Psychiatrists in Albuquerque, NM

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Nonye Nwokoro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albuquerque, NM 87109  (Online Only)
Nonye Nwokoro is an experienced, board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Ms. Nwokoro is available by telehealth only and provides service to teens and adults (no clients under 12 years old). She specializes in diagnosing and treating Mood disorders, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Major Depression, Psychotic disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, Substance abuse and Dependency and other Mental health conditions. She is flexible in accommodating clients’ needs.
Nonye Nwokoro is an experienced, board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Ms. Nwokoro is available by telehealth only and provides service to teens and adults (no clients under 12 years old). She specializes in diagnosing and treating Mood disorders, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Major Depression, Psychotic disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, Substance abuse and Dependency and other Mental health conditions. She is flexible in accommodating clients’ needs.
(505) 393-6721 View (505) 393-6721
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Sound Mynd PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87122  (Online Only)
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life and unable to cope? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. You won't wait long to see me; we can even meet online (Telehealth). I strive to offer a non-judgmental and healing space for you to make the changes you want. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life and unable to cope? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Depression, OCD, PTSD, and Schizophrenia. You won't wait long to see me; we can even meet online (Telehealth). I strive to offer a non-judgmental and healing space for you to make the changes you want. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
(505) 393-7673 View (505) 393-7673
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Jennifer Foresman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87113  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to overcome your mental illness? Are you suffering from persistent feelings of sadness, chaotic mood swings, or debilitating anxiety? You might not remember a time when you didn’t feel this way. You are desperate for relief but beginning to wonder if there is hope of feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider with the experience and knowledge to manage challenging chronic symptoms, because mental health treatment does not need to be a constant unconquerable quest.
(307) 206-0954 View (307) 206-0954
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Caroline Cruz-Ortiz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87109  (Online Only)
Dr. Cruz-Ortiz is a board-certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She is passionate about improving patient’s mental health from age 18 to 100. She believes improving mental health is a journey that involves improving our social connections, our nutrition, exercise and sleep routines and may involve adding pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions when needed. Dr. Cruz-Ortiz is experienced in working with adults, women throughout their pregnancies and older age adults.
Dr. Cruz-Ortiz is a board-certified psychiatrist in general psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She is passionate about improving patient’s mental health from age 18 to 100. She believes improving mental health is a journey that involves improving our social connections, our nutrition, exercise and sleep routines and may involve adding pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions when needed. Dr. Cruz-Ortiz is experienced in working with adults, women throughout their pregnancies and older age adults.
(505) 806-1897 View (505) 806-1897
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Southwest Integrated Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Do you or someone you know struggle with depression that has not responded to medications? TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) may be the answer! Deep TMS (dTMS) is a revolutionary depression treatment that has changed the field of mental healthcare, dTMS has been FDA-cleared to safely and effectively treat Major Depressive Disorder through BrainsWay’s patented H-coil technology. Brainsway TMS has been shown to successfully decrease depression 50% or more in 75% patients! Southwest Integrated Behavioral Health is currently accepting new patients for TMS with immediate openings!
Do you or someone you know struggle with depression that has not responded to medications? TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) may be the answer! Deep TMS (dTMS) is a revolutionary depression treatment that has changed the field of mental healthcare, dTMS has been FDA-cleared to safely and effectively treat Major Depressive Disorder through BrainsWay’s patented H-coil technology. Brainsway TMS has been shown to successfully decrease depression 50% or more in 75% patients! Southwest Integrated Behavioral Health is currently accepting new patients for TMS with immediate openings!
(505) 502-4438 View (505) 502-4438
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Sandia Vista Psychiatric-Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Desiree Provencio is a doctoral prepared board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner born and raised in Northern New Mexico. She came from humble beginnings and is dedicated to serving the mental health needs of the local community. Dr. Provencio has over 10 years of experience working in the field of psychiatry. She has a wide range of psychiatric experience working with children and adolescents, individuals with developmental disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, and adults with all mental health needs.
Desiree Provencio is a doctoral prepared board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner born and raised in Northern New Mexico. She came from humble beginnings and is dedicated to serving the mental health needs of the local community. Dr. Provencio has over 10 years of experience working in the field of psychiatry. She has a wide range of psychiatric experience working with children and adolescents, individuals with developmental disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, and adults with all mental health needs.
(505) 421-7954 View (505) 421-7954
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BeeWell Medical Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87110
As a dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion for providing holistic care, I am committed to empowering individuals on their journey towards mental wellness. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and evidence-based practices, ensuring that each client receives personalized treatment that meets their unique needs. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be daunting, and I want to assure you that you are not alone on this path.
As a dedicated psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a passion for providing holistic care, I am committed to empowering individuals on their journey towards mental wellness. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and evidence-based practices, ensuring that each client receives personalized treatment that meets their unique needs. I understand that seeking help for mental health concerns can be daunting, and I want to assure you that you are not alone on this path.
(505) 560-8922 View (505) 560-8922
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Blissful Minds, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87111  (Online Only)
Opeyemi (Opey) Ojo is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 9 years experience managing mental health conditions in multiple settings. Opey enjoys providing counseling and medication management of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, anger, women's mental health, and obesity, among many others. She is passionate about removing barriers to accessing quality healthcare by creating awareness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Opey believes in empowering patients with evidence- based strategies so they can live life in its fullness.
Opeyemi (Opey) Ojo is a dual board-certified doctorate prepared family and psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 9 years experience managing mental health conditions in multiple settings. Opey enjoys providing counseling and medication management of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, anger, women's mental health, and obesity, among many others. She is passionate about removing barriers to accessing quality healthcare by creating awareness and reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Opey believes in empowering patients with evidence- based strategies so they can live life in its fullness.
(505) 715-6702 View (505) 715-6702
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albuquerque, NM 87121  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(505) 437-4925 View (505) 437-4925
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Complete Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87121
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We offer onsite and telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. We are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We offer onsite and telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. We are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
(505) 421-6282 View (505) 421-6282
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87102  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurance.
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting Optum/UHC/UBH insurance.
(505) 300-2967 View (505) 300-2967
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Faith Integrated Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87120
You're our ideal client if you are trying to find a lasting solution for depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, or ADHD and you are willing to leverage multiple medical, psychological, and faith (holistic) interventions for total healing. Dr. Joy Kwakuyi is the Founder and Lead Provider at Faith Integrated Psychiatry. He is the bestselling author of "The Ultimate Cure for Depression: Leveraging Science and Faith for Total Healing" and "Ultimate Fulfillment." He is a highly-rated Mood Disorders Specialist, Life Coach, and Christian Minister. He works mostly with professionals via TELEMEDICINE.
You're our ideal client if you are trying to find a lasting solution for depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, or ADHD and you are willing to leverage multiple medical, psychological, and faith (holistic) interventions for total healing. Dr. Joy Kwakuyi is the Founder and Lead Provider at Faith Integrated Psychiatry. He is the bestselling author of "The Ultimate Cure for Depression: Leveraging Science and Faith for Total Healing" and "Ultimate Fulfillment." He is a highly-rated Mood Disorders Specialist, Life Coach, and Christian Minister. He works mostly with professionals via TELEMEDICINE.
(505) 240-8650 View (505) 240-8650
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Psych Care Anywhere
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Currently offering same week appointments! I am passionate about helping those who are ready to take positive steps towards improving their lives. If you are experiencing challenges with your mental health, know that you are not alone and that there is hope for recovery. I offer online appointments in the comfort of your own home, where we can work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medication management and brief therapy sessions. My goal is to provide the same high-quality care that you would receive in an in-office visit, with a focus on patient-centered and individualized treatment.
Currently offering same week appointments! I am passionate about helping those who are ready to take positive steps towards improving their lives. If you are experiencing challenges with your mental health, know that you are not alone and that there is hope for recovery. I offer online appointments in the comfort of your own home, where we can work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medication management and brief therapy sessions. My goal is to provide the same high-quality care that you would receive in an in-office visit, with a focus on patient-centered and individualized treatment.
(505) 390-1362 View (505) 390-1362
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Shannon Starkey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Not accepting new clients
I work with adults, adolescents, and children experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and developmental challenges, as well as a wide range of other concerns. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management services through telehealth and in-person visits. I also offer guidance in mindfulness meditation.
I work with adults, adolescents, and children experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and developmental challenges, as well as a wide range of other concerns. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management services through telehealth and in-person visits. I also offer guidance in mindfulness meditation.
(505) 657-8734 View (505) 657-8734
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Marcus L Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albuquerque, NM 87102
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN DAYS! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, body image, weight management, mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AND APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN DAYS! Have you been struggling with depression, grief, anxiety, ADHD, body image, weight management, mood fluctuations or perceptual disturbances and find that life has been increasingly difficult to cope with? Have you tried to seek advice from family members, friends and spiritual counselors, to no avail? You can overcome these struggles, with the right tools and I am here to help, using an unbiased approach. I draw from a few traditional therapeutic techniques, in combination with medication management, to create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
(505) 390-8943 x102 View (505) 390-8943 x102
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Yvonne Amune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87102
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
(505) 560-0301 View (505) 560-0301
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Stela Middleton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albuquerque, NM 87111
I am a board-certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner with a private practice in Albuquerque. I treat a wide variety of mental health conditions, such as bipolar, depression, anxiety disorder, ADHD, psychotic disorders, trauma-related disorders, and substance use disorders.
I am a board-certified psychiatric and family nurse practitioner with a private practice in Albuquerque. I treat a wide variety of mental health conditions, such as bipolar, depression, anxiety disorder, ADHD, psychotic disorders, trauma-related disorders, and substance use disorders.
(505) 658-0122 View (505) 658-0122
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Shelley Byrd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87113  (Online Only)
100% ONLINE- all virtual appointments. I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders. I believe in practicing holistically and include my patients in their treatment plan by setting mutual goals and educating patients on their diagnosis and treatment plan. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, observation, and intuition.
100% ONLINE- all virtual appointments. I am a board-certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults with a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders. I believe in practicing holistically and include my patients in their treatment plan by setting mutual goals and educating patients on their diagnosis and treatment plan. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, observation, and intuition.
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Amethyst Psychiatry &Wellness Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87102  (Online Only)
I am an active listener,compassionate,caring and I have respect for human dignity.I believe in safe practice,honesty ,accountability and integrity.I believe in Patient Centered Approach,Positive Reinforcement,Holistic care and solution Oriented approach .Active listening strengthens both my patient and myself .Every patient is special and Unique in their own way .
I am an active listener,compassionate,caring and I have respect for human dignity.I believe in safe practice,honesty ,accountability and integrity.I believe in Patient Centered Approach,Positive Reinforcement,Holistic care and solution Oriented approach .Active listening strengthens both my patient and myself .Every patient is special and Unique in their own way .
(505) 594-4589 View (505) 594-4589
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Njideka Domrufus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
(505) 309-3856 View (505) 309-3856

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Number of Psychiatrists in Albuquerque, NM

100+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Albuquerque, NM who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
91% Anxiety
78% Medication Management
75% Bipolar Disorder
69% Trauma and PTSD
64% ADHD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Cigna and Evernorth
78% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
77% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Albuquerque, NM see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Albuquerque?

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.