Psychiatrists in Lorane, OR

Photo of Scott Wiener - Scott L. Wiener M.D. @Prisma Wellness, MD, Psychiatrist
Scott L. Wiener M.D. @Prisma Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lorane, OR 97451
Psychiatrists are the only doctors who don't look inside the body to assess a problem. Think about it; all other doctors use imaging and labs to look inside a person’s body when making a diagnosis. That coupled with your symptoms is how they determine what the problem is. Unfortunately, mental health providers have learned that how a person feels is their only tool in assessing somebody. Because of this, psychiatrists often have no idea what’s causing the problem. This limits the treatment options to a prescribed “band-aid" that is used to reduce symptoms, instead of addressing the underlying cause of a problem.
Psychiatrists are the only doctors who don't look inside the body to assess a problem. Think about it; all other doctors use imaging and labs to look inside a person’s body when making a diagnosis. That coupled with your symptoms is how they determine what the problem is. Unfortunately, mental health providers have learned that how a person feels is their only tool in assessing somebody. Because of this, psychiatrists often have no idea what’s causing the problem. This limits the treatment options to a prescribed “band-aid" that is used to reduce symptoms, instead of addressing the underlying cause of a problem.
(206) 737-0754 View (206) 737-0754

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Andrea Witham - Floss Mental Health, LLC, MSN, FNPC, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Floss Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNPC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roseburg, OR 97470
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or disconnected? Have you been told you just need to prioritize some “self-care”? Is your current “self-care” not working? Let me ask you this, do you brush your teeth daily? Do you floss daily? Do you still prioritize going to the dentist for a cleaning and check-up? Whether it is a dentist, a chiropractor, an aesthetician, a primary care provider, or a personal trainer; we all seek out professionals to guide us in preventing and optimizing our health and wellness. So why do so many people try to manage their mental health alone?
Are you feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or disconnected? Have you been told you just need to prioritize some “self-care”? Is your current “self-care” not working? Let me ask you this, do you brush your teeth daily? Do you floss daily? Do you still prioritize going to the dentist for a cleaning and check-up? Whether it is a dentist, a chiropractor, an aesthetician, a primary care provider, or a personal trainer; we all seek out professionals to guide us in preventing and optimizing our health and wellness. So why do so many people try to manage their mental health alone?
(458) 224-8910 View (458) 224-8910
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John Benson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with irritability, anxiety, low mood, poor focus, substance use, or lack of motivation that is impairing your relationships, your career, or your overall quality of life? Have you perhaps tried therapy, but found that your problems persisted? Have you tried medications, but found that psychiatric appointments were too impersonal or that your concerns about possible side effects or worsening symptoms were met with indifference?
Are you struggling with irritability, anxiety, low mood, poor focus, substance use, or lack of motivation that is impairing your relationships, your career, or your overall quality of life? Have you perhaps tried therapy, but found that your problems persisted? Have you tried medications, but found that psychiatric appointments were too impersonal or that your concerns about possible side effects or worsening symptoms were met with indifference?
(503) 832-5099 View (503) 832-5099
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Kathleen Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients & Saturday appointments available! If you are experiencing concerns of anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism or PTSD, I am here to support you. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer psychiatric services and mental health support as part of a complete treatment plan that includes nutrition, nootropics, supplements, medication, counseling and psychosocial support. It is my passion to support you in identifying the cause of the challenges you are experiencing and work with you to achieve the goal of full remission, so that you can truly thrive in your life.
Currently accepting new clients & Saturday appointments available! If you are experiencing concerns of anxiety, depression, substance dependence, ADHD, autism or PTSD, I am here to support you. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I offer psychiatric services and mental health support as part of a complete treatment plan that includes nutrition, nootropics, supplements, medication, counseling and psychosocial support. It is my passion to support you in identifying the cause of the challenges you are experiencing and work with you to achieve the goal of full remission, so that you can truly thrive in your life.
(458) 200-4394 View (458) 200-4394
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Thrive Integrative Psychiatry, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
McMinnville, OR 97128
Serving Yamhill County - Now Offering TMS! We are a team of clinicians (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, LPC) with a passion for helping people cultivate optimal mental health and wellbeing. We believe medication can be a powerful tool but is often just part of the puzzle of true healing. We value taking time with people, being present and listening to the whole story. We believe we heal best when we feel heard and take an active role in our own treatment.
Serving Yamhill County - Now Offering TMS! We are a team of clinicians (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, LPC) with a passion for helping people cultivate optimal mental health and wellbeing. We believe medication can be a powerful tool but is often just part of the puzzle of true healing. We value taking time with people, being present and listening to the whole story. We believe we heal best when we feel heard and take an active role in our own treatment.
(971) 251-9589 View (971) 251-9589
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Danielle Gomez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Corvallis, OR 97330
Dr. Gomez is comfortable with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, with an emerging focus on women's reproductive mental health (including infertility, pregnancy loss, premenstrual mood disorders, mental health conditions during pregnancy and postpartum mental health). Other areas of interest include burnout, health care worker/ first responder specific stressors, generalized and social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders (w/therapist and registered dietician), acute trauma, gender and sexuality exploration and ADHD.
Dr. Gomez is comfortable with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, with an emerging focus on women's reproductive mental health (including infertility, pregnancy loss, premenstrual mood disorders, mental health conditions during pregnancy and postpartum mental health). Other areas of interest include burnout, health care worker/ first responder specific stressors, generalized and social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders (w/therapist and registered dietician), acute trauma, gender and sexuality exploration and ADHD.
(541) 813-4776 View (541) 813-4776
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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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Schuyler B Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I began my career at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX where I gained invaluable experience working with young adults with complex trauma, substance abuse, and mood & personality disorders. From this experience, I learned that it is a provider’s responsibility to therapeutically guide care that targets the core issues leading to a patient’s mental health challenges, not just treat a diagnosis. Since leaving Menninger, I have had the chance to care for a variety of patients in community, emergency, and forensic settings.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I began my career at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX where I gained invaluable experience working with young adults with complex trauma, substance abuse, and mood & personality disorders. From this experience, I learned that it is a provider’s responsibility to therapeutically guide care that targets the core issues leading to a patient’s mental health challenges, not just treat a diagnosis. Since leaving Menninger, I have had the chance to care for a variety of patients in community, emergency, and forensic settings.
(971) 231-2720 View (971) 231-2720
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Shinichi Daimyo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! I aim to bring empathy into every moment of care I provide to my clients. I strive to create an empowering and empathy-focused environment, where the needs, goals, and aspirations of my client's mental health and life are the driving force in how I provide psychiatry and psychotherapy care. My approach is collaborative and client-centered, valuing a client’s experience and perspective as important as my expertise as a mental health provider.
(458) 216-5983 View (458) 216-5983
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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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Kelly Severhof
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
Our clients aim for meaningful outcomes, seeking to enhance their well-being, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose in life. Kelly Severhof is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to uncovering the root causes of psychiatric conditions and collaborating with patients to achieve their mental well-being and self-discovery goals. Utilizing an array of therapeutic modalities, Kelly tailors evidence-based, individualized treatment plans that incorporate conventional medication, lifestyle modifications, experiential therapies, and mindfulness practices to promote holistic healing.
Our clients aim for meaningful outcomes, seeking to enhance their well-being, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose in life. Kelly Severhof is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to uncovering the root causes of psychiatric conditions and collaborating with patients to achieve their mental well-being and self-discovery goals. Utilizing an array of therapeutic modalities, Kelly tailors evidence-based, individualized treatment plans that incorporate conventional medication, lifestyle modifications, experiential therapies, and mindfulness practices to promote holistic healing.
(458) 236-5862 View (458) 236-5862
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DeRoy C Obilor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. DeRoy Obilor is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is committed to providing adult & elderly clients with high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care. DeRoy has solid clinical skills complemented by a natural ability to connect with clients and their families DeRoy's role as a PMHNP is multifaceted, providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and medication management.
CURRENtLY ACCePTINg NEW PaTIEnTS! Free ADHD, GEneTiC, & NEurOPsYChoLoGiCaL TeSTiNg AvAiLaBLE! Please call for more details. DeRoy Obilor is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He is committed to providing adult & elderly clients with high-quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health care. DeRoy has solid clinical skills complemented by a natural ability to connect with clients and their families DeRoy's role as a PMHNP is multifaceted, providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and medication management.
(541) 299-3947 View (541) 299-3947
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Anicka Oyer Meyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Eugene, OR 97403  (Online Only)
I help people navigate transitions into young adulthood, parenthood, and through gender or sexual identities. These changes can be overwhelming. Together we can connect you to your own inner guide. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my hope is to create a space where you can share openly, find support for deep challenges, and share decision-making in your treatment. I use clinical diagnosis as a starting point, and together we will explore your individual story that cannot be written by anyone but you. My role is to help you move beyond diagnosis to relief, ease, and wellness.
I help people navigate transitions into young adulthood, parenthood, and through gender or sexual identities. These changes can be overwhelming. Together we can connect you to your own inner guide. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my hope is to create a space where you can share openly, find support for deep challenges, and share decision-making in your treatment. I use clinical diagnosis as a starting point, and together we will explore your individual story that cannot be written by anyone but you. My role is to help you move beyond diagnosis to relief, ease, and wellness.
(503) 564-1935 View (503) 564-1935
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Dr. Pei Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, NP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
North Bend, OR 97459
Waitlist for new clients
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, Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist, and Certified Hypnotherapist. 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, Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist, and Certified Hypnotherapist. 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
Photo of Satu H Woodland - Hope Mental Health, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hope Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97702  (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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Euhealth Psychiatry & Mental Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, LPC, CADC-I
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97301
Accepting New Clients. Welcome to EuHealth Psychiatry and Mental Wellness, your sanctuary for achieving comprehensive mental wellness through medication mgmt & therapy. We serve Oregon and Washington State residents and make your life easier with flexible evening and weekend telehealth appointments. At EuHealth, 'good health' isn't merely a phrase—it's a complete lifestyle with mental peace. Are emotional challenges, sleep disruptions, or issues with focus derailing your progress in school, work, or relationships? Distinctive in my approach, We bring a unique cultural and linguistic dimension to psychiatric care.
Accepting New Clients. Welcome to EuHealth Psychiatry and Mental Wellness, your sanctuary for achieving comprehensive mental wellness through medication mgmt & therapy. We serve Oregon and Washington State residents and make your life easier with flexible evening and weekend telehealth appointments. At EuHealth, 'good health' isn't merely a phrase—it's a complete lifestyle with mental peace. Are emotional challenges, sleep disruptions, or issues with focus derailing your progress in school, work, or relationships? Distinctive in my approach, We bring a unique cultural and linguistic dimension to psychiatric care.
(503) 300-6709 View (503) 300-6709
Photo of Sarah M Merritt, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah M Merritt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
I have been in mental health nursing for over a decade in high acuity inpatient settings here in Oregon. I am delighted to transfer this knowledge to an advanced practice role in an outpatient setting. This atmosphere allows for the authentic connection and collaborative decision making a hospital setting doesn't often accommodate.
I have been in mental health nursing for over a decade in high acuity inpatient settings here in Oregon. I am delighted to transfer this knowledge to an advanced practice role in an outpatient setting. This atmosphere allows for the authentic connection and collaborative decision making a hospital setting doesn't often accommodate.
(541) 803-3748 View (541) 803-3748
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Ayako Garduque - Peach Moon Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97306
Currently accepting new clients and immediate openings available! Are you looking for confidential and supportive mental health treatment? You may be ready to seek help and are considering medications but do you have concerns about stigma, your health information being accessible to others in a large hospital system, or running into someone you know in the waiting room?
Currently accepting new clients and immediate openings available! Are you looking for confidential and supportive mental health treatment? You may be ready to seek help and are considering medications but do you have concerns about stigma, your health information being accessible to others in a large hospital system, or running into someone you know in the waiting room?
(503) 744-7954 View (503) 744-7954
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Julia Jansen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bend, OR 97701  (Online Only)
Julia is currently accepting new clients; adults and adolescents ages 10 and up. Specializing in ADHD and much more. Julia is partnered with Pivot Behavioral Health, a comprehensive telepsychiatry practice serving Oregon. Offering medication management and supportive psychotherapy services in Oregon. Julia provides compassionate, evidence based care, that is tailored to your specific needs. Julia will empower you with knowledge, share resources, and partner with you in your health journey. Julia addresses the needs of the whole person, not just a diagnosis.
Julia is currently accepting new clients; adults and adolescents ages 10 and up. Specializing in ADHD and much more. Julia is partnered with Pivot Behavioral Health, a comprehensive telepsychiatry practice serving Oregon. Offering medication management and supportive psychotherapy services in Oregon. Julia provides compassionate, evidence based care, that is tailored to your specific needs. Julia will empower you with knowledge, share resources, and partner with you in your health journey. Julia addresses the needs of the whole person, not just a diagnosis.
(458) 213-4758 View (458) 213-4758
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Kristyn Prockish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bend, OR 97703
I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) located in Bend, Oregon. I have experience working in hospital, residential, and outpatient psychiatric settings. Much of my work is with children and adolescents, however, I have the pleasure of providing care to clients of all ages. In the PMHNP role, I assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Treatment typically consists of a combination of supportive therapy and medication management.
I am an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) located in Bend, Oregon. I have experience working in hospital, residential, and outpatient psychiatric settings. Much of my work is with children and adolescents, however, I have the pleasure of providing care to clients of all ages. In the PMHNP role, I assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and ADHD. Treatment typically consists of a combination of supportive therapy and medication management.
(458) 204-0171 View (458) 204-0171

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lorane, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Lorane, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Eating Disorders
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% First Choice Health | FCH

How Psychiatrists in Lorane, OR see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lorane?

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.