Psychiatrists in McMinnville, OR

Photo of Ryan Tateishi, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Tateishi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McMinnville, OR 97128  (Online Only)
I strive to develop personalized treatments that are designed to suit each person's lifestyle and strengthen self-awareness and resources for self-care. I have a clinical interest in integrative medicine in which the patient and provider are partners in the treatment process and all factors that influence health are taken into consideration. An integrative approach combines conventional medical and psychiatric diagnostic techniques and treatments with alternative strategies such as mindfulness therapy, supplements, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and other complementary approaches.
I strive to develop personalized treatments that are designed to suit each person's lifestyle and strengthen self-awareness and resources for self-care. I have a clinical interest in integrative medicine in which the patient and provider are partners in the treatment process and all factors that influence health are taken into consideration. An integrative approach combines conventional medical and psychiatric diagnostic techniques and treatments with alternative strategies such as mindfulness therapy, supplements, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and other complementary approaches.
(971) 257-1172 View (971) 257-1172
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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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Synchronous Mental Health (Accepting New Clients)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
McMinnville, OR 97128  (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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Clarity Health Integrative Psychiatry Jake Freeman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McMinnville, OR 97128  (Online Only)
Immediate Weekend and Week Nights available! I am excited to have the opportunity to introduce myself as your potential healthcare partner. With immediate openings available for tele-Health services, I am ready to extend care to those 12 and older. I bring 20 years of expertise including seven years of focused psychiatric medicine during which I have served diverse populations with a focus on caring for a broad range of mental health conditions. My commitment to my clients is unwavering. I believe in the importance of inclusivity and respect to all patient populations, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
Immediate Weekend and Week Nights available! I am excited to have the opportunity to introduce myself as your potential healthcare partner. With immediate openings available for tele-Health services, I am ready to extend care to those 12 and older. I bring 20 years of expertise including seven years of focused psychiatric medicine during which I have served diverse populations with a focus on caring for a broad range of mental health conditions. My commitment to my clients is unwavering. I believe in the importance of inclusivity and respect to all patient populations, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
(503) 850-2341 View (503) 850-2341

Online Psychiatrists

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Lyntressa Grant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97007
Hello, I am Dr. Lyntressa Grant, DNP, I am a Doctorate level Board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a healthcare professional for 25yrs. My background as an ARNP includes both inpatient and outpatient mental healthcare with clients of all ages. I have experience in treatment for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Substance abuse and many other mental illnesses. I have been providing telepsychiatry services for patients since 2014. My professional psychiatric care practice model encompasses clinical practice, education, research, and leadership.
Hello, I am Dr. Lyntressa Grant, DNP, I am a Doctorate level Board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have been a healthcare professional for 25yrs. My background as an ARNP includes both inpatient and outpatient mental healthcare with clients of all ages. I have experience in treatment for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, Substance abuse and many other mental illnesses. I have been providing telepsychiatry services for patients since 2014. My professional psychiatric care practice model encompasses clinical practice, education, research, and leadership.
(971) 287-6152 View (971) 287-6152
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97005
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
(541) 204-8386 x2 View (541) 204-8386 x2
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Dr. Mikaela Rodriguez
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Beaverton, OR 97006  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Visit - - > www.ohsu.edu/providers/mikaela-rodriguez-md < - - - to see my client reviews. -> I offer medication management and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug & alcohol-related issues, insomnia, phobias, hair-pulling/skin-picking behaviors, and more. - > I offer comprehensive diagnostic ADHD evaluations (2 hours+). - > My practice is neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQ+-affirming. - > Due to my psychiatry practice being virtual-only, I do not currently prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines). I can collaborate with your PCP, sharing detailed recs for how/why to start a stimulant, if needed.
Visit - - > www.ohsu.edu/providers/mikaela-rodriguez-md < - - - to see my client reviews. -> I offer medication management and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, drug & alcohol-related issues, insomnia, phobias, hair-pulling/skin-picking behaviors, and more. - > I offer comprehensive diagnostic ADHD evaluations (2 hours+). - > My practice is neurodiversity-affirming and LGBTQ+-affirming. - > Due to my psychiatry practice being virtual-only, I do not currently prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines). I can collaborate with your PCP, sharing detailed recs for how/why to start a stimulant, if needed.
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Bridgetown Recovery & Mental Health Services
Psychiatrist, MD, SAP, MRO
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
Bridgetown Recovery & Mental Health Services treats a wide variety of chemical dependency, co-occurring disorders and mental health symptoms. Call for your intake appointment today. We are conveniently located close in SE Portland at 12th & Salmon. Services offered: Psychiatric Services and Medication Management.
Bridgetown Recovery & Mental Health Services treats a wide variety of chemical dependency, co-occurring disorders and mental health symptoms. Call for your intake appointment today. We are conveniently located close in SE Portland at 12th & Salmon. Services offered: Psychiatric Services and Medication Management.
(503) 573-8388 View (503) 573-8388
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Heather Richardson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
I have experience working with people of all age ranges, but primarily I focus on working with adults between 18-60 years of age. As a PMHNP I am trained and have experience working with the whole spectrum of mental health including anxiety, bipolar, depression, mood, personality, psychosis, sleep, trauma and other mental health disorders. I strive to provide compassionate, caring, and honest mental health care.
I have experience working with people of all age ranges, but primarily I focus on working with adults between 18-60 years of age. As a PMHNP I am trained and have experience working with the whole spectrum of mental health including anxiety, bipolar, depression, mood, personality, psychosis, sleep, trauma and other mental health disorders. I strive to provide compassionate, caring, and honest mental health care.
(971) 253-7704 View (971) 253-7704
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Elizabeth Catherine Dotson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Keizer, OR 97303
Currently accepting new patients, with appointment availability in approximately 3-4 weeks. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I serve Oregon patients through in-person and telehealth services. My primary focus is on medication management, with therapy provided rarely and only on a case-by-case basis due to limited availability. I do not offer therapy alone. My approach to psychiatric care is holistic, non-judgmental, and collaborative, ensuring a safe, confidential space for discussing thoughts and challenges. I also make treatment recommendations beyond medication for a comprehensive, tailored plan.
Currently accepting new patients, with appointment availability in approximately 3-4 weeks. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I serve Oregon patients through in-person and telehealth services. My primary focus is on medication management, with therapy provided rarely and only on a case-by-case basis due to limited availability. I do not offer therapy alone. My approach to psychiatric care is holistic, non-judgmental, and collaborative, ensuring a safe, confidential space for discussing thoughts and challenges. I also make treatment recommendations beyond medication for a comprehensive, tailored plan.
(971) 328-4643 View (971) 328-4643
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Wendy Park
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, CNS-PP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new clients for therapy as well as medication. I am an Advanced Practice Nurse with a PHD in nursing with a focus on trauma. It is my belief that each individual has strengths that can manifest in healing with the right support. I use eclectic approaches to therapy to meet the clients needs. Although therapy alone is often helpful, there are also times when additional support of medication is needed. I work with individuals to identify the best approaches to address their individual needs. I have over 20 years of medication management and psychotherapy experience. (pronouns: she/her/hers)
I am currently accepting new clients for therapy as well as medication. I am an Advanced Practice Nurse with a PHD in nursing with a focus on trauma. It is my belief that each individual has strengths that can manifest in healing with the right support. I use eclectic approaches to therapy to meet the clients needs. Although therapy alone is often helpful, there are also times when additional support of medication is needed. I work with individuals to identify the best approaches to address their individual needs. I have over 20 years of medication management and psychotherapy experience. (pronouns: she/her/hers)
(541) 200-6899 View (541) 200-6899
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Vicki Grossman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MS, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
Wholeness Care for Body, Mind and Spirit for Depression, Anxiety, Mood Changes, ADHD, Grief, and Weight Management. PhD, Board Certified Licensed Psychiatric Provider, Oregon and Colorado. My PhD, is based on Caring Science Psychology with Board Certification as a Licensed Psychiatric Practitioner (PMHNP) in Colorado and Oregon. Over 25 years working in numerous areas of Healthcare including Psychiatry, Critical Care, Emergency and Trauma medicine, this provides me with the important connections in Medical Care and Mental Health Care. PhD with a focus in Caring Psychology, Holistic Psychiatric Care and Evidence Based Medicine.
Wholeness Care for Body, Mind and Spirit for Depression, Anxiety, Mood Changes, ADHD, Grief, and Weight Management. PhD, Board Certified Licensed Psychiatric Provider, Oregon and Colorado. My PhD, is based on Caring Science Psychology with Board Certification as a Licensed Psychiatric Practitioner (PMHNP) in Colorado and Oregon. Over 25 years working in numerous areas of Healthcare including Psychiatry, Critical Care, Emergency and Trauma medicine, this provides me with the important connections in Medical Care and Mental Health Care. PhD with a focus in Caring Psychology, Holistic Psychiatric Care and Evidence Based Medicine.
(303) 586-7754 View (303) 586-7754
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Kyle Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225
Life with mood disorders, PTSD, or ADHD can be overwhelming and isolating. You might feel like your emotions are out of control, past traumas haunt your daily life, or your focus and productivity are constantly slipping away. These challenges can affect your relationships, work, and overall well-being. My aim is to help you navigate these difficulties, providing a compassionate and understanding environment to foster your growth and healing.
Life with mood disorders, PTSD, or ADHD can be overwhelming and isolating. You might feel like your emotions are out of control, past traumas haunt your daily life, or your focus and productivity are constantly slipping away. These challenges can affect your relationships, work, and overall well-being. My aim is to help you navigate these difficulties, providing a compassionate and understanding environment to foster your growth and healing.
(971) 365-4522 View (971) 365-4522
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Jessica Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97302
Now Accepting New TMS Clients! My name is Jessica Ward, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. My experience includes working with children, preteens and adults of all ages with conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic illness, and other co-occurring disorders.
Now Accepting New TMS Clients! My name is Jessica Ward, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with NeuStart Psychiatry & TMS. My experience includes working with children, preteens and adults of all ages with conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic illness, and other co-occurring disorders.
(458) 236-5875 View (458) 236-5875
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Randy Rugg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97223  (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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Dr. Rachell Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
I recognize the importance of empathy and compassion. Each person's journey toward mental health and well-being is unique, so it's important to tailor support to your needs and preferences. By offering empathy, encouragement, and practical assistance, I can help you achieve your mental health goals to lead a fulfilling life.
I recognize the importance of empathy and compassion. Each person's journey toward mental health and well-being is unique, so it's important to tailor support to your needs and preferences. By offering empathy, encouragement, and practical assistance, I can help you achieve your mental health goals to lead a fulfilling life.
(971) 299-2138 View (971) 299-2138
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Nichole Slykhous
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209
Nichole practices Integrative Psychiatry to help you identify and treat the underlying cause(s) and contributors to symptoms of depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, brain fog, fatigue, and other contemporary mental health conditions. ​ Integrative Psychiatry is a personalized approach to mental health that uses functional medicine and traditional psychiatry to identify and treat core imbalances which affect your brain, body, and life.
Nichole practices Integrative Psychiatry to help you identify and treat the underlying cause(s) and contributors to symptoms of depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, brain fog, fatigue, and other contemporary mental health conditions. ​ Integrative Psychiatry is a personalized approach to mental health that uses functional medicine and traditional psychiatry to identify and treat core imbalances which affect your brain, body, and life.
(971) 999-3153 View (971) 999-3153
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Erik Morris, PMHNP, Samadhi Psychiatric
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97223
Are you struggling under the weight of a mental health issue or pattern of behavior that you feel is holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling, productive and creative existence? Whether it be any number of issues including anxiety, depression, gender issues, identity issues, sleep problems, eating problems, attention problems, hallucination problems, personality and relational issues, substance problems, or even just struggling to find a reason to exist "existential malaise", you are invited to consider Erik at Samadhi Psychiatric to help meet some of your mental health needs. See SamadhiPsychiatric.com for more.
Are you struggling under the weight of a mental health issue or pattern of behavior that you feel is holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling, productive and creative existence? Whether it be any number of issues including anxiety, depression, gender issues, identity issues, sleep problems, eating problems, attention problems, hallucination problems, personality and relational issues, substance problems, or even just struggling to find a reason to exist "existential malaise", you are invited to consider Erik at Samadhi Psychiatric to help meet some of your mental health needs. See SamadhiPsychiatric.com for more.
(971) 297-3568 View (971) 297-3568
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Hope Psychiatric Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Yulanda, DNP, PMHNP, ACAGNP
Verified Verified
Oregon City, OR 97045
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctorate of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
From the moment I enrolled in Jacksonville State University where I eventually earned both my master’s and Doctorate of Nursing with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Acute Care to my travels to the University of Texas where I earned my specialty in Primary Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. As the proud owner of Hope Psychiatric Consultants. The “Hope” in Hope Psychiatric Consultants happily stands for “Handing Out Positive Energy.” I ideated and implemented this telehealth psych platform to give those in need the medical attention and listening ear they need for their mental health.
(334) 301-6915 View (334) 301-6915
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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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in McMinnville, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in McMinnville, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Transgender
75% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% First Choice Health | FCH
100% Providence

How Psychiatrists in McMinnville, OR see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Male
25% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in McMinnville?

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.