Psychiatrists in Lutherville, MD

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Dr. Enrique B. Olivares
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Lutherville, MD 21093
I am a University of Maryland trained psychiatrist, board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma issues, schizophrenia, substance use disorders and conditions associated to immigration. I treat individuals 18 years and older, and 16 years and older with parental permission. During my 23+ years in practice, I have worked at state psychiatric facilities, outpatient mental health centers, as a Chief Psychiatrist for an academic-affiliated medical center and as a Medical Director for a nationwide behavioral health company.
I am a University of Maryland trained psychiatrist, board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma issues, schizophrenia, substance use disorders and conditions associated to immigration. I treat individuals 18 years and older, and 16 years and older with parental permission. During my 23+ years in practice, I have worked at state psychiatric facilities, outpatient mental health centers, as a Chief Psychiatrist for an academic-affiliated medical center and as a Medical Director for a nationwide behavioral health company.
(443) 251-3217 View (443) 251-3217
Photo of Gabriel Obu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lutherville, MD
Gabriel Obu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lutherville, MD 21093  (Online Only)
I diagnose and treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep disorder, PTSD, Social anxiety, Schizophrenia, OCD, and offer laboratory testing to rule out any organic cause. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. I am currently accepting new patients from Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maryland, and New Mexico. You can self-schedule at I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My treatment philosophy is rooted in a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to achieving my patient holistic goals.
I diagnose and treat ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep disorder, PTSD, Social anxiety, Schizophrenia, OCD, and offer laboratory testing to rule out any organic cause. No Waitlist. Appointments are within 24-48 hours. I am currently accepting new patients from Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Maryland, and New Mexico. You can self-schedule at I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). My treatment philosophy is rooted in a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to achieving my patient holistic goals.
(240) 332-1696 View (240) 332-1696
Photo of Kevin D. Strouse, MD, Psychiatrist in Lutherville, MD
Kevin D. Strouse, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lutherville, MD 21093
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and a Johns Hopkins faculty member with a private practice in Baltimore at Green Spring Station. I specialize in the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, and OCD, for adults, ages 18 and older. I provide evidence-based medication management and personalized therapy. I have a comprehensive approach to patient care that focuses on understanding the whole person. Life events, temperament, behavior, and biology are carefully considered when formulating a diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. Telemedicine appointments are an option via a secure and confidential video platform.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and a Johns Hopkins faculty member with a private practice in Baltimore at Green Spring Station. I specialize in the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, and OCD, for adults, ages 18 and older. I provide evidence-based medication management and personalized therapy. I have a comprehensive approach to patient care that focuses on understanding the whole person. Life events, temperament, behavior, and biology are carefully considered when formulating a diagnosis and individualized treatment plan. Telemedicine appointments are an option via a secure and confidential video platform.
(443) 429-1103 View (443) 429-1103
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Kristen Nagl
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Lutherville, MD 21093
I am a dedicated mental health provider and I have completed a fellowship at the University of Maryland focusing on children and adolescent psychiatry. Throughout my career, I have gained invaluable personal experience working with children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. In my practice, I adopt a holistic approach to care, taking into consideration the individual's past traumas and how they impact their overall functioning, relationships, and well-being. By addressing these underlying factors, I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate support to each child and adolescent under my care.
I am a dedicated mental health provider and I have completed a fellowship at the University of Maryland focusing on children and adolescent psychiatry. Throughout my career, I have gained invaluable personal experience working with children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. In my practice, I adopt a holistic approach to care, taking into consideration the individual's past traumas and how they impact their overall functioning, relationships, and well-being. By addressing these underlying factors, I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate support to each child and adolescent under my care.
(443) 331-9235 View (443) 331-9235
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Paul Giannandrea
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lutherville, MD 21093
For 20 years, I was a full-time faculty member at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine teaching medical students and training residents. I have 32 years experience in private practice assisting persons with substance use disorders, major psychiatric disturbances and behavioral addictions, including sexual addiction and gambling. As a Board certified psychiatrist in Addiction Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatrist, I deal with the negative consequences of a variety of disorders alone and in combination, as well as relationship issues not related to addictions. I am particularly trained and experienced in the use of medication for these problems and their symptoms.
For 20 years, I was a full-time faculty member at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine teaching medical students and training residents. I have 32 years experience in private practice assisting persons with substance use disorders, major psychiatric disturbances and behavioral addictions, including sexual addiction and gambling. As a Board certified psychiatrist in Addiction Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatrist, I deal with the negative consequences of a variety of disorders alone and in combination, as well as relationship issues not related to addictions. I am particularly trained and experienced in the use of medication for these problems and their symptoms.
(410) 709-3180 View (410) 709-3180
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Stephanie Streb
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MHS, PMNHPBC
Verified Verified
Lutherville, MD 21093
No parent likes to see their child sad or suffering. I understand these concerns from my experience as a mental health practitioner and from being a parent. I am Stephanie Streb, DNP, PMHNP-BC, and I am a psychiatric mental health provider who focuses on treating children, adolescents, and the family unit. I treat medication responsive psychiatric disorders (e.g. ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism, bipolar, OCD). I am well liked for my ability to quickly and sincerely connect with, educate, and treat both children and parents, by providing medication and behavior management approaches which make a difference for the entire family.
No parent likes to see their child sad or suffering. I understand these concerns from my experience as a mental health practitioner and from being a parent. I am Stephanie Streb, DNP, PMHNP-BC, and I am a psychiatric mental health provider who focuses on treating children, adolescents, and the family unit. I treat medication responsive psychiatric disorders (e.g. ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism, bipolar, OCD). I am well liked for my ability to quickly and sincerely connect with, educate, and treat both children and parents, by providing medication and behavior management approaches which make a difference for the entire family.
(410) 346-3853 View (410) 346-3853
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Anastasia L Tusa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP-P, CRNP-AG
Verified Verified
Lutherville, MD 21094
Ms. Tusa provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management services to adolescents and adults. Her approach is conservative and evidence-based and she stays current with the latest developments in psychiatry and neuroscience. Research indicates that the best treatment response occurs when medication is combined with therapy, and as a nurse practitioner, she is very comfortable with, and believes strongly in, a multidisciplinary approach.
Ms. Tusa provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management services to adolescents and adults. Her approach is conservative and evidence-based and she stays current with the latest developments in psychiatry and neuroscience. Research indicates that the best treatment response occurs when medication is combined with therapy, and as a nurse practitioner, she is very comfortable with, and believes strongly in, a multidisciplinary approach.
(410) 696-7891 View (410) 696-7891
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Christine Tran-Boynes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lutherville, MD 21094
Accepting new patients. In network with BCBS and Cigna. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Towson, MD who specializes in medication management for adults 18 years old and over. As such, if you are already working with a psychologist, therapist, or counselor for therapy, I would be happy to collaborate. Telehealth appointments are offered to patients physically present in Maryland at the time of the session.
Accepting new patients. In network with BCBS and Cigna. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in Towson, MD who specializes in medication management for adults 18 years old and over. As such, if you are already working with a psychologist, therapist, or counselor for therapy, I would be happy to collaborate. Telehealth appointments are offered to patients physically present in Maryland at the time of the session.
(443) 234-8357 View (443) 234-8357
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Mariel V Otter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lutherville, MD 21094
Difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are, at times, part of the human experience but they need NOT control your life. Reclaim your humanity & cope effectively with a provider who listens to your story and supports your intentions. Mariel Otter, DNP, CRNP-PMH has 13 years of psychiatric experience and is an alumna of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland with clinical training from renowned psychiatrists including Dr. Scott Aronson, MD, and Dr. Larry Alessi, MD. Mariel Otter, DNP, CRNP-PMH is rated as an expert in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder by U.S. News and World Report Health.
Difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are, at times, part of the human experience but they need NOT control your life. Reclaim your humanity & cope effectively with a provider who listens to your story and supports your intentions. Mariel Otter, DNP, CRNP-PMH has 13 years of psychiatric experience and is an alumna of Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland with clinical training from renowned psychiatrists including Dr. Scott Aronson, MD, and Dr. Larry Alessi, MD. Mariel Otter, DNP, CRNP-PMH is rated as an expert in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder by U.S. News and World Report Health.
(410) 936-6731 View (410) 936-6731

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Ranen Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
(410) 413-2145 View (410) 413-2145
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Robert Byron Lehman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
My expertise is in the area of diagnosis and psychopharmacology. My office is a private practice setting and there is strong staff support for scheduling, medication refills, and for consultation with referring therapists . I have more than 30 years experience in the field and have an interest and involvement in pharmacology research through my company, Pharmasite Research. I have numerous publications in the field of psychopharmacology and lecture frequently in the area of psychopharmacology.
My expertise is in the area of diagnosis and psychopharmacology. My office is a private practice setting and there is strong staff support for scheduling, medication refills, and for consultation with referring therapists . I have more than 30 years experience in the field and have an interest and involvement in pharmacology research through my company, Pharmasite Research. I have numerous publications in the field of psychopharmacology and lecture frequently in the area of psychopharmacology.
(410) 942-9587 View (410) 942-9587
Photo of Linda Nji, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lutherville, MD
Linda Nji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eudowood, MD 21204  (Online Only)
Hello, My name is Linda! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Furthermore, I have about 7 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric mental health care.
Hello, My name is Linda! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing at Walden University. Furthermore, I have about 7 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric mental health care.
(240) 830-7163 View (240) 830-7163
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Marilyn Lydia Martin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst I feel privileged to work with people on their journey to discoverying how they can live more fulfilling lives. I practice psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology, and find that when people seek me out they are coping to the best of their current abilities. Therapy and or medication, with courage and hard work and an empathic clinician by their side may give them the opportunity to make new and healthier choices in their lives.
As a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst I feel privileged to work with people on their journey to discoverying how they can live more fulfilling lives. I practice psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology, and find that when people seek me out they are coping to the best of their current abilities. Therapy and or medication, with courage and hard work and an empathic clinician by their side may give them the opportunity to make new and healthier choices in their lives.
(410) 337-7772 x6406 View (410) 337-7772 x6406
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David Mwangi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner with extensive clinical experience in mental health. I graduated from Maryville University and have a passion to assist clients find their strength in navigating through various mental health challenges.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner with extensive clinical experience in mental health. I graduated from Maryville University and have a passion to assist clients find their strength in navigating through various mental health challenges.
(410) 941-3533 View (410) 941-3533
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Dr. Neal G Ranen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
After training at Hopkins and then serving as full-time staff/faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for many years, I am now in private practice where I treat a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, irritability, OCD, mood swings, Bipolar, and life stressors. I am double Board-Certified, and both a Psychopharmacologist (medication expert) and Psychotherapist (using Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and other approaches). You deserve expertise, compassion, and a holistic approach to understanding you and your circumstances.
(410) 413-2145 View (410) 413-2145
Photo of John Faulkner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lutherville, MD
John Faulkner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Towson, MD 21204
My goal is to empower clients to actively participate in the treatment process and support them in achieving their optimal mental health goals. I do this by providing compassionate, nonjudgmental care. I value open communication, active listening, and creating a safe and supportive environment where clients can freely express themselves. I utilize evidence-based treatment methods tailored to each individual's unique needs. I believe in a multi-modal approach that combines medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions to achieve the best outcomes for all clients. I look forward to meeting you!
My goal is to empower clients to actively participate in the treatment process and support them in achieving their optimal mental health goals. I do this by providing compassionate, nonjudgmental care. I value open communication, active listening, and creating a safe and supportive environment where clients can freely express themselves. I utilize evidence-based treatment methods tailored to each individual's unique needs. I believe in a multi-modal approach that combines medication management, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions to achieve the best outcomes for all clients. I look forward to meeting you!
(443) 266-9671 View (443) 266-9671
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Resilient Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Towson, MD 21204
WELCOME! Finding the right fit for your psychiatric provider can be difficult. It's crucial to find someone with whom you feel safe and connected. We value the client relationship and approach each session with an open mind, respect, and a genuine desire to help. We enjoy working with all ages and especially those once turned-off by mental health treatment.
WELCOME! Finding the right fit for your psychiatric provider can be difficult. It's crucial to find someone with whom you feel safe and connected. We value the client relationship and approach each session with an open mind, respect, and a genuine desire to help. We enjoy working with all ages and especially those once turned-off by mental health treatment.
(410) 770-2174 View (410) 770-2174
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Ozan Toy
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Ideal client is someone who desires a partner in addressing their mental health. I view the patient-doctor relationship as a shared decision making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. I use a holistic approach and consider biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client's life to determine the best treatment paradigms. Whether you are looking for a skilled talk therapist or need assistance with medications, I am confident that I can help you achieve your goals.
Ideal client is someone who desires a partner in addressing their mental health. I view the patient-doctor relationship as a shared decision making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. I use a holistic approach and consider biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client's life to determine the best treatment paradigms. Whether you are looking for a skilled talk therapist or need assistance with medications, I am confident that I can help you achieve your goals.
(410) 784-4832 View (410) 784-4832
Photo of Betty Githuku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lutherville, MD
Betty Githuku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093
My philosophy is centered around partnering with my patients in their healing journey, and I strongly believe that our mental health is the foundation of our overall being. When we prioritize our mental health, other aspects of our lives can thrive accordingly. That's why I practice a holistic approach to mental health with a personalized plan for each patient. My goal is to provide compassionate and judgment-free care to all of my patients. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable, supported, and important throughout your treatment. If you're looking for a partner in your mental health journey, I'm here to help.
My philosophy is centered around partnering with my patients in their healing journey, and I strongly believe that our mental health is the foundation of our overall being. When we prioritize our mental health, other aspects of our lives can thrive accordingly. That's why I practice a holistic approach to mental health with a personalized plan for each patient. My goal is to provide compassionate and judgment-free care to all of my patients. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable, supported, and important throughout your treatment. If you're looking for a partner in your mental health journey, I'm here to help.
(443) 785-3064 View (443) 785-3064
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Esther Anyatonwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-PMH, NP-BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Timonium, MD 21093  (Online Only)
Esther Anyatonwu DNP-PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, CRNP has a combined 20 years of nursing experience. Her doctoral graduate degree was obtained from the prestigious Brandman University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Psychiatric Mental Health-Board Certified. She also holds a Masters in Nursing degree with a specialty in Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The founder of UMA Behavioral Health, LLC (www.umabehavioralhelathllc.com), she specializes in diagnosing and medication management of psychiatric disorders, including bipolar, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia disorders, and non-stimulant management of ADHD.
Esther Anyatonwu DNP-PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, CRNP has a combined 20 years of nursing experience. Her doctoral graduate degree was obtained from the prestigious Brandman University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice-Psychiatric Mental Health-Board Certified. She also holds a Masters in Nursing degree with a specialty in Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The founder of UMA Behavioral Health, LLC (www.umabehavioralhelathllc.com), she specializes in diagnosing and medication management of psychiatric disorders, including bipolar, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia disorders, and non-stimulant management of ADHD.
(717) 973-7616 View (717) 973-7616

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lutherville, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lutherville, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
89% Anxiety
78% Bipolar Disorder
78% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna
80% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Lutherville, MD see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Male
43% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lutherville?

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.