Psychiatrists in Thonotosassa, FL

Photo of LaLencia Matthews, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
LaLencia Matthews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Thonotosassa, FL 33592  (Online Only)
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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Naoko Hurvitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33613  (Online Only)
Naoko Hurvitz is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2018. Naoko likes to formulate individualized treatment plans with each patient. She asks each patient for their respective treatment goals and motivations, and based on the responses given she creates the plan for treatment together with the patient. Naoko is passionate about implementing a healthy lifestyle. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 sons.
Naoko Hurvitz is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Florida who has been practicing since 2018. Naoko likes to formulate individualized treatment plans with each patient. She asks each patient for their respective treatment goals and motivations, and based on the responses given she creates the plan for treatment together with the patient. Naoko is passionate about implementing a healthy lifestyle. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 sons.
(813) 510-6282 View (813) 510-6282
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Debbie Mock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brandon, FL 33511  (Online Only)
Do you love yourself? Have you lost that desire for your very own existence? Do you feel like you are carrying around a ton of bricks. lost interest in your favorite things, lacking energy, nervous all the time, and self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? Does the sound of the alarm clock turn your stomach? Are you struggling to obtain a full night's sleep? Can't stop your thoughts from racing? If this sounds like something you are going through, we can help you focus on getting your life back on track and learning to fall in love with yourself again.
Do you love yourself? Have you lost that desire for your very own existence? Do you feel like you are carrying around a ton of bricks. lost interest in your favorite things, lacking energy, nervous all the time, and self-medicating with drugs or alcohol? Does the sound of the alarm clock turn your stomach? Are you struggling to obtain a full night's sleep? Can't stop your thoughts from racing? If this sounds like something you are going through, we can help you focus on getting your life back on track and learning to fall in love with yourself again.
(813) 773-1332 View (813) 773-1332
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33620
I am passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
I am passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(813) 670-8394 View (813) 670-8394
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Mental Health Management Group: Ketamist and TMS
Psychiatrist, MD, PA
Verified Verified
Brandon, FL 33511
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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Noel Patrick Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33619
Noel Hamilton is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both Psychiatry and Primary care medicine. Noel is passionate about providing compassionate , comprehensive and high quality mental health services to adults. He possesses strong clinical skills and establishes excellent raport with patients and family. Noel has always had an interest in the field of Psychiatry, he started his career as a nurse in a hospital Psychiatric crisis/acute care unit as well as hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Drexel University in Pennsylvania with a Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health
Noel Hamilton is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both Psychiatry and Primary care medicine. Noel is passionate about providing compassionate , comprehensive and high quality mental health services to adults. He possesses strong clinical skills and establishes excellent raport with patients and family. Noel has always had an interest in the field of Psychiatry, he started his career as a nurse in a hospital Psychiatric crisis/acute care unit as well as hospital inpatient psychiatric unit. Mr. Hamilton graduated from Drexel University in Pennsylvania with a Post Masters in Psychiatric Mental Health
(813) 321-4386 View (813) 321-4386
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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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Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33620
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
My ideal client is open-minded and motivated and would like to explore medication as part of their treatment plan. They may struggle with various mental health issues such as anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, depression, or other mood disorders. Their goal is to find relief from their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
(813) 566-0098 View (813) 566-0098
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Marie R. Dona
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Currently not accepting new clients until October 2023. Dr. Marie R. Dona, M.D is a Dual Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in Child, Adolescent, Perinatal, Lifestyle, and Adult Psychiatry. She sees a wide variety of patients with numerous conditions and concerns. She has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, psychosis, addiction, eating disorders, perinatal and postpartum mood disorders and more. She provides therapy and medication management services. We are also able to offer GeneSight testing to see how you may metabolize medications differently.
Currently not accepting new clients until October 2023. Dr. Marie R. Dona, M.D is a Dual Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in Child, Adolescent, Perinatal, Lifestyle, and Adult Psychiatry. She sees a wide variety of patients with numerous conditions and concerns. She has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, mood disorders, psychosis, addiction, eating disorders, perinatal and postpartum mood disorders and more. She provides therapy and medication management services. We are also able to offer GeneSight testing to see how you may metabolize medications differently.
(813) 696-6326 View (813) 696-6326
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Tranquility Mental Health & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33604  (Online Only)
Each patient has a unique set of needs and therefore requires a unique approach to achieve their individual mental health goals. Not every patient is a one size fits all approach. Often, creativity in care planning is necessary to give my patient the best intervention strategy that fits their life and their goals. Ultimately, we both want the same thing but getting there begins with a trusting, professional client/provider relationship. I want to ensure that my patients understand their treatments and are improving or maintaining stable mental health with treatment all while minimizing risks or further health deterioration.
Each patient has a unique set of needs and therefore requires a unique approach to achieve their individual mental health goals. Not every patient is a one size fits all approach. Often, creativity in care planning is necessary to give my patient the best intervention strategy that fits their life and their goals. Ultimately, we both want the same thing but getting there begins with a trusting, professional client/provider relationship. I want to ensure that my patients understand their treatments and are improving or maintaining stable mental health with treatment all while minimizing risks or further health deterioration.
(727) 353-5261 View (727) 353-5261
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Carmelisa Marie Baptiste
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Brandon, FL 33511  (Online Only)
I am interested in helping all patient who are facing difficulties with handling their mental health. My goals are to build a rapport with the patient, develop a patient-centered plan of care, address concerns, and issues, and offer psychotherapy. I am a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Associate of Science degree in Nursing (RN) from Excelsior College, Albany, New York, Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Aspen University.
I am interested in helping all patient who are facing difficulties with handling their mental health. My goals are to build a rapport with the patient, develop a patient-centered plan of care, address concerns, and issues, and offer psychotherapy. I am a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I received my Associate of Science degree in Nursing (RN) from Excelsior College, Albany, New York, Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Aspen University.
(813) 452-4236 View (813) 452-4236
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Betts Mental Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33619
Now taking on new clients! I am highly trained in treating clients from ages 6-65 with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical management. Are you feeling angry or anxious? Unmanageable feelings or moods? Severe stress, trauma, or depression? Are you finding it difficult to focus or finish your work? You're not alone! More than ever, people are experiencing feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and uncertainty about how to handle their relationships, careers, and overall life. Ignoring your wants and neglecting yourself can have long-term negative effects on your body and psyche. We think that leading a better life shouldn't be that difficult.
Now taking on new clients! I am highly trained in treating clients from ages 6-65 with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical management. Are you feeling angry or anxious? Unmanageable feelings or moods? Severe stress, trauma, or depression? Are you finding it difficult to focus or finish your work? You're not alone! More than ever, people are experiencing feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, and uncertainty about how to handle their relationships, careers, and overall life. Ignoring your wants and neglecting yourself can have long-term negative effects on your body and psyche. We think that leading a better life shouldn't be that difficult.
(727) 619-1100 View (727) 619-1100
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Danielle Porter, PMHNP • Porter Psychiatry Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry LLC via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle Porter, Florida APRN and national board certified PMHNP who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis/confirm prior diagnosis, prescription refill, or wish to make changes to your current treatment, learn of your options, or other services, scan the QR code and schedule your visit today. I look forward to meeting with you.
Welcome to Porter Psychiatry LLC via Grow Therapy! I’m Danielle Porter, Florida APRN and national board certified PMHNP who provides mental health/psychiatric evaluation and medication management via telehealth. If you are in need of an evaluation, diagnosis/confirm prior diagnosis, prescription refill, or wish to make changes to your current treatment, learn of your options, or other services, scan the QR code and schedule your visit today. I look forward to meeting with you.
(727) 910-5816 View (727) 910-5816
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Shelley T Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tampa, FL 33647
Hello! I am a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner treating patients throughout Florida. I comprehensively assess each person's individual needs. I am a compassionate provider, practicing by the Golden Rule. I provide a safe, trusting, caring environment where patients feel heard, understood, and comfortable sharing their experiences without fear of judgement. I work collaboratively with patients and families in developing their personalized treatment plans and providing them with the skills they need to build their best lives. I believe in providing patients with education, coping skills, and personal empowerment to succeed.
Hello! I am a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner treating patients throughout Florida. I comprehensively assess each person's individual needs. I am a compassionate provider, practicing by the Golden Rule. I provide a safe, trusting, caring environment where patients feel heard, understood, and comfortable sharing their experiences without fear of judgement. I work collaboratively with patients and families in developing their personalized treatment plans and providing them with the skills they need to build their best lives. I believe in providing patients with education, coping skills, and personal empowerment to succeed.
(239) 880-2901 View (239) 880-2901
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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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Brandon TMS and Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brandon, FL 33510
TMS is a good option for patients with depression who have failed to respond adequately to several trials of antidepressants and or who could not tolerate treatment with medications. They must have also tried some therapies such as CBT. These are basically the criteria for insurance coverage with some nuances. At this time it is covered through Cigna, United Health Care, BCBS, Aetna, Tricare, Medicare. We are the only TMS facility to offer treatment to TEENS and CHILDREN OFF LABEL that I am aware of. We are the first Tampa practice to offer a Theta Burst protocol. We have a EEG system on site but it is not covered by insurance.
TMS is a good option for patients with depression who have failed to respond adequately to several trials of antidepressants and or who could not tolerate treatment with medications. They must have also tried some therapies such as CBT. These are basically the criteria for insurance coverage with some nuances. At this time it is covered through Cigna, United Health Care, BCBS, Aetna, Tricare, Medicare. We are the only TMS facility to offer treatment to TEENS and CHILDREN OFF LABEL that I am aware of. We are the first Tampa practice to offer a Theta Burst protocol. We have a EEG system on site but it is not covered by insurance.
(813) 681-5880 x1 View (813) 681-5880 x1
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Michelle Medina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33647  (Online Only)
I help clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues. I also help clients who are struggling with identity issues such as LGBT and POC-related issues. Their goals are generally to gain the tools to help them improve their quality of life.
I help clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues. I also help clients who are struggling with identity issues such as LGBT and POC-related issues. Their goals are generally to gain the tools to help them improve their quality of life.
(321) 257-2531 View (321) 257-2531
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Harmony United Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Lutz, FL 33559
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. We offer Medication Management, Counseling/Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychological Testing in our network of clinics and 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 in our network of clinics and 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.
(352) 747-9464 View (352) 747-9464
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Ijeoma Njoku
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, LPN
Verified Verified
Tampa, FL 33620
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can help patients with mental illness through medication management and patient education about the disorder. In addition, I will teach patients some coping skills, referral to other helpful resources, and collaborate with other interdisciplinary teams.
I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, and Mood Disorders. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can help patients with mental illness through medication management and patient education about the disorder. In addition, I will teach patients some coping skills, referral to other helpful resources, and collaborate with other interdisciplinary teams.
(561) 708-5393 View (561) 708-5393
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Megan Toufexis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brandon, FL 33510
Dr. Megan Toufexis is a board certified physician in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Her office is now taking new patients. The office has skilled and compassionate doctors and medical providers. They provide diagnostic evaluations, medication management, supportive therapy, CBT, ADHD testing, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy, women's mental health care, and treatment for OCD, and eating disorders.
Dr. Megan Toufexis is a board certified physician in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Her office is now taking new patients. The office has skilled and compassionate doctors and medical providers. They provide diagnostic evaluations, medication management, supportive therapy, CBT, ADHD testing, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy, women's mental health care, and treatment for OCD, and eating disorders.
(813) 544-1946 View (813) 544-1946

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Number of Psychiatrists in Thonotosassa, FL

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Psychiatrists in Thonotosassa, FL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Parenting
100% Other
100% Bipolar Disorder

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in Thonotosassa, FL see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Thonotosassa?

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.