Psychiatrists in Tucker, GA

Photo of Louise Wise, DNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Louise Wise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tucker, GA 30084
Offering flexible EVENING, WEEKEND, & DAY appointments! Discover relief through our compassionate mental health services. Specializing in anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, insomnia, and alcohol addiction. When emotions persist and affect daily life, it's time for healthful solutions. Our approach focuses on individualized options, combining traditional and nutritional treatment plans. Affordable, evidence-based, and holistic care is tailored to patients of all ages. Explore the benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for comprehensive care. Your well-being is our priority, guiding you towards a healthier and balanced life.
Offering flexible EVENING, WEEKEND, & DAY appointments! Discover relief through our compassionate mental health services. Specializing in anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, insomnia, and alcohol addiction. When emotions persist and affect daily life, it's time for healthful solutions. Our approach focuses on individualized options, combining traditional and nutritional treatment plans. Affordable, evidence-based, and holistic care is tailored to patients of all ages. Explore the benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for comprehensive care. Your well-being is our priority, guiding you towards a healthier and balanced life.
(678) 831-6429 View (678) 831-6429
Photo of Dr. Dorothy Delisfort-Crisostomo - U-First Healthcare, LLC, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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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Photo of Naureen Munawar - Apex Family Healthcare Services, Psychiatrist
Apex Family Healthcare Services
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30032
We are a Full Service Psychological Services Center with a large team of therapist to fit your needs and help you throughout your journey of recovery. Our facility offers 16 suites with Clinicians trained in every area of psychotherapy to serve you regardless of your diagnosis. We are able to accommodate multiple family members for same day appointments with therapist and doctors reducing your travel time between multiple offices for different appointments. We are a One-Stop-Shop providing excellent care, quality services and an array of skilled professionals of all ages, ethnicities and gender.
We are a Full Service Psychological Services Center with a large team of therapist to fit your needs and help you throughout your journey of recovery. Our facility offers 16 suites with Clinicians trained in every area of psychotherapy to serve you regardless of your diagnosis. We are able to accommodate multiple family members for same day appointments with therapist and doctors reducing your travel time between multiple offices for different appointments. We are a One-Stop-Shop providing excellent care, quality services and an array of skilled professionals of all ages, ethnicities and gender.
(678) 782-7272 View (678) 782-7272
Photo of Darnae Lovett, APRN-BC, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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.
(678) 783-3675 View (678) 783-3675
Photo of Gloria Chine, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Gloria Chine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brookhaven, GA 30319  (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
Photo of Omobolaji Oluseyi Oyebanjo Popoola, MD, ABPN, ABPM, Psychiatrist
Omobolaji Oluseyi Oyebanjo Popoola
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, ABPM
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30035
The mind set of a man determines the outcome of his life and the quality of relationships he enjoys. Hence the need for us to guard and nurture our minds with the best of cutting edge science and faith tools. My philosophy is that whatever affects your thinking, affects your life, your relationships, your God-given potential and ultimately your contributions to the society at large, the world needs you and we can't afford to miss out on your contribution to life! I am of the strong belief that not every disorder requires medications. Hence only after a thorough objective medical work up, will I consider a variety of treatments.
The mind set of a man determines the outcome of his life and the quality of relationships he enjoys. Hence the need for us to guard and nurture our minds with the best of cutting edge science and faith tools. My philosophy is that whatever affects your thinking, affects your life, your relationships, your God-given potential and ultimately your contributions to the society at large, the world needs you and we can't afford to miss out on your contribution to life! I am of the strong belief that not every disorder requires medications. Hence only after a thorough objective medical work up, will I consider a variety of treatments.
(470) 284-1397 View (470) 284-1397
Photo of Ramakanth K Vemuluri, MD, MRCPsyc, Psychiatrist
Ramakanth K Vemuluri
Psychiatrist, MD, MRCPsyc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Dr. Ram is a passionate psychiatrist who strives for total wellness using evidence-based treatments with collaborative and integrative approaches to mind-body medicine. His style is nonjudgmental, building a trusting relationship, accepting the client as is, and working towards intrinsic change. He believes that caring for the patient is the secret to care.Dr. Ram has completed a master’s in Ayurveda and an integrative medicine course. Ayurveda is the oldest form of medicine practiced in India.
Dr. Ram is a passionate psychiatrist who strives for total wellness using evidence-based treatments with collaborative and integrative approaches to mind-body medicine. His style is nonjudgmental, building a trusting relationship, accepting the client as is, and working towards intrinsic change. He believes that caring for the patient is the secret to care.Dr. Ram has completed a master’s in Ayurveda and an integrative medicine course. Ayurveda is the oldest form of medicine practiced in India.
(470) 444-4508 View (470) 444-4508
Photo of Amanda E. Williams, MD, FAPA, Psychiatrist
Amanda E. Williams
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30342
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. My goal is to actively collaborate with you to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I provide an empathic and supportive environment so that you may gain a better understanding of yourself to facilitate positive change. I pride myself on providing individual psychotherapy combined with medication management (rare for modern day psychiatrists) and also coordinated medication management for patients who see another therapist. I am experienced in the treatment of a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and adjustment reactions.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist specializing in the true integration of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy. My goal is to actively collaborate with you to achieve treatment goals, while reducing the need for psychotropic medication when appropriate. I provide an empathic and supportive environment so that you may gain a better understanding of yourself to facilitate positive change. I pride myself on providing individual psychotherapy combined with medication management (rare for modern day psychiatrists) and also coordinated medication management for patients who see another therapist. I am experienced in the treatment of a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and adjustment reactions.
(404) 865-1183 View (404) 865-1183
Photo of Rebecca Pihera - Psych Care ATL, APRN-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psych Care ATL
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
Psych Care ATL is a small practice with a big heart. Woman-owned and founded in 2022 with a desire to offer holistic, customized mental health services where you feel seen and supported.
Psych Care ATL is a small practice with a big heart. Woman-owned and founded in 2022 with a desire to offer holistic, customized mental health services where you feel seen and supported.
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Photo of David Sogbamu, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
David Sogbamu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030
David Sogbamu, APRN, PMHNP–BC, stands at the forefront of psychiatric and Mental Health care, bringing a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to his practice. As a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on the entire lifespan, David has dedicated his career to the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. With specialized training covering a diverse range of issues, David is adept at addressing the unique
David Sogbamu, APRN, PMHNP–BC, stands at the forefront of psychiatric and Mental Health care, bringing a wealth of expertise and a compassionate approach to his practice. As a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a focus on the entire lifespan, David has dedicated his career to the comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. With specialized training covering a diverse range of issues, David is adept at addressing the unique
(404) 637-0116 View (404) 637-0116
Photo of Amaka Anara, BSN, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amaka Anara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Amaka is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University in Minneapolis Minnesota. She has always had a passion for helping and caring for others. She returned to school to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing after completing her initial bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. Her desire to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals across the lifespan propelled her into pursing a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. Amaka has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, from Medical Surgical to behavioral health and believes that achieving
Amaka is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University in Minneapolis Minnesota. She has always had a passion for helping and caring for others. She returned to school to obtain a Bachelor of Science in nursing after completing her initial bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. Her desire to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals across the lifespan propelled her into pursing a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health. Amaka has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, from Medical Surgical to behavioral health and believes that achieving
(919) 948-1213 View (919) 948-1213
Photo of Lois Schwarze - Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Decatur, GA 30030
Hi, I'm Lois Schwarze, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management and believe that medications work best when they are a part of a wider plan of care. I co-founded Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness with Ella Laura Johannaber, a therapeutic coach and wellness educator, so that our clients have more choices for getting the support they need. I am passionate about mental health and I've witnessed that healing happens through authentic connection. I spend time with my clients, listen, and treat each person as a unique individual.
Hi, I'm Lois Schwarze, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I offer medication management and believe that medications work best when they are a part of a wider plan of care. I co-founded Integrity Psychiatry and Wellness with Ella Laura Johannaber, a therapeutic coach and wellness educator, so that our clients have more choices for getting the support they need. I am passionate about mental health and I've witnessed that healing happens through authentic connection. I spend time with my clients, listen, and treat each person as a unique individual.
(404) 383-8756 View (404) 383-8756
Photo of Naveen Thomas, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist
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.
(404) 882-7516 View (404) 882-7516
Photo of Keldreca Thomas, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Keldreca Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30030  (Online Only)
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, sexual disorders, intimacy concerns, trauma and behavioral issues. I understand that it can be difficult to make positive changes in your life, but I am here to support you. My focus is on serving clients who are open-minded, solution-focused, and ready to take control of their personal growth and development.
I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, sexual disorders, intimacy concerns, trauma and behavioral issues. I understand that it can be difficult to make positive changes in your life, but I am here to support you. My focus is on serving clients who are open-minded, solution-focused, and ready to take control of their personal growth and development.
(470) 745-4737 View (470) 745-4737
Photo of Dr. Glory Dioh-Esona - FirstStop Medical Clinic, LLC, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
FirstStop Medical Clinic, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Decatur, GA 30032  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a Doctorally trained Nurse Practitioner based in Georgia. I'm dual board-certified in Psychiatry and Family medicine. I have a combined healthcare career of over 20 years. I work with individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, and stress. I help older adults with new-onset forgetfulness, as well as young adults struggling with life stressors, responsibilities, and hopelessness, to navigate these obstacles and become the best version of themselves.
Hi! I am a Doctorally trained Nurse Practitioner based in Georgia. I'm dual board-certified in Psychiatry and Family medicine. I have a combined healthcare career of over 20 years. I work with individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, and stress. I help older adults with new-onset forgetfulness, as well as young adults struggling with life stressors, responsibilities, and hopelessness, to navigate these obstacles and become the best version of themselves.
(404) 737-9153 View (404) 737-9153
Photo of Holly Hart, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Holly Hart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30328
Holly Hart graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She treats adults with a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, and eating disorders using a combination of treatment options, including medication, supplements, therapy, psycho-education, and more. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy.
Holly Hart graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing and is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. She treats adults with a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, substance abuse, and eating disorders using a combination of treatment options, including medication, supplements, therapy, psycho-education, and more. Services offered include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy.
(678) 929-5776 View (678) 929-5776
Photo of Lavern Novia Palmer - Ornaldo Swift Healthcare, AGPCNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ornaldo Swift Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGPCNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lithonia, GA 30058
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
(678) 582-1116 View (678) 582-1116
Photo of Ross F Grumet, MD, LFAPA, Psychiatrist
Ross F Grumet
Psychiatrist, MD, LFAPA
Verified Verified
Scottdale, GA 30079
My psychiatric practice handles wide range of adult issues such as depression, ADHD (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Focalin, etc), bipolar, addictions (Suboxone buprenorphine for pain opioid medication problems)alcohol (naltrexone, acamprosate,etc.) I use medication in combination with brief therapy (cognitive, hypnosis, ACT) and coordinate with other therapists if necessary.. For insomnia, insufficient sleep, fatigue see SleepAdvocate.com. See my blogs at psychiatryatlanta.com. At first visit we usually discuss findings, alternative treatment options, your preferences, and start or continue medication with your informed consent. OK to bring another person if you believe this will be useful.
My psychiatric practice handles wide range of adult issues such as depression, ADHD (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Focalin, etc), bipolar, addictions (Suboxone buprenorphine for pain opioid medication problems)alcohol (naltrexone, acamprosate,etc.) I use medication in combination with brief therapy (cognitive, hypnosis, ACT) and coordinate with other therapists if necessary.. For insomnia, insufficient sleep, fatigue see SleepAdvocate.com. See my blogs at psychiatryatlanta.com. At first visit we usually discuss findings, alternative treatment options, your preferences, and start or continue medication with your informed consent. OK to bring another person if you believe this will be useful.
(404) 369-4636 View (404) 369-4636
Photo of Cynthia McNeill, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cynthia McNeill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Atlanta, GA 30305
I'm Dr. Cynthia McNeill, holding both a Ph.D. and certifications as a PMHNP-BC and FNP-C. I specialize in providing care that bridges both psychiatric and family medicine realms, emphasizing a holistic approach to mental well-being. My expertise spans a wide spectrum of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. I'm deeply committed to delivering top-tier, evidence-based care that's accessible to all, regardless of their background. Patient-centeredness is at the core of my practice, and I ardently champion it.
I'm Dr. Cynthia McNeill, holding both a Ph.D. and certifications as a PMHNP-BC and FNP-C. I specialize in providing care that bridges both psychiatric and family medicine realms, emphasizing a holistic approach to mental well-being. My expertise spans a wide spectrum of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. I'm deeply committed to delivering top-tier, evidence-based care that's accessible to all, regardless of their background. Patient-centeredness is at the core of my practice, and I ardently champion it.
(470) 842-9865 View (470) 842-9865
Photo of Summer Nelson, PA-C, CAQ, Physician Assistant
Summer Nelson
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Atlanta, GA 30324
I am a certified physician assistant with a background in cognitive neuroscience and group counseling in a variety of topics including substance use and emotional regulation. My focus in psychiatry has been around addiction medicine and mood disorders. I believe each treatment plan should be tailored to the individual person. My therapeutic approach integrates evidence-based psychiatric treatments with a keen emphasis on lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, exercise, and sleep. I encourage my patients to actively participate in their well-being journey, fostering a sense of empowerment and self-discovery.
I am a certified physician assistant with a background in cognitive neuroscience and group counseling in a variety of topics including substance use and emotional regulation. My focus in psychiatry has been around addiction medicine and mood disorders. I believe each treatment plan should be tailored to the individual person. My therapeutic approach integrates evidence-based psychiatric treatments with a keen emphasis on lifestyle factors, such as nutrition, exercise, and sleep. I encourage my patients to actively participate in their well-being journey, fostering a sense of empowerment and self-discovery.
(470) 740-7623 View (470) 740-7623

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tucker, GA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Tucker, GA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% Child
100% Eating Disorders
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Tucker, GA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tucker?

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.