Psychiatrists in Cheyney, PA

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Tiara Reid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Cheyney, PA 19319
About Tiara K. Reid, CRNP Tiara is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also educated as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and received her graduate degree from Wilmington University. She earned a post-master's in psychiatry across the lifespan and continued a post master's doctoral degree with Rutgers University. Upon completion of her academic career Tiara completed a one year residency at Center for Family Guidance (CFG), the only Advance Practice Nurse Residency on the East Coast for an additional year of training.
About Tiara K. Reid, CRNP Tiara is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also educated as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and received her graduate degree from Wilmington University. She earned a post-master's in psychiatry across the lifespan and continued a post master's doctoral degree with Rutgers University. Upon completion of her academic career Tiara completed a one year residency at Center for Family Guidance (CFG), the only Advance Practice Nurse Residency on the East Coast for an additional year of training.
(484) 857-1018 View (484) 857-1018
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Maureen Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Cheyney, PA 19319
Maureen Clark is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. She is a nursing graduate from Thomas Jefferson University and has a Masters in Nursing and a Post-Master certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Wilkes University. Maureen's philosophy of nursing is simple: serve anyone at any time. She has worked in various roles/settings with patients across the lifespan. Her approach involves acknowledging each individual person as a whole by addressing mind, body, and spirit to improve patients' lives.
Maureen Clark is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2021. She is a nursing graduate from Thomas Jefferson University and has a Masters in Nursing and a Post-Master certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Wilkes University. Maureen's philosophy of nursing is simple: serve anyone at any time. She has worked in various roles/settings with patients across the lifespan. Her approach involves acknowledging each individual person as a whole by addressing mind, body, and spirit to improve patients' lives.
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Julianne Walters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Cheyney, PA 19319
Julianne Walters, CRNP Julianne Walters is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who started practicing in 2012. She has earned an MSN, CRNP, and PMHNP-BC. Julianne believes that as a psychiatric mental health provider, quality of care, patient education and treating patients as unique individuals are most important. She feels her patients should have input into their treatment plans and options and gives patients the time that they deserve so she can properly assess, diagnose, and treat them.
Julianne Walters, CRNP Julianne Walters is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who started practicing in 2012. She has earned an MSN, CRNP, and PMHNP-BC. Julianne believes that as a psychiatric mental health provider, quality of care, patient education and treating patients as unique individuals are most important. She feels her patients should have input into their treatment plans and options and gives patients the time that they deserve so she can properly assess, diagnose, and treat them.
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Raheela Sultan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cheyney, PA 19319
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with experience in managing symptoms of ADHD, mood, anxiety, OCD, and trauma. I employ a holistic approach in treatment, recognizing that medication management of psychiatric illness makes up just a small part of a person's journey towards recovery. I encourage optimizing sleep, nutrition, and exercise and actively collaborate with psychotherapists, school counselors, PCPs, and other specialists to ensure successful communication between all involved parties.
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with experience in managing symptoms of ADHD, mood, anxiety, OCD, and trauma. I employ a holistic approach in treatment, recognizing that medication management of psychiatric illness makes up just a small part of a person's journey towards recovery. I encourage optimizing sleep, nutrition, and exercise and actively collaborate with psychotherapists, school counselors, PCPs, and other specialists to ensure successful communication between all involved parties.
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Summer Alonso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheyney, PA 19319
Everyone is on a journey in life. We are all individuals with our own unique experiences and perspectives that make us who we are. It is important to me as a psychiatric nurse practitioner to provide individualized and holistic care that respects all people in their own unique context of culture, experiences, genetics, perspectives, emotions, spirituality, and goals. I take seriously the honor and trust of sharing time with people to help them to have the best quality of life and mental health possible.
Everyone is on a journey in life. We are all individuals with our own unique experiences and perspectives that make us who we are. It is important to me as a psychiatric nurse practitioner to provide individualized and holistic care that respects all people in their own unique context of culture, experiences, genetics, perspectives, emotions, spirituality, and goals. I take seriously the honor and trust of sharing time with people to help them to have the best quality of life and mental health possible.
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Southeastern Executive Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glen Mills, PA 19342
A psychiatry and psychotherapy practice that’s grounded in its commitment to elevating lives, our bespoke care enables patients to break patterns that no longer serve them. By providing effective, individualized and collaborative evidence-based treatment, we collaborate with our patients to rediscover what was lost or what they’re now seeking.
A psychiatry and psychotherapy practice that’s grounded in its commitment to elevating lives, our bespoke care enables patients to break patterns that no longer serve them. By providing effective, individualized and collaborative evidence-based treatment, we collaborate with our patients to rediscover what was lost or what they’re now seeking.
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
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Novitsky MD - boutique mind doctors
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Rethink traditional psychiatry! Offering Virtual Personalized medication treatment guided by your unique DNA profile. Dr. Mark is a dual-board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Ali is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, Blogger, International Speaker, and Podcast. Dr. Mark believes that effective work with children involves working closely with parents, schools, and other providers - to achieve a joint goal of optimizing a child’s well-being. ***At this time, due to COVID-19, we will are only doing virtual sessions ***
Rethink traditional psychiatry! Offering Virtual Personalized medication treatment guided by your unique DNA profile. Dr. Mark is a dual-board certified Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Ali is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, Blogger, International Speaker, and Podcast. Dr. Mark believes that effective work with children involves working closely with parents, schools, and other providers - to achieve a joint goal of optimizing a child’s well-being. ***At this time, due to COVID-19, we will are only doing virtual sessions ***
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Able Integrative Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19382  (Online Only)
Dr. Nneka Ikedinma is the founder of Able Integrative Practice and she is a dedicated and highly qualified professional with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with an additional board certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), she has exceptional knowledge and skills in providing top-notch advanced psychiatric and mental health treatment. She utilizes a patient-centered approach in her practice and tailors her treatment to each individual patient's needs because everyone’s mental health journey varies. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Pennsylvania
Dr. Nneka Ikedinma is the founder of Able Integrative Practice and she is a dedicated and highly qualified professional with a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) with an additional board certification as a family nurse practitioner (FNP), she has exceptional knowledge and skills in providing top-notch advanced psychiatric and mental health treatment. She utilizes a patient-centered approach in her practice and tailors her treatment to each individual patient's needs because everyone’s mental health journey varies. She is licensed to practice in Texas and Pennsylvania
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Nick Speeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19382
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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Ifeoluwa Ajuwon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glen Mills, PA 19342  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to helping clients enhance their quality of life. My approach is rooted in empathetic communication, patient advocacy, empowerment, and timely interventions. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is respectful, nonjudgmental, and focused on your well-being. By combining evidence-based guidelines with my clinical experience, I aim to provide you with the highest standard of care. Together, we can work towards achieving your mental health goals.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner dedicated to helping clients enhance their quality of life. My approach is rooted in empathetic communication, patient advocacy, empowerment, and timely interventions. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is respectful, nonjudgmental, and focused on your well-being. By combining evidence-based guidelines with my clinical experience, I aim to provide you with the highest standard of care. Together, we can work towards achieving your mental health goals.
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
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Pamela Rootenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
I treat adults with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
I treat adults with a wide variety of problems. My treatment is tailored to the individual needs of my patients and includes psychotherapy and the prescription of medication. Treatment is in a private and confidential setting. The first appointment is a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, lasting about 75 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, recommendations for treatment will be discussed. If there are medical issues, I will collaborate with other physicians as needed, and with your consent. Follow-up appointments will be arranged and scheduled as needed. Office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment, with some evening hours available.
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
My ideal client is dealing with a mental concern that is causing them distress that they are seeking relief from. They are looking for someone who will listen to their concerns and work with them to develop an individualized treatment plan that aligns with their unique goals. They seek a safe, nonjudgmental environment with a trustworthy provider to deliver quality care. Hi, my name is Nichelle and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in treating psychiatric disorders and specialize in treating major depression, anxiety disorder, mood disorders, PTSD & ADHD.
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Rosaline Stevenson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342  (Online Only)
Rosaline Stevenson is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about caring for people with mental health disorders, therefore I pride myself on taking care of them. I try to understand and appreciate where they’re coming from and all aspects of their life when treating them. What I love about my job is getting to know the people that I care for.
Rosaline Stevenson is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about caring for people with mental health disorders, therefore I pride myself on taking care of them. I try to understand and appreciate where they’re coming from and all aspects of their life when treating them. What I love about my job is getting to know the people that I care for.
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
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Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(484) 559-6648 View (484) 559-6648
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Sherifat Forcey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19382
I am currently accepting patients in need of mental health assistance via telehealth and in-person in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My specialty is in medication management, and I look forward to working with clients who are interested in a client-centered, caring approach to treatment.
I am currently accepting patients in need of mental health assistance via telehealth and in-person in Pennsylvania and Minnesota and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My specialty is in medication management, and I look forward to working with clients who are interested in a client-centered, caring approach to treatment.
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Nicole Schwartz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Nicole Schwartz, and for over two decades, I've dedicated my career to providing unwavering support and effective treatment for individuals navigating various behavioral health and addiction-related challenges. First as a therapist and now as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I've had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds.
Welcome! I'm Nicole Schwartz, and for over two decades, I've dedicated my career to providing unwavering support and effective treatment for individuals navigating various behavioral health and addiction-related challenges. First as a therapist and now as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I've had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds.
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Brandywine Valley TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19382
At Brandywine Valley TMS we provided TMS therapy (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for patients with depression who have tried medications and/or psychotherapy but have not yet experienced the relief they seek.
At Brandywine Valley TMS we provided TMS therapy (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) for patients with depression who have tried medications and/or psychotherapy but have not yet experienced the relief they seek.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Cheyney, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Cheyney, PA who prioritize treating:

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

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Humana

How Psychiatrists in Cheyney, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Cheyney?

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.