Psychiatrists in Keizer, OR

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Dr. Loan Pham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Keizer, OR 97303  (Online Only)
Does it feel like life keeps serving up endless ways to stress you out? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by daily life problems and global crises like climate change, conflicts around the world, racism, homelessness, economic injustice, and so much more. These are all part of the fabric of the human race, but the solutions to all these problems come from the power within. It’s important to draw on your inner strength to help you overcome fear, doubt, shame, negative self talk, feeling like you’re not enough, as well as anxiety and depression.
Does it feel like life keeps serving up endless ways to stress you out? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by daily life problems and global crises like climate change, conflicts around the world, racism, homelessness, economic injustice, and so much more. These are all part of the fabric of the human race, but the solutions to all these problems come from the power within. It’s important to draw on your inner strength to help you overcome fear, doubt, shame, negative self talk, feeling like you’re not enough, as well as anxiety and depression.
(253) 527-6759 View (253) 527-6759
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Elizabeth Catherine Dotson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Keizer, OR 97303
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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Andrea Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Keizer, OR 97303
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
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Elaina Atwell-Furrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Keizer, OR 97303
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
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Casandra Moyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Keizer, OR 97303  (Online Only)
Dr. Moyer works with children from 5 to 6 years old, adolescents, and all the way to older adults (geriatric) who have autism, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use problems and more. She provides medication management, health promotion, supportive therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and meditation education, basic principles and information.
Dr. Moyer works with children from 5 to 6 years old, adolescents, and all the way to older adults (geriatric) who have autism, attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use problems and more. She provides medication management, health promotion, supportive therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and meditation education, basic principles and information.
(971) 278-9981 View (971) 278-9981
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Carative Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Keizer, OR 97303  (Online Only)
Chelsia Burkes-Brown is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who sees clients in Oregon, Maryland, Washington, Maryland and Florida. She has over eleven years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric care across the lifespan. She is committed to providing both competent and compassionate care to her clients. She places high value on a client’s full participation in the development of each treatment plan to encourage compliance and believes everyone deserves to have access to high-quality mental health care. She specializes in children, teenagers, and young adults.
Chelsia Burkes-Brown is a Board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who sees clients in Oregon, Maryland, Washington, Maryland and Florida. She has over eleven years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric care across the lifespan. She is committed to providing both competent and compassionate care to her clients. She places high value on a client’s full participation in the development of each treatment plan to encourage compliance and believes everyone deserves to have access to high-quality mental health care. She specializes in children, teenagers, and young adults.
(971) 247-1393 View (971) 247-1393
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Erum Khaleeq
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Keizer, OR 97303  (Online Only)
My name is Erum Khaleeq; I am a psychiatrist (MD) and working for Better Care Psychiatry PLLC, an outpatient mental health service. We are currently accepting new patients and would appreciate the opportunity to care for you and/or your loved ones, requiring psychopharmacological intervention. The recent Pandemic has created an environment of social isolation with increasing anxiety and fear. We are mostly focused on providing psychopharmacological intervention to relieve increased suffering in patients who would consider therapy/counselling is not being very helpful in controlling their symptoms. The severity of symptoms has caused
My name is Erum Khaleeq; I am a psychiatrist (MD) and working for Better Care Psychiatry PLLC, an outpatient mental health service. We are currently accepting new patients and would appreciate the opportunity to care for you and/or your loved ones, requiring psychopharmacological intervention. The recent Pandemic has created an environment of social isolation with increasing anxiety and fear. We are mostly focused on providing psychopharmacological intervention to relieve increased suffering in patients who would consider therapy/counselling is not being very helpful in controlling their symptoms. The severity of symptoms has caused
(972) 656-0385 View (972) 656-0385
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Keizer, OR 97303  (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.
(503) 479-4748 View (503) 479-4748

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Nathaniel Kravitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301
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
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Abraham Ashton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to adults and adolescents. I believe in a strong therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience to develop a treatment plan that is centered around the patient.
I am passionate about providing comprehensive mental health services to adults and adolescents. I believe in a strong therapeutic collaboration between myself and my patients. In my practice, I strive to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for my patients. Treatments align with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience to develop a treatment plan that is centered around the patient.
(971) 308-5723 View (971) 308-5723
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Christy Farleigh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Hi, I'm Christy! With over a decade of clinical experience, I've had the opportunity to finely tune my skills in providing exceptional care to people from all walks of life. As a PMHNP, I put these skills to work helping clients like you identify and achieve your mental health goals. The heart of my practice is built on evidence-based treatments and patient-centered care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized support tailored to their unique needs.
Hi, I'm Christy! With over a decade of clinical experience, I've had the opportunity to finely tune my skills in providing exceptional care to people from all walks of life. As a PMHNP, I put these skills to work helping clients like you identify and achieve your mental health goals. The heart of my practice is built on evidence-based treatments and patient-centered care, ensuring that each individual receives personalized support tailored to their unique needs.
(971) 351-3362 View (971) 351-3362
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Robert Olsen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
Welcome— My name is Dr. Robert Olsen. I am a board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. I have over 20 years of experience in the field. My clinical experience includes outpatient pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, I am working as medical director for BestMind Behavioral Health and seeing clients for individual treatment. In addition, I apply interventional psychiatric approaches such as esketamine nasal treatment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
Welcome— My name is Dr. Robert Olsen. I am a board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. I have over 20 years of experience in the field. My clinical experience includes outpatient pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, I am working as medical director for BestMind Behavioral Health and seeing clients for individual treatment. In addition, I apply interventional psychiatric approaches such as esketamine nasal treatment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
(503) 451-6408 View (503) 451-6408
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Synchronous Mental Health (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97303  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are perpetually fighting with your own brain? Is your mind constantly wandering making it difficult to get through life? Do your friends joke that you have no concept of time and in social settings, you worry that you are talking too much? Are you or someone you care about struggling with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? You're not alone, and help is available. Synchronous Mental Health specializes in providing comprehensive care for individuals facing these challenges, empowering them to reclaim their mental well-being and live fulfilling lives.
Do you feel like you are perpetually fighting with your own brain? Is your mind constantly wandering making it difficult to get through life? Do your friends joke that you have no concept of time and in social settings, you worry that you are talking too much? Are you or someone you care about struggling with depression, anxiety, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? You're not alone, and help is available. Synchronous Mental Health specializes in providing comprehensive care for individuals facing these challenges, empowering them to reclaim their mental well-being and live fulfilling lives.
(541) 204-4906 View (541) 204-4906
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Ellen Barker-Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel stuck? Seeking support for your well-being is a big step. My name is Ellen, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. My background has gifted me with unique insights and skills that allow me to connect with deeper understanding. . I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I am also passionate about providing care to first responders and those who work in the medical profession.
Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel stuck? Seeking support for your well-being is a big step. My name is Ellen, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. My background has gifted me with unique insights and skills that allow me to connect with deeper understanding. . I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I am also passionate about providing care to first responders and those who work in the medical profession.
(971) 306-8794 View (971) 306-8794
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Maggie Yorio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
Currently Accepting New Patients! My name is Maggie Yorio. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adults through medication managment. My treatment style concentrates on active listening and building a therapeutic alliance with my patients, which helps me better understand their individual stories and goals.
Currently Accepting New Patients! My name is Maggie Yorio. I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. I specialize in treating mood and anxiety disorders in adults through medication managment. My treatment style concentrates on active listening and building a therapeutic alliance with my patients, which helps me better understand their individual stories and goals.
(971) 306-9491 View (971) 306-9491
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Randy Rugg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (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
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Rebecca Dorsey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP , ENP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: OR, MT, & WA** As your healthcare provider, I know that one cannot simply separate the mind from the body and the best care uses a holistic approach. I am board certified in psychiatry, family medicine, and emergency medicine; which gives me the unique ability to integrate all areas of your health into treatment planning. I provide mental health services that look at all aspects of care to include physical health concerns, environmental factors, and other barriers to care. My aim is to build therapeutic relationships with my clients and their families that focus on both immediate and long-term goals.
(971) 278-9898 View (971) 278-9898
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Dianna Harris (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PsyD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 5/25/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
Accepting NEW Clients (ages 18-65) as of 5/25/24 for Medication Management (I am not taking clients for therapy). Appointments are available in 2 weeks. Complete the Patient Inquiry Form on my website. You will receive a response the same or next day. My practice is primarily composed of adults struggling with anxiety and depression. I find that people reach out to treatment when excessive worry, low motivation, and negative thinking can lead to feeling less confident in their work, behind on tasks at home, and impacting their relationships. I don't treat ADHD and I don't prescribe controlled substances, such as Xanax for anxiety.
(503) 850-0267 View (503) 850-0267
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Ryan Dozler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BSN, RN
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97303
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.
(425) 584-6910 View (425) 584-6910
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Michael Zaurov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97303
Accepting new patients! As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. In my practice, I utilize a combination of psychiatric medication and mindfulness based therapy with an emphasis on integrating emotions, exploring beliefs, and resolving deeply held patterns in the body often formed in early childhood or during traumatic experiences.
Accepting new patients! As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. In my practice, I utilize a combination of psychiatric medication and mindfulness based therapy with an emphasis on integrating emotions, exploring beliefs, and resolving deeply held patterns in the body often formed in early childhood or during traumatic experiences.
(971) 265-6154 View (971) 265-6154

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Keizer, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Keizer, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
88% ADHD
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Medication Management
75% Child
75% Grief

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
86% Aetna
86% Blue Cross

How Psychiatrists in Keizer, OR see their clients

62% Online Only
38% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Keizer?

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.