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Jill C. Gladish
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, ABPN
Verified Verified
Cannon Beach, OR 97110  (Online Only)
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
(503) 563-7431 View (503) 563-7431

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Dr Madeline Jacobs Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239  (Online Only)
My name is Dr. Madeline Jacobs and I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist now practicing in the Portland, OR area. I completed my General Psychiatry training at Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. My Psychiatry training was very special. I trained at one of the oldest Psychiatric Institutions in the country. This allowed me to be trained in both psychotherapy and biological (medication) aspects of psychiatric interventions. I feel I got the best of both worlds. Psychiatric medications are only one piece of the treatment puzzle, often people need other care, like psychotherapy to help resolve symptoms.
My name is Dr. Madeline Jacobs and I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist now practicing in the Portland, OR area. I completed my General Psychiatry training at Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. My Psychiatry training was very special. I trained at one of the oldest Psychiatric Institutions in the country. This allowed me to be trained in both psychotherapy and biological (medication) aspects of psychiatric interventions. I feel I got the best of both worlds. Psychiatric medications are only one piece of the treatment puzzle, often people need other care, like psychotherapy to help resolve symptoms.
(971) 287-7953 View (971) 287-7953
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Lesley Arle
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Linn, OR 97068
I am OPEN & Accepting new patients at this time. Are you looking for mental health prescriber who also provides therapy in the same session? I combine these two specialties so that I can treat the whole person at the same time. I also provide just medication management or just therapy. I am a board certified PMHNP for ages 18-65 years. I have extensive training in Trauma focused treatment, and am certified to provide EMDR therapy.I attend updates on medications yearly. I collaborate with therapists, PCPs, Naturopaths, and other providers who support you in your health journey.
I am OPEN & Accepting new patients at this time. Are you looking for mental health prescriber who also provides therapy in the same session? I combine these two specialties so that I can treat the whole person at the same time. I also provide just medication management or just therapy. I am a board certified PMHNP for ages 18-65 years. I have extensive training in Trauma focused treatment, and am certified to provide EMDR therapy.I attend updates on medications yearly. I collaborate with therapists, PCPs, Naturopaths, and other providers who support you in your health journey.
(503) 400-7192 View (503) 400-7192
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Felicia Turner, APRN | Text #Enroll 503-925-6606
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
Welcome to Psychiatry On Demand, where we strive to create a warm and understanding environment that helps you begin your journey toward mental wellness. We are happy to welcome individuals like you who are navigating the complexities of mental health. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other challenges, we are here to offer personalized strategies for growth and resilience that are precisely tailored to your needs.
Welcome to Psychiatry On Demand, where we strive to create a warm and understanding environment that helps you begin your journey toward mental wellness. We are happy to welcome individuals like you who are navigating the complexities of mental health. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any other challenges, we are here to offer personalized strategies for growth and resilience that are precisely tailored to your needs.
(503) 410-7472 View (503) 410-7472
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Laurence Eckman Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
I work with ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, marriage & couples counseling, anger problems, unresolved trauma, & PTSD. I enjoy working with individuals and couples who may be experiencing communication and relationship issues, daily life stressors, parenting difficulties or life transitions. I am dually licensed as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and psychotherapist (LCSW). Having two different licenses affords me the unique perspective of seeing mental health from the physiological and psychological viewpoints. I offer mental health medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching or a combination of these. Sometimes there is great value in having one practitioner to address both the medical and mental health concerns.
I work with ADHD, ADD, anxiety, depression, marriage & couples counseling, anger problems, unresolved trauma, & PTSD. I enjoy working with individuals and couples who may be experiencing communication and relationship issues, daily life stressors, parenting difficulties or life transitions. I am dually licensed as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) and psychotherapist (LCSW). Having two different licenses affords me the unique perspective of seeing mental health from the physiological and psychological viewpoints. I offer mental health medication management, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching or a combination of these. Sometimes there is great value in having one practitioner to address both the medical and mental health concerns.
(503) 446-1199 View (503) 446-1199
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Amy Jensen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, OR 97301  (Online Only)
I am licensed in CA, AZ and OR. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2009 and have worked in the mental health field since 2000. I am Board Certified by ANCC. I specialize in adults with chronic and acute mental health concerns such as depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, anxiety and I have a subspecialty in adults with developmental disabilities/autism. I provide a thorough and ongoing evaluation of previous and current symptoms and stressors and work with each person towards their individualized goal of treatment.
I am licensed in CA, AZ and OR. I have been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2009 and have worked in the mental health field since 2000. I am Board Certified by ANCC. I specialize in adults with chronic and acute mental health concerns such as depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, anxiety and I have a subspecialty in adults with developmental disabilities/autism. I provide a thorough and ongoing evaluation of previous and current symptoms and stressors and work with each person towards their individualized goal of treatment.
(916) 409-3052 View (916) 409-3052
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Elaina Atwell-Furrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Keizer, OR 97303
Now accepting new clients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment for psychiatric disorders/mental health conditions. I offer both therapy and medication management for a wide array of disorders, however, my specialty is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and OCD/obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Following completion of my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at OHSU, I co-directed and treated patients in the OCD clinic at OHSU. I have carried this experience with me into the opening of my private practice, Atwell Mental Health, LLC.
Now accepting new clients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment for psychiatric disorders/mental health conditions. I offer both therapy and medication management for a wide array of disorders, however, my specialty is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, ADHD and OCD/obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Following completion of my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at OHSU, I co-directed and treated patients in the OCD clinic at OHSU. I have carried this experience with me into the opening of my private practice, Atwell Mental Health, LLC.
(971) 444-6362 View (971) 444-6362
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Peace of Serenity Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN CNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
At Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, we have over 15 years specializing in helping children and families ages 0-75 with ASD, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma. We also can assist families with children with Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate through mental health issues for people of all ages. Our aim is to restore peace and understanding in your workplace by working with schools, teachers, support providers, employers, and other liaisons to "Restore Calm." We also help parents navigate IEPs and 504 Plans through school advocacy and consulting support.
At Peace of Serenity Psychiatry, we have over 15 years specializing in helping children and families ages 0-75 with ASD, ADHD, DMDD, ODD, Psychotic Disorders, and Trauma. We also can assist families with children with Depression and Anxiety Related Disorders. We understand how challenging it can be to navigate through mental health issues for people of all ages. Our aim is to restore peace and understanding in your workplace by working with schools, teachers, support providers, employers, and other liaisons to "Restore Calm." We also help parents navigate IEPs and 504 Plans through school advocacy and consulting support.
(971) 314-4973 View (971) 314-4973
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Heather Hemmeger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PharmD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
Accepting New Patients! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress? Do you feel frustrated that things you've tried so far haven't worked? As both a psychiatric nurse practitioner and former pharmacist, I strategically blend elements of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy to foster healing, restore mind-body balance, and inspire self-compassion. My therapeutic approach can be described as warm, collaborative, and grounded in evidence based research. I work from within a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens and am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering space for all who enter my door.
Accepting New Patients! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress? Do you feel frustrated that things you've tried so far haven't worked? As both a psychiatric nurse practitioner and former pharmacist, I strategically blend elements of psychopharmacology with psychotherapy to foster healing, restore mind-body balance, and inspire self-compassion. My therapeutic approach can be described as warm, collaborative, and grounded in evidence based research. I work from within a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens and am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering space for all who enter my door.
(971) 260-3492 x1 View (971) 260-3492 x1
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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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Matthew Kristofor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
In my role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my ideal client is an individual actively seeking assistance for their mental health challenges and displaying a genuine motivation to instigate positive transformations in their life. These individuals may grapple with a diverse range of issues, encompassing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or stress-related conditions.
In my role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my ideal client is an individual actively seeking assistance for their mental health challenges and displaying a genuine motivation to instigate positive transformations in their life. These individuals may grapple with a diverse range of issues, encompassing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or stress-related conditions.
(503) 664-9618 View (503) 664-9618
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Dani Maier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97219  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and experiences of trauma. I believe strongly in translating evidence/science-based mental health care to patients and that through collaboration optimal treatment plans can be created. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and limited therapy for patients living in Oregon and New Mexico. I believe a person is more than their mental illness and strive to understand how each person exists within their environment and relationships.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and experiences of trauma. I believe strongly in translating evidence/science-based mental health care to patients and that through collaboration optimal treatment plans can be created. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and limited therapy for patients living in Oregon and New Mexico. I believe a person is more than their mental illness and strive to understand how each person exists within their environment and relationships.
(503) 461-9509 View (503) 461-9509
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Robert Olsen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
Welcome— My name is Dr. Robert Olsen. I am a board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. I have over 20 years of experience in the field. My clinical experience includes outpatient pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, I am working as medical director for BestMind Behavioral Health and seeing clients for individual treatment. In addition, I apply interventional psychiatric approaches such as esketamine nasal treatment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
Welcome— My name is Dr. Robert Olsen. I am a board-certified medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. I have over 20 years of experience in the field. My clinical experience includes outpatient pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and geriatric psychiatry. Currently, I am working as medical director for BestMind Behavioral Health and seeing clients for individual treatment. In addition, I apply interventional psychiatric approaches such as esketamine nasal treatment and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) Therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
(503) 755-5181 View (503) 755-5181
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Salem, OR 97304  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(503) 479-4748 View (503) 479-4748
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Todd Infinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97233  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients! Free genetic and neuropsychological testing available! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience working with children and adults suffering from mental illnesses. I have a passion for the treatment of anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and the unique experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. I believe the patient’s goals are at the center of effective treatment and strive to ensure they feel informed and are an equal partner throughout the treatment process.
Currently accepting new patients! Free genetic and neuropsychological testing available! I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a wide range of experience working with children and adults suffering from mental illnesses. I have a passion for the treatment of anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and the unique experiences of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. I hold a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. I believe the patient’s goals are at the center of effective treatment and strive to ensure they feel informed and are an equal partner throughout the treatment process.
(541) 539-4683 View (541) 539-4683
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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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Eshcol Clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203  (Online Only)
We are accepting patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 9 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
We are accepting patients. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice with certification in FNP and Family Psychiatry. I have been practicing for over 9 years as a Certified NP and over 30 years as a BSN RN. Recognizing that health is wealth, it is imperative that your mentally ill health is taken seriously because the disease of the mind is the disease of the body. As a mentally ill, you do not have to be stigmatized. You have equal opportunity and the right to access the mental health care that you need. The world we live in is full of challenges that contribute to mental illness, and we consider those when providing your care.
(281) 916-3143 View (281) 916-3143
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Daniel Bristow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97223  (Online Only)
Finding good treatment for mental health and addictions that is personalized to you can be life-saving. My practice delivers that treatment directly to you using secure video telehealth. I specialize in combined talk therapy and medication management (including addictions treatment) in 45-50 minute sessions that address your individual mental health and addiction issues. Getting talk therapy, mental health, and addictions treatment through the same physician can save you time and be more effective. I am currently accepting new clients and offer medication-assisted treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorders.
Finding good treatment for mental health and addictions that is personalized to you can be life-saving. My practice delivers that treatment directly to you using secure video telehealth. I specialize in combined talk therapy and medication management (including addictions treatment) in 45-50 minute sessions that address your individual mental health and addiction issues. Getting talk therapy, mental health, and addictions treatment through the same physician can save you time and be more effective. I am currently accepting new clients and offer medication-assisted treatment for alcohol and opioid use disorders.
(503) 549-4470 View (503) 549-4470
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Carmen Kosicek - Visionary Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Tigard, OR 97223
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.visionarypsych.com
Depressed? Did you know that there are new treatment options offering relief from depression in 2 weeks?!?! No, not SSRI's. No, not SNRI's. YES.... covered by insurance and no, not a huge out of pocket spend! Finally, there IS help & hope for YOU! ADHD challenged? ADHD focused care assessed with Neurocognitive Testing & current, once a day treatments! Psychiatric Medication Management offered online throughout Oregon. In person visits in Tigard, Oregon. Currently accepting new patients! Reach out today at www.visionarypsych.com
(458) 225-5152 View (458) 225-5152
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Lydia Hammond
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, CNM
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97225  (Online Only)
I provide telehealth care in New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon. Appts are currently scheduled on MST. I am driven to help people find the best way to navigate their mental health. I offer education, brief counseling, and herbal and medication management services. I start by hearing people's stories, what brought them to seeking mental healthcare, and what they seek to gain from it. I strongly believe that client active participation in their mental healthcare is the path to healing and meeting their goals. I have 6 children and love working with youth. My experience as a midwife over the last 14 years fosters my love for serving.
I provide telehealth care in New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon. Appts are currently scheduled on MST. I am driven to help people find the best way to navigate their mental health. I offer education, brief counseling, and herbal and medication management services. I start by hearing people's stories, what brought them to seeking mental healthcare, and what they seek to gain from it. I strongly believe that client active participation in their mental healthcare is the path to healing and meeting their goals. I have 6 children and love working with youth. My experience as a midwife over the last 14 years fosters my love for serving.
(575) 573-8239 View (575) 573-8239

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Seaside?

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.