Psychiatrists in Takoma Park, MD

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Joseph (Joey) Nichols
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Verified Verified
Takoma Park, MD 20912
My patients want a kind, experienced doctor that listens deeply and non-judgmentally, partners with them, offers and explains options, and responds promptly. They have often been disappointed in the past by providers who focused narrowly on managing their medications in short visits that are booked months in advance. They are looking for someone who offers a whole person perspective, considering their physical and spiritual needs as well. Some are looking for a doctor that can help them have the safest and most meaningful experiences with psychedelic medicine, whether they are curious or have tried these medicines already.
My patients want a kind, experienced doctor that listens deeply and non-judgmentally, partners with them, offers and explains options, and responds promptly. They have often been disappointed in the past by providers who focused narrowly on managing their medications in short visits that are booked months in advance. They are looking for someone who offers a whole person perspective, considering their physical and spiritual needs as well. Some are looking for a doctor that can help them have the safest and most meaningful experiences with psychedelic medicine, whether they are curious or have tried these medicines already.
(301) 804-1453 View (301) 804-1453
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Dennis Flynn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Hello, my name is Dr. Dennis Flynn. I currently have availability to take on new patients. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and substance use disorders.
Hello, my name is Dr. Dennis Flynn. I currently have availability to take on new patients. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, insomnia, and substance use disorders.
(301) 888-6591 View (301) 888-6591
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Takoma Park, MD 20912  (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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John Daken
Psychiatrist, MD, BC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Proficient in both medication treatment and psychotherapy, I provide a whole-client approach. I take the time to hear the breadth and depth of your experience, and dedicate the same effort to crafting a treatment plan in a spirit of collaboration. I develop medication regimens tailored to your needs and update them as needed. I also provide both individual and group psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in making mental health care accessible to all members of our diverse community.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. Proficient in both medication treatment and psychotherapy, I provide a whole-client approach. I take the time to hear the breadth and depth of your experience, and dedicate the same effort to crafting a treatment plan in a spirit of collaboration. I develop medication regimens tailored to your needs and update them as needed. I also provide both individual and group psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in making mental health care accessible to all members of our diverse community.
(240) 230-3217 View (240) 230-3217
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Jessica Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Dr. Brown practices general adult psychiatry and psychoanalysis. She has broad clinical experience in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology. Although her primary approach is individual treatment, she includes family members or significant others when appropriate. Dr. Brown specializes in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and parenting issues and emotional distress related to medical illness.
Dr. Brown practices general adult psychiatry and psychoanalysis. She has broad clinical experience in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychopharmacology. Although her primary approach is individual treatment, she includes family members or significant others when appropriate. Dr. Brown specializes in evaluating and treating depression, anxiety disorders, relationship and parenting issues and emotional distress related to medical illness.
(202) 759-3651 View (202) 759-3651
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Katarina (Kat) Mijic-Barisic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Takoma Park, MD 20901
Hi! I’m Kat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a happier, more fulfilling life through medication management and supportive therapy. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and resilience. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to understanding each individual's unique journey, and my mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Hi! I’m Kat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a happier, more fulfilling life through medication management and supportive therapy. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and resilience. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to understanding each individual's unique journey, and my mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
(443) 647-8278 View (443) 647-8278
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Ben L Bregman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Takoma Park, MD 20912  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My approach to psychiatry is based on the principle that the human spirit is resilient and has the ability to heal when supported. With that in mind, I use an integrative approach to help my patients achieve greater mental health and well-being. I work with individuals who have depression, anxiety, unresolved traumas, concentration difficulties, unfulfilling relationships, and career and academic difficulties transform their challenges into personal growth and self-realization. I seek to help people live healthy and meaningful lives.
My approach to psychiatry is based on the principle that the human spirit is resilient and has the ability to heal when supported. With that in mind, I use an integrative approach to help my patients achieve greater mental health and well-being. I work with individuals who have depression, anxiety, unresolved traumas, concentration difficulties, unfulfilling relationships, and career and academic difficulties transform their challenges into personal growth and self-realization. I seek to help people live healthy and meaningful lives.
(202) 953-3790 View (202) 953-3790
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Dr. Ola Adekola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Dr. Ola Adekola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is the owner of Divine Wellness & Psychiatric Services. As a certified Mental health care provider, her role includes a wide range of mental health services to patients across a life. She is experienced and competent to provide a full range of primary mental health services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
Dr. Ola Adekola is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is the owner of Divine Wellness & Psychiatric Services. As a certified Mental health care provider, her role includes a wide range of mental health services to patients across a life. She is experienced and competent to provide a full range of primary mental health services, including biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness. Treatment modalities include both medication and psychotherapeutic management.
(301) 640-5787 View (301) 640-5787

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Favored Hands Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
Favored Hands Telepsychiaty, LLC is a Telemedicine practice ran by Franca Bakane who is a board certified PMHNP with several years of experience serving patients with varying mental health conditions. Her background includes providing psychopharmacology and therapeutic services to adolescent and adults in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient, and corrections. I diagnose and treat many conditions some of which include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, OCD, PTSD and a lot more. Telepsych Appointment are carried out via a secure video link. Evening hours may be available with Prior Arrangement.
Favored Hands Telepsychiaty, LLC is a Telemedicine practice ran by Franca Bakane who is a board certified PMHNP with several years of experience serving patients with varying mental health conditions. Her background includes providing psychopharmacology and therapeutic services to adolescent and adults in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient, and corrections. I diagnose and treat many conditions some of which include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, OCD, PTSD and a lot more. Telepsych Appointment are carried out via a secure video link. Evening hours may be available with Prior Arrangement.
(301) 381-5507 View (301) 381-5507
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Kasheria West
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Accepting New Clients. Kasheria West is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who uses various treatments, including psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial interventions, and medication management. Her specialty is devoted to diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders. Through comprehensive assessment, personalized treatment planning, and ongoing support, she strive to empower her patients to thrive in all aspects of their lives. She aspire to be a trusted partner in her patients mental health journey, offering hope, guidance, and advocacy every step of the way.
Accepting New Clients. Kasheria West is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who uses various treatments, including psychiatric evaluations, psychosocial interventions, and medication management. Her specialty is devoted to diagnosing, preventing, and treating mental disorders. Through comprehensive assessment, personalized treatment planning, and ongoing support, she strive to empower her patients to thrive in all aspects of their lives. She aspire to be a trusted partner in her patients mental health journey, offering hope, guidance, and advocacy every step of the way.
(240) 689-3171 View (240) 689-3171
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Comprehensive & Psych Associates, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-C, MSN, MsHCA
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
I am Dr. Modupe Apassa, DNP, a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skilled in medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, I bring a 20-year experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner for a comprehensive review of your symptoms and the best medication(s) to meet your needs. When you indicate that you feel better, then I would have been successful in providing you optimal evidence-based care. Services are available via telepsychiatry due to the current pandemic but we also provide in-office visits.
I am Dr. Modupe Apassa, DNP, a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner skilled in medication management and psychotherapy. In addition, I bring a 20-year experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner for a comprehensive review of your symptoms and the best medication(s) to meet your needs. When you indicate that you feel better, then I would have been successful in providing you optimal evidence-based care. Services are available via telepsychiatry due to the current pandemic but we also provide in-office visits.
(301) 756-5464 View (301) 756-5464
Mark Rosse
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Dr. Rosse, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
Dr. Rosse, works with a multidisciplinary group practice, where our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
(301) 417-5935 View (301) 417-5935
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Sandra Krotman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, BC
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
My name is Sandra Krotman. I am a Board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ( PMHNP-BC) with prescriptive privileges. Every person has concerns they struggle with during their lifetime. Some people struggle on and off, and for others, the path is filled with twists, turns, slippery rocks, and possibly big boulders. Wherever you are on your journey, I can meet you on your route, and help you navigate your mental health needs. We can create a comprehensive treatment plan after an assessment and evaluation, discuss options such as therapy, medication management, or combination of both.
My name is Sandra Krotman. I am a Board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ( PMHNP-BC) with prescriptive privileges. Every person has concerns they struggle with during their lifetime. Some people struggle on and off, and for others, the path is filled with twists, turns, slippery rocks, and possibly big boulders. Wherever you are on your journey, I can meet you on your route, and help you navigate your mental health needs. We can create a comprehensive treatment plan after an assessment and evaluation, discuss options such as therapy, medication management, or combination of both.
(240) 616-4388 View (240) 616-4388
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Lawretta Jinadu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who acknowledges each client's individuality and provides a holistic remedy based on personal needs. I am specialized in treating, Depressive disorders, Anxiety, Bipolar, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Mood Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Adult psychiatry using an evidence-based approach.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who acknowledges each client's individuality and provides a holistic remedy based on personal needs. I am specialized in treating, Depressive disorders, Anxiety, Bipolar, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Mood Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Adult psychiatry using an evidence-based approach.
(443) 672-5252 View (443) 672-5252
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Jessica Janey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
The patient always comes first. This means spending the time needed to get to the root of the problem, taking a holistic approach to look at the myriad factors that influence mental health, and providing a safe and comfortable environment where healing can occur. As a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, I can manage and treat a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD. I value providing special attention to individual needs, personal history, stressful or traumatic experiences, and concerns about medications.
(301) 900-6547 View (301) 900-6547
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Ifreke Williams
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Hello, I'm an adult Psychiatrist with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you to address your behavioral health needs. My goal is to improve your mental and emotional health, help you feel better, happier and function at your best. I utilize a holistic person-centered approach to provide quality compassionate, culturally sensitive and evidence-based psychiatric care. I take time to listen, ensure that you feel heard not rushed, and develop an appropriate treatment plan in collaboration with you. I take pride in helping my patients achieve better quality of life and a sense of well-being.
Hello, I'm an adult Psychiatrist with a passion for wellness and integrative care. It would be my pleasure to work with you to address your behavioral health needs. My goal is to improve your mental and emotional health, help you feel better, happier and function at your best. I utilize a holistic person-centered approach to provide quality compassionate, culturally sensitive and evidence-based psychiatric care. I take time to listen, ensure that you feel heard not rushed, and develop an appropriate treatment plan in collaboration with you. I take pride in helping my patients achieve better quality of life and a sense of well-being.
(202) 816-6648 View (202) 816-6648
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Zuwena M Iddi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Welcome to my practice! I'm Zuwena Iddi, a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on holistic mental health care. With six years of experience across diverse healthcare settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my private practice located in Maryland. About Me: My journey in mental health care began with a commitment to provide personalized and comprehensive treatment to individuals facing mental health challenges. As a PMHNP, I blend evidence-based medication management with empathetic talk therapy to empower my patients on their path to healing and well-being.
Welcome to my practice! I'm Zuwena Iddi, a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on holistic mental health care. With six years of experience across diverse healthcare settings, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my private practice located in Maryland. About Me: My journey in mental health care began with a commitment to provide personalized and comprehensive treatment to individuals facing mental health challenges. As a PMHNP, I blend evidence-based medication management with empathetic talk therapy to empower my patients on their path to healing and well-being.
(301) 453-4598 View (301) 453-4598
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Dr Eden Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Our ideal clients are individuals struggling with a range of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, loss of appetite, insomnia, ADHD, behavior issues, and opioid use disorder. We also offer specialized addiction treatment. Our approach combines therapy and medication management to provide comprehensive care.
Our ideal clients are individuals struggling with a range of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, loss of appetite, insomnia, ADHD, behavior issues, and opioid use disorder. We also offer specialized addiction treatment. Our approach combines therapy and medication management to provide comprehensive care.
(240) 774-2319 x20910 View (240) 774-2319 x20910
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New Era Recovery & Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Greg Obiwuma is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of working in psychiatric and mental health care in the Washington, DC metro area. We perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and other mental health issues in people of all ages. At New Era Recovery and Behavioral Health LLC, we utilize a holistic approach to treat patients across the lifespan (Adults, Adolescents and Children). Applying evidence-based
Greg Obiwuma is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than 10 years of working in psychiatric and mental health care in the Washington, DC metro area. We perform psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and other mental health issues in people of all ages. At New Era Recovery and Behavioral Health LLC, we utilize a holistic approach to treat patients across the lifespan (Adults, Adolescents and Children). Applying evidence-based
(202) 946-7827 View (202) 946-7827
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Marlaine F Registe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Silver Spring, MD 20910  (Online Only)
Have you been feeling anxious lately? Maybe you are Depressed? Tired and can’t concentrate? Or maybe you’re on a bunch of different medications that aren’t working? Does this sound familiar? If so, I can help. My name is Marlaine Registe, I am a Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of combined nursing experience, 12 years of which are in advanced practice. I work with patients ages 10-100+ with psychiatric mental health disorders in the Washington DC metro area, seeing patients all across DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
Have you been feeling anxious lately? Maybe you are Depressed? Tired and can’t concentrate? Or maybe you’re on a bunch of different medications that aren’t working? Does this sound familiar? If so, I can help. My name is Marlaine Registe, I am a Psychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of combined nursing experience, 12 years of which are in advanced practice. I work with patients ages 10-100+ with psychiatric mental health disorders in the Washington DC metro area, seeing patients all across DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
(202) 952-9981 View (202) 952-9981

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Takoma Park, MD

< 10

Psychiatrists in Takoma Park, MD who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Medication Management
75% ADHD
63% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Anger Management

Average years in practice

19 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Cigna and Evernorth
60% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
60% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Takoma Park, MD see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Takoma Park?

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.