Psychiatrists in Metairie, LA

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Natalie Bliss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70005
I like helping individuals and families who are struggling to find balance in their home, work, or school life. I help patients with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and compulsions, self-harm behaviors, cognitive dysfunction, and interpersonal issues. I have experience in helping women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. While I provide brief therapy during sessions, my primary focus is in diagnosis and medication management. I am located at Genesis Behavioral Health, and I work with a great team of therapists who provide the therapy piece of the treatment plan.
I like helping individuals and families who are struggling to find balance in their home, work, or school life. I help patients with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and compulsions, self-harm behaviors, cognitive dysfunction, and interpersonal issues. I have experience in helping women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. While I provide brief therapy during sessions, my primary focus is in diagnosis and medication management. I am located at Genesis Behavioral Health, and I work with a great team of therapists who provide the therapy piece of the treatment plan.
(985) 624-2942 View (985) 624-2942
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Erik Hanson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70001
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi. I realized the struggles that many face when trying to access quality mental health care, so I established my practice to help those navigating their mental health journey get the care they need. I focus on providing a combination of expertise, compassion, and personalized care with the goal to increase the quality of life for those struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar, and PTSD. ​
I am a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi. I realized the struggles that many face when trying to access quality mental health care, so I established my practice to help those navigating their mental health journey get the care they need. I focus on providing a combination of expertise, compassion, and personalized care with the goal to increase the quality of life for those struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bipolar, and PTSD. ​
(504) 708-4238 View (504) 708-4238
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Summer Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70001
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, Bipolar Disorder, perimenopausal depression, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career.
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, Bipolar Disorder, perimenopausal depression, insomnia, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career.
(504) 399-0710 View (504) 399-0710
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Mikayel Currim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70002
Dr. Mikayel Currim is a Staff Psychiatrist for Talkiatry. Previously, he was the Medical Director and Attending Psychiatrist for the 509th Medical Group at Whiteman Air Force Base, where he was an Active-Duty Medical Corps officer and separated at the rank of Major. Prior to that, Dr. Currim completed medical school and residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stanford University.
Dr. Mikayel Currim is a Staff Psychiatrist for Talkiatry. Previously, he was the Medical Director and Attending Psychiatrist for the 509th Medical Group at Whiteman Air Force Base, where he was an Active-Duty Medical Corps officer and separated at the rank of Major. Prior to that, Dr. Currim completed medical school and residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stanford University.
(504) 223-8780 View (504) 223-8780
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Eric S Kramer
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70002
I was raised in the Greater New Orleans area. I attended Florida State University, majoring in Psychology. I was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Honors. I attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree. I completed a Psychiatry Residency in the LSU/Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Program. I have practiced in various inpatient, outpatient, community, and private settings throughout my career. I am Board Certified. I am accepting new self-pay and BCBS PPO patients. No other private insurance is accepted at this time. Medicaid/Medicare is not accepted.
I was raised in the Greater New Orleans area. I attended Florida State University, majoring in Psychology. I was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with Honors. I attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree. I completed a Psychiatry Residency in the LSU/Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Program. I have practiced in various inpatient, outpatient, community, and private settings throughout my career. I am Board Certified. I am accepting new self-pay and BCBS PPO patients. No other private insurance is accepted at this time. Medicaid/Medicare is not accepted.
(504) 800-6750 View (504) 800-6750
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Kara M. Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70002
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. I have completed additional training in women's mental health through a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and I have spent several years treating women with a variety of concerns in different clinical settings. While I am able to treat people across the adult lifespan, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum. This can be in the form of a one-time consult to provide expert recommendations to be carried out by another treatment team or in the form of ongoing treatment with me.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with an interest in reproductive psychiatry. I have completed additional training in women's mental health through a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and I have spent several years treating women with a variety of concerns in different clinical settings. While I am able to treat people across the adult lifespan, I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum. This can be in the form of a one-time consult to provide expert recommendations to be carried out by another treatment team or in the form of ongoing treatment with me.
(504) 327-9628 View (504) 327-9628
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Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70002
Michael D. Santone, DNP, APRN-BC is a nationally certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He is fully licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and fully credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Mike earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA., in 2010. D. Santone has over 25 years experience in behavioral health and chemical dependency. He works with the adult population 18-70 years old and treats all Mood and Thought Disorders. His experience involves private practice, inpatient and outpatient hospitalization, and correctional facilities.
Michael D. Santone, DNP, APRN-BC is a nationally certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He is fully licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and fully credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Mike earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA., in 2010. D. Santone has over 25 years experience in behavioral health and chemical dependency. He works with the adult population 18-70 years old and treats all Mood and Thought Disorders. His experience involves private practice, inpatient and outpatient hospitalization, and correctional facilities.
(504) 513-5713 View (504) 513-5713
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Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70002
My name is LaToya Mason, a passionate healthcare professional. Originating from the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, my academic journey led me to Dillard University, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Over the span of a decade, the fast-paced world of the emergency room became my professional home.Here, amidst the chaos, I honed my skills and embraced the challenges that came with providing crucial healthcare services. The experiences in the emergency room not only sharpened my clinical expertise but also fueled my desire to delve deeper into mental health care.
My name is LaToya Mason, a passionate healthcare professional. Originating from the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, my academic journey led me to Dillard University, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Over the span of a decade, the fast-paced world of the emergency room became my professional home.Here, amidst the chaos, I honed my skills and embraced the challenges that came with providing crucial healthcare services. The experiences in the emergency room not only sharpened my clinical expertise but also fueled my desire to delve deeper into mental health care.
(225) 269-1083 View (225) 269-1083
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Mary Braud Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70001
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career. Please visit www.crescentcitypsychiatric.com to learn more about my services.
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career. Please visit www.crescentcitypsychiatric.com to learn more about my services.
(504) 233-6855 View (504) 233-6855
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Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70002  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with clients. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. I see clients at 3 locations - Prairieville, Baton Rouge and our Metairie location.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certified through American Nurses Credentialing Center. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with clients. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. I see clients at 3 locations - Prairieville, Baton Rouge and our Metairie location.
(225) 434-3788 View (225) 434-3788
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Always Hope LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNPBC, NP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70002  (Online Only)
I am New York transplant who received his Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner from South University in Savannah Georgia and then went on to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Chamberlain University. I am nationally board certified in Psychiatric/Mental/Behavioral medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency medicine. I practice in 3 locations Baton Rouge, Metairie and the Prairieville Office. I believe that mental health is the foundation for physical health. Working as a team with the other medical providers, I want to help patients build that strong foundation.
I am New York transplant who received his Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner from South University in Savannah Georgia and then went on to pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Chamberlain University. I am nationally board certified in Psychiatric/Mental/Behavioral medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency medicine. I practice in 3 locations Baton Rouge, Metairie and the Prairieville Office. I believe that mental health is the foundation for physical health. Working as a team with the other medical providers, I want to help patients build that strong foundation.
(225) 425-8039 View (225) 425-8039
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Timothy Gioe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70001  (Online Only)
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career. Please visit www.crescentcitypsychiatric.com/blog to learn more about our services.
I specialize in psychiatric evaluations and treatment for ADHD, ADD, depression, and anxiety disorders. After a comprehensive evaluation, I develop a treatment plan best suited to each individual's needs using a variety of evidence-based practice treatment modalities. I have extensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and I am very passionate about exercise, nutrition, and helping patients become the best version of themselves. I especially enjoy working with college students, married couples, new parents, and those starting a new career. Please visit www.crescentcitypsychiatric.com/blog to learn more about our services.
(985) 202-9436 View (985) 202-9436
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Blanca Osorio Candelaria
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70002
Dr. Blanca Osorio-Candelaria is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, which she typically combines with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. If Dr. Osorio-Candelaria feels you would benefit from working with a therapist in conjunction to medication management, she welcomes collaboration with your therapist to make for the best outcome.
Dr. Blanca Osorio-Candelaria is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, which she typically combines with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. If Dr. Osorio-Candelaria feels you would benefit from working with a therapist in conjunction to medication management, she welcomes collaboration with your therapist to make for the best outcome.
(904) 682-9195 View (904) 682-9195
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Degan J. Dansereau
Psychiatrist, MD, ABPN, FAPA
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70005
I am a board certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. I have held various leadership and director positions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I currently maintain a private practice that focuses on providing personal, caring and expert treatment of psychiatric illnesses.
I am a board certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. I have held various leadership and director positions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I currently maintain a private practice that focuses on providing personal, caring and expert treatment of psychiatric illnesses.
(504) 273-4113 View (504) 273-4113
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Gerren Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70002
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner that services clients across the life span. I am trained in diagnosing and treating numerous mental health disorders such as: depression, anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and many others. I work closely with my clients and their therapists to develop a treatment plan best suited to their lives and resources.
I am a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner that services clients across the life span. I am trained in diagnosing and treating numerous mental health disorders such as: depression, anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, insomnia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and many others. I work closely with my clients and their therapists to develop a treatment plan best suited to their lives and resources.
(504) 273-4426 View (504) 273-4426
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Ashifur Rahman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70001
Is your child or teenager struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavior problems, or mental instability? I will do what it takes to understand your concerns, make the correct diagnosis, and determine the right treatment to help him or her feel and perform better. My goal is to provide a warm, trusting environment where your child and family can actively participate and collaborate in treatment.
Is your child or teenager struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavior problems, or mental instability? I will do what it takes to understand your concerns, make the correct diagnosis, and determine the right treatment to help him or her feel and perform better. My goal is to provide a warm, trusting environment where your child and family can actively participate and collaborate in treatment.
(504) 321-5028 View (504) 321-5028
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Integrated Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70005
I treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, such as Mood Disorders, including Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD. I like to work at problems from various angles, which often includes working with patients to assess and treat their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social issues.
I treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, such as Mood Disorders, including Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD. I like to work at problems from various angles, which often includes working with patients to assess and treat their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social issues.
(504) 322-3837 View (504) 322-3837
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Aldo Mejia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70005
Dr. Mejia has comprehensive experience in diagnosing and treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety & panic disorders, phobias, psychoses, stress-induced adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, adult ADD/ADHD, and substance use disorders. He is a bilingual Spanish-speaking physician who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to individual patient needs, including attention to each patient's personal history and their particular concerns about, or fears of, medications. He approaches each client with patience, warmth, understanding, and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and the patient's own sense of comfort and trust.
Dr. Mejia has comprehensive experience in diagnosing and treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety & panic disorders, phobias, psychoses, stress-induced adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, adult ADD/ADHD, and substance use disorders. He is a bilingual Spanish-speaking physician who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to individual patient needs, including attention to each patient's personal history and their particular concerns about, or fears of, medications. He approaches each client with patience, warmth, understanding, and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and the patient's own sense of comfort and trust.
(504) 322-3837 View (504) 322-3837
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Liz Gage
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Metairie, LA 70001
Not accepting new clients
Have you trialed multiple medications without lasting benefit? Are you interested in treating symptoms with minimal use of pharmaceuticals? Or seeking more comprehensive and approachable psychiatric care? I am committed to providing personalized and holistic psychiatry to improve outcomes. Functional medicine treats root biological causes for symptoms. Treatment includes assessment of individual genetics, nutritional deficiencies, infections, and toxins guided by lab testing; and methodical intervention with supplements, medications, and lifestyle guidance. This method moves beyond symptom management to offer recovery and healing.
Have you trialed multiple medications without lasting benefit? Are you interested in treating symptoms with minimal use of pharmaceuticals? Or seeking more comprehensive and approachable psychiatric care? I am committed to providing personalized and holistic psychiatry to improve outcomes. Functional medicine treats root biological causes for symptoms. Treatment includes assessment of individual genetics, nutritional deficiencies, infections, and toxins guided by lab testing; and methodical intervention with supplements, medications, and lifestyle guidance. This method moves beyond symptom management to offer recovery and healing.
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Kellie Newman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Metairie, LA 70005
I am a New Orleans native providing mental health care to the greater New Orleans area for ages 18 and older. I am a masters prepared, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and graduated from Nicholls State University. I have 12 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and am passionate about increasing access to mental health care. I can effectively communicate with patients through empathy and care. This combined with evidence-based guidelines for treating mental health disorders, allows for a patient-centered approach to care.
I am a New Orleans native providing mental health care to the greater New Orleans area for ages 18 and older. I am a masters prepared, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and graduated from Nicholls State University. I have 12 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and am passionate about increasing access to mental health care. I can effectively communicate with patients through empathy and care. This combined with evidence-based guidelines for treating mental health disorders, allows for a patient-centered approach to care.
(504) 608-6292 View (504) 608-6292

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Metairie, LA

30+

Average cost per session

$262

Psychiatrists in Metairie, LA who prioritize treating:

88% Depression
88% Anxiety
85% Bipolar Disorder
79% Medication Management
73% ADHD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
71% BlueCross and BlueShield
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Metairie, LA see their clients

91% In Person and Online
9% Online Only

Gender breakdown

53% Male
47% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Metairie?

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.