Psychiatrists in Burlington, NC

Photo of Sherri Wilson Osborne - Hope, Health and Recovery, PLLC, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hope, Health and Recovery, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Burlington, NC 27215
Through active listening and engaged questioning I am able to work with each client to develop an individual medication management plan that targets one's symptoms of disease. Since graduating from the University of South Alabama my interests have been in treating adults with mental health conditions as well as those experiencing problems with addiction. I have worked in: inpatient, outpatient, crisis care, behavioral health urgent care as well as long-term care facilities, memory care units and assisted living facilities. My goal is never to dumb and numb a person to where one can't cry at a sad movie or when someone passes away.
Through active listening and engaged questioning I am able to work with each client to develop an individual medication management plan that targets one's symptoms of disease. Since graduating from the University of South Alabama my interests have been in treating adults with mental health conditions as well as those experiencing problems with addiction. I have worked in: inpatient, outpatient, crisis care, behavioral health urgent care as well as long-term care facilities, memory care units and assisted living facilities. My goal is never to dumb and numb a person to where one can't cry at a sad movie or when someone passes away.
(336) 814-8103 View (336) 814-8103
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Susan Caceres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
Reaching out for mental health support can feel overwhelming. As a bilingual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strive to provide compassionate and evidenced based care to all of my clients. I use a collaborative approach to help you find the most appropriate interventions to meet your needs through supportive discussions and medication management. I recognize that everyone’s lived experience is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is my goal to ensure that you have the most up to date information to make well-informed healthcare decisions that you feel comfortable with.
Reaching out for mental health support can feel overwhelming. As a bilingual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I strive to provide compassionate and evidenced based care to all of my clients. I use a collaborative approach to help you find the most appropriate interventions to meet your needs through supportive discussions and medication management. I recognize that everyone’s lived experience is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is my goal to ensure that you have the most up to date information to make well-informed healthcare decisions that you feel comfortable with.
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Julie D. McClure
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
Julie McClure, PA-C is joining Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services as a psychiatry physician assistant practitioner. She has previously spent nearly 10 years working with children and adults with rare metabolic disorders. In addition to being certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board, Julie is a registered dietitian. She has a particular interest in treating patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, depression, bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance abuse and disordered eating.
Julie McClure, PA-C is joining Beautiful Mind Behavioral Health Services as a psychiatry physician assistant practitioner. She has previously spent nearly 10 years working with children and adults with rare metabolic disorders. In addition to being certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the North Carolina Medical Board, Julie is a registered dietitian. She has a particular interest in treating patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic attacks, depression, bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance abuse and disordered eating.
(336) 502-6375 View (336) 502-6375
Photo of Verena Socolar, PhD, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verena Socolar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27215
I have a comfortable private office in Chapel Hill conveniently located off Hwy 15/501 close to I-40 exit. --- My practice is rooted in holistic nursing. I see my role as helping people to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. I offer psychotherapy with medication management (if indicated) and Ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy. I judiciously prescribe medications to alleviate excess anxiety, worry, anger, and lethargy. I believe that many issues also need to be addressed with other forms of therapy or life style changes.
I have a comfortable private office in Chapel Hill conveniently located off Hwy 15/501 close to I-40 exit. --- My practice is rooted in holistic nursing. I see my role as helping people to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. I offer psychotherapy with medication management (if indicated) and Ketamine-assisted-psychotherapy. I judiciously prescribe medications to alleviate excess anxiety, worry, anger, and lethargy. I believe that many issues also need to be addressed with other forms of therapy or life style changes.
(919) 551-3154 View (919) 551-3154
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Animo Sano Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, PA-C, LCSW, LCMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27217
Animo Sano Psychiatry treats a wide range of behavioral health conditions, including Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sleep disorders, among others. In addition to the treatment of these noted conditions, Animo Sano Psychiatry also operates an ADHD Specialty Clinic.
Animo Sano Psychiatry treats a wide range of behavioral health conditions, including Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sleep disorders, among others. In addition to the treatment of these noted conditions, Animo Sano Psychiatry also operates an ADHD Specialty Clinic.
(919) 648-1780 View (919) 648-1780
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Sydney Johnston
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
I am wholeheartedly committed to building a trusting relationship with you on our journey towards a life brimming with happiness and fulfillment. Leveraging my extensive expertise in mental health, including but not limited to addiction, ADHD, alcohol use, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, loss, grief, and bereavement, life transitions, school issues, self-esteem, self-harming, sleep or insomnia, stress, substance abuse, women's issues, adjustment difficulties and disorders, phobias and fears, burnout, panic attacks/panic disorder, and many more—I prioritize transparent communication and honesty.
I am wholeheartedly committed to building a trusting relationship with you on our journey towards a life brimming with happiness and fulfillment. Leveraging my extensive expertise in mental health, including but not limited to addiction, ADHD, alcohol use, anxiety, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, loss, grief, and bereavement, life transitions, school issues, self-esteem, self-harming, sleep or insomnia, stress, substance abuse, women's issues, adjustment difficulties and disorders, phobias and fears, burnout, panic attacks/panic disorder, and many more—I prioritize transparent communication and honesty.
(919) 584-9581 View (919) 584-9581
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Tabitha Bowman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27215  (Online Only)
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
Mental illness or a psychiatric diagnosis can often feel disparaging, stigmatized, or outdated-this language and terminology often strays people away from seeking the help they need. Mental health, on the other hand, encompasses mind, body, spirit, and brain health. My role in your care can be to prescribe medications, tailor your current medication regimen, or help you find alternatives to pharmaceuticals. I can help make recommendations regarding lifestyle, sleep-hygiene, nutrition, supplements, or daily movement to promote a healthy mind.
(336) 459-3409 View (336) 459-3409
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Jamilah Aisha Broderick
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27217  (Online Only)
I am a physician assistant with both the passion and experience treating patients who feel unseen or unsupported. I received my master’s degree in physician assistant studies from South University in Savannah, GA. I am the child of immigrant parents that worked hard to provide for my sibling and I, therefore it’s important to me to advocate for our underserved, minority, and more vulnerable populations. With experience in addiction medicine, treating adolescents/adults with depression, anxiety, mood and neurodevelopmental disorders, I am dedicated to continuing to learn/educate patients on how to best treat their Mental Health!
I am a physician assistant with both the passion and experience treating patients who feel unseen or unsupported. I received my master’s degree in physician assistant studies from South University in Savannah, GA. I am the child of immigrant parents that worked hard to provide for my sibling and I, therefore it’s important to me to advocate for our underserved, minority, and more vulnerable populations. With experience in addiction medicine, treating adolescents/adults with depression, anxiety, mood and neurodevelopmental disorders, I am dedicated to continuing to learn/educate patients on how to best treat their Mental Health!
(919) 737-7420 View (919) 737-7420
Photo of Dr. Tina A Okonkwo, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Tina A Okonkwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Burlington, NC 27217
Dr. Tina is a highly experienced and compassionate provider who leaves no stone untouched when it comes to healthcare delivery. She utilizes her years of experience as a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family medicine and Psychiatric/Behavioral medicine to take care of her clients. Dr. Okonkwo has exceptional listening skills, and she engages her clients in a relaxing way. She understands that there is no "one size fits all" in healthcare; hence, she approaches each client as a person and not a patient, and she treats the conditions and not the symptoms.
Dr. Tina is a highly experienced and compassionate provider who leaves no stone untouched when it comes to healthcare delivery. She utilizes her years of experience as a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner in Family medicine and Psychiatric/Behavioral medicine to take care of her clients. Dr. Okonkwo has exceptional listening skills, and she engages her clients in a relaxing way. She understands that there is no "one size fits all" in healthcare; hence, she approaches each client as a person and not a patient, and she treats the conditions and not the symptoms.
(336) 559-3594 View (336) 559-3594
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Dr. John M. Brion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, NC 27217
Thanks for considering Collaborative Mental Health of Carrboro (CMHOC). I'm Dr. John Brion, PhD, PMHNP and I work with people age 12 and up for a wide range of challenges including: ADHD (Adult and Child) ; Addictions (Sex, Food, Hoarding, drugs/alcohol, etc.); Mood disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder) and issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. I am licensed/certified to prescribe all psychiatric medications and I provide brief, solution focused psychotherapy.
Thanks for considering Collaborative Mental Health of Carrboro (CMHOC). I'm Dr. John Brion, PhD, PMHNP and I work with people age 12 and up for a wide range of challenges including: ADHD (Adult and Child) ; Addictions (Sex, Food, Hoarding, drugs/alcohol, etc.); Mood disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder) and issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. I am licensed/certified to prescribe all psychiatric medications and I provide brief, solution focused psychotherapy.
(984) 204-7212 View (984) 204-7212

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Cana Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Mebane, NC 27302
Dr Lola is a Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner:NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENT! The brain is an organ where specialized treatment and medications may be needed to help restore physiological balance and correct functioning. Keeping all aspects of each individual in mind, I prescribe medications and supportive therapy when needed so together, we can address the whole person. Therapy can be an effective tool in restoring the soul, which has a direct impact on the well-being of our mind, will, and emotional state.
Dr Lola is a Family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner:NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENT! The brain is an organ where specialized treatment and medications may be needed to help restore physiological balance and correct functioning. Keeping all aspects of each individual in mind, I prescribe medications and supportive therapy when needed so together, we can address the whole person. Therapy can be an effective tool in restoring the soul, which has a direct impact on the well-being of our mind, will, and emotional state.
(919) 415-1212 View (919) 415-1212
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Corbin Burns
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alamance, NC 27201  (Online Only)
Corbin transitioned to outpatient psychiatric care in 2020, and has been practicing in behavioral health ever since! His goal was to pursue a career in mental healthcare in order to help alleviate the shortage of mental healthcare providers in this country. He feels that it is extremely important to help normalize the conversation of our mental health in our daily lives!
Corbin transitioned to outpatient psychiatric care in 2020, and has been practicing in behavioral health ever since! His goal was to pursue a career in mental healthcare in order to help alleviate the shortage of mental healthcare providers in this country. He feels that it is extremely important to help normalize the conversation of our mental health in our daily lives!
(984) 733-1716 View (984) 733-1716
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Natashia Broadnax
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitsett, NC 27377  (Online Only)
My treatment philosophy centers on a whole-person approach focusing on overall wellness. It is important to have a collaborative approach making sure not to dismiss any areas of concern, but to provide the most efficient comprehensive care.
My treatment philosophy centers on a whole-person approach focusing on overall wellness. It is important to have a collaborative approach making sure not to dismiss any areas of concern, but to provide the most efficient comprehensive care.
(336) 948-8486 View (336) 948-8486

Online Psychiatrists

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Dr. Ramuel Miro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Apex, NC 27502
I work well with people who are motivated to improve their lives but appreciate a gentle approach. Clients wanting to be heard will find me to be a good listener who is comfortable with the full range of human experience. In our work together, I will use evidence-based treatments including therapy, medications, and lifestyle modifications to assist you in reaching your goals.
I work well with people who are motivated to improve their lives but appreciate a gentle approach. Clients wanting to be heard will find me to be a good listener who is comfortable with the full range of human experience. In our work together, I will use evidence-based treatments including therapy, medications, and lifestyle modifications to assist you in reaching your goals.
(984) 464-8685 View (984) 464-8685
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Kevin Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Winston Salem, NC 27103  (Online Only)
Hello, I am Kevin Jones. Psychiatry and helping others are ingrained in me. With my vast number of experiences over my 20-year medical and military career, to include raising two autistic boys, I have learned the importance of approaching each client with a profound respect for their unique journey and individual experiences. I believe in fostering a therapeutic environment that honors the autonomy and dignity of every person I serve. By viewing each client as a new soul in a new world, I prioritize building trust, empathy, and collaboration to co-create personalized treatment plans that address their specific needs and aspirations.
Hello, I am Kevin Jones. Psychiatry and helping others are ingrained in me. With my vast number of experiences over my 20-year medical and military career, to include raising two autistic boys, I have learned the importance of approaching each client with a profound respect for their unique journey and individual experiences. I believe in fostering a therapeutic environment that honors the autonomy and dignity of every person I serve. By viewing each client as a new soul in a new world, I prioritize building trust, empathy, and collaboration to co-create personalized treatment plans that address their specific needs and aspirations.
(336) 502-5917 View (336) 502-5917
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Benjamin Jeffrey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP-C
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27616  (Online Only)
**YES-Medication Wellness Program is Accepting New Patients!** I have the opportunity to help serve the adult population with mental health concerns such as depression, PTSD, Panic attacks, Anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and other mood disorders. Besides safe and effective medication management I also work with a close team of therapists to address multiple avenues of psychiatric health. I believe it is important to address healthy changes such as diet and exercise which is pivotal to improve mental well-being as well as exploring family and vocational aspects of a patients life.
**YES-Medication Wellness Program is Accepting New Patients!** I have the opportunity to help serve the adult population with mental health concerns such as depression, PTSD, Panic attacks, Anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and other mood disorders. Besides safe and effective medication management I also work with a close team of therapists to address multiple avenues of psychiatric health. I believe it is important to address healthy changes such as diet and exercise which is pivotal to improve mental well-being as well as exploring family and vocational aspects of a patients life.
(919) 872-6220 x211 View (919) 872-6220 x211
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Evelyn Majachani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27609
Evelyn Majachani is dual-board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing and her post-graduate certification at Maryville University in St Louis, Missouri. Evelyn has worked as an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner providing outpatient, community psychiatry treatment to patients with severe mental illness, as well as with geriatric patients in nursing homes, assisted living, and independent living facilities in North Carolina.
Evelyn Majachani is dual-board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing and her post-graduate certification at Maryville University in St Louis, Missouri. Evelyn has worked as an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner providing outpatient, community psychiatry treatment to patients with severe mental illness, as well as with geriatric patients in nursing homes, assisted living, and independent living facilities in North Carolina.
(919) 568-5195 View (919) 568-5195
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Raleigh Wellness & Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ACNP-AG
Verified Verified
Raleigh, NC 27606  (Online Only)
Welcome to Raleigh Wellness and Behavioral Health! We are a private outpatient clinic providing virtual care and medication management for mental health disorders. Our goal is to alleviate suffering and promote recovery in the lives of people with mental health disorders. We provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, post-traumatic stress, OCD, and more. Our providers specialize in treating the full-spectrum of related conditions with personalized treatment plans that are right for each patient. We treat ages 6 and up.
Welcome to Raleigh Wellness and Behavioral Health! We are a private outpatient clinic providing virtual care and medication management for mental health disorders. Our goal is to alleviate suffering and promote recovery in the lives of people with mental health disorders. We provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, post-traumatic stress, OCD, and more. Our providers specialize in treating the full-spectrum of related conditions with personalized treatment plans that are right for each patient. We treat ages 6 and up.
(984) 464-7189 View (984) 464-7189
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Nicole E. Miller
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham, NC 27713
I work with clients who are facing various mental health challenges such as ADHD, OCD, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-esteem issues, trauma, or other behavioral issues. They may be seeking help and support in finding balance, improving their well-being, and reaching their mental health goals. They may want to better understand their emotions, gain coping skills, and enhance their overall quality of life. Their goal may be to experience a greater sense of self-awareness, increase their resilience, and find a sustainable level of mental wellness.
I work with clients who are facing various mental health challenges such as ADHD, OCD, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-esteem issues, trauma, or other behavioral issues. They may be seeking help and support in finding balance, improving their well-being, and reaching their mental health goals. They may want to better understand their emotions, gain coping skills, and enhance their overall quality of life. Their goal may be to experience a greater sense of self-awareness, increase their resilience, and find a sustainable level of mental wellness.
(919) 893-0792 View (919) 893-0792
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Kami Smith - Harris
Physician Assistant, MHS, PA-C
Verified Verified
Cary, NC 27513
If you are struggling with depression, substance use disorder, or thinking about an injectable medication for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, I am here to help you on your journey to regain your quality of life and mental health. I see patients online or in person in our Cary office.
If you are struggling with depression, substance use disorder, or thinking about an injectable medication for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, I am here to help you on your journey to regain your quality of life and mental health. I see patients online or in person in our Cary office.
(984) 283-5065 View (984) 283-5065

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Burlington, NC

10+

Average cost per session

$199

Psychiatrists in Burlington, NC who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
90% ADHD
90% Bipolar Disorder
90% Medication Management
80% Sleep or Insomnia
70% Grief

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Burlington, NC see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Burlington?

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.