Psychiatrists in Town And Country, MO

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Dr. Michelle Hill
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Town And Country, MO 63017
Dr. Michelle Hill received her medical degree from A. T. Still University "“ Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. She served honorably in the Army for 8 years before working as a civilian in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Hill is board certified in General Psychiatry. She is also a member of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians.
Dr. Michelle Hill received her medical degree from A. T. Still University "“ Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. She served honorably in the Army for 8 years before working as a civilian in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Hill is board certified in General Psychiatry. She is also a member of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians.
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Anna Tran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Town And Country, MO 63017
Anna Tran is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University with honors, a Bachelor Science in Nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from Saint Louis University. Anna’s inherent desire is to serve individuals by inspiring and assisting them in making lasting changes in their lives and personifying their purposes in the world.
Anna Tran is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Missouri who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University with honors, a Bachelor Science in Nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from Saint Louis University. Anna’s inherent desire is to serve individuals by inspiring and assisting them in making lasting changes in their lives and personifying their purposes in the world.
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Kimberly Danielle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
Town And Country, MO 63017  (Online Only)
Welcome to Klarity Wellness! My name is Kimberly Danielle, PMHNP- BC, FNP-C. With training in integrative & functional medicine as well as being double board-certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, I bring a unique and comprehensive perspective to mental and physical health care. My expertise allows me to offer an integrated approach to a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar & mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more. With extensive experience in psychiatry and hospital based medicine, I have developed an expertise in addressing the relationship between mental and physical well-being.
Welcome to Klarity Wellness! My name is Kimberly Danielle, PMHNP- BC, FNP-C. With training in integrative & functional medicine as well as being double board-certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, I bring a unique and comprehensive perspective to mental and physical health care. My expertise allows me to offer an integrated approach to a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar & mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more. With extensive experience in psychiatry and hospital based medicine, I have developed an expertise in addressing the relationship between mental and physical well-being.
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Rachel Kranz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Town And Country, MO 63017
Rachel Kranz is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2018 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University in 2013. Rachel offers medication management to children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and a variety of other mental health conditions. As a nurse practitioner, Rachel works primarily in the outpatient setting but has done inpatient work in the behavioral health hospital as well.
Rachel Kranz is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master's Degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2018 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University in 2013. Rachel offers medication management to children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder, and a variety of other mental health conditions. As a nurse practitioner, Rachel works primarily in the outpatient setting but has done inpatient work in the behavioral health hospital as well.
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Brandon Brewer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chesterfield, MO 63005  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients! I am a physician psychiatrist with fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This means that I have a well-rounded view of the various factors influencing your mental health. I evaluate and treat mental health issues in children, adolescents and adults. I conduct short psychotherapy sessions during encounters with my patients. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction in caring for your mental health needs.
Accepting NEW patients! I am a physician psychiatrist with fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. This means that I have a well-rounded view of the various factors influencing your mental health. I evaluate and treat mental health issues in children, adolescents and adults. I conduct short psychotherapy sessions during encounters with my patients. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction in caring for your mental health needs.
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Dr. Leena Kurre
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Clayton, MO 63124
Hello and welcome! I'm Dr. Leena Kurre, I specialize in treating individuals who are facing challenges related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other mood disorders with medication.   My approach to psychiatry is centered around the well-being and individual needs of each patient. I believe that a comprehensive assessment, combined with a warm and empathetic therapeutic relationship, can pave the way to effective treatment and lasting recovery. Together, we will work collaboratively to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.
Hello and welcome! I'm Dr. Leena Kurre, I specialize in treating individuals who are facing challenges related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other mood disorders with medication.   My approach to psychiatry is centered around the well-being and individual needs of each patient. I believe that a comprehensive assessment, combined with a warm and empathetic therapeutic relationship, can pave the way to effective treatment and lasting recovery. Together, we will work collaboratively to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs.
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Vishal Adma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Are you struggling with Substance Use or Alcohol Use Disorders? Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center Medical Services is the place for you. Offering a full system of care without the long wait to see Licensed Providers who specialize in Psychiatry, Medication Management, Medication Assisted Treatments, and Therapeutic Interventions while under the care of our clinical team.
Are you struggling with Substance Use or Alcohol Use Disorders? Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center Medical Services is the place for you. Offering a full system of care without the long wait to see Licensed Providers who specialize in Psychiatry, Medication Management, Medication Assisted Treatments, and Therapeutic Interventions while under the care of our clinical team.
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Dr. Anjuli Maharaj Shah
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Ballwin, MO 63021  (Online Only)
Dr. Shah is more than just your typical psychiatrist. She embraces a harmonious blend of innovative practices alongside traditional clinical approaches, attuned to your individual needs. To provide bespoke treatment, Dr. Shah is trained in a diversity of therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and trauma-focused therapy as well as motivational interviewing. With Board certification in psychiatry, Dr. Shah stands as your expert ally, ready to unlock mental and emotional health through a truly whole-person approach.
Dr. Shah is more than just your typical psychiatrist. She embraces a harmonious blend of innovative practices alongside traditional clinical approaches, attuned to your individual needs. To provide bespoke treatment, Dr. Shah is trained in a diversity of therapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and trauma-focused therapy as well as motivational interviewing. With Board certification in psychiatry, Dr. Shah stands as your expert ally, ready to unlock mental and emotional health through a truly whole-person approach.
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Kimberly Danielle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified
Chesterfield, MO 63005  (Online Only)
Welcome to Klarity Wellness! My name is Kimberly Danielle, PMHNP- BC, FNP-C. With integrative & functional medicine training, as well as being double board-certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, I bring a unique and comprehensive perspective to mental and physical health care. My expertise allows me to offer an integrated approach to a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar & mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more. With extensive experience in psychiatry and hospital based medicine, I have developed an expertise in addressing the relationship between mental and physical well-being.
Welcome to Klarity Wellness! My name is Kimberly Danielle, PMHNP- BC, FNP-C. With integrative & functional medicine training, as well as being double board-certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine, I bring a unique and comprehensive perspective to mental and physical health care. My expertise allows me to offer an integrated approach to a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar & mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and more. With extensive experience in psychiatry and hospital based medicine, I have developed an expertise in addressing the relationship between mental and physical well-being.
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Ivy Alwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN,BC
Verified
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
My approach is holistic, integrative, and collaborative. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medical management with supportive psychotherapy. I use evidence based practice guidelines with the goals of helping the patient achieve symptom management, improve their level of functioning, attain and sustain body-mind health and wellness.
My approach is holistic, integrative, and collaborative. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medical management with supportive psychotherapy. I use evidence based practice guidelines with the goals of helping the patient achieve symptom management, improve their level of functioning, attain and sustain body-mind health and wellness.
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Angela Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ballwin, MO 63011
I enjoy providing my patients with a therapeutic, non-judgmental environment in which they can feel heard and understood. One cannot heal in an environment where they continue to feel shame for symptoms or past experiences, so I do my best to put patients' minds at ease while we develop a strong therapeutic relationship.
I enjoy providing my patients with a therapeutic, non-judgmental environment in which they can feel heard and understood. One cannot heal in an environment where they continue to feel shame for symptoms or past experiences, so I do my best to put patients' minds at ease while we develop a strong therapeutic relationship.
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James Peter Cho
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Are you struggling with Substance Use (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)? Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center Outpatient Care is the place for you. Offering a full system of care without the long wait to see Licensed Providers who specialize in Therapeutic Interventions and Medical Services which include Medication Assisted Treatments.
Are you struggling with Substance Use (SUD) or Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)? Sana Lake Behavioral Wellness Center Outpatient Care is the place for you. Offering a full system of care without the long wait to see Licensed Providers who specialize in Therapeutic Interventions and Medical Services which include Medication Assisted Treatments.
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Emily Mukherji
Psychiatrist, MD
Clayton, MO 63124
Emily Mukherji is a Psychiatrist in Missouri who has been practicing since 2014. She completed medical school and psychiatry residency in Boston, MA. Emily likes to get to know her clients well and provide thoughtful psychopharmacological treatment for their psychiatric disorders. Outside of work, Emily loves reading, walking her dog, and spending time with her family.
Emily Mukherji is a Psychiatrist in Missouri who has been practicing since 2014. She completed medical school and psychiatry residency in Boston, MA. Emily likes to get to know her clients well and provide thoughtful psychopharmacological treatment for their psychiatric disorders. Outside of work, Emily loves reading, walking her dog, and spending time with her family.
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Dr. Evan Buckmiller
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Clayton, MO 63124
Psychiatry is my passion. By helping you overcome your mental health symptoms with medication management, I can support you in getting back to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You deserve it.
Psychiatry is my passion. By helping you overcome your mental health symptoms with medication management, I can support you in getting back to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You deserve it.
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Jordan Malone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Louis, MO 63141  (Online Only)
Jordan Malone is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She treats adults 18 and up for various mental health concerns with medication management. To optimize treatment, genetic screening is offered. Jordan is passionate and dedicated in assisting patients meet their personalized goals as they continue their journey to healing. Minimal wait times.
Jordan Malone is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She treats adults 18 and up for various mental health concerns with medication management. To optimize treatment, genetic screening is offered. Jordan is passionate and dedicated in assisting patients meet their personalized goals as they continue their journey to healing. Minimal wait times.
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Ajit Trikha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Manchester, MO 63021
Helping You Get Healthy With over 25 years of psychiatric experience, I understand how to work with my patients to ensure they receive the best care possible. My thoughtful and personalized approach means I'm fully committed to the health and well-being of all my patients. Treatment for a complete spectrum of psychiatric and psychological disorders include Depressive and Bipolar disorders, Psychotic disorders, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders, Stress disorders, Addiction disorders, Personality disorders, Eating disorders, Dual diagnosis, Adult Hyperactivity Disorder, Grief, Bereavement, and Anger management. DATA-Certified Physician eligible to provide buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment for opioid dependency.
Helping You Get Healthy With over 25 years of psychiatric experience, I understand how to work with my patients to ensure they receive the best care possible. My thoughtful and personalized approach means I'm fully committed to the health and well-being of all my patients. Treatment for a complete spectrum of psychiatric and psychological disorders include Depressive and Bipolar disorders, Psychotic disorders, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders, Stress disorders, Addiction disorders, Personality disorders, Eating disorders, Dual diagnosis, Adult Hyperactivity Disorder, Grief, Bereavement, and Anger management. DATA-Certified Physician eligible to provide buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment for opioid dependency.
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Jennifer Dawn Becker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Saint Louis, MO 63103
I chose this profession to directly improve the lives of people with acute and chronic mental health disorders, to help increase awareness of mental health, and be a voice providing education on managing and treating common mental health problems. I desire to be a good mental health advocate and am very passionate about reducing the stigma of mental health. I find it an honor and privilege to help improve the quality of life of my clients. I believe in listening, empowering, understanding, and providing them with the assistance, individualized care, and nurturing to improve their quality of life.
I chose this profession to directly improve the lives of people with acute and chronic mental health disorders, to help increase awareness of mental health, and be a voice providing education on managing and treating common mental health problems. I desire to be a good mental health advocate and am very passionate about reducing the stigma of mental health. I find it an honor and privilege to help improve the quality of life of my clients. I believe in listening, empowering, understanding, and providing them with the assistance, individualized care, and nurturing to improve their quality of life.
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Oladayo (Dayo) Farodoye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Current wait time: 1-2 weeks. Welcome! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a focus on medication management and an integrative approach, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals seeking support, inner peace and balance in their lives. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I am here to assist you. If you have already embarked on a journey to improve your well-being but are seeking a collaborative partner to help navigate the complexities of medication management, I would like to help you.
Current wait time: 1-2 weeks. Welcome! As a psychiatric nurse practitioner with a focus on medication management and an integrative approach, I am dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health care to individuals seeking support, inner peace and balance in their lives. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), I am here to assist you. If you have already embarked on a journey to improve your well-being but are seeking a collaborative partner to help navigate the complexities of medication management, I would like to help you.
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Aspire Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Fenton, MO 63026  (Online Only)
If you are looking for quality psychiatric medication management services, then Aspire Wellness is the right center for you! We are accepting new patients 18 years and older through telehealth. Our goal is to provide high quality healthcare services to improve overall wellbeing. Our team will support you along the way and work together to connect you with the treament and services you need.
If you are looking for quality psychiatric medication management services, then Aspire Wellness is the right center for you! We are accepting new patients 18 years and older through telehealth. Our goal is to provide high quality healthcare services to improve overall wellbeing. Our team will support you along the way and work together to connect you with the treament and services you need.
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Monica Bishop
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kirkwood, MO 63122
My goal is to build a lasting relationship with my patients, helping them to live a life that is authentic. I get to know the whole person, and we will work collaboratively to help you meet your needs. I have a relaxed style and try to foster a comfortable environment. I individualize treatment to each person, using a combination of medications and therapy as appropriate. I have been practicing psychiatry for over 20 years. I specialize in treating patients with eating disorders, as well as depression, anxiety, and other co-morbid disorders. I work with patients ages 10 and up.
My goal is to build a lasting relationship with my patients, helping them to live a life that is authentic. I get to know the whole person, and we will work collaboratively to help you meet your needs. I have a relaxed style and try to foster a comfortable environment. I individualize treatment to each person, using a combination of medications and therapy as appropriate. I have been practicing psychiatry for over 20 years. I specialize in treating patients with eating disorders, as well as depression, anxiety, and other co-morbid disorders. I work with patients ages 10 and up.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Town And Country, MO

< 10

Psychiatrists in Town And Country, MO who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Sleep or Insomnia

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in Town And Country, MO see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Town And Country?

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.