Psychiatrists in Independence, OR

Photo of Micheal Draheim, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Micheal Draheim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Independence, OR 97351
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
Welcome! I started my journey as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and later earned a Master's in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have a decade of varied experience, from outpatient services to psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities. My expertise covers conditions like ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. With a blend of comprehensive knowledge and heartfelt dedication, my goal is to uplift and stabilize the mental well-being of those I serve.
(503) 461-6138 View (503) 461-6138
Photo of Elizabeth Catherine Dotson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Elizabeth Catherine Dotson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Independence, OR 97351
I am currently accepting new patients with immediate availability! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering in-person and/or telehealth services to patients in Oregon. My treatment philosophy for psychiatric care is non-judgmental, holistic, and collaborative. I offer a safe and confidential space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and challenges. I provide psychiatric medication management and therapy tailored to your needs. With my whole-person approach, I will also make treatment recommendations beyond medication.
I am currently accepting new patients with immediate availability! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering in-person and/or telehealth services to patients in Oregon. My treatment philosophy for psychiatric care is non-judgmental, holistic, and collaborative. I offer a safe and confidential space to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and challenges. I provide psychiatric medication management and therapy tailored to your needs. With my whole-person approach, I will also make treatment recommendations beyond medication.
(971) 328-4643 View (971) 328-4643

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Photo of Julie Angileri, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Julie Angileri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97304
Accepting New Patients! We are excited to announce Julie is now certified in Autism and ADHD Clinical Services. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed? Julie is here to support you. Reaching out can be tough, but you don't have to suffer alone. Regain control and vitality in a safe, confidential space. Our team promises to guide you through challenges while respecting your autonomy. We're not pushy; we're members of your healthcare team! Your decisions matter—you and Julie will collaborate to enhance your well-being. Take the first step toward brighter future; and let Julie navigate this journey with you.
Accepting New Patients! We are excited to announce Julie is now certified in Autism and ADHD Clinical Services. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed? Julie is here to support you. Reaching out can be tough, but you don't have to suffer alone. Regain control and vitality in a safe, confidential space. Our team promises to guide you through challenges while respecting your autonomy. We're not pushy; we're members of your healthcare team! Your decisions matter—you and Julie will collaborate to enhance your well-being. Take the first step toward brighter future; and let Julie navigate this journey with you.
(503) 714-7671 View (503) 714-7671
Photo of Dr. Katharine Frissora, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Dr. Katharine Frissora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97304  (Online Only)
MARCH 2024 - Appointments available in 1 week! To begin services, please complete the new patient request form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact - we will get back to you in 1 business day! I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 15 years of healthcare experience providing psychiatric care. I aim to promote holistic mental health by partnering with you to create healing and wellness.
MARCH 2024 - Appointments available in 1 week! To begin services, please complete the new patient request form at www.upwellpsych.com/contact - we will get back to you in 1 business day! I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 15 years of healthcare experience providing psychiatric care. I aim to promote holistic mental health by partnering with you to create healing and wellness.
(971) 202-1122 View (971) 202-1122
Photo of Patrick Testa, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Patrick Testa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97304
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed to diagnose and treat mental health conditions. I have experience helping patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, and other psychiatric issues. In my practice, I use psychiatric medication and complementary approaches such as lifestyle changes, nutrition, and mindfulness. My philosophy is to treat the whole person and prescribe medication thoughtfully, considering best practice along with patient preferences. I enjoy working together with clients to develop a plan of care that is tailored to their goals, unique strengths and life.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed to diagnose and treat mental health conditions. I have experience helping patients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, and other psychiatric issues. In my practice, I use psychiatric medication and complementary approaches such as lifestyle changes, nutrition, and mindfulness. My philosophy is to treat the whole person and prescribe medication thoughtfully, considering best practice along with patient preferences. I enjoy working together with clients to develop a plan of care that is tailored to their goals, unique strengths and life.
(503) 868-2326 View (503) 868-2326
Photo of Dale LaChance, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Dale LaChance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97304  (Online Only)
Dale is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). He has worked in numerous hospital and outpatient settings and spent 10 years overseeing the daily operations of the psychiatry, medical, and dental services at a state juvenile correctional facility. He believes in evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to mental health, has a comprehensive background working in private, rural community outpatient mental health clinics, and foster care agencies providing medication management and mental health care to children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in treating ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety
Dale is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). He has worked in numerous hospital and outpatient settings and spent 10 years overseeing the daily operations of the psychiatry, medical, and dental services at a state juvenile correctional facility. He believes in evidence-based practice and a holistic approach to mental health, has a comprehensive background working in private, rural community outpatient mental health clinics, and foster care agencies providing medication management and mental health care to children, adolescents and adults. He specializes in treating ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety
(503) 496-7760 View (503) 496-7760
Photo of Andrea Ward, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Andrea Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97306
Not accepting new clients
My practice draws heavily from Relational Theory, meaning that I believe in the importance of the patient-provider relationship. I share openly about my identities because I believe this disclosure empowers people who are considering working with me to decide for themselves if my identities and stances create comfort or conflict for them. I am a white-skinned, able-bodied, straight-passing, bisexual, queer cis-woman of Western European ancestry. I am generally conferred access to most spaces, places, resources, etc. with ease, even while some of my identities are also subject to marginalization and persecution.
My practice draws heavily from Relational Theory, meaning that I believe in the importance of the patient-provider relationship. I share openly about my identities because I believe this disclosure empowers people who are considering working with me to decide for themselves if my identities and stances create comfort or conflict for them. I am a white-skinned, able-bodied, straight-passing, bisexual, queer cis-woman of Western European ancestry. I am generally conferred access to most spaces, places, resources, etc. with ease, even while some of my identities are also subject to marginalization and persecution.
(971) 251-1285 View (971) 251-1285
Photo of Tarra L. Baker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Tarra L. Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
**Accepting New Clients** I am the sole owner and provider of a small practice in South Salem. In my practice, I see clients from 14+ for the diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of mental illnesses. I offer brief therapy with specific goals, I use an adaptive modality to focus on each individual client's need at the time. In addition, I also prescribe and manage medications both in person at my brick and mortar practice, and given the advances in security and communication via telepsychiatry appointments scheduled via my office staff with established clients as Oregonian law stipulates at least every six months that we meet.
**Accepting New Clients** I am the sole owner and provider of a small practice in South Salem. In my practice, I see clients from 14+ for the diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of mental illnesses. I offer brief therapy with specific goals, I use an adaptive modality to focus on each individual client's need at the time. In addition, I also prescribe and manage medications both in person at my brick and mortar practice, and given the advances in security and communication via telepsychiatry appointments scheduled via my office staff with established clients as Oregonian law stipulates at least every six months that we meet.
(971) 701-2360 View (971) 701-2360
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Dr. Kristina Timmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
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
Photo of Madeleine Sanford, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Madeleine Sanford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97304
Madeleine is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). After many years and extensive experience as a family nurse practitioner working in multiple settings including outpatient, school-based health, education, and urgent care, she obtained an additional degree to become a PMHNP and focus on her passion for mental health. Her style is individualized to the person, evidence-based, trauma-informed and holistic. She sees patients across the lifespan, including children and adolescents. Additionally, she has completed training for MAT (medication assisted therapy for opioid use disorders).
Madeleine is board certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). After many years and extensive experience as a family nurse practitioner working in multiple settings including outpatient, school-based health, education, and urgent care, she obtained an additional degree to become a PMHNP and focus on her passion for mental health. Her style is individualized to the person, evidence-based, trauma-informed and holistic. She sees patients across the lifespan, including children and adolescents. Additionally, she has completed training for MAT (medication assisted therapy for opioid use disorders).
(503) 662-9216 View (503) 662-9216
Photo of ValueCore Mental Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
ValueCore Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97304
People come to ValueCore to overcome the barriers that hinder their ability to improve their quality of life. We offer the guidance to help you embrace your absolute value. Together we work to foster the realization that happiness is the rule for you, and not the exception. As you accept your personal value, and implement the changes you need for yourself, we hope you will be free to grow, relax and recreate, socialize, work and serve others, educate, and live a fulfilling life.
People come to ValueCore to overcome the barriers that hinder their ability to improve their quality of life. We offer the guidance to help you embrace your absolute value. Together we work to foster the realization that happiness is the rule for you, and not the exception. As you accept your personal value, and implement the changes you need for yourself, we hope you will be free to grow, relax and recreate, socialize, work and serve others, educate, and live a fulfilling life.
(503) 389-1500 View (503) 389-1500
Photo of Faiza Haque, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Faiza Haque
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97304  (Online Only)
I graduated from Mcmaster University in Ontario, Canada and later attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a master’s degree in nursing followed by post graduation diploma in Psychiatry. I am a compassionate person who works hard to build trust among my patients. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I use a holistic approach to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, providing medications, making assessments, and planning patient centered interventions.
I graduated from Mcmaster University in Ontario, Canada and later attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a master’s degree in nursing followed by post graduation diploma in Psychiatry. I am a compassionate person who works hard to build trust among my patients. As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) I use a holistic approach to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of mental health issues, providing medications, making assessments, and planning patient centered interventions.
(971) 364-4240 View (971) 364-4240
Photo of Elaina Atwell-Furrow, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Elaina Atwell-Furrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Now accepting new clients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment for psychiatric disorders/mental health conditions. I offer both therapy and medication management for a wide array of disorders, however, my specialty is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and OCD/obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Following completion of my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at OHSU, I co-directed and treated patients in the OCD clinic at OHSU. I have carried this experience with me into the opening of my private practice, Atwell Mental Health, LLC.
Now accepting new clients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment for psychiatric disorders/mental health conditions. I offer both therapy and medication management for a wide array of disorders, however, my specialty is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and OCD/obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Following completion of my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at OHSU, I co-directed and treated patients in the OCD clinic at OHSU. I have carried this experience with me into the opening of my private practice, Atwell Mental Health, LLC.
(971) 444-6362 View (971) 444-6362
Photo of Wendy Wan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Wendy Wan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302
Everything seems extremely challenging, frustrating and unsatisfying when we are not well. This is especially true regarding mental health struggles. Occasional sadness or situational anxiety is a natural part of living. However, when ones mental health negatively impacts behaviors, feelings and thinking, treatment might be needed to help manage symptoms. My experience and education allow me to effectively help people manage mental illness and mental health issues.
Everything seems extremely challenging, frustrating and unsatisfying when we are not well. This is especially true regarding mental health struggles. Occasional sadness or situational anxiety is a natural part of living. However, when ones mental health negatively impacts behaviors, feelings and thinking, treatment might be needed to help manage symptoms. My experience and education allow me to effectively help people manage mental illness and mental health issues.
(971) 314-4880 View (971) 314-4880
Photo of Nathaniel Kravitz, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Nathaniel Kravitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Hi, my name is Nate Kravitz and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with you to address your mental health needs. My main focus is usually to work with a person seeking out prescribing of psychiatric medications to help with their mental health concerns, including using some talk therapy, motivational enhancement, and education. I know that by working together we can improve your life and reduce mental health symptoms keeping you from meeting your life goals.
Hi, my name is Nate Kravitz and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with you to address your mental health needs. My main focus is usually to work with a person seeking out prescribing of psychiatric medications to help with their mental health concerns, including using some talk therapy, motivational enhancement, and education. I know that by working together we can improve your life and reduce mental health symptoms keeping you from meeting your life goals.
(503) 994-9418 View (503) 994-9418
Photo of Lynaudry Louise Vickers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Lynaudry Louise Vickers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and have earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degrees from Oregon Health & Science University. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and pharmacological management of psychiatric conditions throughout the lifespan. I am passionate about providing a holistic and evidence-based approach to psychiatric care.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and have earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice degrees from Oregon Health & Science University. I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and pharmacological management of psychiatric conditions throughout the lifespan. I am passionate about providing a holistic and evidence-based approach to psychiatric care.
(971) 233-3831 View (971) 233-3831
Photo of Randy Rugg, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Randy Rugg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97306  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to cope with the symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, or insomnia? Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed, and unable to manage your daily activities? Look no further - as a compassionate mental health provider, I understand your unique needs and challenges. With expertise in ADHD and other mental health challenges, I provide effective treatment to help you overcome your symptoms. I am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and live a life filled with happiness, health, and fulfillment. Together, we can work towards managing your symptoms, improving your relationships, and living life without regrets.
Are you struggling to cope with the symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, or insomnia? Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed, and unable to manage your daily activities? Look no further - as a compassionate mental health provider, I understand your unique needs and challenges. With expertise in ADHD and other mental health challenges, I provide effective treatment to help you overcome your symptoms. I am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and live a life filled with happiness, health, and fulfillment. Together, we can work towards managing your symptoms, improving your relationships, and living life without regrets.
(503) 925-5973 View (503) 925-5973
Photo of Jenn Grant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Jenn Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Now Accepting New TMS Patients at NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS! Hello and thanks for taking the time to invest in your mental health! I’m Dr. Grant and I’m a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) trained in both medication management and psychotherapy.  I treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychosis. I also have a particular passion for functional and reproductive psychiatry, including working with clients in the pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of life.
Now Accepting New TMS Patients at NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS! Hello and thanks for taking the time to invest in your mental health! I’m Dr. Grant and I’m a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) trained in both medication management and psychotherapy.  I treat a variety of conditions including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and psychosis. I also have a particular passion for functional and reproductive psychiatry, including working with clients in the pre-conception, pregnancy, and post-partum stages of life.
(503) 966-4192 View (503) 966-4192
Photo of Angela Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Independence, OR
Angela Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302  (Online Only)
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
I can help you move beyond your trauma, anxiety, or depression. I believe you have the capacity to get better. I’d love to be your guide in getting there! My style is candid, thoughtful and compassionate. With the right information, I know my clients can make the best care decisions for themselves. Though medications are a piece of my toolkit, I also incorporate solutions-focused therapy, nutrition considerations, and overall wellness support. My hope is to get you feeling well.
(503) 755-9574 View (503) 755-9574
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Sublime behavioral and wellness clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC , PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Dr. Jubril Adediran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC has more than 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including MED/Surg, LTAC, Behavioral health, and home health care.
Dr. Jubril Adediran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC has more than 20 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings including MED/Surg, LTAC, Behavioral health, and home health care.
(346) 616-9129 View (346) 616-9129

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Independence, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Independence, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Behavioral Issues

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Independence, OR see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Independence?

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.