Psychiatrists in Clifton, IL

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Mandi Troli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APN, FNP
Verified Verified
Clifton, IL 60927  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. I received my Masters in Nursing degree from University of St. Francis in Joliet Illinois at the same time I received my post-masters degree as a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and have been in practice as an FNP for over 11 years.
Hi! I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. I received my Masters in Nursing degree from University of St. Francis in Joliet Illinois at the same time I received my post-masters degree as a Family Nurse practitioner (FNP-BC) and have been in practice as an FNP for over 11 years.
(815) 384-1479 View (815) 384-1479

Online Psychiatrists

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Andrea Fried
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Andrea is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who strives to provide an all-inclusive, safe, and open space for patients across the lifespan. Andrea offers compassionate and comprehensive mental health assessments and medication management visits for adults, adolescents, and children who have a variety of mental health conditions and concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and OCD.
Andrea is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who strives to provide an all-inclusive, safe, and open space for patients across the lifespan. Andrea offers compassionate and comprehensive mental health assessments and medication management visits for adults, adolescents, and children who have a variety of mental health conditions and concerns, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and OCD.
(847) 349-4455 View (847) 349-4455
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Sarah Ritter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, (CNP)
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60641
Sarah Ritter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. Sarah offers thoughtful psychiatric medication management with an emphasis on nutritional interventions whenever they are just as or more effective than pharmaceutical interventions. Additionally, she offers supportive and solution-focused psychotherapy integrated with medication management.
Sarah Ritter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. Sarah offers thoughtful psychiatric medication management with an emphasis on nutritional interventions whenever they are just as or more effective than pharmaceutical interventions. Additionally, she offers supportive and solution-focused psychotherapy integrated with medication management.
(872) 206-9536 View (872) 206-9536
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Imuentiyan Oyesiku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Hi there! Welcome to my professional profile! I am Faith Oyesiku, a highly skilled Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing. With three years of dedicated practice, I bring a wealth of experience across diverse healthcare settings. Are you looking for a provider who is Kind? Empathetic? Compassionate? then look no further!
Hi there! Welcome to my professional profile! I am Faith Oyesiku, a highly skilled Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a master's degree in nursing. With three years of dedicated practice, I bring a wealth of experience across diverse healthcare settings. Are you looking for a provider who is Kind? Empathetic? Compassionate? then look no further!
(630) 389-6206 View (630) 389-6206
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Reworking Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60661
In my 20 years of psychiatric practice in hospital, outpatient, community, and municipal settings, I've witnessed and participated in harms perpetrated by a profit-driven, dehumanizing health care system. After trying to provide the best care possible from within, I came to see it as incompatible with my ethics. Reworking Psychiatry is a fully independent practice committed to reducing and repairing harms caused by the medical and mental health system. Most of my clients have experienced injury from prior treatment, and I aim to provide respectful and reparative care, specializing in medication tapering and careful deprescribing.
In my 20 years of psychiatric practice in hospital, outpatient, community, and municipal settings, I've witnessed and participated in harms perpetrated by a profit-driven, dehumanizing health care system. After trying to provide the best care possible from within, I came to see it as incompatible with my ethics. Reworking Psychiatry is a fully independent practice committed to reducing and repairing harms caused by the medical and mental health system. Most of my clients have experienced injury from prior treatment, and I aim to provide respectful and reparative care, specializing in medication tapering and careful deprescribing.
(608) 544-8814 View (608) 544-8814
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Eappen Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60622
I am a board certified adult, child & adolescent psychiatrist. I completed medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, a general (adult) psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a child psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. The training I received in residency and fellowship has prepared me to manage essentially any psychiatric issue that comes through my clinic doors, regardless of severity or complexity.
I am a board certified adult, child & adolescent psychiatrist. I completed medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, a general (adult) psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a child psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. The training I received in residency and fellowship has prepared me to manage essentially any psychiatric issue that comes through my clinic doors, regardless of severity or complexity.
(844) 632-7736 View (844) 632-7736
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Clear Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP , RN
Verified Verified
Lake In The Hills, IL 60102  (Online Only)
I have expertise in treating , depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD/ trauma, OCD, ADHD, and sleep disorders. Additionally, I offer support for individuals struggling with obesity and related mental health concerns. when treating any condition, I prioritize creating mutual goals with my patients. Oftentimes, patients visit a psychiatric provider and don’t feel they had a voice in their treatment. My passion is helping my patients achieve their goals. In other words, your goals are my goals too. I want you to feel heard and feel we are working towards what you want in treatment.
I have expertise in treating , depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD/ trauma, OCD, ADHD, and sleep disorders. Additionally, I offer support for individuals struggling with obesity and related mental health concerns. when treating any condition, I prioritize creating mutual goals with my patients. Oftentimes, patients visit a psychiatric provider and don’t feel they had a voice in their treatment. My passion is helping my patients achieve their goals. In other words, your goals are my goals too. I want you to feel heard and feel we are working towards what you want in treatment.
(224) 379-0318 View (224) 379-0318
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Laura Lee Anders
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
When it comes to your mental health, compassionate care makes all the difference. I combine expertise with genuine empathy to provide you with the compassionate support you deserve. I understand that seeking help can be a vulnerable experience, which is why I create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can openly discuss your concerns. I take the time to listen attentively, offering a compassionate ear and personalized treatment options tailored to your unique needs. Experience the difference that compassionate care can make in your mental well-being by scheduling an appointment with my practice today.
When it comes to your mental health, compassionate care makes all the difference. I combine expertise with genuine empathy to provide you with the compassionate support you deserve. I understand that seeking help can be a vulnerable experience, which is why I create a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can openly discuss your concerns. I take the time to listen attentively, offering a compassionate ear and personalized treatment options tailored to your unique needs. Experience the difference that compassionate care can make in your mental well-being by scheduling an appointment with my practice today.
(616) 219-0003 View (616) 219-0003
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Jennifer Gray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Warrenville, IL 60555
My approach to treatment is to introduce and guide you down a pathway that you feel is suitable for you and your lifestyle. I use my sessions to learn and understand who you are as a person. It is essential for me to identify your specific concerns and then provide psychiatric treatment that aligns with your goals and values in life. I am passionate about discussing more than medication as treatment as I feel it takes more than medicine to develop a balanced, comfortable lifestyle. I also utilize a collaborative approach with other professionals to ensure that I provide the safest possible care.
My approach to treatment is to introduce and guide you down a pathway that you feel is suitable for you and your lifestyle. I use my sessions to learn and understand who you are as a person. It is essential for me to identify your specific concerns and then provide psychiatric treatment that aligns with your goals and values in life. I am passionate about discussing more than medication as treatment as I feel it takes more than medicine to develop a balanced, comfortable lifestyle. I also utilize a collaborative approach with other professionals to ensure that I provide the safest possible care.
(872) 266-8410 View (872) 266-8410
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Synergy Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Westchester, IL 60154  (Online Only)
Hello! I am Doris, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am committed to providing equitable and compassionate psychiatric care to children and adults ages 5 to 65. In my treatment approach, the patient's input is crucial to creating a therapeutic partnership and improving outcomes. I rely on the patient-centered care model in my treatment approach as it offers many perspectives and includes the patient in the decision-making and treatment-planning process. My approach takes into consideration your developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
Hello! I am Doris, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am committed to providing equitable and compassionate psychiatric care to children and adults ages 5 to 65. In my treatment approach, the patient's input is crucial to creating a therapeutic partnership and improving outcomes. I rely on the patient-centered care model in my treatment approach as it offers many perspectives and includes the patient in the decision-making and treatment-planning process. My approach takes into consideration your developmental and bio-psycho-social histories and how they contribute to illness.
(331) 259-8367 View (331) 259-8367
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Matthew Richard Mills
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60657
Matthew R. Mills, M.D., is a licensed, private-practice psychiatrist located in the Lakeview Neighborhood of Chicago. Dr. Mills is Board Certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mills completed his undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a 2006 graduate of the Psychiatry Residency and Training Program at the University of Illinois Medical Center.
Matthew R. Mills, M.D., is a licensed, private-practice psychiatrist located in the Lakeview Neighborhood of Chicago. Dr. Mills is Board Certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mills completed his undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a 2006 graduate of the Psychiatry Residency and Training Program at the University of Illinois Medical Center.
(312) 380-0889 View (312) 380-0889
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Olubunmi Vicki Isijola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Homewood, IL 60430
Accepting New Patients! Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia or other mental health problem, Ms. Vicki is dedicated to supporting you in achieving all your wellness goals. Ms. Vicki provides comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work with patients in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! Ms. Vicki provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being.
Accepting New Patients! Whether you need psychiatric evaluation and treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Mood disorder, ADHD, PTSD, Schizophrenia or other mental health problem, Ms. Vicki is dedicated to supporting you in achieving all your wellness goals. Ms. Vicki provides comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I work with patients in partnership that lets us build a plan that will work better for them! Ms. Vicki provide a thorough assessment of client's physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being.
(708) 729-6332 View (708) 729-6332
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Nayyar Afroz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Nayyar Afroz, MD, is a board-certified child, adolescent and general psychiatrist who graduated from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. She moved to the US and finished her residency at the University of Illinois Chicago campus followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She has been practicing for over 17 years in private, community, and public sector roles. She utilizes insight oriented, interpersonal mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral approaches. She has a passion for working with young adults and adults with mood, anxiety, and trauma.
Nayyar Afroz, MD, is a board-certified child, adolescent and general psychiatrist who graduated from Dow Medical College in Pakistan. She moved to the US and finished her residency at the University of Illinois Chicago campus followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She has been practicing for over 17 years in private, community, and public sector roles. She utilizes insight oriented, interpersonal mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral approaches. She has a passion for working with young adults and adults with mood, anxiety, and trauma.
(630) 686-7780 View (630) 686-7780
Heart of Rose Psychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia Fields, IL 60461
I am a knowledgeable, and enthusiastic board-certified Psychiatry/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with several years of working inpatient and outpatient psychiatry experience working with children, adults, and old people suffering from various mental health conditions. My focus areas for mental health treatment include, prescribing medications, psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, mood disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues. My goal is to administer quality patient care to promote healing and health.
I am a knowledgeable, and enthusiastic board-certified Psychiatry/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with several years of working inpatient and outpatient psychiatry experience working with children, adults, and old people suffering from various mental health conditions. My focus areas for mental health treatment include, prescribing medications, psychotherapeutic treatment and medication management for the following: anxiety, depression, mood disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and substance use disorder. I use evidence-based strategies to support issues. My goal is to administer quality patient care to promote healing and health.
(708) 274-4511 View (708) 274-4511
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Diana Wells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Oswego, IL 60543
Diana Wells is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her medical journal from the University of St. Francis, Joliet IL, where she obtained a bachelorette of science in Nursing. She practiced as a Registered Nurse for three years focusing on behavioral/mental health. She gained a vast knowledge in mental health disorders and Emergency medicine before advancing her career as an Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialty in psychiatric. Her practicum/residency experiences were in an inpatient/outpatient setting, and Telehealth.
Diana Wells is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She started her medical journal from the University of St. Francis, Joliet IL, where she obtained a bachelorette of science in Nursing. She practiced as a Registered Nurse for three years focusing on behavioral/mental health. She gained a vast knowledge in mental health disorders and Emergency medicine before advancing her career as an Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialty in psychiatric. Her practicum/residency experiences were in an inpatient/outpatient setting, and Telehealth.
(855) 641-1658 View (855) 641-1658
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Thrive Psychiatric Services, Esther Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Grayslake, IL 60030  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a caring, compassionate and approachable provider who enjoys helping my patients discover hope, engage in healing and begin the process of living their lives to the fullest. I provide medication management and basic psychotherapy in Grayslake, IL. I treat all ages including children 6 years and up. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine allows me to provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions. Let me use my experience and symptom-targeted treatment planning to help you manage the symptoms that are causing you challenges and stress in your life.
I am a caring, compassionate and approachable provider who enjoys helping my patients discover hope, engage in healing and begin the process of living their lives to the fullest. I provide medication management and basic psychotherapy in Grayslake, IL. I treat all ages including children 6 years and up. Being licensed in both psychiatric and family medicine allows me to provide a unique perspective in treating mental health conditions. Let me use my experience and symptom-targeted treatment planning to help you manage the symptoms that are causing you challenges and stress in your life.
(224) 241-6487 View (224) 241-6487
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Lott Behavioral Health and Springview Ketamine
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lisle, IL 60532
Lott Behavioral Health offers a personalized approach to treatment, developing a custom treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you are seeking help for addiction, depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions, we're here to help. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation for yourself or your loved one.
Lott Behavioral Health offers a personalized approach to treatment, developing a custom treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each client. Whether you are seeking help for addiction, depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions, we're here to help. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation for yourself or your loved one.
(331) 226-1498 View (331) 226-1498
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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Peoria, IL 61602  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is licensed in Illinois. Prior to starting 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 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.
(217) 993-8013 View (217) 993-8013
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Monarch Psychiatric Services
Physician Assistant, PA-C, PMH-C, CAQ-psy
Verified Verified
Oak Park, IL 60301
I believe every patient represents so much more than just a name on a chart. They are individuals with unique stories, backgrounds and challenges and I consider it a privilege to be part of their mental health journey. I am passionate about delivering the best care tailored to each person's needs and developing a relationship with each patient to help them meet their goals.
I believe every patient represents so much more than just a name on a chart. They are individuals with unique stories, backgrounds and challenges and I consider it a privilege to be part of their mental health journey. I am passionate about delivering the best care tailored to each person's needs and developing a relationship with each patient to help them meet their goals.
(708) 232-3227 View (708) 232-3227
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Basirat Sulaiman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60612
My passion is comprehensive healthcare and a commitment to promoting well-being. I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) awaiting my board certification in mental health as a PMHNP. I specialize in providing personalized and compassionate care. I have experience in addressing conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, substance use, and PTSD. I am dedicated to providing holistic care that considers the individual within the context of their family, community, and broader societal influences. I am also committed to addressing systemic issues, particularly the impact of racism on mental health outcomes.
My passion is comprehensive healthcare and a commitment to promoting well-being. I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) awaiting my board certification in mental health as a PMHNP. I specialize in providing personalized and compassionate care. I have experience in addressing conditions, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, substance use, and PTSD. I am dedicated to providing holistic care that considers the individual within the context of their family, community, and broader societal influences. I am also committed to addressing systemic issues, particularly the impact of racism on mental health outcomes.
(331) 267-5014 View (331) 267-5014

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Clifton, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Clifton, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Other
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

2 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Clifton, IL see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clifton?

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.