Psychiatrists in Bridgeport, PA

Photo of Nicole Wilson-Carr, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bridgeport, PA
Nicole Wilson-Carr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
Nicole is a dual certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and her master's degree from Maryville University. Nicole offers medication management and basic psychotherapy. She provides patient centered care combined with evidence based and collaborative pharmacological treatment. Her areas of special interest include Depression, Anxiety disorders, Sleep Disorders and Life transitions. She believes in shared decision making when it comes to patient care and makes sure each clients feel comfortable and listened to at each office visit.
Nicole is a dual certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and her master's degree from Maryville University. Nicole offers medication management and basic psychotherapy. She provides patient centered care combined with evidence based and collaborative pharmacological treatment. Her areas of special interest include Depression, Anxiety disorders, Sleep Disorders and Life transitions. She believes in shared decision making when it comes to patient care and makes sure each clients feel comfortable and listened to at each office visit.
(484) 662-4279 View (484) 662-4279
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Maria Francisco-Solon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
Dr. Francisco-Solon is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 14 years in many different capacities. She spent most of her time in the outpatient faculty practice, wherein she assumed clinical and leadership role as Interim Medical Director. She provided clinical supervision for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows, as well as teaching and supervising medical students and rotating residents from the Adult Psychiatry program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Francisco-Solon is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 14 years in many different capacities. She spent most of her time in the outpatient faculty practice, wherein she assumed clinical and leadership role as Interim Medical Director. She provided clinical supervision for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows, as well as teaching and supervising medical students and rotating residents from the Adult Psychiatry program at the University of Pennsylvania.
(267) 863-7080 View (267) 863-7080
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Rachel Dillinger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
Rachel completed medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and psychiatric residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program, where she served as a chief resident for inpatient psychiatry, the Sheppard Pratt hospital, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She works with patients to understand their mental health goals and determine the best strategy to meet them, including therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication.
Rachel completed medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and psychiatric residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program, where she served as a chief resident for inpatient psychiatry, the Sheppard Pratt hospital, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She works with patients to understand their mental health goals and determine the best strategy to meet them, including therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication.
(215) 398-4746 View (215) 398-4746
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O'Nisha Lawrence
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
Dr. O'Nisha Lawrence is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2014. She earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed her psychiatric residency and fellowship training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Lawrence specializes in the evaluation and treatment of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She utilizes a combination of psychotherapy and medication management.
Dr. O'Nisha Lawrence is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2014. She earned her medical degree at the University of Connecticut and completed her psychiatric residency and fellowship training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Lawrence specializes in the evaluation and treatment of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She utilizes a combination of psychotherapy and medication management.
(484) 573-7214 View (484) 573-7214
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Jutta Vogt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
Dr. Vogt is a board certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 20 years. She graduated medical school from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany and completed her adult psychiatry residency training and child psychiatry fellowship at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2001. Dr. Vogt specializes in medication management of many psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder.
Dr. Vogt is a board certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 20 years. She graduated medical school from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany and completed her adult psychiatry residency training and child psychiatry fellowship at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2001. Dr. Vogt specializes in medication management of many psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder.
(267) 848-9166 View (267) 848-9166
Photo of Denise Miller, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bridgeport, PA
Denise Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
Denise Miller, PMHNP Denise Miller is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. Denise offers patient centered care, providing supportive therapy, psychoeducation, and medication management. Outside of work, Denise volunteers at nursing homes and other public events with her therapy dog, fosters puppies for several rescues, and enjoys outdoor activities with family such as hiking and camping.
Denise Miller, PMHNP Denise Miller is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. Denise offers patient centered care, providing supportive therapy, psychoeducation, and medication management. Outside of work, Denise volunteers at nursing homes and other public events with her therapy dog, fosters puppies for several rescues, and enjoys outdoor activities with family such as hiking and camping.
(267) 202-4820 View (267) 202-4820
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Michael Pertschuk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
I have worked in outpatient, residential and inpatient settings treating eating disorders, mood disorders and ADHD. My research interests include body image issues and medical complications of mental health problems, especially eating disorders. I am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University, Philadelphia. My medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and I have a Masters Degree in psychology also from Penn. I am married with grown children and live with my wife and several cats.
I have worked in outpatient, residential and inpatient settings treating eating disorders, mood disorders and ADHD. My research interests include body image issues and medical complications of mental health problems, especially eating disorders. I am a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University, Philadelphia. My medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and I have a Masters Degree in psychology also from Penn. I am married with grown children and live with my wife and several cats.
(267) 490-4113 View (267) 490-4113
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Susan Gilman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
Dr. Gilman is a board certified psychiatrist and lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has over 38 years of experience in adult, geriatric and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her psychiatry training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH); and she has also postgraduate training at the Philadelphia Association of Psychoanalysis. She has been a medical director of several institutions including Fairmont Institute, Kirkbride Institute and Roxborough Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Gilman is a board certified psychiatrist and lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has over 38 years of experience in adult, geriatric and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her psychiatry training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH); and she has also postgraduate training at the Philadelphia Association of Psychoanalysis. She has been a medical director of several institutions including Fairmont Institute, Kirkbride Institute and Roxborough Memorial Hospital.
(267) 323-4940 View (267) 323-4940
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David Monheit
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, PA 19405
Dr. Monheit has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. He is board certified in adult psychiatry. While his primary responsibility diagnosis and medication management, he has completed psychoanalytic training and has many years of experience in eastern philosophy and practices. He has taught at the medical school and postgraduate levels. Dr. Monheit treats a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders amongst others.
Dr. Monheit has been practicing psychiatry for over 30 years. He is board certified in adult psychiatry. While his primary responsibility diagnosis and medication management, he has completed psychoanalytic training and has many years of experience in eastern philosophy and practices. He has taught at the medical school and postgraduate levels. Dr. Monheit treats a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar and schizoaffective disorders amongst others.
(267) 732-1749 View (267) 732-1749

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Vincent Di Antonio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP
Verified Verified
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Vince Di Antonio, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Alpine Psychiatry in King of Prussia (KOP), Pennsylvania. Vince is a firm believer in the mind-body connection and is passionate about providing patient-centered, whole-person, and comprehensive mental health care to all patients 12 years and up at Alpine Psychiatry. He offers both in-person and telemedicine appointments. Vince treats all psychiatric disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
Vince Di Antonio, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Alpine Psychiatry in King of Prussia (KOP), Pennsylvania. Vince is a firm believer in the mind-body connection and is passionate about providing patient-centered, whole-person, and comprehensive mental health care to all patients 12 years and up at Alpine Psychiatry. He offers both in-person and telemedicine appointments. Vince treats all psychiatric disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
(610) 510-4881 View (610) 510-4881
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Amber Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, APN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Conshohocken, PA 19428  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI- Telehealth Only. Please send us an email! I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP, and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my MSN & Drexel University for my BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients. I have practiced in various mental health areas with 10+ years of experience providing care to children through geriatrics. I’ve always had a passion for the mental health specialty in caring for clients and providing positive client outcomes for themselves as well as their families. I make a great effort to provide safe client care.
Currently accepting new patients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI- Telehealth Only. Please send us an email! I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP, and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my MSN & Drexel University for my BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients. I have practiced in various mental health areas with 10+ years of experience providing care to children through geriatrics. I’ve always had a passion for the mental health specialty in caring for clients and providing positive client outcomes for themselves as well as their families. I make a great effort to provide safe client care.
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Charles V. Giannasio
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norristown, PA 19401
In my private practice, I help people to achieve abstinence and provide tools for them to begin and maintain recovery from their addictions. Treatment includes: relapse prevention, addiction focused psychotherapy, family interventions, medications as needed, referrals for other forms of treatment.
In my private practice, I help people to achieve abstinence and provide tools for them to begin and maintain recovery from their addictions. Treatment includes: relapse prevention, addiction focused psychotherapy, family interventions, medications as needed, referrals for other forms of treatment.
(646) 583-3702 View (646) 583-3702
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Pennsylvania via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment online today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients in Pennsylvania via telehealth visits for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment online today. Evening and weekend hours available. Affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Also accepting some insurances.
(833) 303-0897 View (833) 303-0897
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Essential Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conshohocken, PA 19428  (Online Only)
At Essential Behavioral Health LLC, your mental health is our top priority. We are committed to exercising the greatest standard of practice to meet the mental health of our clients’ needs. Empathetic psychiatric care in Pennsylvania from a private family owned psychiatric practice. Nurse Practitioner Mutiat. A has over a decade of experience and knowledge in mental health dealing with children, adolescent, adults and geriatric population.
At Essential Behavioral Health LLC, your mental health is our top priority. We are committed to exercising the greatest standard of practice to meet the mental health of our clients’ needs. Empathetic psychiatric care in Pennsylvania from a private family owned psychiatric practice. Nurse Practitioner Mutiat. A has over a decade of experience and knowledge in mental health dealing with children, adolescent, adults and geriatric population.
(484) 897-6345 View (484) 897-6345
Photo of Elizabeth Pak- Impak Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bridgeport, PA
Elizabeth Pak- Impak Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
New clients with insurances are accepted! My name is Elizabeth, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I practice in the state of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric medication management for treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, postpartum mental conditions, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, among other psychiatric conditions. During the initial evaluation, we will discuss history and symptoms to gain clarity on diagnosis to guide our treatment plan moving forward. Please visit my website at impakpsychiatry.com.
New clients with insurances are accepted! My name is Elizabeth, and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I practice in the state of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric medication management for treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, postpartum mental conditions, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, insomnia, among other psychiatric conditions. During the initial evaluation, we will discuss history and symptoms to gain clarity on diagnosis to guide our treatment plan moving forward. Please visit my website at impakpsychiatry.com.
(267) 360-7312 View (267) 360-7312
Photo of Dr. Chenhang Zou, Psychiatrist in Bridgeport, PA
Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norristown, PA 19401
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Photo of Amber Nelson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bridgeport, PA
Amber Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Conshohocken, PA 19428  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients... Please send us an email! I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP, and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my MSN and Drexel University for my RN-BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI. I have practiced in various mental health areas with over ten years of experience providing care to children through geriatrics. I’ve always had a passion for the mental health specialty in caring for clients and providing positive client outcomes for themselves as well as their families. I make a great effort to provide safe client care:)
Currently accepting new patients... Please send us an email! I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner through AANP, and I graduated from Frontier Nursing University with my MSN and Drexel University for my RN-BSN. I provide mental health care & wellness to clients in PA, NJ, FL, & MI. I have practiced in various mental health areas with over ten years of experience providing care to children through geriatrics. I’ve always had a passion for the mental health specialty in caring for clients and providing positive client outcomes for themselves as well as their families. I make a great effort to provide safe client care:)
(856) 248-3181 View (856) 248-3181
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Francis Aledo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
Dr. Aledo graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. She did her psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research of the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Aledo is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Aledo graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. She did her psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Institute for Juvenile Research of the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Aledo is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
(484) 900-8921 View (484) 900-8921
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Branch Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Norristown, PA 19401
Welcome to Branch Behavioral Health Services, where your well-being comes first. BBHS offers access to convenient tele psych online and phone visits with board-certified licensed providers. Our staff of dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychotherapists, and counselors are here for you. Our providers are caring experts who treat an array of mental health issues. BBHS provides consultations, evaluations, and medication management from the comfort and privacy of your home. The evaluation is conducted similarly to a face-to-face office visit.
Welcome to Branch Behavioral Health Services, where your well-being comes first. BBHS offers access to convenient tele psych online and phone visits with board-certified licensed providers. Our staff of dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychotherapists, and counselors are here for you. Our providers are caring experts who treat an array of mental health issues. BBHS provides consultations, evaluations, and medication management from the comfort and privacy of your home. The evaluation is conducted similarly to a face-to-face office visit.
(484) 669-8510 View (484) 669-8510
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406  (Online Only)
NOW offering TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Fully Virtual for "All of Pennsylvania" I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
NOW offering TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Fully Virtual for "All of Pennsylvania" I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(610) 890-6355 View (610) 890-6355

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bridgeport, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bridgeport, PA who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
89% Bipolar Disorder
89% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
56% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Magellan

How Psychiatrists in Bridgeport, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

78% Female
22% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bridgeport?

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.