Psychiatrists in Valhalla, NY

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John J Wang MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595
I provide comprehensive healthcare while stressing on communication and personally tailored problem solving. I work with a collaborative group of providers at Clearwave Mental Health where we provide in-person appointments as well as telehealth appointments. Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
I provide comprehensive healthcare while stressing on communication and personally tailored problem solving. I work with a collaborative group of providers at Clearwave Mental Health where we provide in-person appointments as well as telehealth appointments. Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
(914) 229-9881 View (914) 229-9881
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Dr. Randy Ian Pardell
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595
Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation . Our expertise is the treatment of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Psychotic Disorders. We provide empathy, time and care to each of our patients
Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation . Our expertise is the treatment of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, and Psychotic Disorders. We provide empathy, time and care to each of our patients
(845) 262-2447 View (845) 262-2447
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Maureen B Doyle
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, PMHCNS-, CARN, CNE
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new clients. MY FORTE IS TALK THERAPY. I DO NOT PRESCRIBE! Hope for relief from pain and dreams of becoming one's best self require an empathic foundation of trust. Imagine that you are harnessing your intuitive power to change. If you would welcome a companion-guide on such a journey, contact me, I'll do my best to help. Extensive experience as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse in both direct clinical practice and teaching in academic and clinical settings, provides a secure base of wisdom and evidence that informs my practice.
I am currently accepting new clients. MY FORTE IS TALK THERAPY. I DO NOT PRESCRIBE! Hope for relief from pain and dreams of becoming one's best self require an empathic foundation of trust. Imagine that you are harnessing your intuitive power to change. If you would welcome a companion-guide on such a journey, contact me, I'll do my best to help. Extensive experience as an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse in both direct clinical practice and teaching in academic and clinical settings, provides a secure base of wisdom and evidence that informs my practice.
(914) 229-9268 View (914) 229-9268
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Shakeeb Hussain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595
I work with a collaborative group of providers at Clearwave Mental Health where we provide in-person appointments as well as telehealth appointments. Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
I work with a collaborative group of providers at Clearwave Mental Health where we provide in-person appointments as well as telehealth appointments. Our psychiatric clinicians address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including genetic testing to inform medication management, nutritional supplementation, QEEG mapping, neurofeedback, psychotherapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
(914) 825-4271 View (914) 825-4271
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Iris A. Grett - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I attended SUNY Delhi University receiving a BSN and then obtained a second masters degree from Sage University as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have worked with many different groups of patients that have dealt with depression, anxiety, OCD, and many other mental states. In my therapy and medication management, I utilize my philosophy of empathy, individual worth, ethics and diplomacy to make a positive difference with my patients.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I attended SUNY Delhi University receiving a BSN and then obtained a second masters degree from Sage University as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have worked with many different groups of patients that have dealt with depression, anxiety, OCD, and many other mental states. In my therapy and medication management, I utilize my philosophy of empathy, individual worth, ethics and diplomacy to make a positive difference with my patients.
(845) 671-3551 View (845) 671-3551
Photo of Sarah Kent, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Valhalla, NY
Sarah Kent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CPNP
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595
I have successfully treated patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, Hallucinations and Delusions as well as addiction and alcoholism. I have worked with patients as young as 2 years old and as old as 105 years old.
I have successfully treated patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, Hallucinations and Delusions as well as addiction and alcoholism. I have worked with patients as young as 2 years old and as old as 105 years old.
(516) 701-2131 View (516) 701-2131
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Saron Fong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over two decades of healthcare experience in various healthcare settings, including acute and chronic illness. I work with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD, and other related mental illnesses. I enjoy working with individuals to make a positive difference with the goal of positive outcomes in their lives, with their families, and within their communities.
(845) 640-5693 View (845) 640-5693
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Nikesha Abdool
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP/PMH
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595
Ms. Abdool is a New York State licensed Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry with a degree from New York University's Rory Meyers College. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and utilizes an eclectic approach to patient care, providing treatment for a wide variety of mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and addiction. She offers a holistic approach to treatment for the adult population she serves in our Tarrytown office.
Ms. Abdool is a New York State licensed Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry with a degree from New York University's Rory Meyers College. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and utilizes an eclectic approach to patient care, providing treatment for a wide variety of mental health issues including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and addiction. She offers a holistic approach to treatment for the adult population she serves in our Tarrytown office.
(914) 292-3361 View (914) 292-3361
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Sifat Ameen
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595
Sifat Ameen is a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is dedicated about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing medications if indicated, for young adults and adult population. Her ongoing areas of interest include integrating nutrition , physical movement and improved sleep practices as foundations and multi-level response for care. Overall Sifat tends to be more conservative in her prescribing practices, especially in regards to prescribing controlled substances.
Sifat Ameen is a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is dedicated about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services, including brief psychotherapy and prescribing medications if indicated, for young adults and adult population. Her ongoing areas of interest include integrating nutrition , physical movement and improved sleep practices as foundations and multi-level response for care. Overall Sifat tends to be more conservative in her prescribing practices, especially in regards to prescribing controlled substances.
(914) 252-3894 View (914) 252-3894
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Janice Hesler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RNC, MSN, CNM, PMHNP
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am currently accepting new patients from anywhere in New York State for telepsychiatry only. I have day, evening and weekend appointments available. My practice is focused on medication management for adults . My background is as an RN for 26 years, focusing in Women's Health, prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008 working in settings across the country to include NY, Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota and Alaska. I would love to explore your story with you to determine the best way to get you feeling your best by looking at the big picture and then utilizing medications and various other forms of support.
I am currently accepting new patients from anywhere in New York State for telepsychiatry only. I have day, evening and weekend appointments available. My practice is focused on medication management for adults . My background is as an RN for 26 years, focusing in Women's Health, prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2008 working in settings across the country to include NY, Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota and Alaska. I would love to explore your story with you to determine the best way to get you feeling your best by looking at the big picture and then utilizing medications and various other forms of support.
(518) 351-2149 View (518) 351-2149
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Ailish Samuelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Valhalla, NY 10595
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, and my unit became the unofficial unit for the most challenging mental health patients. This inspired me to then earn my training as a PMHNP from SUNY Stony Brook.
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, and my unit became the unofficial unit for the most challenging mental health patients. This inspired me to then earn my training as a PMHNP from SUNY Stony Brook.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Shauna Roach Psychiatric NP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Valhalla, NY 10595  (Online Only)
One size does not fit all especially when it comes to your mental health, I am sure you will agree. You not only want expert care, but you want to feel as though your concerns are validated. You want to feel empowered to move to the next step with someone who is consistent and cares about you. I want to be your accountability partner on your journey to recovery. In addition to managing your medication management, I offer brief psychotherapy to support your medication management regimen. I want to also give you a prescription for lifestyle changes to improve your mental health.
One size does not fit all especially when it comes to your mental health, I am sure you will agree. You not only want expert care, but you want to feel as though your concerns are validated. You want to feel empowered to move to the next step with someone who is consistent and cares about you. I want to be your accountability partner on your journey to recovery. In addition to managing your medication management, I offer brief psychotherapy to support your medication management regimen. I want to also give you a prescription for lifestyle changes to improve your mental health.
(845) 516-9641 View (845) 516-9641

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Dr. Julia Novikov, Psychiatrist in Valhalla, NY
Dr. Julia Novikov
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
White Plains, NY 10603
Double board-certified psychiatrist with subspecialties in general psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and reproductive psychiatry. I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health care to adult individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Subspecialized expertise allows me to address the unique mental health concerns that arise with various comorbid chronic medical conditions as well as all stages of female reproductive cycle. I believe in a patient-centered approach, each individual's unique needs are taken into consideration in developing a personalized treatment plan.
Double board-certified psychiatrist with subspecialties in general psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and reproductive psychiatry. I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health care to adult individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Subspecialized expertise allows me to address the unique mental health concerns that arise with various comorbid chronic medical conditions as well as all stages of female reproductive cycle. I believe in a patient-centered approach, each individual's unique needs are taken into consideration in developing a personalized treatment plan.
(914) 483-3474 View (914) 483-3474
Photo of Edisa Korac, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Valhalla, NY
Edisa Korac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
White Plains, NY 10604
Edisa Korac is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), a BSN in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), and an MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College. As a health professional for over 7 years, Edisa has seen so much suffering but has also seen the natural human propensity to veer towards hope. Hope keeps us all going and it's the driving force behind why she is where she is today. Edisa can empathize with clients and instill hope with her holistic view of health.
Edisa Korac is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), a BSN in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), and an MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College. As a health professional for over 7 years, Edisa has seen so much suffering but has also seen the natural human propensity to veer towards hope. Hope keeps us all going and it's the driving force behind why she is where she is today. Edisa can empathize with clients and instill hope with her holistic view of health.
(914) 685-5471 View (914) 685-5471
Photo of Miranda Maldonado, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Valhalla, NY
Miranda Maldonado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
White Plains, NY 10603  (Online Only)
Miranda Carina Maldonado is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Miranda has experience working with adults from diverse backgrounds and believes the key to wellness is a balance of the mind, body, and soul. Clients go to Miranda looking for a provider that believes in fostering a therapeutic relationship built on mutual trust and collaboration where they can expect to be heard, validated, supported, and respected. As a provider, she strives to support her clients so they can achieve healthy, fulfilling lives with meaning and purpose.
Miranda Carina Maldonado is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Miranda has experience working with adults from diverse backgrounds and believes the key to wellness is a balance of the mind, body, and soul. Clients go to Miranda looking for a provider that believes in fostering a therapeutic relationship built on mutual trust and collaboration where they can expect to be heard, validated, supported, and respected. As a provider, she strives to support her clients so they can achieve healthy, fulfilling lives with meaning and purpose.
(646) 970-9974 View (646) 970-9974
Photo of Denise Darling, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Valhalla, NY
Denise Darling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hawthorne, NY 10532
If you're grappling with the shadows of depression, the weight of anxiety, the depth of existential crisis, or other mental anguish, you are not alone. Your path towards healing begins with personalized care, compassion, and a commitment to your mental health and vitality. Specializing in integrative psychiatric care, I curate personalized support; we explore modalities like medication management, psychotherapy, supplements and lifestyle coaching. My passion is reigniting hope and empowering patients. Take the first step towards your revival and embark on a transformative mental well-being journey.
If you're grappling with the shadows of depression, the weight of anxiety, the depth of existential crisis, or other mental anguish, you are not alone. Your path towards healing begins with personalized care, compassion, and a commitment to your mental health and vitality. Specializing in integrative psychiatric care, I curate personalized support; we explore modalities like medication management, psychotherapy, supplements and lifestyle coaching. My passion is reigniting hope and empowering patients. Take the first step towards your revival and embark on a transformative mental well-being journey.
(914) 817-0631 View (914) 817-0631
Photo of Tara Eyma, Psychiatrist in Valhalla, NY
Tara Eyma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
White Plains, NY 10604
Dr. Eyma is a board certified psychiatrist licensed to practice in both New York and Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/City College of New York (a combined BS/MD program) and obtained her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She has been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital. She has a particular interest in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. She spent two years working in a mental health clinic in the Wellington region of New Zealand providing care to a diverse patient population including Maori and Pasifika people.
Dr. Eyma is a board certified psychiatrist licensed to practice in both New York and Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/City College of New York (a combined BS/MD program) and obtained her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She has been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital. She has a particular interest in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. She spent two years working in a mental health clinic in the Wellington region of New Zealand providing care to a diverse patient population including Maori and Pasifika people.
(914) 353-4807 View (914) 353-4807
Photo of Laura Coleman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Valhalla, NY
Laura Coleman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NC-BC, CNL
Verified
White Plains, NY 10650
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Nurse Coach providing medication management and psychotherapy for clients in need of mental health services. In my capacity as a Nurse Coach, Psych Nurse, and Psychiatric NP, I have worked with adult clients experiencing stress, anxiety, marginalization, PTSD, situational and generational traumas, and individuals with co-occurring mental and physical health challenges.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Nurse Coach providing medication management and psychotherapy for clients in need of mental health services. In my capacity as a Nurse Coach, Psych Nurse, and Psychiatric NP, I have worked with adult clients experiencing stress, anxiety, marginalization, PTSD, situational and generational traumas, and individuals with co-occurring mental and physical health challenges.
(845) 523-6981 View (845) 523-6981
Photo of Katie Lindenbaum, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Valhalla, NY
Katie Lindenbaum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified
White Plains, NY 10650  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management for adults with mental health concerns. I incorporate supportive psychotherapy in my sessions and take a holistic approach, placing emphasis on lifestyle modifications, sleep hygiene, and nutrition. I have worked in different roles in oncology for over 9 years and provide support to individuals who have been affected by cancer (oncology patients, survivors, caregivers, and individuals experiencing loss). I have a strong understanding of the unique needs that can arise through all phases of the cancer journey.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering medication management for adults with mental health concerns. I incorporate supportive psychotherapy in my sessions and take a holistic approach, placing emphasis on lifestyle modifications, sleep hygiene, and nutrition. I have worked in different roles in oncology for over 9 years and provide support to individuals who have been affected by cancer (oncology patients, survivors, caregivers, and individuals experiencing loss). I have a strong understanding of the unique needs that can arise through all phases of the cancer journey.
(914) 218-6069 View (914) 218-6069
Photo of Margaret G Kraft, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Valhalla, NY
Margaret G Kraft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hawthorne, NY 10532  (Online Only)
We all have within us the resources we need to guide us through the challenges and obstacles inherent in life. Learning to access those inner resources can be a challenge, however. While difficulties in life are inevitable, we do not have to “white knuckle” through them, nor do we have to run away from our difficult emotions. Instead, it is through investigating those emotions that we open the channel that connects us to those inner resources. Importantly, we can learn to find meaning and value, even within life’s difficulties and struggles; it is only through this process that we discover the path to joy and to a serene life.
We all have within us the resources we need to guide us through the challenges and obstacles inherent in life. Learning to access those inner resources can be a challenge, however. While difficulties in life are inevitable, we do not have to “white knuckle” through them, nor do we have to run away from our difficult emotions. Instead, it is through investigating those emotions that we open the channel that connects us to those inner resources. Importantly, we can learn to find meaning and value, even within life’s difficulties and struggles; it is only through this process that we discover the path to joy and to a serene life.
(914) 809-8221 View (914) 809-8221

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Valhalla, NY

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Valhalla, NY who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
92% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Valhalla, NY see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Valhalla?

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.