Psychiatrists in Monroe County, NY

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Photo of La Carla Denise Holmes, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
La Carla Denise Holmes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14615
La Carla is a Rochester native who has been in the nursing field for almost 25 years. During this time, she has gained abundant experience in various areas, including Hospice, Long-Term Care, and Mental Health. She has been instrumental in helping aspiring nursing professionals succeed. Intrigued by helping individuals who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders reach their fullest potential, she has embarked on a rewarding journey that offers fulfillment to lifelong happiness.
La Carla is a Rochester native who has been in the nursing field for almost 25 years. During this time, she has gained abundant experience in various areas, including Hospice, Long-Term Care, and Mental Health. She has been instrumental in helping aspiring nursing professionals succeed. Intrigued by helping individuals who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders reach their fullest potential, she has embarked on a rewarding journey that offers fulfillment to lifelong happiness.
(585) 636-3555 View (585) 636-3555
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Paige Cool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14610  (Online Only)
I started my career at University of Rochester Medical Center and I have 10 years of experience working in psychiatry ranging from outpatient clinics to inpatient settings. I work with children and adolescents as well as adults. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I received my master’s degree from the University of Rochester. Since 2019 I have lived and worked as a nurse practitioner in Denver, Colorado and now that I am back in New York, I look forward to help you in your mental health journey.
I started my career at University of Rochester Medical Center and I have 10 years of experience working in psychiatry ranging from outpatient clinics to inpatient settings. I work with children and adolescents as well as adults. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and I received my master’s degree from the University of Rochester. Since 2019 I have lived and worked as a nurse practitioner in Denver, Colorado and now that I am back in New York, I look forward to help you in your mental health journey.
(585) 648-1141 View (585) 648-1141
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Marti K Klaver @ Mindset Integrative Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Pittsford, NY 14534
At Mindset Integrative, my mission is to provide compassionate care and support to those struggling with mental health issues. My goal has always been for patients to have the least amount of medication that is effective for them. I believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental health care, and I strive to make that a reality for my clients, therefore I will be offering financing for those in need. Now accepting the following insurances: Oscar Health, United Healthcare, Oxford Live, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield New York (formerly Empire), Cigna, Aetna and Horizon BCBS of New Jersey.
At Mindset Integrative, my mission is to provide compassionate care and support to those struggling with mental health issues. My goal has always been for patients to have the least amount of medication that is effective for them. I believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental health care, and I strive to make that a reality for my clients, therefore I will be offering financing for those in need. Now accepting the following insurances: Oscar Health, United Healthcare, Oxford Live, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield New York (formerly Empire), Cigna, Aetna and Horizon BCBS of New Jersey.
(585) 634-3901 View (585) 634-3901
Photo of Adam DeNault, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adam DeNault
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14610
Welcome! I am taking New Medication & Functional Medicine Clients For A Limited Time - All Ages. Are you ready to reclaim your well-being and embark on a transformative journey towards a more healthy and fulfilling life? As a Licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) focused in functional Psychiatry, I utilize nearly ten years of experience in the field in my work with you and provide an unwavering commitment to your family's mental & physical health, providing a personalized & attentive experience to each patient I see. I utilize cutting edge diagnostic, lab, and assessment tools to maximize positive outcomes for my patients.
Welcome! I am taking New Medication & Functional Medicine Clients For A Limited Time - All Ages. Are you ready to reclaim your well-being and embark on a transformative journey towards a more healthy and fulfilling life? As a Licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) focused in functional Psychiatry, I utilize nearly ten years of experience in the field in my work with you and provide an unwavering commitment to your family's mental & physical health, providing a personalized & attentive experience to each patient I see. I utilize cutting edge diagnostic, lab, and assessment tools to maximize positive outcomes for my patients.
(585) 524-0008 View (585) 524-0008
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Kayla Luther
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Penfield, NY 14526  (Online Only)
Hi Everyone! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have 10+ years’ experience working in the mental health field in various psychiatric settings including group homes, community clinics, inpatient hospitals, private practices and correctional facilities. I offer psychiatric evaluation and medication management. All backgrounds and identities are welcomed and embraced in my practice. I am currently accepting new clients via telemedicine! Please use my website below to schedule a session!
Hi Everyone! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have 10+ years’ experience working in the mental health field in various psychiatric settings including group homes, community clinics, inpatient hospitals, private practices and correctional facilities. I offer psychiatric evaluation and medication management. All backgrounds and identities are welcomed and embraced in my practice. I am currently accepting new clients via telemedicine! Please use my website below to schedule a session!
(585) 508-3896 View (585) 508-3896
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Kara Naylor-Krupka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, MHA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
Waitlist for new clients
Are you or a loved one are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or having problems with anger or mood swings? I can help. My approach to treatment focuses on treating the whole person by offering a combination of evidence-based options from both conventional medicine and holistic approaches. Integrative medicine is geared to try to find the root causes of symptoms rather than managing symptoms with medication alone. This combined approach will help you achieve emotional and behavioral stability with the lowest dose of medication possible and address any nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Are you or a loved one are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or having problems with anger or mood swings? I can help. My approach to treatment focuses on treating the whole person by offering a combination of evidence-based options from both conventional medicine and holistic approaches. Integrative medicine is geared to try to find the root causes of symptoms rather than managing symptoms with medication alone. This combined approach will help you achieve emotional and behavioral stability with the lowest dose of medication possible and address any nutritional deficiencies that may be contributing to your symptoms.
(585) 448-0035 View (585) 448-0035
Photo of Randi Nicole Bisbano, MS, RN, PMHNPBC, C-SAP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Randi Nicole Bisbano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, RN, PMHNPBC, C-SAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsford, NY 14534  (Online Only)
My clients often refer to me as open-minded and non-judgmental. After concluding a session, a former client of mine said, “That’s not what I expected, you treated me like a real person!” My ideal client is anyone that feels their life can be improved in some way, and be able to set the necessary goals to reach them as a part of an active team.
My clients often refer to me as open-minded and non-judgmental. After concluding a session, a former client of mine said, “That’s not what I expected, you treated me like a real person!” My ideal client is anyone that feels their life can be improved in some way, and be able to set the necessary goals to reach them as a part of an active team.
(585) 632-7286 View (585) 632-7286
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Estelle “Stella” Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14616  (Online Only)
Addiction, MAT/Suboxone, mental health treatment-Private pay, cash only at this time- $300 initial/$100 follow up. I provide medication management and therapy combined. If you struggle with addiction, depression, intrusive thoughts, or anxiety and social awkwardness? I can help. Do you find yourself afraid to do the things you did prior to COVID isolation? Perhaps you struggle with addiction combined with mental illness, not knowing which came first? Addiction is never the core problem. Together, we can discover your true self, and potential. My role is to help with addiction, not enable it. I do not tolerate addiction chaos!
Addiction, MAT/Suboxone, mental health treatment-Private pay, cash only at this time- $300 initial/$100 follow up. I provide medication management and therapy combined. If you struggle with addiction, depression, intrusive thoughts, or anxiety and social awkwardness? I can help. Do you find yourself afraid to do the things you did prior to COVID isolation? Perhaps you struggle with addiction combined with mental illness, not knowing which came first? Addiction is never the core problem. Together, we can discover your true self, and potential. My role is to help with addiction, not enable it. I do not tolerate addiction chaos!
(585) 513-2437 View (585) 513-2437
Photo of Laura Baker, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Laura Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
I believe in treating people like human beings and looking at the whole picture. Often patients who use substances are self medicating another problem. I would like to help them get to the root of that problem. So many providers only look at one problem while ignoring the rest. I fiercely believe in patient centered care. You are the one who knows what you need. I'm here to be your guide but ultimately it's up to you.
I believe in treating people like human beings and looking at the whole picture. Often patients who use substances are self medicating another problem. I would like to help them get to the root of that problem. So many providers only look at one problem while ignoring the rest. I fiercely believe in patient centered care. You are the one who knows what you need. I'm here to be your guide but ultimately it's up to you.
(585) 460-2201 View (585) 460-2201
Photo of Kathleen Noe, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kathleen Noe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
With over 20 years of experience, in research, inpatient, outpatient and ED settings, I have seen it all! I offer a wide range of mental health care solutions focus on the unique and innate strengths of each client and individuals are empowered to be active participants in their care.
With over 20 years of experience, in research, inpatient, outpatient and ED settings, I have seen it all! I offer a wide range of mental health care solutions focus on the unique and innate strengths of each client and individuals are empowered to be active participants in their care.
(585) 326-8558 View (585) 326-8558
Photo of Stacey M Perrotta, MSN,  RN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stacey M Perrotta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Pittsford, NY 14534
One thing we all know for sure: life throws us curveballs. And it's time to normalize that life isn't always perfect; trust me, I know. We visit professionals all the time that improve our mood, self-esteem, and physical function. Massage and physical therapists, hair stylists, cosmetic injectors, chiropractors, personal trainers - they all share one thing in common; the ability to improve how we feel. Our minds and emotional health deserve the same level of care we give our bodies. I'm here for you when life is life'ing, including both the hardships and beautiful moments alike.
One thing we all know for sure: life throws us curveballs. And it's time to normalize that life isn't always perfect; trust me, I know. We visit professionals all the time that improve our mood, self-esteem, and physical function. Massage and physical therapists, hair stylists, cosmetic injectors, chiropractors, personal trainers - they all share one thing in common; the ability to improve how we feel. Our minds and emotional health deserve the same level of care we give our bodies. I'm here for you when life is life'ing, including both the hardships and beautiful moments alike.
(585) 523-2029 View (585) 523-2029
Photo of Taqialdeen Zamil, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14626  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(315) 618-2566 View (315) 618-2566
Photo of Keighley Loveland, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Keighley Loveland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsford, NY 14534
I am accepting clients for telehealth appointments! I see older teens (16+) and adults for medication management. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health field including inpatient settings, residential care, outpatient clinics, and consultation work. My experience has crossed the lifespan, from 5 to 105. All backgrounds and identities are welcomed and embraced in my practice. I strongly believe in the power of listening as part of the healing process and as a means of partnering with clients to ensure treatment goals are understood.
I am accepting clients for telehealth appointments! I see older teens (16+) and adults for medication management. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health field including inpatient settings, residential care, outpatient clinics, and consultation work. My experience has crossed the lifespan, from 5 to 105. All backgrounds and identities are welcomed and embraced in my practice. I strongly believe in the power of listening as part of the healing process and as a means of partnering with clients to ensure treatment goals are understood.
(585) 440-5450 View (585) 440-5450
Photo of Stephanie Carletta, PMHNPBC, MS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie Carletta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsford, NY 14534
*OPENINGS AVAILABLE for a limited time.* Have you struggled emotionally despite engaging in talk therapy? Have you experienced difficulty in finding the mental health medication plan that works best for you without side effects or impersonal, ineffective treatment? Are you dually experiencing physical health concerns without an informed medical team? I'm here to help you through these difficulties with expertise, empathy, and the patience needed to explore your symptoms thoroughly with the goal of finding the right solutions for you. I have advanced training in functional psychiatry that will make your experience with me unique.
*OPENINGS AVAILABLE for a limited time.* Have you struggled emotionally despite engaging in talk therapy? Have you experienced difficulty in finding the mental health medication plan that works best for you without side effects or impersonal, ineffective treatment? Are you dually experiencing physical health concerns without an informed medical team? I'm here to help you through these difficulties with expertise, empathy, and the patience needed to explore your symptoms thoroughly with the goal of finding the right solutions for you. I have advanced training in functional psychiatry that will make your experience with me unique.
(585) 540-1199 View (585) 540-1199
Photo of Asia L Todd, PMHNP, MS, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Asia L Todd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MS, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rochester, NY 14626
Hello! I have 10 years experience working in healthcare. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, concerning alcohol use, and trauma/PTSD with the goal to change harmful habits and narratives that have controlled their mental health, discover self-acceptance, and recognize their true value and potential. I provide a safe space for deep healing and life-changing care that includes medication, lifestyle interventions, sleep optimization, mindfulness, and more.
Hello! I have 10 years experience working in healthcare. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, concerning alcohol use, and trauma/PTSD with the goal to change harmful habits and narratives that have controlled their mental health, discover self-acceptance, and recognize their true value and potential. I provide a safe space for deep healing and life-changing care that includes medication, lifestyle interventions, sleep optimization, mindfulness, and more.
(585) 207-6123 View (585) 207-6123
Photo of Zendi Moldenhauer, PhD, NPP, PNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Zendi Moldenhauer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, NPP, PNP
Verified Verified
Pittsford, NY 14534
Are you or your child struggling with medical or emotional concerns? You are not alone! As board-certified nurse practitioners at Arbor Health, trained in Functional Medicine & Psychiatry, we are here to help you and your children! We combine medicine AND psychiatry to assess both physical and emotional concerns. We test for nutritional deficiencies, infections, gut health, thyroid & hormonal imbalances, heavy metals, food sensitivities, and we offer QEEG brain mapping and the GenoMind genetic test. Treatments may include medications, supplements, nutrients, diet & lifestyle changes, health coaching, therapy, and Neurofeedback.
Are you or your child struggling with medical or emotional concerns? You are not alone! As board-certified nurse practitioners at Arbor Health, trained in Functional Medicine & Psychiatry, we are here to help you and your children! We combine medicine AND psychiatry to assess both physical and emotional concerns. We test for nutritional deficiencies, infections, gut health, thyroid & hormonal imbalances, heavy metals, food sensitivities, and we offer QEEG brain mapping and the GenoMind genetic test. Treatments may include medications, supplements, nutrients, diet & lifestyle changes, health coaching, therapy, and Neurofeedback.
(585) 332-2062 View (585) 332-2062
Photo of Kristina M Moss Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MS, NPP, Psychiatric Nurse
Kristina M Moss Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MS, NPP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14626
Now accepting new patients! Finding the right match, the one person you feel like you can truly trust to tell your story to is one of the biggest challenges in finding someone to help you. Today, I accept this challenge. My name is Kristina Moss and I am proud to have been trained locally at the University of Rochester. I have over 17 years of experience with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinics and private practice.
Now accepting new patients! Finding the right match, the one person you feel like you can truly trust to tell your story to is one of the biggest challenges in finding someone to help you. Today, I accept this challenge. My name is Kristina Moss and I am proud to have been trained locally at the University of Rochester. I have over 17 years of experience with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinics and private practice.
(585) 270-6411 View (585) 270-6411
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Kate Tredwell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rochester, NY 14618
Are you or a loved one struggling? As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I’m here to help. My mission is to transform the experience of receiving mental health care and to support you in reaching your goals. My approach to care is both holistic and collaborative, with you at the center of the treatment team. Using evidence based treatment, I provide an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment or referral focused around meeting your individual needs.
Are you or a loved one struggling? As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I’m here to help. My mission is to transform the experience of receiving mental health care and to support you in reaching your goals. My approach to care is both holistic and collaborative, with you at the center of the treatment team. Using evidence based treatment, I provide an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment or referral focused around meeting your individual needs.
(585) 257-2932 View (585) 257-2932
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Telepsychiatrist_Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
Rochester, NY 14620
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child and Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services via video across New York. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists and Therapists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(914) 506-5391 View (914) 506-5391
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Terry Jean Yonker Psychiatric NP PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Not Verified Not Verified
Rochester, NY 14623  (Online Only)
In the midst of life's challenges, difficulties, and chaos, it helps to realize that we are not alone. Sharing the journey with another can offer peace, healing, hope, and an opportunity to grow. My goal is to walk with others on their journeys, to hear their stories, and to respond with empathy and understanding. As a nurse with decades of experience, I believe in a patient-centered holistic approach where patient needs are prioritized and where shared decision making is key.
In the midst of life's challenges, difficulties, and chaos, it helps to realize that we are not alone. Sharing the journey with another can offer peace, healing, hope, and an opportunity to grow. My goal is to walk with others on their journeys, to hear their stories, and to respond with empathy and understanding. As a nurse with decades of experience, I believe in a patient-centered holistic approach where patient needs are prioritized and where shared decision making is key.
(315) 310-7148 View (315) 310-7148

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Number of Psychiatrists in Monroe County, NY

60+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Monroe County, NY who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
84% Medication Management
78% Trauma and PTSD
78% Bipolar Disorder
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Stress

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
93% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Monroe County, NY see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
24% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Monroe 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.