Psychiatrists in Lawrence, KS

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C. Shaffia Laue
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66049
I graduated from The Menninger Clinic and pursued studies in environmental medicine, nutrition, biochemistry, auricular medicine, homeopathy and bioenergy healing. My practice incorporates spiritual, energetic meditative therapies and traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy, stress management, dreamwork, imagery, and behavior modification. I provide necessary information to choose a path toward wellness, rather than suppressing symptoms with drugs. Your spiritual beliefs are honored to facilitate your movement towards healing. Each individual is an active co-creator in orchestrating a personal treatment plan and path to wholeness.
I graduated from The Menninger Clinic and pursued studies in environmental medicine, nutrition, biochemistry, auricular medicine, homeopathy and bioenergy healing. My practice incorporates spiritual, energetic meditative therapies and traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy, stress management, dreamwork, imagery, and behavior modification. I provide necessary information to choose a path toward wellness, rather than suppressing symptoms with drugs. Your spiritual beliefs are honored to facilitate your movement towards healing. Each individual is an active co-creator in orchestrating a personal treatment plan and path to wholeness.
(785) 877-0905 View (785) 877-0905
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Hiten Soni
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrence, KS 66046
Dr. Soni elected to work in private practice after witnessing first-hand the dire need for high quality, timely, and accessible, psychiatry services in his community. His treatment philosophy is somewhat unique, in that, Dr. Soni places his primary emphasis on improving his patients overall quality of life. This philosophy allows for treatment that is patient specific or Patient Centered. The Patient Centered Treatment model is evidence based and includes medications when warranted in addition to behavioral and social interventions that are also tailored to the person, and not a one size fits all approach.
Dr. Soni elected to work in private practice after witnessing first-hand the dire need for high quality, timely, and accessible, psychiatry services in his community. His treatment philosophy is somewhat unique, in that, Dr. Soni places his primary emphasis on improving his patients overall quality of life. This philosophy allows for treatment that is patient specific or Patient Centered. The Patient Centered Treatment model is evidence based and includes medications when warranted in addition to behavioral and social interventions that are also tailored to the person, and not a one size fits all approach.
(785) 333-3959 View (785) 333-3959
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Adrian Cade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66049
I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Bipolar disorders primarily as well as many other miscellaneous concerns. I believe in treating the whole person in order to achieve mental wellbeing and improve daily functioning. I am also used to working in close collaboration with therapists (where applicable) as part of a managed care team. We are looking to integrate intranasal Ketamine therapy (Spravato) in the year 2024 for people who have a deep depression that they just cannot shake.
I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Bipolar disorders primarily as well as many other miscellaneous concerns. I believe in treating the whole person in order to achieve mental wellbeing and improve daily functioning. I am also used to working in close collaboration with therapists (where applicable) as part of a managed care team. We are looking to integrate intranasal Ketamine therapy (Spravato) in the year 2024 for people who have a deep depression that they just cannot shake.
(785) 453-6924 View (785) 453-6924
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66046  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Restoring Genesis Holistic Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66047
I work with clients to increase their understanding of the thoughts and behavior patterns they have today. I use a multifaceted approach to walk clients through their life experiences lived so far in hopes to bring honor and restoration to those experiences, which is often referred to as their “story”. I believe every story is worth being told. In individual therapy, I provide a safe place that welcomes the storytelling of every individual.
I work with clients to increase their understanding of the thoughts and behavior patterns they have today. I use a multifaceted approach to walk clients through their life experiences lived so far in hopes to bring honor and restoration to those experiences, which is often referred to as their “story”. I believe every story is worth being told. In individual therapy, I provide a safe place that welcomes the storytelling of every individual.
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Omozuwa Omigie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66046
Born in Nigeria, I moved to the Texas in my teenage years. I attended Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls Texas. Moved to Kansas in 2018. I have been working in healthcare for about 8 years with background in Medical Surgical Nursing, Cardiac Care and received a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, St Louis, Missouri. Currently, I am certified in psychiatry across all population and passionate about care in mental health as well as advocate for patient education. Enjoys traveling, shopping and reading.
Born in Nigeria, I moved to the Texas in my teenage years. I attended Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls Texas. Moved to Kansas in 2018. I have been working in healthcare for about 8 years with background in Medical Surgical Nursing, Cardiac Care and received a Master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, St Louis, Missouri. Currently, I am certified in psychiatry across all population and passionate about care in mental health as well as advocate for patient education. Enjoys traveling, shopping and reading.
(816) 327-7329 View (816) 327-7329
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Alicia Sader
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66044
Are you a stressed mother, wife, or daughter who is putting others’ needs in front of your own? Are you a father, husband, or son who is trying to do the best to provide for his family during this ever-changing season? Do you find yourself struggling to help your child with school related stress? Are you ready to start medications for the first time or just need a tweak of your current medications. Let me help you drop your shoulders and find peace!
Are you a stressed mother, wife, or daughter who is putting others’ needs in front of your own? Are you a father, husband, or son who is trying to do the best to provide for his family during this ever-changing season? Do you find yourself struggling to help your child with school related stress? Are you ready to start medications for the first time or just need a tweak of your current medications. Let me help you drop your shoulders and find peace!
(785) 429-4046 View (785) 429-4046
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Laura Young
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66049
Laura Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2021. Laura was born and raised in Kansas. Her post high school education began at Kansas City Kansas Community College, obtaining her Associates of Science in Nursing in 2009 at the young age of 20 years old on a presidential scholarship awarded from high school. She then went on to working as a bedside nurse for over 12 years. Laura went back to college, obtaining her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2018 while working.
Laura Young is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kansas who has been practicing since 2021. Laura was born and raised in Kansas. Her post high school education began at Kansas City Kansas Community College, obtaining her Associates of Science in Nursing in 2009 at the young age of 20 years old on a presidential scholarship awarded from high school. She then went on to working as a bedside nurse for over 12 years. Laura went back to college, obtaining her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2018 while working.
(913) 578-6085 View (913) 578-6085
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Vicki Tsai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lawrence, KS 66047
Hello Kansas! Do you need extra help or support through your weight reduction process? We all know mental health and our weight are interconnected. Have you run into the plateau or block during your weight management process? Stress eating? Over eating? Binge eating? I am here to help through the psychological issue and your weight struggles. No more Yo-Yo, no more "fad diets". I am certified nutritionist, and mental health medical provider. My team welcome you to join us through the tough time while working on our mental health as well our physical improvement. We begin with a full body analysis and create workout and eating plan
Hello Kansas! Do you need extra help or support through your weight reduction process? We all know mental health and our weight are interconnected. Have you run into the plateau or block during your weight management process? Stress eating? Over eating? Binge eating? I am here to help through the psychological issue and your weight struggles. No more Yo-Yo, no more "fad diets". I am certified nutritionist, and mental health medical provider. My team welcome you to join us through the tough time while working on our mental health as well our physical improvement. We begin with a full body analysis and create workout and eating plan
(913) 586-2755 View (913) 586-2755
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Vicki Tsai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MHA
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66047
I start my Psychiatric nursing career since 1996. Throughout the years old practice, I have extended education, knowledge, and experiences in helping children, adult, and geriatric population with mental and behavioral health issues such as: ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar and related issues, Childhood mental health concerns, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other severe psychiatric disorders. In addition, I am certified by PSI in managing women with mental health issues during childbearing age.
I start my Psychiatric nursing career since 1996. Throughout the years old practice, I have extended education, knowledge, and experiences in helping children, adult, and geriatric population with mental and behavioral health issues such as: ADHD, Anxiety disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bipolar and related issues, Childhood mental health concerns, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other severe psychiatric disorders. In addition, I am certified by PSI in managing women with mental health issues during childbearing age.
(913) 795-5524 View (913) 795-5524
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Elizabeth Brake
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66045
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
Accepting NEW patients, we can get new patients in within a week! Telemedicine, treating most psychiatric conditions. We also offer personalized ADHD diagnosis and treatment, treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, as well as some addiction and substance abuse!
(316) 799-3426 View (316) 799-3426
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Elizabeth Francis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lawrence, KS 66044
I graduated with my Masters in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty and Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) degrees from Duke University, ranked the best graduate nursing program in the country for the last 4 years. I am an APNA board member in the Kansas state chapter, have published research in the Journal of Emergency Nurses, and am adjunct faculty in Duke's graduate nursing program. I provide evidence-based psychiatric care to help people achieve their goals. This includes creating an empathetic, safe environment. Many patients value a treatment approach that is holistic and considers their unique needs.
I graduated with my Masters in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty and Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) degrees from Duke University, ranked the best graduate nursing program in the country for the last 4 years. I am an APNA board member in the Kansas state chapter, have published research in the Journal of Emergency Nurses, and am adjunct faculty in Duke's graduate nursing program. I provide evidence-based psychiatric care to help people achieve their goals. This includes creating an empathetic, safe environment. Many patients value a treatment approach that is holistic and considers their unique needs.
(913) 386-5638 View (913) 386-5638

Online Psychiatrists

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Loise Wameithi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lenexa, KS 66215
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and longtime healthcare professional in the Kansas city community, it is my passion to help you succeed in your mental health journey with empathy and understanding. I use evidence based approaches to help people to find their unique path forward. Everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life and if you are struggling, am here to help you in your journey. When providing care, I maintain an attitude of acceptance of the client and work to encourage growth towards wellness.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and longtime healthcare professional in the Kansas city community, it is my passion to help you succeed in your mental health journey with empathy and understanding. I use evidence based approaches to help people to find their unique path forward. Everyone deserves to live a happy, healthy life and if you are struggling, am here to help you in your journey. When providing care, I maintain an attitude of acceptance of the client and work to encourage growth towards wellness.
(913) 578-6024 View (913) 578-6024
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Beth Arterburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Olathe, KS 66062
Accepting new clients! Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Whether you are struggling with mood instability, depression, concentration issues, anxiety or trauma there is help. I am an experienced and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a strong dedication to providing you with a treatment plan that will focus on restoring your mental health. I strive to provide a holistic approach by encouraging therapy with medication management. I look forward to seeing you!
Accepting new clients! Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Whether you are struggling with mood instability, depression, concentration issues, anxiety or trauma there is help. I am an experienced and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner with a strong dedication to providing you with a treatment plan that will focus on restoring your mental health. I strive to provide a holistic approach by encouraging therapy with medication management. I look forward to seeing you!
(913) 704-6569 View (913) 704-6569
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Zachary Dillon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Prairie Village, KS 66207
Dr. Dillon is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in ketamine assisted therapy. He has been with Discovery MD since March, 2022. He has fellowship training in psychedelic assisted therapy, examining ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Dr. Dillon is passionate about empowering patients in their own healing process and addressing root causes of behavior patterns. He is focused on helping patients achieve sustainable mental and physical wellness by integrating aspects of mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Dillon is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in ketamine assisted therapy. He has been with Discovery MD since March, 2022. He has fellowship training in psychedelic assisted therapy, examining ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Dr. Dillon is passionate about empowering patients in their own healing process and addressing root causes of behavior patterns. He is focused on helping patients achieve sustainable mental and physical wellness by integrating aspects of mind, body, and spirit.
(913) 490-0687 View (913) 490-0687
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Tina Hendrix
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66213
Tina Hendrix is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2022. Tina has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, medical surgical, medical telemetry, rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, labor, and delivery, antepartum/postpartum, school nursing, care coordination, and several years as a clinical instructor for nursing students. She is a Certified-Healthcare Provider Instructor for the American Heart Association. Tina's focus is in diagnosing and the management of all psychiatric disorders.
Tina Hendrix is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2022. Tina has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes Internal Medicine, medical surgical, medical telemetry, rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatric care, labor, and delivery, antepartum/postpartum, school nursing, care coordination, and several years as a clinical instructor for nursing students. She is a Certified-Healthcare Provider Instructor for the American Heart Association. Tina's focus is in diagnosing and the management of all psychiatric disorders.
(913) 423-9109 View (913) 423-9109
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Jeff Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66210
Jeff Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2010. He has a PMHNP post-graduate certificate from University of Missouri, an MSN and certification as a family nurse practitioner from Westminster College, a BSN from the University of Utah, and an ADN from Salt Lake Community College. As a PMHNP, Jeff helps his clients by providing mental health assessments, creating treatment plans, prescribing medication, and offering therapy sessions. However, he uniquely offers his commitment to shared decision-making and patient-centered care.
Jeff Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2010. He has a PMHNP post-graduate certificate from University of Missouri, an MSN and certification as a family nurse practitioner from Westminster College, a BSN from the University of Utah, and an ADN from Salt Lake Community College. As a PMHNP, Jeff helps his clients by providing mental health assessments, creating treatment plans, prescribing medication, and offering therapy sessions. However, he uniquely offers his commitment to shared decision-making and patient-centered care.
(913) 600-2319 View (913) 600-2319
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Bee Well Psychiatric Associates, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Overland Park, KS 66212
Our ideal patient is someone seeking compassionate and comprehensive mental health care in a supportive environment. They may be struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, or ADHD, and are seeking relief from their symptoms to improve their overall well-being. Our clients value a holistic treatment approach that considers their unique needs and goals, recognizing the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical health. They desire a safe space to openly discuss any concerns and work collaboratively with our team to develop personalized treatment plans that empower them to lead fulfilling lives.
Our ideal patient is someone seeking compassionate and comprehensive mental health care in a supportive environment. They may be struggling with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, or ADHD, and are seeking relief from their symptoms to improve their overall well-being. Our clients value a holistic treatment approach that considers their unique needs and goals, recognizing the interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical health. They desire a safe space to openly discuss any concerns and work collaboratively with our team to develop personalized treatment plans that empower them to lead fulfilling lives.
(913) 548-3734 View (913) 548-3734
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Reflections Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Leawood, KS 66211
My name is Kelly Neland and I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have completed graduate and post-graduate study in individual and family therapies, psychopharmacology, and psychological assessment and evaluation. I am licensed in Missouri and Kansas as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with diagnostic, treatment, and prescriptive authority. Online appointment requests can be made at www.reflectionshealthservices.com.
My name is Kelly Neland and I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have completed graduate and post-graduate study in individual and family therapies, psychopharmacology, and psychological assessment and evaluation. I am licensed in Missouri and Kansas as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with diagnostic, treatment, and prescriptive authority. Online appointment requests can be made at www.reflectionshealthservices.com.
(816) 744-1903 View (816) 744-1903
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Blissful Minds LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lenexa, KS 66215  (Online Only)
Dr. Omotolu (Tolu) Aje-Omokore is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She enjoys providing a holistic approach which includes psychotherapy and medication management. She implements evidence-based health strategies, to reduce depression, anxiety, pain, and life stressors and more. This in turn helps her patients to be more productive at work and in their personal life. These positive patient outcomes have continued to fuel her passion in mental health. Dr. Aje-Omokore’s goals are to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and enhance easy access to top notch healthcare.
Dr. Omotolu (Tolu) Aje-Omokore is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She enjoys providing a holistic approach which includes psychotherapy and medication management. She implements evidence-based health strategies, to reduce depression, anxiety, pain, and life stressors and more. This in turn helps her patients to be more productive at work and in their personal life. These positive patient outcomes have continued to fuel her passion in mental health. Dr. Aje-Omokore’s goals are to reduce the stigma associated with mental health and enhance easy access to top notch healthcare.
(505) 605-6848 View (505) 605-6848

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lawrence, KS

10+

Average cost per session

$115

Psychiatrists in Lawrence, KS who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
92% Depression
92% ADHD
83% Medication Management
67% Child
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth
56% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Lawrence, KS see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

90% Female
10% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lawrence?

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.