Psychiatrists in Boonsboro, MD

Photo of Nadine A Smith - Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Magnolia Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Boonsboro, MD 21713  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health.
Welcome! I am passionate about helping you to achieve optimal functioning in your pursuit to regain emotional and mental well-being. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide high-quality mental health care for adolescents and adults. I conduct comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and collaboratively create individualized treatment plans. I give thorough consideration to the biological, psychological, and social factors impacting your mental health.
(240) 716-6842 View (240) 716-6842

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Photo of Adam Horn, DNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(240) 219-7699 View (240) 219-7699
Photo of Jennifer Sims, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(301) 396-7258 View (301) 396-7258
Photo of Chidinma Onyegwu - IC Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
IC Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Have you been feeling down lately? Have you been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition but stopped getting treatments? We are here to give you the support that you need. At IC Health Services, Inc., we take a holistic approach in our services by providing various forms of treatments to address a variety of mental and behavioral health problems and to meet the unique needs of each client. Want to learn more about our practice? Feel free to give us a call at 443-620-3616
Have you been feeling down lately? Have you been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition but stopped getting treatments? We are here to give you the support that you need. At IC Health Services, Inc., we take a holistic approach in our services by providing various forms of treatments to address a variety of mental and behavioral health problems and to meet the unique needs of each client. Want to learn more about our practice? Feel free to give us a call at 443-620-3616
(240) 730-2993 View (240) 730-2993
Photo of Amarachi Uzosike - Recovery at GFC, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Recovery at GFC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Goodtime Family Care helps patients regain control over their lives through our convenient and confidential medication assisted treatment program for substance use disorder. Our compassionate and experienced providers understand that addiction is is a chronic disease, and we prioritize judgement-free care. We work collaboratively with you on your journey to recovery by facilitating easy access to buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), naltrexone (Vivitrol), and other medications to treat withdrawal symptoms.
Goodtime Family Care helps patients regain control over their lives through our convenient and confidential medication assisted treatment program for substance use disorder. Our compassionate and experienced providers understand that addiction is is a chronic disease, and we prioritize judgement-free care. We work collaboratively with you on your journey to recovery by facilitating easy access to buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), naltrexone (Vivitrol), and other medications to treat withdrawal symptoms.
(443) 234-8212 View (443) 234-8212
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Margaret Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
Your concerns matter! I provide a compassionate space to safely explore mental health matters for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 0-through 21 years. Let's work together to develop a personalized tool-kit for your life's journey. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Pediatric Mental Health speciality I'm licensed to care for Clients 0- through 21years; therefore can not take clients 22 years of age or older.
Your concerns matter! I provide a compassionate space to safely explore mental health matters for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 0-through 21 years. Let's work together to develop a personalized tool-kit for your life's journey. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with Pediatric Mental Health speciality I'm licensed to care for Clients 0- through 21years; therefore can not take clients 22 years of age or older.
(410) 826-0402 View (410) 826-0402
Photo of Rachael McCarthy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachael McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
There is more to treating mental health conditions than simply prescribing medications. I believe in taking a personal approach to patient care and collaborating with my patients to create a treatment plan that aligns with your beliefs and values. I consider the patient as a whole. Your treatment goals are my goals. I maintain a flexible schedule which includes evening and weekend appointments because life doesn't just occur 9am-5pm.
There is more to treating mental health conditions than simply prescribing medications. I believe in taking a personal approach to patient care and collaborating with my patients to create a treatment plan that aligns with your beliefs and values. I consider the patient as a whole. Your treatment goals are my goals. I maintain a flexible schedule which includes evening and weekend appointments because life doesn't just occur 9am-5pm.
(540) 533-2951 View (540) 533-2951
Photo of Seraphine Agbor, DNP, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Seraphine Agbor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Dr. Seraphine Agbor is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner CRNP-PMH, graduated with a Doctorate from Chatham University. Dr. Agbor has over seven years of experience working with patients dealing with addiction and mental illnesses. She works with patients dealing with depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and many others. She utilizes a mix of medications and psychotherapy, and works with devoted staff to offer alternative treatments that may be beneficial to patients. Dr. Agbor follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
Dr. Seraphine Agbor is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner CRNP-PMH, graduated with a Doctorate from Chatham University. Dr. Agbor has over seven years of experience working with patients dealing with addiction and mental illnesses. She works with patients dealing with depression, anxiety disorders, substance use disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and many others. She utilizes a mix of medications and psychotherapy, and works with devoted staff to offer alternative treatments that may be beneficial to patients. Dr. Agbor follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
(240) 213-9094 View (240) 213-9094
Photo of Sarah Langham, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Langham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
My name is Sarah Langham. I a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My passion is providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to patients of all ages I value interdisciplinary education and inter-professional collaboration for a whole person, patient centered approach to health and healthcare. My goal is to maintain an open line of communication. Trust between the provider and patient is essential.
My name is Sarah Langham. I a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My passion is providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to patients of all ages I value interdisciplinary education and inter-professional collaboration for a whole person, patient centered approach to health and healthcare. My goal is to maintain an open line of communication. Trust between the provider and patient is essential.
(443) 726-4233 View (443) 726-4233
Photo of Giovanna Happy, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Giovanna Happy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hello, I'm Giovanna Happy, a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner. I take a holistic approach to mental healthcare, combining medication management with therapeutic techniques to support your overall well-being. My focus areas include mood disorders, anxiety, and more. I prioritize creating a safe, empathetic environment where we can collaboratively develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your mental health goals.
Hello, I'm Giovanna Happy, a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner. I take a holistic approach to mental healthcare, combining medication management with therapeutic techniques to support your overall well-being. My focus areas include mood disorders, anxiety, and more. I prioritize creating a safe, empathetic environment where we can collaboratively develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your mental health goals.
(443) 348-0030 View (443) 348-0030
Photo of Carole Tchatchoua, MSN , CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carole Tchatchoua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
At B.T Restoration & Healing Center INJ, LLC, we are professionally trained Mental Health Nurse Practitioners with over twenty years of clinical expertise, ensuring high standards of competent care for various patients with diverse needs. We are energetic and motivational leaders dedicated to driving top-quality patient care, with the ability to build relationships from day one. We are committed to changing our Community one life at a time. We deliver holistic restoration and healing services to adults. In-person or telehealth appointments are available. Call us for an appointment within 48 hrs. Visit us at www.bt-healingcenter.com
At B.T Restoration & Healing Center INJ, LLC, we are professionally trained Mental Health Nurse Practitioners with over twenty years of clinical expertise, ensuring high standards of competent care for various patients with diverse needs. We are energetic and motivational leaders dedicated to driving top-quality patient care, with the ability to build relationships from day one. We are committed to changing our Community one life at a time. We deliver holistic restoration and healing services to adults. In-person or telehealth appointments are available. Call us for an appointment within 48 hrs. Visit us at www.bt-healingcenter.com
(240) 734-3027 View (240) 734-3027
Photo of Cecilia Parker, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cecilia Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hello, my name is Cecilia Parker. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my undergraduate nursing degree from Coppin State University and Graduate degree from U of Alabama at Birmingham. My nursing experience has run the gamut from the Emergency Dept to school nursing. Although the richness of these experiences has greatly varied, there is one consistent theme, mental health and stability is the foundation of success in all other areas of functioning. As psychotherapy improves the effectiveness of psychotherapy, I provide brief psychotherapy as appropriate as well as refer to licensed psychotherapists.
Hello, my name is Cecilia Parker. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I received my undergraduate nursing degree from Coppin State University and Graduate degree from U of Alabama at Birmingham. My nursing experience has run the gamut from the Emergency Dept to school nursing. Although the richness of these experiences has greatly varied, there is one consistent theme, mental health and stability is the foundation of success in all other areas of functioning. As psychotherapy improves the effectiveness of psychotherapy, I provide brief psychotherapy as appropriate as well as refer to licensed psychotherapists.
(443) 351-6501 View (443) 351-6501
Photo of Derick Sonjong, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Derick Sonjong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(CRNP-PMH) serving Maryland residents. I offer specialized mental health care services to individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing a wide range of psychiatric conditions. My expertise lies in diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health disorders through a holistic and evidence-based approach which includes incorporating patient's emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs.
NOW Accepting NEW Patients! I am a Board Certified Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(CRNP-PMH) serving Maryland residents. I offer specialized mental health care services to individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing a wide range of psychiatric conditions. My expertise lies in diagnosing, treating, and managing mental health disorders through a holistic and evidence-based approach which includes incorporating patient's emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs.
(410) 453-8436 View (410) 453-8436
Photo of Ian Matthews, PMHNP, BC, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ian Matthews
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740  (Online Only)
Same week appointments currently available! Ian Matthews created Up Psychiatry with the mission of providing the highest quality psychiatric care that is personalized to each individual. An important foundation of successful psychiatric treatment lies in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship between the patient and healthcare provider. With this, Ian provides special attention to detail throughout the entire treatment journey. He aims to understand each patient's unique story which allows for the application of an individualized treatment approach through evidenced-based medication management and psychotherapy.
Same week appointments currently available! Ian Matthews created Up Psychiatry with the mission of providing the highest quality psychiatric care that is personalized to each individual. An important foundation of successful psychiatric treatment lies in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship between the patient and healthcare provider. With this, Ian provides special attention to detail throughout the entire treatment journey. He aims to understand each patient's unique story which allows for the application of an individualized treatment approach through evidenced-based medication management and psychotherapy.
(857) 314-2338 View (857) 314-2338
Photo of Jamie Deputy - Ocean Reins Behavioral Health Inc, MSN, ARPN, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ocean Reins Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARPN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Accepting new clients, 21 yrs and younger with no or little wait time. "Bringing Hope During The Waves of Life."
Accepting new clients, 21 yrs and younger with no or little wait time. "Bringing Hope During The Waves of Life."
(757) 798-8549 View (757) 798-8549
Photo of Crystal Belle - Natural Green Healing, LLC, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Natural Green Healing, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21742
TELEHEALTH! EASY, FAST APPTS. NOW AVAILABLE for Medication Mang. & Evaluations via encrypted video chat anywhere and we offer 24/7 online scheduling, weekend & evening appt. available. Natural Green Healing is a Psychiatric care practice that uses a variety of treatments, including psychiatric evaluation, psychosocial interventions and medication management. Specializing in anxiety, ADHD, depression and stress management we look forward to helping you live a healthier and more balanced life. New patient? Book online 24 hours a day and be seen QUICKLY :)
TELEHEALTH! EASY, FAST APPTS. NOW AVAILABLE for Medication Mang. & Evaluations via encrypted video chat anywhere and we offer 24/7 online scheduling, weekend & evening appt. available. Natural Green Healing is a Psychiatric care practice that uses a variety of treatments, including psychiatric evaluation, psychosocial interventions and medication management. Specializing in anxiety, ADHD, depression and stress management we look forward to helping you live a healthier and more balanced life. New patient? Book online 24 hours a day and be seen QUICKLY :)
(301) 453-4105 View (301) 453-4105
Photo of Chouchouna Kalamba, CRNP, PMH, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chouchouna Kalamba
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMH
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21742
I am a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings. I am currently licensed to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in the state of Maryland. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, diagnose psychiatric illnesses, provide medication management, and supportive psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD/ADH, schizophrenia, etc…
I am a certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings. I am currently licensed to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in the state of Maryland. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, diagnose psychiatric illnesses, provide medication management, and supportive psychotherapy to individuals across the lifespan. I treat a wide range of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, PTSD, ADHD/ADH, schizophrenia, etc…
(301) 678-1681 View (301) 678-1681
Photo of Edena Walden, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(240) 903-6203 View (240) 903-6203
Photo of Scarlet Fannin - Pathway To Mental Health, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Pathway To Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Have you been in therapy since you were a child or young adult? Have you found it hard to complete your therapy? Therapy should not be a lifelong endeavor. Processing is the key. My name is Scarlet. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in psychedelics, and have extensive training in Ketamine use. If you have anxiety or depression, OCD or trauma that has not resolved via the traditional way with prescribed psychiatric medications and therapy, let’s talk and see if Ketamine is right for you. Note: I do not provide IV Ketamine. I am a provider of INharmony and SoundSelf therapy. More information by phone or website.
Have you been in therapy since you were a child or young adult? Have you found it hard to complete your therapy? Therapy should not be a lifelong endeavor. Processing is the key. My name is Scarlet. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in psychedelics, and have extensive training in Ketamine use. If you have anxiety or depression, OCD or trauma that has not resolved via the traditional way with prescribed psychiatric medications and therapy, let’s talk and see if Ketamine is right for you. Note: I do not provide IV Ketamine. I am a provider of INharmony and SoundSelf therapy. More information by phone or website.
(304) 403-7536 View (304) 403-7536
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Health Plus Behavioral Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Hagerstown, MD 21740
At Health Plus Behavioral Care, we provide comprehensive mental health services at an affordable price to all ages. We foster a transparent, safe culture, encouraging everyone to voice what matters. We offer medication management and individual therapy, with flexible appointments. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide diagnostic assessments, personalized treatment plans, medication management, and therapy. Additionally, we have a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) specializing in depression, anxiety, addiction, and co-occurring disorders, offering a person-centered approach tailored to your need
At Health Plus Behavioral Care, we provide comprehensive mental health services at an affordable price to all ages. We foster a transparent, safe culture, encouraging everyone to voice what matters. We offer medication management and individual therapy, with flexible appointments. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I provide diagnostic assessments, personalized treatment plans, medication management, and therapy. Additionally, we have a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) specializing in depression, anxiety, addiction, and co-occurring disorders, offering a person-centered approach tailored to your need
(443) 963-3092 View (443) 963-3092

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Boonsboro, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Boonsboro, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Boonsboro, MD see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Boonsboro?

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.