Psychiatrists in Milford, MI

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Aaron Zalewski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milford, MI 48381
Hello, it is an honor to be able to meet you and truly listen to your story. You are so much more than your past, your trauma, a diagnosis, or a label. Mental illness thrives in isolation, so I want to partner with you so that you feel heard. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am experienced in the evidence-based diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness.
Hello, it is an honor to be able to meet you and truly listen to your story. You are so much more than your past, your trauma, a diagnosis, or a label. Mental illness thrives in isolation, so I want to partner with you so that you feel heard. As a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am experienced in the evidence-based diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness.
(586) 488-4632 View (586) 488-4632

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Patrick Gresham
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Novi, MI 48377
I'm board-certified in both General Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have a variety of special interests including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, genetics, evolutionary psychology and issues impacting the LGBT community. I'm enthusiastic about teaching and will always go into detail about the nature of psychiatric illness and the impact of medication. I try to keep a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere for all ages.
I'm board-certified in both General Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have a variety of special interests including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, genetics, evolutionary psychology and issues impacting the LGBT community. I'm enthusiastic about teaching and will always go into detail about the nature of psychiatric illness and the impact of medication. I try to keep a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere for all ages.
(248) 721-8077 View (248) 721-8077
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Jenna Chambless
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. I have been working with women through the hardest of times for around 15 years. My passion is to help women who are struggling with anxiety and depression and the changes of life before pregnancy, during pregnancy and throughout motherhood. My philosophy is to use a holistic approach to help women reach optimal mental resilience. I love approaching mental health support by taking a whole person approach to treating symptoms of anxiety and depression, through lifestyle modifications, nutrition, sleep, community and medication management.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. I have been working with women through the hardest of times for around 15 years. My passion is to help women who are struggling with anxiety and depression and the changes of life before pregnancy, during pregnancy and throughout motherhood. My philosophy is to use a holistic approach to help women reach optimal mental resilience. I love approaching mental health support by taking a whole person approach to treating symptoms of anxiety and depression, through lifestyle modifications, nutrition, sleep, community and medication management.
(810) 888-0928 View (810) 888-0928
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Green Arbor Psych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48374
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. We use traditional medication when appropriate, but then also use current research to go beyond the usual 15 psych meds. At Arbor Video Psych, our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing going beyond a simple TSH level. If nothing has helped, consider us.
New patient openings within a week. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. We use traditional medication when appropriate, but then also use current research to go beyond the usual 15 psych meds. At Arbor Video Psych, our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing going beyond a simple TSH level. If nothing has helped, consider us.
(734) 275-2355 View (734) 275-2355
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Ekuevugbe Onosode
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Ekus Onosode is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan with six months of experience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University School of Nursing and a PMHNP from Frontier Nursing University. Ekus believes in listening and understanding a patient's health concerns while being an avid educator skilled in teaching prevention methods and promoting self-care. She takes the time to get to know patients and their family's health history to manage existing mental illnesses and teach coping skills to help patients be functional and independent as possible.
Ekus Onosode is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan with six months of experience. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oakland University School of Nursing and a PMHNP from Frontier Nursing University. Ekus believes in listening and understanding a patient's health concerns while being an avid educator skilled in teaching prevention methods and promoting self-care. She takes the time to get to know patients and their family's health history to manage existing mental illnesses and teach coping skills to help patients be functional and independent as possible.
(810) 371-3890 View (810) 371-3890
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Lindsay-Rose Dykema
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48375
Lindsay-Rose Dykema is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at Columbia University. Lindsay-Rose is a queer psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist who dabbles in narrative poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in psychiatric and leftist journals, poetry anthologies, and Slate Magazine. She will always offer a safe and affirming space. In her spare time, Lindsay-Rose enjoys yoga, running, writing (poetry and creative nonfiction), belting showtunes, petting cats.
Lindsay-Rose Dykema is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 2009. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at Columbia University. Lindsay-Rose is a queer psychiatrist and prison/police abolitionist who dabbles in narrative poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in psychiatric and leftist journals, poetry anthologies, and Slate Magazine. She will always offer a safe and affirming space. In her spare time, Lindsay-Rose enjoys yoga, running, writing (poetry and creative nonfiction), belting showtunes, petting cats.
(248) 927-1011 View (248) 927-1011
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Theresa Gattari
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Novi, MI 48374
Please visit my website at theresagattarimd.com to learn more and submit an inquiry form. I will respond in 1-2 business days. I’m Dr. Theresa Gattari, a University of Michigan trained, board-certified integrative psychiatrist, passionate about caring for the whole person. I specialize in women's mental health, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. As an integrative psychiatrist, I consider the way your physical health, lifestyle, relationships and environment may be contributing to symptoms. I use a holistic treatment approach to help you go beyond symptom reduction and thrive in your life.
Please visit my website at theresagattarimd.com to learn more and submit an inquiry form. I will respond in 1-2 business days. I’m Dr. Theresa Gattari, a University of Michigan trained, board-certified integrative psychiatrist, passionate about caring for the whole person. I specialize in women's mental health, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. As an integrative psychiatrist, I consider the way your physical health, lifestyle, relationships and environment may be contributing to symptoms. I use a holistic treatment approach to help you go beyond symptom reduction and thrive in your life.
(734) 999-3945 View (734) 999-3945
Heather Anthony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
My name is Heather Anthony, PMHNP-BC. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007. I have professional experience as a psychiatric nurse since 2011. I have professional experience as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019. I performed my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I performed my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience treating children, adolescent & adult populations with various mental health goals and past experiences.
My name is Heather Anthony, PMHNP-BC. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2007. I have professional experience as a psychiatric nurse since 2011. I have professional experience as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2019. I performed my BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I performed my MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) graduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience treating children, adolescent & adult populations with various mental health goals and past experiences.
(810) 442-0624 View (810) 442-0624
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Melissa Hendriks, MD, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48374
I am double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General (Adult) Psychiatry. I specialize in the care of children, teens, and young adults with mental health concerns including ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, OCD, and stress. I serve families from all backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations. I believe that care should center around the patient and family, using evidence-based practices which may include recommendations for medication and/or psychotherapy. I enjoy a collaborative approach that includes working with families, schools, and other members of the treatment team.
I am double board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General (Adult) Psychiatry. I specialize in the care of children, teens, and young adults with mental health concerns including ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, OCD, and stress. I serve families from all backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations. I believe that care should center around the patient and family, using evidence-based practices which may include recommendations for medication and/or psychotherapy. I enjoy a collaborative approach that includes working with families, schools, and other members of the treatment team.
(734) 619-6960 View (734) 619-6960
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Austin Powell
Physician Assistant, PAC
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
LGBTQ allied - I am gay myself. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. All of us at Arbor Psych go beyond the usual old 15 psych meds and utilize newer meds and other treatments. Our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing. If nothing has helped, please consider us. I can't emphasize enough that our first 3 priorities are diagnosis, diagnosis, and diagnosis.
LGBTQ allied - I am gay myself. See openings and book online at AnnArborPsych.com. FOCUSES: ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Impulse Control, PTSD. All of us at Arbor Psych go beyond the usual old 15 psych meds and utilize newer meds and other treatments. Our approach involves looking at root causes rather than only symptoms. We look for nutritional deficits, metabolic abnormalities, subtle psychological trauma, hidden sleep issues, brain injury, and advanced thyroid testing. If nothing has helped, please consider us. I can't emphasize enough that our first 3 priorities are diagnosis, diagnosis, and diagnosis.
(810) 255-4089 x1 View (810) 255-4089 x1
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Chiamaka Uzoma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Walden University. I believe in providing individualized care to my patients by acknowledging their unique situations, providing compassionate and good care
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who graduated from Walden University. I believe in providing individualized care to my patients by acknowledging their unique situations, providing compassionate and good care
(810) 642-4367 View (810) 642-4367
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Mansi S Mehta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP, CNL, RN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Novi, MI 48377
EMAIL only (immediate openings within one week) - A true integrative psychiatry incorporates complementary/alternative/ talk therapy modalities for mind, body & soul connection. Modern Psychiatry requires a good insight into trauma informed care since we more than just diagnosis. Such trauma focused care augments safe space, enables freedom from trauma pain & ability to design future with more than just med management. In psychiatry symptoms often overlap with medical issues, so as double board-certified NP in Family Medicine & Psychiatry, I am comfortable capturing & addressing both medical and psych issues in a holistic manner.
EMAIL only (immediate openings within one week) - A true integrative psychiatry incorporates complementary/alternative/ talk therapy modalities for mind, body & soul connection. Modern Psychiatry requires a good insight into trauma informed care since we more than just diagnosis. Such trauma focused care augments safe space, enables freedom from trauma pain & ability to design future with more than just med management. In psychiatry symptoms often overlap with medical issues, so as double board-certified NP in Family Medicine & Psychiatry, I am comfortable capturing & addressing both medical and psych issues in a holistic manner.
(313) 254-6805 View (313) 254-6805
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Bruce L Roth
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Walled Lake, MI 48390
Dr. Roth has over 25 years of experience as a board certified adult and child psychiatrist. He is also an adult psychoanalyst affiliated with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and a Qualified Medical Evaluator in psychiatry for injured workers in the State of California. At CPS we have psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioner professionals providing the highest quality of mental health care to our clients. At CPS we offer a range of treatment from symptom focused counseling and medications to deeper psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis.
Dr. Roth has over 25 years of experience as a board certified adult and child psychiatrist. He is also an adult psychoanalyst affiliated with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and a Qualified Medical Evaluator in psychiatry for injured workers in the State of California. At CPS we have psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioner professionals providing the highest quality of mental health care to our clients. At CPS we offer a range of treatment from symptom focused counseling and medications to deeper psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis.
(810) 309-8989 View (810) 309-8989
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Anne Marie Arevalo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48375
Anne works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Anne believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
Anne works with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life. She seeks to understand each individual holistically, including their backgrounds and the strengths they already possess to provide an individualized approach. Anne believes that establishing a strong alliance with her clients is essential to getting the most out of therapy and creating lasting change. Through this alliance, she partners with her clients to explore and address thought and behavior patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying life fully.
(248) 422-1518 View (248) 422-1518
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48374
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Nicole Jones, Dr Lemmen and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling may also be needed and we collaborate with our Best Fit Counseling specialists to meet your needs.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. Nicole Jones, Dr Lemmen and I will provide comprehensive assessments to help you make informed decisions regarding your best treatment options. For many problems medication can be an extremely helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and ongoing collaboration with you to find the right dose to help you to feel and function at your best. Counseling may also be needed and we collaborate with our Best Fit Counseling specialists to meet your needs.
(734) 294-5918 View (734) 294-5918
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Fulfilled Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Novi, MI 48374
At Fulfilled Care, I, Dr. Jimmy Metellus, am a compassionate psychiatrist providing a supportive space for individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and life transitions. I specialize in evidence-based treatments tailored to your unique needs, guiding you on a transformative journey towards emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and functional daily living. My role is to empower you, ensuring mental health isn't a barrier but a catalyst for growth. Together, we navigate complexities, work towards your goals, fostering lasting positive change.
At Fulfilled Care, I, Dr. Jimmy Metellus, am a compassionate psychiatrist providing a supportive space for individuals facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and life transitions. I specialize in evidence-based treatments tailored to your unique needs, guiding you on a transformative journey towards emotional stability, improved relationships, resilience, self-discovery, and functional daily living. My role is to empower you, ensuring mental health isn't a barrier but a catalyst for growth. Together, we navigate complexities, work towards your goals, fostering lasting positive change.
(248) 289-8874 View (248) 289-8874
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Revival Recovery Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP
Verified Verified
Brighton, MI 48116
Revival Recovery Center is an outpatient treatment center offering comprehensive medical services to treat substance abuse, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD either in-person or virtually. We treat individuals of all ages using evidence-based medical treatments. We accept many commercial insurances along with Medicare and Medicaid.
Revival Recovery Center is an outpatient treatment center offering comprehensive medical services to treat substance abuse, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD either in-person or virtually. We treat individuals of all ages using evidence-based medical treatments. We accept many commercial insurances along with Medicare and Medicaid.
(810) 209-2379 View (810) 209-2379
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Julie Kuebler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48374  (Online Only)
Julie Kuebler is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 20 years of experience. Julie has a broad range of experiences including both inpatient and outpatient care and has worked in a variety of settings including medication management of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, women's health, adolescent psychiatry.
Julie Kuebler is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 20 years of experience. Julie has a broad range of experiences including both inpatient and outpatient care and has worked in a variety of settings including medication management of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, women's health, adolescent psychiatry.
(248) 453-9247 View (248) 453-9247
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Robert DeMercurio
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48375
Dr. Robert DeMercruio, DO Dr. Robert DeMercruio is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 1998. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the NBOME and graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. DeMercruio is a specialist in psychopharmacology. He evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people who may be struggling with psychiatric conditions. Though this often includes the use of medication, it is founded on an understanding of the many aspects of a person that make them who they are and contribute to why they are going through what they are going through.
Dr. Robert DeMercruio, DO Dr. Robert DeMercruio is a Psychiatrist in Michigan who has been practicing since 1998. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the NBOME and graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. DeMercruio is a specialist in psychopharmacology. He evaluates, diagnoses, and treats people who may be struggling with psychiatric conditions. Though this often includes the use of medication, it is founded on an understanding of the many aspects of a person that make them who they are and contribute to why they are going through what they are going through.
(248) 919-4502 View (248) 919-4502
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William Waling
Psychiatric Nurse, NP
Verified Verified
Novi, MI 48375
William Waling is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10 years experience in medicine, providing care to a wide range populations/ages with a particular focus on ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorders, childhood behavior issues, depression, PTSD/trauma, sleeping disorders, and substance abuse. He has a passion for helping his patients feel their best, optimizing quality of life. William treats with a holistic approach along with medication management that is appropriate for each individual.
William Waling is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10 years experience in medicine, providing care to a wide range populations/ages with a particular focus on ADD/ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorders, childhood behavior issues, depression, PTSD/trauma, sleeping disorders, and substance abuse. He has a passion for helping his patients feel their best, optimizing quality of life. William treats with a holistic approach along with medication management that is appropriate for each individual.
(248) 983-0069 View (248) 983-0069

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Number of Psychiatrists in Milford, MI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Milford, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Psychosis
100% Autism

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Milford, MI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Milford?

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.