Psychiatrists in Berwyn, PA

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Jeffrey Naser MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Berwyn, PA 19312
Jeffrey Naser MD, LLC is a private, fee-for service psychiatric practice in Berwyn PA. Dr. Naser's team includes Ms. Maria Capriotti and Ms. Terri Leone, both Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. We provide psychiatric assessment, second opinions and medication management for children, teens and adults. We have significant experience working with a range of psychiatric challenges including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, OCD, PTSD, and others. Our initial evalations are done in-person. We offer a choice for follow up visits, either remote or in-person. We work hard to provide a trusting and collaborative relationship.
Jeffrey Naser MD, LLC is a private, fee-for service psychiatric practice in Berwyn PA. Dr. Naser's team includes Ms. Maria Capriotti and Ms. Terri Leone, both Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. We provide psychiatric assessment, second opinions and medication management for children, teens and adults. We have significant experience working with a range of psychiatric challenges including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, OCD, PTSD, and others. Our initial evalations are done in-person. We offer a choice for follow up visits, either remote or in-person. We work hard to provide a trusting and collaborative relationship.
(484) 623-5966 View (484) 623-5966
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Terri Geiger Leone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Berwyn, PA 19312
Terri Leone, CRNP, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is accepting new clients at the office of Jeffrey Naser, MD and Associates (voted one of Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021), a group practice in Berwyn, PA. Ms. Leone is trained in all areas of psychiatry, including Attention Deficit Disorders, Major Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Trauma-Related Disorders.
Terri Leone, CRNP, is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is accepting new clients at the office of Jeffrey Naser, MD and Associates (voted one of Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021), a group practice in Berwyn, PA. Ms. Leone is trained in all areas of psychiatry, including Attention Deficit Disorders, Major Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Trauma-Related Disorders.
(484) 285-4473 View (484) 285-4473
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Dena Caplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Berwyn, PA 19312
Dena Caplan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a PMHNP from Wilkes University and a CPNP-PC from Thomas Jefferson University. Dena has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse. Outside of work, Dena enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and children.
Dena Caplan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2023. She earned a PMHNP from Wilkes University and a CPNP-PC from Thomas Jefferson University. Dena has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse. Outside of work, Dena enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and children.
(267) 662-2840 View (267) 662-2840
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David Danish
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berwyn, PA 19312
I enjoy working with clients of all ages and from all walks of life. Clients typically seek me out when they are looking for help with various psychiatric conditions. My training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, work in area crisis centers and emergency rooms, years of inpatient work at the University of Pennsylvania followed by The Horsham Clinic, and starting ketamine infusion for treatment resistant depression, have all shaped me into the psychiatrist I am today.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages and from all walks of life. Clients typically seek me out when they are looking for help with various psychiatric conditions. My training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, work in area crisis centers and emergency rooms, years of inpatient work at the University of Pennsylvania followed by The Horsham Clinic, and starting ketamine infusion for treatment resistant depression, have all shaped me into the psychiatrist I am today.
(610) 999-6414 View (610) 999-6414
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North Star Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Berwyn, PA 19312
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! North Star Psychiatry offers medication management and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. We accept new patients between ages 4 and 25 years. Patients outside of this age range may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. We offer a hybrid treatment model with in-person visits at our physical location in Malvern, PA and telepsychiatry visits anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania. We have extensive experience working with young people who are living with mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders.
WE ARE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! North Star Psychiatry offers medication management and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. We accept new patients between ages 4 and 25 years. Patients outside of this age range may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. We offer a hybrid treatment model with in-person visits at our physical location in Malvern, PA and telepsychiatry visits anywhere in the state of Pennsylvania. We have extensive experience working with young people who are living with mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, OCD, and eating disorders.
(484) 214-2971 View (484) 214-2971

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TMS Integrative Brain Institute
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Paoli, PA 19301
Is depression robbing you of joy? Have you tried medication and/or therapy without consistent success? Don’t despair! TMS Integrative Brain Institute has another way to treat depression that is non-invasive, non-systemic, has minimal side effects and risks, is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for major, treatment-resistant depression and is covered by most insurance including Medicare. With our integrative approach to TMS therapy, we can help you change the way you feel about your life.
Is depression robbing you of joy? Have you tried medication and/or therapy without consistent success? Don’t despair! TMS Integrative Brain Institute has another way to treat depression that is non-invasive, non-systemic, has minimal side effects and risks, is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for major, treatment-resistant depression and is covered by most insurance including Medicare. With our integrative approach to TMS therapy, we can help you change the way you feel about your life.
(484) 214-2962 View (484) 214-2962
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Richard M D'Amato
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paoli, PA 19301
Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates providers Telehealth Virtual Psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy and in-office appointments. In-office appointments are available in our Philadelphia and Mainline of Philadelphia location (Paoli, PA) and virtual appointments to patients in New Jersey, New York and Florida. Specifically, I treat adults with various psychiatric struggles, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. A large subset of my patients are college and graduate students, in additional to young professionals.
Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates providers Telehealth Virtual Psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy and in-office appointments. In-office appointments are available in our Philadelphia and Mainline of Philadelphia location (Paoli, PA) and virtual appointments to patients in New Jersey, New York and Florida. Specifically, I treat adults with various psychiatric struggles, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD. A large subset of my patients are college and graduate students, in additional to young professionals.
(267) 358-6099 View (267) 358-6099
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Karen (Yang) Chen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paoli, PA 19301
Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates is a network of over 20 psychiatric providers including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Psychotherapists. We offer in-office and Virtual Telehealth appointments in Philadelphia, The Main Line of Philadelphia and Virtually to NJ, NY and FL. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management for a variety of mental health conditions in adults ages 18+, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, PMDD, bipolar disorder, and more.
Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates is a network of over 20 psychiatric providers including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and Psychotherapists. We offer in-office and Virtual Telehealth appointments in Philadelphia, The Main Line of Philadelphia and Virtually to NJ, NY and FL. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in medication management for a variety of mental health conditions in adults ages 18+, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, PMDD, bipolar disorder, and more.
(267) 358-6099 View (267) 358-6099
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Dr. Daisy Lara
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
Life can be hard… Life can be full of adversity, especially in the stressful world that we live in today. The good news is we’re here to help, to listen, and to nurture your mental, emotional and psychological health. We are a resource to help you sort through the complex emotions and stressors in your life. Whether it’s a specific trauma or a condition that affects your day-to-day life. Our goal is to help you live your best life. We will do a thorough assessment and develop a treatment plan that is personalized for you.
Life can be hard… Life can be full of adversity, especially in the stressful world that we live in today. The good news is we’re here to help, to listen, and to nurture your mental, emotional and psychological health. We are a resource to help you sort through the complex emotions and stressors in your life. Whether it’s a specific trauma or a condition that affects your day-to-day life. Our goal is to help you live your best life. We will do a thorough assessment and develop a treatment plan that is personalized for you.
(610) 609-7414 View (610) 609-7414
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Nadia Zandy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Malvern, PA 19355
Ms. Nadia has over 7 years of extensive expertise in psychiatric mental health nursing. Nadia utilizes a holistic and client centered approach and therapeutic communication to build and individualized treatment plan for each client. Nadia’s care is mainly based on the combination of pharmacotherapy when needed and psychotherapy for better treatment outcomes. Nadia specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with varying psychiatric diagnosis. In her spare time Nadia enjoys taking long walks in the park, reading and cooking.
Ms. Nadia has over 7 years of extensive expertise in psychiatric mental health nursing. Nadia utilizes a holistic and client centered approach and therapeutic communication to build and individualized treatment plan for each client. Nadia’s care is mainly based on the combination of pharmacotherapy when needed and psychotherapy for better treatment outcomes. Nadia specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with varying psychiatric diagnosis. In her spare time Nadia enjoys taking long walks in the park, reading and cooking.
(484) 218-2113 View (484) 218-2113
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Gracie Yeo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Paoli, PA 19301
Dr. Yeo is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology board certified psychiatrist specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. She offers evidence-based treatment that is individualized to the unique needs of each patient with psychotherapy and medication management. She has experience working with all ages from school aged children to older adults. She often coordinates with other providers (school counselors, teachers, therapists, family physicians) to ensure comprehensive and integrated care. Member of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, a network of over 20 professionals in the Philadelphia area
Dr. Yeo is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology board certified psychiatrist specializing in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry. She offers evidence-based treatment that is individualized to the unique needs of each patient with psychotherapy and medication management. She has experience working with all ages from school aged children to older adults. She often coordinates with other providers (school counselors, teachers, therapists, family physicians) to ensure comprehensive and integrated care. Member of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, a network of over 20 professionals in the Philadelphia area
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Tina DeMure
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Paoli, PA 19301
Tina DeMure is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of combined nursing experience. She specializes in the management of Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Trauma. Her experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner allows her to better understand the interplay between mental health struggles and chronic medical conditions.Ms. DeMure treats patients ages 18 years and up in her private practice in Paoli, PA. She also provides virtual visits to individuals living throughout the state.
Tina DeMure is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of combined nursing experience. She specializes in the management of Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Trauma. Her experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner allows her to better understand the interplay between mental health struggles and chronic medical conditions.Ms. DeMure treats patients ages 18 years and up in her private practice in Paoli, PA. She also provides virtual visits to individuals living throughout the state.
(484) 435-8980 View (484) 435-8980
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Jessica Plocher
Psychiatric Nurse, CRNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Paoli, PA 19301
I am currently scheduling new patients for initial psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We additionally have psychotherapists (within our network at Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates) whom we collaborate with if indicated. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field, including working as a mental health resource specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital (2003-2008), The Johns Hopkins Hospital in both clinical and supervisor roles (2009-2012) and have instructed at The University of Pennsylvania (where I completed my training including certification to prescribe psychiatric medications).
I am currently scheduling new patients for initial psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We additionally have psychotherapists (within our network at Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates) whom we collaborate with if indicated. I have over a decade of experience working in the mental health field, including working as a mental health resource specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital (2003-2008), The Johns Hopkins Hospital in both clinical and supervisor roles (2009-2012) and have instructed at The University of Pennsylvania (where I completed my training including certification to prescribe psychiatric medications).
(267) 358-6099 View (267) 358-6099
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Laura Orsatti Weissflog
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Paoli, PA 19301
Are you looking for a new prescriber? I am accepting new clients at Inspire Behavioral Health, a group practice in Phoenixville, PA. If you are looking for a compassionate clinician to assist you in deciding whether you may benefit from adding medication to your current therapy to improve how you are feeling, I can help. If you are already taking medication and are looking for someone who listens, I will educate you about your medication and partner with you to make informed decision about next steps.
Are you looking for a new prescriber? I am accepting new clients at Inspire Behavioral Health, a group practice in Phoenixville, PA. If you are looking for a compassionate clinician to assist you in deciding whether you may benefit from adding medication to your current therapy to improve how you are feeling, I can help. If you are already taking medication and are looking for someone who listens, I will educate you about your medication and partner with you to make informed decision about next steps.
(610) 557-1538 View (610) 557-1538
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Joseph Gagnon Jr.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, MSN, BS, RN-BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Devon, PA 19333  (Online Only)
Joe specializes in the treatment of ADHD (including adult-onset ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Movement Disorders (specifically Tardive Dyskinesia), Psychotic Disorders (including early onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has extensive experience in treating both children and adolescents. Additionally, he holds a waiver for utilizing Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in assisting individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders.
Joe specializes in the treatment of ADHD (including adult-onset ADHD), Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Movement Disorders (specifically Tardive Dyskinesia), Psychotic Disorders (including early onset Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has extensive experience in treating both children and adolescents. Additionally, he holds a waiver for utilizing Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) in assisting individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders.
(267) 209-6722 View (267) 209-6722
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row psychiatric services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Malvern, PA 19355
Miss Fordjour has over 13 years of extensive expertise in Nursing, spanning from cardiology to psychiatry. In her therapeutic approach Rosemary focuses on leveraging the unique strengths, challenges and needs of each individual by focusing on the positive. Rosemary's care is based on the premise that patients who require mental health care respond best to a combination of therapy and medication. She places special emphasis on the integration of a psychotherapeutic approach with careful and limited use of medication prescribed only when necessary.
Miss Fordjour has over 13 years of extensive expertise in Nursing, spanning from cardiology to psychiatry. In her therapeutic approach Rosemary focuses on leveraging the unique strengths, challenges and needs of each individual by focusing on the positive. Rosemary's care is based on the premise that patients who require mental health care respond best to a combination of therapy and medication. She places special emphasis on the integration of a psychotherapeutic approach with careful and limited use of medication prescribed only when necessary.
(610) 576-7833 View (610) 576-7833
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Fatima Sattar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
My philosophy is that YOU must be at the center of care. While I may guide you in identifying your strengths it is my hope that your goals be created by you rather than assigned. Whether you have endured trauma, struggle with depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, gender identity, ADHD, or another issue my goal is to help you be the best version of you so you may live your best life. Sometimes that means medication, sometimes therapy, sometimes both. We will work together to develop an evidence-based and comprehensive treatment plan. It is my honor to walk beside you in the next phase of your mental health wellness journey!
My philosophy is that YOU must be at the center of care. While I may guide you in identifying your strengths it is my hope that your goals be created by you rather than assigned. Whether you have endured trauma, struggle with depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, gender identity, ADHD, or another issue my goal is to help you be the best version of you so you may live your best life. Sometimes that means medication, sometimes therapy, sometimes both. We will work together to develop an evidence-based and comprehensive treatment plan. It is my honor to walk beside you in the next phase of your mental health wellness journey!
(610) 686-8707 View (610) 686-8707
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Marina Makous
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Paoli, PA 19301
Waitlist for new clients
Dr. Makous a Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry-trained, Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician with extensive experience in Psychiatry and Counseling. In the past she established mental health clinics around the world, treating individuals from different cultures for a variety of mental illnesses. After a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry, she stayed on as an Assistant Professor. She recently relocated to Exton, PA, where she treats adults with depression, anxiety, neuropsychiatric complications of Lyme, etc. Dr. Marina Makous is astute, warm, and collaborative: she listens to her patients and follows them to ensure the best treatment outcome possible.
Dr. Makous a Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry-trained, Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician with extensive experience in Psychiatry and Counseling. In the past she established mental health clinics around the world, treating individuals from different cultures for a variety of mental illnesses. After a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry, she stayed on as an Assistant Professor. She recently relocated to Exton, PA, where she treats adults with depression, anxiety, neuropsychiatric complications of Lyme, etc. Dr. Marina Makous is astute, warm, and collaborative: she listens to her patients and follows them to ensure the best treatment outcome possible.
(484) 997-7075 View (484) 997-7075
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Kimberly Joffe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Paoli, PA 19301
Kimberly Joffe, CRNP is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and part of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, which treats children, adolescents and adults for in-office and Virtual Telehealth Psychiatry. Ms. Joffe is trained in all areas of psychiatry including Attention Deficit Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. Ms. Joffe is available for Psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adults 18 years of age and up. She is board certified to prescribe psychiatric medications. She is also a Clinical Instructor for The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.
Kimberly Joffe, CRNP is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and part of Rittenhouse Psychiatric Associates, which treats children, adolescents and adults for in-office and Virtual Telehealth Psychiatry. Ms. Joffe is trained in all areas of psychiatry including Attention Deficit Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders. Ms. Joffe is available for Psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adults 18 years of age and up. She is board certified to prescribe psychiatric medications. She is also a Clinical Instructor for The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.
(610) 854-9406 View (610) 854-9406
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Nick Speeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
Speeney Psychiatric Services is dedicated to establishing a therapeutic alliance with all individuals who desire a positive change in their life. Achieving your idea of success and wellness is most important to me. We will work together to create a treatment plan that is right for you. I look forward to meeting you.
Speeney Psychiatric Services is dedicated to establishing a therapeutic alliance with all individuals who desire a positive change in their life. Achieving your idea of success and wellness is most important to me. We will work together to create a treatment plan that is right for you. I look forward to meeting you.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Berwyn, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Berwyn, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Child
100% ADHD
100% Medication Management
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
80% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in Berwyn, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Male
40% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Berwyn?

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.