Psychiatrists in Bloomington, MN

Photo of Abdirizak Nuno, Psychiatrist in Bloomington, MN
Abdirizak Nuno
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55437
In my practice, we are currently accepting NEW patients for medication management, therapy, chemical dependency treatment including suboxone. We also provide esketamine/spravato. My interests are varied and include a wide spectrum of disorders, such as major depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use, ADHD and PTSD. I explore the biological, psychological and social components of mental illness and utilize tools and interventions to evaluate and treat my patients, including diagnostic laboratory tests, prescribed medications and coping strategies. We accept most insurances and private pay.
In my practice, we are currently accepting NEW patients for medication management, therapy, chemical dependency treatment including suboxone. We also provide esketamine/spravato. My interests are varied and include a wide spectrum of disorders, such as major depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use, ADHD and PTSD. I explore the biological, psychological and social components of mental illness and utilize tools and interventions to evaluate and treat my patients, including diagnostic laboratory tests, prescribed medications and coping strategies. We accept most insurances and private pay.
(952) 230-3944 View (952) 230-3944
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Dr. Nicholas Hatcher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CIPP
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55425  (Online Only)
I like working with those who are interested in a more comprehensive evaluation of the brain-body-environment interaction and how different systems interact. Instead of relying on guesswork, my specialty includes advanced diagnostic testing to better understand these relationships and tailor treatment to your unique needs. I want to provide the most for you as a whole individual while minimizing interruptions to your daily life (no waiting in the office or waiting months for an appointment). You, as my patient, will have direct access to me for the duration of your treatment via text, email, or call. Accepting UHC & private pay.
I like working with those who are interested in a more comprehensive evaluation of the brain-body-environment interaction and how different systems interact. Instead of relying on guesswork, my specialty includes advanced diagnostic testing to better understand these relationships and tailor treatment to your unique needs. I want to provide the most for you as a whole individual while minimizing interruptions to your daily life (no waiting in the office or waiting months for an appointment). You, as my patient, will have direct access to me for the duration of your treatment via text, email, or call. Accepting UHC & private pay.
(612) 682-7838 View (612) 682-7838
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Dr. Dana Eason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55425
Now offering ADHD testing! Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well, search no more! Dr. Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dr. Dana considers several interventions to help you achieve an optimal quality of life based on your specific needs & stressors: psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & integrative psychiatry (e.g. herbs, supplements, essential oils, plant-based medicine).
Now offering ADHD testing! Facing life’s challenges are difficult enough without struggling to find a provider that will take the time to listen & partner with you in your care. Well, search no more! Dr. Dana believes providing compassion & building a strong rapport are the foundations to creating a trusting partnership. She doesn't believe in "cookie cutter" approaches. Rather, Dr. Dana considers several interventions to help you achieve an optimal quality of life based on your specific needs & stressors: psychotherapy, psychotropic medication & integrative psychiatry (e.g. herbs, supplements, essential oils, plant-based medicine).
(248) 710-0775 View (248) 710-0775
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MacKenzie Kampa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55431
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, or insomnia? Many individuals I work with identify as female and are in big life transitions - TTC, pregnant, postpartum, etc. Many are interested in natural remedies for anxiety, depression, stress, and insomnia. If you are interested in science-backed natural alternatives to medications and want psychiatric care that offers both medicine and non-medicine treatments, I can help. I use evidence-based treatments (both pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals) in combination with lifestyle medicine interventions to help you feel like yourself again. Learn more at www.reveriemh.com.
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, or insomnia? Many individuals I work with identify as female and are in big life transitions - TTC, pregnant, postpartum, etc. Many are interested in natural remedies for anxiety, depression, stress, and insomnia. If you are interested in science-backed natural alternatives to medications and want psychiatric care that offers both medicine and non-medicine treatments, I can help. I use evidence-based treatments (both pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals) in combination with lifestyle medicine interventions to help you feel like yourself again. Learn more at www.reveriemh.com.
(952) 243-4838 View (952) 243-4838
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Natasha Isaman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55435  (Online Only)
Natasha is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), licensed in MN, ND, ID, and IA. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Grand Forks, North Dakota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. Natasha sees clients ages 5 and older. Natasha has 17+ years of healthcare experience working in home health, assisted living, long term care, and inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use. As a PMHNP-BC, Natasha provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for those of all ages and backgrounds.
Natasha is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), licensed in MN, ND, ID, and IA. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Grand Forks, North Dakota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. Natasha sees clients ages 5 and older. Natasha has 17+ years of healthcare experience working in home health, assisted living, long term care, and inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use. As a PMHNP-BC, Natasha provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for those of all ages and backgrounds.
(952) 295-4661 View (952) 295-4661
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AIM Psychiatric Mental Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55437  (Online Only)
Do you sometimes think "is this feeling normal"? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to concentrate, or why you are so easily distracted? Do you struggle with the motivation to "get up and go" each morning and find yourself irritable or tearful for no apparent reason? Having trouble sleeping because you can't seem to "shut off" your brain? Feeling anxious or on edge? Or is your child struggling in school due to lack of focus, concentration or impulsiveness? Is your child displaying disobedience at home and school? Is your teen more moody than the average teen? You don't need to navigate these challenges alone. We want to help!
Do you sometimes think "is this feeling normal"? Do you wonder why it is so difficult to concentrate, or why you are so easily distracted? Do you struggle with the motivation to "get up and go" each morning and find yourself irritable or tearful for no apparent reason? Having trouble sleeping because you can't seem to "shut off" your brain? Feeling anxious or on edge? Or is your child struggling in school due to lack of focus, concentration or impulsiveness? Is your child displaying disobedience at home and school? Is your teen more moody than the average teen? You don't need to navigate these challenges alone. We want to help!
(952) 234-7153 View (952) 234-7153
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Krista Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55435
Krista Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2015. She holds undergrad and graduate degrees in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Krista provides a nonjudgmental approach to patient centered care and tries to avoid the "one size fits all" approach to patient care. Outside of work, Krista really loves to travel and explore new places. Hiking is one of her favorite activities, especially when the weather is nice.
Krista Smith is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2015. She holds undergrad and graduate degrees in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Krista provides a nonjudgmental approach to patient centered care and tries to avoid the "one size fits all" approach to patient care. Outside of work, Krista really loves to travel and explore new places. Hiking is one of her favorite activities, especially when the weather is nice.
(952) 900-3693 View (952) 900-3693
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James Tutu Fiske
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55435
James T. Fiske has worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2020, after obtaining his graduate degree from the University of Arizona with honors and then passing the board exam. He worked as an outpatient provider for homeless people with a history of substance abuse and other comorbid psychiatric conditions. He later and currently works as a crisis provider with over a year of experience in that field.
James T. Fiske has worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2020, after obtaining his graduate degree from the University of Arizona with honors and then passing the board exam. He worked as an outpatient provider for homeless people with a history of substance abuse and other comorbid psychiatric conditions. He later and currently works as a crisis provider with over a year of experience in that field.
(952) 260-8537 View (952) 260-8537
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Phoebe Nyabando
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nyaband
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55435
Phoebe Nyabando is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master of Science Degree with a major in Mental Health. Prior to that she was a registered nurse for 8 years with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry. Phoebe has experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has eight years of experience working as a nurse, with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry and mental health. Phoebe's treatment model is a holistic approach and patient-centered care.
Phoebe Nyabando is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Master of Science Degree with a major in Mental Health. Prior to that she was a registered nurse for 8 years with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry. Phoebe has experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She has eight years of experience working as a nurse, with most of her time in inpatient psychiatry and mental health. Phoebe's treatment model is a holistic approach and patient-centered care.
(952) 800-7442 View (952) 800-7442
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Kendall Monroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55438
www.hylandpsychiatry.com is owned and operated by Kendall Monroe APRN. Please book your first appointment via my website above. I offer telepsychiatry as well as in-person services working with people 15+ up to 65 years of age. Younger than 15 years of age are accepted on a case-by-case basis however, if you have worked with me previously I am happy to continue treatment. I have built my practice to be tech savvy, engaging, and to utilize measurement based care.
www.hylandpsychiatry.com is owned and operated by Kendall Monroe APRN. Please book your first appointment via my website above. I offer telepsychiatry as well as in-person services working with people 15+ up to 65 years of age. Younger than 15 years of age are accepted on a case-by-case basis however, if you have worked with me previously I am happy to continue treatment. I have built my practice to be tech savvy, engaging, and to utilize measurement based care.
(612) 778-2690 View (612) 778-2690
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55425
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Minnesota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Minnesota for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups $99. Accepting some insurance plans.
(612) 284-0573 View (612) 284-0573
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Cassie Renee Rider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55425  (Online Only)
Are you considering medication management for your mental health? I can help! Dealing with mental health issues can often be intimidating or make you feel ashamed. Are you afraid of being judged? Are you afraid to talk to someone about your mental health? I am here to tell you "Don't be! Our meeting can be like two old friends sitting down talking and having coffee! I can discuss your anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and many other mental health concerns with compassion and empathy. I believe that mental health treatment should be holistic; treating patients mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Are you considering medication management for your mental health? I can help! Dealing with mental health issues can often be intimidating or make you feel ashamed. Are you afraid of being judged? Are you afraid to talk to someone about your mental health? I am here to tell you "Don't be! Our meeting can be like two old friends sitting down talking and having coffee! I can discuss your anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and many other mental health concerns with compassion and empathy. I believe that mental health treatment should be holistic; treating patients mentally, physically, and spiritually.
(715) 710-1040 View (715) 710-1040
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Stephen Byrd
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55437
Dr. Stephen Byrd is a clinical psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has been practicing for over 31 years in a wide variety of settings including work with inpatients and outpatients in private practice, community mental health, geriatric, VA, and community hospital/medical center settings. Dr. Byrd's practice focuses on evidence-based medication management usually provided in conjunction with 30- minute supportive psychotherapy informed by cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and motivational enhancement.
Dr. Stephen Byrd is a clinical psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has been practicing for over 31 years in a wide variety of settings including work with inpatients and outpatients in private practice, community mental health, geriatric, VA, and community hospital/medical center settings. Dr. Byrd's practice focuses on evidence-based medication management usually provided in conjunction with 30- minute supportive psychotherapy informed by cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and motivational enhancement.
(833) 351-8255 View (833) 351-8255
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InnerClarity Psychiatry & Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55437  (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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Amy Tornio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55425  (Online Only)
Looking for a clinician who is warm, funny (ok, hilarious), experienced, & will be completely real with you? Considering psychiatric medication for the first time? Have complex physical and mental health symptoms that require specialty expertise? Oh, and did you forget to mention that you also want someone who takes your insurance plan and can quickly get you in for a first appointment? Well... today is your lucky day! I'm Amy, and I'm so glad our paths are crossing right now. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with years of experience treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders, I think I may be able to help.
Looking for a clinician who is warm, funny (ok, hilarious), experienced, & will be completely real with you? Considering psychiatric medication for the first time? Have complex physical and mental health symptoms that require specialty expertise? Oh, and did you forget to mention that you also want someone who takes your insurance plan and can quickly get you in for a first appointment? Well... today is your lucky day! I'm Amy, and I'm so glad our paths are crossing right now. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with years of experience treating a broad range of psychiatric disorders, I think I may be able to help.
(952) 260-4030 View (952) 260-4030
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Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55420
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
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Top Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55420
My name is Funsho King, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on treating mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc. throughout the lifespan. My goal as a provider is to provide the care that you deserve. I am a good listener, compassionate, genuine, and empathetic.
My name is Funsho King, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a focus on treating mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc. throughout the lifespan. My goal as a provider is to provide the care that you deserve. I am a good listener, compassionate, genuine, and empathetic.
(612) 453-3101 View (612) 453-3101
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Bloomington, MN 55431
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.
(612) 324-4110 View (612) 324-4110
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Asisat O Ashagbe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55420
I specialize in assessing, diagnosing and treating mental health symptoms to include depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia and various mental health concerns. If you are looking for a provider that listens to your problems and cares about helping you improve then you have found the right person to be trusted with your care.
I specialize in assessing, diagnosing and treating mental health symptoms to include depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia and various mental health concerns. If you are looking for a provider that listens to your problems and cares about helping you improve then you have found the right person to be trusted with your care.
(651) 565-9434 View (651) 565-9434
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Tina Alexander
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55437  (Online Only)
Are the shadows of depression, anxiety, ADHD, or PTSD casting a heavy toll on you or your daily life? I am a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner here to provide more than just clinical expertise, I offer a listening ear, a guiding hand, and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? I specialize in crafting tailored treatment plans that consider your unique experiences. Let's embark on a collaborative journey, where your concerns are not just heard but form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to mental well-being.
Are the shadows of depression, anxiety, ADHD, or PTSD casting a heavy toll on you or your daily life? I am a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner here to provide more than just clinical expertise, I offer a listening ear, a guiding hand, and a personalized path towards healing. Have you found yourself struggling to navigate your emotions, sleep patterns, or concentration? I specialize in crafting tailored treatment plans that consider your unique experiences. Let's embark on a collaborative journey, where your concerns are not just heard but form the foundation of a comprehensive approach to mental well-being.
(507) 565-0946 View (507) 565-0946

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bloomington, MN

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Bloomington, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
95% Bipolar Disorder
90% Depression
90% ADHD
90% Trauma and PTSD
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
90% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Bloomington, MN see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bloomington?

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.