Psychiatrists in Boulder City, NV

Photo of Vanessa Parker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder City, NV
Vanessa Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, MA, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Boulder City, NV 89005
Full-service psychiatric practice offering consultations, evaluations, medication management, outpatient detox, biofeedback, and brief CBT for anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, conduct disorders, and a host of other disorders. Also offers Botox treatment for chronic migraines, Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression, and Suboxone for opioid replacement therapy. Ages 5 to 100+. Most insurances accepted. Las Vegas and Henderson locations
Full-service psychiatric practice offering consultations, evaluations, medication management, outpatient detox, biofeedback, and brief CBT for anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, conduct disorders, and a host of other disorders. Also offers Botox treatment for chronic migraines, Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression, and Suboxone for opioid replacement therapy. Ages 5 to 100+. Most insurances accepted. Las Vegas and Henderson locations
(315) 304-3871 View (315) 304-3871
Photo of Dr. Ashly J. Koehler, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder City, NV
Dr. Ashly J. Koehler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Boulder City, NV 89005
I am accepting new clients. Do you need an empathetic ear to listen and address your needs? Developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with my clients is a priority and privilege. I am doctorate prepared mental health practitioner with extensive experience in managing acute and chronic mental health conditions. I graduated with my doctorate and mental health certification from Frontier Nursing University, Kentucky.
I am accepting new clients. Do you need an empathetic ear to listen and address your needs? Developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with my clients is a priority and privilege. I am doctorate prepared mental health practitioner with extensive experience in managing acute and chronic mental health conditions. I graduated with my doctorate and mental health certification from Frontier Nursing University, Kentucky.
(725) 213-8645 View (725) 213-8645

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Persia the Psych NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89015  (Online Only)
Persia Coleman emerges as a highly motivated professional thriving in dynamic environments, dedicated to delivering exceptional care to her patients. Boasting 12 years of expertise in psychiatric and mental health nursing, along with a Master of Science in Nursing and certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Persia is a reservoir of knowledge and proficiency in her domain. Her unwavering commitment to personalized, patient-centric care reflects her admirable qualities, setting her apart in the field.
Persia Coleman emerges as a highly motivated professional thriving in dynamic environments, dedicated to delivering exceptional care to her patients. Boasting 12 years of expertise in psychiatric and mental health nursing, along with a Master of Science in Nursing and certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Persia is a reservoir of knowledge and proficiency in her domain. Her unwavering commitment to personalized, patient-centric care reflects her admirable qualities, setting her apart in the field.
(702) 935-5583 View (702) 935-5583
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Southern Om Telepsychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89015
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Jared J. Carbone APRN, PMHNP-BC has worked in various settings including both state-run and private mental health outpatient facilities within the state of South Carolina. Jared has had extensive training as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Jared specializes in treating adult mood and other disorders including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and adult ADHD. Jared incorporates the use of natural over-the-counter remedies in addition to the use of medications for residents of SC.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Jared J. Carbone APRN, PMHNP-BC has worked in various settings including both state-run and private mental health outpatient facilities within the state of South Carolina. Jared has had extensive training as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Jared specializes in treating adult mood and other disorders including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and adult ADHD. Jared incorporates the use of natural over-the-counter remedies in addition to the use of medications for residents of SC.
(725) 226-4541 View (725) 226-4541
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Hagop Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Henderson, NV 89002
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(725) 900-2479 View (725) 900-2479
Photo of Sharon City Health & Wellness , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder City, NV
Sharon City Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89011
Integrated healthcare is the fusion of primary care and psychiatry. At Sharon City Health & Wellness, we understand that physical and mental health are not mutually exclusive but interdependent. We support our clients both physically and mentally to achieve optimum health. We are are primary care and psychiatry practice and we cater to anyone and every one. When we manage mental illness via medication therapy, we monitor and treat the physical ailments that occur as a result of the use of psychotropics. We are accessible every day and in every way. We offer consultation after hours and during the weekends. Give us a call today.
Integrated healthcare is the fusion of primary care and psychiatry. At Sharon City Health & Wellness, we understand that physical and mental health are not mutually exclusive but interdependent. We support our clients both physically and mentally to achieve optimum health. We are are primary care and psychiatry practice and we cater to anyone and every one. When we manage mental illness via medication therapy, we monitor and treat the physical ailments that occur as a result of the use of psychotropics. We are accessible every day and in every way. We offer consultation after hours and during the weekends. Give us a call today.
(702) 602-8766 View (702) 602-8766
Photo of Hagop Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder City, NV
Hagop Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Henderson, NV 89002
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(702) 276-6834 View (702) 276-6834
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder City, NV
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Henderson, NV 89002
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(702) 919-7144 View (702) 919-7144
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Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Henderson, NV 89015
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(702) 356-0560 View (702) 356-0560
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Freedom Psychiatry Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89110
Are you feeling worthless about your life or hopeless about your future? Are you feeling anxious and scared to be in a public place? Do you have trouble focusing much better on your task at work or in school? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. We treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic attack, bipolar disorder, and many more. We are currently Accepting new clients. We accept Anthem, BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, and United health insurance. Please, check out what other are saying about us at: provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
Are you feeling worthless about your life or hopeless about your future? Are you feeling anxious and scared to be in a public place? Do you have trouble focusing much better on your task at work or in school? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. We treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, panic attack, bipolar disorder, and many more. We are currently Accepting new clients. We accept Anthem, BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, and United health insurance. Please, check out what other are saying about us at: provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
(725) 226-4751 View (725) 226-4751
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Vegas Cares, LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89015
Services at Vegas Cares, are compassionate and results driven. We are focused on providing the most secure and supportive environment for our patients giving them the feeling that they can achieve everything they can hope for and beyond their expectations in our program. We serve Children, Adults, Couples and Families. We address symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, PTSD/Trauma, Family issues, At-Risk Youth and Behavioral Issues, Defiance, Anger, Impulsiveness and an array of human behavioral diagnoses’ . We strive to gain the best results and outcomes for our patients. Call for a free consultation. Appointments are available Monday-Saturday 702-741-1938 (call/text), 725-206-5434 (call/office) 775-537-4417 (text)
Services at Vegas Cares, are compassionate and results driven. We are focused on providing the most secure and supportive environment for our patients giving them the feeling that they can achieve everything they can hope for and beyond their expectations in our program. We serve Children, Adults, Couples and Families. We address symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, PTSD/Trauma, Family issues, At-Risk Youth and Behavioral Issues, Defiance, Anger, Impulsiveness and an array of human behavioral diagnoses’ . We strive to gain the best results and outcomes for our patients. Call for a free consultation. Appointments are available Monday-Saturday 702-741-1938 (call/text), 725-206-5434 (call/office) 775-537-4417 (text)
(725) 999-6192 View (725) 999-6192

Online Psychiatrists

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Prestige Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89144
My personal approach to understanding your mental health condition is what makes me different. I spend the extra time to understand and address these issues individually. To create the kind of practice I want for patients, I operate a “concierge-like” psychiatry practice, as opposed to an insurance-driven one. This allows me to focus on quality over quantity and on personalized service and accessibility over volume.
My personal approach to understanding your mental health condition is what makes me different. I spend the extra time to understand and address these issues individually. To create the kind of practice I want for patients, I operate a “concierge-like” psychiatry practice, as opposed to an insurance-driven one. This allows me to focus on quality over quantity and on personalized service and accessibility over volume.
(702) 887-1878 View (702) 887-1878
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Nevada Psych Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89119
I am Ofelia Esguerra, A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 3 years experience at Desert Parkway Behavioral and Healthcare Hospital treating patients with mental health disorders (ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia ) and substance abuse addiction.
I am Ofelia Esguerra, A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 3 years experience at Desert Parkway Behavioral and Healthcare Hospital treating patients with mental health disorders (ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia ) and substance abuse addiction.
(702) 903-2297 View (702) 903-2297
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Chidiogo Carole Nwokike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Dr. Chidiogo Nwokike is a compassionate and competent Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in treating individuals with mental illness. My Objective is to help my clients achieve overall wellness by offering treatments that produce desired results. I am attentive to my clients’ complaints and provide best-evidence based treatment. Mental health is more than just the absence of illness; hence, I utilized a holistic approach in treating my clients.
Dr. Chidiogo Nwokike is a compassionate and competent Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years of experience in treating individuals with mental illness. My Objective is to help my clients achieve overall wellness by offering treatments that produce desired results. I am attentive to my clients’ complaints and provide best-evidence based treatment. Mental health is more than just the absence of illness; hence, I utilized a holistic approach in treating my clients.
(702) 996-4256 View (702) 996-4256
Photo of Chika Okechukwu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder City, NV
Chika Okechukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Dr. Chika Okechukwu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Chika Okechukwu has more than 7 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner. She is involved in the management of various mental health and behavioral health conditions including, mood disorders, Attention deficit and Hyperactivity disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, Insomnia and substance use disorder. Every patient receives a personalized care plan after a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. She is passionate about patients having quick access to mental care.
Dr. Chika Okechukwu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Chika Okechukwu has more than 7 years experience as a Nurse Practitioner. She is involved in the management of various mental health and behavioral health conditions including, mood disorders, Attention deficit and Hyperactivity disorder, Generalized anxiety disorder, Insomnia and substance use disorder. Every patient receives a personalized care plan after a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. She is passionate about patients having quick access to mental care.
(702) 766-5696 View (702) 766-5696
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HarmonyCare Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89113  (Online Only)
In my practice, I often work with individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and more. I understand that seeking help is about more than just alleviating symptoms; it's about gaining a deeper understanding of oneself and one's mental well-being. I strive to be a compassionate and knowledgeable provider, actively listening to my clients and working collaboratively with them to create personalized treatment plans. My goal is to help my clients improve their mental health, enhance their quality of life, and develop coping strategies that empower them to navigate life's challenges.
In my practice, I often work with individuals facing a variety of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and more. I understand that seeking help is about more than just alleviating symptoms; it's about gaining a deeper understanding of oneself and one's mental well-being. I strive to be a compassionate and knowledgeable provider, actively listening to my clients and working collaboratively with them to create personalized treatment plans. My goal is to help my clients improve their mental health, enhance their quality of life, and develop coping strategies that empower them to navigate life's challenges.
(323) 843-9057 View (323) 843-9057
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Reza Goravanchi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Life is beautiful. Life is precious. Life is amazing. But life can also be stressful and tough. The trick is to learn how to face the hardships and accept them without allowing them to keep us down. I have found, that is where the struggle lies for most people. We all want to be happy and I try to help my patients achieve just that.
Life is beautiful. Life is precious. Life is amazing. But life can also be stressful and tough. The trick is to learn how to face the hardships and accept them without allowing them to keep us down. I have found, that is where the struggle lies for most people. We all want to be happy and I try to help my patients achieve just that.
(725) 208-5637 View (725) 208-5637
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Kelly L Fink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNPC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is struggling with various challenges at home, school, or in their social interactions. They may be experiencing mood issues such as persistent sadness, difficulty in forming connections with others, or frequent mood swings. Their needs encompass not only symptom relief but also a desire for understanding and validation. I provide a collaborative approach to addressing these concerns and are motivated to make positive changes in their lives. Ultimately, I will help them to regain a sense of stability, fulfillment, and well-being.
My ideal client is someone who is struggling with various challenges at home, school, or in their social interactions. They may be experiencing mood issues such as persistent sadness, difficulty in forming connections with others, or frequent mood swings. Their needs encompass not only symptom relief but also a desire for understanding and validation. I provide a collaborative approach to addressing these concerns and are motivated to make positive changes in their lives. Ultimately, I will help them to regain a sense of stability, fulfillment, and well-being.
(702) 710-8072 View (702) 710-8072
Photo of Roscelle Minoza, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder City, NV
Roscelle Minoza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89146
I am committed to deliver mental health care that is of high quality, empathetic, and accessible to Insured and Private-Pay Adults 18+ To promote mental health stabilization, safety and overall improvement of life quality. I offer care that is accessible through a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform at the convenience of your home or in-person appointments. While my background and expertise allow me to formulate a diagnosis based on data you provide; that is not my sole focus. I aim to target your specific symptoms and needs with respect to your comfort level and autonomy to make informed decisions on the proposed plan of care.
I am committed to deliver mental health care that is of high quality, empathetic, and accessible to Insured and Private-Pay Adults 18+ To promote mental health stabilization, safety and overall improvement of life quality. I offer care that is accessible through a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform at the convenience of your home or in-person appointments. While my background and expertise allow me to formulate a diagnosis based on data you provide; that is not my sole focus. I aim to target your specific symptoms and needs with respect to your comfort level and autonomy to make informed decisions on the proposed plan of care.
(702) 602-4683 View (702) 602-4683
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Boulder City, NV
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/NV
(702) 745-5589 View (702) 745-5589

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Number of Psychiatrists in Boulder City, NV

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Psychiatrists in Boulder City, NV who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Psychosis
100% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Boulder City, NV see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Boulder City?

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.