Psychiatrists in Tampa Palms, FL

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Elizabeth Baylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa Palms, FL 33647  (Online Only)
I am an ANCC board-certified PMHNP. I received my MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. I worked as an RN on a trauma step-down unit, helping patients who had endured bodily trauma and patients withdrawing from substances. The clinical experience I received during my training was largely with inpatient mood disorder and forensic psychiatric populations with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. When I began to work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, that experience influenced my decision to focus on mental health.
I am an ANCC board-certified PMHNP. I received my MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. I worked as an RN on a trauma step-down unit, helping patients who had endured bodily trauma and patients withdrawing from substances. The clinical experience I received during my training was largely with inpatient mood disorder and forensic psychiatric populations with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. When I began to work as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, that experience influenced my decision to focus on mental health.
(786) 244-5481 View (786) 244-5481
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Mental Health Management Group: Ketamist and TMS
Psychiatrist, MD, PA
Verified Verified
Tampa Palms, FL 33647
The Mental Health Management Group and Dr. Troy Noonan, MD, offer compassionate and competent treatment for mental health, emotional and behavioral conditions. We are delighted to share our remarkable success in treating adults with treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, and PTSD through cutting-edge methods like Ketamine therapy and NeuroStar TMS. Our dedicated space for alternative treatments underscores our commitment to adult mental health. However, we want to emphasize that these treatments are distinct from what we offer for children and adolescents.
The Mental Health Management Group and Dr. Troy Noonan, MD, offer compassionate and competent treatment for mental health, emotional and behavioral conditions. We are delighted to share our remarkable success in treating adults with treatment-resistant depression, OCD, anxiety, and PTSD through cutting-edge methods like Ketamine therapy and NeuroStar TMS. Our dedicated space for alternative treatments underscores our commitment to adult mental health. However, we want to emphasize that these treatments are distinct from what we offer for children and adolescents.
(813) 590-6865 View (813) 590-6865
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LaLencia Matthews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa Palms, FL 33647
As a psychiatric provider, I focus largely on psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I recognize that each person comes to me with unique lived experience and I use this knowledge to personalize my treatment to their individual needs. I educate my clients to empower them to be able to collaboratively work together with our team to optimize your health. I take a holistic approach to cultivate the best outcomes for you as a patient in a non-judgmental environment. Accepting new patients and most insurances, contact me to start thriving and not only surviving. www.laurelgracewellness.com
As a psychiatric provider, I focus largely on psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I recognize that each person comes to me with unique lived experience and I use this knowledge to personalize my treatment to their individual needs. I educate my clients to empower them to be able to collaboratively work together with our team to optimize your health. I take a holistic approach to cultivate the best outcomes for you as a patient in a non-judgmental environment. Accepting new patients and most insurances, contact me to start thriving and not only surviving. www.laurelgracewellness.com
(813) 212-2547 View (813) 212-2547

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Mind Revive Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Now Accepting New Patients and Appointments 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 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.
(813) 547-6215 View (813) 547-6215
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Namaste Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33637  (Online Only)
Are worry, anxiety, depression, sadness, and insomnia engulfing your life? Join me on a transformative journey of self-discovery and mental wellness at Namaste Psychiatry. Our compassionate, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializes in treating various psychological conditions. Our mission is to empower clients like you to overcome challenges and achieve lasting mental wellness. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD or any other mental health concern, we offer comprehensive and compassionate care. Our goal is to help you cultivate empowerment, resilience, and inner peace to reclaim your life.
Are worry, anxiety, depression, sadness, and insomnia engulfing your life? Join me on a transformative journey of self-discovery and mental wellness at Namaste Psychiatry. Our compassionate, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializes in treating various psychological conditions. Our mission is to empower clients like you to overcome challenges and achieve lasting mental wellness. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD or any other mental health concern, we offer comprehensive and compassionate care. Our goal is to help you cultivate empowerment, resilience, and inner peace to reclaim your life.
(813) 544-4244 View (813) 544-4244
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Sublimity Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DrHA, MSN, AAPRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33637  (Online Only)
Ingrid Maria Suazo, DrHA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 25 years. Driven by her passion and a strong commitment to helping people achieve their life goals and potential, she takes pride in providing the best quality care for her clients to transform their mindset to live their best lives.
Ingrid Maria Suazo, DrHA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 25 years. Driven by her passion and a strong commitment to helping people achieve their life goals and potential, she takes pride in providing the best quality care for her clients to transform their mindset to live their best lives.
(813) 669-0392 View (813) 669-0392
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Soothe Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
My name is Andrew, and I am board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I will serve as your provider here at Soothe Psychiatry. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, and more.
My name is Andrew, and I am board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I will serve as your provider here at Soothe Psychiatry. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric conditions including ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, and more.
(954) 231-0825 View (954) 231-0825
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Harmony Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
I thank you for taking the time to read my bio. I know that the healthcare field is a calling, and one of my life missions is to impact others positively. I went explicitly into psychiatry because, during high school I felt there were only a few subjects I could apply to everyday life. Everything starts with the mind, and as the famous quote states, “I think therefore I am.” First are the thoughts, whether conscious or unconscious, then feelings, i.e., emotions, and then actions. Thoughts, feelings, and actions encompass our daily lives and must be in harmony in order for us to live up to our full potential.
I thank you for taking the time to read my bio. I know that the healthcare field is a calling, and one of my life missions is to impact others positively. I went explicitly into psychiatry because, during high school I felt there were only a few subjects I could apply to everyday life. Everything starts with the mind, and as the famous quote states, “I think therefore I am.” First are the thoughts, whether conscious or unconscious, then feelings, i.e., emotions, and then actions. Thoughts, feelings, and actions encompass our daily lives and must be in harmony in order for us to live up to our full potential.
(321) 567-1794 View (321) 567-1794
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Advanced Psychiatric Health - Wesley Chapel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
For individuals seeking a compassionate, experienced, and innovative psychiatrist, Dr. Khan offers a beacon of hope. His dedication to his patients’ well-being, combined with his comprehensive approach to treatment, makes him a trusted ally in the journey towards mental health and fulfillment. With a commitment to individualized care, he works collaboratively with his patients to develop treatment plans that align with their unique needs and life circumstances.
For individuals seeking a compassionate, experienced, and innovative psychiatrist, Dr. Khan offers a beacon of hope. His dedication to his patients’ well-being, combined with his comprehensive approach to treatment, makes him a trusted ally in the journey towards mental health and fulfillment. With a commitment to individualized care, he works collaboratively with his patients to develop treatment plans that align with their unique needs and life circumstances.
(813) 437-1976 View (813) 437-1976
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(813) 576-2569 View (813) 576-2569
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Christen McNew
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Accepting new patients for medication management! I only provide medication management, no therapy services. Please email me or call to set up an appointment! I have worked with many patients on an outpatient basis, and have treated disorders including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. I enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you and helping you to be your best self again!
Accepting new patients for medication management! I only provide medication management, no therapy services. Please email me or call to set up an appointment! I have worked with many patients on an outpatient basis, and have treated disorders including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and ADHD. I enjoy what I do and I look forward to working with you and helping you to be your best self again!
(813) 734-7081 View (813) 734-7081
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Dr. Carol L. Milliken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, CFTP, CCRN
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
At Mae Mental Wellness, my goal is to work collaboratively with my patients to develop a treatment plan that will result in improved mental wellness. I am a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with diverse expertise. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and am board certified in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing, family trauma therapy, emergency, and critical care nursing. I am also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who stands at the forefront of advanced nursing practice and quality improvement in mental health care.
At Mae Mental Wellness, my goal is to work collaboratively with my patients to develop a treatment plan that will result in improved mental wellness. I am a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with diverse expertise. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and am board certified in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing, family trauma therapy, emergency, and critical care nursing. I am also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who stands at the forefront of advanced nursing practice and quality improvement in mental health care.
(561) 782-6865 View (561) 782-6865
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Georges Coupet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Georges Coupet is a personable and enthusiastic clinician with over 7 years of experience in Psychiatry. He believes in a patient-centered and humanistic approach to treatment. He develops an individualized treatment plan for each client that includes pharmacology, depending on the needs of the client. “My goal is to make my clients as comfortable as possible in order to establish a trusting working relationship. No judgment zone.”
Georges Coupet is a personable and enthusiastic clinician with over 7 years of experience in Psychiatry. He believes in a patient-centered and humanistic approach to treatment. He develops an individualized treatment plan for each client that includes pharmacology, depending on the needs of the client. “My goal is to make my clients as comfortable as possible in order to establish a trusting working relationship. No judgment zone.”
(813) 701-5844 View (813) 701-5844
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LaTangra M McIntosh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, LMHC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33637
LaTangra McIntosh (LaTonya) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Family Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors. With over 30 years of working with diverse populations in settings such as in the home, communities, county jails, juvenile justice programs, hospitals, community mental health, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for psychiatric wellness, LaTangra can help you! LaTangra’s background as a Christian Counselor also allows her to provide counseling to Christians without fear of judgement. When you partner wi
LaTangra McIntosh (LaTonya) is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Family Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors. With over 30 years of working with diverse populations in settings such as in the home, communities, county jails, juvenile justice programs, hospitals, community mental health, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment centers for psychiatric wellness, LaTangra can help you! LaTangra’s background as a Christian Counselor also allows her to provide counseling to Christians without fear of judgement. When you partner wi
(863) 880-1940 View (863) 880-1940
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Joe Pullara
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33646
My ideal client is seeking relief from the persistent grips of PTSD, chronic depression, or anxiety. These individuals have pursued multiple treatments but have been met with unsatisfactory outcomes or intolerable side effects to the traditional oral medications. They aspire to reclaim a life beyond their struggles, aiming for a meaningful and lasting enhancement in their well-being. They desire a treatment that embraces the journey and helps rewrite their story.
My ideal client is seeking relief from the persistent grips of PTSD, chronic depression, or anxiety. These individuals have pursued multiple treatments but have been met with unsatisfactory outcomes or intolerable side effects to the traditional oral medications. They aspire to reclaim a life beyond their struggles, aiming for a meaningful and lasting enhancement in their well-being. They desire a treatment that embraces the journey and helps rewrite their story.
(813) 755-8837 View (813) 755-8837
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Danielle Porter💊 Porter Psychiatry Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. My goal is to listen and understand your mental health needs and my treatment approach is to help individuals find therapeutic symptom relief with as little medication necessary. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis, treatment options, prescription refill, or additional services, schedule your visit today via Grow Therapy. I look forward to meeting with you.
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. My goal is to listen and understand your mental health needs and my treatment approach is to help individuals find therapeutic symptom relief with as little medication necessary. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis, treatment options, prescription refill, or additional services, schedule your visit today via Grow Therapy. I look forward to meeting with you.
(813) 945-6535 View (813) 945-6535
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Michelle Antanovich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Michelle Antanovich is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Michelle understands that many of her patients are facing anxiety, depression, attention issues, and mood changes throughout their lives. She believes that understanding how to handle these fluctuations is key for healthy coping and living life to the fullest.
Michelle Antanovich is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Michelle understands that many of her patients are facing anxiety, depression, attention issues, and mood changes throughout their lives. She believes that understanding how to handle these fluctuations is key for healthy coping and living life to the fullest.
(813) 565-2569 View (813) 565-2569
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Thrive Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33637
Thrive Behavioral Health Services is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner led clinic focused on treating various Psychiatric conditions to include Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Various types of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders as well as Binge Eating Disorders.
Thrive Behavioral Health Services is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner led clinic focused on treating various Psychiatric conditions to include Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Various types of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders as well as Binge Eating Disorders.
(813) 993-0315 View (813) 993-0315
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Sarah Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, WHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647
Most of my clients have come to me as adults wondering whether they could possibly have undiagnosed ADHD or needing treatment. Many of them had been misdiagnosed in the past with depression, anxiety, or even bipolar disorder, but these never seemed quite right or the treatments never helped. Many have noticed that the strategies that previously worked for them at one time are no longer doing enough to manage all their overflowing responsibilities effectively and they are overwhelmed and burnt out. Some of my other clients come to me with concerns about managing mental health in the setting of pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.
Most of my clients have come to me as adults wondering whether they could possibly have undiagnosed ADHD or needing treatment. Many of them had been misdiagnosed in the past with depression, anxiety, or even bipolar disorder, but these never seemed quite right or the treatments never helped. Many have noticed that the strategies that previously worked for them at one time are no longer doing enough to manage all their overflowing responsibilities effectively and they are overwhelmed and burnt out. Some of my other clients come to me with concerns about managing mental health in the setting of pregnancy, postpartum, and lactation.
(813) 797-4875 View (813) 797-4875
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Alicia Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Alicia Allen is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Alicia starts by asking patients about their treatment goals and expectations. This creates an open dialogue that improves treatment outcomes. She supports each patient’s mental and physical health by integrating evidence-based, patient-centered techniques. Alicia considers it her mission to show empathy, active listening, and flexibility. Her ultimate goal is to fight the stigma surrounding mental health so more people can speak openly about their needs and experiences. Alicia has been treating patients since 2010 and works with patients ages 18-65.
Alicia Allen is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Alicia starts by asking patients about their treatment goals and expectations. This creates an open dialogue that improves treatment outcomes. She supports each patient’s mental and physical health by integrating evidence-based, patient-centered techniques. Alicia considers it her mission to show empathy, active listening, and flexibility. Her ultimate goal is to fight the stigma surrounding mental health so more people can speak openly about their needs and experiences. Alicia has been treating patients since 2010 and works with patients ages 18-65.
(813) 696-3979 View (813) 696-3979

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Number of Psychiatrists in Tampa Palms, FL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Tampa Palms, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
67% ADHD
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Psychosis

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
67% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Tampa Palms, FL see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tampa Palms?

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.