Psychiatrists in Stone Mountain, GA

Asata V Kamara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Asata Kamara AGNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a noteworthy and highly experienced medical professional with over 20 years of experience. As a Doctoring Prepared Nurse (DNP) as well as 9 years of experience as a Certified Adult Geriatric and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Kamara has vast experience in the treatment and management of anxiety disorder, mood disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), insomnia, and schizophrenia. She also has immense experience in the treatment and management of chronic diseases such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes type 2.
Asata Kamara AGNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a noteworthy and highly experienced medical professional with over 20 years of experience. As a Doctoring Prepared Nurse (DNP) as well as 9 years of experience as a Certified Adult Geriatric and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Kamara has vast experience in the treatment and management of anxiety disorder, mood disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), insomnia, and schizophrenia. She also has immense experience in the treatment and management of chronic diseases such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes type 2.
(404) 689-9386 View (404) 689-9386
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Elevated Mental Health and Wellness center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Stone Mountain, GA 30083  (Online Only)
We are a Mental Health Practice with a great passion for comprehensive and patient centered care. As psychiatric Nurse practitioners, we are able to diagnose and treat a multitude of mental health disorders. We utilize a variety of strategies and techniques to treat the patient as a whole; as we believe treatment for mental health is beyond medication management alone.
We are a Mental Health Practice with a great passion for comprehensive and patient centered care. As psychiatric Nurse practitioners, we are able to diagnose and treat a multitude of mental health disorders. We utilize a variety of strategies and techniques to treat the patient as a whole; as we believe treatment for mental health is beyond medication management alone.
(678) 325-0193 View (678) 325-0193
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Abby Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stone Mountain, GA 30086
Funmi is a licensed Nurse Practitioner with experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for ages 7 - 99. I am board-certified as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC). Currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Georgia and Florida. I hold a bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatry and mental health at Walden University. Currently in pursuance of the Doctoral degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health program at Walden University. The wellness of my clients is my passion.
Funmi is a licensed Nurse Practitioner with experience in Psychiatric-Mental Health providing care for ages 7 - 99. I am board-certified as an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), PMHNP-BC by American Credentialing Center (ANCC). Currently licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Georgia and Florida. I hold a bachelor’s degree (BSN) in nursing- at Chamberlain University Chicago and a master’s degree in Psychiatry and mental health at Walden University. Currently in pursuance of the Doctoral degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health program at Walden University. The wellness of my clients is my passion.
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Stephanie Abel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Stephanie is a certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with 10+years' experience in psychiatry. I work with various populations and has worked in a variety of levels of care, including outpatient clinic, partial hospital program, dual diagnosis treatment, adult memory care, assisted living and inpatient units. My strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, dually diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences.
Stephanie is a certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with 10+years' experience in psychiatry. I work with various populations and has worked in a variety of levels of care, including outpatient clinic, partial hospital program, dual diagnosis treatment, adult memory care, assisted living and inpatient units. My strengths include working with vulnerable populations, those with severe and persistent mental illness, psychotic disorders, dually diagnosed patients, and individuals affected by traumatic experiences.
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U-First Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tucker, GA 30084
I am a dual Board Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at U-First Healthcare where your mental wellness is our number one priority. We focus on your specific needs and center our care towards your goals and objectives.
I am a dual Board Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at U-First Healthcare where your mental wellness is our number one priority. We focus on your specific needs and center our care towards your goals and objectives.
(833) 583-4778 View (833) 583-4778
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Robert Hunter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30034
Enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults. Highly skilled at working closely with parents to ensure that through proper diagnosis, treatment, and medication management that children and adolescents can live healthier and happier lives. I also enjoy working with adults to assist them with finding the proper medication treatment to assist them in managing better in their day to day with minimal disruptions due to mental illness. Very outgoing and personable.
Enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults. Highly skilled at working closely with parents to ensure that through proper diagnosis, treatment, and medication management that children and adolescents can live healthier and happier lives. I also enjoy working with adults to assist them with finding the proper medication treatment to assist them in managing better in their day to day with minimal disruptions due to mental illness. Very outgoing and personable.
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Michael S Conley, MD PC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
For me, the most satisfying part of practicing psychiatry is that each day I have the opportunity to interact with patients and help them improve their mental health and lives. Over my 23 years of private practice in Atlanta, I have seen firsthand that good psychiatric care, often in conjunction with targeted psychotherapy, can be transformative to a patient's health and well being. I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, because each individual has unique biology, life circumstances, and goals for themselves.
For me, the most satisfying part of practicing psychiatry is that each day I have the opportunity to interact with patients and help them improve their mental health and lives. Over my 23 years of private practice in Atlanta, I have seen firsthand that good psychiatric care, often in conjunction with targeted psychotherapy, can be transformative to a patient's health and well being. I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, because each individual has unique biology, life circumstances, and goals for themselves.
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Mercy Oyerinde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stonecrest, GA 30038  (Online Only)
Mercy Oyerinde is a Nurse Practitioner, now providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. she is a board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). Education History Columbus State University, 2010 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Walden University: 2015, MSN, Liberty University, 2021, PMHNP. She is experienced in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
Mercy Oyerinde is a Nurse Practitioner, now providing Psychiatric-Mental Health Care to the general population. she is a board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC). Education History Columbus State University, 2010 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Walden University: 2015, MSN, Liberty University, 2021, PMHNP. She is experienced in caring for pediatrics (ages 13 and above), adults, and the aging.
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Stacey Velimesis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Stacey Velimesis, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. Listening attentively to my patients is paramount to me, as I'm deeply passionate about meeting their unique needs. My approach to care is holistic, integrating evidence-based interventions that encompass physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This creates a nurturing and supportive environment conducive to healing, where patients feel empowered to take an active role in their mental health and wellness journey.
Stacey Velimesis, as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) I'm dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. Listening attentively to my patients is paramount to me, as I'm deeply passionate about meeting their unique needs. My approach to care is holistic, integrating evidence-based interventions that encompass physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This creates a nurturing and supportive environment conducive to healing, where patients feel empowered to take an active role in their mental health and wellness journey.
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Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Naveen Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30322
Clarity Integrative Psychiatry was founded with the principle that Psychiatry can do so much better. We can move beyond just covering up symptoms with psychiatric medications and achieve profound life changes by getting to the root causes of problematic symptoms. Examples of possible root causes may include nutritional imbalances, gut imbalances, hormonal imbalances, environmental toxins, and unresolved psychological trauma, just to name a few. Please note, that we are out of network with all health insurance providers. Telemedicine is an option.
Clarity Integrative Psychiatry was founded with the principle that Psychiatry can do so much better. We can move beyond just covering up symptoms with psychiatric medications and achieve profound life changes by getting to the root causes of problematic symptoms. Examples of possible root causes may include nutritional imbalances, gut imbalances, hormonal imbalances, environmental toxins, and unresolved psychological trauma, just to name a few. Please note, that we are out of network with all health insurance providers. Telemedicine is an option.
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Dr. Sora Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chamblee, GA 30341
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatrist who is passionate about helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and their general mental health. I particularly enjoy working in women's mental health and with second generation Americans. I know each person has a unique set of circumstances contributing to their current situation, which means every treatment plan is equally as unique. I believe in working together to create a collaborative plan tailored to fit you.
Hello! I am a board-certified psychiatrist who is passionate about helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and their general mental health. I particularly enjoy working in women's mental health and with second generation Americans. I know each person has a unique set of circumstances contributing to their current situation, which means every treatment plan is equally as unique. I believe in working together to create a collaborative plan tailored to fit you.
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Porscha Dickens Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30322  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Life can often present with twists and turns that can affect how we think and feel. There are times were we can feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried, sad, angry, or all of the above. Many times our past experiences can contribute to how we manage present situations. Sometimes we know something is off or we are not living the life we want, but might not be sure how to make a change. You are not alone. By starting mental health treatment you can learn about your past and present to create the change you may want in the future.
Life can often present with twists and turns that can affect how we think and feel. There are times were we can feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried, sad, angry, or all of the above. Many times our past experiences can contribute to how we manage present situations. Sometimes we know something is off or we are not living the life we want, but might not be sure how to make a change. You are not alone. By starting mental health treatment you can learn about your past and present to create the change you may want in the future.
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Tanveer A Padder
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Dr Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
Dr Padder is a Triple boarded Psychiatrist - Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomat American Board of Addiction Medicine and added Certification in Clinical Psycho-Pharmacology. He is a preeminent expert in psychopharmacology and has been awarded a Master Psycho-pharmacologist certification. He has received numerous awards, including America's Top Psychiatrists, Patient choice award, Health grades honor roll, Top doctor award, Maryland, and many more. We also offer Ketamine therapy at the comfort of your home. For appointment for ketamine therapy, visit ketamineonline.us
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Tina Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
I boast a very diverse work history, passion for people and integrative approach to caring for the whole patient across the lifespan. Since 2005, I have worked in a variety of settings from the emergency department and Pediatrics to Family and Women’s health as well as inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry. I am experienced in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions such as Disorders of Mood and Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Schizophrenia, Dual-Diagnosis as well as Women’s Health, including during pregnancy.
I boast a very diverse work history, passion for people and integrative approach to caring for the whole patient across the lifespan. Since 2005, I have worked in a variety of settings from the emergency department and Pediatrics to Family and Women’s health as well as inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry. I am experienced in treating a variety of psychiatric conditions such as Disorders of Mood and Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Schizophrenia, Dual-Diagnosis as well as Women’s Health, including during pregnancy.
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Darnae Lovett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chamblee, GA 30341  (Online Only)
Darnae Michelle Lovett is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (APRN-BC, PMHNP) with over 4 years of experience working with adult clients who are suffering from ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, insomnia, bipolar, PTSD, and adjustment disorders. She received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and then earned her Master's degree from South University. Darnae then received her post-Master's certificate in Psychiatric Health from Valdosta State University.
Darnae Michelle Lovett is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (APRN-BC, PMHNP) with over 4 years of experience working with adult clients who are suffering from ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), depression, insomnia, bipolar, PTSD, and adjustment disorders. She received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina and then earned her Master's degree from South University. Darnae then received her post-Master's certificate in Psychiatric Health from Valdosta State University.
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Dr. Valdesha DeJean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30329
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in mood disorders (depression, bipolar), anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, cultural stressors, and professionals in crisis. In addition to medication evaluation, I offer psychotherapy services (individual, couples, and family). My therapy approach is warm, compassionate, nonjudgmental, and I create an empathic environment for clients. I understand my patients from a holistic perspective by evaluating the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to their emotional concerns. Currently seeing clients in GA, TX, and WA.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in mood disorders (depression, bipolar), anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, cultural stressors, and professionals in crisis. In addition to medication evaluation, I offer psychotherapy services (individual, couples, and family). My therapy approach is warm, compassionate, nonjudgmental, and I create an empathic environment for clients. I understand my patients from a holistic perspective by evaluating the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to their emotional concerns. Currently seeing clients in GA, TX, and WA.
(678) 661-5459 View (678) 661-5459
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Scarlet Hurtnole
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30324
SAME week appointments available! Scarlet Hurtnole PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients at Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry. Scarlet has taken on many roles as a psychiatric NP. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in settings including, outpatient psychiatry and acute inpatient care. Working with adult patients in outpatient psychiatry has always been Scarlet's primary interest and specialty. She is well-versed in treating an array of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.
SAME week appointments available! Scarlet Hurtnole PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients at Atlanta Integrative Psychiatry. Scarlet has taken on many roles as a psychiatric NP. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in settings including, outpatient psychiatry and acute inpatient care. Working with adult patients in outpatient psychiatry has always been Scarlet's primary interest and specialty. She is well-versed in treating an array of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.
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Dr. Monifa Seawell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lithonia, GA 30038  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm Dr. Monifa Seawell (Mo-knee-fah See-well). I'm a physician and Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist. When I'm not listening to Beyonce', I provide affirming, patient centered psychiatric care for anxiety & depression. There are 4 core beliefs that form the foundation of my work as a psychiatrist: 1) You deserve to have a voice in your healthcare decisions. Your opinions & questions matter. 2) You deserve to receive a clear explanation of your diagnosis & treatment plan. 3) You deserve to not feel rushed during your appointments. 4) You deserve to feel safe to show up to your appointments as your authentic self.
Hi there! I'm Dr. Monifa Seawell (Mo-knee-fah See-well). I'm a physician and Board Certified Forensic Psychiatrist. When I'm not listening to Beyonce', I provide affirming, patient centered psychiatric care for anxiety & depression. There are 4 core beliefs that form the foundation of my work as a psychiatrist: 1) You deserve to have a voice in your healthcare decisions. Your opinions & questions matter. 2) You deserve to receive a clear explanation of your diagnosis & treatment plan. 3) You deserve to not feel rushed during your appointments. 4) You deserve to feel safe to show up to your appointments as your authentic self.
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Ornaldo Swift Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30035
I am a dedicated professional with more than two decades of clinical experience practicing across various cultures. I am board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Our practice, Ornaldo Swift Healthcare, specializes in treating teenagers, adults, the elderly and the underserved population, providing evidenced based psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapeutic counselling. We treat a wide range of psychiatric illnesses . We treat everyone with compassion and care is individualized
I am a dedicated professional with more than two decades of clinical experience practicing across various cultures. I am board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Our practice, Ornaldo Swift Healthcare, specializes in treating teenagers, adults, the elderly and the underserved population, providing evidenced based psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapeutic counselling. We treat a wide range of psychiatric illnesses . We treat everyone with compassion and care is individualized
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Number of Psychiatrists in Stone Mountain, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Stone Mountain, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
75% Psychosis
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Behavioral Issues
75% Suicidal Ideation

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
67% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Stone Mountain, GA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Stone Mountain?

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.