Psychiatrists in Champaign County, IL

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Photo of Jodie Warsing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Champaign County, IL
Jodie Warsing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Jodie, an ANCC Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, holds an advanced Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her practice. Having worked in various settings, she has honed her skills and expertise to offer exceptional, compassionate care to individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. Jodie is deeply committed to providing client-centered, empathetic care tailored to each person's unique needs. As a DNP, her versatile role encompasses medication management, therapy, education, community mental health advocacy, and legal reform advocacy.
Jodie, an ANCC Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, holds an advanced Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and brings over 20 years of diverse experience to her practice. Having worked in various settings, she has honed her skills and expertise to offer exceptional, compassionate care to individuals seeking to improve their mental well-being. Jodie is deeply committed to providing client-centered, empathetic care tailored to each person's unique needs. As a DNP, her versatile role encompasses medication management, therapy, education, community mental health advocacy, and legal reform advocacy.
(217) 386-5801 View (217) 386-5801
Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in Champaign County, IL
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Jacqueline Bode
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
As a registered nurse of 15 years, Jacqueline had the privilege of caring for clients while demonstrating compassion, empathy, and trustworthiness. Wanting to do more for clients in her rural community, she received a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner to treat patients by providing chronic disease management, preventative health services, and health education for 8 years. She has provided exceptional and timely mental health care for the past two years. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, stress, women's issues, or grief, Jacqueline work with you to formulate the best treatment plan.
As a registered nurse of 15 years, Jacqueline had the privilege of caring for clients while demonstrating compassion, empathy, and trustworthiness. Wanting to do more for clients in her rural community, she received a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner to treat patients by providing chronic disease management, preventative health services, and health education for 8 years. She has provided exceptional and timely mental health care for the past two years. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, stress, women's issues, or grief, Jacqueline work with you to formulate the best treatment plan.
(217) 759-9752 View (217) 759-9752
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Photo of Dan Foutch, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Champaign County, IL
Dan Foutch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mahomet, IL 61853
Mental illness affects people from all walks of life and does not discriminate. I understand this and feel that everyone deserves compassionate treatment regardless of race, political affiliation, gender identity, sexual preference, or religious beliefs. I strive to provide trauma-informed care to all of my clients. This directly impacts my approach to treatment and has given me the ability to connect with my clients on a fundamental level. I understand that getting help can be difficult and that medication is not right for everyone. I will work with you to determine what is the best course of treatment for you.
Mental illness affects people from all walks of life and does not discriminate. I understand this and feel that everyone deserves compassionate treatment regardless of race, political affiliation, gender identity, sexual preference, or religious beliefs. I strive to provide trauma-informed care to all of my clients. This directly impacts my approach to treatment and has given me the ability to connect with my clients on a fundamental level. I understand that getting help can be difficult and that medication is not right for everyone. I will work with you to determine what is the best course of treatment for you.
(217) 680-2593 View (217) 680-2593
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Jodi Juenger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mahomet, IL 61853
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and am dually certified in Family and Psychiatric medicine. Initially, I obtained my Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree, as I was unsure of what area of medicine I was interested in. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to improve my patients' overall health and well-being through independent practice. In 2019, I began thinking it was time to start focusing on my passion for mental health. I obtained my Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am Board Certified.I believe an individual must be treated as a whole and not by illness alone.
I am a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and am dually certified in Family and Psychiatric medicine. Initially, I obtained my Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree, as I was unsure of what area of medicine I was interested in. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to improve my patients' overall health and well-being through independent practice. In 2019, I began thinking it was time to start focusing on my passion for mental health. I obtained my Master’s Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am Board Certified.I believe an individual must be treated as a whole and not by illness alone.
(217) 687-1369 View (217) 687-1369
Photo of Amy Short, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Champaign County, IL
Amy Short
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Not Verified Not Verified
Champaign, IL 61821
Amy Short is a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Illinois, with a robust background in nursing leadership and specialized expertise in psychiatric care. Holding an MSN in Nursing Leadership from Chamberlain University and an additional MSN with a focus on PMHNP-BC from Maryville University, Amy combines her leadership skills with advanced psychiatric knowledge to provide comprehensive care. With a diverse clinical background, Amy has worked as a psych nurse in a hospital setting, honing her skills in addressing the complex mental health needs of individuals.
Amy Short is a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Illinois, with a robust background in nursing leadership and specialized expertise in psychiatric care. Holding an MSN in Nursing Leadership from Chamberlain University and an additional MSN with a focus on PMHNP-BC from Maryville University, Amy combines her leadership skills with advanced psychiatric knowledge to provide comprehensive care. With a diverse clinical background, Amy has worked as a psych nurse in a hospital setting, honing her skills in addressing the complex mental health needs of individuals.
(309) 893-8355 View (309) 893-8355
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Theresa Towle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61822  (Online Only)
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
Greetings! My name is Dr. Theresa Towle. I have decades of experience providing holistic care to help heal hurt, process trauma, build resilience, and find balance. As a dual-certified family & psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, I use evidence-based techniques to treat mind and body, including addressing the role of the gut-brain axis in anxiety, depression, trauma, attention issues, weight loss and a host of other issues. I am dedicated to working with you develop a holistic approach to care.
(708) 564-3560 View (708) 564-3560
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting a residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine, she pursued additional research in HIV Psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr. Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(815) 743-3177 View (815) 743-3177
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At Your Service Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Urbana, IL 61801
To see availability and schedule, go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com. Prescription medications are sent to your local pharmacy after the visit. You finally decided to reach out for help, but it takes months to get in. I established this online telepsychiatry practice with the busy person in mind. We care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, and more. We strive to offer compassionate and convenient psychiatric care.
To see availability and schedule, go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com. Prescription medications are sent to your local pharmacy after the visit. You finally decided to reach out for help, but it takes months to get in. I established this online telepsychiatry practice with the busy person in mind. We care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar, and more. We strive to offer compassionate and convenient psychiatric care.
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(309) 808-6562 View (309) 808-6562
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Balanced Psychiatric Solutions, Beata Janton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Urbana, IL 61802  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified nurse practitioner in family and psychiatric practice. I have been in practice since 2015, initially in family practice. I worked for a few years in a community health care clinic with patients from underserved populations. I became aware that my patients have complex medical healthcare problems and often have severe mental illnesses that were not treated. I realized that I needed to add a psychiatric specialty to become a competent psychiatric provider. I completed my psychiatric degree from the University of St. Francis. After graduation, I started to work with the underserved population again.
I am a double board-certified nurse practitioner in family and psychiatric practice. I have been in practice since 2015, initially in family practice. I worked for a few years in a community health care clinic with patients from underserved populations. I became aware that my patients have complex medical healthcare problems and often have severe mental illnesses that were not treated. I realized that I needed to add a psychiatric specialty to become a competent psychiatric provider. I completed my psychiatric degree from the University of St. Francis. After graduation, I started to work with the underserved population again.
(773) 207-3163 View (773) 207-3163
Photo of Brett Stephan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Champaign County, IL
Brett Stephan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Champaign, IL 61820
I provide medication management and therapy for many conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and other conditions. When we meet for our first video session, we'll discuss your symptoms and treatment goals and we'll carefully select medications that fit your unique needs. I am based in Chicago, and I see clients in IL, WA, OR, AZ, NM, MT, AK, ND, and DE, all via telehealth. I am accepting new clients, and I treat both adults and adolescents. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you.
I provide medication management and therapy for many conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and other conditions. When we meet for our first video session, we'll discuss your symptoms and treatment goals and we'll carefully select medications that fit your unique needs. I am based in Chicago, and I see clients in IL, WA, OR, AZ, NM, MT, AK, ND, and DE, all via telehealth. I am accepting new clients, and I treat both adults and adolescents. I'm excited for the opportunity to work with you.
(773) 831-4366 View (773) 831-4366
Photo of Ear to Ear Behavioral Health Solutions, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Champaign County, IL
Ear to Ear Behavioral Health Solutions, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820  (Online Only)
When a person takes the major step of scheduling an appointment & attending their first session, they have taken actionable measures to begin their healing journey. My name is Corey Shumate, I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner. I am a person who prioritizes listening with sensitivity, compassion and care. I approach each session in a judgement free zone. I assist the client in delving into their past and help with identifying patterns that they may not be aware of, in order to gain control over their emotions. I know that with work and faith you can accomplish anything.
When a person takes the major step of scheduling an appointment & attending their first session, they have taken actionable measures to begin their healing journey. My name is Corey Shumate, I am a licensed Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner. I am a person who prioritizes listening with sensitivity, compassion and care. I approach each session in a judgement free zone. I assist the client in delving into their past and help with identifying patterns that they may not be aware of, in order to gain control over their emotions. I know that with work and faith you can accomplish anything.
(312) 262-5085 View (312) 262-5085
Photo of Elizabeth Adekoya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Champaign County, IL
Elizabeth Adekoya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FPA, MSN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Urbana, IL 61801  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients! Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you suffer from persistent sadness? Do you find yourself struggling to focus or concentrate? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner and I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
Now accepting new patients! Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you suffer from persistent sadness? Do you find yourself struggling to focus or concentrate? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner and I help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
(872) 244-6995 View (872) 244-6995
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Jessica Lepe
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820
Waitlist for new clients
I approach each patient with a holistic approach. I strive to make a personalized connection with each patient in an effort to find the best individualized treatment. While I prescribe medication, I walk you through options so that we can choose what works best for you. I will do my best to ensure you are comfortable with every aspect of your care. I also aim to use the least amount of medication to help your symptoms.
I approach each patient with a holistic approach. I strive to make a personalized connection with each patient in an effort to find the best individualized treatment. While I prescribe medication, I walk you through options so that we can choose what works best for you. I will do my best to ensure you are comfortable with every aspect of your care. I also aim to use the least amount of medication to help your symptoms.
(331) 216-1374 View (331) 216-1374
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Amanda Hahn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM, PMH-C
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61822  (Online Only)
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
Women and birthing people face their own unique mental health challenges. Mandy specializes in women's and perinatal psychiatry. She values a holistic approach to mental health and seeks to provide comprehensive care that addresses psychological, emotional, and physical well being. Services include medication management, supportive therapy, preconception counseling, and birth/postpartum planning. She also has additional training in integrative psychiatry and offers natural options for patients who prefer to limit medication, including treatments for depression, anxiety, and PMDD.
(815) 402-2364 View (815) 402-2364
Taysha Ryan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 727-6174 View (217) 727-6174

Online Psychiatrists

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Elizabeth Adekoya (Now Accepting New Patients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, FPA
Verified Verified
Frankfort, IL 60423
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner and help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
Hi there, I'm Elizabeth. Do you suffer from persistent sadness? Are you struggling to find joy in your day to day life? Or do you find yourself constantly worrying, afraid or anxious? Are you in search of a provider that is both compassionate and adequately skilled to help you treat and manage your symptoms? I am a Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner and help adult individuals with mood disorders and other mental/psychiatric disorders. I am compassionate about helping you manage your depression, anxiety, ADHD and any other comorbidities.
(872) 252-7686 View (872) 252-7686
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Umesh Rao Chakunta
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Springfield, IL 62711
Dr. Umesh Rao Chakunta is an Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2012. Following Medical Education in India, Dr. Chakunta completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mount Sinai school of Medicine in New York. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Chakunta has a special Interest in managing mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral problems associated with dementia.
Dr. Umesh Rao Chakunta is an Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist in Illinois who has been practicing since 2012. Following Medical Education in India, Dr. Chakunta completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mount Sinai school of Medicine in New York. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Chakunta has a special Interest in managing mood disorders, thought disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavioral problems associated with dementia.
(217) 225-5824 View (217) 225-5824

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Number of Psychiatrists in Champaign County, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$287

Psychiatrists in Champaign County, IL who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
94% Bipolar Disorder
89% Depression
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% ADHD
72% Sleep or Insomnia
72% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Champaign County, IL see their clients

55% Online Only
45% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Champaign County?

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.