person and not a disease" is what I enjoy hearing the most.
(941) 840-5226 View (941) 840-5226
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Stacy Greeter, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
33 Endorsed
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
I am board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating complex mental illness and unique family systems, with particular expertise in treating trauma-related disorders, ADHD, depression, PTSD, autism, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I emphasize your strengths and collaborate with you and your family. I combine the most current evidence-based medication treatment with taking the time to fully understand your unique perspective to ensure that you achieve the best results with the least medication.
I am board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating complex mental illness and unique family systems, with particular expertise in treating trauma-related disorders, ADHD, depression, PTSD, autism, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I emphasize your strengths and collaborate with you and your family. I combine the most current evidence-based medication treatment with taking the time to fully understand your unique perspective to ensure that you achieve the best results with the least medication.
(941) 999-3462 View (941) 999-3462
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Health Evolutions
Physician Assistant, MSPAS, PA
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34208
Experienced Provider- Appointments Available. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or feeling irritable I can help you. You can overcome poor energy and poor concentration. I have years of experience with prescribing medications for these issues. If you are looking for a provider that will LISTEN and give you TIME you can count on me. It is a privilege to be able to work for those who are hurting emotionally and I have confidence that I can help you to feel better. You can reach your potential and find more meaning in your job, education or in your relationships. Don't hesitate to reach out to me today.
Experienced Provider- Appointments Available. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or feeling irritable I can help you. You can overcome poor energy and poor concentration. I have years of experience with prescribing medications for these issues. If you are looking for a provider that will LISTEN and give you TIME you can count on me. It is a privilege to be able to work for those who are hurting emotionally and I have confidence that I can help you to feel better. You can reach your potential and find more meaning in your job, education or in your relationships. Don't hesitate to reach out to me today.
(941) 269-3218 View (941) 269-3218
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Dr. Emma Armand
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34202  (Online Only)
Dr. Emma will provide an individualized approach with each and every client.
Dr. Emma will provide an individualized approach with each and every client.
(813) 669-2478 View (813) 669-2478
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Dr. Charmi Balsara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Medication Management, Sleep Problems, Stress Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Burnout, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts, Divorce, Grief, Infidelity, Marital and Premarital Challenges, Postpartum Care, Self-Esteem Concerns, Women's Issues, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Coping Skills Development, Dual Diagnosis.
(786) 460-6587 View (786) 460-6587
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Adair Lynne Deicke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP,
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202  (Online Only)
Adair is accepting new patients at this time. She is not a therapist. She is providing Video Conferencing appointments only at this time. Adair is Board certified by the ANCC as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A highly proficient and dedicated professional with a 20-year progressive history in the field of psychiatry and mental health. Possessing excellent diagnostic skills; she been has successful in treating a number of patients with a wide range of acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Adair excels in fostering communication and promotion of health and wellness. Reviews Googlr, Adair Deicke APRN Healthgrades
Adair is accepting new patients at this time. She is not a therapist. She is providing Video Conferencing appointments only at this time. Adair is Board certified by the ANCC as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. A highly proficient and dedicated professional with a 20-year progressive history in the field of psychiatry and mental health. Possessing excellent diagnostic skills; she been has successful in treating a number of patients with a wide range of acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. Adair excels in fostering communication and promotion of health and wellness. Reviews Googlr, Adair Deicke APRN Healthgrades
(727) 610-6349 View (727) 610-6349
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Dr. Walter Griffith & Dr. TMS Therapy
Psychiatrist, PhD, MD
Verified Verified
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Depression is one of the most debilitating diseases out there. Lacking sleep? Lacking focus? Motivation? Happiness? Do you feel like you have to wear a mask? Is there a 'fog' surrounding you? Are you experiencing the heavy burden on your shoulders? Do you regret the past? Or are you fearful of the future? Are the antidepressants even working? We provide the tools & solutions you need to beat depression. This allows you to spend more time with your family & friends. It allows you to start up those hobbies you used to love doing. You can get the sleep you deserve & still wake up early to accomplish your goals. As a team, we can do it
Depression is one of the most debilitating diseases out there. Lacking sleep? Lacking focus? Motivation? Happiness? Do you feel like you have to wear a mask? Is there a 'fog' surrounding you? Are you experiencing the heavy burden on your shoulders? Do you regret the past? Or are you fearful of the future? Are the antidepressants even working? We provide the tools & solutions you need to beat depression. This allows you to spend more time with your family & friends. It allows you to start up those hobbies you used to love doing. You can get the sleep you deserve & still wake up early to accomplish your goals. As a team, we can do it
(727) 485-9717 View (727) 485-9717
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Palmetto, FL 34221  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing online via our Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida. Our team of experienced mental health professionals includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Certified Physician Assistants, and Licensed Therapists. We care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 5 and above. We accept most insurance plans including Medicare.
(321) 257-2614 View (321) 257-2614
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Lilyana Dobreva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bradenton, FL 34202
Lilyana Dobreva is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. She is passionate about providing integrative psychiatric care by addressing environmental toxins, thyroid health, micronutrients, and inflammation. She is offering sensitive testing and medical grade supplements to correct imbalances. Lilyana screens for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, and other mental health disorders, and treats with mindfulness of patient' preferences.
Lilyana Dobreva is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. She is passionate about providing integrative psychiatric care by addressing environmental toxins, thyroid health, micronutrients, and inflammation. She is offering sensitive testing and medical grade supplements to correct imbalances. Lilyana screens for ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, and other mental health disorders, and treats with mindfulness of patient' preferences.
(941) 336-6409 View (941) 336-6409
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Donna K Dempsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS APRN, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Donna Dempsey MS APRN is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating adults at all levels of care. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing and started my career as Head Nurse of Adult Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have worked in private practice gaining extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer Saturday appointments for new urgent visits.
Donna Dempsey MS APRN is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating adults at all levels of care. I graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing and started my career as Head Nurse of Adult Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have worked in private practice gaining extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I offer Saturday appointments for new urgent visits.
(727) 312-1019 View (727) 312-1019

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Number of Psychiatrists in Parrish, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Parrish, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Other

Average years in practice

15 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Male

How Psychiatrists in Parrish, FL see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Parrish?

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.