Psychiatrists in Georgetown County, SC

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Jo Laurent
Psychiatric Nurse, RN , BSN
Verified Verified
Pawleys Island, SC 29585  (Online Only)
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Debbie White
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Pawleys Island, SC 29585  (Online Only)
I have about 35 years experience in psychiatry, including residency, and only do outpatient psychiatry in recent years. I provide both medicine management and individual therapy. My approach is as a partnership- input from from a patient is valued and not ignored. What works for one person often does not work for another. My strengths include spending time with people (sometimes at the expense of punctuality). There is always an emergency system in place - I handle my own after hour calls. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, women's issues, addictions, relationship issues, pharmacology, among others.
I have about 35 years experience in psychiatry, including residency, and only do outpatient psychiatry in recent years. I provide both medicine management and individual therapy. My approach is as a partnership- input from from a patient is valued and not ignored. What works for one person often does not work for another. My strengths include spending time with people (sometimes at the expense of punctuality). There is always an emergency system in place - I handle my own after hour calls. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, women's issues, addictions, relationship issues, pharmacology, among others.
(843) 800-2303 View (843) 800-2303

Online Psychiatrists

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Patricia Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Charleston, SC 29406  (Online Only)
Patricia Carter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 10 years of experience, she is knowledgeable in caring for and treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and skilled long-term settings. She is actively involved in promoting recovery for those with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through the integration of innovative and evidence-based clinical practice and psychosocial needs.
Patricia Carter is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. With over 10 years of experience, she is knowledgeable in caring for and treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and skilled long-term settings. She is actively involved in promoting recovery for those with mental illness, addiction, and trauma through the integration of innovative and evidence-based clinical practice and psychosocial needs.
(980) 220-5911 View (980) 220-5911
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Carla Warren
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29414
Hello, my name is Carla Warren and I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am originally from New Jersey and have been living in South Carolina for over a decade now, and I absolutely love it. My personal philosophy includes the integration of social, cultural, spiritual and emotional values to treat the whole person. My objective is to implement evidence-based treatment to ensure high quality care and improved outcomes for my patients. I strongly believe that if my patient is not doing 90% better in 3 months, then I have missed something.
Hello, my name is Carla Warren and I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I am originally from New Jersey and have been living in South Carolina for over a decade now, and I absolutely love it. My personal philosophy includes the integration of social, cultural, spiritual and emotional values to treat the whole person. My objective is to implement evidence-based treatment to ensure high quality care and improved outcomes for my patients. I strongly believe that if my patient is not doing 90% better in 3 months, then I have missed something.
(843) 427-3068 View (843) 427-3068
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Sweetgrass Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
YES, we are accepting new in person and virtual clients age 6+. YES, many of our providers take insurance (BCBS, Aetna, United/Optum, Cigna, Medicare, Tricare, Humana). We firmly believe you deserve integrative, holistic care and the best, most cutting edge treatments that work quickly with the least amount of risks. We are proud to offer the most groundbreaking new, FDA approved/cleared treatments for major depression, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and Spravato/esketamine which are covered by most commercial insurance plans. We also offer primary care services for our patients and have an in house family medicine MD.
YES, we are accepting new in person and virtual clients age 6+. YES, many of our providers take insurance (BCBS, Aetna, United/Optum, Cigna, Medicare, Tricare, Humana). We firmly believe you deserve integrative, holistic care and the best, most cutting edge treatments that work quickly with the least amount of risks. We are proud to offer the most groundbreaking new, FDA approved/cleared treatments for major depression, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and Spravato/esketamine which are covered by most commercial insurance plans. We also offer primary care services for our patients and have an in house family medicine MD.
(843) 279-5563 View (843) 279-5563
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Erik Cantrell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29414
When times are tough, or when you're having issues, it's hard to find things to find pride in. The courage to seek help is something to take pride in, and I commend you for that. As a provider, my skill set lends itself towards being very good at diagnosing your issue, then explaining it well, and working with you in finding the right treatment. I generally find that a combination of medication and counseling works best. I focus on adult patients of any age, and I am board certified in psychiatry.
When times are tough, or when you're having issues, it's hard to find things to find pride in. The courage to seek help is something to take pride in, and I commend you for that. As a provider, my skill set lends itself towards being very good at diagnosing your issue, then explaining it well, and working with you in finding the right treatment. I generally find that a combination of medication and counseling works best. I focus on adult patients of any age, and I am board certified in psychiatry.
(843) 806-1071 View (843) 806-1071
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Dr. Alex M McNabb
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
To request an appointment, please go to mcnabbpsych.com and then click on the request appointment link. This is a required first step!
To request an appointment, please go to mcnabbpsych.com and then click on the request appointment link. This is a required first step!
(843) 608-0077 View (843) 608-0077
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Felicia M Heyward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sumter, SC 29150
Are you struggling with everyday life? Or just not able to push through to find your happy place again? I am a nurse practitioner, board certified in both Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health, with over 28 years of experience in many areas of healthcare. I am committed to helping patients restore balance by achieving optimal psychological well-being. With extensive experience, my focus is the care of patients with mood and personality disorders, PTSD, and a special focus on mental health conditions in college students. FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING AVAILABLE w/ weekends & evenings.
Are you struggling with everyday life? Or just not able to push through to find your happy place again? I am a nurse practitioner, board certified in both Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health, with over 28 years of experience in many areas of healthcare. I am committed to helping patients restore balance by achieving optimal psychological well-being. With extensive experience, my focus is the care of patients with mood and personality disorders, PTSD, and a special focus on mental health conditions in college students. FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING AVAILABLE w/ weekends & evenings.
(803) 921-8953 View (803) 921-8953
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Madelyn Myers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madelyn Myers chose a field in mental health to help individuals and families deal with mental health challenges and attain wellness. Madelyn is most passionate about helping clients understand that identifying and treating mental health problems will help them to lead a fuller and more satisfying life. Madelyn would summarize her overall care philosophy as understanding and acceptance of mental health concerns, including proper treatment, self-help nutrition, rest, and exercise.
Madelyn Myers chose a field in mental health to help individuals and families deal with mental health challenges and attain wellness. Madelyn is most passionate about helping clients understand that identifying and treating mental health problems will help them to lead a fuller and more satisfying life. Madelyn would summarize her overall care philosophy as understanding and acceptance of mental health concerns, including proper treatment, self-help nutrition, rest, and exercise.
(855) 724-1139 View (855) 724-1139
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De-Shaunah Dixon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Clients! My ideal client is one who is ready for a change in treating their mental health concerns. I am open, nonjudgmental, and bring to you many years' experience in treating various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Many clients struggle with the stigma of receiving mental health treatment, I would like to offer a breath of fresh air in our approach to treating your mental health concerns, and dispel any doubts you may have about improving your mental health.
Now Accepting New Clients! My ideal client is one who is ready for a change in treating their mental health concerns. I am open, nonjudgmental, and bring to you many years' experience in treating various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Many clients struggle with the stigma of receiving mental health treatment, I would like to offer a breath of fresh air in our approach to treating your mental health concerns, and dispel any doubts you may have about improving your mental health.
(954) 715-4365 View (954) 715-4365
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(843) 508-8883 View (843) 508-8883
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Zen Therapeutic Solutions
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Summerville, SC 29483
People often come to Zen Therapeutic Solutions when they are feeling stuck in the same patterns misaligned with their goals and values. They have tried traditional talk-therapy and medication management, and although they may have experienced some relief at times, they cannot seem to find their way past trauma and adversity. We offer a blend of cutting-edge and ancient remedies to help individuals overcome obstacles to their best lives.
People often come to Zen Therapeutic Solutions when they are feeling stuck in the same patterns misaligned with their goals and values. They have tried traditional talk-therapy and medication management, and although they may have experienced some relief at times, they cannot seem to find their way past trauma and adversity. We offer a blend of cutting-edge and ancient remedies to help individuals overcome obstacles to their best lives.
(854) 458-7920 View (854) 458-7920
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Grand Strand Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, MBA
Verified Verified
Little River, SC 29566
I'm passionate about working with people to ensure they have the tools and resilience they need to thrive and succeed. Increasing demands on all of us, particularly young people and families, have placed unprecedented challenges and coping with them can be difficult. I take a comprehensive approach and spend the time necessary to tailor the best treatment plan for you. I have a deep interest in helping you to cope successfully with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and other mental health issues with therapy and the judicious use of selection of medication when needed.
I'm passionate about working with people to ensure they have the tools and resilience they need to thrive and succeed. Increasing demands on all of us, particularly young people and families, have placed unprecedented challenges and coping with them can be difficult. I take a comprehensive approach and spend the time necessary to tailor the best treatment plan for you. I have a deep interest in helping you to cope successfully with anxiety, panic disorder, depression, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, and other mental health issues with therapy and the judicious use of selection of medication when needed.
(843) 279-4698 View (843) 279-4698
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MyNDSpace Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29407
At MyNDSpace, we endeavor to create a culture of mental health awareness and sensitivity, to reduce mental health disparities, and to bridge the gap between community organizations and mental health services.
At MyNDSpace, we endeavor to create a culture of mental health awareness and sensitivity, to reduce mental health disparities, and to bridge the gap between community organizations and mental health services.
(843) 890-0315 View (843) 890-0315
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Hannah Kloch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
As a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive, personalized care to patients. I have a strong foundation in both general medicine and psychiatry, which I have been able to incorporate into my practice thanks to my Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. My goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their own healthcare and to work with them to develop personalized treatment plans that meet their unique needs.
As a dual-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing comprehensive, personalized care to patients. I have a strong foundation in both general medicine and psychiatry, which I have been able to incorporate into my practice thanks to my Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. My goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their own healthcare and to work with them to develop personalized treatment plans that meet their unique needs.
(843) 258-1595 View (843) 258-1595
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North Charleston, SC 29405  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in South Carolina. I have trained in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, persistent irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work- the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(803) 336-2001 View (803) 336-2001
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Mallory Darnell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over five years of experience with children and adults, I am aware that all individuals are unique and bring with them their own experiences and beliefs. In our work together, I will provide you with an open and supportive environment, so you will feel comfortable sharing and discussing your concerns. I will partner with you in your treatment process and truly listen to ensure you meet your personal mental health goals. I believe in treating each of my patients with a holistic approach, incorporating lifestyle and medication changes when beneficial.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over five years of experience with children and adults, I am aware that all individuals are unique and bring with them their own experiences and beliefs. In our work together, I will provide you with an open and supportive environment, so you will feel comfortable sharing and discussing your concerns. I will partner with you in your treatment process and truly listen to ensure you meet your personal mental health goals. I believe in treating each of my patients with a holistic approach, incorporating lifestyle and medication changes when beneficial.
(843) 920-3183 View (843) 920-3183
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Southern Om Telepsychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charleston, SC 29424
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Jared J. Carbone APRN, PMHNP-BC has worked in various settings including both state-run and private mental health outpatient facilities within the state of South Carolina. Jared has had extensive training as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Jared specializes in treating adult mood and other disorders including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and adult ADHD. Jared incorporates the use of natural over-the-counter remedies in addition to the use of medications for residents of SC.
As a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Jared J. Carbone APRN, PMHNP-BC has worked in various settings including both state-run and private mental health outpatient facilities within the state of South Carolina. Jared has had extensive training as a psychiatric nurse prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Jared specializes in treating adult mood and other disorders including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and adult ADHD. Jared incorporates the use of natural over-the-counter remedies in addition to the use of medications for residents of SC.
(725) 226-4541 View (725) 226-4541
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Mary Jane McManus
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Everyone needs someone that they can talk to and lean on during difficult times. I provide an environment that is free of judgment and you will be treated with dignity and respect. You will find a safe and compassionate session and we will work together to gain your optimal health.
Everyone needs someone that they can talk to and lean on during difficult times. I provide an environment that is free of judgment and you will be treated with dignity and respect. You will find a safe and compassionate session and we will work together to gain your optimal health.
(843) 491-3344 View (843) 491-3344
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Angel Oak Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Johns Island, SC 29455
Are you facing a personal problem? Perhaps you need help after a traumatic event? When you find yourself in situations like these, feel free to come and visit us at Angel Oak Counseling for assistance. We provide professional counseling services for individuals seeking support and guidance in dealing with significant life changes. We also evaluate your need for psychiatric medication and prescribe as needed. Allow us to help you in your time of need. Visit our counseling clinic in Johns Island, SC today to properly discuss your needs.
Are you facing a personal problem? Perhaps you need help after a traumatic event? When you find yourself in situations like these, feel free to come and visit us at Angel Oak Counseling for assistance. We provide professional counseling services for individuals seeking support and guidance in dealing with significant life changes. We also evaluate your need for psychiatric medication and prescribe as needed. Allow us to help you in your time of need. Visit our counseling clinic in Johns Island, SC today to properly discuss your needs.
(843) 507-4957 View (843) 507-4957

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Number of Psychiatrists in Georgetown County, SC

< 10

Psychiatrists in Georgetown County, SC who prioritize treating:

50% Relationship Issues
50% Life Coaching
50% Other
50% Transgender
50% Peer Relationships
50% Self Esteem
50% Women's Issues

Average years in practice

11 Years

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Non-Binary

How Psychiatrists in Georgetown County, SC see their clients

100% Online Only
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Georgetown 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.