Psychiatrists in Burlington County, NJ

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Photo of Tranquility Behavioral Health, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington County, NJ
Tranquility Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053  (Online Only)
Welcome, I'm currently accepting new clients. Are you struggling emotionally? Having difficulty regulating your mood, getting adequate sleep, feeling anxious or irritable, lacking motivation, having problems with interpersonal relationships, or performing adequately at work or school. If this sounds like you, please know that you’re not alone. My guess is that getting started in treatment can be pretty scary, talking to someone you do not know about things that make you feel uncomfortable, sad, angry, anxious, overjoyed, or embarrassed. However, I would like to reassure you that this process is in place to help you to heal.
Welcome, I'm currently accepting new clients. Are you struggling emotionally? Having difficulty regulating your mood, getting adequate sleep, feeling anxious or irritable, lacking motivation, having problems with interpersonal relationships, or performing adequately at work or school. If this sounds like you, please know that you’re not alone. My guess is that getting started in treatment can be pretty scary, talking to someone you do not know about things that make you feel uncomfortable, sad, angry, anxious, overjoyed, or embarrassed. However, I would like to reassure you that this process is in place to help you to heal.
(856) 408-1938 View (856) 408-1938
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Dr. Oliver Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Medford, NJ 08055
When an individual experiences behavioral health challenges it is often disheartening. The feeling of loneliness, negative self talk, and "why me" statements are a shared reality. The truth is you are not alone, and behavioral health challenges can often build resolve and character when appropriate interventions are utilized to combat these experiences. I am consistently amazed at the strength of those who take the first step towards healing, as this is the most difficult. My focus is positive psychology, strength building, and providing my clients with evidence based pharmacotherapies to produce the changes they desire.
When an individual experiences behavioral health challenges it is often disheartening. The feeling of loneliness, negative self talk, and "why me" statements are a shared reality. The truth is you are not alone, and behavioral health challenges can often build resolve and character when appropriate interventions are utilized to combat these experiences. I am consistently amazed at the strength of those who take the first step towards healing, as this is the most difficult. My focus is positive psychology, strength building, and providing my clients with evidence based pharmacotherapies to produce the changes they desire.
(609) 773-8507 View (609) 773-8507
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Vincent Di Antonio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN
Verified Verified
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Vincent L. Di Antonio is a BS, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC who assesses and treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders through the use of medications and other therapeutic modalities. Vince is a firm believer in the mind-body-spirit connection and is passionate about providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services.
Vincent L. Di Antonio is a BS, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC who assesses and treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders through the use of medications and other therapeutic modalities. Vince is a firm believer in the mind-body-spirit connection and is passionate about providing quality, empathetic, and comprehensive mental health services.
(609) 710-8158 View (609) 710-8158
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Najmun Riyaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054  (Online Only)
As Human beings, life throws various challenges at us. Many times we use our support system, and our coping skills to handle them. At, other times these strategies are not enough. Maybe chronic stress, trauma, or even an underlying genetic cause is leading us to develop symptoms suggestive of a mental health condition like Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar depression or PTSD, etc. Whatever the reason, it's ok to struggle. Ok not to have it all together at all times and to seek help. Seeking help is a sign of courage and not weakness. Please visit my website to know more about my practice and what I offer.
As Human beings, life throws various challenges at us. Many times we use our support system, and our coping skills to handle them. At, other times these strategies are not enough. Maybe chronic stress, trauma, or even an underlying genetic cause is leading us to develop symptoms suggestive of a mental health condition like Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar depression or PTSD, etc. Whatever the reason, it's ok to struggle. Ok not to have it all together at all times and to seek help. Seeking help is a sign of courage and not weakness. Please visit my website to know more about my practice and what I offer.
(856) 212-1623 View (856) 212-1623
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Kate Powell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Not accepting new clients
My name is Kate and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I look to help clients find mental wellness through a collaborative process, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Life has it challenges, and sometimes we need a little extra support. I’m here to be a part of that journey, supporting you on your path of healing.
My name is Kate and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I look to help clients find mental wellness through a collaborative process, connecting mind, body, and spirit. Life has it challenges, and sometimes we need a little extra support. I’m here to be a part of that journey, supporting you on your path of healing.
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Robert S. Randolph
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Not accepting new clients
NOTE: NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Randolph is a psychiatrist with 25 years of experience and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, and Schizophrenia. He is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School (formerly UMDNJ). Dr. Randolph completed his psychiatric internship and residency at Rutgers-Newark and his fellowship at Rutgers-Piscataway where he now serves as lead physician on their child and adolescent inpatient unit.
NOTE: NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Randolph is a psychiatrist with 25 years of experience and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety & Panic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, ADHD, and Schizophrenia. He is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School (formerly UMDNJ). Dr. Randolph completed his psychiatric internship and residency at Rutgers-Newark and his fellowship at Rutgers-Piscataway where he now serves as lead physician on their child and adolescent inpatient unit.
(856) 359-4472 View (856) 359-4472
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Elizabeth (Beth) Teal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Medford, NJ 08055  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Focusing on medication prescribing and management, I have experience utilizing non narcotic, non addicting medications to treat anxiety, trauma, PTSD, sleep disturbance/insomnia, and in the non stimulant treatment of ADHD/ADD. Due to DEA regulations I cannot prescribe or continue stimulant medications such as Adderall, vyanse, concerta, ritalin.
Focusing on medication prescribing and management, I have experience utilizing non narcotic, non addicting medications to treat anxiety, trauma, PTSD, sleep disturbance/insomnia, and in the non stimulant treatment of ADHD/ADD. Due to DEA regulations I cannot prescribe or continue stimulant medications such as Adderall, vyanse, concerta, ritalin.
(640) 500-2017 View (640) 500-2017
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Shannon Bucciarelli (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(856) 776-7585 View (856) 776-7585
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Suzanne Doubrava
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
Dr. Suzanne Doubrava is double-board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, a branch of medicine which explores the connection between the physical body and emotional health. She has been practicing for over 15 years after completing psychiatry residency at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Doubrava then received additional fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has held academic appointments at both Rutgers Medical School and Fox Chase Cancer Center, as well cultivating a private practice for 10 years in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dr. Suzanne Doubrava is double-board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, a branch of medicine which explores the connection between the physical body and emotional health. She has been practicing for over 15 years after completing psychiatry residency at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Doubrava then received additional fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has held academic appointments at both Rutgers Medical School and Fox Chase Cancer Center, as well cultivating a private practice for 10 years in Princeton, New Jersey.
(856) 925-6989 View (856) 925-6989
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Ablehealthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC, APRN
Verified Verified
Westampton, NJ 08060
I'm a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in working with adults in behavioral health. Funmi's experience in adults diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, mood, and anxiety disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and PTSD. I have devoted 21 years of experience in treating patients with mental health. Practicing kindness and compassion has been essential. Able health care accepting Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna Optum UBH, Oxford Health Plan, Compsych, Maritain, Multiplan for New York, and self cash payment.
I'm a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in working with adults in behavioral health. Funmi's experience in adults diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, mood, and anxiety disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and PTSD. I have devoted 21 years of experience in treating patients with mental health. Practicing kindness and compassion has been essential. Able health care accepting Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna Optum UBH, Oxford Health Plan, Compsych, Maritain, Multiplan for New York, and self cash payment.
(718) 550-7759 View (718) 550-7759
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Vida-Lynn Asiamah-Asare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westampton, NJ 08060  (Online Only)
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in New Jersey. I received my Master's degree from Rutgers University, my graduate master's certification from Walden University, and my Doctor of Nursing degree from Chatham University.
Hi! I'm a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in New Jersey. I received my Master's degree from Rutgers University, my graduate master's certification from Walden University, and my Doctor of Nursing degree from Chatham University.
(609) 834-4984 View (609) 834-4984
Photo of Victoria Fisher, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington County, NJ
Victoria Fisher
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Victoria is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania. She has spent the past three years working on an inpatient unit within Penn Medicine, where she has focused on stabilization and safety. Victoria is dedicated to providing holistic, evidence based care, in the form of medication management and lifestyle optimization. She maintains a safe, open space where she can work alongside her clients to assist them in managing life stressors with support.
Victoria is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania. She has spent the past three years working on an inpatient unit within Penn Medicine, where she has focused on stabilization and safety. Victoria is dedicated to providing holistic, evidence based care, in the form of medication management and lifestyle optimization. She maintains a safe, open space where she can work alongside her clients to assist them in managing life stressors with support.
(609) 245-6716 View (609) 245-6716
Psychiatric and Recovery Services
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
Psychiatric and Recovery Services (formerly Psychiatric and Addiction Services or PASSNJ) treats: depression, opiate addiction, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and much more. We make sure to provide the safest, and most effective treatments in order to get back to their daily lives. We also offer forensic and clinical psychology in addition to our other services for children and adults. We also provide Suboxone or Buprenorphine, for those who are struggling with opiate addiction to help ease the withdrawal process.
(856) 872-2693 View (856) 872-2693
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Alyssa N Killion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
48 Endorsed
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
The first step is the hardest - so commend yourself for taking the first step and seeking treatment! As a seasoned board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring over 12 years of prescribing experience across diverse settings. My practice spans inpatient, outpatient, and private settings, offering a comprehensive understanding of mental health care needs. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality traits, and substance abuse concerns.
The first step is the hardest - so commend yourself for taking the first step and seeking treatment! As a seasoned board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I bring over 12 years of prescribing experience across diverse settings. My practice spans inpatient, outpatient, and private settings, offering a comprehensive understanding of mental health care needs. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality traits, and substance abuse concerns.
(856) 372-1819 View (856) 372-1819
Ruth MacKenzie (adolescent/teen specialist)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with years of experience treating teen/adolescents and their families. I focus on treating the whole individual with psychotherapy and medication when appropriate, and after careful assessment. The driving force behind my practice is to create a nurturing environment where kids can grow into healthy adults with learned coping skills and a better understanding of their own identity.
(856) 879-1954 View (856) 879-1954
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Alex Strauss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
I am board certified in both Adult psychiatry and Child & Adolescent psychiatry. I have expertise in the use of customized and collaborative therapeutic approaches including individual therapy, CBT, sports psychiatry, supportive therapy and family therapy. I complete a very detailed assessment in order to provide the most appropriate care and treatment plan. As a physician, I also recognize that at times medications are indicated in the recovery process. When appropriate, I will work with you on personalized medication management.
I am board certified in both Adult psychiatry and Child & Adolescent psychiatry. I have expertise in the use of customized and collaborative therapeutic approaches including individual therapy, CBT, sports psychiatry, supportive therapy and family therapy. I complete a very detailed assessment in order to provide the most appropriate care and treatment plan. As a physician, I also recognize that at times medications are indicated in the recovery process. When appropriate, I will work with you on personalized medication management.
(856) 481-3477 x3004 View (856) 481-3477 x3004
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Sameerah Akhtar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Marlton, NJ 08053
Dr. Akhtar is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. She focuses on medication management for a wide range of psychiatric conditions, providing supportive therapy to help individuals navigate life's challenges and enhance their overall well-being, while emphasizing lifestyle changes and the development of coping skills. Dr. Akhtar completed her medical degree at the American University of Antigua, gaining a profound understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of mental health.
Dr. Akhtar is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. She focuses on medication management for a wide range of psychiatric conditions, providing supportive therapy to help individuals navigate life's challenges and enhance their overall well-being, while emphasizing lifestyle changes and the development of coping skills. Dr. Akhtar completed her medical degree at the American University of Antigua, gaining a profound understanding of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of mental health.
(856) 565-4337 View (856) 565-4337
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Pooja Shah MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Marlton, NJ 08053
Hi, I am Dr. Pooja Shah, a board-certified child psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism. If you have worked with a psychiatrist before or are new to seeking mental health care, Welcome! We will start with an initial 90-minute appointment where we go over your symptoms and formulate an evidence-based treatment plan including talk therapy and if appropriate, use of medications where indicated. We can also discuss non-medication alternatives if you prefer a holistic approach. I look forward to partnering with you to help you be the best version of you!
Hi, I am Dr. Pooja Shah, a board-certified child psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism. If you have worked with a psychiatrist before or are new to seeking mental health care, Welcome! We will start with an initial 90-minute appointment where we go over your symptoms and formulate an evidence-based treatment plan including talk therapy and if appropriate, use of medications where indicated. We can also discuss non-medication alternatives if you prefer a holistic approach. I look forward to partnering with you to help you be the best version of you!
(856) 474-3610 View (856) 474-3610
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Edward Baruch
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
I am Chief Psychiatrist at PASSNJ, Psychiatric and Addiction Services of Southern New Jersey. My staff and I provide traditional psychiatric care, evaluations, medication monitoring, and therapy for psychiatric patients as well as addicted, substance abusing individuals. Our goal has always been to use the best, safest and most cost effective treatments in order to get people back to their lives as quickly as possible. Some of the psychiatric conditions that we treat are agoraphobia, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, opiate addiction and other substance abuse.
I am Chief Psychiatrist at PASSNJ, Psychiatric and Addiction Services of Southern New Jersey. My staff and I provide traditional psychiatric care, evaluations, medication monitoring, and therapy for psychiatric patients as well as addicted, substance abusing individuals. Our goal has always been to use the best, safest and most cost effective treatments in order to get people back to their lives as quickly as possible. Some of the psychiatric conditions that we treat are agoraphobia, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, opiate addiction and other substance abuse.
(856) 291-5051 View (856) 291-5051
Photo of Ernestina Archer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington County, NJ
Ernestina Archer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
I am a dual Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of healthcare experience. I attended Chamberlain University, where I received my Degree In Family Nurse Practitioner, and was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Foundation of the Phi Pi Chapter in 2017. I also went ahead and graduated with my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023, with the zeal to help with the Mental Health and addiction crisis in the world now. I have worked in diverse fields while on the journey to complete my academic achievements.
I am a dual Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of healthcare experience. I attended Chamberlain University, where I received my Degree In Family Nurse Practitioner, and was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Foundation of the Phi Pi Chapter in 2017. I also went ahead and graduated with my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2023, with the zeal to help with the Mental Health and addiction crisis in the world now. I have worked in diverse fields while on the journey to complete my academic achievements.
(856) 636-4116 View (856) 636-4116

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Number of Psychiatrists in Burlington County, NJ

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Burlington County, NJ who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
91% Depression
77% Bipolar Disorder
76% Medication Management
70% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Trauma and PTSD
64% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Burlington County, NJ see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Burlington County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.