Psychiatrists in Wilkes Barre, PA

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Joseph Ungvarsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
Accepting new clients for medication management with Highmark Blue Shield, Geisinger commercial, Cigna,UHC/Optum, Aetna and Private pay. NO medicaid/medicare ,Geisinger Family, or Capital Blue. Text or Call to schedule. Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combined medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
Accepting new clients for medication management with Highmark Blue Shield, Geisinger commercial, Cigna,UHC/Optum, Aetna and Private pay. NO medicaid/medicare ,Geisinger Family, or Capital Blue. Text or Call to schedule. Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combined medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
(570) 600-6692 View (570) 600-6692
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Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ** I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(610) 981-2413 View (610) 981-2413
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Cagel Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, DABPN
Verified
Wilkes Barre, PA 18711
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. I have a wealth of experience in clinical management and providing comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns. My specialty includes treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, Sleep disorders and bipolar disorders. I have special interest in treatment of Neuropsychiatric disorders due to various organic brain diseases. I am highly experienced in the treatment of individuals between the ages of 18 - 80 years old.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. I have a wealth of experience in clinical management and providing comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns. My specialty includes treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, Sleep disorders and bipolar disorders. I have special interest in treatment of Neuropsychiatric disorders due to various organic brain diseases. I am highly experienced in the treatment of individuals between the ages of 18 - 80 years old.
(272) 203-3102 View (272) 203-3102
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Christine Arezzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center is here to help you with your mental health needs. Dr. Arezzi offers telehealth and in-person visits at our East Stroudsburg, Pa location and is accepting new clients. Dr. Arezzi can telehealth with Pennsylvania clients.
Water Gap Wellness Outpatient Center is here to help you with your mental health needs. Dr. Arezzi offers telehealth and in-person visits at our East Stroudsburg, Pa location and is accepting new clients. Dr. Arezzi can telehealth with Pennsylvania clients.
(570) 843-9376 View (570) 843-9376

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Breeze Mental Health, specializing in stress
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, GAD, expert
Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, PA 18612
Seeking help is hard. At Breeze getting care is easy. — Immediate openings for new pts — Here skilled clinicians treat the mind while nurturing the spirit. We provide personalized care of the mind & body using a combination of medication, therapy, and coaching. Board certified specialists treat most major mental illnesses and symptoms, including chronic feelings of emptiness, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, trauma, and sleep problems. Caring clinicians partner with patients to create custom treatment plans with patient-driven goals. First responders, veterans, single parents and shift workers with busy schedules can easily get care.
Seeking help is hard. At Breeze getting care is easy. — Immediate openings for new pts — Here skilled clinicians treat the mind while nurturing the spirit. We provide personalized care of the mind & body using a combination of medication, therapy, and coaching. Board certified specialists treat most major mental illnesses and symptoms, including chronic feelings of emptiness, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety, trauma, and sleep problems. Caring clinicians partner with patients to create custom treatment plans with patient-driven goals. First responders, veterans, single parents and shift workers with busy schedules can easily get care.
(740) 685-4720 View (740) 685-4720
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SolCentered Integrative Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Kingston, PA 18704
My name is Dr. Kristen Cheslick and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience in providing compassionate, evidence-based care to patients across the lifespan (children/adolescents, adults and older adults). My available services include mental health evaluations, medication management, brief solution-based/supportive psychotherapy, and appropriate referrals as necessary. Email my office for an appointment today at contact@solcenteredcare.com. We have appointments available Monday through Friday and some weekends.
My name is Dr. Kristen Cheslick and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of nursing experience in providing compassionate, evidence-based care to patients across the lifespan (children/adolescents, adults and older adults). My available services include mental health evaluations, medication management, brief solution-based/supportive psychotherapy, and appropriate referrals as necessary. Email my office for an appointment today at contact@solcenteredcare.com. We have appointments available Monday through Friday and some weekends.
(272) 200-4618 View (272) 200-4618
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Sarah (Reid) Red Specializing In Anxiety
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BSN, RN
Verified
17 Endorsed
Dallas, PA 18612
Seeking help is hard. Here getting care is easy. - - Immediate openings for new patients - - Too often we are beaten down and we feel defeated, lose our self-confidence and our connection to others. It is important to me to restore that connection. I not only treat the mind - but also nurture the spirit - in a safe setting where you feel heard and receive compassionate, attentive care. Here you will have time to talk, and you will receive coaching and feedback from someone who listens and is invested in your success.
Seeking help is hard. Here getting care is easy. - - Immediate openings for new patients - - Too often we are beaten down and we feel defeated, lose our self-confidence and our connection to others. It is important to me to restore that connection. I not only treat the mind - but also nurture the spirit - in a safe setting where you feel heard and receive compassionate, attentive care. Here you will have time to talk, and you will receive coaching and feedback from someone who listens and is invested in your success.
(380) 600-9930 View (380) 600-9930
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Sunshine Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Kingston, PA 18704
If your child/Adolescent is suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder or Autism spectrum disorder, I can help you with diagnosis, treatment and follow up. I see patients from the ages of 2 yrs and up. I do school clearances and referrals for Individual and Family therapy.
If your child/Adolescent is suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder or Autism spectrum disorder, I can help you with diagnosis, treatment and follow up. I see patients from the ages of 2 yrs and up. I do school clearances and referrals for Individual and Family therapy.
(272) 225-6331 View (272) 225-6331
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Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP
Verified
Pittston, PA 18640  (Online Only)
Hello, and welcome to Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC, a full-service psychiatric practice. We are glad that you found us. Today’s world is one that we can hardly recognize. Isolation, quarantines, social distancing and separation from our family and friends has left us struggling with our emotions. Incidences of anxiety and depression are on the rise and folks are looking for help. You are not alone; we are all in this together.
Hello, and welcome to Summit Psychiatric Services, LLC, a full-service psychiatric practice. We are glad that you found us. Today’s world is one that we can hardly recognize. Isolation, quarantines, social distancing and separation from our family and friends has left us struggling with our emotions. Incidences of anxiety and depression are on the rise and folks are looking for help. You are not alone; we are all in this together.
(570) 479-2398 View (570) 479-2398

Online Psychiatrists

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Sharon B. East
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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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SinclairMethod
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103
We provide the Sinclair Method for Alcohol Use Disorders exclusively through secure online video appointments. It is a scientific approach to problem drinking that uses the FDA-approved drug Naltrexone to gradually reduce your alcohol use. We will help you regain control over alcohol, which you can use to maintain abstinence or drink in moderation.
We provide the Sinclair Method for Alcohol Use Disorders exclusively through secure online video appointments. It is a scientific approach to problem drinking that uses the FDA-approved drug Naltrexone to gradually reduce your alcohol use. We will help you regain control over alcohol, which you can use to maintain abstinence or drink in moderation.
(215) 437-0414 View (215) 437-0414
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Nichelle Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Chesterbrook, PA 19087
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.
(484) 739-8136 View (484) 739-8136
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Christine Arezzi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Center Valley, PA 18034
Christine Arezzi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2022. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master's of Science in Nursing, and a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing-Across the Lifespan. First and foremost, Christine listens to you. She provides a safe space to voice your concerns and takes the time to understand. Christine provides a holistic approach to treatment by encompassing a client's personal preferences with the knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments for mental health.
Christine Arezzi is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2022. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master's of Science in Nursing, and a Post-Masters Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing-Across the Lifespan. First and foremost, Christine listens to you. She provides a safe space to voice your concerns and takes the time to understand. Christine provides a holistic approach to treatment by encompassing a client's personal preferences with the knowledge of the latest evidence-based treatments for mental health.
(484) 255-4986 View (484) 255-4986
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Broad Mountain Holistic Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
Saint Clair, PA 17970
Waitlist for new clients
Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combine medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Utilize measurement based assessments to allow visual identification of progress of symptoms management. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
Offering a therapeutic, individualized, person-centered holistic approach to treatment. Combine medication management with individual psychotherapy for the best outcome and evidence for recovery based care. Utilize measurement based assessments to allow visual identification of progress of symptoms management. Have worked in all modalities and treatment settings within the mental health system. Experience is across the lifespan and with all different mental health concerns.
(725) 230-8541 View (725) 230-8541
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Tiffany Daye-Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Haverford, PA 19041
Dr. Tiffany Daye-Lee is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and other mood disorders. After over 10 years of working as a psychiatric registered nurse, Dr. Daye-Lee earned her master's degree in Nursing Administration at Thomas Edison State University. She then earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Chatham University followed by her post-master's degree at Wilkes University. Dr. Daye-Lee believes in a holistic treatment approach based on evidence-based practice and patient centered-care.
Dr. Tiffany Daye-Lee is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She treats conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and other mood disorders. After over 10 years of working as a psychiatric registered nurse, Dr. Daye-Lee earned her master's degree in Nursing Administration at Thomas Edison State University. She then earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Chatham University followed by her post-master's degree at Wilkes University. Dr. Daye-Lee believes in a holistic treatment approach based on evidence-based practice and patient centered-care.
(484) 613-3409 View (484) 613-3409
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Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified
Quakertown, PA 18951
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(215) 883-9770 View (215) 883-9770
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Ann Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newtown, PA 18940
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing & screening "included in initial psychiatric evaluation." Office and online psychiatric services offered - schedule appointments directly at Mentis-Psychiatry.com - Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan - offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors. The practice is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House.
ADHD and Autism spectrum testing & screening "included in initial psychiatric evaluation." Office and online psychiatric services offered - schedule appointments directly at Mentis-Psychiatry.com - Treating children, adolescents, and adults. Ann is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who brings many years of professional mental health experience to the care of her patients. Her training has prepared her to treat patients across the lifespan - offering consultation, evaluation, and medication management for ages six through seniors. The practice is affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center and Princeton House.
(215) 935-4133 View (215) 935-4133
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Dr. Heather John
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
West Chester, PA 19382
In this Chester County & Wilmington practice, Dr. Heather John, MD, works with adults (18 or older) with a variety of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, interpersonal issues, & sleep issues. For more details, to initiate a referral, or contact Dr. John, visit www.terrafirmapsychiatry.com. This practice is currently accepting new patients for psychotherapy, with the addition of medications when appropriate; it is not currently accepting new patients for medication management-only, or for split treatment (medication management in this practice, & psychotherapy with another professional).
In this Chester County & Wilmington practice, Dr. Heather John, MD, works with adults (18 or older) with a variety of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, interpersonal issues, & sleep issues. For more details, to initiate a referral, or contact Dr. John, visit www.terrafirmapsychiatry.com. This practice is currently accepting new patients for psychotherapy, with the addition of medications when appropriate; it is not currently accepting new patients for medication management-only, or for split treatment (medication management in this practice, & psychotherapy with another professional).
(215) 515-6504 View (215) 515-6504
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Yardley, PA 19067
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.
(215) 974-0175 View (215) 974-0175
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Domonique Louis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Philadelphia, PA 19103  (Online Only)
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Domonique Louis APRN, PMHNP-BC has forged a distinguished career, blending academic excellence, community nursing, and synthesis of groundbreaking research in the field of psychiatry. She began her academic journey at the University of Memphis studying the development, structure and functioning of human society followed by a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Union University in Tennessee, laying the foundation for her passion for healthcare.
As a dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Domonique Louis APRN, PMHNP-BC has forged a distinguished career, blending academic excellence, community nursing, and synthesis of groundbreaking research in the field of psychiatry. She began her academic journey at the University of Memphis studying the development, structure and functioning of human society followed by a baccalaureate degree in nursing at Union University in Tennessee, laying the foundation for her passion for healthcare.
(484) 613-3408 View (484) 613-3408

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Number of Psychiatrists in Wilkes Barre, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Wilkes Barre, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Behavioral Issues

Average years in practice

24 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Wilkes Barre, PA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Male
34% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Wilkes Barre?

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.