Psychiatrists in Sand Lake, FL

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Alpha Life Mental Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP , APRN
Verified
Sand Lake, FL 32819  (Online Only)
At Alpha Mental Health and Wellness Center, we treat various psychiatric conditions in children, adolescents, or geriatrics. We strive to provide the highest quality, safe, effective, and evidence-based care to the patients we serve. We also instill hope, insight, inspiration, and empowerment that allows you to embrace psychiatric treatment and achieve your treatment outcome. Our process is simple: Request an appointment, fill out a health questionnaire, then make a payment, or provide insurance information before a virtual visit. You will get same-day appointments in most cases.
At Alpha Mental Health and Wellness Center, we treat various psychiatric conditions in children, adolescents, or geriatrics. We strive to provide the highest quality, safe, effective, and evidence-based care to the patients we serve. We also instill hope, insight, inspiration, and empowerment that allows you to embrace psychiatric treatment and achieve your treatment outcome. Our process is simple: Request an appointment, fill out a health questionnaire, then make a payment, or provide insurance information before a virtual visit. You will get same-day appointments in most cases.
(321) 221-5497 View (321) 221-5497

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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified
Orlando, FL 32819
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) 218-3626 View (321) 218-3626
Photo of Tequila Golden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sand Lake, FL
Tequila Golden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, AAPRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
Meet Tequila Golden! She is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Our office provide both in-person and telehealth psychiatric care. She has several years of experience treating mental health conditions and Primary Care. She specializes in Depression, Dementia, Anxiety, weight management, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Primary care and more. She conduct psychiatric evaluations, offer med medication management, emotional support and interpersonal therapy. She is very passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health care.
Meet Tequila Golden! She is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Our office provide both in-person and telehealth psychiatric care. She has several years of experience treating mental health conditions and Primary Care. She specializes in Depression, Dementia, Anxiety, weight management, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Primary care and more. She conduct psychiatric evaluations, offer med medication management, emotional support and interpersonal therapy. She is very passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health care.
(407) 809-8823 View (407) 809-8823
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Dr. Sharon A Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Orlando, FL 32819
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to provide my clients with integrative care of the mind, body, and spirit and to advocate for clients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, it will be my goal to provide my clients with integrative care of the mind, body, and spirit and to advocate for clients who struggle to be heard and understood, and to manage their treatment with empathy and compassion.
(352) 675-3427 View (352) 675-3427
Photo of Dr. Alexander Sidawi, Psychiatrist in Sand Lake, FL
Dr. Alexander Sidawi
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Orlando, FL 32819
I’m a University of Florida trained, board certified physician psychiatrist who integrates therapy into medication management. I value face-to-face time with my patients, and prefer to view patient's lives much more broadly than the medications I prescribe. I believe in listening intently to your concerns and taking the time necessary to build a strong and trusting connection with you, to get past the symptoms and down to the root cause of your struggles. I find it important to incorporate discussions on the social factors that can have a large impact on your quality of life including relationships, goals, sleep, nutrition, & more.
I’m a University of Florida trained, board certified physician psychiatrist who integrates therapy into medication management. I value face-to-face time with my patients, and prefer to view patient's lives much more broadly than the medications I prescribe. I believe in listening intently to your concerns and taking the time necessary to build a strong and trusting connection with you, to get past the symptoms and down to the root cause of your struggles. I find it important to incorporate discussions on the social factors that can have a large impact on your quality of life including relationships, goals, sleep, nutrition, & more.
(407) 900-9656 View (407) 900-9656
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Orlando Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist
Verified
Orlando, FL 32809
Orlando Psychiatric Associates (OPA) was established in 2005. Our ultimate goal is to ensure we do everything possible to help our patients maintain happy, productive and successful lives. Please visit one of our 5 beautiful locations in Central FL: Lakeland, Lake Mary, Ocoee, Kissimmee, and Orlando. OPA prides itself on having Providers (MD, PMHNP, APRN, PA-C) and Mental Health Counselors and FL Registered Interns that are dedicated, compassionate, and innovative. Our excellent reputation is a reflection of our commitment to actively support continuous quality improvement and providing exceptional care via proven treatments.
Orlando Psychiatric Associates (OPA) was established in 2005. Our ultimate goal is to ensure we do everything possible to help our patients maintain happy, productive and successful lives. Please visit one of our 5 beautiful locations in Central FL: Lakeland, Lake Mary, Ocoee, Kissimmee, and Orlando. OPA prides itself on having Providers (MD, PMHNP, APRN, PA-C) and Mental Health Counselors and FL Registered Interns that are dedicated, compassionate, and innovative. Our excellent reputation is a reflection of our commitment to actively support continuous quality improvement and providing exceptional care via proven treatments.
(407) 440-0643 View (407) 440-0643
Photo of Marcus L Robinson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sand Lake, FL
Marcus L Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32801  (Online Only)
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN 7 DAYS* Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
*NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN 7 DAYS* Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, issues with body image, severe mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(407) 214-5856 View (407) 214-5856
Photo of Gabriel Alvarez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sand Lake, FL
Gabriel Alvarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32839
Hablo Español, we provide in office and tele-psychiatry services throughout the state of Florida. We are a small practice, you will have direct access to the medical provider through a HIPPA compliant application. You can also text the main office number on the website if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you and working together on restoring your mental peace.
Hablo Español, we provide in office and tele-psychiatry services throughout the state of Florida. We are a small practice, you will have direct access to the medical provider through a HIPPA compliant application. You can also text the main office number on the website if you have any questions. Looking forward to meeting you and working together on restoring your mental peace.
(407) 974-6539 View (407) 974-6539
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Mary Kathryn Parham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Orlando, FL 32819  (Online Only)
I’m a dual-board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner operating a private practice seeing patients via secure online video visits as a modern era house call. Trained in primary care at the University of South Carolina and in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, my board certifications are in family medicine and in general child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. My approach is to observe and listen with curiosity and optimism to the individual seeking mental health care, so that we may then have a conversation and learn how to best collaborate to secure all the good that is possible.
I’m a dual-board certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner operating a private practice seeing patients via secure online video visits as a modern era house call. Trained in primary care at the University of South Carolina and in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, my board certifications are in family medicine and in general child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. My approach is to observe and listen with curiosity and optimism to the individual seeking mental health care, so that we may then have a conversation and learn how to best collaborate to secure all the good that is possible.
(689) 407-7440 View (689) 407-7440
Photo of Melanie Mullins, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sand Lake, FL
Melanie Mullins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
I seek to create an inviting safe space for people wanting to start the discussion surrounding medication and their mental health. Often, counseling needs to be augmented with medication, and it helps to have a practitioner dedicated to collaborating with you and your therapist. I assess and treat most mental health diagnosis and am well equipped to navigate even the most complex situation. Most importantly I am going to take the time to get to know you and your unique situation. I want you to leave our time together feeling heard and confident in the plan moving forward.
I seek to create an inviting safe space for people wanting to start the discussion surrounding medication and their mental health. Often, counseling needs to be augmented with medication, and it helps to have a practitioner dedicated to collaborating with you and your therapist. I assess and treat most mental health diagnosis and am well equipped to navigate even the most complex situation. Most importantly I am going to take the time to get to know you and your unique situation. I want you to leave our time together feeling heard and confident in the plan moving forward.
(407) 214-4700 View (407) 214-4700
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psychpointe.com (Syed O Quadri, M.D & Team)
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
Syed O. Quadri, MD is an experienced psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult behavioral and mental health treatment. Please click on www.psychpointe.com for more information. Patients appreciate the time, attention and expertise that Dr. Quadri provides each of his patients. Dr. Quadri had many years of experience working in Medicine, Surgery, Neuropsychiatry, General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Quadri has been involved with clinical trials at University Of South Florida, Texas Tech University, John Hopkins University, and University of Arizona.
Syed O. Quadri, MD is an experienced psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of child, adolescent, and adult behavioral and mental health treatment. Please click on www.psychpointe.com for more information. Patients appreciate the time, attention and expertise that Dr. Quadri provides each of his patients. Dr. Quadri had many years of experience working in Medicine, Surgery, Neuropsychiatry, General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Quadri has been involved with clinical trials at University Of South Florida, Texas Tech University, John Hopkins University, and University of Arizona.
(407) 801-7168 View (407) 801-7168
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Celeste Boyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Orlando, FL 32811
Dr. Celeste Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Metamorphosis Psyche. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) from the University of Miami. She is licensed and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She Possesses a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.
Dr. Celeste Boyd is the Founder and CEO of Metamorphosis Psyche. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) from the University of Miami. She is licensed and dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She Possesses a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University.
(321) 450-3464 View (321) 450-3464
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Refresh Psychiatry and Therapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orlando, FL 32819
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
The mission of our practice is to provide Person-Centered Care and empower our clients with the knowledge and skills to achieve their desirable goals. We strive to provide the highest quality evidence-based, compassionate care through a combination of medication management and customized psychotherapy to help patients/families overcome their most difficult challenges and achieve their greatest goals to lead their most joyful, fulfilling lives.
(321) 587-0221 View (321) 587-0221
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Brave Health
Psychiatrist, MD, LCSW, MSW, FNP-C, PhD
Verified
Orlando, FL 32839  (Online Only)
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and therapists with expertise in treating mental health and substance use disorders. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective. You will be matched to a provider by a treatment team that c
Brave Health is a virtual mental health provider dedicated to helping people thrive by engaging them in high-quality, affordable, and easily accessible mental health care. Our diverse clinical staff includes licensed psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and therapists with expertise in treating mental health and substance use disorders. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to your health. We’ll work together to create a customized treatment plan for your needs. Our programs are evidence-based, drawing on approaches to treatment that are clinically proven to be effective. You will be matched to a provider by a treatment team that c
(786) 828-5399 View (786) 828-5399
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Dr. Arleen Andujar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Orlando, FL 32819
I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults who are struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and OCD. I value a holistic and integrative approach to treatment, which means we will treat root causes, together. We will look at diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep and other lifestyle factors to help obtain best outcomes. I find it important to dedicate time to each patient to truly get to know you and make the best treatment recommendations that are unique to your needs and goals.
I specialize in treating children, adolescents and adults who are struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and OCD. I value a holistic and integrative approach to treatment, which means we will treat root causes, together. We will look at diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep and other lifestyle factors to help obtain best outcomes. I find it important to dedicate time to each patient to truly get to know you and make the best treatment recommendations that are unique to your needs and goals.
(407) 512-8906 View (407) 512-8906
Photo of Regional Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Sand Lake, FL
Regional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
Our clinic serves ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
Our clinic serves ages 5 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. In addition to psychotherapy and medication management, we place high regards for modalities such as weight management, medical management, exercise, and sleep hygiene to combat the body’s inflammatory response, which exacerbates mental illness. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication.
(407) 612-2606 View (407) 612-2606
Photo of Michelle Dees, Psychiatrist in Sand Lake, FL
Michelle Dees
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
Dr Dees is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who graduated residency from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. Dr Dees is certified to treat depression with TMS Dr Dees specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar, and schizophrenia. Dr Dees is a member of the American Psychiatric and Illinois Psychiatric Association. Dr Dees is a part of Northwestern University Psychiatry as a Health Systems Clinician and Orlando Health Horizon West We only accept patients 18+
Dr Dees is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who graduated residency from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. Dr Dees is certified to treat depression with TMS Dr Dees specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar, and schizophrenia. Dr Dees is a member of the American Psychiatric and Illinois Psychiatric Association. Dr Dees is a part of Northwestern University Psychiatry as a Health Systems Clinician and Orlando Health Horizon West We only accept patients 18+
(407) 706-3455 View (407) 706-3455
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Suemi Shirai Oliveira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Orlando, FL 32819  (Online Only)
Everyone has a story to tell, maybe your life is an open book or maybe you never shared it. As unique as you are, so is my approach in caring for your psychiatric needs. I am compassionate, respectful and nonjudgmental.
Everyone has a story to tell, maybe your life is an open book or maybe you never shared it. As unique as you are, so is my approach in caring for your psychiatric needs. I am compassionate, respectful and nonjudgmental.
(321) 334-2738 View (321) 334-2738
Photo of Dr. Kim Williams, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Sand Lake, FL
Dr. Kim Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-C, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819
I am a Doctoral of nursing prepared, and dual certified in primary care and psychiatric mental health care, nurse practitioner. I have 8 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and have treated many people with mental health illness effectively with good outcomes with medication management. I am currently treating ages 6 and up. Please see my reviews from my current patients at the website for Green health services listed on this page. At this time, I am able to see anyone in Florida, via online care or in person if you are close to Orlando.
I am a Doctoral of nursing prepared, and dual certified in primary care and psychiatric mental health care, nurse practitioner. I have 8 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and have treated many people with mental health illness effectively with good outcomes with medication management. I am currently treating ages 6 and up. Please see my reviews from my current patients at the website for Green health services listed on this page. At this time, I am able to see anyone in Florida, via online care or in person if you are close to Orlando.
(321) 339-0243 View (321) 339-0243
Photo of Regional Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Sand Lake, FL
Regional Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Orlando, FL 32819  (Online Only)
Dr. Lina Perez is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, Bilingual in English & Spanish. She currently treats clients aged 18 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication. Throughout the years it has been important to her to treat members of the hispanic population in her places of work, which is an often underserved portion of the community.
Dr. Lina Perez is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, Bilingual in English & Spanish. She currently treats clients aged 18 & up. Sessions are conducted virtually (using a HIPAA compliant platform). We understand that medication management is not the only solution. The lifestyle that precipitated the stress response in the first plans needs to change. We aim to uses the lowest effective dose and help people to eventually not depend on medication. Throughout the years it has been important to her to treat members of the hispanic population in her places of work, which is an often underserved portion of the community.
(407) 537-5576 View (407) 537-5576

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Number of Psychiatrists in Sand Lake, FL

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Psychiatrists in Sand Lake, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Domestic Abuse
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Sand Lake, FL see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Sand Lake?

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.