Psychiatrists in Gresham, OR

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Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97030  (Online Only)
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I diagnose and provide medication management to adult individuals (ages 18-60). I specialize in Alcohol and Drug Addiction, ADHD, and Mood Disorders.
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I diagnose and provide medication management to adult individuals (ages 18-60). I specialize in Alcohol and Drug Addiction, ADHD, and Mood Disorders.
(503) 487-0067 View (503) 487-0067
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97030  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(971) 260-4159 View (971) 260-4159
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97030  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(971) 606-5344 View (971) 606-5344
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Brilliant Mind Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97030
I'm a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating a broad spectrum of clients and families with various psychiatric problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, mood disorder and PTSD. She provides a combination comprehensive evaluation and medication management. She graduated from University of Texas with her Family Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree (MSN) and Wilmington University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Dr. Mamo is member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.
I'm a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating a broad spectrum of clients and families with various psychiatric problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, mood disorder and PTSD. She provides a combination comprehensive evaluation and medication management. She graduated from University of Texas with her Family Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree (MSN) and Wilmington University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Dr. Mamo is member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.
(972) 734-1478 View (972) 734-1478
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Dr. Pei Harris - Available For New Clients Now!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97080
I am Dr. Pei Harris, a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a specialty in endo-psychiatry. This field is challenging but rewarding and practicing it has always been my passion. I am also an ADHD Clinical Certified Service Provider and Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist. In addition, OCD, insomnia, bipolar I & II, major depressive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health issues in both the pediatric and adult populations are among the psychiatric illnesses I treat.
I am Dr. Pei Harris, a board-certified family nurse practitioner with a specialty in endo-psychiatry. This field is challenging but rewarding and practicing it has always been my passion. I am also an ADHD Clinical Certified Service Provider and Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist. In addition, OCD, insomnia, bipolar I & II, major depressive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental health issues in both the pediatric and adult populations are among the psychiatric illnesses I treat.
(541) 507-8716 View (541) 507-8716
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Nicholas D Morales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97080  (Online Only)
Dr. Nicholas D. Morales is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nurse Practice. Dr. Morales provides psychiatric medication prescription and medication management. He has over ten years of experience in healthcare in different environments ranging from emergency room settings to home health. Many of his patients have included individuals with psychiatric and mental health issues.
Dr. Nicholas D. Morales is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nurse Practice. Dr. Morales provides psychiatric medication prescription and medication management. He has over ten years of experience in healthcare in different environments ranging from emergency room settings to home health. Many of his patients have included individuals with psychiatric and mental health issues.
(503) 376-8358 View (503) 376-8358
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Neupathway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97060
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ....... Hello, I'm a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in supporting individuals across all ages through mental health challenges. My specialized expertise encompasses treating depression, anxiety, anger, insomnia, ADHD, and substance use disorders, including alcohol and opioid dependencies. I employ personalized medication-assisted treatments such as Suboxone for opioid disorders. My approach focuses on fostering healing, empowerment, and guiding each individual's unique journey toward holistic wellness.
(971) 286-5055 View (971) 286-5055
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Neupathway (Onome Edokun)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97060
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... With 28 years in healthcare, Melissa, a U.S. Army vet, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP licensed in WA and OR. Holding an MSN from Gonzaga University, she provides evidence-based care for those 18+, addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma-related concerns. Melissa emphasizes connections with patients, values inherent worth, and fosters respect, understanding, and compassion. Collaborating on holistic treatment decisions, she builds strong therapeutic relationships in a safe environment.
Accepting New Patients, same week availability................................... With 28 years in healthcare, Melissa, a U.S. Army vet, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health NP licensed in WA and OR. Holding an MSN from Gonzaga University, she provides evidence-based care for those 18+, addressing anxiety, depression, bipolar, and trauma-related concerns. Melissa emphasizes connections with patients, values inherent worth, and fosters respect, understanding, and compassion. Collaborating on holistic treatment decisions, she builds strong therapeutic relationships in a safe environment.
(971) 260-4363 View (971) 260-4363
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Misha Love
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Gresham, OR 97030
Hello to you! My name is Misha Love and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving the Portland metro area. I strive to provide compassionate, ethical, and supportive care from one time consultations and for chronic and complex care. I am driven to help people overcome both symptomatic and systematic barriers to living their best life. I am honored to serve in a way that supports every human using their own experience about themselves and adding my expertise in partnership to work through managing symptoms and growing new skills.
Hello to you! My name is Misha Love and I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner serving the Portland metro area. I strive to provide compassionate, ethical, and supportive care from one time consultations and for chronic and complex care. I am driven to help people overcome both symptomatic and systematic barriers to living their best life. I am honored to serve in a way that supports every human using their own experience about themselves and adding my expertise in partnership to work through managing symptoms and growing new skills.
(971) 247-9850 View (971) 247-9850
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Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gresham, OR 97060  (Online Only)
Hi there! I am Satu Woodland, owner and clinician of Hope Mental Health. When you come see me, you will be a part of a team of 2. Myself, and a wonderful intern. The intern will take a medical history and psychiatric history and then bring me to finish the psychiatric evaluation and the two of us will participate with you in creating a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will lead the followup and bring me on if there needs to be a change with meds or the treatment plan. Our interns can also provide psychotherapy as needed. Our style is integrative in nature. We use the latest, medications, supplements and treatments.
Hi there! I am Satu Woodland, owner and clinician of Hope Mental Health. When you come see me, you will be a part of a team of 2. Myself, and a wonderful intern. The intern will take a medical history and psychiatric history and then bring me to finish the psychiatric evaluation and the two of us will participate with you in creating a treatment plan. On subsequent visits, the intern will lead the followup and bring me on if there needs to be a change with meds or the treatment plan. Our interns can also provide psychotherapy as needed. Our style is integrative in nature. We use the latest, medications, supplements and treatments.
(503) 987-3170 View (503) 987-3170
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Angela Hancock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gresham, OR 97080  (Online Only)
If you are struggling with your mental health, whether it be from stress due to life changes, depression, anxiety, issues in your personal life or work, or simply because you've decided to finally take a step in taking better care of yourself, I can help. While my primary mode of treatment is medication management, I provide holistic care that considers all of the aspects of you as an individual: emotional, physical, social and spiritual.
If you are struggling with your mental health, whether it be from stress due to life changes, depression, anxiety, issues in your personal life or work, or simply because you've decided to finally take a step in taking better care of yourself, I can help. While my primary mode of treatment is medication management, I provide holistic care that considers all of the aspects of you as an individual: emotional, physical, social and spiritual.
(503) 406-3855 View (503) 406-3855
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Pritham Raj
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Gresham, OR 97030
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Have you tried several medications for your mental health and experienced no relief of symptoms? At Active Path, we are here to help your treatment-resistant depression, anxiety and OCD. Get back to you with services tailored to your specific needs. We offer Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), talk therapy, Spravato (esketamine), and medication management. These services are designed to provide comprehensive support to our patients on their mental health journey. Our services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
(503) 436-6532 View (503) 436-6532
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Synchronous Mental Health (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gresham, OR 97080  (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.
(971) 252-7298 View (971) 252-7298
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Mohamed Bah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Gresham, OR 97030
Psychiatric medication management in person and via telepsychiatry or telehealth that sees Adults and adolescents in Oregon. I am accepting new patients with no waiting list, or less than a week. I even see patients on the weekend. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and evidence-based care. Life is not often filled with puppies, rainbows, and unicorns, but it can result in trauma, stress, and the unexpected. I know you are not looking for a provider because things are going well in your life, and that is my purpose for being here. I became a mental health nurse practitioner because I wanted to help others.
Psychiatric medication management in person and via telepsychiatry or telehealth that sees Adults and adolescents in Oregon. I am accepting new patients with no waiting list, or less than a week. I even see patients on the weekend. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and evidence-based care. Life is not often filled with puppies, rainbows, and unicorns, but it can result in trauma, stress, and the unexpected. I know you are not looking for a provider because things are going well in your life, and that is my purpose for being here. I became a mental health nurse practitioner because I wanted to help others.
(503) 386-0402 View (503) 386-0402
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Schuyler B Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gresham, OR 97030
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

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Michelle Dahl
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing issues with depression/mood, anxiety or other psychological issues, age 18-65 and looking for psychiatric medication management then contact me. I approach treatment in a collaborative way. I find the best outcomes when clients are fully engaged in their treatment. While medications can be a very helpful it will not be a fix all. Often medication should be accompanied by therapy and learning additional skills. While I do not do therapy only I can offer some supportive therapy, but this is not meant to replace an individual therapist if needed.
If you are experiencing issues with depression/mood, anxiety or other psychological issues, age 18-65 and looking for psychiatric medication management then contact me. I approach treatment in a collaborative way. I find the best outcomes when clients are fully engaged in their treatment. While medications can be a very helpful it will not be a fix all. Often medication should be accompanied by therapy and learning additional skills. While I do not do therapy only I can offer some supportive therapy, but this is not meant to replace an individual therapist if needed.
(503) 400-3652 View (503) 400-3652
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Bonnie Lambert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, RN
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97206
Not accepting new clients
Visit BloomWellnessPdx.com. Mental health diagnoses can vary from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, and personality disorders, among others. I believe that all things exist on a spectrum, and the intensity will vary. Due to this, diagnosis is an ever-evolving process that won’t happen with one session, but several and with rapport and trust. Information gathered in the initial evaluation is thoroughly reviewed to establish a diagnosis.
Visit BloomWellnessPdx.com. Mental health diagnoses can vary from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, and personality disorders, among others. I believe that all things exist on a spectrum, and the intensity will vary. Due to this, diagnosis is an ever-evolving process that won’t happen with one session, but several and with rapport and trust. Information gathered in the initial evaluation is thoroughly reviewed to establish a diagnosis.
(971) 351-4287 View (971) 351-4287
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Davonna (Dee) Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97266
I am a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My primary goal is to empower clients to regain their well-being and fully embrace their personal and professional lives. I believe compassionate care is at the heart of effective treatment. I prioritize active listening and open communication, allowing patients to express their concerns, fears, and aspirations freely. Creating a non-judgmental space fosters a strong therapeutic alliance based on trust and mutual respect, my approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
I am a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My primary goal is to empower clients to regain their well-being and fully embrace their personal and professional lives. I believe compassionate care is at the heart of effective treatment. I prioritize active listening and open communication, allowing patients to express their concerns, fears, and aspirations freely. Creating a non-judgmental space fosters a strong therapeutic alliance based on trust and mutual respect, my approach goes beyond the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, I like to get to know my patients as a whole person.
(971) 251-1623 View (971) 251-1623
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Lacey Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97233
Please add Insurances Accepted on the Website: First Choice Health, (OHP), HealthShare, DMAP, Humana Inc, Kaiser, Managed Health Network, Medicare, Providence Health Plan, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, TriCare, Optum, United Behavioral Health, United Medical Resource. Thank you so much
Please add Insurances Accepted on the Website: First Choice Health, (OHP), HealthShare, DMAP, Humana Inc, Kaiser, Managed Health Network, Medicare, Providence Health Plan, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, TriCare, Optum, United Behavioral Health, United Medical Resource. Thank you so much
(971) 306-8319 View (971) 306-8319
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Andrea Hughes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97206
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

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Gresham, OR

10+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Gresham, OR who prioritize treating:

87% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% ADHD
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% Aetna
71% Providence

How Psychiatrists in Gresham, OR see their clients

54% In Person and Online
46% Online Only

Gender breakdown

55% Male
34% Female
11% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Gresham?

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.