Psychiatrists in Lexington, KY

Photo of Lauren Wilson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lexington, KY
Lauren Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Lauren Wilson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 7 years of experience working in mental health. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has served as a clinical instructor for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
Lauren Wilson is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 7 years of experience working in mental health. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has served as a clinical instructor for the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and her master's degree in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.
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Michael Rieser
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Dr. Rieser received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Louisville where he also attended medical school and graduated in 1981. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and began practicing Emergency Medicine in 1982, receiving Board Certification from the American Board of Emergency Physicians in 1988. He entered training in Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego in 1990 and completed Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in 1994, retiring from Emergency Medicine practice upon coming home to Kentucky to establish Psychiatric practice.
Dr. Rieser received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Louisville where he also attended medical school and graduated in 1981. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and began practicing Emergency Medicine in 1982, receiving Board Certification from the American Board of Emergency Physicians in 1988. He entered training in Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego in 1990 and completed Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in 1994, retiring from Emergency Medicine practice upon coming home to Kentucky to establish Psychiatric practice.
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Adam Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40504  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric NP who has worked independently and in Community Health. I am passionate about the care of my clients of all ages. I learned that passion while serving on active duty in the military when I got to help out a doctor in an aid clinic which led to me becoming a nurse. I have lived all over the country including northern Alaska. I love dogs and camp as much as I am able to. Currently, I live in the greater Louisville area with my wife and 2 daughters ages 8 and 14.
I am a psychiatric NP who has worked independently and in Community Health. I am passionate about the care of my clients of all ages. I learned that passion while serving on active duty in the military when I got to help out a doctor in an aid clinic which led to me becoming a nurse. I have lived all over the country including northern Alaska. I love dogs and camp as much as I am able to. Currently, I live in the greater Louisville area with my wife and 2 daughters ages 8 and 14.
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Ryan Bowlds
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Ryan Bowlds, PMHNP Ryan Bowlds is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2023. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and completed a Psychiatric-Nurse Practitioner Master's degree from Western Kentucky University. Ryan offers not only medication management but the ability to provide psychotherapy-based therapeutic interventions. Outside of work, Ryan loves to play music, collect old music records, watch sports, and also play basketball and golf.
Ryan Bowlds, PMHNP Ryan Bowlds is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky who has been practicing since 2023. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and completed a Psychiatric-Nurse Practitioner Master's degree from Western Kentucky University. Ryan offers not only medication management but the ability to provide psychotherapy-based therapeutic interventions. Outside of work, Ryan loves to play music, collect old music records, watch sports, and also play basketball and golf.
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Inner Balance Integrative Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40502  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Now Taking New Clients! I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and certified integrative mental health provider. My integrative psychiatry appointment differs from a traditional psychiatry appointment in that it incorporates a more holistic approach to mental health and well-being. We will explore various aspects of your life, including physical health, lifestyle, nutrition, sleep patterns, stress levels, and social support systems in order to identify potential underlying causes or contributors to mental health concerns.
Now Taking New Clients! I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and certified integrative mental health provider. My integrative psychiatry appointment differs from a traditional psychiatry appointment in that it incorporates a more holistic approach to mental health and well-being. We will explore various aspects of your life, including physical health, lifestyle, nutrition, sleep patterns, stress levels, and social support systems in order to identify potential underlying causes or contributors to mental health concerns.
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Julie Percefull
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40517  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a focus on mental health. I collaborate with my patients to develop an individualized plan, meeting patients wherever they are in their mental health journey. My goal is to create a nurturing and supportive environment to everyone I serve.
I am a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with a focus on mental health. I collaborate with my patients to develop an individualized plan, meeting patients wherever they are in their mental health journey. My goal is to create a nurturing and supportive environment to everyone I serve.
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Lauren M Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40515
Lauren Williams is a double board-certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 14 years of experience working as a nurse and nurse practitioner with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and her master’s degree from Ball State University and Maryville University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She works with children and adults, ages 8 and older, and specializes in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders.
Lauren Williams is a double board-certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has over 14 years of experience working as a nurse and nurse practitioner with patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and her master’s degree from Ball State University and Maryville University. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She works with children and adults, ages 8 and older, and specializes in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders.
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Naomi Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40502
I completed training in psychology, nursing, and psychiatric nursing. Before becoming a nurse, I worked as a social worker. My experience working in the mental health field has led me to understand how difficult asking for help can be for you. Whether it is your first time seeking help or your hundredth time, I am here to help guide you through your journey to be YOUR best self. I can help with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, and various other conditions. I can provide care in person or via telehealth.
I completed training in psychology, nursing, and psychiatric nursing. Before becoming a nurse, I worked as a social worker. My experience working in the mental health field has led me to understand how difficult asking for help can be for you. Whether it is your first time seeking help or your hundredth time, I am here to help guide you through your journey to be YOUR best self. I can help with anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, and various other conditions. I can provide care in person or via telehealth.
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Jill Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40514  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing for 25 years. I have practiced inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. I am excited to be offering medication management telehealth. Psychiatry is my passion and I pride myself on my diagnosis and treatment skills, but also the commitment I have to provide my clients with devoted attention to their own specific treatment plan.
I am a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been practicing for 25 years. I have practiced inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. I am excited to be offering medication management telehealth. Psychiatry is my passion and I pride myself on my diagnosis and treatment skills, but also the commitment I have to provide my clients with devoted attention to their own specific treatment plan.
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Markquetta Jackson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40504  (Online Only)
Hello there, I'm Markquetta! Do you every feel overwhelmed, stressed and drained from daily life and the situations that may arise in it? Are you overthinking, worried, scattered brain, and have racing thoughts? Do you feel sad, moody, and want to isolate yourself from other people? I can help you achieve that sense of calm and mental wellbeing you are searching for.
Hello there, I'm Markquetta! Do you every feel overwhelmed, stressed and drained from daily life and the situations that may arise in it? Are you overthinking, worried, scattered brain, and have racing thoughts? Do you feel sad, moody, and want to isolate yourself from other people? I can help you achieve that sense of calm and mental wellbeing you are searching for.
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Dawn Glowatz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40504  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm Dawn and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience treating and working with clients of all ages. I believe that the relationship between a psychiatric nurse practitioner and the clients she serves is a partnership of trust and understanding.
Hi! I'm Dawn and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience treating and working with clients of all ages. I believe that the relationship between a psychiatric nurse practitioner and the clients she serves is a partnership of trust and understanding.
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Isabel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40511
Hello. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in nursing and psychiatry across the lifespan. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I am committed to providing client centered care and believe that successful treatment involves a collaboration between provider and client.
Hello. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over a decade of experience in nursing and psychiatry across the lifespan. I believe that mental health is as important as physical health. I am committed to providing client centered care and believe that successful treatment involves a collaboration between provider and client.
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Photo of Rebecca Bruner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lexington, KY
Rebecca Bruner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40509
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnosis, and provide psychotropic medication management as necessary to children, adolescents, and adults. I am very open-minded, non-judgmental, and supportive of the LGBTQIA community. I believe in individualized treatment across the lifespan in order to accurately improve mental health outcomes. I have experience in assessing and treating complex mental health issues in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. I am also an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnosis, and provide psychotropic medication management as necessary to children, adolescents, and adults. I am very open-minded, non-judgmental, and supportive of the LGBTQIA community. I believe in individualized treatment across the lifespan in order to accurately improve mental health outcomes. I have experience in assessing and treating complex mental health issues in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. I am also an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).
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Stephanie Sweeny, Women's Mental Health Specialist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40507  (Online Only)
The services we provide are designed to alleviate emotional and mental health symptoms for women who feel alone and stuck and are experiencing emotional or mental health symptoms. As women, there is a need for support, guidance, and help to identify what is normal. Our providers strive to help you reach your goals and live a happy and fulfilling life.
The services we provide are designed to alleviate emotional and mental health symptoms for women who feel alone and stuck and are experiencing emotional or mental health symptoms. As women, there is a need for support, guidance, and help to identify what is normal. Our providers strive to help you reach your goals and live a happy and fulfilling life.
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Felix Brown
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Jeremy Brown is an advanced practice registered nurse, board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Kentucky. He has served as a psychiatric registered nurse for the past 20 years providing care in both inpatient as well as outpatient care settings. He earned his Master of Science in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. Jeremy's areas of specialty include mood and thought disorders as well as treatment-refractory illness.
Jeremy Brown is an advanced practice registered nurse, board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Kentucky. He has served as a psychiatric registered nurse for the past 20 years providing care in both inpatient as well as outpatient care settings. He earned his Master of Science in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. Jeremy's areas of specialty include mood and thought disorders as well as treatment-refractory illness.
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Brittany Stark
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40509
Brittany Stark, PMHNP Brittany Stark is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Brittany believes in providing a holistic, collaborative, and individualized approach to mental healthcare so that optimal mental healthcare goals are attainable and sustainable. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys hiking, camping, painting, writing, reading, traveling, music and being with her family.
Brittany Stark, PMHNP Brittany Stark is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Kentucky. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Brittany believes in providing a holistic, collaborative, and individualized approach to mental healthcare so that optimal mental healthcare goals are attainable and sustainable. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys hiking, camping, painting, writing, reading, traveling, music and being with her family.
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Jackie Stethem
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lexington, KY 40509
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnoses and prescribe psychotropic medications as necessary to children, adolescents and adults. I am very open-minded and non-judgmental. I believe in treating the whole person, not a diagnosis. I am supportive of the LGBTQIA community.
Accepting new clients! I provide psychiatric evaluations and assessments, determine diagnoses and prescribe psychotropic medications as necessary to children, adolescents and adults. I am very open-minded and non-judgmental. I believe in treating the whole person, not a diagnosis. I am supportive of the LGBTQIA community.
(859) 765-7341 View (859) 765-7341
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Brian Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
Brian Richardson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who received his"¯Master's"¯Degree"¯from Northern Kentucky University. "¯ He received a bachelor's degree in nursing and environmental studies from Eastern Kentucky University. "¯ He has"¯experience"¯working"¯at Cardinal Hill dealing with traumatic brain injury patients and"¯the"¯rehabilitative needs of patients with acute medical conditions. "¯ He has"¯also"¯worked at the Ridge inpatient"¯services"¯with children, adolescents, and adult populations. "¯ His special interests include treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.
Brian Richardson is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who received his"¯Master's"¯Degree"¯from Northern Kentucky University. "¯ He received a bachelor's degree in nursing and environmental studies from Eastern Kentucky University. "¯ He has"¯experience"¯working"¯at Cardinal Hill dealing with traumatic brain injury patients and"¯the"¯rehabilitative needs of patients with acute medical conditions. "¯ He has"¯also"¯worked at the Ridge inpatient"¯services"¯with children, adolescents, and adult populations. "¯ His special interests include treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.
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Treven Back
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN , PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40509
As a provider, I believe in treating everyone has human and not labeling someone based on their diagnosis. As the need for mental health care continues to increase, I provide a warm and opening setting for clients to seek help. My focus is on the client and making sure that they are prepared to face everyday life.
As a provider, I believe in treating everyone has human and not labeling someone based on their diagnosis. As the need for mental health care continues to increase, I provide a warm and opening setting for clients to seek help. My focus is on the client and making sure that they are prepared to face everyday life.
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Photo of Brittany Robinson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lexington, KY
Brittany Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, KY 40513
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for holistic healing, I am dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental wellness. I offer psychiatric evaluations with medication management and specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders. My therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that true healing occurs when we address the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a passion for holistic healing, I am dedicated to supporting individuals on their journey to mental wellness. I offer psychiatric evaluations with medication management and specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and mood disorders. My therapeutic approach is rooted in the belief that true healing occurs when we address the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lexington, KY

70+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Lexington, KY who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
89% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
68% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% ADHD

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth
70% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Lexington, KY see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lexington?

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.