Psychiatrists in Schenectady, NY

Photo of Amber L. Shutter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Amber L. Shutter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schenectady, NY 12305
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
Photo of Anita F. Lopes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Anita F. Lopes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schenectady, NY 12305
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
Photo of Erica M. Wall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Erica M. Wall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12305
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
Jacquelyn Ransbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schenectady, NY 12305
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
Photo of Carrie I. Edick, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Carrie I. Edick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Schenectady, NY 12305
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 Ashley M. Monroe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Ashley M. Monroe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12305
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
Photo of Nichole M. Orofino, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Nichole M. Orofino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Schenectady, NY 12305
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
Photo of Dr. Anne Phan-Huy, Psychiatrist in Schenectady, NY
Dr. Anne Phan-Huy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12303  (Online Only)
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
Dr. Phan-Huy's philosophy of care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with Dr. Phan-Huy, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfilment. That’s because – with Board certification in psychiatry and specialty training from the University of Michigan – Dr. Phan-Huy is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
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Telepsychiatry Upstate New York
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Schenectady, NY 12304  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, licensed in New York. I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, family and marital therapy. I have always felt that the brain is the most important and neglected organ in the body, and taking care of the brain is the key to well being. I take a holistic approach to care, evaluating for physical, nutrition, hormones, situational and psychodynamic causes of illness, whilst practicing evidence based psychiatry. I have a background in integrative psychiatry and HIV psychiatry. I believe that everyone has value, and everyone deserves the best care.
(518) 519-8503 View (518) 519-8503
Photo of Dr. Ronil Shah, Psychiatrist in Schenectady, NY
Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12305
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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Photo of Susan Uyanna, Psychiatrist in Schenectady, NY
Susan Uyanna
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, FAPA
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12302
The innate desire to work with parents, and support them and their children is one the reasons for my passion for child/adolescent psychiatry. It is our mission at Unity Clinics to aid all children and adolescents struggling with emotional, and or behavioral concerns to overcome these challenges, and guide them and their families to a path of recovery, growth and success. When a child struggles, the whole family struggles, but there is support and guidance at Unity Clinics.
The innate desire to work with parents, and support them and their children is one the reasons for my passion for child/adolescent psychiatry. It is our mission at Unity Clinics to aid all children and adolescents struggling with emotional, and or behavioral concerns to overcome these challenges, and guide them and their families to a path of recovery, growth and success. When a child struggles, the whole family struggles, but there is support and guidance at Unity Clinics.
(518) 310-4644 View (518) 310-4644
Photo of Taqialdeen Zamil, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12303  (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 Amanda Allie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Amanda Allie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12309  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Amanda and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anger Management/Impulse Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Family Issues, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Coaching, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Maternal Mental Health, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationship Issues, Religion/Spirituality, Seasonal Affective Disorder (OCD), Sexual Health/Dysfunction, Stress Management and Women's Issues.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Amanda and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anger Management/Impulse Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Family Issues, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Coaching, Loss/Grief/Bereavement, Maternal Mental Health, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Relationship Issues, Religion/Spirituality, Seasonal Affective Disorder (OCD), Sexual Health/Dysfunction, Stress Management and Women's Issues.
(929) 348-2110 View (929) 348-2110
Photo of Rachael G Morey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Rachael G Morey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12304
Rachael Morey is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing medication management and supportive psychotherapy. She specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents,​ and adults. Her goals include promoting mental health across the lifespan, with a focus on vulnerable populations. It is her mission to develop a trusting, respectful and collaborative relationship with each client she treats. Rachael takes a holistic approach to the care she provides while addressing social, physical, and biological components, to navigate client-focused goals and individualized treatment recommendations.
Rachael Morey is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner providing medication management and supportive psychotherapy. She specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents,​ and adults. Her goals include promoting mental health across the lifespan, with a focus on vulnerable populations. It is her mission to develop a trusting, respectful and collaborative relationship with each client she treats. Rachael takes a holistic approach to the care she provides while addressing social, physical, and biological components, to navigate client-focused goals and individualized treatment recommendations.
(518) 241-5819 View (518) 241-5819
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Stephen 'chris' Marshall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12303  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Chris and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, men's issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, stress management loss & grief, as well as medication management. 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 Chris and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of New York. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, men's issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, stress management loss & grief, as well as medication management. 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.
(646) 759-9680 View (646) 759-9680
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Schenectady, NY 12305  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in New York via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $249, Follow-ups are $99. Also Accepting some insurances.
(833) 439-9425 View (833) 439-9425

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Ceci Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Niskayuna, NY 12309
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
Photo of Jessica C. Olivo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Schenectady, NY
Jessica C. Olivo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Albany, NY 12205  (Online Only)
Jessica Olivo is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management follow up. Jessica provides supportive listening, compassion, and cultivates a collaborative relationship with her patients. She approaches care in a calm and therapeutic manner that allows clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to be proactive members in their own treatment.
Jessica Olivo is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 15 years of mental health experience. She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management follow up. Jessica provides supportive listening, compassion, and cultivates a collaborative relationship with her patients. She approaches care in a calm and therapeutic manner that allows clients to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to be proactive members in their own treatment.
(845) 640-5810 View (845) 640-5810
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MPL Wellness, NP in Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NPP
Verified Verified
Latham, NY 12110
At MPL Wellness, We understand mental health is just as important as physical health, we're here to provide the support you need and guide you through your mental wellbeing journey. We provide psychiatry care for adolescents to adults with various psychiatry diagnosis. In partnership with you, we'll help you manage anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar and other mental health concerns so you can have some relief, enjoy your friendships and family relationships, etc.
At MPL Wellness, We understand mental health is just as important as physical health, we're here to provide the support you need and guide you through your mental wellbeing journey. We provide psychiatry care for adolescents to adults with various psychiatry diagnosis. In partnership with you, we'll help you manage anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar and other mental health concerns so you can have some relief, enjoy your friendships and family relationships, etc.
(518) 749-4910 View (518) 749-4910
Photo of Dr. Griffan Randall, D.O., PLLC, Psychiatrist in Schenectady, NY
Dr. Griffan Randall, D.O., PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Albany, NY 12203
Dr. Randall specializes in Psychiatry for Adolescents through Geriatrics. She offers Medication Management therapy, Various Individual Psychotherapies, Genetic testing, Court ordered evaluations, Medical Marijuana Certification, Maternal/Fetal Psychiatric Care, and Pre-Surgical Psychiatric Evaluations.
Dr. Randall specializes in Psychiatry for Adolescents through Geriatrics. She offers Medication Management therapy, Various Individual Psychotherapies, Genetic testing, Court ordered evaluations, Medical Marijuana Certification, Maternal/Fetal Psychiatric Care, and Pre-Surgical Psychiatric Evaluations.
(518) 255-7541 View (518) 255-7541

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Number of Psychiatrists in Schenectady, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Schenectady, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Medication Management
94% Depression
94% Anxiety
94% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
94% Bipolar Disorder
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% School Issues

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Schenectady, NY see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Schenectady?

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.