Psychiatrists in Portage, MI

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Brittany Radler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002
Brittany Radler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2019. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at University of Michigan-Flint and went on to complete a fellowship working with underserved populations. Brittany possesses strong clinical skills and a natural ease at building rapport with patients and families. She has had the privilege of working in many different settings, including free clinics, the office setting, and hospital setting. We all go through unique challenges in life. Brittany is confident that she would be able to support you on your journey.
Brittany Radler is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2019. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at University of Michigan-Flint and went on to complete a fellowship working with underserved populations. Brittany possesses strong clinical skills and a natural ease at building rapport with patients and families. She has had the privilege of working in many different settings, including free clinics, the office setting, and hospital setting. We all go through unique challenges in life. Brittany is confident that she would be able to support you on your journey.
(616) 208-4219 View (616) 208-4219
William S Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portage, MI 49024
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 . . . any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
For more than 30 years, New Oakland Family Centers has been Michigan’s most dedicated providers of quality, compassionate, innovative mental health care and services. Today, more than 30,000 people across our state receive more than 600,000 points of service from New Oakland every year . . . from the Detroit area to Ann Arbor, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Port Huron. To speak with a New Oakland team member about your needs and interests in our programs, call: (800) 395-3223 . . . any time of the day or night. Someone will be standing by to take your call and help you get started, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
(269) 257-2595 View (269) 257-2595
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Michelle Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002  (Online Only)
I became a psychiatric nurse practitioner because I enjoy helping individuals bring out the best version of themselves. I consider the Whole person (holistic) by asking questions and listening empathetically to learn more about you and your goals. I combine prescription medications, brief psychotherapy and evidence-based Complementary and Alternative therapies for the motivated client. Life can be complex and messy. Traumatic life experiences, life stressors, nutrition, body movement, and mindset are some of the things that shape us. We will work as a team to discover what is impacting your growth toward your goals.
I became a psychiatric nurse practitioner because I enjoy helping individuals bring out the best version of themselves. I consider the Whole person (holistic) by asking questions and listening empathetically to learn more about you and your goals. I combine prescription medications, brief psychotherapy and evidence-based Complementary and Alternative therapies for the motivated client. Life can be complex and messy. Traumatic life experiences, life stressors, nutrition, body movement, and mindset are some of the things that shape us. We will work as a team to discover what is impacting your growth toward your goals.
(586) 200-0620 View (586) 200-0620
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Matthew J. Radler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002
Dr. Matthew J. Radler is a Psychiatrist is Michigan who has been practicing since 2016. He obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, went to Ross University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in General Adult Psychiatry at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Radler has practiced in both office and hospital-based settings. He has experience with depressive, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia/schizoaffective, and ADHD conditions.
Dr. Matthew J. Radler is a Psychiatrist is Michigan who has been practicing since 2016. He obtained his Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, went to Ross University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in General Adult Psychiatry at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Radler has practiced in both office and hospital-based settings. He has experience with depressive, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia/schizoaffective, and ADHD conditions.
(269) 256-2685 View (269) 256-2685
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Gurjeet Singh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002
Gurjeet Singh is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. Gurjeet offers clients help with Medication Management, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Anger Management, Behavioral Issues, Dual Diagnosis, Psychotic Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Outside of work, Gurjeet enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, reading, cooking, and photography.
Gurjeet Singh is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Michigan who has been practicing since 2023. Gurjeet offers clients help with Medication Management, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Anger Management, Behavioral Issues, Dual Diagnosis, Psychotic Disorders, and Schizophrenia. Outside of work, Gurjeet enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, reading, cooking, and photography.
(269) 399-4321 View (269) 399-4321
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Niaz Mohammad
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002
Dr. Mohammad is committed to providing the best care according to the psychiatric protocols and within the ethical and legal limits. All the psychiatric conditions are treated by Dr. Mohammad according to the treatment algorithm. He uses Biopsychosocial model of treatment and prefers to include patient and family (if needed) to make a suitable and effective treatment plan. Dr. Mohammad has strong experience with Dementia and other conditions impacting older patients. In addition, he also helps with alcohol use disorder on outpatient basis. In his free time, Dr. Mohammad enjoys sports, tourism and food.
Dr. Mohammad is committed to providing the best care according to the psychiatric protocols and within the ethical and legal limits. All the psychiatric conditions are treated by Dr. Mohammad according to the treatment algorithm. He uses Biopsychosocial model of treatment and prefers to include patient and family (if needed) to make a suitable and effective treatment plan. Dr. Mohammad has strong experience with Dementia and other conditions impacting older patients. In addition, he also helps with alcohol use disorder on outpatient basis. In his free time, Dr. Mohammad enjoys sports, tourism and food.
(616) 741-2626 View (616) 741-2626
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Kalamazoo TMS & Behavior Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS, DDSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portage, MI 49002
Dr. Tareen is double Board-Certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. She is renowned for providing compassionate & comprehensive care for patients suffering from complex psychiatric issues. Dr. Tareen's areas of interest includes women's behavioral health, psychosomatics & psychodermatology. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine. Dr. Tareen also serves as President and Board Member of the Kalamazoo County Medical Society, which serves to promote the betterment of public health. Her research has been published in prestigious journals & presented nationally & internationally.
Dr. Tareen is double Board-Certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. She is renowned for providing compassionate & comprehensive care for patients suffering from complex psychiatric issues. Dr. Tareen's areas of interest includes women's behavioral health, psychosomatics & psychodermatology. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine. Dr. Tareen also serves as President and Board Member of the Kalamazoo County Medical Society, which serves to promote the betterment of public health. Her research has been published in prestigious journals & presented nationally & internationally.
(269) 528-8448 View (269) 528-8448
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Carter Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CCISM, EMT-P
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Portage, MI 49024
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I believe in caring for the whole person. I do this through an Internal Family Systems therapy lens, assessing, diagnosing, and caring for mental health concerns. Sometimes this means prescribing medication, and other times it means working together in psychotherapy to find the roots of pain.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner I believe in caring for the whole person. I do this through an Internal Family Systems therapy lens, assessing, diagnosing, and caring for mental health concerns. Sometimes this means prescribing medication, and other times it means working together in psychotherapy to find the roots of pain.
(734) 259-7856 View (734) 259-7856
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Marjaneh Rouhani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002
If you're challenged by ... *Depression *Anxiety *Phobias *Grief Recovery *Anger Management *Stress Management *Bipolar Disorder *Obsessive Compulsive Disorder *Seasonal Affective Disorder *Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder *Fibromyalgia *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder *Psychiatric Aspects of Cancer...I Can Help You
If you're challenged by ... *Depression *Anxiety *Phobias *Grief Recovery *Anger Management *Stress Management *Bipolar Disorder *Obsessive Compulsive Disorder *Seasonal Affective Disorder *Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder *Fibromyalgia *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder *Psychiatric Aspects of Cancer...I Can Help You
(269) 205-4875 View (269) 205-4875
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Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Synergy NeuroPsychiatry PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002
Every patient with mental health issues is unique. Dr. Verma has expertise in treating various issues like Anxiety, depression, Bipolar d/o, ADHD, PTSD, Psychotic d/o, Behavior issues to name a few. She has special interest in treating OCD. Most importantly, there is a promise to continuity of care and seeing Dr. Verma, a board certified Psychiatrist, at every single visit. At Synergy NeuroPsychiatry, our approach is an integrated one, tailoring to patient’s individual needs and treating them as a whole individual. We coordinate care with Primary Care Physician, Neurology, and therapists.
Every patient with mental health issues is unique. Dr. Verma has expertise in treating various issues like Anxiety, depression, Bipolar d/o, ADHD, PTSD, Psychotic d/o, Behavior issues to name a few. She has special interest in treating OCD. Most importantly, there is a promise to continuity of care and seeing Dr. Verma, a board certified Psychiatrist, at every single visit. At Synergy NeuroPsychiatry, our approach is an integrated one, tailoring to patient’s individual needs and treating them as a whole individual. We coordinate care with Primary Care Physician, Neurology, and therapists.
(269) 215-5745 View (269) 215-5745
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portage, MI 49002  (Online Only)
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Psychiatric and Psychological Specialties
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kalamazoo, MI 49001  (Online Only)
Dr. Kachman is a Michigan trained physician with deep roots in southwest Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 from Michigan State University Honors College, and her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2008 from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She completed her residency in psychiatry in 2012 at Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Dr. Kachman, who has been board certified in psychiatry since 2013. She has over 10 years of experience working with patients.
Dr. Kachman is a Michigan trained physician with deep roots in southwest Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002 from Michigan State University Honors College, and her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2008 from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She completed her residency in psychiatry in 2012 at Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Dr. Kachman, who has been board certified in psychiatry since 2013. She has over 10 years of experience working with patients.
(269) 371-4904 View (269) 371-4904
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Best Fit Counseling & Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. 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 a very helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers. The specialties listed are for our all of our clinicians.
We have immediate openings anywhere in Michigan for child, adolescent or adult psychiatric and counseling services at times that work for you. 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 a very helpful tool. We specialize in finding the right medication(s) and we collaborate with our counseling specialists to help you to feel and function at your best. Our time is limited and we can't work with patients in counseling with other providers. The specialties listed are for our all of our clinicians.
(269) 775-4801 View (269) 775-4801
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Ronda Shorter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
As I matured, I puzzled over my grandmother's gratitude for waking up in her right mind. With 30 years of experience in nursing, focusing on women's health, school nursing, and finally psychiatry, I now grasp its significance. My preferred client is someone who feels overwhelmed by life's challenges, a mother exhausted by school calls, or a person hesitant about therapy due to cultural taboos. Those who seek to break generational cycles through learning and self-discovery are the individuals I aim to assist.
As I matured, I puzzled over my grandmother's gratitude for waking up in her right mind. With 30 years of experience in nursing, focusing on women's health, school nursing, and finally psychiatry, I now grasp its significance. My preferred client is someone who feels overwhelmed by life's challenges, a mother exhausted by school calls, or a person hesitant about therapy due to cultural taboos. Those who seek to break generational cycles through learning and self-discovery are the individuals I aim to assist.
(269) 820-1018 View (269) 820-1018
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Rochelle Edwards
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-BC, I have had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults. I have treated a variety of mental health and substance disorders including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Psychosis. My Nursing career started in the mental health field in 2008. I graduated in 2018 with my PMHNP-BC from Walden University.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-BC, I have had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults. I have treated a variety of mental health and substance disorders including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Psychosis. My Nursing career started in the mental health field in 2008. I graduated in 2018 with my PMHNP-BC from Walden University.
(269) 241-9320 View (269) 241-9320
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VirtualPsych™
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (517) 507-3108 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
VirtualPsych allows for telepsych healthcare remotely in an easy to use environment. Our physicians specialize in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder and have over 30 years of experience in psychiatry and mental health. We accept a variety of insurance plans from providers including Aetna, CareSource and United Healthcare. We also cover most Medicaid and Medicare plans as well. We have appointments available on a daily basis and the time to see a physician is typically less than a few days. Please call us at (517) 507-3108 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment.
(517) 507-3108 View (517) 507-3108
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Tina Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Are you struggling with your mental health and finding someone who is understanding. My passion is helping individuals of all ages in the treatment of their mental health. Working towards recovery and stability in a variety of mental health and substance disorders including depression, addiction, mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, and others. My career in the healthcare field started in 1991 since then I have worked in different areas. In 2012 I found my passion and forever home is in psychiatry.
Are you struggling with your mental health and finding someone who is understanding. My passion is helping individuals of all ages in the treatment of their mental health. Working towards recovery and stability in a variety of mental health and substance disorders including depression, addiction, mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, and others. My career in the healthcare field started in 1991 since then I have worked in different areas. In 2012 I found my passion and forever home is in psychiatry.
(269) 371-4220 View (269) 371-4220
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Monday Ogbeibor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kalamazoo, MI 49004  (Online Only)
Monday Ogbeibor is a board -certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, he obtains his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Michigan University, went to Wayne State University College of Nursing Detroit, Michigan, he graduated in 2020 with a psychiatric nurse practitioner degree. He has been practicing since 2021 providing psychiatric care across the lifespan.
Monday Ogbeibor is a board -certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, he obtains his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Michigan University, went to Wayne State University College of Nursing Detroit, Michigan, he graduated in 2020 with a psychiatric nurse practitioner degree. He has been practicing since 2021 providing psychiatric care across the lifespan.
(269) 466-8283 View (269) 466-8283

Online Psychiatrists

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Jeffrey J Vrielink
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Comstock Park, MI 49321
Life can be uncertain. Whether it is job loss, relationship problems, trauma, or loss of a loved one, it can lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. People want a better quality of life and be able to cope. Located just north of Grand Rapids, Veritas Psychiatry offers mental health services to people from all around Michigan in person and virtually for alternating appointments after the Initial Evaluation. If you are from out of state, all sessions are in person. At Veritas we integrate all three aspects of our being: Mind, Body, and Spirit. Please give us a call. We would love to help you.
Life can be uncertain. Whether it is job loss, relationship problems, trauma, or loss of a loved one, it can lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. People want a better quality of life and be able to cope. Located just north of Grand Rapids, Veritas Psychiatry offers mental health services to people from all around Michigan in person and virtually for alternating appointments after the Initial Evaluation. If you are from out of state, all sessions are in person. At Veritas we integrate all three aspects of our being: Mind, Body, and Spirit. Please give us a call. We would love to help you.
(616) 548-6237 View (616) 548-6237

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Number of Psychiatrists in Portage, MI

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Portage, MI who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Bipolar Disorder
92% Anxiety
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
92% Medication Management
83% Trauma and PTSD
58% Psychosis

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Aetna
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Portage, MI see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Portage?

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.