Psychiatrists in Rice County, MN

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Photo of Dan Watts, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Dan Watts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Northfield, MN 55057
My private practice, Free Range Mental Health, offers medication management, brief therapy, and substance use disorder treatment including Medication assisted therapy (MAT) including Naltrexone and Suboxone, as well as referrals to outside agencies if needed.
My private practice, Free Range Mental Health, offers medication management, brief therapy, and substance use disorder treatment including Medication assisted therapy (MAT) including Naltrexone and Suboxone, as well as referrals to outside agencies if needed.
(507) 709-7962 View (507) 709-7962
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northfield, MN 55057
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 DBT-informed 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 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 DBT-informed 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 visits to suit your schedule.
(253) 487-0709 View (253) 487-0709
Photo of Michelle Kasper, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Michelle Kasper
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northfield, MN 55057
As a contracted mental health professional for Sparrow Psychiatry, my objective is to offer emotional support and medication to help individuals of all ages improve their mental health and overall well-being. My main focus is to help my clients manage their symptoms with as few medications as possible. I believe in providing compassionate care and support to my clients to help them lead the way to a better life.
As a contracted mental health professional for Sparrow Psychiatry, my objective is to offer emotional support and medication to help individuals of all ages improve their mental health and overall well-being. My main focus is to help my clients manage their symptoms with as few medications as possible. I believe in providing compassionate care and support to my clients to help them lead the way to a better life.
(507) 690-1187 View (507) 690-1187
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Nexus Of Hope Psychiatry & Mental Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Faribault, MN 55021
NEW Provider ALERT! Starting in April- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently available within 7 days or less. 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! Starting in April- available online and in-office! Offering TMS services and other alternative therapies! New evaluation appointments are currently available within 7 days or less. 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

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Michael Omomo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Michael Omomo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified 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
Photo of Tracy Zimmerman-DeSchepper ( Modern Mojo), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Tracy Zimmerman-DeSchepper ( Modern Mojo)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Willmar, MN 56201
Fom inception, we set out to design a different kind of mental health clinic than any in the area. Our idea started with this statement "A mental health facility should not be depressing or resemble a sterile hospital-type setting." Our office will be an inviting, colorful, interactive, encouraging, and uplifting place clients want to go to. ​ The difference lies in how we treat our clients. From the nervous initial phone call to the joyful last session, our clients are not a number in our system. As a team, we work together towards better health and wellness for each of our clients. We strive for our patients to be independent
Fom inception, we set out to design a different kind of mental health clinic than any in the area. Our idea started with this statement "A mental health facility should not be depressing or resemble a sterile hospital-type setting." Our office will be an inviting, colorful, interactive, encouraging, and uplifting place clients want to go to. ​ The difference lies in how we treat our clients. From the nervous initial phone call to the joyful last session, our clients are not a number in our system. As a team, we work together towards better health and wellness for each of our clients. We strive for our patients to be independent
(218) 975-0525 View (218) 975-0525
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55902  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Photo of Michelle Kotte, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Michelle Kotte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55406  (Online Only)
Michelle Kotte is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Michelle earned her doctorate in nursing from Duke University. She offers a holistic treatment approach to treating adults while providing medication management services. Her areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress management, seasonal affective disorder, anger management, agoraphobia, and couple’s issues. Michelle enjoys working with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life.
Michelle Kotte is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Michelle earned her doctorate in nursing from Duke University. She offers a holistic treatment approach to treating adults while providing medication management services. Her areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress management, seasonal affective disorder, anger management, agoraphobia, and couple’s issues. Michelle enjoys working with individuals who are looking to gain insight into themselves and improve their quality of life.
(612) 887-2469 View (612) 887-2469
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Anoka, MN 55303
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 DBT informed 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 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 DBT informed 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 visits to suit your schedule.
(503) 461-9447 View (503) 461-9447
Photo of Barb Bryant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Barb Bryant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044  (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....
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....
(952) 243-5531 View (952) 243-5531
Photo of Adonye Afonya, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Adonye Afonya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55901
I believe that every individual and circumstance is unique, therefore a unique approach of care will result in the best possible outcome. Understanding the cultural, religious, psychological, and social characteristics of a patient and their family dynamic is of utmost importance when providing mental health care. I am accepting new patients ages 10+ for Medication management and Psychotherapy. Areas of focus include, but is not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychosis and Adjustment Disorders.
I believe that every individual and circumstance is unique, therefore a unique approach of care will result in the best possible outcome. Understanding the cultural, religious, psychological, and social characteristics of a patient and their family dynamic is of utmost importance when providing mental health care. I am accepting new patients ages 10+ for Medication management and Psychotherapy. Areas of focus include, but is not limited to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychosis and Adjustment Disorders.
(507) 203-2847 View (507) 203-2847
Photo of Tami L Kittleson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Tami L Kittleson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55435
As a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I aim to create holistic treatment plans that are both practical and personalized to your specific health needs. My goal is to empower you to take an active role in your health journey, as this is crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes. I believe that wellness is a multifaceted intersection of physical, mental, and emotional health. Factors such as diet, physical activity, daily habits, relationships, gut health, mindfulness, and meditation are all essential in promoting overall well-being. My role is to assist you throughout the process, providing support and guidance
As a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I aim to create holistic treatment plans that are both practical and personalized to your specific health needs. My goal is to empower you to take an active role in your health journey, as this is crucial to achieving the best possible outcomes. I believe that wellness is a multifaceted intersection of physical, mental, and emotional health. Factors such as diet, physical activity, daily habits, relationships, gut health, mindfulness, and meditation are all essential in promoting overall well-being. My role is to assist you throughout the process, providing support and guidance
(952) 234-8637 View (952) 234-8637
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Sycamore Holistic Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Mankato, MN 56001  (Online Only)
Sycamore Holistic Telepsychiatry LLC is a psychiatric, medication management, and psychotherapy-based organization. We treat patients across the lifespan by doing evaluations, providing medication management, and psychotherapy. We are mainly a telepsychiatry practice that provides outpatient holistic services on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the needs of our clients. We also provide referrals for crisis intervention or acute level of care services when necessary. Our holistic approach to care is individualized and culturally appropriate. We walk hand in hand with our clients on their wellness journey.
Sycamore Holistic Telepsychiatry LLC is a psychiatric, medication management, and psychotherapy-based organization. We treat patients across the lifespan by doing evaluations, providing medication management, and psychotherapy. We are mainly a telepsychiatry practice that provides outpatient holistic services on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the needs of our clients. We also provide referrals for crisis intervention or acute level of care services when necessary. Our holistic approach to care is individualized and culturally appropriate. We walk hand in hand with our clients on their wellness journey.
(507) 320-3573 View (507) 320-3573
Photo of Chinwe Eke, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Chinwe Eke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Centerville, MN 55038
Chinwe Eke is a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2022. Chinwe offers her clients the ability to provide accurate, effective, and quality care, managing varieties of mental health and emotional challenges affecting individuals and families, plus medication management. Outside of work, Chinwe enjoys reading, music, and sports.
Chinwe Eke is a Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2022. Chinwe offers her clients the ability to provide accurate, effective, and quality care, managing varieties of mental health and emotional challenges affecting individuals and families, plus medication management. Outside of work, Chinwe enjoys reading, music, and sports.
(651) 243-9780 View (651) 243-9780
Photo of Kirby Nelson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Kirby Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Kirby Nelson is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving adult patients experiencing mental health symptoms impacting their daily functioning. Kirby believes in a holistic, patient centered approach to psychiatric care and utilizes evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities. Kirby's area of expertise is reproductive and perinatal psychiatry and enjoys working alongside child-bearing individuals to improve their mental health and overall well being.
Kirby Nelson is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner serving adult patients experiencing mental health symptoms impacting their daily functioning. Kirby believes in a holistic, patient centered approach to psychiatric care and utilizes evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities. Kirby's area of expertise is reproductive and perinatal psychiatry and enjoys working alongside child-bearing individuals to improve their mental health and overall well being.
(763) 878-8823 View (763) 878-8823
Photo of Kayla Kvell, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Kayla Kvell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Maple Grove, MN 55369  (Online Only)
Dr. Kayla Kvell is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents (14+) and adults. Her areas of special interest include ADHD, bipolar disorder and mood issues, PTSD and C-PTSD, addiction medicine, harm reduction, symptoms of psychosis, metabolic/hormonal dysfunction and its impact on mental health, as well as the mental health issues of high achievers/performers. She uses an integrative approach to address and identify underlying causes of psychiatric conditions.
Dr. Kayla Kvell is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents (14+) and adults. Her areas of special interest include ADHD, bipolar disorder and mood issues, PTSD and C-PTSD, addiction medicine, harm reduction, symptoms of psychosis, metabolic/hormonal dysfunction and its impact on mental health, as well as the mental health issues of high achievers/performers. She uses an integrative approach to address and identify underlying causes of psychiatric conditions.
(651) 419-3554 View (651) 419-3554
Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Rice County, MN
Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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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Sheila A Hoemberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55114  (Online Only)
Do you ever wonder if your provider really listens to you?–I can assure you that I will listen and will also encourage you to take an active role in managing your psychiatric care. We will work together to find the treatment that best addresses your symptoms–which may include a combination of medication and psychoeducation, to assist you in achieving your personal mental wellness goals. I provide this comprehensive treatment to anyone over the age of 6yrs; by first interviewing/assessing each patient to determine the presence of any problematic mental health symptoms. This may include specific mood, anxiety, or adjustment disorder.
Do you ever wonder if your provider really listens to you?–I can assure you that I will listen and will also encourage you to take an active role in managing your psychiatric care. We will work together to find the treatment that best addresses your symptoms–which may include a combination of medication and psychoeducation, to assist you in achieving your personal mental wellness goals. I provide this comprehensive treatment to anyone over the age of 6yrs; by first interviewing/assessing each patient to determine the presence of any problematic mental health symptoms. This may include specific mood, anxiety, or adjustment disorder.
(651) 427-3113 View (651) 427-3113
Photo of Sarah Taylor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Sarah Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, , FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We offer onsite and telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. We are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We offer onsite and telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. We are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
(516) 209-2462 View (516) 209-2462
Photo of Luster Integrated Healthcare, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rice County, MN
Luster Integrated Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Brighton, MN 55112
Welcome to a space of healing and growth. I'm Dr. Janet Salimonu, a compassionate and dedicated board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) offering comprehensive medication management and therapeutic interventions at my private practice in MN. With many years of invaluable experience across diverse healthcare settings, I bring a deep understanding of mental health complexities and a commitment to personalized care for each individual I serve.My expertise encompasses a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, ADHD etc
Welcome to a space of healing and growth. I'm Dr. Janet Salimonu, a compassionate and dedicated board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) offering comprehensive medication management and therapeutic interventions at my private practice in MN. With many years of invaluable experience across diverse healthcare settings, I bring a deep understanding of mental health complexities and a commitment to personalized care for each individual I serve.My expertise encompasses a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, ADHD etc
(651) 409-5272 View (651) 409-5272

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rice County, MN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Rice County, MN who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Suicidal Ideation

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in Rice County, MN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rice County?

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.