Psychiatrists in Oklahoma

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Channel Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Channel Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Tulsa, a Master's of Science of Nursing, Specialty Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, and a Master of Science of Nursing, Specialty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Channel strives to provide personalized care and focus on each individual's needs. To each individual client, she strives to provide compassionate care.
Channel Johnson is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Tulsa, a Master's of Science of Nursing, Specialty Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University, and a Master of Science of Nursing, Specialty, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Channel strives to provide personalized care and focus on each individual's needs. To each individual client, she strives to provide compassionate care.
(918) 303-5112 View (918) 303-5112
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Levi Stanford
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
John Levi Stanford is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), specializing in treating mental health across the lifespan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma before going on to earn his Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse practitioner specializing in mental health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His love and passion for psychiatric care of patients began before nursing school when he was able to shadow psychiatrists and psychiatric-nurse practitioners that served as mentors.
John Levi Stanford is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), specializing in treating mental health across the lifespan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma before going on to earn his Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse practitioner specializing in mental health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His love and passion for psychiatric care of patients began before nursing school when he was able to shadow psychiatrists and psychiatric-nurse practitioners that served as mentors.
(918) 203-6877 View (918) 203-6877
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Judith L Armstrong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Greetings, I'm Judith, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to helping individuals navigate their mental health journey. My expertise spans a range of conditions including adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and others. Listening is at the core of my approach. I will make sure you feel heard and understood. Collaboratively, we will identify the medication regimen best suited to your specific needs and current situation. See my website: www.calmingcreekcare.com.
Greetings, I'm Judith, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) committed to helping individuals navigate their mental health journey. My expertise spans a range of conditions including adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and others. Listening is at the core of my approach. I will make sure you feel heard and understood. Collaboratively, we will identify the medication regimen best suited to your specific needs and current situation. See my website: www.calmingcreekcare.com.
(539) 212-4282 View (539) 212-4282
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Maris Mills
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Hello! My name is Maris Mills, and I'm a licensed and certified physician assistant working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide mental health care to adult patients. As a psychiatry physician assistant, I work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs. I am dedicated to providing quality care by incorporating both medication management and therapy into treatment plans as needed. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients, focused on improving both self-compassion and interpersonal skills to improve wellbeing and achieve optimal mental health.
Hello! My name is Maris Mills, and I'm a licensed and certified physician assistant working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide mental health care to adult patients. As a psychiatry physician assistant, I work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs. I am dedicated to providing quality care by incorporating both medication management and therapy into treatment plans as needed. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for patients, focused on improving both self-compassion and interpersonal skills to improve wellbeing and achieve optimal mental health.
(405) 725-2696 View (405) 725-2696
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Karen Schaaf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73003
Karen Schaaf is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2005. She graduated from Western University Health and Science. Karen treats her clients holistically to help with the mind and body, helping them to be functional and thrive. Outside of work, Karen loves the outdoors and travel and taking care of her family.
Karen Schaaf is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in California who has been practicing since 2005. She graduated from Western University Health and Science. Karen treats her clients holistically to help with the mind and body, helping them to be functional and thrive. Outside of work, Karen loves the outdoors and travel and taking care of her family.
(405) 266-4714 View (405) 266-4714
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Karon Potter
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Karon Potter PA-C, RD, CSOWM, CDE graduated with her Master of Health Sciences with Distinction in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Prior to PA school she received a Bachelor and Master's in nutrition from Texas Tech University. Karon is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Before joining LifeStance Karon worked for an Oklahoma City health system developing a comprehensive medical weight management program.
Karon Potter PA-C, RD, CSOWM, CDE graduated with her Master of Health Sciences with Distinction in the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2016. Prior to PA school she received a Bachelor and Master's in nutrition from Texas Tech University. Karon is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Before joining LifeStance Karon worked for an Oklahoma City health system developing a comprehensive medical weight management program.
(405) 554-9663 View (405) 554-9663
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Sylvie Mawoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD,Autism spectrum, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, Weight loss, Obesity, and other mental health disorders. I do telehealth services in all parts of Oklahoma with an accessible and personalized mental health care including prescriptive medication management, psychiatric evaluation, talk therapy and other mental health needs right at the comfort of your own home or wherever you might be via telehealth services.
I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD,Autism spectrum, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, Weight loss, Obesity, and other mental health disorders. I do telehealth services in all parts of Oklahoma with an accessible and personalized mental health care including prescriptive medication management, psychiatric evaluation, talk therapy and other mental health needs right at the comfort of your own home or wherever you might be via telehealth services.
(405) 987-3730 View (405) 987-3730
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Jeffrey Owen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Jeffrey Owen is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma with more than four years of academic experience. He has a Bachelor Dual degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University CHS, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Ozark Center sponsored by KCU. After residency, he served as Clinical Associate Professor at Ozark Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at OU Department of Psychiatry. Jeffrey believes in empowering people in his community with evidence-based medicine to optimize their mental well-being.
Jeffrey Owen is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma with more than four years of academic experience. He has a Bachelor Dual degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University CHS, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Ozark Center sponsored by KCU. After residency, he served as Clinical Associate Professor at Ozark Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at OU Department of Psychiatry. Jeffrey believes in empowering people in his community with evidence-based medicine to optimize their mental well-being.
(918) 393-2655 View (918) 393-2655
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Jack Wade Lethermon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Claremore, OK 74017
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner holding a doctorate in Psychiatric Mental Health. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health, emphasizing the importance of treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms. I have a partnership with Megen Rhine Consulting therapy group that is in-house and ready to assist with all your therapy needs. I believe in building synergistic relationships with my patients. I recognize the significance of involving individuals in their care, fostering a sense of empowerment and ownership over their mental health journey.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner holding a doctorate in Psychiatric Mental Health. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health, emphasizing the importance of treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms. I have a partnership with Megen Rhine Consulting therapy group that is in-house and ready to assist with all your therapy needs. I believe in building synergistic relationships with my patients. I recognize the significance of involving individuals in their care, fostering a sense of empowerment and ownership over their mental health journey.
(918) 265-4085 View (918) 265-4085
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Nicoline Lami Edie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Welcome! I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, I work with addiction medicine and is committed to helping as many patients in need as I can. With patient safety in mind, I am more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage. Also, private pay is available to suit your needs as well. Why wait? Call us today!
Welcome! I serve patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, I work with addiction medicine and is committed to helping as many patients in need as I can. With patient safety in mind, I am more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage. Also, private pay is available to suit your needs as well. Why wait? Call us today!
(405) 873-7130 View (405) 873-7130
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Dr. Sun Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Norman, OK 73069  (Online Only)
As a double board-certified psychiatrist, I will conduct evaluations via telemedicine to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on our visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan together. I focus on safety, sustainability and shared decision making and I try my best to walk with my patients through their symptoms and struggles, while respecting and encouraging personal autonomy. I will also likely encourage you to set up with a therapist since studies point to the success of patients who are receiving both pharmacologic and behavioral treatments together than either one alone.
As a double board-certified psychiatrist, I will conduct evaluations via telemedicine to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on our visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan together. I focus on safety, sustainability and shared decision making and I try my best to walk with my patients through their symptoms and struggles, while respecting and encouraging personal autonomy. I will also likely encourage you to set up with a therapist since studies point to the success of patients who are receiving both pharmacologic and behavioral treatments together than either one alone.
(405) 592-7873 View (405) 592-7873
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Colby Pacheco
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Hello! My name is Colby and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). PMHNPs utilize nursing science coupled along with holistic care, medication management, and interventional psychiatry - and that is exactly my practice. Let’s explore a holistic approach to your mental health care and help you be the best person you can be. Proudly offering LGBT+, BIPOC, and gender affirming care.
Hello! My name is Colby and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). PMHNPs utilize nursing science coupled along with holistic care, medication management, and interventional psychiatry - and that is exactly my practice. Let’s explore a holistic approach to your mental health care and help you be the best person you can be. Proudly offering LGBT+, BIPOC, and gender affirming care.
(405) 956-2182 View (405) 956-2182
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Judy Wagga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74135
Judy Wagga is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over nine years of experience in psychiatric nursing including behavioral health, rehabilitation, addiction, jail nursing and community hospital settings. She is currently working with children, youth and adults to manage, prescribe medications and support patients and their families. Judy has excellent communication skills, is a detail oriented, personable professional.
Judy Wagga is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over nine years of experience in psychiatric nursing including behavioral health, rehabilitation, addiction, jail nursing and community hospital settings. She is currently working with children, youth and adults to manage, prescribe medications and support patients and their families. Judy has excellent communication skills, is a detail oriented, personable professional.
(918) 708-9850 View (918) 708-9850
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Natalie Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Edmond, OK 73034
Natalie Evans, PMHNP Natalie Evans is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at OU Health Sciences Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UT Health Sciences Center. Natalie believes that recovery is the goal of treatment and should be a holistic approach that strengthens all domains of a person's life. She feels care is best provided when provider and client engage in treatment as a team. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
Natalie Evans, PMHNP Natalie Evans is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at OU Health Sciences Center and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at UT Health Sciences Center. Natalie believes that recovery is the goal of treatment and should be a holistic approach that strengthens all domains of a person's life. She feels care is best provided when provider and client engage in treatment as a team. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.
(405) 395-4353 View (405) 395-4353
MIRCS Psychiatric and Counseling Services
Psychiatrist, MD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
At MIRCS, the Psychiatrists emphasizes in the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach. We provide Cat-amine and Spravato treatment.All our patients will be evaluated by trained Psychiatrists who are qualified to treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders . We conduct evaluations via telemedicine and Face-Face to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on the visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan. We aim to bring compassionate, dedicated, individualized and exceptionally high quality care.
At MIRCS, the Psychiatrists emphasizes in the use of evidence-based medicine, incorporating a psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, psychopharmacological, and holistic approach. We provide Cat-amine and Spravato treatment.All our patients will be evaluated by trained Psychiatrists who are qualified to treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders . We conduct evaluations via telemedicine and Face-Face to assess for possible psychiatric conditions. Based on the visit, we will develop an appropriate and potential pharmacologic treatment plan. We aim to bring compassionate, dedicated, individualized and exceptionally high quality care.
(405) 583-7579 View (405) 583-7579
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Reliance Mental Health and Functional Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, FMA-CP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bethany, OK 73008
Welcome! We are a mental health and primary care clinic that serves patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, we work with addiction medicine and are committed to helping as many patients in need as we can. With patient safety in mind, we are more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy and referrals. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage and clinic hours.
Welcome! We are a mental health and primary care clinic that serves patients with mental health needs of all ages, and treat depression, bipolar, trauma, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, PTSD, autism spectrum disorders and issues concerning the LGBT community. Also, we work with addiction medicine and are committed to helping as many patients in need as we can. With patient safety in mind, we are more than willing to provide medication management to help people with mental health needs with not only medication but therapy and referrals. Please do not hesitate to call the office to verify insurance coverage and clinic hours.
(405) 449-5836 View (405) 449-5836
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Caroline Whitaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Caroline Whitaker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Saint Louis University. Caroline strives to see every patient as a unique individual and treats them as a "whole person" perspective by combining both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help achieve their optimal mental and physical health.
Caroline Whitaker is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Saint Louis University. Caroline strives to see every patient as a unique individual and treats them as a "whole person" perspective by combining both modern medicine and a holistic approach to help achieve their optimal mental and physical health.
(405) 645-5037 View (405) 645-5037
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Jared Keck
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Moore, OK 73160
Jared Keck is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. His educational journey started at the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Health and Exercise Sciences. In 2015, Jared decided to go into nursing, graduating with his Associates Degree in Nursing in 2016 from Oklahoma City Community College. His Bachelor of Science in Nursing was acquired in 2017 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Jared Keck is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma who has been practicing since 2023. His educational journey started at the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, with a focus on Health and Exercise Sciences. In 2015, Jared decided to go into nursing, graduating with his Associates Degree in Nursing in 2016 from Oklahoma City Community College. His Bachelor of Science in Nursing was acquired in 2017 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
(405) 925-1849 View (405) 925-1849
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Rachael Touma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Rachael Touma is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career began at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds an additional Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University. Professionally, Rachael has a diverse resume.
Rachael Touma is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career began at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds an additional Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University. Professionally, Rachael has a diverse resume.
(918) 380-3675 View (918) 380-3675
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Katarina Norman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74119
I provide psychiatric med management and brief psychotherapy to clients with multiple psychiatric conditions. My specialty areas include bipolar disorder, substance abuse, patient's experiencing homelessness, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA+. I have a suboxone program for patients seeking addiction medicine. I am accepting new patients, however, due to maternity leave I am scheduling out into August 2024.
I provide psychiatric med management and brief psychotherapy to clients with multiple psychiatric conditions. My specialty areas include bipolar disorder, substance abuse, patient's experiencing homelessness, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA+. I have a suboxone program for patients seeking addiction medicine. I am accepting new patients, however, due to maternity leave I am scheduling out into August 2024.
(539) 209-4127 View (539) 209-4127

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Oklahoma who prioritize treating:

88% Anxiety
87% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
76% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Medication Management
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
87% Aetna
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Oklahoma see their clients

81% In Person and Online
19% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Oklahoma?

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.