Psychiatrists in Delaware County, PA

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Photo of Nadine Nelson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Nadine Nelson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Drexel Hill, PA 19026  (Online Only)
Hi there, my name is Nadine. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner whose mission is to help you live a balanced life. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey to get to the goals that you have for your own life. I enjoy educating patients, their families, clinicians, and other prescribers on psychopharmacology, lifestyle modifications, nutritional support and pharmacogenomics. I value conservative but effective, medication management paired with thorough evaluation and rapport-building with my clients.
Hi there, my name is Nadine. I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner whose mission is to help you live a balanced life. My goal is to meet you where you are in your journey to get to the goals that you have for your own life. I enjoy educating patients, their families, clinicians, and other prescribers on psychopharmacology, lifestyle modifications, nutritional support and pharmacogenomics. I value conservative but effective, medication management paired with thorough evaluation and rapport-building with my clients.
(484) 642-8279 View (484) 642-8279
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Michael Silverberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Dr. Silverberg offers unparalleled diagnostic evaluations and ongoing treatment recommendations for patients of all ages and needs. He serves the greater Philadelphia western suburbs and offer a wide array of programming and treatment options. Dr. Silverberg grew up in Devon, PA and graduated from The Haverford School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Pennsylvania and then continued on to earn his Medical Degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Silverberg did his psychiatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Silverberg offers unparalleled diagnostic evaluations and ongoing treatment recommendations for patients of all ages and needs. He serves the greater Philadelphia western suburbs and offer a wide array of programming and treatment options. Dr. Silverberg grew up in Devon, PA and graduated from The Haverford School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Pennsylvania and then continued on to earn his Medical Degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Silverberg did his psychiatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
(484) 310-9132 View (484) 310-9132
Photo of Maureen Clark, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Maureen Clark
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
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.
(484) 725-6799 View (484) 725-6799
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Glenne Fletcher
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, BSN, MEd
Verified Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
If you struggle with sexuality or intimacy, you need a therapist who is an expert in the medical, cultural, psychological, spiritual and relational issues specific to this area. As a registered nurse I am able to bridge the world of medicine and therapy to assist you in moving past your issue. I work quickly and provide a non judgemental environment so you can have confidence in yourself and experience pleasure.
If you struggle with sexuality or intimacy, you need a therapist who is an expert in the medical, cultural, psychological, spiritual and relational issues specific to this area. As a registered nurse I am able to bridge the world of medicine and therapy to assist you in moving past your issue. I work quickly and provide a non judgemental environment so you can have confidence in yourself and experience pleasure.
(267) 493-1272 View (267) 493-1272
Photo of Sharon B. East, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Sharon B. East
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Radnor, PA 19087
Sharon B. East is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and the founder of Renewing Mindsets. With over 26 years of healthcare experience, 19 of which were spent in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Sharon is a reliable psychiatric mental health support resource. She specializes in treating adolescents and adults struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADD,Stress mental health challenges. Sharon is a passionate advocate for the importance of mental health, believing that patients can become empowered to make the right decisions for themselves with the right coping skills.
Sharon B. East is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and the founder of Renewing Mindsets. With over 26 years of healthcare experience, 19 of which were spent in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Sharon is a reliable psychiatric mental health support resource. She specializes in treating adolescents and adults struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADD,Stress mental health challenges. Sharon is a passionate advocate for the importance of mental health, believing that patients can become empowered to make the right decisions for themselves with the right coping skills.
(484) 255-4970 View (484) 255-4970
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Treesa Williamson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Havertown, PA 19083
Treesa Williamson is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's in Nursing Adult/Gerontology Primary care NP and a Post-Master's in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Treesa helps clients by being empathetic, non-judgmental, and making them feel safe and respected. Outside of work, Treesa enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Treesa Williamson is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2015. She has a Master's in Nursing Adult/Gerontology Primary care NP and a Post-Master's in Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Treesa helps clients by being empathetic, non-judgmental, and making them feel safe and respected. Outside of work, Treesa enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
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Photo of Christine Mulligan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Christine Mulligan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Suffering with a condition such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem is no way to live. There are many treatment options available to provide relief. I am a Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience helping individuals recover to remission. I assisted in developing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at UPenn and received awards for faculty of the year (2016) and preceptor of the year ( 2018). Let's work together to determine the best course of treatment for you.
Suffering with a condition such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem is no way to live. There are many treatment options available to provide relief. I am a Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience helping individuals recover to remission. I assisted in developing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at UPenn and received awards for faculty of the year (2016) and preceptor of the year ( 2018). Let's work together to determine the best course of treatment for you.
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Photo of Bola Mobolaji, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Bola Mobolaji
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Radnor, PA 19087  (Online Only)
Bola T. Mobolaji, MSN, CRNP, AGPNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with additional Certification as an Adult and Geriatric Primary care provider. She specializes in the psychiatric evaluation, solution-oriented psychotherapy, and medication management of an individual with mental illness. She encourages clients to be part of their mental health care strategy because she feels it is important to continuously be an advocate for clients, their family, and their loved ones.
Bola T. Mobolaji, MSN, CRNP, AGPNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with additional Certification as an Adult and Geriatric Primary care provider. She specializes in the psychiatric evaluation, solution-oriented psychotherapy, and medication management of an individual with mental illness. She encourages clients to be part of their mental health care strategy because she feels it is important to continuously be an advocate for clients, their family, and their loved ones.
(484) 209-2513 View (484) 209-2513
Photo of Hannah Baumstein, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Hannah Baumstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, CRNP, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
Villanova, PA 19085
My personality influences my approach to providing mental health treatment in several ways. I have a naturally empathetic and compassionate disposition, which allows me to genuinely connect with my clients and create a safe, non-judgmental space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. I'm also a good listener, which helps me understand my clients' concerns and needs more deeply. Furthermore, my patience and adaptability enable me to tailor my therapeutic techniques to meet the unique requirements of each individual, ensuring a more personalized and effective treatment experience.
My personality influences my approach to providing mental health treatment in several ways. I have a naturally empathetic and compassionate disposition, which allows me to genuinely connect with my clients and create a safe, non-judgmental space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. I'm also a good listener, which helps me understand my clients' concerns and needs more deeply. Furthermore, my patience and adaptability enable me to tailor my therapeutic techniques to meet the unique requirements of each individual, ensuring a more personalized and effective treatment experience.
(484) 309-3924 View (484) 309-3924
Photo of Tiara Reid, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Tiara Reid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
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
Photo of Mo Dattu, MD Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist in Delaware County, PA
Mo Dattu, MD Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
My aim is to understand you, not just medicate you. My work is in depth, encompassing current and past treatments, relationship and professional history, family history and other important areas of your life. I see patients from age 18 to 60, primarily treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. My sessions are very interactive utilizing strength based approaches, cognitive therapy, behavioral modification and other modalities. Goals are identified as are obstacles to achieving them. Validated rating scales are used to further explore areas of concern and genetic testing is used when considering best medications.
My aim is to understand you, not just medicate you. My work is in depth, encompassing current and past treatments, relationship and professional history, family history and other important areas of your life. I see patients from age 18 to 60, primarily treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. My sessions are very interactive utilizing strength based approaches, cognitive therapy, behavioral modification and other modalities. Goals are identified as are obstacles to achieving them. Validated rating scales are used to further explore areas of concern and genetic testing is used when considering best medications.
(717) 775-6189 View (717) 775-6189
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Novitsky MD - boutique mind doctors
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
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 ***
(610) 708-1521 View (610) 708-1521
Photo of Juliana Ifeoma Omile, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Juliana Ifeoma Omile
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Newtown Square, PA 19073  (Online Only)
Dr. Juliana Omile has over 22 years of extensive expertise in Nursing, spanning from internal medicine to psychiatry. In her therapeutic approach Juliana focuses on leveraging the unique strengths, challenges and needs of each individual by focusing on the positive. Juliana'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.
Dr. Juliana Omile has over 22 years of extensive expertise in Nursing, spanning from internal medicine to psychiatry. In her therapeutic approach Juliana focuses on leveraging the unique strengths, challenges and needs of each individual by focusing on the positive. Juliana'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.
(484) 989-9808 View (484) 989-9808
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David Danish
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wayne, PA 19087
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.
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David T Springer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
I treat patients 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 patients 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.
(610) 898-3267 View (610) 898-3267
Photo of Sosunmolu O Shoyinka, Psychiatrist in Delaware County, PA
Sosunmolu O Shoyinka
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA, DFAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Media, PA 19063
Conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress-related conditions affect one in five adults and can cause a lot of distress. Finding the right treatment often takes time and effort. That is where I come in. 14 years of experience in diverse clinical settings enables me to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals living with these conditions. I often collaborate with other clinicians in the care of my patients to ensure that treatment is integrated and holistic. I look forward to working with you.
Conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress-related conditions affect one in five adults and can cause a lot of distress. Finding the right treatment often takes time and effort. That is where I come in. 14 years of experience in diverse clinical settings enables me to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals living with these conditions. I often collaborate with other clinicians in the care of my patients to ensure that treatment is integrated and holistic. I look forward to working with you.
(267) 762-1692 View (267) 762-1692
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Raena Khorram
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
I am a board certified, Harvard trained psychiatrist with a private practice in the Mainline seeing patients both in the office and online using a leading telepsychiatry platform. I work with patients to identify, understand, and solve problems. Together we transform that understanding into positive action. I believe treatment must be highly individualized, compassionate and in a safe and confidential environment. It is a collaboration between the patient and the physician that allows for the greatest results. Together we will determine the best treatment for you whether that is therapy or medication or a combination of both.
(484) 813-4864 View (484) 813-4864
Photo of Summer Alonso, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Summer Alonso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Glen Mills, PA 19342
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.
(484) 897-6763 View (484) 897-6763
Photo of Kathryn Zagrabbe, Psychiatrist in Delaware County, PA
Kathryn Zagrabbe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
At Juno Mental Health, we offer personalized and compassionate psychiatric care for each of our patients. Searching for any kind of mental health care can be difficult. Finding warm, individualized mental health care is even more challenging. And doing so while you balance the other demands of everyday life can make finding help feel simply impossible. At Juno Mental Health, we believe each patient has their own story. We want to learn your story and support you in achieving emotional well-being.
At Juno Mental Health, we offer personalized and compassionate psychiatric care for each of our patients. Searching for any kind of mental health care can be difficult. Finding warm, individualized mental health care is even more challenging. And doing so while you balance the other demands of everyday life can make finding help feel simply impossible. At Juno Mental Health, we believe each patient has their own story. We want to learn your story and support you in achieving emotional well-being.
(484) 255-8104 View (484) 255-8104
Photo of Dena Caplan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Delaware County, PA
Dena Caplan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Delaware County, PA

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Delaware County, PA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
94% Anxiety
76% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Bipolar Disorder
69% Trauma and PTSD
63% Medication Management

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Delaware County, PA see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

71% Female
29% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Delaware County?

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.