Psychiatrists in Rensselaer County, NY

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Latham NP Care PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNPbc
Verified Verified
Troy, NY 12180
I believe everyone needs a mental health provider. I value all patient’s input on determining a plan of care and treatment options with a mix of holistic and mental health practices. I have learned to adjust my critical thinking skills to help others develop skills that foster individual growth. It is not beyond one’s ability to thrive regardless of their history, culture, or socioeconomic status. I welcome all patients to seek care to address their mental health needs regardless of severity or complexity. I firmly believe in the philosophy of preventing a crisis before it occurs.
I believe everyone needs a mental health provider. I value all patient’s input on determining a plan of care and treatment options with a mix of holistic and mental health practices. I have learned to adjust my critical thinking skills to help others develop skills that foster individual growth. It is not beyond one’s ability to thrive regardless of their history, culture, or socioeconomic status. I welcome all patients to seek care to address their mental health needs regardless of severity or complexity. I firmly believe in the philosophy of preventing a crisis before it occurs.
(518) 309-7627 View (518) 309-7627
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Olivia Vignone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Troy, NY 12180
Waitlist for new clients
I want to thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I also applaud you for being proactive on your journey to mental wellness. My ideal client(s) is/are anyone needing help getting to be (or back to) their best self! Perhaps you're a parent who can't find a provider to help with their child's behavioral, emotional or attention issues. How about a teenager who is having a hard time in life? Or a person who has seen a plethora of providers ... I am well educated in psychopharmacology, constantly am learning of new medications and fully believe in the bio-psycho-social approach to healing and wellness. I can help!
I want to thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I also applaud you for being proactive on your journey to mental wellness. My ideal client(s) is/are anyone needing help getting to be (or back to) their best self! Perhaps you're a parent who can't find a provider to help with their child's behavioral, emotional or attention issues. How about a teenager who is having a hard time in life? Or a person who has seen a plethora of providers ... I am well educated in psychopharmacology, constantly am learning of new medications and fully believe in the bio-psycho-social approach to healing and wellness. I can help!
(518) 990-2386 View (518) 990-2386
Angela Sheehan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP, BC
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Whether you are struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, or inability to concentrate, when we have an opportunity to engage, we will look at many components of your life, not just the current or present issues. It is my belief that many of our thinking patterns are developed at a very young age through our upbringing and influence of culture and socialization. Sometimes these thinking patterns serve us and sometimes they are of disservice to us. Together we can find what is not serving you anymore and come up with new strategies that will lead to a better version of yourself. This may or may not include medication.
Whether you are struggling with relationships, anxiety, depression, or inability to concentrate, when we have an opportunity to engage, we will look at many components of your life, not just the current or present issues. It is my belief that many of our thinking patterns are developed at a very young age through our upbringing and influence of culture and socialization. Sometimes these thinking patterns serve us and sometimes they are of disservice to us. Together we can find what is not serving you anymore and come up with new strategies that will lead to a better version of yourself. This may or may not include medication.
(518) 750-0684 x100 View (518) 750-0684 x100
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Bick Wanck
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
Our practice is located at 401 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, NY with 12 mental health practitioners - therapists as well as prescribers - with an emphasis on psychotherapy and counseling. Please visit our website: www.bickwanckmdandassociates.com or contact the office at 518 583-3035 for further information. We accept commercial insurance only - no Medicare or Medicaid plans. You can also check out Bick’s author website at www.bickwanckmd.com to check out blogs and links to his book Mind Easing: the 3-layered healing plan for anxiety and depression.
(518) 650-3364 View (518) 650-3364
Alexander E Nicholson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
***Tele-psychiatry Offered***Children and Adults*** Medications&Therapy (therapy limited to adults-and based on availability) I take the perspective that we are all complex and should appreciate and understand as best we can the complexity rather than the view that mere molecules alone are affecting our emotional states. I aim to provide what I would expect in my own care or my child's care: an active, present, and compassionate clinician who tries to understand the person or child seeking help and assisting in choosing the best paths for my health, both physical and emotional.
***Tele-psychiatry Offered***Children and Adults*** Medications&Therapy (therapy limited to adults-and based on availability) I take the perspective that we are all complex and should appreciate and understand as best we can the complexity rather than the view that mere molecules alone are affecting our emotional states. I aim to provide what I would expect in my own care or my child's care: an active, present, and compassionate clinician who tries to understand the person or child seeking help and assisting in choosing the best paths for my health, both physical and emotional.
(518) 882-4198 View (518) 882-4198
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Usman Syed Riaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nassau, NY 12123  (Online Only)
Board Certified Psychiatrist with Addiction Psychiatry and Sleep medicine as sub specialities. If you are suffering from mental health, substance use or sleep disorders, don’t keep it to yourself, ask for help and I will make sure to provide you the best care.
Board Certified Psychiatrist with Addiction Psychiatry and Sleep medicine as sub specialities. If you are suffering from mental health, substance use or sleep disorders, don’t keep it to yourself, ask for help and I will make sure to provide you the best care.
(929) 334-3758 View (929) 334-3758
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Danielle Damas NP in Psychiatry P.C.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144  (Online Only)
As a holistic mental health practice, Danielle Damas, Psychiatric NP, PC focuses on helping people of all ages overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, satisfying life. Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Danielle Damas, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BC-NP, is based in Valley Stream, New York, and offers her psychiatric services through telemedicine and in person visits.
As a holistic mental health practice, Danielle Damas, Psychiatric NP, PC focuses on helping people of all ages overcome their challenges and move forward into a thriving, satisfying life. Board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Danielle Damas, PMHNP-BC, MSN, BC-NP, is based in Valley Stream, New York, and offers her psychiatric services through telemedicine and in person visits.
(516) 714-5852 View (516) 714-5852
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Erica M. Wall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Troy, NY 12180
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Erica Wall, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Erica Wall, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Joan M Killeen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, B, C
Verified Verified
Troy, NY 12180  (Online Only)
Depression and anxiety can significantly impact a person's quality of life. There are ways to combat these conditions with medication and therapy. A willingness to feel better and want to change is all that is needed to get started on the road to recovery. I look forward to treating the adult population (age 18+), utilizing medication management, brief person-centered psychotherapy and education to help manage distress, empower and motivate patients to achieve their life goals.
Depression and anxiety can significantly impact a person's quality of life. There are ways to combat these conditions with medication and therapy. A willingness to feel better and want to change is all that is needed to get started on the road to recovery. I look forward to treating the adult population (age 18+), utilizing medication management, brief person-centered psychotherapy and education to help manage distress, empower and motivate patients to achieve their life goals.
(518) 990-7970 View (518) 990-7970
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Ashley M. Monroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Troy, NY 12180
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Ashley Monroe, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Ashley Monroe, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Troy, NY 12180
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Nichole M. Orofino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Troy, NY 12180
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Nichole Orofino, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Nichole Orofino, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
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Christopher Viagrande NP Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, APRN, NPP-BC
Verified Verified
Rensselaer, NY 12144
60 Five-Star reviews and 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. Most of my clients come to me after attempting treatment either with another psychiatric provider or their primary care provider. When it comes to your mental health there is a delicate balance between choosing the right medication for you and a personalized approach with therapy. If relief and success is what you seek, search no more and book today!
60 Five-Star reviews and 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. Most of my clients come to me after attempting treatment either with another psychiatric provider or their primary care provider. When it comes to your mental health there is a delicate balance between choosing the right medication for you and a personalized approach with therapy. If relief and success is what you seek, search no more and book today!
(518) 516-5436 View (518) 516-5436
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Ailish Samuelson
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
White Creek, NY 12057
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in upstate New York. I received by RN from Southern Vermont College. I then earned by BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh while working full time as a nurse manager of one of the wings of the Vermont Veterans Home. I found my love of mental health diagnosis and treatment while working with veterans and their families. This inspired me to then earn my training as a PMHNP from SUNY Stony Brook. I have experience in working with people of all ages and backgrounds, including substance use disorders.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I was born and raised in upstate New York. I received by RN from Southern Vermont College. I then earned by BSN from SUNY Plattsburgh while working full time as a nurse manager of one of the wings of the Vermont Veterans Home. I found my love of mental health diagnosis and treatment while working with veterans and their families. This inspired me to then earn my training as a PMHNP from SUNY Stony Brook. I have experience in working with people of all ages and backgrounds, including substance use disorders.
(518) 919-3982 View (518) 919-3982
Photo of Anita F. Lopes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rensselaer County, NY
Anita F. Lopes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Troy, NY 12180
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Anita Lopes, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Anita Lopes, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Jacquelyn Ransbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Troy, NY 12180
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Jacquelyn Ransbury, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Jacquelyn Ransbury, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
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Magdalena Spariosu
Psychiatrist, FAPA, MD
Verified Verified
Nassau, NY 12123  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome to my page! As a Brain Injury Medicine Psychiatrist, I am passionate about helping high-achieving individuals who are facing the challenges of medical and neurological co-morbidities, particularly those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), whether recently or in the past. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance to patients recovering from TBI, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as they work towards reclaiming their sense of self and achieving their optimal well-being once again.
Hello and welcome to my page! As a Brain Injury Medicine Psychiatrist, I am passionate about helping high-achieving individuals who are facing the challenges of medical and neurological co-morbidities, particularly those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), whether recently or in the past. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance to patients recovering from TBI, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as they work towards reclaiming their sense of self and achieving their optimal well-being once again.
(347) 897-5791 View (347) 897-5791
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Carrie I. Edick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Troy, NY 12180
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Carrie Edick, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Carrie Edick, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983
Photo of Amber L. Shutter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rensselaer County, NY
Amber L. Shutter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Troy, NY 12180
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Amber Shutter, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
Online & In-Person: please go to www.LuminousPsychiatric.com and complete our Consultation Request to schedule an appointment. Hello. My name is Amber Shutter, and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with Luminous Psychiatric, a group of professionals dedicated to providing access to health and wellness solutions to those in need. Our group believes that while telehealth is making access to healthcare readily available, we only accept patients that can safely be treated remotely. Suitable mental and behavioral conditions for tele-healthcare are depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and certain mood disorders.
(518) 788-7983 View (518) 788-7983

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Ceci Hayes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rensselaer County, NY
Ceci Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
Ceci Hayes is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 25-years of experience as a registered nurse and over 18-years of experience in mental health. Her goals are to assist individuals achieve their personal and professional aspirations and aid in removing the stigma associated with mental illness. Ceci's approach includes medication management, psycho-educational learning, psychotherapy encompassing DBT, CBT, group and individual therapy. This holistic approach includes exploring biological, social, emotional, occupational, financial, environmental, intellectual, and spiritual factors.
(518) 245-3288 View (518) 245-3288

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Number of Psychiatrists in Rensselaer County, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Rensselaer County, NY who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
84% Trauma and PTSD
84% Bipolar Disorder
79% ADHD
79% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Rensselaer County, NY see their clients

79% In Person and Online
21% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rensselaer 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.