Psychiatrists in Benton County, OR

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Danielle Gomez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97330
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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Dave Ngugi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97330
As a PMHNP-C, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care for individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be challenging, and I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where my clients can feel comfortable expressing their concerns. With a deep understanding of psychiatric disorders and evidence-based treatments, I am committed to tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
As a PMHNP-C, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care for individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be challenging, and I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental environment where my clients can feel comfortable expressing their concerns. With a deep understanding of psychiatric disorders and evidence-based treatments, I am committed to tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each individual.
(503) 744-6053 View (503) 744-6053
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97333  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(503) 782-9691 View (503) 782-9691
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Rebecca Moyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97333
I am currently accepting new patients, ages 16-60. I treat mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD. I utilize a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to promote health and wellbeing. I assist patients in stabilizing and managing symptoms first so we can focus on the deeper work of healing. I am patient-centered and trauma informed. I strive to understand your needs, respect you as the expert in your own life experiences, and honor your personal strengths. Please visit my website and complete the Contat Us form to become a new patient.
I am currently accepting new patients, ages 16-60. I treat mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, perinatal mood disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and ADHD. I utilize a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes to promote health and wellbeing. I assist patients in stabilizing and managing symptoms first so we can focus on the deeper work of healing. I am patient-centered and trauma informed. I strive to understand your needs, respect you as the expert in your own life experiences, and honor your personal strengths. Please visit my website and complete the Contat Us form to become a new patient.
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Synchronous Mental Health (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97330  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are perpetually fighting with your own brain? Is your mind constantly wandering making it difficult to get through life? Do your friends joke that you have no concept of time and in social settings, you worry that you are talking too much? Are you or someone you care about struggling with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? You're not alone, and help is available. Synchronous Mental Health specializes in providing comprehensive care for individuals facing these challenges, empowering them to reclaim their mental well-being and live fulfilling lives.
Do you feel like you are perpetually fighting with your own brain? Is your mind constantly wandering making it difficult to get through life? Do your friends joke that you have no concept of time and in social settings, you worry that you are talking too much? Are you or someone you care about struggling with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? You're not alone, and help is available. Synchronous Mental Health specializes in providing comprehensive care for individuals facing these challenges, empowering them to reclaim their mental well-being and live fulfilling lives.
(541) 204-4906 View (541) 204-4906
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DeRoy C Obilor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97331
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. DeRoy Obilor is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is committed to providing adult & elderly clients with high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care. DeRoy has solid clinical skills complemented by a natural ability to connect with clients and their families DeRoy's role as a PMHNP is multifaceted, providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and medication management.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. DeRoy Obilor is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is committed to providing adult & elderly clients with high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care. DeRoy has solid clinical skills complemented by a natural ability to connect with clients and their families DeRoy's role as a PMHNP is multifaceted, providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and medication management.
(541) 299-3947 View (541) 299-3947
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Ross Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97333
Ross A Brown is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He holds a Masters of Science and Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, where he completed studies as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. For fifteen years he worked in preventative cardiology and stroke neurology, then went on to complete his postmaster certificate as a PMHNP at the University of New Mexico. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, he cares for patients ages sixteen and older with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
Ross A Brown is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). He holds a Masters of Science and Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, where he completed studies as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. For fifteen years he worked in preventative cardiology and stroke neurology, then went on to complete his postmaster certificate as a PMHNP at the University of New Mexico. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, he cares for patients ages sixteen and older with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
(971) 257-8147 View (971) 257-8147
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Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97333  (Online Only)
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
(971) 414-3501 View (971) 414-3501
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Marisa Bell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97330  (Online Only)
I believe people in early adulthood deserve high-quality and compassionate care tailored for this challenging phase of every person’s life. Your twenties (and thirties) can be awesome. Let’s make it happen for you! I am straightforward in my approach, listen carefully and work at your pace. In treatment I attempt to balance my expertise– the science supporting medication decisions– with your own expertise– your body and mind. At the core, I work with people who are struggling and want to reclaim their lives. If you don’t know what’s going on or how to get better, I’m happy to guide you on your path to finding out.
I believe people in early adulthood deserve high-quality and compassionate care tailored for this challenging phase of every person’s life. Your twenties (and thirties) can be awesome. Let’s make it happen for you! I am straightforward in my approach, listen carefully and work at your pace. In treatment I attempt to balance my expertise– the science supporting medication decisions– with your own expertise– your body and mind. At the core, I work with people who are struggling and want to reclaim their lives. If you don’t know what’s going on or how to get better, I’m happy to guide you on your path to finding out.
(541) 920-1081 View (541) 920-1081
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97330
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
(503) 386-0877 View (503) 386-0877
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NTX
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97331
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Your mental health isn't something to put off. Start feeling better today! Expert Help For Your Emotional Health. Online and in- person help for anxiety, depression, insomnia, traumatic stress, ADHD. We have licensed prescribers, therapists and provide ADHD Testing, and Ketamine treatments. We embrace diversity and have a team of clinicians to treat clients of all ages. Please visit our website at www.neuropsychiatrytx.com
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Your mental health isn't something to put off. Start feeling better today! Expert Help For Your Emotional Health. Online and in- person help for anxiety, depression, insomnia, traumatic stress, ADHD. We have licensed prescribers, therapists and provide ADHD Testing, and Ketamine treatments. We embrace diversity and have a team of clinicians to treat clients of all ages. Please visit our website at www.neuropsychiatrytx.com
(541) 800-2169 View (541) 800-2169
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Angela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97331  (Online Only)
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! I work with Adults who have various mental health conditions. I have experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of individuals struggling with Substance use, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma, Relationship issues, Grief and Loss. My main goal is to help patients find ways to manage and cope with mental illnesses. I believe that every patient is unique and different, therefore I focus on utilizing an integrative approach to help my patients achieve greater mental health and well-being.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! I work with Adults who have various mental health conditions. I have experience and specialized training in the assessment and treatment of individuals struggling with Substance use, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma, Relationship issues, Grief and Loss. My main goal is to help patients find ways to manage and cope with mental illnesses. I believe that every patient is unique and different, therefore I focus on utilizing an integrative approach to help my patients achieve greater mental health and well-being.
(503) 343-9051 View (503) 343-9051
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Jessica L Hilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97331
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. I'm a Veteran with experience in passionately advocating for the LGBTQ Veteran population. I have certifications in both functional medicine and nutrition programs with an emphasis in psychiatry. I offer traditional, holistic, and integrative approaches to treating mental health conditions which often includes nutrition and supplement advice, exercise routines, and meditative practices, to name a few.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. I'm a Veteran with experience in passionately advocating for the LGBTQ Veteran population. I have certifications in both functional medicine and nutrition programs with an emphasis in psychiatry. I offer traditional, holistic, and integrative approaches to treating mental health conditions which often includes nutrition and supplement advice, exercise routines, and meditative practices, to name a few.
(541) 632-8727 View (541) 632-8727
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Anne Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97331
We all must contend with suffering in one form or another, and it can be helpful to develop a relationship with a psychotherapist to explore the meaning to be found in it. I believe this can lead to deep transformation. We typically come to therapy due to getting caught in a whirlwind of some kind: sudden loss via death or romantic breakup, prolonged grief, or an awakening to our outdated patterns and fixed negative beliefs about ourselves. We can also use the therapy space to enrich our capacity for curiosity, enhance our imagination, and better find our footing.
We all must contend with suffering in one form or another, and it can be helpful to develop a relationship with a psychotherapist to explore the meaning to be found in it. I believe this can lead to deep transformation. We typically come to therapy due to getting caught in a whirlwind of some kind: sudden loss via death or romantic breakup, prolonged grief, or an awakening to our outdated patterns and fixed negative beliefs about ourselves. We can also use the therapy space to enrich our capacity for curiosity, enhance our imagination, and better find our footing.
(503) 928-6402 View (503) 928-6402
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Camille Adair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97333
My approach is well-suited for people who want to understand themselves at a deeper level and discover greater meaning, purpose, and creative fulfillment. I listen for dynamics that impact your life, such as intergenerational and archetypal patterns. We will establish an approach that best suits your needs building a relationship that supports safety and trust. We may explore culture, ancestral lineage, dreams, and myths to strengthen resources and live from a more authentic self. In addition to psychotherapy, I am licensed to prescribe medication and offer that as part of therapy when appropriate.
My approach is well-suited for people who want to understand themselves at a deeper level and discover greater meaning, purpose, and creative fulfillment. I listen for dynamics that impact your life, such as intergenerational and archetypal patterns. We will establish an approach that best suits your needs building a relationship that supports safety and trust. We may explore culture, ancestral lineage, dreams, and myths to strengthen resources and live from a more authentic self. In addition to psychotherapy, I am licensed to prescribe medication and offer that as part of therapy when appropriate.
(505) 302-2288 View (505) 302-2288
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Andrea Hughes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97331
Hello, and welcome. I believe all individuals are complex beings that bring a mix of history, culture and beliefs into our daily lives, and this affects both our mental and physical health. Traditionally, health has been, and is viewed, as the absence of disease. However, I believe that health is a continuum and different for every person. The WHO says “mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to their community", and I hope to help you uncover what you need to achieve this.
Hello, and welcome. I believe all individuals are complex beings that bring a mix of history, culture and beliefs into our daily lives, and this affects both our mental and physical health. Traditionally, health has been, and is viewed, as the absence of disease. However, I believe that health is a continuum and different for every person. The WHO says “mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to their community", and I hope to help you uncover what you need to achieve this.
(503) 483-5689 View (503) 483-5689
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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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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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Lucia Kilday
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Corvallis, OR 97331
Welcome! I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s degree from The George Washington University. I have over a decade of experience in healthcare including nursing experience in the emergency department, as a sexual assault nurse examiner, and in substance use and inpatient eating disorder treatment. I have a trauma-informed approach and treat people of every educational, socioeconomic, and ethnic background, as well as every sexual orientation. I treat patients ages 16 and up in the states of OR, WA, and UT. In-person availability in Eugene, OR.
Welcome! I am an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s degree from The George Washington University. I have over a decade of experience in healthcare including nursing experience in the emergency department, as a sexual assault nurse examiner, and in substance use and inpatient eating disorder treatment. I have a trauma-informed approach and treat people of every educational, socioeconomic, and ethnic background, as well as every sexual orientation. I treat patients ages 16 and up in the states of OR, WA, and UT. In-person availability in Eugene, OR.
(425) 842-2896 View (425) 842-2896
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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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Benton County, OR

20+

Average cost per session

$205

Psychiatrists in Benton County, OR who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
92% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
76% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
75% PacificSource

How Psychiatrists in Benton County, OR see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

84% Female
16% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Benton County?

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.