Psychiatrists in Deerfield, IL

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Silver Lining Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LCSW, NP, CADC, LCPC
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
Silver Lining Behavioral Health clinicians are skilled in treating various issues ranging from the physiological manifestation of depression and anxiety to life-stage issues. Everyone is unique, so our treatment planning considers the client’s age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, ethnic background, and physical health. With proper permission, Silver Lining therapists collaborate with healthcare providers and other multidisciplinary healthcare professionals when necessary. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the healthcare system and numerous resources.
Silver Lining Behavioral Health clinicians are skilled in treating various issues ranging from the physiological manifestation of depression and anxiety to life-stage issues. Everyone is unique, so our treatment planning considers the client’s age, cultural background, socioeconomic status, ethnic background, and physical health. With proper permission, Silver Lining therapists collaborate with healthcare providers and other multidisciplinary healthcare professionals when necessary. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the healthcare system and numerous resources.
(708) 729-8882 View (708) 729-8882
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Albina Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I am a dually board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. I hold a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. In my holistic practice, I provide mental health care services to adolescents and adults. I believe in integrative care that is based on the empathic understanding of my client’s physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
I am a dually board-certified Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience. I hold a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner certification. In my holistic practice, I provide mental health care services to adolescents and adults. I believe in integrative care that is based on the empathic understanding of my client’s physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
(708) 300-1461 View (708) 300-1461
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Irina Salabai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am a patient-centered, compassionate, dedicated, and attentive PMHNP who enjoys working with patients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, self-injurious behaviors, chemical dependency, postpartum, etc. I deliver care that is empathetic, compassionate, and evidence based. I take time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. I aim to provide and maintain a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive therapeutic environment.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am a patient-centered, compassionate, dedicated, and attentive PMHNP who enjoys working with patients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, mood disorder, self-injurious behaviors, chemical dependency, postpartum, etc. I deliver care that is empathetic, compassionate, and evidence based. I take time to listen and to understand each person's unique needs. I aim to provide and maintain a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive therapeutic environment.
(888) 628-6100 View (888) 628-6100
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Michael Ficaro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Deerfield, IL 60015
Michael Ficaro is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Illinois. Michael has been in the mental health field for eight years and has experience working with both adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Michael has worked with patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, substance use disorders, spectrum disorders, personality disorders, and behavioral disorders. Michael also offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Michael Ficaro is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Illinois. Michael has been in the mental health field for eight years and has experience working with both adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Michael has worked with patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, substance use disorders, spectrum disorders, personality disorders, and behavioral disorders. Michael also offers Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(847) 423-6645 View (847) 423-6645
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Robin J Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I take time to get to know my patients and their concerns. Within the scope of general adult and child and adolescent psychiatry I offer evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy, family sessions and consultations, as well as school consultations and evaluations. I have a special interest in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and ADHD. My practice is open to other general psychiatric needs as well. I pride myself on getting to know my patients and their needs. I also routinely work with families to understand and cope with their loved one's illness. I use evidence based medicine and the most up to date practices.
I take time to get to know my patients and their concerns. Within the scope of general adult and child and adolescent psychiatry I offer evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy, family sessions and consultations, as well as school consultations and evaluations. I have a special interest in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and ADHD. My practice is open to other general psychiatric needs as well. I pride myself on getting to know my patients and their needs. I also routinely work with families to understand and cope with their loved one's illness. I use evidence based medicine and the most up to date practices.
(773) 669-5942 View (773) 669-5942
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Meaghan Cotter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I truly believe the only path to healing is "through." I plan to help you heal through the wounds that hold you back. With a combination of medication prescribing (if needed), talk therapy, skill building, and body work you can get to a place of thriving and aligning with your desires. Using techniques that are safe, non judgemental and open, together we will come up with a plan just for you.
I truly believe the only path to healing is "through." I plan to help you heal through the wounds that hold you back. With a combination of medication prescribing (if needed), talk therapy, skill building, and body work you can get to a place of thriving and aligning with your desires. Using techniques that are safe, non judgemental and open, together we will come up with a plan just for you.
(630) 552-6276 View (630) 552-6276
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Caroline Onischak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Deerfield, IL 60015
I care about you and want to know your story. I strive to make my patients feel heard, seen and understood, and provide a compassionate, nonjudgmental presence in which patients can feel comfortable sharing their past experiences and current hopes and goals. I combine this understanding with my expertise in medicine, neuroscience and trauma-informed care to develop the best treatments possible for you.
I care about you and want to know your story. I strive to make my patients feel heard, seen and understood, and provide a compassionate, nonjudgmental presence in which patients can feel comfortable sharing their past experiences and current hopes and goals. I combine this understanding with my expertise in medicine, neuroscience and trauma-informed care to develop the best treatments possible for you.
(847) 457-1194 View (847) 457-1194

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Medinat Balogun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Hi there, I’m Medina, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois. I help adult patients just like you or your loved one: individuals that have it within them to thrive, but just need some support getting there. Let’s focus on your strengths together! I am passionate about the psychiatry field and aim to provide patients with empathetic and holistic care. I also hope to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow personally to better help my patients.
Hi there, I’m Medina, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois. I help adult patients just like you or your loved one: individuals that have it within them to thrive, but just need some support getting there. Let’s focus on your strengths together! I am passionate about the psychiatry field and aim to provide patients with empathetic and holistic care. I also hope to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow personally to better help my patients.
(708) 295-3522 View (708) 295-3522
Photo of Dr. Amber May, Psychiatrist in Deerfield, IL
Dr. Amber May
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, IL 60035
Welcome to the Northshore Wellness Center, where we redefine truly comprehensive whole brain and body health. We are a collaborative medical-psychiatric practice led by a physician couple, integrating medicine and mental health in one clinic. You may schedule a visit with our Psychiatric Medical Director, Dr. Amber May, Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatrist or a combined visit with her physician partner. Our vision has been to offer an all-encompassing approach to wellness, both mental and medical healthcare. Our philosophy is to assess and treat the intrinsic mind body connection and true health encompasses all aspects of care.
Welcome to the Northshore Wellness Center, where we redefine truly comprehensive whole brain and body health. We are a collaborative medical-psychiatric practice led by a physician couple, integrating medicine and mental health in one clinic. You may schedule a visit with our Psychiatric Medical Director, Dr. Amber May, Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatrist or a combined visit with her physician partner. Our vision has been to offer an all-encompassing approach to wellness, both mental and medical healthcare. Our philosophy is to assess and treat the intrinsic mind body connection and true health encompasses all aspects of care.
(847) 796-8967 View (847) 796-8967
Photo of Michelle Wolff, Psychiatric Nurse in Deerfield, IL
Michelle Wolff
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Park, IL 60035
Waitlist for new clients
Are you looking for a Psychiatry provider that listens to you and includes you in the your treatment plan? Are you looking for a compassionate, non-judgemental psychiatry provider that provides a comfortable, safe environment to meet? Do you want to feel empowered knowing you are on the proper medications and therapies to overcome your struggles, and turn around your life?
Are you looking for a Psychiatry provider that listens to you and includes you in the your treatment plan? Are you looking for a compassionate, non-judgemental psychiatry provider that provides a comfortable, safe environment to meet? Do you want to feel empowered knowing you are on the proper medications and therapies to overcome your struggles, and turn around your life?
(630) 593-7720 View (630) 593-7720
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Vanessa Wrobel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Vanessa Wrobel, PMHNP-BC, is a compassionate and dedicated board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, committed to supporting individuals and families in their journey towards improved mental well-being. With over a decade of nursing experience and a master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University, Vanessa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychosis, and trauma. Vanessa takes a holistic and integrative approach to care, tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Vanessa Wrobel, PMHNP-BC, is a compassionate and dedicated board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, committed to supporting individuals and families in their journey towards improved mental well-being. With over a decade of nursing experience and a master's degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University, Vanessa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Her areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, psychosis, and trauma. Vanessa takes a holistic and integrative approach to care, tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
(847) 565-2453 View (847) 565-2453
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Amy Wasserman
Psychiatric Nurse, MPH, PMHNP, APRN, CNM, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Park, IL 60035
Whether you are seeking preconception consultation, experiencing new or worsening perinatal mood/anxiety symptoms or managing mood changes related to hormonal transitions during your lifetime (i.e. puberty, lactation weaning, fertility treatments, perimenopause or starting gender-affirming hormones), my goal is to ensure you feel safe to share your story and be informed and knowledgeable about all your options. Together we will develop a treatment plan that aligns with your values and identities. This may include lifestyle changes, supplements, alternative and complementary therapies, psychotherapeutic and/or pharmacologic options.
Whether you are seeking preconception consultation, experiencing new or worsening perinatal mood/anxiety symptoms or managing mood changes related to hormonal transitions during your lifetime (i.e. puberty, lactation weaning, fertility treatments, perimenopause or starting gender-affirming hormones), my goal is to ensure you feel safe to share your story and be informed and knowledgeable about all your options. Together we will develop a treatment plan that aligns with your values and identities. This may include lifestyle changes, supplements, alternative and complementary therapies, psychotherapeutic and/or pharmacologic options.
(872) 259-9753 View (872) 259-9753
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Melissa Stefanowicz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northbrook, IL 60062
Melissa Stefanowicz is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has experience in providing medication management and brief psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. Melissa values her relationship with her clients and prioritizes physical, emotional and spiritual needs as a whole person approach. She aims to provide a safe and nonjudgemental environment. Melissa understands how the therapeutic relationship between provider and patient can play a positive role in patient’s long-term success.
Melissa Stefanowicz is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has experience in providing medication management and brief psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. Melissa values her relationship with her clients and prioritizes physical, emotional and spiritual needs as a whole person approach. She aims to provide a safe and nonjudgemental environment. Melissa understands how the therapeutic relationship between provider and patient can play a positive role in patient’s long-term success.
(847) 986-9954 x3 View (847) 986-9954 x3
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Northshore TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
Have you tried medication and therapy, but are still struggling with depression, anxious depression, or OCD? TMS Therapy is an FDA-Approved treatment that can help those with treatment resistant mood disorders get relief in as little as 6 weeks. TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, 20 minute treatment done in the outpatient setting that uses a magnetic field to stimulate a targeted area of the brain. Patients are awake during the treatment and can drive themselves to and from the treatment. TMS is tolerable, with less than 2% of patients discontinuing TMS for discomfort.
Have you tried medication and therapy, but are still struggling with depression, anxious depression, or OCD? TMS Therapy is an FDA-Approved treatment that can help those with treatment resistant mood disorders get relief in as little as 6 weeks. TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, 20 minute treatment done in the outpatient setting that uses a magnetic field to stimulate a targeted area of the brain. Patients are awake during the treatment and can drive themselves to and from the treatment. TMS is tolerable, with less than 2% of patients discontinuing TMS for discomfort.
(847) 916-0461 View (847) 916-0461
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Phillip Samuel Epstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, IL 60035
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a wellness hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
At Here & Now our goal is to help each client discover the joy of feeling comfortable in their skin and knowing their purpose in life. Our clinical specialists thoughtfully and compassionately tailor a wellness hub of solutions to each client’s unique needs. Our Wellness Hub of professionals incorporates evidence-based practices. Everyone's Hub at Here & Now is unique; it may involve Psychiatry, Ketamine or Talk therapy, Neurobiofeedback/brain training, Infusion therapy, Art therapy, Hypnosis, Breath work, VR exposure therapy, EMDR, Movement and Somatic work. We also offer trusted resources for overcoming substance abuse issues.
(847) 261-8142 View (847) 261-8142
Photo of Kathryn Schoenbrod, Psychiatrist in Deerfield, IL
Kathryn Schoenbrod
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Highland Park, IL 60035
I have been in private practice since 1985. I am a general adult psychiatrist and see those age 13 and older. I am one of the "dinosaurs" who still do psychotherapy as well as medication. I see individuals, couples, and families. Although the majority of my patients see me for mood disorders and anxiety, I have had a special interest in eating disorders since training. My practice has solely been outpatient for many years, thus inpatient care would have to be transferred temporarily to another physician. (note: I am an out-of-network provider; fees range from $140-320, depending on service, see below.)
I have been in private practice since 1985. I am a general adult psychiatrist and see those age 13 and older. I am one of the "dinosaurs" who still do psychotherapy as well as medication. I see individuals, couples, and families. Although the majority of my patients see me for mood disorders and anxiety, I have had a special interest in eating disorders since training. My practice has solely been outpatient for many years, thus inpatient care would have to be transferred temporarily to another physician. (note: I am an out-of-network provider; fees range from $140-320, depending on service, see below.)
(847) 807-1781 View (847) 807-1781
Photo of Harmony Rich, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Deerfield, IL
Harmony Rich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Northbrook, IL 60062
Getting help shouldn't be hard! Finding the right provider can often be worse than online dating. Are you looking for a medication prescriber who will spend time getting to know you, your unique needs, and actually explain treatment recommendations? I take an integrative and holistic approach to mental health. I focus on the whole person and use evidence-based treatments to guide care. I value the patient experience and want every client to feel fully informed and comfortable with their treatment recommendations. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgemental environment to help support your mental wellness goals.
Getting help shouldn't be hard! Finding the right provider can often be worse than online dating. Are you looking for a medication prescriber who will spend time getting to know you, your unique needs, and actually explain treatment recommendations? I take an integrative and holistic approach to mental health. I focus on the whole person and use evidence-based treatments to guide care. I value the patient experience and want every client to feel fully informed and comfortable with their treatment recommendations. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgemental environment to help support your mental wellness goals.
(224) 504-1167 View (224) 504-1167
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Annie Zambrano
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Annie Zambrano, MPAS, PA-C, is a passionate, supportive healthcare provider. Her primary purpose is to provide high-quality medical services to serve the human spirit and improve the overall well-being of her patients. Annie treats children, adolescents, and adults struggling with OCD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Alzheimer's dementia, and more. She knows that each case is unique, and she customizes care to meet patient needs. Annie completed her professional degree at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She has over a decade of experience working in outpatient behavioral health and nursing facilities.
Annie Zambrano, MPAS, PA-C, is a passionate, supportive healthcare provider. Her primary purpose is to provide high-quality medical services to serve the human spirit and improve the overall well-being of her patients. Annie treats children, adolescents, and adults struggling with OCD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Alzheimer's dementia, and more. She knows that each case is unique, and she customizes care to meet patient needs. Annie completed her professional degree at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She has over a decade of experience working in outpatient behavioral health and nursing facilities.
(224) 505-8480 View (224) 505-8480
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Dena Lynn Hinkle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
I hold national board certifications with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Lewis University. I worked as a Certified School Nurse for ten years while pursing my advanced degrees as a Nurse Practitioner.
I hold national board certifications with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science degrees in Nursing at Lewis University. I worked as a Certified School Nurse for ten years while pursing my advanced degrees as a Nurse Practitioner.
(847) 380-2584 View (847) 380-2584
Photo of Amer Smajkic M.D., Psychiatrist in Deerfield, IL
Amer Smajkic M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Highland Park, IL 60035
Since 1995, Dr. Amer Smajkic has been practicing Psychiatry in the Chicago area. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Smajkic is applying his knowledge and skills as a Psycho-pharmacologist, Behaviorist and Cognitive Behavioral therapist. The focus of his care are ADHD disorders, Learning disorders, Developmental disorders, Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders.
Since 1995, Dr. Amer Smajkic has been practicing Psychiatry in the Chicago area. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Smajkic is applying his knowledge and skills as a Psycho-pharmacologist, Behaviorist and Cognitive Behavioral therapist. The focus of his care are ADHD disorders, Learning disorders, Developmental disorders, Mood disorders and Anxiety disorders.
(312) 697-1173 View (312) 697-1173

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Deerfield, IL

< 10

Psychiatrists in Deerfield, IL who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
86% ADHD
86% Bipolar Disorder
86% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Deerfield, IL see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Deerfield?

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.