Psychiatrists in Cumberland, MD

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Amy Schroyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502
Ms. Stafford-Schroyer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Steeple City Psychological Services. She earned her nursing degrees from Allegany College of Maryland, Chamberlain University, and her Master's in nursing from Walden University in Psychiatric Mental Health across the Lifespan.
Ms. Stafford-Schroyer is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Steeple City Psychological Services. She earned her nursing degrees from Allegany College of Maryland, Chamberlain University, and her Master's in nursing from Walden University in Psychiatric Mental Health across the Lifespan.
(240) 657-2814 View (240) 657-2814
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Tas Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502
Accepting New Referrals! Everyone deserves a positive mental health and access to quality mental health care, no matter their stage in life. Tas Behavioral Health (TBH) is devoted to providing exceptional outpatient Mental health services to empower you to meet your mental wellness goals and transform your life. Dr. Linda Nkongchu is Board Certified and dedicated Family Psychiatric Nurse practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington DC and Maryland and owner of TBH. I have more than a decade of diverse experience in psychiatric and mental health treatment, including inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
Accepting New Referrals! Everyone deserves a positive mental health and access to quality mental health care, no matter their stage in life. Tas Behavioral Health (TBH) is devoted to providing exceptional outpatient Mental health services to empower you to meet your mental wellness goals and transform your life. Dr. Linda Nkongchu is Board Certified and dedicated Family Psychiatric Nurse practitioner (PMHNP) licensed in Washington DC and Maryland and owner of TBH. I have more than a decade of diverse experience in psychiatric and mental health treatment, including inpatient, outpatient and community settings.
(240) 541-5396 View (240) 541-5396
Outreach Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502
Outreach offers mental health and addiction counseling services at a variety of convenient locations. At outreach, we help clients find their inner strength while on their journey to wellness, happiness, and long-term recovery. Outreach utilizes evidence-based approaches and offers a safe and nurturing environment for clients to process and understand their feelings and behaviors.
Outreach offers mental health and addiction counseling services at a variety of convenient locations. At outreach, we help clients find their inner strength while on their journey to wellness, happiness, and long-term recovery. Outreach utilizes evidence-based approaches and offers a safe and nurturing environment for clients to process and understand their feelings and behaviors.
(606) 446-1718 View (606) 446-1718
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evercarerecovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502
Hello and welcome, my name is Gideon fon i am certified registered nurse practitioner in maryland, I am here to help you with the issues you , i have over 20 years treating patients with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, depression, ptsd. I also treat patients with substance use disorder.
Hello and welcome, my name is Gideon fon i am certified registered nurse practitioner in maryland, I am here to help you with the issues you , i have over 20 years treating patients with schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, depression, ptsd. I also treat patients with substance use disorder.
(240) 283-4956 View (240) 283-4956
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Adeline Mangwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502
Life can be very stressful and overwhelming, sometimes it leaves us feeling sad, depressed, anxious and scared. Your mental health is our priority. Adeline is a board-certified PMHNP and suboxone certified, with 15 years plus working in the mental health field. Now helping clients and families face with mental health challenges, like anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use disorder, schizoaffective disorder ,suboxone maintenance etc. After working together with Adeline, clients are successfully managing their symptoms, and now living their normal life. I believe your case is not different.
Life can be very stressful and overwhelming, sometimes it leaves us feeling sad, depressed, anxious and scared. Your mental health is our priority. Adeline is a board-certified PMHNP and suboxone certified, with 15 years plus working in the mental health field. Now helping clients and families face with mental health challenges, like anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use disorder, schizoaffective disorder ,suboxone maintenance etc. After working together with Adeline, clients are successfully managing their symptoms, and now living their normal life. I believe your case is not different.
(240) 203-4457 View (240) 203-4457
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Carole Tchatchoua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumberland, MD 21502
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
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Altruist Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21501
Mrs. Solange Adangwa graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Adangwa’s practice is telemedicine only currently. She is the owner and founder of Altruist Mental Health Services specializing in the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Binge eating, other eating disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, OCD, Insomnia, and PTSD.
Mrs. Solange Adangwa graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Adangwa’s practice is telemedicine only currently. She is the owner and founder of Altruist Mental Health Services specializing in the treatment of ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Binge eating, other eating disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, OCD, Insomnia, and PTSD.
(240) 332-1472 View (240) 332-1472
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Amy Grammas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, RN, MS
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502  (Online Only)
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
Amy Grammas is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field. She received her post-Master’s certificate in psychiatric mental health from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing and has a Master's degree from Loyola College in Clinical Psychology. She performs thorough psychiatric evaluations that may be required by other institutions, providers medication management, and is a licensed medical marijuana provider.
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Dr. Tai Ajani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumberland, MD 21501
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
Dr. Tai Ajani, DNP, PMHNP-BC is doctoral-prepared, dual board-certified in psychiatric mental health and adult gerontology nurse practitioner. She has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare provider and has delivered high-quality health care to multicultural patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. At MindBodyPinnacle Health in Maryland, she offers holistic psychiatric care to individuals over the age 10 years.
(443) 569-7815 View (443) 569-7815
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Care Clinic
Psychiatrist, DO, MS, DABPN
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21501
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
At the CARE Clinic, we provide our patients with up-to-date, evidenced based practices along with some of the most experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals in the field. Our mission has been to provide quality care in a safe environment - earning us a reputation as the clinic most often recommended by family members and colleagues alike. From Addiction Medicine to Brain Health and Wellness, our personalized services allow us to cater to your individual needs. We truly believe that recovery can be a reality for everyone.
(855) 918-0775 View (855) 918-0775
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Shannon Sozzi - Keeley Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MBA
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21501  (Online Only)
****IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS FOR SELF PAY PATIENT---EASY, CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE PHONE OR VIDEO VISITS FOR MEDICATION AND/OR THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND.** It is easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your HOME, CAR OR OFFICE with DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS. CALL OR EMAIL TODAY! Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, sadness/depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....it helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health. As an experienced
****IMMEDIATE APPOINTMENTS FOR SELF PAY PATIENT---EASY, CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE PHONE OR VIDEO VISITS FOR MEDICATION AND/OR THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND.** It is easy to fit in a visit from the privacy of your HOME, CAR OR OFFICE with DAYTIME, EVENING AND WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS. CALL OR EMAIL TODAY! Now, more than ever we are suffering from anxiety, sadness/depression and uncertainty regarding our health and world. Lost wages, worry over bills, unemployment, fear of the unknown and unclear future....it helps to talk to someone that is a safe, dedicated person for your mental and emotional health. As an experienced
(240) 384-5864 View (240) 384-5864
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Glory Tataw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cumberland, MD 21501
Accepting New Clients. Virtual and in person. 'No waiting list" Congratulations on this huge step on contacting and trusting Glory with your health. Seeking Mental Health could be a daunting task. Glory just want you to know that mprovement and living a quality life is possible. Just say yes to treatment and Glory will support you to achieve your goals. She will meet you where you are to help you become Who you want to be. Mental health is a continous journey take one step at a time. Glory will be wirh you each step of the way. Same day appt is possible. Schedule appt via website. Call for weekend and late evening appointments.
Accepting New Clients. Virtual and in person. 'No waiting list" Congratulations on this huge step on contacting and trusting Glory with your health. Seeking Mental Health could be a daunting task. Glory just want you to know that mprovement and living a quality life is possible. Just say yes to treatment and Glory will support you to achieve your goals. She will meet you where you are to help you become Who you want to be. Mental health is a continous journey take one step at a time. Glory will be wirh you each step of the way. Same day appt is possible. Schedule appt via website. Call for weekend and late evening appointments.
(410) 883-9678 View (410) 883-9678
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Baltimore Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Cumberland, MD 21502  (Online Only)
FAST new patient appointments across Maryland! We can work with ALL private insurance policies. Baltimore Psychiatry provides medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. Our practice was designed with an emphasis on quality, convenience, and affordability for our patients. Our evaluations are scheduled for a full 90 minutes to ensure thorough treatment. We want our patients to be comfortable with their questions answered and needs met. Low cash pricing is available to those not using insurance. We offer evening and weekend hours to complement our patients busy schedules, rather than disrupt them.
FAST new patient appointments across Maryland! We can work with ALL private insurance policies. Baltimore Psychiatry provides medication management for ADHD, depression, anxiety, and many other disorders. Our practice was designed with an emphasis on quality, convenience, and affordability for our patients. Our evaluations are scheduled for a full 90 minutes to ensure thorough treatment. We want our patients to be comfortable with their questions answered and needs met. Low cash pricing is available to those not using insurance. We offer evening and weekend hours to complement our patients busy schedules, rather than disrupt them.
(240) 363-2477 View (240) 363-2477

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Sabina Bonfadini
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mount Savage, MD 21545  (Online Only)
If you are stressed, on edge, or feeling down and overwhelmed, let me help you make things better on your journey to wellness! You can self-schedule your appointment now. I am offering same week’s appointment. You will get access to unlimited video appointments, and you can reach me at any time with Unlimited Messages. I help people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, sleep and relationship issues, financial difficulties, and nutritional imbalance. I will be your clinician, overseeing all your psychiatric medication needs.
If you are stressed, on edge, or feeling down and overwhelmed, let me help you make things better on your journey to wellness! You can self-schedule your appointment now. I am offering same week’s appointment. You will get access to unlimited video appointments, and you can reach me at any time with Unlimited Messages. I help people with depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, sleep and relationship issues, financial difficulties, and nutritional imbalance. I will be your clinician, overseeing all your psychiatric medication needs.
(410) 324-2663 View (410) 324-2663

Online Psychiatrists

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Nguyen Faith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Frederick, MD 21702
As a board certified in psychiatric mental health and family practice. I have passionately dedicated my clinical career to take care of individuals across lifespan. My specialty including but not limited to anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, mood related disorders . I provide client-based psychiatric evaluation, psychosocial intervention, care coordination, referrals, and medication management for individuals from age 6 and older. In-person or telehealth appointments available. Call us for appointment within the week! Visit us at zenbeespsychiatry.com
As a board certified in psychiatric mental health and family practice. I have passionately dedicated my clinical career to take care of individuals across lifespan. My specialty including but not limited to anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, mood related disorders . I provide client-based psychiatric evaluation, psychosocial intervention, care coordination, referrals, and medication management for individuals from age 6 and older. In-person or telehealth appointments available. Call us for appointment within the week! Visit us at zenbeespsychiatry.com
(240) 209-9781 View (240) 209-9781
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Robert Winer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
Perhaps a relationship or a job or parenting isn’t going well, or you just feel bad (or angry, or frightened). I try to be of use to people who are in pain. How do I try to help? By having open and honest conversations, good talks. It’s not so easy to do that – we keep our guards up for compelling reasons, because of our experiences of being hurt and used and misunderstood in the past. Often it seems obvious what we need to do, and yet impossible to do it. In therapy we wrestle with the bind.
Perhaps a relationship or a job or parenting isn’t going well, or you just feel bad (or angry, or frightened). I try to be of use to people who are in pain. How do I try to help? By having open and honest conversations, good talks. It’s not so easy to do that – we keep our guards up for compelling reasons, because of our experiences of being hurt and used and misunderstood in the past. Often it seems obvious what we need to do, and yet impossible to do it. In therapy we wrestle with the bind.
(240) 392-1911 View (240) 392-1911
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AlcoholRecoveryMedicine.com
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, CPE
Verified Verified
Potomac, MD 20854
Why not use evidence-based treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)? If you have lost control over how much you drink, get help from an expert. If psychological or will-power based treatment methods have not worked, the Sinclair Method and medications like naltrexone or baclofen may be critical for your recovery. As a specialist in Addiction Medicine, my evidenced based medical program is affordable, practical, and accessible. Go to AlcoholRecoveryMedicine.com for more information and learn how thousands of people have found freedom from alcohol.
Why not use evidence-based treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)? If you have lost control over how much you drink, get help from an expert. If psychological or will-power based treatment methods have not worked, the Sinclair Method and medications like naltrexone or baclofen may be critical for your recovery. As a specialist in Addiction Medicine, my evidenced based medical program is affordable, practical, and accessible. Go to AlcoholRecoveryMedicine.com for more information and learn how thousands of people have found freedom from alcohol.
(301) 979-9130 View (301) 979-9130
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Germaine Kelley-Pope
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bethesda, MD 20817
Accepting New Patients. Currently offering telehealth services in VA, MD, DC. It can be overwhelming and difficult to ask for help, but doing so is a crucial first step in embracing your mental health. By seeking professional help, you will be able to understand and control your symptoms as well as be open and honest about your mental health with loved ones and companions. I work to ensure that you receive treatment and learn new coping skills in order to enhance your quality of life.
Accepting New Patients. Currently offering telehealth services in VA, MD, DC. It can be overwhelming and difficult to ask for help, but doing so is a crucial first step in embracing your mental health. By seeking professional help, you will be able to understand and control your symptoms as well as be open and honest about your mental health with loved ones and companions. I work to ensure that you receive treatment and learn new coping skills in order to enhance your quality of life.
(804) 465-9601 View (804) 465-9601
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Christine Barmoy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westminster, MD 21157  (Online Only)
Seeking mental health care can be daunting. Finding a provider who truly listens and appreciates your mental health journey can be challenging. I believe that I am here to help guide and work with you to create a successful treatment plan. You know yourself and your experiences better than anyone. I want to be a part of your journey and work with you to help your build on your strengths and develop the skills to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
Seeking mental health care can be daunting. Finding a provider who truly listens and appreciates your mental health journey can be challenging. I believe that I am here to help guide and work with you to create a successful treatment plan. You know yourself and your experiences better than anyone. I want to be a part of your journey and work with you to help your build on your strengths and develop the skills to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
(443) 234-8643 View (443) 234-8643
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frederick, MD 21702  (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.
(240) 219-6566 View (240) 219-6566

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Cumberland, MD

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Cumberland, MD who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
92% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Psychosis
69% Medication Management

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
77% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Cumberland, MD see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cumberland?

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.