Psychiatrists in Monmouth, OR

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Dr. Kristina Timmons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Monmouth, OR 97361
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
Now Accepting New Clients! Struggling with sadness, lack of motivation or finding joy? Consumed by worry or often feeling on edge? Trouble focusing or staying on task? Self-medicating because the emotional pain is too much? Do you often leave medical appointments feeling rushed and unheard or misunderstood? .... Whatever the struggle may be that is keeping you from being your best self, there is hope! ....You are the expert of your own experience and I bring years of experience and knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments. I would love to meet with you and walk with you on your journey to mental wellness and freedom.
(503) 444-8973 View (503) 444-8973

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Elizabeth Catherine Dotson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Independence, OR 97351
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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Andrea Ward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, OR 97338
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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Tarra L. Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97306
**Accepting New Clients** I am the sole owner and provider of a small practice in South Salem. In my practice, I see clients from 14+ for the diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of mental illnesses. I offer brief therapy with specific goals, I use an adaptive modality to focus on each individual client's need at the time. In addition, I also prescribe and manage medications both in person at my brick and mortar practice, and given the advances in security and communication via telepsychiatry appointments scheduled via my office staff with established clients as Oregonian law stipulates at least every six months that we meet.
**Accepting New Clients** I am the sole owner and provider of a small practice in South Salem. In my practice, I see clients from 14+ for the diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of mental illnesses. I offer brief therapy with specific goals, I use an adaptive modality to focus on each individual client's need at the time. In addition, I also prescribe and manage medications both in person at my brick and mortar practice, and given the advances in security and communication via telepsychiatry appointments scheduled via my office staff with established clients as Oregonian law stipulates at least every six months that we meet.
(971) 701-2360 View (971) 701-2360
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Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97302  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(503) 782-9691 View (503) 782-9691
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Nathan P. Johnson - (Stasis Psychiatry)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97306
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2016. Prior to starting a private practice, I worked in the acute setting at Salem Hospital treating clients in an inpatient unit. I have experience treating clients in stable, and acute disease states. Prior to beginning my career in psychiatric nursing, I specialized in behavioral neuroscience and studied for 12-years a combination of psychology, counseling, and behavioral interventions. My passion is mental health care and I seek to incorporate different modalities into the care.
I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2016. Prior to starting a private practice, I worked in the acute setting at Salem Hospital treating clients in an inpatient unit. I have experience treating clients in stable, and acute disease states. Prior to beginning my career in psychiatric nursing, I specialized in behavioral neuroscience and studied for 12-years a combination of psychology, counseling, and behavioral interventions. My passion is mental health care and I seek to incorporate different modalities into the care.
(503) 773-6576 View (503) 773-6576

Online Psychiatrists

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Leah Bloomberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Waitlist for new clients
I am board-certified in psychiatric care as a PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I work primarily with medications for people seeking relief from mental health symptoms that have impacted their happiness, connections with others, and quality of life.
I am board-certified in psychiatric care as a PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I work primarily with medications for people seeking relief from mental health symptoms that have impacted their happiness, connections with others, and quality of life.
(503) 395-3865 View (503) 395-3865
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Natalya Mortimer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Eugene, OR 97401
Waitlist for new clients
Our clients seek meaningful outcomes. They aspire to improve their well-being, enabling them to actively participate in life, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose. Natalya provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individualized treatment planning tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. She has a particular interest in addressing a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders, with a focus on integrating evidence-based practices that promote resilience and positive mental health outcomes.
Our clients seek meaningful outcomes. They aspire to improve their well-being, enabling them to actively participate in life, achieve peak functionality, and pursue profound purpose. Natalya provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and individualized treatment planning tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. She has a particular interest in addressing a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders, with a focus on integrating evidence-based practices that promote resilience and positive mental health outcomes.
(458) 235-4992 x103 View (458) 235-4992 x103
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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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Nikki Gaines
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MBA, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience in various facets of mental health. My philosophy includes a focus on whole mind and body wellness. I strive to deliver excellent, compassionate care through active listening and thoughtful collaboration with my patients – with a splash of humor. You will feel heard and validated, never rushed or ignored. My interest is in the person with a symptom rather than the symptom of a person. I do not currently prescribe controlled substances.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with more than ten years of experience in various facets of mental health. My philosophy includes a focus on whole mind and body wellness. I strive to deliver excellent, compassionate care through active listening and thoughtful collaboration with my patients – with a splash of humor. You will feel heard and validated, never rushed or ignored. My interest is in the person with a symptom rather than the symptom of a person. I do not currently prescribe controlled substances.
(971) 298-8567 View (971) 298-8567
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John Robert Kratzer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97209
Are you in the middle of a life transition? Are you looking for ways to open up your heart and soul so you can have more purpose and meaning in your life? Would you like help in building skills to be more present and peaceful in your day to day life? Would you like to experience healing as part of a larger community? Do you want to put your psychological concerns and symptoms in a broader context? I would like to help you discover your souls place in the world so you can live a life that accords to your values, is purposeful and meaningful and helps to integrate all of this with your childhood experiences.
Are you in the middle of a life transition? Are you looking for ways to open up your heart and soul so you can have more purpose and meaning in your life? Would you like help in building skills to be more present and peaceful in your day to day life? Would you like to experience healing as part of a larger community? Do you want to put your psychological concerns and symptoms in a broader context? I would like to help you discover your souls place in the world so you can live a life that accords to your values, is purposeful and meaningful and helps to integrate all of this with your childhood experiences.
(971) 290-4744 View (971) 290-4744
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Davonna Wilson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97086  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
Are you experiencing overwhelming negative emotions? Sadness, worry, shame, or guilt? You know you are ready for a change but you are unsure of how to start feeling better. Clients come to me looking for a provider who can offer a safe space to overcome individual challenges. Sessions with me will involve a true connection, this is my favorite part of working in mental health. I will earn your trust and together, we will develop a treatment plan that propels you towards wellness. As a nurse practitioner trained in both physical and mental health, your treatment plan will include personalized care for your whole being.
(412) 312-3283 View (412) 312-3283
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Ayisha Sanda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97204  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients/ Appointments are available within 48HRS/ Offering free 15mins consultations. I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health practitioner. Before becoming a nurse, I was a social worker who provided targeted case management to people with mental health disorders. I am a dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who offers high-quality of care to individuals presenting with diverse psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD(testing available) , depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and many more . My approach is holistic, evidenced based individualized strategies tailored towards your needs.
Accepting new patients/ Appointments are available within 48HRS/ Offering free 15mins consultations. I am a board-certified Psychiatric mental health practitioner. Before becoming a nurse, I was a social worker who provided targeted case management to people with mental health disorders. I am a dedicated, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who offers high-quality of care to individuals presenting with diverse psychiatric diagnoses such as anxiety, ADHD(testing available) , depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and many more . My approach is holistic, evidenced based individualized strategies tailored towards your needs.
(971) 247-1627 View (971) 247-1627
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Jessica Bentura-Jimenez Agency Has Immediate Openings!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
Jessica is passionate about providing mental health services to the adult population. In her practice, she strives to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for her patients and their treatment preferences. She utilizes treatments aligned with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience, personal observation, and patient input, in order to develop a treatment plan that is patient centered. Focused treatment areas include depression, treatment resistant depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.
Jessica is passionate about providing mental health services to the adult population. In her practice, she strives to achieve the highest care with respect and regard for her patients and their treatment preferences. She utilizes treatments aligned with evidence-based guidelines combined with clinical experience, personal observation, and patient input, in order to develop a treatment plan that is patient centered. Focused treatment areas include depression, treatment resistant depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.
(360) 300-5617 View (360) 300-5617
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Victoria Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am accepting new adult patients at this time. Patient safety and the utilization of evidence-based practice are my highest priority. Controlled substances are prescribed sparingly in my practice in an effort to keep you safe. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Please note, I do not write letters for disability, therapy pets, or gender reassignment surgery.
Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am accepting new adult patients at this time. Patient safety and the utilization of evidence-based practice are my highest priority. Controlled substances are prescribed sparingly in my practice in an effort to keep you safe. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Please note, I do not write letters for disability, therapy pets, or gender reassignment surgery.
(503) 461-8545 View (503) 461-8545
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Alysa Zalma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
My areas of expertise include Mind Body Medicine and the psychodynamic treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, trauma, and issues relating to body image. I teach and speak extensively on how the physiologic mechanisms of the inflammatory process promotes the above disease states and how, through the utilization of psychoanalytic and mindfulness techniques, optimal change can be achieved. I utilize the combination of psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and mindfulness heavily supported in the medical literature in my private practice.
My areas of expertise include Mind Body Medicine and the psychodynamic treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, trauma, and issues relating to body image. I teach and speak extensively on how the physiologic mechanisms of the inflammatory process promotes the above disease states and how, through the utilization of psychoanalytic and mindfulness techniques, optimal change can be achieved. I utilize the combination of psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and mindfulness heavily supported in the medical literature in my private practice.
(503) 622-8292 View (503) 622-8292
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Robert Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
When treating patients, I consider the whole person, not just symptoms. I take into account other underlying medical conditions, medications, and physiological changes that may impact the effectiveness of a planned treatment. I consider these factors to determine your best treatment path. I have a developmental orientation toward understanding human behavior. I recognize that everyone is unique; and therefore, I will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs. I also appreciate a collaborative approach, working with other providers to help facilitate the best treatment outcomes.
When treating patients, I consider the whole person, not just symptoms. I take into account other underlying medical conditions, medications, and physiological changes that may impact the effectiveness of a planned treatment. I consider these factors to determine your best treatment path. I have a developmental orientation toward understanding human behavior. I recognize that everyone is unique; and therefore, I will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs. I also appreciate a collaborative approach, working with other providers to help facilitate the best treatment outcomes.
(503) 563-2731 View (503) 563-2731
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Njideka Domrufus Dnp Pmhnp-Bc Fnp-C
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97221
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
Njideka (NJ) Domrufus is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a dual board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specializes in treating major depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and ADHD.
(971) 252-5319 View (971) 252-5319
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Alexandra Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223
I am currently accepting new patients, and my hours are flexible to accommodate your needs! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and am passionate about providing each client with quality, compassionate, and comprehensive health services. I believe that an individualized approach is paramount to effective mental health treatment. I partner with each client to address their individual mental health needs and pursue their treatment goals. All treatment decisions will be a collaborative effort between the two of us. This can be done in person AND via virtual visits.
I am currently accepting new patients, and my hours are flexible to accommodate your needs! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and am passionate about providing each client with quality, compassionate, and comprehensive health services. I believe that an individualized approach is paramount to effective mental health treatment. I partner with each client to address their individual mental health needs and pursue their treatment goals. All treatment decisions will be a collaborative effort between the two of us. This can be done in person AND via virtual visits.
(503) 912-7319 View (503) 912-7319
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Sana Goldberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97215
I practice with warmth and curiosity, accepting others where they are in the present and respecting the many experiences they arrive to it with. I am devoted to helping those I work with develop a new understanding of their patterns, desires, inner conflicts, and pain carried in the body from overwhelming life conditions and experiences. I meet others where they are, embrace their stories, and offer a therapeutic relationship that is nurturing, collaborative, and growth oriented.
I practice with warmth and curiosity, accepting others where they are in the present and respecting the many experiences they arrive to it with. I am devoted to helping those I work with develop a new understanding of their patterns, desires, inner conflicts, and pain carried in the body from overwhelming life conditions and experiences. I meet others where they are, embrace their stories, and offer a therapeutic relationship that is nurturing, collaborative, and growth oriented.
(503) 386-0729 View (503) 386-0729

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Monmouth, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Monmouth, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Chronic Pain
100% Geriatric and Seniors
100% Grief

Average years in practice

10 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Monmouth, OR see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Monmouth?

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.