Psychiatrists in Highwood, IL

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Harmony Rich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Highwood, IL 60040
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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Illinois Telepsychiatry
Psychiatrist, MBBS, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glenview, IL 60026  (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.
(847) 750-5708 View (847) 750-5708
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Carmen Orellana Martinez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Carmen Orellana is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry who has been in practice for over 6 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Dr. Orellana’s clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and ADHD-related disorders. She strives to provide exceptional medical care and has extensive experience in treating persons with diverse behavioral disorders and backgrounds. Dr. Orellana involves her patients in all decisions about their health, and provides care that is respectful of patient preferences, needs and values.
Dr. Carmen Orellana is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry who has been in practice for over 6 years, both in the U.S. and abroad. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Dr. Orellana’s clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and ADHD-related disorders. She strives to provide exceptional medical care and has extensive experience in treating persons with diverse behavioral disorders and backgrounds. Dr. Orellana involves her patients in all decisions about their health, and provides care that is respectful of patient preferences, needs and values.
(708) 294-7520 View (708) 294-7520
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Shalini Varma, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Doctor, BdCert, Meds, COACH, Therapy
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Accepting people of all ages within one week! Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, School and Work Accommodations, Difficulty sleeping, Addictions & Medication. Evening appointments are available. Care provided by me, a Physician, a Double Board Certified MD Psychiatrist may be a more effective approach for you. I am structured and organized with treatment. I also provide neuropsychological and psychological TESTING. I am available for urgent needs. Work together to decrease struggling. US born and educated at Rutgers Medical School & completed Psychiatry Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
Accepting people of all ages within one week! Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, School and Work Accommodations, Difficulty sleeping, Addictions & Medication. Evening appointments are available. Care provided by me, a Physician, a Double Board Certified MD Psychiatrist may be a more effective approach for you. I am structured and organized with treatment. I also provide neuropsychological and psychological TESTING. I am available for urgent needs. Work together to decrease struggling. US born and educated at Rutgers Medical School & completed Psychiatry Residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
(224) 374-1918 View (224) 374-1918
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Brandon Pressley-Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Park, IL 60035
Are you feeling unheard and invalidated? I know that listening and understanding are at the forefront of how care should be provided. I want you to feel confident and empowered that your treatment plan is as unique as you are. I hope you’ll find comfort in knowing I take an individualistic approach with every client I meet. Your needs matter and I want you to feel heard and seen. Whether you need help with depression, anxiety, a mood disorder or other concerns, I am here to listen. I work with individuals from all walks of life but have a passion for working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Are you feeling unheard and invalidated? I know that listening and understanding are at the forefront of how care should be provided. I want you to feel confident and empowered that your treatment plan is as unique as you are. I hope you’ll find comfort in knowing I take an individualistic approach with every client I meet. Your needs matter and I want you to feel heard and seen. Whether you need help with depression, anxiety, a mood disorder or other concerns, I am here to listen. I work with individuals from all walks of life but have a passion for working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
(224) 529-3269 View (224) 529-3269
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Krista Bedells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Forest, IL 60045  (Online Only)
Krista Bedells is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Krista takes an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. She strives to support patients so they can have a good quality of life and reach their fullest potential. Clients can expect her to work with them and listen to their concerns fully before developing a treatment plan. Krista makes a point to spend quality time with the patient to explore their situation and to fully understand their current symptoms.
Krista Bedells is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Krista takes an empathic and compassionate approach to patient care. She strives to support patients so they can have a good quality of life and reach their fullest potential. Clients can expect her to work with them and listen to their concerns fully before developing a treatment plan. Krista makes a point to spend quality time with the patient to explore their situation and to fully understand their current symptoms.
(646) 759-2638 View (646) 759-2638
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Northshore TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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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Darrin Coulter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
My clients are motivated to improve and I meet them where they are. They prioritize their mental health and are motivated because they understand that there is a better path forward. Every session we work together to create a new path toward healing.
My clients are motivated to improve and I meet them where they are. They prioritize their mental health and are motivated because they understand that there is a better path forward. Every session we work together to create a new path toward healing.
(847) 796-8607 View (847) 796-8607
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Ishaq Lachin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Dr. Ishaq (Isaac) Lachin sees individuals aged 6 to 65. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and then received his MD from the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed both his general psychiatry residency training and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is board certified in both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and has received multiple awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Ishaq (Isaac) Lachin sees individuals aged 6 to 65. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and then received his MD from the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed both his general psychiatry residency training and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is board certified in both adult and child & adolescent psychiatry, and has received multiple awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(630) 517-9367 View (630) 517-9367
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Highland Park, IL 60035  (Online Only)
Accepting new Illinois patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. My clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, BCBS of IL insurances.
Accepting new Illinois patients via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. My clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make an appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting Optum/UHC/UBH, BCBS of IL insurances.
(312) 561-3923 View (312) 561-3923
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Layna Glenn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Glenn is a board-certified psychiatrist in psychiatry. She has worked mostly as an outpatient psychiatrist for the last 3 years after completing her residency. Dr. Glenn mainly practices in the traditional psychiatric model with a combination of medication management and basic psychotherapy techniques. Dr. Glenn’s goal with every patient is to meet the patient where they are, get a good understanding of their concerns and work together to determine the best treatment plan and obtain the best outcomes. She hopes to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow in her personal interests to better help the patients.
Dr. Glenn is a board-certified psychiatrist in psychiatry. She has worked mostly as an outpatient psychiatrist for the last 3 years after completing her residency. Dr. Glenn mainly practices in the traditional psychiatric model with a combination of medication management and basic psychotherapy techniques. Dr. Glenn’s goal with every patient is to meet the patient where they are, get a good understanding of their concerns and work together to determine the best treatment plan and obtain the best outcomes. She hopes to continue to learn new evidence-based treatments and grow in her personal interests to better help the patients.
(708) 350-6713 View (708) 350-6713
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Laura Long
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Long is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience treating adult and older adult patients from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Long's practice focuses primarily on medication management, in addition to supportive and cognitive and behavioral therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Sometimes Dr. Long will suggest additional therapy be included in your treatment plan in order to provide the best outcome. Dr. Long received her B.A. from Yale University, graduating cum laude with a double major in Biology and Literature.
Dr. Long is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience treating adult and older adult patients from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Long's practice focuses primarily on medication management, in addition to supportive and cognitive and behavioral therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Sometimes Dr. Long will suggest additional therapy be included in your treatment plan in order to provide the best outcome. Dr. Long received her B.A. from Yale University, graduating cum laude with a double major in Biology and Literature.
(224) 786-1998 View (224) 786-1998
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Jenny Plasky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Highland Park, IL 60035
First things first, it is of vital importance to me that you, my future clients, know that I count it an honor to hold space for you. Yes, I studied. Yes, I understand how medications work and why the ones you are currently on may not be helping. Yes, I feel comfortable transitioning from your current med plan to one that may suit your needs more specifically. However, the most important thing to me as your provider is that you know and trust that I believe that YOU are the best informant of your care. It is of utmost importance that my clients feel safe, heard, and respected. I provide medication management for clients age 12-60.
First things first, it is of vital importance to me that you, my future clients, know that I count it an honor to hold space for you. Yes, I studied. Yes, I understand how medications work and why the ones you are currently on may not be helping. Yes, I feel comfortable transitioning from your current med plan to one that may suit your needs more specifically. However, the most important thing to me as your provider is that you know and trust that I believe that YOU are the best informant of your care. It is of utmost importance that my clients feel safe, heard, and respected. I provide medication management for clients age 12-60.
(224) 263-1976 View (224) 263-1976
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Phillip Samuel Epstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northbrook, IL 60062
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
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Sumaiyah Qureshi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Qureshi is a Board-Certified General Psychiatrist. She was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. She underwent her medical training at Mamata Medical College, India and completed residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Qureshi has gained extensive training in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings and has worked with diverse populations. She has practiced Telepsychiatry since her graduation including working at community mental health centers serving the serious mentally ill in underserved areas.
Dr. Qureshi is a Board-Certified General Psychiatrist. She was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. She underwent her medical training at Mamata Medical College, India and completed residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Qureshi has gained extensive training in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings and has worked with diverse populations. She has practiced Telepsychiatry since her graduation including working at community mental health centers serving the serious mentally ill in underserved areas.
(708) 742-6493 View (708) 742-6493
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Sunrise Family Practice Mind & Body Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089  (Online Only)
I specialize in clients dedicated to nurturing their mental and physical well-being, navigating challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and a strong desire for relief. I am committed to enhancing mental health for both adults and children. Driven by a profound longing for an improved quality of life, my ideal client is prepared for a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates medication management with accessible therapy strategies.
I specialize in clients dedicated to nurturing their mental and physical well-being, navigating challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and a strong desire for relief. I am committed to enhancing mental health for both adults and children. Driven by a profound longing for an improved quality of life, my ideal client is prepared for a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates medication management with accessible therapy strategies.
(618) 851-2944 View (618) 851-2944
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Karelis Sierra-Cintron
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
Dr. Sierra-Cintron is board-certified in adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been in practice for 12 years. Dr. Sierra-Cintron focuses her practice on medication management. She also engages in supportive therapy in a comprehensive way, focusing on the patient as a whole and not just the symptoms. Dr. Sierra-Cintron has a comprehensive approach to treatment, and might consider the addition of therapy, either by referral or collaborating with an existing therapist for a more rounded approach and improved outcome.
Dr. Sierra-Cintron is board-certified in adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been in practice for 12 years. Dr. Sierra-Cintron focuses her practice on medication management. She also engages in supportive therapy in a comprehensive way, focusing on the patient as a whole and not just the symptoms. Dr. Sierra-Cintron has a comprehensive approach to treatment, and might consider the addition of therapy, either by referral or collaborating with an existing therapist for a more rounded approach and improved outcome.
(708) 435-2326 View (708) 435-2326
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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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Thrive Psychiatric Services, Lisa Hengen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vernon Hills, IL 60061  (Online Only)
At Thrive Psychiatric Services, I provide personalized, comprehensive and compassionate Psychiatric Care. I love what I do and never feel like it is work. I enjoy helping people to feel better, so they can have better quality of life. I strive to provide every patient with the best possible care. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to be part of my patient’s healthcare journey, and I am always mindful of the respect and trust that is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship. I provide comprehensive mental health services, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse/addiction treatment and psychotherapy.
At Thrive Psychiatric Services, I provide personalized, comprehensive and compassionate Psychiatric Care. I love what I do and never feel like it is work. I enjoy helping people to feel better, so they can have better quality of life. I strive to provide every patient with the best possible care. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to be part of my patient’s healthcare journey, and I am always mindful of the respect and trust that is needed to maintain a therapeutic relationship. I provide comprehensive mental health services, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, substance abuse/addiction treatment and psychotherapy.
(224) 298-8260 View (224) 298-8260
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Surinderpal Kahlon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lincolnshire, IL 60069  (Online Only)
Dr. Kahlon has been a psychiatrist trained in the USA. He has been with the Veteran's Affairs for the past 24 years. He was employed as a staff psychiatrist and worked with a wide variety of challenging patients in the VA system. Dr. Kahlon provides medication management along with supportive therapy. In case needed further referral is made to a counselor or therapist.
Dr. Kahlon has been a psychiatrist trained in the USA. He has been with the Veteran's Affairs for the past 24 years. He was employed as a staff psychiatrist and worked with a wide variety of challenging patients in the VA system. Dr. Kahlon provides medication management along with supportive therapy. In case needed further referral is made to a counselor or therapist.
(708) 578-8080 View (708) 578-8080

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Highwood?

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.