Psychiatrists in Avon Lake, OH

Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Avon Lake, OH 44012  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(614) 963-3864 View (614) 963-3864
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James Bukuts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Avon Lake, OH 44012
Jamie Bukuts has been practicing for more than 20 years in the Cleveland area. Jamie completed his adult psychiatry residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland plus recently completed a fellowship in public and community psychiatry through Case Western University in 2017. His specialty areas of interest include adult major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He joined LifeStance Health almost 4 years ago and enjoys their comprehensive services that are available to holistically help his patients.
Jamie Bukuts has been practicing for more than 20 years in the Cleveland area. Jamie completed his adult psychiatry residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland plus recently completed a fellowship in public and community psychiatry through Case Western University in 2017. His specialty areas of interest include adult major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He joined LifeStance Health almost 4 years ago and enjoys their comprehensive services that are available to holistically help his patients.
(440) 760-5623 View (440) 760-5623
Photo of Krista McDonald, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
Krista McDonald
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Avon Lake, OH 44012
Krista Mousted is a dual certified nurse practitioner in family medicine and psychiatry/mental health, who has been practicing since 2007. She graduated from University of Tampa with a master's degree in nursing, University of Akron with a post-master's certificate in family practice, and Ohio University with a post-master's certificate in psychiatric mental health. Her current focus/specialty is general psychiatry for pediatrics and adults. Prior to being a nurse practitioner Krista worked for 25 years as an LPN/RN with part of that time working as a medic in the United States Air Force.
Krista Mousted is a dual certified nurse practitioner in family medicine and psychiatry/mental health, who has been practicing since 2007. She graduated from University of Tampa with a master's degree in nursing, University of Akron with a post-master's certificate in family practice, and Ohio University with a post-master's certificate in psychiatric mental health. Her current focus/specialty is general psychiatry for pediatrics and adults. Prior to being a nurse practitioner Krista worked for 25 years as an LPN/RN with part of that time working as a medic in the United States Air Force.
(216) 626-7105 View (216) 626-7105

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Nirvana Health & Wellness, Inc.
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS, MRCPsy, DipAB
Verified Verified
Westlake, OH 44145
I am excellent at what I do. I provide evidence based, state of the art, medication management for Psychiatric Disorders. I have practiced Psychiatry for 40 years in diverse settings. I specialize in services for treatment resistant patients. I also provide expert opinion for guardianship applications. We provide Cognitive Testing, Pharmacogenomic Counseling, Pre-Nuptial Counseling & Telehealth services on pre-paid cash payment basis. We also provide individual therapy in selected cases. Same day appointments are available on cash payment basis only. No-shows and cancellation fees apply. TMS services available at Lorain office now.
I am excellent at what I do. I provide evidence based, state of the art, medication management for Psychiatric Disorders. I have practiced Psychiatry for 40 years in diverse settings. I specialize in services for treatment resistant patients. I also provide expert opinion for guardianship applications. We provide Cognitive Testing, Pharmacogenomic Counseling, Pre-Nuptial Counseling & Telehealth services on pre-paid cash payment basis. We also provide individual therapy in selected cases. Same day appointments are available on cash payment basis only. No-shows and cancellation fees apply. TMS services available at Lorain office now.
(440) 210-9479 View (440) 210-9479
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Lorain, OH 44052  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Ohio for psych evaluation and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates out of pocket rates. Also accepting some insurance plans.
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits in Ohio for psych evaluation and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issue adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates out of pocket rates. Also accepting some insurance plans.
(513) 434-6732 View (513) 434-6732
Photo of Carly Hamaoui, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
Carly Hamaoui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Carly Hamaoui is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from Cleveland State University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Walden University, and has her ACM Accreditation as an Accredited Case Manager-RN. Working in mental health has always been Carly's passion and she strives to normalize the importance of prioritizing one's mental health and self-care needs.
Carly Hamaoui is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2023. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from Cleveland State University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Walden University, and has her ACM Accreditation as an Accredited Case Manager-RN. Working in mental health has always been Carly's passion and she strives to normalize the importance of prioritizing one's mental health and self-care needs.
(440) 797-4226 View (440) 797-4226
Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lorain, OH 44052  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(440) 739-6099 View (440) 739-6099
Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Ridgeville, OH 44039  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(234) 265-9757 View (234) 265-9757
Photo of David Kwon, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
David Kwon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
North Olmsted, OH 44070
David Kwon is a board-certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner. He master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. His previous experience includes providing psychiatric services to patients in both community and private practice settings. He currently provides medication management to adult patients ages 18 to 64. His treatment areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
David Kwon is a board-certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse practitioner. He master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. His previous experience includes providing psychiatric services to patients in both community and private practice settings. He currently provides medication management to adult patients ages 18 to 64. His treatment areas of specialty include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(440) 750-1162 View (440) 750-1162
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Ascension Counseling and Therapy Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lorain, OH 44052
Do anxiety, stress, depression, anger or even mood swings interrupt you realizing your best self? Is talk therapy by itself just not enough? If you experience sleep difficulties, disturbing traumatic memories or even panic attacks, you may need some additional support. Medication management is one option, however, sometimes people may see this as the only option. Many people are better served when treated by a specialist who is trained to carefully consider a person’s unique personality, life stressors and even family history before issuing a prescription. I also offer genetic testing to help inform best treatment options.
Do anxiety, stress, depression, anger or even mood swings interrupt you realizing your best self? Is talk therapy by itself just not enough? If you experience sleep difficulties, disturbing traumatic memories or even panic attacks, you may need some additional support. Medication management is one option, however, sometimes people may see this as the only option. Many people are better served when treated by a specialist who is trained to carefully consider a person’s unique personality, life stressors and even family history before issuing a prescription. I also offer genetic testing to help inform best treatment options.
(216) 930-6350 View (216) 930-6350
Photo of Michele Norman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
Michele Norman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Michele Norman earned her Master's in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Upon graduation, she was board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 3 years at this point and her clinical practice has been based primarily in outpatient community settings, where she sees patients ranging in age from 6 to 90. Those skills are incorporated in her treatment plans and appointments. Her specializations include PTSD and other trauma related illness, ADHD, depression, anxiety and adjustment/transition issues.
Michele Norman earned her Master's in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Upon graduation, she was board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 3 years at this point and her clinical practice has been based primarily in outpatient community settings, where she sees patients ranging in age from 6 to 90. Those skills are incorporated in her treatment plans and appointments. Her specializations include PTSD and other trauma related illness, ADHD, depression, anxiety and adjustment/transition issues.
(440) 581-1220 View (440) 581-1220
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Brandy Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
North Olmsted, OH 44070
Brandy S. Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2022. Living in today's world can be difficult. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ADHD? Cognitive behavior therapy and medication management are techniques that can be used to treat your symptoms. Brandy specializes in treating mental health needs and addiction. She is available for after-hour appointments to meet the needs of clients who work and attend school during the day. Brandy became a mental health provider to decrease the negative stigma associated with mental illness.
Brandy S. Hill is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2022. Living in today's world can be difficult. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ADHD? Cognitive behavior therapy and medication management are techniques that can be used to treat your symptoms. Brandy specializes in treating mental health needs and addiction. She is available for after-hour appointments to meet the needs of clients who work and attend school during the day. Brandy became a mental health provider to decrease the negative stigma associated with mental illness.
(440) 641-2151 View (440) 641-2151
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Theophilus Arthur-Mensah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Sheffield Village, OH 44054  (Online Only)
My focus is on making precise and accurate diagnoses that then drive my psychopharmacologic approaches. I also employ an eclectic psychotherapeutic approach that includes using biblical perspectives as well as psychodynamic and cognitive restructuring modalities. I place a strong emphasis on establishing rapport and using the most robust psychotherapeutic approaches in dealing with complicated and treatment-resistant cases. I also employ much flexibility in my time spent with patients to allow for maximum effectiveness.
My focus is on making precise and accurate diagnoses that then drive my psychopharmacologic approaches. I also employ an eclectic psychotherapeutic approach that includes using biblical perspectives as well as psychodynamic and cognitive restructuring modalities. I place a strong emphasis on establishing rapport and using the most robust psychotherapeutic approaches in dealing with complicated and treatment-resistant cases. I also employ much flexibility in my time spent with patients to allow for maximum effectiveness.
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Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lorain, OH 44055  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(216) 777-7699 View (216) 777-7699
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Dr. Ryan Rajaram
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westlake, OH 44145
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, both in general adult and geriatric psychiatry. Trained at both Cleveland Clinic and Yale, I have treated all adult ages, but do specialize in older adults. I have been in practice for 5 years now, I focus on treating mood and anxiety issues.
I am a double boarded psychiatrist, both in general adult and geriatric psychiatry. Trained at both Cleveland Clinic and Yale, I have treated all adult ages, but do specialize in older adults. I have been in practice for 5 years now, I focus on treating mood and anxiety issues.
(440) 276-3286 View (440) 276-3286
Photo of Danny Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
Danny Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky River, OH 44116  (Online Only)
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain (Matt Haig). Danny is, above all, fully engaged in optimizing your well-being. He believes it is crucial to be totally engaged in patient interactions to really connect with you and provide the best care possible. When you see Danny for medication management, you have his undivided attention. As a patient-centered prescriber, he emphasizes practical, positive medical outcomes.
(216) 290-2547 View (216) 290-2547
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Kelly D Brill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Westlake, OH 44145
Opened September 1 2023 in Westlake, Ohio. Songbird Psychiatric and Recovery Services. My clients have a variety of concerns, including substance use disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and chronic illness. I provide services for those aged 5-105. LGBTQIA+ inclusive. Goals for many include long-term recovery, learning coping strategies, and improving behavioral cognitive functioning. Please schedule at SongbirdPsychiatric.com
Opened September 1 2023 in Westlake, Ohio. Songbird Psychiatric and Recovery Services. My clients have a variety of concerns, including substance use disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and chronic illness. I provide services for those aged 5-105. LGBTQIA+ inclusive. Goals for many include long-term recovery, learning coping strategies, and improving behavioral cognitive functioning. Please schedule at SongbirdPsychiatric.com
(440) 643-4422 View (440) 643-4422
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ARC Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Westlake, OH 44145  (Online Only)
We believe in positive behavioral health and improving quality of life by evaluating, treating, and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We support our patients through their current life difficulties and alleviate the stress of behavioral health symptoms by offering timely access to individual, holistic, and innovative care.
We believe in positive behavioral health and improving quality of life by evaluating, treating, and managing a variety of mental health conditions. We support our patients through their current life difficulties and alleviate the stress of behavioral health symptoms by offering timely access to individual, holistic, and innovative care.
(216) 208-5303 View (216) 208-5303
Photo of Melissa Lopez-Larson, Psychiatrist in Avon Lake, OH
Melissa Lopez-Larson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westlake, OH 44145
Don't wait 2 weeks, now seeing patients in person at her new Independence, Ohio office. Telepsychiatry also available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
Don't wait 2 weeks, now seeing patients in person at her new Independence, Ohio office. Telepsychiatry also available! Dr. Lopez-Larson is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and received her MD from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. She performed her adult and child psychiatry training at Harvard Medical School training sites including Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital and Cambridge Hospital, respectively. She has been practicing for over 15 years in a variety of settings including academic research, inpatient, residential and outpatient psychiatric services.
(614) 714-1854 View (614) 714-1854
Photo of Sheila Jones, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Avon Lake, OH
Sheila Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP/PMH
Verified Verified
Rocky River, OH 44116
Sheila Jones, PMHNP Sheila Jones is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has an Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology from The University of Akron, an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Cuyahoga Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Akron, and a Masters in Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Shelia believes that as Confucius said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Sheila Jones, PMHNP Sheila Jones is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Ohio who has been practicing since 2021. She has an Associate's Degree in Surgical Technology from The University of Akron, an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Cuyahoga Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Akron, and a Masters in Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner from Walden University. Shelia believes that as Confucius said, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
(440) 595-5932 View (440) 595-5932

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Number of Psychiatrists in Avon Lake, OH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Avon Lake, OH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Avon Lake, OH see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Avon Lake?

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.