Psychiatrists in Clatsop County, OR

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Photo of Carol Crowe, PMHNP, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carol Crowe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Warrenton, OR 97146
As a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychiatry, I began my healthcare journey in 2006 as an RN, progressing through degrees at OHSU, Vanderbilt, George Washington University to specialize in mental health prescriptions. Not a psychiatrist, I independently prescribe medications to all of Oregon state.
As a Nurse Practitioner with a focus on psychiatry, I began my healthcare journey in 2006 as an RN, progressing through degrees at OHSU, Vanderbilt, George Washington University to specialize in mental health prescriptions. Not a psychiatrist, I independently prescribe medications to all of Oregon state.
(503) 946-3621 View (503) 946-3621
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Jill C. Gladish
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, ABPN
Verified Verified
Cannon Beach, OR 97110  (Online Only)
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
(503) 563-7431 View (503) 563-7431
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Jermiah Floyd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seaside, OR 97138
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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Catherine Rose Hensy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APNP, PMHNP-B, CPT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Astoria, OR 97103
I offer both in-person at Tigard/Portland clinic or telehealth for all of Oregon. Neurocognitive testing offered, including ADHD, with treatment tailored to testing results. My approach is based on the current best practice standards. Goal is to limit negative side effects and achieve positive results from the least medications possible. Interactive conversation where you feel heard. I have experience across the spectrum, from child/adolescent's to adults.
I offer both in-person at Tigard/Portland clinic or telehealth for all of Oregon. Neurocognitive testing offered, including ADHD, with treatment tailored to testing results. My approach is based on the current best practice standards. Goal is to limit negative side effects and achieve positive results from the least medications possible. Interactive conversation where you feel heard. I have experience across the spectrum, from child/adolescent's to adults.
(503) 738-1874 View (503) 738-1874

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Schuyler B Ellis, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Schuyler B Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97209
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I began my career at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX where I gained invaluable experience working with young adults with complex trauma, substance abuse, and mood & personality disorders. From this experience, I learned that it is a provider’s responsibility to therapeutically guide care that targets the core issues leading to a patient’s mental health challenges, not just treat a diagnosis. Since leaving Menninger, I have had the chance to care for a variety of patients in community, emergency, and forensic settings.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I began my career at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX where I gained invaluable experience working with young adults with complex trauma, substance abuse, and mood & personality disorders. From this experience, I learned that it is a provider’s responsibility to therapeutically guide care that targets the core issues leading to a patient’s mental health challenges, not just treat a diagnosis. Since leaving Menninger, I have had the chance to care for a variety of patients in community, emergency, and forensic settings.
(971) 231-2720 View (971) 231-2720
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Dr. Sydney Barfield - New Clients No Waitlist
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Hillsboro, OR 97006  (Online Only)
Dr. Barfield offers medication management and supportive therapy through Create Mental Wellness, LLC. Reaching out for mental wellness is not always easy, but we aim to make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. We take a culturally aware and individualized approach to address a variety of mental health concerns, including addiction, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. We will help you develop a treatment plan considering the best modalities for you, looking at lifestyle, medication, and your personal goals. We aim to help you create what mental wellness looks like for you! we work with adult clients of all ages.
Dr. Barfield offers medication management and supportive therapy through Create Mental Wellness, LLC. Reaching out for mental wellness is not always easy, but we aim to make the process as smooth and supportive as possible. We take a culturally aware and individualized approach to address a variety of mental health concerns, including addiction, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. We will help you develop a treatment plan considering the best modalities for you, looking at lifestyle, medication, and your personal goals. We aim to help you create what mental wellness looks like for you! we work with adult clients of all ages.
(971) 299-7097 View (971) 299-7097
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Esther Moseka Odaibo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
Accepting new patients ! Do you experience undue fear and anxiety ? Do you get confused and disorganized ? I am here to help you! My goal is to establish a therapeutic alliance with you. I want you to feel heard, understood and empowered. Together we will establish sustainable goals to create balance and manage the condition that is of concern to you. I work with patients across lifespan while using evidence based patient centered approaches. In addition to providing medication management and therapy for several mental health conditions, I provide treatment for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and bipolar disorder.
(971) 999-3237 View (971) 999-3237
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Nichole Slykhous
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209
Nichole practices Integrative Psychiatry to help you identify and treat the underlying cause(s) and contributors to symptoms of depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, brain fog, fatigue, and other contemporary mental health conditions. ​ Integrative Psychiatry is a personalized approach to mental health that uses functional medicine and traditional psychiatry to identify and treat core imbalances which affect your brain, body, and life.
Nichole practices Integrative Psychiatry to help you identify and treat the underlying cause(s) and contributors to symptoms of depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, brain fog, fatigue, and other contemporary mental health conditions. ​ Integrative Psychiatry is a personalized approach to mental health that uses functional medicine and traditional psychiatry to identify and treat core imbalances which affect your brain, body, and life.
(971) 999-3153 View (971) 999-3153
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Dr. Carrie Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97218  (Online Only)
To get started, please complete form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to providing contextualized whole-person mental health care that considers the many factors – genetic, social, environmental, and cultural – that contribute to someone’s overall health picture. My approach is collaborative, evidence-informed, and patient-centered. I partner with my clients in shared decision-making and deeply value the foundational importance of trust, safety, and human connection in a therapeutic relationship.
To get started, please complete form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact. As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am dedicated to providing contextualized whole-person mental health care that considers the many factors – genetic, social, environmental, and cultural – that contribute to someone’s overall health picture. My approach is collaborative, evidence-informed, and patient-centered. I partner with my clients in shared decision-making and deeply value the foundational importance of trust, safety, and human connection in a therapeutic relationship.
(971) 248-9585 View (971) 248-9585
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Holistic Well
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
Great to meet you! Working in Psychiatric mental health since 2016, I help children and adults throughout the lifespan. I have an MSN from Regis College. Neurodivergent individuals and those with special needs are very welcome to my practice. I provide LGBTQAI+ affirming care. I offer no-rush care and supportive therapy for a range of issues. Your goals are my goals. Satisfaction and life-fulfillment are on the horizon and I can help you on this journey.
Great to meet you! Working in Psychiatric mental health since 2016, I help children and adults throughout the lifespan. I have an MSN from Regis College. Neurodivergent individuals and those with special needs are very welcome to my practice. I provide LGBTQAI+ affirming care. I offer no-rush care and supportive therapy for a range of issues. Your goals are my goals. Satisfaction and life-fulfillment are on the horizon and I can help you on this journey.
(971) 265-9944 View (971) 265-9944
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Ken Erickson
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223  (Online Only)
I treat a range of psychiatric conditions - from depression, stress reactions, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic to ADHD and sleep disorders. I like to individualize treatment to each patient's needs, and to use feedback from my patients to improve their outcome. I have been in practice for over 30 years and find a combination of tailored medication management and CBT therapy works best. In light of COVID-19 precautions, I do provide virtual care for evaluation, therapy and medication management to protect your safety. Should you desire in-office care, I have a large office with lobby to provide the needed six-foot distances.
I treat a range of psychiatric conditions - from depression, stress reactions, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic to ADHD and sleep disorders. I like to individualize treatment to each patient's needs, and to use feedback from my patients to improve their outcome. I have been in practice for over 30 years and find a combination of tailored medication management and CBT therapy works best. In light of COVID-19 precautions, I do provide virtual care for evaluation, therapy and medication management to protect your safety. Should you desire in-office care, I have a large office with lobby to provide the needed six-foot distances.
(503) 430-9190 View (503) 430-9190
Photo of Nate Smith, MN, RN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nate Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm currently accepting clients for medication management only for Oregon residents. As you consider mental health medications, you're likely feeling some mix of overwhelmed, exhausted, unfulfilled, and "stuck." The way you feel might be connected to challenging transitions in your life, a sense of unmet potential, or even long-held emotions and memories of painful experiences and relationships. The good news is that often times medications work and finding the right "fit" in a provider is a big initial step. Please click over to my website to see a full description of my approach. I look forward to hearing from you!
Hello! I'm currently accepting clients for medication management only for Oregon residents. As you consider mental health medications, you're likely feeling some mix of overwhelmed, exhausted, unfulfilled, and "stuck." The way you feel might be connected to challenging transitions in your life, a sense of unmet potential, or even long-held emotions and memories of painful experiences and relationships. The good news is that often times medications work and finding the right "fit" in a provider is a big initial step. Please click over to my website to see a full description of my approach. I look forward to hearing from you!
(503) 962-0493 x2 View (503) 962-0493 x2
Photo of Heidi Warmbold, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heidi Warmbold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
I am dual certified as a PMHNP and FNP (family nurse practitioner) and have been working in health care for over 20 years with over 15 years as an advanced practice nurse. I have worked in a variety of settings to include acute and outpatient care with all ages as well as with veteran and active duty military service members. I have had exposure and experience working with all ranges of mental health disorders at all stages of severity. I enjoy working with a diverse patient population and am passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals; both physical and mental.
(346) 644-6584 View (346) 644-6584
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Njideka Domrufus Dnp Pmhnp-Bc Fnp-C
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97221
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
(971) 252-5319 View (971) 252-5319
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Shinichi Daimyo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97034  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
(458) 216-5983 View (458) 216-5983
Photo of Jessica Ward, PMHNP, MPA, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Now Accepting New TMS Clients! My name is Jessica Ward, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. My experience includes working with children, preteens and adults of all ages with conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic illness, and other co-occurring disorders.
Now Accepting New TMS Clients! My name is Jessica Ward, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. My experience includes working with children, preteens and adults of all ages with conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic illness, and other co-occurring disorders.
(458) 236-5875 View (458) 236-5875
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Elliott Louis Koivisto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
Want to Schedule yourself an appointment? Go to my website www.ABetterWayMentalHealth.com and Click the button that says "Schedule your first appointment" on the main page. I would be honored to help you. I am passionate about mental health and love helping people with many different mental health disorders, such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, sleep disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, panic disorders, and stress. The journey toward mental health can be long and I am here with you for that journey.
Want to Schedule yourself an appointment? Go to my website www.ABetterWayMentalHealth.com and Click the button that says "Schedule your first appointment" on the main page. I would be honored to help you. I am passionate about mental health and love helping people with many different mental health disorders, such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, sleep disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, panic disorders, and stress. The journey toward mental health can be long and I am here with you for that journey.
(503) 854-0349 View (503) 854-0349
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Laurence Eckman Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
I work with ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, marriage & couples counseling, anger problems, unresolved trauma, & PTSD. I enjoy working with individuals and couples who may be experiencing communication and relationship issues, daily life stressors, parenting difficulties or life transitions. I am dually licensed as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and psychotherapist (LCSW). Having two different licenses affords me the unique perspective of seeing mental health from the physiological and psychological viewpoints. I offer mental health medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching or a combination of these. Sometimes there is great value in having one practitioner to address both the medical and mental health concerns.
I work with ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, marriage & couples counseling, anger problems, unresolved trauma, & PTSD. I enjoy working with individuals and couples who may be experiencing communication and relationship issues, daily life stressors, parenting difficulties or life transitions. I am dually licensed as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and psychotherapist (LCSW). Having two different licenses affords me the unique perspective of seeing mental health from the physiological and psychological viewpoints. I offer mental health medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching or a combination of these. Sometimes there is great value in having one practitioner to address both the medical and mental health concerns.
(503) 446-1199 View (503) 446-1199
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Dr. Mercy Ngeusang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Dr. Mercy Ngeusang is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 8 years of cumulative experience in caring. Obtained her doctorate degree at Northern Kentucky University, prior to years of clinical practice specializing in Psychiatry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University in Maryland USA, and continued to further her education through Walden University where she received her Master’s Degree. She treats numerous complex mental health conditions requiring ongoing medication management for children, adolescents, Adults and Elderly populations.
Dr. Mercy Ngeusang is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 8 years of cumulative experience in caring. Obtained her doctorate degree at Northern Kentucky University, prior to years of clinical practice specializing in Psychiatry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University in Maryland USA, and continued to further her education through Walden University where she received her Master’s Degree. She treats numerous complex mental health conditions requiring ongoing medication management for children, adolescents, Adults and Elderly populations.
(512) 764-1759 View (512) 764-1759
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SOL Care Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
(503) 843-8708 View (503) 843-8708

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Number of Psychiatrists in Clatsop County, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Clatsop County, OR who prioritize treating:

75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
50% Addiction

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
75% Aetna
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Clatsop County, OR see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Clatsop 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.