Psychiatrists in Apple Valley, MN

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Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare provides a comprehensive service for individuals with a variety of psychiatric and psychological problems. The mission of our company is to provide top-notch patient-centered services to individuals with mental health needs in a dignifying and compassionate manner. We are committed to excellence in helping our patients improve the quality of their lives in a timely manner. We welcome new patients and are always happy to accept referrals from various sources. We provide assessments and evaluations of mental illnesses, Crisis management, Medication management, Individual and group psychotherapy (talking through problems).
Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare provides a comprehensive service for individuals with a variety of psychiatric and psychological problems. The mission of our company is to provide top-notch patient-centered services to individuals with mental health needs in a dignifying and compassionate manner. We are committed to excellence in helping our patients improve the quality of their lives in a timely manner. We welcome new patients and are always happy to accept referrals from various sources. We provide assessments and evaluations of mental illnesses, Crisis management, Medication management, Individual and group psychotherapy (talking through problems).
(952) 314-4594 View (952) 314-4594
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Chandra White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Hello, I'm Chandra. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Minnesota and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I am currently available to see ages 16-65 for medication management services related to Mood disorders like Depression and Bipolar, Anxiety disorders like Generalized anxiety and OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder and psychotic disorders. I also do some mindful therapy with Binge Eating Disorder in addition to brief psychotherapy and psychoeducation during medication management appointments.
Hello, I'm Chandra. I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in Minnesota and working with clients statewide via telehealth. I am currently available to see ages 16-65 for medication management services related to Mood disorders like Depression and Bipolar, Anxiety disorders like Generalized anxiety and OCD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder and psychotic disorders. I also do some mindful therapy with Binge Eating Disorder in addition to brief psychotherapy and psychoeducation during medication management appointments.
(651) 615-4470 View (651) 615-4470
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InnerClarity Psychiatry & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Apple Valley, MN 55124  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am accepting new patients! I'm Aicha, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to offering comprehensive and culturally congruent care to support individuals on their path to personal growth. I help adolescents/teens, adults, and older adults overcome negative emotions of sadness, irritability, fear, anxiety and more, by providing an integrative treatment approach allowing for a transformative journey toward self discovery, well-being, and inner clarity.
Welcome! I am accepting new patients! I'm Aicha, a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to offering comprehensive and culturally congruent care to support individuals on their path to personal growth. I help adolescents/teens, adults, and older adults overcome negative emotions of sadness, irritability, fear, anxiety and more, by providing an integrative treatment approach allowing for a transformative journey toward self discovery, well-being, and inner clarity.
(952) 260-6430 View (952) 260-6430
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Kristin Oscarson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Apple Valley, MN 55124
I enjoy working alongside clients and appreciate the complexity of each individual in the ups and down of life. Treatment plans are individualized to meet clients’ needs and can include medication, supplements, referrals to specific therapies, and lifestyle modification. As a Christian, I integrate faith into my practice for clients who are interested. Providing psychiatric evaluations, treatment and supportive therapy for adults with a holistic and integrative approach, I aim to collaborate and meet clients where they are at to support them in leading a healthy, fulfilling life.
I enjoy working alongside clients and appreciate the complexity of each individual in the ups and down of life. Treatment plans are individualized to meet clients’ needs and can include medication, supplements, referrals to specific therapies, and lifestyle modification. As a Christian, I integrate faith into my practice for clients who are interested. Providing psychiatric evaluations, treatment and supportive therapy for adults with a holistic and integrative approach, I aim to collaborate and meet clients where they are at to support them in leading a healthy, fulfilling life.
(651) 877-6409 View (651) 877-6409
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Barb Bryant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified
Apple Valley, MN 55124  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and/or sleep issues you are one step closer to feeling better by searching for a provider like myself who can treat your mental health needs. If you are looking to make changes towards a more balanced, calm, productive and healthy you, I can help.... TMS therapy is available in our office in Lakeville!
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and/or sleep issues you are one step closer to feeling better by searching for a provider like myself who can treat your mental health needs. If you are looking to make changes towards a more balanced, calm, productive and healthy you, I can help.... TMS therapy is available in our office in Lakeville!
(952) 243-5531 View (952) 243-5531
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Nexus of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Apple Valley, MN 55124  (Online Only)
NOW TAKING NEW PATIENTS! ONLINE VIDEO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Appointments are available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
NOW TAKING NEW PATIENTS! ONLINE VIDEO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE! Appointments are available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
(952) 955-4110 View (952) 955-4110

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Farmington, MN 55024
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Zou is welcoming new patients seeking specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric concerns. As a holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Zou draws from a wide-ranging toolbox of treatment options - including psychotherapy, psycho-education and lifestyle adaptations in addition to medication where appropriate. Consequently, patients benefit from a well-integrated approach to care that is both systematic and thorough.
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Joanne Howden-Rich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
Hi, I’m Joanne. I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice, offering flexible telehealth and in- office appointments. My treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with therapy to clients of all ages, but I take a special interest in working with children, and adolescents. I have experience with a broad range of problems including and not limited to ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and child/adolescent behavioural issues. My mission is to provide compassionate mental health care, and I have been told my greatest strength is my ability to listen.
Hi, I’m Joanne. I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice, offering flexible telehealth and in- office appointments. My treatment philosophy is to combine medication where indicated with therapy to clients of all ages, but I take a special interest in working with children, and adolescents. I have experience with a broad range of problems including and not limited to ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and child/adolescent behavioural issues. My mission is to provide compassionate mental health care, and I have been told my greatest strength is my ability to listen.
(763) 951-1277 View (763) 951-1277
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Minnesota Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Burnsville, MN 55306
My name is Habon Mohamed I am a dual certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC). I specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating individuals with mental health disorders. With a keen understanding of psychiatric medications and therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practices, I am committed to providing patient-centered care to individuals facing mental health challenges. With a passion for improving the overall well-being of individuals and families, I strive to create a positive impact in the lives of her patients.
My name is Habon Mohamed I am a dual certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC). I specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating individuals with mental health disorders. With a keen understanding of psychiatric medications and therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practices, I am committed to providing patient-centered care to individuals facing mental health challenges. With a passion for improving the overall well-being of individuals and families, I strive to create a positive impact in the lives of her patients.
(952) 234-3614 View (952) 234-3614
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Burnsville, MN 55306
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(623) 526-5557 View (623) 526-5557
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Marquitta Trimnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Burnsville, MN 55337
Living with a mental illness can be challenging. Maybe you have sought out support from loved ones or are engaged in psychotherapy, but continue to struggle with symptoms that impact your daily life. If you are interested in discussing the other interventions we offer here at Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare, from supplements and medications to Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), please reach out and schedule a time for us to connect!
Living with a mental illness can be challenging. Maybe you have sought out support from loved ones or are engaged in psychotherapy, but continue to struggle with symptoms that impact your daily life. If you are interested in discussing the other interventions we offer here at Pinnacle Behavioral Healthcare, from supplements and medications to Spravato and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), please reach out and schedule a time for us to connect!
(952) 295-3666 View (952) 295-3666
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Ralphvan Healthcare Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Eagan, MN 55121  (Online Only)
Telehealth appointments are available on weekends. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I have over ten years' experience helping with your mental health concerns from ages 6 years and above. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. My focus is on providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. I am empathetic, a good listener, and willing to give an honest diagnosis and treatment plan irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Telehealth appointments are available on weekends. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I have over ten years' experience helping with your mental health concerns from ages 6 years and above. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. My focus is on providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. I am empathetic, a good listener, and willing to give an honest diagnosis and treatment plan irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
(952) 592-3987 View (952) 592-3987
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Michael Omomo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
Savage, MN 55378
Immediate Telehealth and in person clinic appointments available. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. My focus is on providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. I am empathetic, a good listener, and is willing to give an honest diagnosis and treatment plan irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Immediate Telehealth and in person clinic appointments available. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that is passionate about mental health. I am trained and qualified to diagnose and treat various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. My focus is on providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. I am empathetic, a good listener, and is willing to give an honest diagnosis and treatment plan irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation.
(952) 213-6459 View (952) 213-6459
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Nexus Of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044
NEW Provider ALERT! Starts Jan 22nd- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
NEW Provider ALERT! Starts Jan 22nd- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently available within 7 days or less. We also have extended evening hours. Our providers have over 30 years of combined healthcare experience with degrees in kinesiology, public health, pharmacology, and nursing. We bring a holistic and collaborative approach to psychiatric care. We believe that individuals require transparency, compassion, genuineness, and empathy from their medical providers.
(952) 955-4110 View (952) 955-4110
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Princess Gehyigon-Wallace
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eagan, MN 55121
Have you experienced some kind of trauma or emotional challenge, or perhaps have been struggling with a mental health issue for some time? Are you open to exploring your feelings and thoughts in a non-judgmental environment, and be willing to work hard to create positive change? Do you have a desire to learn how to manage your emotions and create healthier relationships with yourself and others? Martha’s Open Hands can help you, your child, or loved one by creating an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based practice that is safe and effective.
Have you experienced some kind of trauma or emotional challenge, or perhaps have been struggling with a mental health issue for some time? Are you open to exploring your feelings and thoughts in a non-judgmental environment, and be willing to work hard to create positive change? Do you have a desire to learn how to manage your emotions and create healthier relationships with yourself and others? Martha’s Open Hands can help you, your child, or loved one by creating an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based practice that is safe and effective.
(612) 482-0679 View (612) 482-0679
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eagan, MN 55120
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(503) 461-9447 View (503) 461-9447
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Brooke Kern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Lakeville, MN 55044
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or irritable? Are you currently seeing a psychiatrist or your primary for medications but don't feel like you're being heard? I am here for you! Accepting new clients for in-person or telehealth visits at Minnesota WellCare. I am an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental wellness and medications. My practice focuses on empowerment and hope. I am here to help you be your best self. I see clients ages 15 and over for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, PTSD, insomnia, and other conditions.
Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or irritable? Are you currently seeing a psychiatrist or your primary for medications but don't feel like you're being heard? I am here for you! Accepting new clients for in-person or telehealth visits at Minnesota WellCare. I am an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in mental wellness and medications. My practice focuses on empowerment and hope. I am here to help you be your best self. I see clients ages 15 and over for depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, PTSD, insomnia, and other conditions.
(952) 295-4039 View (952) 295-4039
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We Care Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Mendota Heights, MN 55120  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Dr. Michelle Pinckney, I am a doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 26 years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse in the field of Mental Health. I am here to assist you with meeting your mental health needs. This practice is dedicated to spreading mental health awareness, breaking the cycle of the stigma associated with mental illness, and providing mental health treatment to address each individual's needs. Our goal is to provide compassionate care for patients with mental health needs in a patient-centered environment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Michelle Pinckney, I am a doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 26 years of experience as a Registered Professional Nurse in the field of Mental Health. I am here to assist you with meeting your mental health needs. This practice is dedicated to spreading mental health awareness, breaking the cycle of the stigma associated with mental illness, and providing mental health treatment to address each individual's needs. Our goal is to provide compassionate care for patients with mental health needs in a patient-centered environment.
(843) 417-0261 View (843) 417-0261
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BHSI
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CNP
Verified
Eagan, MN 55122
Dr. Kali Saulsbury (she/her) a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner works with children, adolescents, young adults, and women(<40) to address mental health concerns. Special interest in reproductive & perinatal psychiatry, PCOS care informed.
Dr. Kali Saulsbury (she/her) a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner works with children, adolescents, young adults, and women(<40) to address mental health concerns. Special interest in reproductive & perinatal psychiatry, PCOS care informed.
(651) 417-0556 View (651) 417-0556
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Hanan Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Eagan, MN 55121
Hanan Health LLC seeks to help individuals struggling with mental health symptoms alleviate their concerns by assessing, diagnosing and finding the right treatment for their individual conditions. Specialties includes Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other mental health concerns.
Hanan Health LLC seeks to help individuals struggling with mental health symptoms alleviate their concerns by assessing, diagnosing and finding the right treatment for their individual conditions. Specialties includes Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and other mental health concerns.
(952) 592-9801 View (952) 592-9801

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Apple Valley, MN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Apple Valley, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
67% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Apple Valley, MN see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Apple Valley?

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.