Psychiatrists in Park Ridge, IL

Photo of Suzanne Butler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Park Ridge, IL
Suzanne Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address anxiety, depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), mood disorder, and psychosis.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and have been providing mental health services for 1 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see individuals and I address anxiety, depression, Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD), mood disorder, and psychosis.
(224) 257-3459 View (224) 257-3459
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Jacalyn Saracco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Jacalyn Saracco is a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience specializing in Psychiatric Nursing. As a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner, areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. Jacalyn treats patients between the ages of 10 through adulthood. Jacalyn has extensive experience working with clients in the outpatient and inpatient settings. In her free time, Jacalyn enjoys reading and spending time with family. Jacalyn has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing.
Jacalyn Saracco is a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 20 years of experience specializing in Psychiatric Nursing. As a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner, areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. Jacalyn treats patients between the ages of 10 through adulthood. Jacalyn has extensive experience working with clients in the outpatient and inpatient settings. In her free time, Jacalyn enjoys reading and spending time with family. Jacalyn has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing.
(847) 264-9065 View (847) 264-9065
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Tina Adenuga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Tina Adenuga is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She earned her certificate as a PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati Ohio. Prior to pursuing her PMHNP, she earned her Bachelor's in Nursing Science from Purdue University Calumet, and received both a Master's in Nursing Science and Master's of Public Health from Grand Canyon University Arizona. As a nurse, Tina has worked with clients of various age-ranges and behavioral health backgrounds. Her interest lies in helping clients improve their quality of life so they can live to their fullest potential.
Tina Adenuga is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Illinois. She earned her certificate as a PMHNP from the University of Cincinnati Ohio. Prior to pursuing her PMHNP, she earned her Bachelor's in Nursing Science from Purdue University Calumet, and received both a Master's in Nursing Science and Master's of Public Health from Grand Canyon University Arizona. As a nurse, Tina has worked with clients of various age-ranges and behavioral health backgrounds. Her interest lies in helping clients improve their quality of life so they can live to their fullest potential.
(847) 744-9292 View (847) 744-9292
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Temi Olutade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Temitope "Temi" Olutade, PMHNP-BC Temitope "Temi" Olutade is a passionate and dedicated Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a deep commitment to providing high-quality mental health care, she is driven by a strong belief in the importance of mental wellness and holistic healing. Temi's approach to mental health care is founded on empathy, understanding, and evidence-based practice. She works with individuals across the lifespan to address a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more.
Temitope "Temi" Olutade, PMHNP-BC Temitope "Temi" Olutade is a passionate and dedicated Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Illinois. With a deep commitment to providing high-quality mental health care, she is driven by a strong belief in the importance of mental wellness and holistic healing. Temi's approach to mental health care is founded on empathy, understanding, and evidence-based practice. She works with individuals across the lifespan to address a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and more.
(847) 429-3826 View (847) 429-3826
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Noel Tapia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Noel Tapia, PMHNP, is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, specializing in the treatment of individuals aged 11 and above, with a particular focus on adolescents and teens (15+) and advanced aged adults. In his professional practice, Noel is unwaveringly dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being of his clients through personalized and empathetic care. While he is a generalist with a broad skill set, his distinctive emphasis on geriatrics equips him with a deep understanding of the nuanced needs of individuals in this specific demographic.
Noel Tapia, PMHNP, is a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Illinois, specializing in the treatment of individuals aged 11 and above, with a particular focus on adolescents and teens (15+) and advanced aged adults. In his professional practice, Noel is unwaveringly dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being of his clients through personalized and empathetic care. While he is a generalist with a broad skill set, his distinctive emphasis on geriatrics equips him with a deep understanding of the nuanced needs of individuals in this specific demographic.
(847) 851-4805 View (847) 851-4805
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Dr. Richard A Shapiro
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Richard Shapiro practices at The Juniper Center, PC where our approach for addressing your medical and psychiatric needs is individualized. We work with you to determine which evidence-based treatments are best for you, whether it is with prescription medicines, or a more holistic non-medicine approach. We have specialized expertise in a variety of mental health conditions and will closely collaborate with you and your care providers to offer integrated and coordinated care.
Dr. Richard Shapiro practices at The Juniper Center, PC where our approach for addressing your medical and psychiatric needs is individualized. We work with you to determine which evidence-based treatments are best for you, whether it is with prescription medicines, or a more holistic non-medicine approach. We have specialized expertise in a variety of mental health conditions and will closely collaborate with you and your care providers to offer integrated and coordinated care.
(312) 940-3262 View (312) 940-3262
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Annya Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068  (Online Only)
Annya Nguyen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorder, impulse control disorder, etc. As a DNP-PMHNP, Annya's role is multifaceted, including providing quality care, building & maintaining therapeutic relationships, educating, advocating, counseling, referring, and managing medication.
Annya Nguyen is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar, sleep disorder, impulse control disorder, etc. As a DNP-PMHNP, Annya's role is multifaceted, including providing quality care, building & maintaining therapeutic relationships, educating, advocating, counseling, referring, and managing medication.
(847) 744-8471 View (847) 744-8471
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Maya Ramic
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068  (Online Only)
As a general psychiatrist, I provide treatment for patients 18 years of age and older, mostly for conditions of depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation and psychosis. While I am dedicated to providing care to a general psychiatric population, I feel uniquely privileged in providing care to individuals coping with parenting and marital stressors. Each individual is unique with a specific set of life circumstances. I see an individual’s relationship with self as the foundation of all life experiences, and key for healing and moving forward.
As a general psychiatrist, I provide treatment for patients 18 years of age and older, mostly for conditions of depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation and psychosis. While I am dedicated to providing care to a general psychiatric population, I feel uniquely privileged in providing care to individuals coping with parenting and marital stressors. Each individual is unique with a specific set of life circumstances. I see an individual’s relationship with self as the foundation of all life experiences, and key for healing and moving forward.
(872) 259-4679 View (872) 259-4679
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Kumail Hussain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Park Ridge, IL 60068  (Online Only)
I am a Rush trained, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management. I am passionate about helping patients and their families overcome the stigma surrounding mental health treatment for children. There is an unfortunate shortage of psychiatrists that specialize in treating children, which I recognized early in my training. This area of psychiatry is uniquely challenging due to its diversity, but I have worked with patients from a wide range of socio-economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, and even patients as young as three years old.
I am a Rush trained, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who provides psychotherapy and medication management. I am passionate about helping patients and their families overcome the stigma surrounding mental health treatment for children. There is an unfortunate shortage of psychiatrists that specialize in treating children, which I recognized early in my training. This area of psychiatry is uniquely challenging due to its diversity, but I have worked with patients from a wide range of socio-economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, and even patients as young as three years old.
(847) 666-5339 View (847) 666-5339
Photo of Jill M Powers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Park Ridge, IL
Jill M Powers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Park Ridge, IL 60068
I am accepting new clients. I am dually board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. For the last 16 years as a Nurse Practitioner, I have served the psychiatric community in multiple ways and settings; their primary care needs and their psychiatric needs. I enjoy getting to know the whole patient and understanding their lives to find the best treatment.
I am accepting new clients. I am dually board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. For the last 16 years as a Nurse Practitioner, I have served the psychiatric community in multiple ways and settings; their primary care needs and their psychiatric needs. I enjoy getting to know the whole patient and understanding their lives to find the best treatment.
(224) 268-9602 View (224) 268-9602

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Melissa Frick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Kenilworth, IL 60043
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Melissa Frick is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience delivering evidence-based care using brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management.
Dr. Melissa Frick is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult Nurse Practitioner with experience delivering evidence-based care using brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management.
(224) 412-5853 x1 View (224) 412-5853 x1
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Rachel Amodu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
3 Endorsed
Lincolnwood, IL 60712  (Online Only)
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
I believe we function at our highest capacity when there is balance in mental, psychological, physical, social as well as in spiritual health. Our initial appointment entails listening to your detailed history, talking about your current stressors, and working on your goals of treatment. Our follow up appointments will be aimed at reviewing progress and making needed adjustments until we find the best balance for you. I believe for best outcomes, application of both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy are all it takes. Let's start a better mental health journey together.
(708) 234-1470 View (708) 234-1470
Photo of Ajit Kalayil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Park Ridge, IL
Ajit Kalayil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640
Appointments available as soon as 24 hours. Ajit Kalayil is trained to use both medication and talk therapy to treat all psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and perinatal mental health. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of emotional and mental health conditions at his clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Kalayil works with patients from a broad range of backgrounds. He also has a particular interest and experience in LGBTQIA+ issues. All patients are treated equally and in a non-judgemental, warm, and strictly confidential environment.
Appointments available as soon as 24 hours. Ajit Kalayil is trained to use both medication and talk therapy to treat all psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and perinatal mental health. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of emotional and mental health conditions at his clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Kalayil works with patients from a broad range of backgrounds. He also has a particular interest and experience in LGBTQIA+ issues. All patients are treated equally and in a non-judgemental, warm, and strictly confidential environment.
(773) 692-9070 View (773) 692-9070
Photo of Abigail M Hamilton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Park Ridge, IL
Abigail M Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP, APRN, NP-C
Verified
Oak Park, IL 60301
Meet Abigail: Your Partner in Healing through Trauma-Informed Care Are you ready to embark on a journey of healing and transformation? Abigail, our dedicated practitioner, specializes in a trauma-informed approach to help you overcome PTSD, substance abuse, mood disorders, and anxiety. Trauma-Informed Care: Abigail brings deep understanding and empathy to her practice, creating a safe and nurturing space for your healing. Her trauma-informed approach ensures that your unique experiences are respected on your path to wellness. Overcoming PTSD: Abigail is your guide to breaking free from the chains of PTSD.
Meet Abigail: Your Partner in Healing through Trauma-Informed Care Are you ready to embark on a journey of healing and transformation? Abigail, our dedicated practitioner, specializes in a trauma-informed approach to help you overcome PTSD, substance abuse, mood disorders, and anxiety. Trauma-Informed Care: Abigail brings deep understanding and empathy to her practice, creating a safe and nurturing space for your healing. Her trauma-informed approach ensures that your unique experiences are respected on your path to wellness. Overcoming PTSD: Abigail is your guide to breaking free from the chains of PTSD.
(312) 598-1678 View (312) 598-1678
Photo of Andrew Richardson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Park Ridge, IL
Andrew Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APN, PMHNP
Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I am excited to help individuals explore their mental wellness, and find the best modality to improve their quality of life. My background includes a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology, Master's of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. My training in psychiatry includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic mental health conditions, along with crisis management.
I am excited to help individuals explore their mental wellness, and find the best modality to improve their quality of life. My background includes a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Physiology, Master's of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Adult-Geriatric Primary Care. My training in psychiatry includes the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic mental health conditions, along with crisis management.
(872) 219-1119 View (872) 219-1119
Photo of Dr. Joi Henry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Park Ridge, IL
Dr. Joi Henry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60640
As a Chicago native, I understand how the noise and distractions of the city can easily mask the storm brewing on the inside of us. When it is time to face ourselves, it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I want to partner with you on your journey to healing. I received my doctoral degree from Rush University and I have over 5 years of experience with child/adolescent and adult mental health disorders.
As a Chicago native, I understand how the noise and distractions of the city can easily mask the storm brewing on the inside of us. When it is time to face ourselves, it can be difficult to know where to begin. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I want to partner with you on your journey to healing. I received my doctoral degree from Rush University and I have over 5 years of experience with child/adolescent and adult mental health disorders.
(312) 779-6833 View (312) 779-6833
Photo of Krista Bedells, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Park Ridge, IL
Krista Bedells
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Chicago, IL 60631  (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
Photo of Aayu Clinics, Psychiatrist in Park Ridge, IL
Aayu Clinics
Psychiatrist
Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
We are a primary care group that cares for individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, B.E.D., and other diagnoses. We primarily work with our patients to identify and diagnose the condition followed by the appropriate medication management. We believe in a holistic approach - combining lifestyle, exercise, mindfulness, psychotherapy and when needed, medications. Every person is unique and the key is in personalizing the right medication and the right dose. We use gene-drug information to guide the correct medication choice for the individual, instead of trying different medications to find the right one.
We are a primary care group that cares for individuals with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, B.E.D., and other diagnoses. We primarily work with our patients to identify and diagnose the condition followed by the appropriate medication management. We believe in a holistic approach - combining lifestyle, exercise, mindfulness, psychotherapy and when needed, medications. Every person is unique and the key is in personalizing the right medication and the right dose. We use gene-drug information to guide the correct medication choice for the individual, instead of trying different medications to find the right one.
(773) 922-4243 View (773) 922-4243
Photo of Juan Romero-Gaddi, Psychiatrist in Park Ridge, IL
Juan Romero-Gaddi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
Hello there, I’m Dr. Gaddi, a physician and psychiatrist. I was born and raised in Venezuela where I attended Med School. I completed my training as a psychiatrist in at University of Illinois in Peoria. I’m the founder of Equal Mental Health, a practice dedicated to provide mental health services to the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the neighborhood of Northalsted (formerly known as Boystown) in Chicago.
Hello there, I’m Dr. Gaddi, a physician and psychiatrist. I was born and raised in Venezuela where I attended Med School. I completed my training as a psychiatrist in at University of Illinois in Peoria. I’m the founder of Equal Mental Health, a practice dedicated to provide mental health services to the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the neighborhood of Northalsted (formerly known as Boystown) in Chicago.
(872) 278-4016 View (872) 278-4016
Photo of Valencia Mitonya Covington, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Park Ridge, IL
Valencia Mitonya Covington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60618
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, PTSD to name a few are examples of mental health issues people struggle with every day. These mental health issues can have a significant impact on our lives. You deserve to be happy, have confidence, self-love, and enjoy life. I also prepare paperwork required for bariatric surgery. As a provider, I utilize a comprehensive approach to diagnose and formulate individualized treatment plan that will work out for you. We now offer Gene-sight testing, cognitive testing for disorders such as ADHD, and other mood disorders. Spanish translator available. We are waiting for your call.
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, PTSD to name a few are examples of mental health issues people struggle with every day. These mental health issues can have a significant impact on our lives. You deserve to be happy, have confidence, self-love, and enjoy life. I also prepare paperwork required for bariatric surgery. As a provider, I utilize a comprehensive approach to diagnose and formulate individualized treatment plan that will work out for you. We now offer Gene-sight testing, cognitive testing for disorders such as ADHD, and other mood disorders. Spanish translator available. We are waiting for your call.
(404) 586-4079 View (404) 586-4079

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Park Ridge, IL

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Park Ridge, IL who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
90% Bipolar Disorder
80% Trauma and PTSD
70% ADHD
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Medication Management

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Aetna
80% TRICARE

How Psychiatrists in Park Ridge, IL see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Park Ridge?

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.