Psychiatrists in Fairburn, GA

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Edith Arterberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fairburn, GA 30213  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner. I am board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). I provide full range of psychiatric-mental health care across the life span. My expertise lies in treating wide a range of mental health conditions with a particular focus on depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and insomnia.
I am a dual-certified nurse practitioner. I am board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). I provide full range of psychiatric-mental health care across the life span. My expertise lies in treating wide a range of mental health conditions with a particular focus on depression, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and insomnia.
(470) 347-1164 View (470) 347-1164
Photo of La-Vonnie Joiner - The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Fairburn, GA 30213
La-Vonnie Joiner, APRN, PMHNP-BC adept at building strong therapeutic alliances with clients, cultivating a compassionate and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment where individuals feel heard, supported, and empowered to achieve their mental health goals. I prioritize holistic wellness and strive to address the underlying factors contributing to mental health challenges, advocating for a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. With over 15 years of experience in psychiatric nursing, I possess a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health disorders.
La-Vonnie Joiner, APRN, PMHNP-BC adept at building strong therapeutic alliances with clients, cultivating a compassionate and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment where individuals feel heard, supported, and empowered to achieve their mental health goals. I prioritize holistic wellness and strive to address the underlying factors contributing to mental health challenges, advocating for a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. With over 15 years of experience in psychiatric nursing, I possess a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health disorders.
(678) 840-8446 View (678) 840-8446
Photo of Diana Manjarres - The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Fairburn, GA 30213
Diana Manjarres is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She worked as a critical care nurse for many years. She noticed how patients with histories of mental illness (from anxiety, depression, to schizophrenia) were easily dismissed in hospital settings. She found herself being an advocate for this patient population. She hopes to help her patients take a pause and just breathe again. She says "Sometimes, we go through life surviving and I hope that, through my services, I can help people start living - truly living for themselves."
Diana Manjarres is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She worked as a critical care nurse for many years. She noticed how patients with histories of mental illness (from anxiety, depression, to schizophrenia) were easily dismissed in hospital settings. She found herself being an advocate for this patient population. She hopes to help her patients take a pause and just breathe again. She says "Sometimes, we go through life surviving and I hope that, through my services, I can help people start living - truly living for themselves."
(678) 840-8446 View (678) 840-8446

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Shiy Ajao
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prioritize a holistic and patient centered approach, recognizing the significance of mental health is just as crucial as physical well-being (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, across all life stages). I am dedicated to provide comprehensive care, that focuses on the individual's unique needs. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of an initial psychiatric evaluation to gain a deep understanding of a patient's mental health status. I am committed to taking the time necessary to listen attentively to my patients, fostering a secure environment for open communication and trust-building.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prioritize a holistic and patient centered approach, recognizing the significance of mental health is just as crucial as physical well-being (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, across all life stages). I am dedicated to provide comprehensive care, that focuses on the individual's unique needs. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of an initial psychiatric evaluation to gain a deep understanding of a patient's mental health status. I am committed to taking the time necessary to listen attentively to my patients, fostering a secure environment for open communication and trust-building.
(762) 815-5853 View (762) 815-5853
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Samantha Zeisloft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2022. I provide inclusive, patient-centered care. Patient demographics-20s to 40s. I care for patients in alternative lifestyles polyamory and other underserved populations. Practice largely focuses on PTSD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, Anxiety, and Trauma. I empower informed decisions & holistic treatment (meds, therapy, lifestyle changes). Telehealth M-F evenings & Sun GA & WA licensed. I do not prescribe controlled substances.
Hello! I am a Board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2022. I provide inclusive, patient-centered care. Patient demographics-20s to 40s. I care for patients in alternative lifestyles polyamory and other underserved populations. Practice largely focuses on PTSD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, Anxiety, and Trauma. I empower informed decisions & holistic treatment (meds, therapy, lifestyle changes). Telehealth M-F evenings & Sun GA & WA licensed. I do not prescribe controlled substances.
(678) 345-6372 View (678) 345-6372
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Nak Union Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30349
Dr. Ranjan Avasthi, is a double board certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist. He is currently the medical director for the Peace of Mind Psychiatric Services Clinic as well as the lead psychiatrist for the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System Partial Hospital Program, that specializes in substance abuse and recovery. Dr. Avasthi completed his Psychiatry fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, a part of Augusta University. He stayed on to work as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Ranjan Avasthi, is a double board certified Adult and Child Psychiatrist. He is currently the medical director for the Peace of Mind Psychiatric Services Clinic as well as the lead psychiatrist for the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System Partial Hospital Program, that specializes in substance abuse and recovery. Dr. Avasthi completed his Psychiatry fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, a part of Augusta University. He stayed on to work as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Morehouse School of Medicine.
(678) 582-2526 View (678) 582-2526
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David Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349  (Online Only)
Hello, everyone; my name is David Balogun. I’m a Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in caring for mental health patients across the lifespan: Children, adults, and the elderly. I’m licensed in Georgia and Iowa and accept clients from both states. I treat all cases of mental health disorders, but I don’t prescribe narcotics or controlled substances.
Hello, everyone; my name is David Balogun. I’m a Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in caring for mental health patients across the lifespan: Children, adults, and the elderly. I’m licensed in Georgia and Iowa and accept clients from both states. I treat all cases of mental health disorders, but I don’t prescribe narcotics or controlled substances.
(770) 407-6290 View (770) 407-6290
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Gilda Moss-Traore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30349
Hi! I am Gilda Moss-Traore a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C, PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience working with a variety of clients living with ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, as well as adjustment disorders and substance use disorders. I am a highly motivated board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse looking forward to providing individualized quality psychiatric care consisting of comprehensive assessments, medication management, and individualized psychosocial therapy to my clients.
Hi! I am Gilda Moss-Traore a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C, PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience working with a variety of clients living with ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, as well as adjustment disorders and substance use disorders. I am a highly motivated board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse looking forward to providing individualized quality psychiatric care consisting of comprehensive assessments, medication management, and individualized psychosocial therapy to my clients.
(470) 287-0878 View (470) 287-0878
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Shiy Ajao
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30349  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prioritize a holistic and patient-centered approach, recognizing the importance of mental health is just as crucial as physical well-being (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, across all life stages). I am dedicated to provide comprehensive care, that focuses on the individual's unique needs. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of an initial psychiatric evaluation to gain a deep understanding of a patient's mental health status. I am committed to taking the time necessary to listen attentively to my patients, fostering a secure environment for open communication and trust-building.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I prioritize a holistic and patient-centered approach, recognizing the importance of mental health is just as crucial as physical well-being (Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, across all life stages). I am dedicated to provide comprehensive care, that focuses on the individual's unique needs. In my practice, I emphasize the importance of an initial psychiatric evaluation to gain a deep understanding of a patient's mental health status. I am committed to taking the time necessary to listen attentively to my patients, fostering a secure environment for open communication and trust-building.
(908) 739-6638 View (908) 739-6638
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MindBodySoul Medical Weight Loss
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30349
Being overweight is without a doubt a big health issue. It influences you physically, mentally, and even socially. The excess weight makes you apply more effort in doing basic things like rising from your bed or bending down to pick up things. You find yourself out of breath when you go up the stairs to the second flooring of your house. You start to feel some pains and pains in your neck and back. Your excess weight can also influence your mental health. You know the negative health effects of being overweight and these thoughts often cross your mind and leave you nervous and uneasy.
Being overweight is without a doubt a big health issue. It influences you physically, mentally, and even socially. The excess weight makes you apply more effort in doing basic things like rising from your bed or bending down to pick up things. You find yourself out of breath when you go up the stairs to the second flooring of your house. You start to feel some pains and pains in your neck and back. Your excess weight can also influence your mental health. You know the negative health effects of being overweight and these thoughts often cross your mind and leave you nervous and uneasy.
(404) 760-3467 View (404) 760-3467
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Dr. Alicia Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30331
My name is Dr. Johnson. I am a double-board certified psychiatric provider. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.drjohnsonpsych.com (Book Online Today!)
My name is Dr. Johnson. I am a double-board certified psychiatric provider. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.drjohnsonpsych.com (Book Online Today!)
(404) 531-2517 View (404) 531-2517
Photo of Nancy Young - Healing Mind and Body, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Healing Mind and Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30349
Our experienced Board-Certified Psychiatric Medical Providers have over 20 years of medical experience combined. They are highly trained in the psychiatric field with an extended scope in family medicine to promote excellent treatments for our patients. We work to optimize our patients’ wellness through a holistic approach and to improve their quality of life. Healing Mind and Body treats the following diagnosis: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, OCD and more.
Our experienced Board-Certified Psychiatric Medical Providers have over 20 years of medical experience combined. They are highly trained in the psychiatric field with an extended scope in family medicine to promote excellent treatments for our patients. We work to optimize our patients’ wellness through a holistic approach and to improve their quality of life. Healing Mind and Body treats the following diagnosis: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, OCD and more.
(404) 905-3676 View (404) 905-3676
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Anthony J. Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, GA 30214  (Online Only)
At Ascension Psychiatric Services we believe that emotional wellness is complex and often misunderstood. It is a result of the combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. We employ the use of evidenced based therapeutic techniques along with judicious use of medication to address each of these components. It is our mission to Ascend above expectations by providing compassionate and personalized care to all, while building relationships and trust.
At Ascension Psychiatric Services we believe that emotional wellness is complex and often misunderstood. It is a result of the combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. We employ the use of evidenced based therapeutic techniques along with judicious use of medication to address each of these components. It is our mission to Ascend above expectations by providing compassionate and personalized care to all, while building relationships and trust.
(404) 737-3006 View (404) 737-3006
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Gloria Chine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Riverdale, GA 30274  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments.
Are you struggling to balance your mental health? Are things becoming overwhelming & unmanageable? My name is Gloria Chine, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of mental health experience. I have extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. I provide comprehensive mental health evaluations, medication management & therapy. My areas of focus include depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger issues, ADHD, PTSD (trauma), schizophrenia and not limiting to other mental illness. I have daily appointments.
(470) 730-7793 View (470) 730-7793
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New Progressions, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349
Currently at New Progressions I am the Medical Director. New Progressions is a Community Mental Health Center that specializes in Child & Adult Core Services.
Currently at New Progressions I am the Medical Director. New Progressions is a Community Mental Health Center that specializes in Child & Adult Core Services.
(678) 806-7855 View (678) 806-7855
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Triumph in Wellness, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349  (Online Only)
Triumph in wellness, LLC focuses on providing quality mental health treatment for a variety of mental health problems. We focus on problem solving and education related to the problem at hand. We collaborate to create a comprehensive treatment plan and seek to achieve symptom relief within the first 4-6weeks of treatment. To learn more about our services, visit www.triumphinwellness.com.
Triumph in wellness, LLC focuses on providing quality mental health treatment for a variety of mental health problems. We focus on problem solving and education related to the problem at hand. We collaborate to create a comprehensive treatment plan and seek to achieve symptom relief within the first 4-6weeks of treatment. To learn more about our services, visit www.triumphinwellness.com.
(770) 766-7628 View (770) 766-7628
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Crystal L Nelson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30349
Each client is unique and their treatment should be as well. Clients visiting me can receive a full range of psychiatric services including Genetic testing , Nutritional Psychiatry and TMS for treatment resistant depression. I am committed to educating my clients about their mental health and empowering them in the healing process. I believe mental health is mental power when clients understand how to use it, which can create a positive outcome.
Each client is unique and their treatment should be as well. Clients visiting me can receive a full range of psychiatric services including Genetic testing , Nutritional Psychiatry and TMS for treatment resistant depression. I am committed to educating my clients about their mental health and empowering them in the healing process. I believe mental health is mental power when clients understand how to use it, which can create a positive outcome.
(678) 552-1002 View (678) 552-1002
Photo of Diana Manjarres - The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis, APRN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
The Neuropsychiatric Clinic of Atlantis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
College Park, GA 30349
Diana Manjarres is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She worked as a critical care nurse for many years. She noticed how patients with histories of mental illness (from anxiety, depression, to schizophrenia) were easily dismissed in hospital settings. She found herself being an advocate for this patient population. She hopes to help her patients take a pause and just breathe again. She says "Sometimes, we go through life surviving and I hope that, through my services, I can help people start living - truly living for themselves."
Diana Manjarres is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner authenticated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She worked as a critical care nurse for many years. She noticed how patients with histories of mental illness (from anxiety, depression, to schizophrenia) were easily dismissed in hospital settings. She found herself being an advocate for this patient population. She hopes to help her patients take a pause and just breathe again. She says "Sometimes, we go through life surviving and I hope that, through my services, I can help people start living - truly living for themselves."
(678) 840-8446 View (678) 840-8446
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Olumayowa Agbojeyin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Mayo Agbojeyin, NP is board certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 16 years of nursing experience pediatric nursing, supportive and palliative care, and pain management. Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include addiction medicine. Mayo enjoys music and travelling.
Mayo Agbojeyin, NP is board certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 16 years of nursing experience pediatric nursing, supportive and palliative care, and pain management. Her areas of clinical interest and expertise include addiction medicine. Mayo enjoys music and travelling.
(770) 525-5042 View (770) 525-5042
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Beautiful Minds of Fayetteville, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she is licensed in the states of California, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and New York. She is committed to working together with her clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Stacey decided to become a nurse because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of her clients – whether it is addressing an overlooked complaint or educating clients about diagnoses and medication management, Stacey takes great pride in caring for her clients. Her belief: “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does." - Unknown.
Ms. Stacey L. Coleman-Mitchell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and she is licensed in the states of California, Georgia, Arizona, Florida and New York. She is committed to working together with her clients to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Stacey decided to become a nurse because she wanted to have a positive impact on the lives of her clients – whether it is addressing an overlooked complaint or educating clients about diagnoses and medication management, Stacey takes great pride in caring for her clients. Her belief: “Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does." - Unknown.
(678) 403-6481 View (678) 403-6481

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Number of Psychiatrists in Fairburn, GA

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Psychiatrists in Fairburn, GA who prioritize treating:

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

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Fairburn, GA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fairburn?

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.