Psychiatrists in Wake Forest, NC

Photo of Catina Greene, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Catina Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, APRN
Verified
7 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Have you been struggling with loneliness, sadness, crying spells, overwhelming thoughts of regret or unsurety, nervousness, irritability, mood changes, sleep issues? Were you told that you have ADHD? Well, now you can be formally tested. I’m here to help you explore your feelings and how your body responds to them. These responses may be related to complex life changes, traumatic events, chemical imbalances, or thought processes. We are happy to explore substance use issues with up to date treatment options, as needed.
Have you been struggling with loneliness, sadness, crying spells, overwhelming thoughts of regret or unsurety, nervousness, irritability, mood changes, sleep issues? Were you told that you have ADHD? Well, now you can be formally tested. I’m here to help you explore your feelings and how your body responds to them. These responses may be related to complex life changes, traumatic events, chemical imbalances, or thought processes. We are happy to explore substance use issues with up to date treatment options, as needed.
(919) 759-5759 View (919) 759-5759
Photo of Lisa Fields, Psychiatric Nurse in Wake Forest, NC
Lisa Fields
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to stay afloat with too much on your mind, on your schedule, in your day? Do you spend more time overwhelmed and catching up than at peace? If so, there are ways to feel better and live better whether you or someone you love are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADD, anger, frustration with relationships, or just frustration with the quality of your life. I am a therapist who can help you work through these issues. It is important to know that I AM NOT A PSYCHIATRIST and I DO NOT PRESCRIBE MEDS.
Are you struggling to stay afloat with too much on your mind, on your schedule, in your day? Do you spend more time overwhelmed and catching up than at peace? If so, there are ways to feel better and live better whether you or someone you love are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADD, anger, frustration with relationships, or just frustration with the quality of your life. I am a therapist who can help you work through these issues. It is important to know that I AM NOT A PSYCHIATRIST and I DO NOT PRESCRIBE MEDS.
(919) 504-5623 View (919) 504-5623
Photo of Elizabeth Vaughan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Elizabeth Vaughan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Liz Vaughan is a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a specialty focus in Pediatric Mental and Behavioral Health. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Duke University in 2019. Liz received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing also from Duke University in 2014. Liz has 7 years of previous pediatric nursing experience, ranging from intensive care, to cardiac, to pediatric oncology/bone marrow transplant, to outpatient neurology and mental health. During her MSN coursework at Duke, Liz was one of the first students to take part in the Pediatric Mental Behavioral Health Specialty program.
Liz Vaughan is a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with a specialty focus in Pediatric Mental and Behavioral Health. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Duke University in 2019. Liz received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing also from Duke University in 2014. Liz has 7 years of previous pediatric nursing experience, ranging from intensive care, to cardiac, to pediatric oncology/bone marrow transplant, to outpatient neurology and mental health. During her MSN coursework at Duke, Liz was one of the first students to take part in the Pediatric Mental Behavioral Health Specialty program.
(984) 237-3914 View (984) 237-3914
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Matthew A Clemons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Greetings, future client, My name is Matthew Clemons. I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who cares with compassion for individuals throughout their lifespan (children and adults). My goal is to provide holistic, collaborative, and client-centered care with the most up-to-date, evidence-based practice in behavioral healthcare. My treatment approaches include medication management, mental health education, solution-focused therapy, and supportive psychotherapy.
Greetings, future client, My name is Matthew Clemons. I am a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who cares with compassion for individuals throughout their lifespan (children and adults). My goal is to provide holistic, collaborative, and client-centered care with the most up-to-date, evidence-based practice in behavioral healthcare. My treatment approaches include medication management, mental health education, solution-focused therapy, and supportive psychotherapy.
(919) 289-8212 View (919) 289-8212
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Rebecca Bailey
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Rebecca is passionate about helping people become the happiest, healthiest, and most productive version of themselves.
Rebecca is passionate about helping people become the happiest, healthiest, and most productive version of themselves.
(855) 698-1551 View (855) 698-1551
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Angela Good
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Currently not accepting new Clients. We have computer based comprehensive ADHD evaluations for children & adults (ages 6-60) in office or through telemedicine. I work closely with clients to find solutions in a caring and nonjudgmental atmosphere. We have openings for new clients. Click the website link to schedule an appointment or call to schedule an appointment. Accepting more insurances than listed here. Each person has their own story, concerns, and desires. I am here to listen and to help you take charge of your health to have a healthier body, mind and spirit.
Currently not accepting new Clients. We have computer based comprehensive ADHD evaluations for children & adults (ages 6-60) in office or through telemedicine. I work closely with clients to find solutions in a caring and nonjudgmental atmosphere. We have openings for new clients. Click the website link to schedule an appointment or call to schedule an appointment. Accepting more insurances than listed here. Each person has their own story, concerns, and desires. I am here to listen and to help you take charge of your health to have a healthier body, mind and spirit.
(984) 299-9771 View (984) 299-9771
Photo of Jessica Mohr, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Jessica Mohr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Now Accepting New Clients! I want to help you get to a better place mentally, physically, and spiritually. You deserve to feel happy when you wake up and peaceful when you go to bed at night. I promise that I am here to support and listen to your needs and whatever you are going through right now. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I integrate holistic approaches in addition to medication in my treatment approach. Every person that comes into my office is very different and deserves to be seen for who they are and not only their symptoms. Together we will create a plan that works for you whether with medication, therapy, or both.
Now Accepting New Clients! I want to help you get to a better place mentally, physically, and spiritually. You deserve to feel happy when you wake up and peaceful when you go to bed at night. I promise that I am here to support and listen to your needs and whatever you are going through right now. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I integrate holistic approaches in addition to medication in my treatment approach. Every person that comes into my office is very different and deserves to be seen for who they are and not only their symptoms. Together we will create a plan that works for you whether with medication, therapy, or both.
(919) 736-6589 View (919) 736-6589
Photo of Dr. Natasha Donnelly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Dr. Natasha Donnelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587  (Online Only)
The Cedar Oaks team will listen and learn from your story and your history. We will work with you to design an individualized therapeutic treatment plan. We will take the time to explain our findings and what they mean for you. We will monitor your progress and answer your questions. We understand the importance of transparency, developing trust, security, and confidentiality. We look forward to celebrating your successes with you.
The Cedar Oaks team will listen and learn from your story and your history. We will work with you to design an individualized therapeutic treatment plan. We will take the time to explain our findings and what they mean for you. We will monitor your progress and answer your questions. We understand the importance of transparency, developing trust, security, and confidentiality. We look forward to celebrating your successes with you.
(919) 443-6087 View (919) 443-6087
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Virtuous Total Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C, ANP-C
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
My ideal patient is one with a motivation to improve their current mindset, situation, emotions, and lifestyle. I am specifically well-educated in managing depression, weight loss/obesity, time management, goal-setting initiatives and more! Come prepared to do the required work! I am not your "typical" provider, as I use a less "formal" and more personable approach! I perform ADHD/Cognitive testing (for different age groups), Psychotherapeutic genetic testing (to see which meds work best for you), psychotherapy for chronic pain management, (all done from the comfort of your home) get detailed, analyzed personal results. EMAIL US!
My ideal patient is one with a motivation to improve their current mindset, situation, emotions, and lifestyle. I am specifically well-educated in managing depression, weight loss/obesity, time management, goal-setting initiatives and more! Come prepared to do the required work! I am not your "typical" provider, as I use a less "formal" and more personable approach! I perform ADHD/Cognitive testing (for different age groups), Psychotherapeutic genetic testing (to see which meds work best for you), psychotherapy for chronic pain management, (all done from the comfort of your home) get detailed, analyzed personal results. EMAIL US!
(919) 289-8422 View (919) 289-8422
Photo of Akelah With Perkins Counseling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Akelah With Perkins Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Your Time Is Now! Why wait to get the help you or your family needs? Serving ages 15 years old and up, I specialize in medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for a wide range of mental health related disorders. I have diverse knowledge in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, and/or depression. I have proudly trained and worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner over the past 5 years in both Primary Care and Urgent Care settings. Allow me the privilege to partner and support you and your loved ones during this time!
Your Time Is Now! Why wait to get the help you or your family needs? Serving ages 15 years old and up, I specialize in medication management and brief therapeutic counseling for a wide range of mental health related disorders. I have diverse knowledge in the treatment of ADHD, anxiety, and/or depression. I have proudly trained and worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner over the past 5 years in both Primary Care and Urgent Care settings. Allow me the privilege to partner and support you and your loved ones during this time!
(919) 980-9657 View (919) 980-9657
Photo of Mia W Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Mia W Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Mia Jones is a certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) hailing from Philadelphia, PA but raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from East Carolina University and further pursued her Master's degree at Walden University. Mia has garnered over seven years of experience working in various units including inpatient medical-surgical, ICU, behavioral health, and addiction. However, in 2020, she resolved to pursue her long-held ambition of becoming a mental health nurse practitioner.

Over the course of her professional journey, Mia has come to appreciate the strong connection between-
Mia Jones is a certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP) hailing from Philadelphia, PA but raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from East Carolina University and further pursued her Master's degree at Walden University. Mia has garnered over seven years of experience working in various units including inpatient medical-surgical, ICU, behavioral health, and addiction. However, in 2020, she resolved to pursue her long-held ambition of becoming a mental health nurse practitioner.

Over the course of her professional journey, Mia has come to appreciate the strong connection between-
(919) 642-1608 View (919) 642-1608
Photo of Christopher N Riggan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Christopher N Riggan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Waitlist for new clients
My passion for entering the mental health profession originated from the idea of breaking down the negative stigma historically placed upon individuals who struggle with mental health related issues. I want to use the skills and education that I have gained as a resource to those in need of assistance. I want each person that seeks mental health related care from me to feel comforted that we together are a team with a common goal of assisting you to become the most effective version of yourself.
My passion for entering the mental health profession originated from the idea of breaking down the negative stigma historically placed upon individuals who struggle with mental health related issues. I want to use the skills and education that I have gained as a resource to those in need of assistance. I want each person that seeks mental health related care from me to feel comforted that we together are a team with a common goal of assisting you to become the most effective version of yourself.
(919) 944-9946 View (919) 944-9946
Photo of Robin Peterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Robin Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Hello. My name is Robin. I have been a psychiatric Nurse 30 years. I have experience, knowledge and expertise working with a variety of clients. I use a person centered approach in order to meet the individualized needs of each client. I graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor in Nursing and received a post masters certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt university. I retired from active duty 2016.
Hello. My name is Robin. I have been a psychiatric Nurse 30 years. I have experience, knowledge and expertise working with a variety of clients. I use a person centered approach in order to meet the individualized needs of each client. I graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor in Nursing and received a post masters certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt university. I retired from active duty 2016.
(919) 944-4369 View (919) 944-4369
Photo of Robin Peterson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Robin Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Hello. My name is Robin. I have been a psychiatric Nurse for over 25 years. I have experience, knowledge and expertise working with a variety of clients. I use a person centered approach in order to meet the individualized needs of each client. I graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor in Nursing and received a post masters certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt university. I retired from active duty 2016.
Hello. My name is Robin. I have been a psychiatric Nurse for over 25 years. I have experience, knowledge and expertise working with a variety of clients. I use a person centered approach in order to meet the individualized needs of each client. I graduated from University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor in Nursing and received a post masters certificate as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt university. I retired from active duty 2016.
(919) 371-2920 View (919) 371-2920
Photo of Dan Meyring, Physician Assistant in Wake Forest, NC
Dan Meyring
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587
In the practice of Psychiatry, Dan combines an integrative approach with conventional medicine.  He incorporates an understanding of the neuropsychology, physical health, lifestyle, spiritual and sociologic dynamics into the care of his patients. Something unique about Dan is that rather than treating symptoms, he focuses on discovering the underlying issues a person has which ultimately brings healing.   His objective for patients is to avoid negative influences and encourage healthy lifestyles. Dan uses medicine judiciously depending on each individuals need, so that they can become the best version of themselves.
In the practice of Psychiatry, Dan combines an integrative approach with conventional medicine.  He incorporates an understanding of the neuropsychology, physical health, lifestyle, spiritual and sociologic dynamics into the care of his patients. Something unique about Dan is that rather than treating symptoms, he focuses on discovering the underlying issues a person has which ultimately brings healing.   His objective for patients is to avoid negative influences and encourage healthy lifestyles. Dan uses medicine judiciously depending on each individuals need, so that they can become the best version of themselves.
(919) 769-6688 View (919) 769-6688
Photo of Tameka Davis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Tameka Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Life comes with many challenges that are not meant to be faced alone. Inviting someone into your story, your journey, and your hardships is not easy, but it is the first step to your healing and wellness. If you are tired of doing life alone and want to experience fulfillment in your soul that will bring abundance to every part of your life, take that first step today and reach out for support. I am a compassionate and dedicated practitioner who believes each client is unique and worthy of the best care. My approach is wholistic and person centered with the understanding that there are many factors that impact your mental health.
Life comes with many challenges that are not meant to be faced alone. Inviting someone into your story, your journey, and your hardships is not easy, but it is the first step to your healing and wellness. If you are tired of doing life alone and want to experience fulfillment in your soul that will bring abundance to every part of your life, take that first step today and reach out for support. I am a compassionate and dedicated practitioner who believes each client is unique and worthy of the best care. My approach is wholistic and person centered with the understanding that there are many factors that impact your mental health.
(910) 597-3945 View (910) 597-3945
Photo of Levina Kumar, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Levina Kumar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina treating ages 15+. I spent a large part of my training working in specialty units in hospitals and understand that when a client makes an appointment, it is usually after a tremendous amount of self reflection. It takes courage and strength to speak to a professional while sharing your deepest thoughts. As a professional, I hope to have the privilege to treat and advocate for you while making you feel a part of a collaborative team, where an individualized approach to care is provided and your concerns and well-being are prioritized.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Carolina treating ages 15+. I spent a large part of my training working in specialty units in hospitals and understand that when a client makes an appointment, it is usually after a tremendous amount of self reflection. It takes courage and strength to speak to a professional while sharing your deepest thoughts. As a professional, I hope to have the privilege to treat and advocate for you while making you feel a part of a collaborative team, where an individualized approach to care is provided and your concerns and well-being are prioritized.
(919) 737-2880 View (919) 737-2880
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Adrienne Emery Ramirez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Have you been neglecting your mental health needs? Do you feel that there is some aspect of your mental health and life goals that you could improve upon? You are not alone! I have experience working with individuals across the lifespan. I work with various diagnosis including major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, and adjustment disorders. Together we will tailor your care plan to address the areas of your life you consider to be most important. I find it best to use a combination of medication management, CBT, coaching, and mindfulness therapies to help you reach your goals.
Have you been neglecting your mental health needs? Do you feel that there is some aspect of your mental health and life goals that you could improve upon? You are not alone! I have experience working with individuals across the lifespan. I work with various diagnosis including major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, and adjustment disorders. Together we will tailor your care plan to address the areas of your life you consider to be most important. I find it best to use a combination of medication management, CBT, coaching, and mindfulness therapies to help you reach your goals.
(919) 533-2031 View (919) 533-2031
Photo of Leistey Tindall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Wake Forest, NC
Leistey Tindall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Wake Forest, NC 27587  (Online Only)
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
Mind & Body Wellness is a premier Mental Health Practice headquartered in Rockingham, North Carolina. Serving all of North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Mecklenburg and surrounding areas. We also offer telemedicine in the state of Florida. All appointments are held virtually and our focus is on your journey in building and managing a healthier you. As a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health and Primary Care I am compassionate about the individual needs of each patient and together we will design a customized and comprehensive care plan for your continued care.
(828) 360-9670 View (828) 360-9670
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Bravo Mental Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Life is HARD. We are not naturally adapted to live the lives we are currently expected to live (think hours in front of the computer, limited time outside, isolation from others). Given this, it isn’t surprising that the CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in any given year. However, there is help and hope! Research shows that individuals with mental health conditions do best when they receive a combination of medication and therapy. Let us help you with your psychiatric medication needs. You deserve to ENJOY life!
Life is HARD. We are not naturally adapted to live the lives we are currently expected to live (think hours in front of the computer, limited time outside, isolation from others). Given this, it isn’t surprising that the CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in any given year. However, there is help and hope! Research shows that individuals with mental health conditions do best when they receive a combination of medication and therapy. Let us help you with your psychiatric medication needs. You deserve to ENJOY life!
(919) 769-1910 View (919) 769-1910

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Wake Forest, NC

20+

Average cost per session

$220

Psychiatrists in Wake Forest, NC who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
88% ADHD
85% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
73% Trauma and PTSD
73% Bipolar Disorder
65% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
88% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Wake Forest, NC see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wake Forest?

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.