Psychiatrists in Henderson, NV

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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
(702) 276-6834 View (702) 276-6834
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Shift Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRNFNP, PMHNP, CNP, BC
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052
My personal goal is to shift the stigma of mental health. Provide services to rethink how we treat and manage mental health. My current practice is in Oklahoma I like to state I work to put myself out of business; meaning I want to see people get to their best self . The outcomes in my practice have been positive, let me assist you in a treatment plan where you are empowered in your care.
My personal goal is to shift the stigma of mental health. Provide services to rethink how we treat and manage mental health. My current practice is in Oklahoma I like to state I work to put myself out of business; meaning I want to see people get to their best self . The outcomes in my practice have been positive, let me assist you in a treatment plan where you are empowered in your care.
(702) 779-7092 View (702) 779-7092
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Bethany Heath
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052  (Online Only)
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
(702) 803-3124 View (702) 803-3124
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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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Joshua Sussal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052  (Online Only)
I have been in practice for over sixteen years treating Child, Adolescents and Adult in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. Being Board Certified in both Child and Adolescents and General Psychiatry allows for me to have deeper understanding of where we come shapes who we are. Every experience a person has matters and each individual needs to be appreciated from their perspective to help them reach the goals they set for themselves.
I have been in practice for over sixteen years treating Child, Adolescents and Adult in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. Being Board Certified in both Child and Adolescents and General Psychiatry allows for me to have deeper understanding of where we come shapes who we are. Every experience a person has matters and each individual needs to be appreciated from their perspective to help them reach the goals they set for themselves.
(702) 930-3040 View (702) 930-3040
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Vanessa Parker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, MA, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052
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
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Behavioral Health Solutions
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052  (Online Only)
***IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY*** Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
***IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY*** Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
(725) 226-3505 View (725) 226-3505
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Dr. Mitchell Galerkin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89012
Dr. Galerkin is a board certified psychiatrist proudly serving the mental health community for over 29 years. His compassionate demeanor and medical expertise create a trusting environment for patients to discuss both their challenges and successes on their journey to mental wellness.
Dr. Galerkin is a board certified psychiatrist proudly serving the mental health community for over 29 years. His compassionate demeanor and medical expertise create a trusting environment for patients to discuss both their challenges and successes on their journey to mental wellness.
(702) 832-2001 x1 View (702) 832-2001 x1
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Dr. Wally Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89011
Dr. Wally Joseph is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). He completed his Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Azusa Pacific University. He is welcoming new members in person or via video appointment. He specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and treatment for ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. He focuses on medication management in combination with psycho-education. Please, visit www.essentialclinicnv.com
Dr. Wally Joseph is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). He completed his Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Azusa Pacific University. He is welcoming new members in person or via video appointment. He specializes in providing psychiatric evaluation and treatment for ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. He focuses on medication management in combination with psycho-education. Please, visit www.essentialclinicnv.com
(702) 842-1547 View (702) 842-1547
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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
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Nevada Mental Care Llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89015
Nevada Mental Care LLC is a psychiatric nurse practitioner-run practice focused on effective individualized care utilizing evidence-based practices and guidelines. We stay committed to our patients’ journeys to recovery. Services include psychiatric evaluation, medication prescription and management as well as brief counselling. Nnenna Olubajo is the provider and a graduate of the highly esteemed University of Southern Indiana. She is ANCC board certified and has expertise in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric symptoms in children, adults and older adults. We are available to serve you and your family! Call us!
Nevada Mental Care LLC is a psychiatric nurse practitioner-run practice focused on effective individualized care utilizing evidence-based practices and guidelines. We stay committed to our patients’ journeys to recovery. Services include psychiatric evaluation, medication prescription and management as well as brief counselling. Nnenna Olubajo is the provider and a graduate of the highly esteemed University of Southern Indiana. She is ANCC board certified and has expertise in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric symptoms in children, adults and older adults. We are available to serve you and your family! Call us!
(702) 605-7358 View (702) 605-7358
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Hope Psychiatric Consultants PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89074  (Online Only)
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctor of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctor of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
(702) 941-6924 View (702) 941-6924
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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
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Shahrnaz Mashkoor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Henderson, NV 89014
Have you been afflicted with anxiety, depression, and mood swings for as long as you can remember? Do you forget what it feels like to be normal? Do you no longer find joy in anything you do? Do you feel alone and isolated? Are you a busy professional running on an empty tank? Do you have parenting guilt because of your mental health? It does not have to be this way. You do not need to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs just to survive. There is a better way. There is a scientific way. It works and has worked for so many of my patients. If you are ready to reconnect with the real you and with life, we are a good match.
Have you been afflicted with anxiety, depression, and mood swings for as long as you can remember? Do you forget what it feels like to be normal? Do you no longer find joy in anything you do? Do you feel alone and isolated? Are you a busy professional running on an empty tank? Do you have parenting guilt because of your mental health? It does not have to be this way. You do not need to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs just to survive. There is a better way. There is a scientific way. It works and has worked for so many of my patients. If you are ready to reconnect with the real you and with life, we are a good match.
(725) 237-3865 View (725) 237-3865
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Persia the Psych NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89015  (Online Only)
Feeling drained, stressed, and overwhelmed with everyday life? Struggling to balance work and family? Do you have a tendency to procrastinate, frequently forget appointments, and miss important deadlines? If this resonates with you, you might be wondering, "What steps can I take?" Now is the time to connect with a specialist and reclaim your life. I offer personalized mental health care focused specifically on your needs. From diagnosing and treating mental health conditions to providing education and prescribing medications, I'm here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can restore balance and well-being to your life.
Feeling drained, stressed, and overwhelmed with everyday life? Struggling to balance work and family? Do you have a tendency to procrastinate, frequently forget appointments, and miss important deadlines? If this resonates with you, you might be wondering, "What steps can I take?" Now is the time to connect with a specialist and reclaim your life. I offer personalized mental health care focused specifically on your needs. From diagnosing and treating mental health conditions to providing education and prescribing medications, I'm here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can restore balance and well-being to your life.
(702) 935-5583 View (702) 935-5583
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Christian Louis Domingo Coronel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Henderson, NV 89012  (Online Only)
Christian Coronel is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is able to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and more. He is passionate about helping others overcome the struggles and challenges they face regarding their mental health.
Christian Coronel is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is able to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and more. He is passionate about helping others overcome the struggles and challenges they face regarding their mental health.
(702) 357-4503 View (702) 357-4503
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Ki Kurtz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. My interest in practicing psychiatry stems from a passion and desire to form meaningful connections with other people. Building self-esteem, increasing resilience, and expanding personal development are all involved in my daily work with patients.
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. My interest in practicing psychiatry stems from a passion and desire to form meaningful connections with other people. Building self-esteem, increasing resilience, and expanding personal development are all involved in my daily work with patients.
(702) 508-7492 View (702) 508-7492
Ingrid Rivera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Henderson, NV 89052
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
Immediate Availability! Behavioral Health Solutions is accepting new patients for medication consultation, suboxone treatment and other psychiatry needs. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma or other concerns that keep you from progressing in life? Here at Behavioral Health Solutions, our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists are experienced and caring. We would love to help you understand how to address your concerns. We provide a safe environment that allows you to discuss your problems without feeling shame or judgement. Your help is just an email or phone call away!
(725) 237-3255 View (725) 237-3255
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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
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Mindspark Health
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Henderson, NV

60+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Henderson, NV who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
90% Depression
90% Bipolar Disorder
87% ADHD
84% Medication Management
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
89% Aetna
84% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Henderson, NV see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Henderson?

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.