Psychiatrists in North Las Vegas, NV

Photo of Ebony Peterson, PMHNP, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ebony Peterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
Do you struggle managing meaningful relationships in your life? Do you often feel anxious and on edge? Do your thoughts feel like they are on a runaway train? Do you often feel sad and struggle to feel happy even when everything is going well in life? If this is you, we can work together to create a plan to help you get back on track in life. A plan to help you feel less anxious, depressed, lonely and to reduce the fatigue from the struggles you experience. Hello! I'm Ebony Peterson, a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I help individuals with mental health symptoms manage those symptoms mentioned above and many more.
Do you struggle managing meaningful relationships in your life? Do you often feel anxious and on edge? Do your thoughts feel like they are on a runaway train? Do you often feel sad and struggle to feel happy even when everything is going well in life? If this is you, we can work together to create a plan to help you get back on track in life. A plan to help you feel less anxious, depressed, lonely and to reduce the fatigue from the struggles you experience. Hello! I'm Ebony Peterson, a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I help individuals with mental health symptoms manage those symptoms mentioned above and many more.
(702) 596-9020 View (702) 596-9020
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Regency Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89081  (Online Only)
Nelson Kwowi, PMHNP- Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Psychiatry to serve pediatric, adolescent, and adult clients with mental health conditions. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Arlington and worked at JPS Hospital’s Department of Emergency Psychiatry for 5+ years. He then completed his Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Nelson has worked with clients experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, Schizophrenia, and addiction disorders. He focuses on providing compassionate and supportive care.
Nelson Kwowi, PMHNP- Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Psychiatry to serve pediatric, adolescent, and adult clients with mental health conditions. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Arlington and worked at JPS Hospital’s Department of Emergency Psychiatry for 5+ years. He then completed his Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Nelson has worked with clients experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, Schizophrenia, and addiction disorders. He focuses on providing compassionate and supportive care.
(702) 903-4621 View (702) 903-4621
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Hagop Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
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 Eunice Ugochukwu, DNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eunice Ugochukwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
I am a caring and competent Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years experience in Psychiatric -Mental Health Care and Treatment. I give each patient my focused attention, and pride myself on delivering the best treatment possible. I am genuinely devoted to the well-being of my patients. I am proficient in the art and science of mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or impending disorders utilizing my full scope of therapeutic abilities, which include the prescription of medication and medication management.
I am a caring and competent Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with years experience in Psychiatric -Mental Health Care and Treatment. I give each patient my focused attention, and pride myself on delivering the best treatment possible. I am genuinely devoted to the well-being of my patients. I am proficient in the art and science of mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or impending disorders utilizing my full scope of therapeutic abilities, which include the prescription of medication and medication management.
(702) 766-9146 View (702) 766-9146
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Rosa Bellota
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89032
The practice of Psychiatry is truly one of the last bastions in modern medicine that allows the practitioner to 'connect' with the patient, and one where the value of the patient's input is not underestimated. Understanding the impact of one's life experiences, and the interaction with a person''biology and temperament is an art that few have the opportunity to practice regularly. We are proud to announce Transcraneal magnetic stimulation ( TMS ) since 2014. for resistant treatment depression, anxiety, PTSD. TMS is covered by most insurances.
The practice of Psychiatry is truly one of the last bastions in modern medicine that allows the practitioner to 'connect' with the patient, and one where the value of the patient's input is not underestimated. Understanding the impact of one's life experiences, and the interaction with a person''biology and temperament is an art that few have the opportunity to practice regularly. We are proud to announce Transcraneal magnetic stimulation ( TMS ) since 2014. for resistant treatment depression, anxiety, PTSD. TMS is covered by most insurances.
(702) 830-5184 View (702) 830-5184
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Healthy Mind Solutions
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89031  (Online Only)
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
You are not alone in your struggles to overcome your feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. With supportive and compassionate care, let's work together to explore solutions that can help lead you to healthier functioning, a healthier mind, and happier living.
(702) 819-8760 View (702) 819-8760
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Bryan Bender
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Bryan Bender is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He was born in sunny Southern California, where he attended college, became a registered nurse, and worked for many years in emergency nursing. Bryan's life experiences and ability to connect with his patients sparked Bryan to further his education and pursue a career working as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has cared for a broad variety of patients ranging from children to geriatrics.
Bryan Bender is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He was born in sunny Southern California, where he attended college, became a registered nurse, and worked for many years in emergency nursing. Bryan's life experiences and ability to connect with his patients sparked Bryan to further his education and pursue a career working as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has cared for a broad variety of patients ranging from children to geriatrics.
(702) 712-4125 View (702) 712-4125
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Chidiogo Carole Nwokike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
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
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Nevada Integrated Health Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP - C
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Are you thinking of suicidal thoughts? Do you fear that something one day will happen? Are you feeling depressed, embarrassed or have anxiety? Alcohol or drug abuse. No need to worry, Nevada Integrate Health Center is here to help you overcome those barriers that come in our way! We are the hands that care!
Are you thinking of suicidal thoughts? Do you fear that something one day will happen? Are you feeling depressed, embarrassed or have anxiety? Alcohol or drug abuse. No need to worry, Nevada Integrate Health Center is here to help you overcome those barriers that come in our way! We are the hands that care!
(702) 602-8605 View (702) 602-8605
Photo of Olivier Djoumessi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olivier Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89031  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
(725) 302-2942 View (725) 302-2942
Photo of Courtney Bolick, PMHNP, -BC, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Courtney Bolick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC, RN
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89085  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Courtney and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Nevada. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Courtney and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Nevada. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(725) 215-4667 View (725) 215-4667
Photo of Lisa Morse, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lisa Morse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
My name is Lisa S. Morse, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC. My experience is very encompassing as my experience is working in community mental health, which runs the gamut of presentations. No matter who you are, how you identify, and what you believe in, if you need help, I'm here for you. I am very thorough in my assessment and, as a minimalist, only prescribe medications that have the potential to increase your quality of life and in the lowest doses that I believe will help accomplish the objective. Also, I a great believer in therapy and other adjunctive modalities pursued in concert with medication management.
My name is Lisa S. Morse, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC. My experience is very encompassing as my experience is working in community mental health, which runs the gamut of presentations. No matter who you are, how you identify, and what you believe in, if you need help, I'm here for you. I am very thorough in my assessment and, as a minimalist, only prescribe medications that have the potential to increase your quality of life and in the lowest doses that I believe will help accomplish the objective. Also, I a great believer in therapy and other adjunctive modalities pursued in concert with medication management.
(725) 257-5775 View (725) 257-5775
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Trae Stewart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Las Vegas, NV 89030  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders.
Accepting NEW patients! Make appointments directly at www.psychmatters.net Dr. Stewart is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full prescriptive authority. He provides quality mental health care through assessment, diagnosis, and medication management via virtual appointments. Dr. Stewart focuses on medication management for adolescents and adults (13+ years old). He treats mental health disorders like anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and sleep disorders.
(702) 887-1601 View (702) 887-1601
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Nicollette Pizzoferrato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
My name is Nicollette Pizzoferrato, and I have been a board-certified outpatient psychiatric nurse practitioner for 4 years. I love connecting with patients and getting to know them throughout our visits. Together we will find the medication combination most suitable to improve your symptoms. I love doing what I do and helping patients like you get back to your best self. During our sessions, we will utilize medications to help balance abnormalities in one’s brain chemistry and alleviate distress. Medications are not a be all end all to fix everything but they are a step in the process to alleviating symptoms.
My name is Nicollette Pizzoferrato, and I have been a board-certified outpatient psychiatric nurse practitioner for 4 years. I love connecting with patients and getting to know them throughout our visits. Together we will find the medication combination most suitable to improve your symptoms. I love doing what I do and helping patients like you get back to your best self. During our sessions, we will utilize medications to help balance abnormalities in one’s brain chemistry and alleviate distress. Medications are not a be all end all to fix everything but they are a step in the process to alleviating symptoms.
(725) 999-9517 View (725) 999-9517
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Freedom Psychiatry Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89081
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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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, CRNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89031  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Nevada for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I am experienced working with Children and Adolescents as well as Adults. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Nevada for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. I am experienced working with Children and Adolescents as well as Adults. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Insurances accepted.
(725) 216-2198 View (725) 216-2198
Photo of Grace Korir, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Grace Korir
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
My name is Grace Korir, a Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I provide mental health care via telehealth throughout the state. My goal is to provide exceptional mental health care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges by providing support and treatment for better mental health outcomes. I am passionate about destigmatizing and promoting mental health wellness. My clients know me for my empathetic approach, excellent communication skills, and ability to build trusting relationship with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
My name is Grace Korir, a Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I provide mental health care via telehealth throughout the state. My goal is to provide exceptional mental health care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges by providing support and treatment for better mental health outcomes. I am passionate about destigmatizing and promoting mental health wellness. My clients know me for my empathetic approach, excellent communication skills, and ability to build trusting relationship with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
(725) 307-4937 View (725) 307-4937
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Jessica Hubbard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Providing mental health services that give patients the time and attention that they need and deserve is my ultimate goal. I have a passion for mental health and I want to make a difference in the patients I serve.
Providing mental health services that give patients the time and attention that they need and deserve is my ultimate goal. I have a passion for mental health and I want to make a difference in the patients I serve.
(725) 999-4907 View (725) 999-4907
Photo of Olivier Djoumessi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olivier Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89030  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
(725) 485-8624 View (725) 485-8624
Photo of Eme Ukot - AB Holistic Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
AB Holistic Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
Need URGENT psychiatric care? Call 888-877-7022 now to start your healing journey. We understand how stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, burnout, & overwhelming emotions can prevent you from living your best life. At AB Holistic, we believe in a compassionate, integrative approach. We offer personalized treatment plans that include traditional medications, therapy, counseling & holistic therapies to address the root causes of your distress. We're dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Find the relief you deserve. We're conveniently located, offer flexible hours, and have telehealth options available. Call today.
(702) 935-1383 View (702) 935-1383
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Number of Psychiatrists in North Las Vegas, NV

30+

Average cost per session

$185

Psychiatrists in North Las Vegas, NV who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
87% Depression
87% Bipolar Disorder
77% ADHD
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
70% Stress
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
93% Aetna
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in North Las Vegas, NV see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Las Vegas?

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.