Psychiatrists in Phoenixville, PA

Hugh Brenner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNS, CRNP
Verified Verified
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Everyone is different, I don't judge. Sometimes people are doing well and just need a new prescriber or an ear to listen. Some want a mind, body, spirit overhaul. Some want to remember to breath, stop mood swings, rediscover their true self, stop hallucinating, reduce stress, find meaning, not harm them self, over come spiritual blocks, be less aggressive, more sexy, or less passive. Clients who want deep change are most likely to benefit if they are willing to look deeply and honestly into their own mind, behavior, body and soul. Change is hard work. Treatments can help remove obstacles but how you walk through life is up to you.
Everyone is different, I don't judge. Sometimes people are doing well and just need a new prescriber or an ear to listen. Some want a mind, body, spirit overhaul. Some want to remember to breath, stop mood swings, rediscover their true self, stop hallucinating, reduce stress, find meaning, not harm them self, over come spiritual blocks, be less aggressive, more sexy, or less passive. Clients who want deep change are most likely to benefit if they are willing to look deeply and honestly into their own mind, behavior, body and soul. Change is hard work. Treatments can help remove obstacles but how you walk through life is up to you.
(484) 922-8206 View (484) 922-8206
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Inspire Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Inspire Behavioral Health is a private psychiatry practice serving clients across the lifespan seeking to improve and maintain their emotional well-being. Offering both therapy and medication management services, our philosophy and mission are rooted in understanding you as an individual in the context of your past experiences, current family and professional lives, goals, as well as aspirations. We look forward to building the therapeutic support team that accompanies you on your journey towards a better you!
Inspire Behavioral Health is a private psychiatry practice serving clients across the lifespan seeking to improve and maintain their emotional well-being. Offering both therapy and medication management services, our philosophy and mission are rooted in understanding you as an individual in the context of your past experiences, current family and professional lives, goals, as well as aspirations. We look forward to building the therapeutic support team that accompanies you on your journey towards a better you!
(484) 254-5148 View (484) 254-5148
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Laura Orsatti Weissflog
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Phoenixville, PA 19460
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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Elizabeth Milburn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Phoenixville, PA 19453
I love working with any individual 18 and older who is experiencing difficulty with their mental well-being. My services include psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and meds + supportive therapy. I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. I encourage folks to be active collaborators in their treatment. I am happy to now offer medication treatment for opioid use disorder.
I love working with any individual 18 and older who is experiencing difficulty with their mental well-being. My services include psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and meds + supportive therapy. I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. I encourage folks to be active collaborators in their treatment. I am happy to now offer medication treatment for opioid use disorder.
(267) 460-4536 View (267) 460-4536
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Emily Bernstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Hello! My name is Dr. Emily Bernstein. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with almost 20 years of experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, co-occurring substance use and mental health, ADHD and more. I provide both medication management and psychotherapy out of my office in Paoli, PA. I strive to build a trusting relationship with all of my patients and will work with you to build a treatment plan that you feel comfortable with. I am happy to offer both in person and virtual appointments to suit your needs.
Hello! My name is Dr. Emily Bernstein. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with almost 20 years of experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, co-occurring substance use and mental health, ADHD and more. I provide both medication management and psychotherapy out of my office in Paoli, PA. I strive to build a trusting relationship with all of my patients and will work with you to build a treatment plan that you feel comfortable with. I am happy to offer both in person and virtual appointments to suit your needs.
(484) 372-3612 View (484) 372-3612
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row psychiatric services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Phoenixville, PA 19453
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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Brianna Dawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
King Of Prussia, PA 19406  (Online Only)
Are you pregnant or postpartum, feeling overwhelmed or anxious? This can lead to constant worry, feeling on edge, tense, or angry. Has your mood affected your sleep or relationships? Do you have repetitive, unwanted thoughts or feel very protective of your baby? Has this time that you thought would feel joyous felt sad, leading to feelings of guilt or regret? Perhaps you had a scary birthing experience. Adjusting to motherhood can be hard! You may feel like you are being pulled in different directions, resulting in difficulty making decisions, or barely finding time to eat or bathe. I am so glad you are here! There is hope.
Are you pregnant or postpartum, feeling overwhelmed or anxious? This can lead to constant worry, feeling on edge, tense, or angry. Has your mood affected your sleep or relationships? Do you have repetitive, unwanted thoughts or feel very protective of your baby? Has this time that you thought would feel joyous felt sad, leading to feelings of guilt or regret? Perhaps you had a scary birthing experience. Adjusting to motherhood can be hard! You may feel like you are being pulled in different directions, resulting in difficulty making decisions, or barely finding time to eat or bathe. I am so glad you are here! There is hope.
(610) 510-4359 View (610) 510-4359
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Michael Pertschuk
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
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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Rachel Dillinger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
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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Kevin William Keane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
I specialize in treating a vast range of mental health conditions including but not limited to ADHD, depression and anxiety. I welcome clients that have never sought treatment, on the fence about treatment of mental health, those who are looking to seek care again and or looking for another provider. I look to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients in order to help address their needs to improve their level of mental health and overall quality of life. I want to help my clients live a life where their mental health is not a barrier and are able to reach their goals that they set.
I specialize in treating a vast range of mental health conditions including but not limited to ADHD, depression and anxiety. I welcome clients that have never sought treatment, on the fence about treatment of mental health, those who are looking to seek care again and or looking for another provider. I look to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients in order to help address their needs to improve their level of mental health and overall quality of life. I want to help my clients live a life where their mental health is not a barrier and are able to reach their goals that they set.
(609) 554-1282 View (609) 554-1282
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Cara Gouldey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
The best psychiatric care is tailored to an individual's unique needs, understood through the context of their environment, relationships, and lived experience. With this foundation, I work with patients to identify and achieve their mental health and wellness goals. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of direct patient care experience in a diversity of roles, including diagnosing and treating mental health disorders in group practice, community settings, and via telehealth. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adults, adolescents, and school-aged children.
The best psychiatric care is tailored to an individual's unique needs, understood through the context of their environment, relationships, and lived experience. With this foundation, I work with patients to identify and achieve their mental health and wellness goals. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of direct patient care experience in a diversity of roles, including diagnosing and treating mental health disorders in group practice, community settings, and via telehealth. I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adults, adolescents, and school-aged children.
(484) 207-6269 View (484) 207-6269
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Susan Gilman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
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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Denise Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
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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Sehar Jessani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
Are you feeling anxious, depressed or having trouble concentrating on tasks? I specialize in treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, depression, eating disorders, autism and marital/family conflict. My extensive training across the lifespan allows me to understand the role of an individual's experiences on their well-being and integrate this under a comprehensive treatment plan. As part of treatment, I am able to work with individuals, couples, and families and I have evening and weekend availability within the next two weeks.
Are you feeling anxious, depressed or having trouble concentrating on tasks? I specialize in treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, depression, eating disorders, autism and marital/family conflict. My extensive training across the lifespan allows me to understand the role of an individual's experiences on their well-being and integrate this under a comprehensive treatment plan. As part of treatment, I am able to work with individuals, couples, and families and I have evening and weekend availability within the next two weeks.
(484) 673-7400 View (484) 673-7400
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Limerick, PA 19468
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.
(484) 673-6072 View (484) 673-6072
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Hannah Baumstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, CRNP, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
Wayne, PA 19087
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
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Maria Francisco-Solon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
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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Jutta Vogt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
King Of Prussia, PA 19406
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
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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
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Complete Mind Care of Pa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Wayne, PA 19087  (Online Only)
Dr. Richard Yudell is a licensed psychiatrist with 41 years of experience. He received his medical degree from Universitat di Bologna Facolta di Medicina e Chirurgia in Bologna, Italy. After medical school, he completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Yudell association with Complete Mind Care of PA allows him to work with CMC of PA providers to help diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Richard Yudell is a licensed psychiatrist with 41 years of experience. He received his medical degree from Universitat di Bologna Facolta di Medicina e Chirurgia in Bologna, Italy. After medical school, he completed his residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is currently affiliated with Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Yudell association with Complete Mind Care of PA allows him to work with CMC of PA providers to help diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
(215) 767-7444 View (215) 767-7444

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Number of Psychiatrists in Phoenixville, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Phoenixville, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
83% ADHD

Average years in practice

26 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Phoenixville, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Phoenixville?

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.