Psychiatrists in Clark County, NV

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Photo of ReNewing Health & Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clark County, NV
ReNewing Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Dr. Keesha is experienced in the mental health care field, offering personalized and compassionate solutions that promote your holistic well-being. We aim to break down barriers and debunk myths surrounding mental health by fostering understanding, empathy, and support. With a dedicated team of professionals, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment where individuals feel empowered to seek help and support without fear of judgment or stigma. We cater our services to pediatrics, adolescents, and adults. Our goal is to remove the stigma and normalize mental health care for everyone, especially black and brown patients.
Dr. Keesha is experienced in the mental health care field, offering personalized and compassionate solutions that promote your holistic well-being. We aim to break down barriers and debunk myths surrounding mental health by fostering understanding, empathy, and support. With a dedicated team of professionals, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment where individuals feel empowered to seek help and support without fear of judgment or stigma. We cater our services to pediatrics, adolescents, and adults. Our goal is to remove the stigma and normalize mental health care for everyone, especially black and brown patients.
(702) 766-9868 x100 View (702) 766-9868 x100
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Trivita Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Henderson, NV 89052  (Online Only)
Online, holistic, Telepsychiatry visits for Children, Adolescents and Adults in the states of Nevada, New Mexico, California and Montana. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. While comfortable with treating all psychiatric disorders, my specialties include anxiety, depression, stress, OCD, PTSD, binge/emotional eating, and insomnia. I also use the the Sinclair method for alcohol cessation and am well versed in mild cognitive impairment and the Bredesen protocol for brain health. Additionally, I often discuss relationships, life transitions, emotional challenges among oth
Online, holistic, Telepsychiatry visits for Children, Adolescents and Adults in the states of Nevada, New Mexico, California and Montana. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. While comfortable with treating all psychiatric disorders, my specialties include anxiety, depression, stress, OCD, PTSD, binge/emotional eating, and insomnia. I also use the the Sinclair method for alcohol cessation and am well versed in mild cognitive impairment and the Bredesen protocol for brain health. Additionally, I often discuss relationships, life transitions, emotional challenges among oth
(702) 819-7489 View (702) 819-7489
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Onyekachi Emereuwaonu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-CN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Onyekachi is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She started her nursing career when her last baby was five years old and in kindergarten as an Associate Degree Nurse working at a Post-partum unit in 2007. She eventually returned to school for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Grand Canyon University and Master of Science in Nursing at Maryville University while working as a Nurse Leader in the Neuro unit of another hospital in the metropolitan area of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Onyekachi is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She started her nursing career when her last baby was five years old and in kindergarten as an Associate Degree Nurse working at a Post-partum unit in 2007. She eventually returned to school for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Grand Canyon University and Master of Science in Nursing at Maryville University while working as a Nurse Leader in the Neuro unit of another hospital in the metropolitan area of Las Vegas, Nevada.
(725) 900-9787 View (725) 900-9787
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Progressive Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD, PA-C, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89146
We are a leading psychiatric clinic that is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate mental health care to our patients. Our clinic is dedicated to improving the lives of our patients through evidence-based treatments and therapies, cutting-edge research, and personalized care. At Progressive Psychiatric Services, we understand that mental health conditions can be complex and often require individualized treatment plans. That's why we offer a range of services, including medication management, therapy, Suboxone/Buprenorphine/Subutex, and innovative treatments such as TMS and Esketamine (Spravato ; nasal spray). We proudly serve our Veterans.
We are a leading psychiatric clinic that is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate mental health care to our patients. Our clinic is dedicated to improving the lives of our patients through evidence-based treatments and therapies, cutting-edge research, and personalized care. At Progressive Psychiatric Services, we understand that mental health conditions can be complex and often require individualized treatment plans. That's why we offer a range of services, including medication management, therapy, Suboxone/Buprenorphine/Subutex, and innovative treatments such as TMS and Esketamine (Spravato ; nasal spray). We proudly serve our Veterans.
(702) 800-4565 View (702) 800-4565
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Hagop Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89110
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) 447-0341 View (702) 447-0341
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Sam Zand
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89103
We haven’t met yet, but when we do, please trust that you are in good hands. It is my absolute pleasure to assist in your care. Whether you are new to mental health or you’ve been working on improving yourself for a while, it is my mission to help you achieve mental clarity, inner peace, and overall happiness. Although my training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, our work together will cover all aspects of your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
We haven’t met yet, but when we do, please trust that you are in good hands. It is my absolute pleasure to assist in your care. Whether you are new to mental health or you’ve been working on improving yourself for a while, it is my mission to help you achieve mental clarity, inner peace, and overall happiness. Although my training is in general psychiatry, addiction recovery, and psychotherapy, our work together will cover all aspects of your mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
(702) 710-0042 View (702) 710-0042
Photo of Arbor Wellness, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clark County, NV
Arbor Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Do you struggle with overhelming anxiety, depression, or the lingering effects of trauma that significantly impact your day-to-day life and relationships? Ever feel worn out and overwhelmed, just trying to make it through the day, wondering if there's any light at the end of the tunnel? Do you find yourself hoping that things could get better? If you're thinking life could be better, you're not alone. Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and unsure about how to manage their relationships, careers, and life in general. Neglecting your own needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues.
Do you struggle with overhelming anxiety, depression, or the lingering effects of trauma that significantly impact your day-to-day life and relationships? Ever feel worn out and overwhelmed, just trying to make it through the day, wondering if there's any light at the end of the tunnel? Do you find yourself hoping that things could get better? If you're thinking life could be better, you're not alone. Now more than ever, people are feeling anxious, overwhelmed and unsure about how to manage their relationships, careers, and life in general. Neglecting your own needs and not taking time for yourself can lead to long-term issues.
(702) 830-9588 View (702) 830-9588
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Ngozi Ugwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Mental health is a balance between our emotions (feeling), Cognition (thinking) and Behavior (how we act). It is very important to maintain a balance to experience a quality life. We are all going through a very tough time and have been affected one way or the other. The good news is, there is help out there, so you do not have to feel alone or hopeless. Call our office today to get help with your emotions, thoughts and unstable behavior.
Mental health is a balance between our emotions (feeling), Cognition (thinking) and Behavior (how we act). It is very important to maintain a balance to experience a quality life. We are all going through a very tough time and have been affected one way or the other. The good news is, there is help out there, so you do not have to feel alone or hopeless. Call our office today to get help with your emotions, thoughts and unstable behavior.
(725) 500-0361 View (725) 500-0361
Photo of Ryan Scott Ratheal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clark County, NV
Ryan Scott Ratheal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89074  (Online Only)
Immediate Availability! Currently accepting Aetna, Cigna, Optum, UMR, UHC, Medicaid and Medicare. More insurances are coming soon. Ryan is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment with our patients, prioritizing the importance of listening to their concerns and exploring a variety of treatment options together. Our clinic is proud to offer a comprehensive range of services, including diagnostic assessments, medication management, and brief supportive therapy, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Immediate Availability! Currently accepting Aetna, Cigna, Optum, UMR, UHC, Medicaid and Medicare. More insurances are coming soon. Ryan is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment with our patients, prioritizing the importance of listening to their concerns and exploring a variety of treatment options together. Our clinic is proud to offer a comprehensive range of services, including diagnostic assessments, medication management, and brief supportive therapy, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.
(702) 508-7572 View (702) 508-7572
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Dustin Bui
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Dr. Bui is a recent 2022 graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Psychiatry Residency where he served as Chief resident in his final year. He has practiced in various settings including outpatient, inpatient, consult-liaison, addiction rehabilitation, and Telepsychiatry. He is experienced in treating a multitude of mental health illness using pharmacological and psychothearpy modalities.
Dr. Bui is a recent 2022 graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas Psychiatry Residency where he served as Chief resident in his final year. He has practiced in various settings including outpatient, inpatient, consult-liaison, addiction rehabilitation, and Telepsychiatry. He is experienced in treating a multitude of mental health illness using pharmacological and psychothearpy modalities.
(702) 473-1994 View (702) 473-1994
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Gregory P Brown, MD, Prof Corp
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89014
The ideal client has motivation to give them the energy and focus to truly work with and on the problems that bring them for care. The ability to discuss life issues and symptoms is key to understanding and change. While treating anxiety and depression, a great goal is a focus on achieving more in life rather than simply the removal of symptoms. 7th Path Self Hypnosis training is included as part of sessions as a means of self work to be done between sessions, which is a unique form of insight generating self hypnosis.
The ideal client has motivation to give them the energy and focus to truly work with and on the problems that bring them for care. The ability to discuss life issues and symptoms is key to understanding and change. While treating anxiety and depression, a great goal is a focus on achieving more in life rather than simply the removal of symptoms. 7th Path Self Hypnosis training is included as part of sessions as a means of self work to be done between sessions, which is a unique form of insight generating self hypnosis.
(702) 941-6959 View (702) 941-6959
Photo of Leesha Bitto, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clark County, NV
Leesha Bitto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89129  (Online Only)
To my future patients. Sometimes we need someone's ear to listen and to hear us. Sometimes we need to be able to vent frustrations in a safe space. Sometimes we need to feel as though we can be our authentic selves without judgement. Sometimes we need a compass to help guide us to the path we desire. Your needs and goals are my priorities, together within a therapeutic relationship, I will assist you to achieve your treatment goals.
To my future patients. Sometimes we need someone's ear to listen and to hear us. Sometimes we need to be able to vent frustrations in a safe space. Sometimes we need to feel as though we can be our authentic selves without judgement. Sometimes we need a compass to help guide us to the path we desire. Your needs and goals are my priorities, together within a therapeutic relationship, I will assist you to achieve your treatment goals.
(702) 842-2615 View (702) 842-2615
Photo of Hagop Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clark County, NV
Hagop Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89103
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) 276-8320 View (702) 276-8320
Photo of Rachel Clark, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Clark County, NV
Rachel Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89102  (Online Only)
Hi! I am so glad you are here. I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for help, but you took the first step, and I am excited to meet you. My role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner allows me the opportunity to walk with you in whatever stage of life you are currently in. I believe in meeting people where they are at and working towards realistic goals together.
Hi! I am so glad you are here. I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for help, but you took the first step, and I am excited to meet you. My role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner allows me the opportunity to walk with you in whatever stage of life you are currently in. I believe in meeting people where they are at and working towards realistic goals together.
(725) 208-5237 View (725) 208-5237
Photo of Desert Blossom Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Clark County, NV
Desert Blossom Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Las Vegas, NV 89103  (Online Only)
Desert Blossom Psychiatry was started from the belief that humans are able to create beauty and peace in the face of hardship and pain, like flowers growing in the harsh desert. Our clients are people who are trying to make changes, but perhaps aren't sure how or find that their past experiences are keeping them from moving on. Many are in the process of navigating changes and transitions: dealing with loss, figuring out who they are, reinventing themselves, finding fulfillment with their work, or even simply trying to survive until bedtime. We want to provide a space to process all of that to help you move forward.
Desert Blossom Psychiatry was started from the belief that humans are able to create beauty and peace in the face of hardship and pain, like flowers growing in the harsh desert. Our clients are people who are trying to make changes, but perhaps aren't sure how or find that their past experiences are keeping them from moving on. Many are in the process of navigating changes and transitions: dealing with loss, figuring out who they are, reinventing themselves, finding fulfillment with their work, or even simply trying to survive until bedtime. We want to provide a space to process all of that to help you move forward.
(702) 508-7335 View (702) 508-7335
Tanner Healthcare Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, FNP-C, MSN
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Are you experiencing any sadness, anxiety, PTSD, mood swings, anger, stress, grief, low self-esteem, or loneliness, etc. ? If so, seek help today! We will use clinical expertise to develop an individualized care plan to meet your needs. Accepting new patients, while providing convenient services via telehealth. Call today to begin an individualized, evidence-based treatment plan to accommodate your mental health concerns. Let's get you on the path to improving your lifestyle and quality of life..
Are you experiencing any sadness, anxiety, PTSD, mood swings, anger, stress, grief, low self-esteem, or loneliness, etc. ? If so, seek help today! We will use clinical expertise to develop an individualized care plan to meet your needs. Accepting new patients, while providing convenient services via telehealth. Call today to begin an individualized, evidence-based treatment plan to accommodate your mental health concerns. Let's get you on the path to improving your lifestyle and quality of life..
(725) 208-5213 x89103 View (725) 208-5213 x89103
Photo of John Reitano, Psychiatrist in Clark County, NV
John Reitano
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Dr. John Reitano, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist trained at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. He has 25 years of experience treating patients in all types of settings including private practice, community mental health, inpatient, couples, and family therapy as well as unique situations involving family businesses and the workplace.
Dr. John Reitano, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist trained at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania. He has 25 years of experience treating patients in all types of settings including private practice, community mental health, inpatient, couples, and family therapy as well as unique situations involving family businesses and the workplace.
(725) 696-9240 View (725) 696-9240
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Faisal A Suba
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Dr. Suba completed his residency training in Psychiatry from the University of Nevada School of Medicine where he served as Chief resident of his program. He is board certified by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Suba is currently on faculty with the UNLV School of Medicine where he received the faculty of the year award in 2013, 2014, and 2016 from the Department of Psychiatry. He is adjunct faculty at Touro University in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Suba has previously served as President of the Las Vegas branch of Nevada Psychiatric Association. Currently he serves as Medical Director of MonteVista hospital.
Dr. Suba completed his residency training in Psychiatry from the University of Nevada School of Medicine where he served as Chief resident of his program. He is board certified by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Suba is currently on faculty with the UNLV School of Medicine where he received the faculty of the year award in 2013, 2014, and 2016 from the Department of Psychiatry. He is adjunct faculty at Touro University in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Suba has previously served as President of the Las Vegas branch of Nevada Psychiatric Association. Currently he serves as Medical Director of MonteVista hospital.
(702) 919-7516 View (702) 919-7516
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TeleMind
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(800) 341-3083 View (800) 341-3083
Photo of David Linden, Psychiatrist in Clark County, NV
David Linden
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Las Vegas, NV 89107
My mission is to help families find solutions to life's challenges & assist in finding healthier ways to achieve a happier life. Specializing in affordable psychiatry & pain management services,I'll work with your family to do this. I also work with chronic pain patients understanding that 30-40% of chronic pain patients are also dealing with depression & the side effects of constant pain. We will discuss & work through those deep issues that may be at the core of your chronic pain.
My mission is to help families find solutions to life's challenges & assist in finding healthier ways to achieve a happier life. Specializing in affordable psychiatry & pain management services,I'll work with your family to do this. I also work with chronic pain patients understanding that 30-40% of chronic pain patients are also dealing with depression & the side effects of constant pain. We will discuss & work through those deep issues that may be at the core of your chronic pain.
(702) 919-5839 View (702) 919-5839

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Number of Psychiatrists in Clark County, NV

200+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Clark County, NV who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
85% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
81% ADHD
78% Medication Management
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Cigna and Evernorth
85% Aetna
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Clark County, NV see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

65% Female
35% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clark 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.