Psychiatrists in Albany, OR

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Online Kairos Psychiatry PLLC in Oregon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, OR 97322  (Online Only)
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, where ever you are. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
We often risk our mental health in this busy world and people often have to choose between psychiatric/ therapy appointments or keeping up with other life responsibilities. Now you won't have to. My goal is to reduce fragmented care by providing accessible psychiatric care online, where ever you are. No more congested traffic or long drives, waiting room, missing work or school. Online psychiatry is privacy-friendly and customizable. I connect with teens, collegiates, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(971) 340-4401 View (971) 340-4401
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Danielle Gomez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Albany, OR 97322
Dr. Gomez is comfortable with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, with an emerging focus on women's reproductive mental health (including infertility, pregnancy loss, premenstrual mood disorders, mental health conditions during pregnancy and postpartum mental health). Other areas of interest include burnout, health care worker/ first responder specific stressors, generalized and social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders (w/therapist and registered dietician), acute trauma, gender and sexuality exploration and ADHD.
Dr. Gomez is comfortable with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, with an emerging focus on women's reproductive mental health (including infertility, pregnancy loss, premenstrual mood disorders, mental health conditions during pregnancy and postpartum mental health). Other areas of interest include burnout, health care worker/ first responder specific stressors, generalized and social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders (w/therapist and registered dietician), acute trauma, gender and sexuality exploration and ADHD.
(541) 813-4776 View (541) 813-4776
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Pw psych no svcs pllc
Psychiatric Nurse, MA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Albany, OR 97322  (Online Only)
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my professional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non-stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
About the Provider: I am a Board Certified, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC). I obtained my professional degree from Walden University. Over the years, I had professional affiliations with reputable mental health facilities including Bakersfield behavior, John George psych and more. I treat children and adults affected by various mental illness with care and compassion. I utilize Evidence Based Practice model to make treatment choices. I am specialized in treating ADHD, depression, anxiety and mood instability. Stimulant and non-stimulant treatment are available. I do conduct ADHD screening and testing before treatment.
(503) 386-0190 View (503) 386-0190

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Sonia Reisdorf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97330  (Online Only)
Currently accepting NEW Patients! Free ADHD, Genetic, & Neuropsychological testing available! I'm psychiatric nurse practitioner with additional training and experience in addiction medicine. I'm dual board certified in both Adult Geriatrics and Psychiatry with an extensive experience treating mental health and addiction. I look forward to working with you.
Currently accepting NEW Patients! Free ADHD, Genetic, & Neuropsychological testing available! I'm psychiatric nurse practitioner with additional training and experience in addiction medicine. I'm dual board certified in both Adult Geriatrics and Psychiatry with an extensive experience treating mental health and addiction. I look forward to working with you.
(541) 952-3310 View (541) 952-3310
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Dr. Kristina Timmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97330
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
(503) 444-8973 View (503) 444-8973
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Dr. Emily DeMarco
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97330  (Online Only)
New client appointments are available within a week of your call. As of late June 2024, I am scheduling new intakes for the first two weeks of July 2024. I am proud to serve clients throughout the entire state of Oregon via telehealth.
New client appointments are available within a week of your call. As of late June 2024, I am scheduling new intakes for the first two weeks of July 2024. I am proud to serve clients throughout the entire state of Oregon via telehealth.
(971) 231-3441 View (971) 231-3441
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Lyssa Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97330  (Online Only)
We offer psychiatric and mental health medication management via telehealth in Oregon. Specializing in ADHD, post-partum, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders for adolescents and adults ages 15-60. For additional information about scheduling your first appointment, you can visit our website!
We offer psychiatric and mental health medication management via telehealth in Oregon. Specializing in ADHD, post-partum, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and mood disorders for adolescents and adults ages 15-60. For additional information about scheduling your first appointment, you can visit our website!
(971) 365-3324 View (971) 365-3324
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Nikki Gaines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MBA, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97330  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience in various facets of mental health. My philosophy includes a focus on whole mind and body wellness. I strive to deliver excellent, compassionate care through active listening and thoughtful collaboration with my patients – with a splash of humor. You will feel heard and validated, never rushed or ignored. My interest is in the person with a symptom rather than the symptom of a person.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience in various facets of mental health. My philosophy includes a focus on whole mind and body wellness. I strive to deliver excellent, compassionate care through active listening and thoughtful collaboration with my patients – with a splash of humor. You will feel heard and validated, never rushed or ignored. My interest is in the person with a symptom rather than the symptom of a person.
(317) 548-8608 View (317) 548-8608

Online Psychiatrists

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Floss Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNPC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roseburg, OR 97470
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or disconnected? Have you been told you just need to prioritize some “self-care”? Is your current “self-care” not working? Let me ask you this, do you brush your teeth daily? Do you floss daily? Do you still prioritize going to the dentist for a cleaning and check-up? Whether it is a dentist, a chiropractor, an aesthetician, a primary care provider, or a personal trainer; we all seek out professionals to guide us in preventing and optimizing our health and wellness. So why do so many people try to manage their mental health alone?
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or disconnected? Have you been told you just need to prioritize some “self-care”? Is your current “self-care” not working? Let me ask you this, do you brush your teeth daily? Do you floss daily? Do you still prioritize going to the dentist for a cleaning and check-up? Whether it is a dentist, a chiropractor, an aesthetician, a primary care provider, or a personal trainer; we all seek out professionals to guide us in preventing and optimizing our health and wellness. So why do so many people try to manage their mental health alone?
(458) 224-8910 View (458) 224-8910
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Kyle Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225
Waitlist for new clients
I have moved to "Headlight" to provide care, see address and number to the right. I see patients ages 18 years and older. My ideal client would be one that desires the help offered, who places importance in themselves and fights for their happiness and their life. I truly enjoy sharing in goal-setting and ultimately goal-achieving with my clients, and find my greatest joy in hearing of their successes and personal growth. I personally enjoy getting to know my clients on an equal footing as fellow human beings. I do not accept patients currently on benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin).
I have moved to "Headlight" to provide care, see address and number to the right. I see patients ages 18 years and older. My ideal client would be one that desires the help offered, who places importance in themselves and fights for their happiness and their life. I truly enjoy sharing in goal-setting and ultimately goal-achieving with my clients, and find my greatest joy in hearing of their successes and personal growth. I personally enjoy getting to know my clients on an equal footing as fellow human beings. I do not accept patients currently on benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin).
(800) 930-0803 View (800) 930-0803
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Shannon LaDouce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97218  (Online Only)
Feb 2024- OPEN. I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - the folks who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing the pressures of the field, a mom juggling the demands of parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
Feb 2024- OPEN. I am passionate about supporting those who have dedicated their lives to service (of all types!). I am adept at working with the "givers" - the folks who are often over-extending to those around them. I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space for you to finally be the one that receives support. Whether you're a veteran navigating the challenges of post-service life, a healthcare provider managing the pressures of the field, a mom juggling the demands of parenthood, or the friend who everyone turns to, I am here to partner with you to give YOU the support you deserve.
(503) 438-7830 View (503) 438-7830
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Rachel Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225  (Online Only)
Anxiety and depression can be overwhelming, casting a shadow over every aspect of life. Recognizing the courage it takes to seek help, my focus is on individuals ready to take active steps towards betterment. Leveraging my expertise in psychiatry, I aim to create a supportive environment where we collaboratively address these challenges. Through a careful and compassionate approach to medication management, we can find a path to a brighter, more balanced life, empowering you to reclaim control over your mental health and wellbeing.
Anxiety and depression can be overwhelming, casting a shadow over every aspect of life. Recognizing the courage it takes to seek help, my focus is on individuals ready to take active steps towards betterment. Leveraging my expertise in psychiatry, I aim to create a supportive environment where we collaboratively address these challenges. Through a careful and compassionate approach to medication management, we can find a path to a brighter, more balanced life, empowering you to reclaim control over your mental health and wellbeing.
(800) 702-2150 View (800) 702-2150
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Jermiah Floyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
My focus is providing holistic and person-centered care, meaning you are in charge, we go at your speed, and sessions should feel comfortable for you. I believe that individuals are more than just their symptoms and am committed to treating each person as a unique individual. Your mental health is linked to every aspect of your life, and I prioritize this perspective in addressing your well-being. I offer medication management and primary/adjunct psychotherapy to help alleviate your symptoms and help you balance your lived experience.
My focus is providing holistic and person-centered care, meaning you are in charge, we go at your speed, and sessions should feel comfortable for you. I believe that individuals are more than just their symptoms and am committed to treating each person as a unique individual. Your mental health is linked to every aspect of your life, and I prioritize this perspective in addressing your well-being. I offer medication management and primary/adjunct psychotherapy to help alleviate your symptoms and help you balance your lived experience.
(503) 974-3427 View (503) 974-3427
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Jodene Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients. Self-schedule at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. Jodene Jensen, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, works with patients age 14 and up who have symptoms of anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic, social anxiety), mood disorders (depression, bipolar, mania), psychosis (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder), ADHD, PTSD, OCD, addiction, and insomnia. She will listen carefully to you to find the best personalized treatment to obtain calm and symptom relief. Accepting new patients. Schedule a free consultation at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. In-network with many insurances. Accepts private pay.
Accepting new patients. Self-schedule at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. Jodene Jensen, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, works with patients age 14 and up who have symptoms of anxiety (generalized anxiety, panic, social anxiety), mood disorders (depression, bipolar, mania), psychosis (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder), ADHD, PTSD, OCD, addiction, and insomnia. She will listen carefully to you to find the best personalized treatment to obtain calm and symptom relief. Accepting new patients. Schedule a free consultation at www.solreibehavioralhealth.com. In-network with many insurances. Accepts private pay.
(321) 529-0252 View (321) 529-0252
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Dr. Mikaela Rodriguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97006  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Visit - - > www.ohsu.edu/providers/mikaela-rodriguez-md < - - - to see my client reviews. -> I offer medication management and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug & alcohol-related issues, insomnia, phobias, hair-pulling/skin-picking behaviors, and more. - > I offer comprehensive diagnostic ADHD evaluations (2 hours+). - > My practice is neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQ+-affirming. - > Due to my psychiatry practice being virtual-only, I do not currently prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines). I can collaborate with your PCP, sharing detailed recs for how/why to start a stimulant, if needed.
Visit - - > www.ohsu.edu/providers/mikaela-rodriguez-md < - - - to see my client reviews. -> I offer medication management and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug & alcohol-related issues, insomnia, phobias, hair-pulling/skin-picking behaviors, and more. - > I offer comprehensive diagnostic ADHD evaluations (2 hours+). - > My practice is neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQ+-affirming. - > Due to my psychiatry practice being virtual-only, I do not currently prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines). I can collaborate with your PCP, sharing detailed recs for how/why to start a stimulant, if needed.
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La Lune Integrative Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients at joinlalune.com. Jaymie is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been working in healthcare for over 15 years. Since 2013, she has worked as a registered nurse and has experience in different areas such as critical care, inpatient medical care and specialty surgeries, cardiology, memory care and rehabilitation, and psychiatry. As a former member of a Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), she became proficient in crisis prevention and intervention, and motivational interviewing. She is an instructor of mental health nursing at the undergraduate university level.
Accepting New Patients at joinlalune.com. Jaymie is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been working in healthcare for over 15 years. Since 2013, she has worked as a registered nurse and has experience in different areas such as critical care, inpatient medical care and specialty surgeries, cardiology, memory care and rehabilitation, and psychiatry. As a former member of a Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), she became proficient in crisis prevention and intervention, and motivational interviewing. She is an instructor of mental health nursing at the undergraduate university level.
(971) 414-3064 View (971) 414-3064
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
I am the owner/clinician of Hope Mental Health. We provide psych evaluations, medication and psychotherapy to all mental health conditions as needed, specializing in severe mental illness. When you schedule an appointment with me, you get a team of two. One of my interns will take a medical and psychiatric history and then I will come on and complete the evaluation and with you, my intern and myself, and we will make a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will follow you and will bring me on when medication or treatment plan needs tweaking. Our style is integrative in nature. All are in training in psychotherapy.
(541) 655-3581 View (541) 655-3581
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Rena Apon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNA, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Rena is the only Double Board-Certified Nurse Anesthesiologist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Oregon. Atomic MindWorks, located in Beaverton is an interventional psychiatric clinic that utilizes the quick-acting anti-depressive benefits of IV Ketamine, nebulized Ketamine, and psychiatric medication management. Appointment are available within 2 weeks. The clinic specializes in major depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. Precision medicine can be provided that takes genetic information into consideration for more personalized treatment.
Rena is the only Double Board-Certified Nurse Anesthesiologist and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the State of Oregon. Atomic MindWorks, located in Beaverton is an interventional psychiatric clinic that utilizes the quick-acting anti-depressive benefits of IV Ketamine, nebulized Ketamine, and psychiatric medication management. Appointment are available within 2 weeks. The clinic specializes in major depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. Precision medicine can be provided that takes genetic information into consideration for more personalized treatment.
(971) 273-5848 View (971) 273-5848
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Kelly Severhof
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Our clients aim for meaningful outcomes, seeking to enhance their well-being, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose in life. Kelly Severhof is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to uncovering the root causes of psychiatric conditions and collaborating with patients to achieve their mental well-being and self-discovery goals. Utilizing an array of therapeutic modalities, Kelly tailors evidence-based, individualized treatment plans that incorporate conventional medication, lifestyle modifications, experiential therapies, and mindfulness practices to promote holistic healing.
Our clients aim for meaningful outcomes, seeking to enhance their well-being, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose in life. Kelly Severhof is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to uncovering the root causes of psychiatric conditions and collaborating with patients to achieve their mental well-being and self-discovery goals. Utilizing an array of therapeutic modalities, Kelly tailors evidence-based, individualized treatment plans that incorporate conventional medication, lifestyle modifications, experiential therapies, and mindfulness practices to promote holistic healing.
(458) 236-5862 View (458) 236-5862
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Quimson Behavioral Health: Dr Pia Quimson-Guevarra
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you ready to get better? I am a board-certified psychiatrist (medical doctor) who partners with patients using a personalized treatment approach which can include medications, education, and talk therapy. While I treat a variety of mental health conditions, I specialize in helping those with anxiety and depression to get to a better place. I also help others explore the impact of society, culture, and relationships on their mental health. I am a BIPOC/AAPI/Asian provider and identify as Filipina-American.
Are you ready to get better? I am a board-certified psychiatrist (medical doctor) who partners with patients using a personalized treatment approach which can include medications, education, and talk therapy. While I treat a variety of mental health conditions, I specialize in helping those with anxiety and depression to get to a better place. I also help others explore the impact of society, culture, and relationships on their mental health. I am a BIPOC/AAPI/Asian provider and identify as Filipina-American.
(971) 307-9602 View (971) 307-9602

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Albany, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Albany, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Women's Issues
100% Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
67% Aetna
67% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Albany, OR see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Albany?

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.