Psychiatrists in Bedford County, TN

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Photo of Haley Stovall, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Haley Stovall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Now welcoming new patients ages 12+! Let's work together to help you live your best life. I understand that life is complex and sometimes overwhelming and would like to take the time to get to know you and your own unique story. I will be your partner in creating a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your optimal health vision.
Now welcoming new patients ages 12+! Let's work together to help you live your best life. I understand that life is complex and sometimes overwhelming and would like to take the time to get to know you and your own unique story. I will be your partner in creating a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your optimal health vision.
(615) 502-4193 View (615) 502-4193
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Brock Carter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Wartrace, TN 37183
I work with patients who are usually struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or mood disorders. If you are seeking help to manage stress, improve your overall well-being, and find ways to achieve a better life balance, let's work together. We can find effective treatments and coping strategies to support your mental health challenges and improve your quality of life, so you can achieve mental and emotional stability, happiness, and fulfillment in your personal and professional lives. My goal is to empower you to take control of your mental health, and overcome your challenges.
I work with patients who are usually struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or mood disorders. If you are seeking help to manage stress, improve your overall well-being, and find ways to achieve a better life balance, let's work together. We can find effective treatments and coping strategies to support your mental health challenges and improve your quality of life, so you can achieve mental and emotional stability, happiness, and fulfillment in your personal and professional lives. My goal is to empower you to take control of your mental health, and overcome your challenges.
(865) 345-5353 View (865) 345-5353

Online Psychiatrists

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Strong Foundation Behavorial Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
Welcome to the first step to a happier you. We don't treat labels; We are symptomologist. We specialize in treating low energy, poor concentration, low motivation, crying spells, being easily startled, crowd avoidance, nightmares, unstable mood, auditory and visual hallucination, aggression, Sleep disturbances (too much or too little), impulsiveness,mild to severe anxiousness and nervousness. Our focus is on the whole person, treating them symptomatically, working closely with them. Our mission is to guide our clients in taking charge of their mental health
(615) 829-8811 View (615) 829-8811
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Gundu Reddy (Online Psychiatrist)
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Chattanooga, TN 37412  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Practicing in New York City. Due to requests, I have started providing tele-psychiatry services in Tennessee. I have really enjoyed learning meeting my patients in the South and learning a new culture and way of life. I have trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family and Marital therapy, as well as Psychiatric Medication Management. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include treatment-resistant hallucinations, depression, irritability, anxiety, OCD insomnia, wanting to perform better at work the core principles of symptom treatment are often similar.
(423) 818-9306 View (423) 818-9306
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Hendersonville Family Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jodi Smith is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and clinically trained mental health therapist. She is currently accepting patients ages 10+ in her private practice, Hendersonville Family Psychiatry, LLC. Jodi provides psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and medication management to children, adolescents, and adults. As a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, she has vast experience working with a variety of diagnosis and ages, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma, and PTSD.
Jodi Smith is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and clinically trained mental health therapist. She is currently accepting patients ages 10+ in her private practice, Hendersonville Family Psychiatry, LLC. Jodi provides psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and medication management to children, adolescents, and adults. As a medication provider and clinically trained mental health therapist, she has vast experience working with a variety of diagnosis and ages, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, trauma, and PTSD.
(615) 903-4442 View (615) 903-4442
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Dr. Patrick Eneje
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
Dr. Patrick Eneje is a doctoral-prepared, licensed and board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He sees patients ages 14 to 65 with psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Dr. Eneje's primary practice goal is to provide evidence-based, holistic care by combining psychopharmacology with supportive psychotherapy to enhance each individual’s mental, physical, and emotional state of well-being. He values collaborative relationships and enjoys tailoring care by taking into account one’s unique identity and background.
(206) 203-7325 View (206) 203-7325
Photo of Jordan Roundtree, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jordan Roundtree
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lebanon, TN 37087
I'm the owner of Roundtree Mental Health Group, which is an in-person and telehealth practice offering psychiatric diagnostics and psychopharmacological treatment to clients in Tennessee. We offer a highly individualized and attentive focus on our clients’ difficulties, maintaining an interest in medication management. Our ultimate goal is to empower individuals to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. We want our patients to feel heard and valued. We want to help you discover the root cause of your symptoms to allow for true healing and understanding. We truly want you to feel the best you can!
I'm the owner of Roundtree Mental Health Group, which is an in-person and telehealth practice offering psychiatric diagnostics and psychopharmacological treatment to clients in Tennessee. We offer a highly individualized and attentive focus on our clients’ difficulties, maintaining an interest in medication management. Our ultimate goal is to empower individuals to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. We want our patients to feel heard and valued. We want to help you discover the root cause of your symptoms to allow for true healing and understanding. We truly want you to feel the best you can!
(615) 434-8973 View (615) 434-8973
Photo of Toksy Akinleye, APRN, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Toksy Akinleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Looking for someone who provides non-rushed appointments or someone who’s not looking to just provide a quick prescription, look no further. I understand that mental health issues can be debilitating and that seeking mental health care can be challenging. I work closely with individuals who have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis, and more. My passion is to help my patients achieve and improve their mental well-being. My goal is equitable and inclusive care for every individual I care for. You have taken the first step toward mental health and emotional wellness!
Accepting new patients! Looking for someone who provides non-rushed appointments or someone who’s not looking to just provide a quick prescription, look no further. I understand that mental health issues can be debilitating and that seeking mental health care can be challenging. I work closely with individuals who have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, psychosis, and more. My passion is to help my patients achieve and improve their mental well-being. My goal is equitable and inclusive care for every individual I care for. You have taken the first step toward mental health and emotional wellness!
(801) 890-5307 View (801) 890-5307
Photo of Victoria Maclellan, PMHMP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Victoria Maclellan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHMP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I believe in holistic care, which emphasizes treating the mind, body, and spirit. It can be very scary to reach out for help, and often difficult to open up about our needs. My goal is to create a space for everyone to feel safe and welcome, so that they can receive the care they deserve. As a provider at Family Care Center, I offer medication management. Medication is a powerful tool that can aid you in your mental health journey. Medication reduces/ treats our symptoms, allowing us to feel healthier in order to dive into simultaneous treatments, such as meditation and therapy.
Hello! I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I believe in holistic care, which emphasizes treating the mind, body, and spirit. It can be very scary to reach out for help, and often difficult to open up about our needs. My goal is to create a space for everyone to feel safe and welcome, so that they can receive the care they deserve. As a provider at Family Care Center, I offer medication management. Medication is a powerful tool that can aid you in your mental health journey. Medication reduces/ treats our symptoms, allowing us to feel healthier in order to dive into simultaneous treatments, such as meditation and therapy.
(629) 400-8037 View (629) 400-8037
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Dr. Seth Thompson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Dr. Seth Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Addictive Medicine. He completed his medical residency training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine where he had the opportunity to train with a diverse population of both providers and patients. He continues to reside in the eastern portion of Tennessee providing care for patients from a large swath and catchment area of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern and middle Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina.
Dr. Seth Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist with an expertise in Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and Addictive Medicine. He completed his medical residency training at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine where he had the opportunity to train with a diverse population of both providers and patients. He continues to reside in the eastern portion of Tennessee providing care for patients from a large swath and catchment area of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, West Virginia, eastern and middle Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina.
(615) 558-4175 View (615) 558-4175
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Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37218
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry has over 40 years of experience in psychotic disorders, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. He is a nationally recognized psychiatrist with an extensive resume, and is currently the medical director at Saint Thomas Behavioral Health. He continues a private practice to help even more people achieve wellness and live to their full potential.
Dr. Chandra Krishnasastry has over 40 years of experience in psychotic disorders, substance abuse, addiction, mood disorders, and trauma. He is a nationally recognized psychiatrist with an extensive resume, and is currently the medical director at Saint Thomas Behavioral Health. He continues a private practice to help even more people achieve wellness and live to their full potential.
(615) 729-7966 View (615) 729-7966
Photo of Taylor Newsom, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Taylor Newsom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Hermitage, TN 37076
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years, and have experience in the in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. I work with clients struggling with emotional disturbances and various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
Welcome! I am glad you are here. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that provides medication management and therapy services for children, adolescents and adults. I have been working in the mental health field for over 5 years, and have experience in the in-patient, out-patient, and emergency room settings. I work with clients struggling with emotional disturbances and various mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.
(615) 437-6802 View (615) 437-6802
Photo of Bailey Buckner, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bailey Buckner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37043
I chose psychiatry because I’ve always been passionate about helping others, and I’ve witnessed, both personally and professionally, how life-changing psychiatric care can be. My ultimate goal is to empower you by providing compassionate, inclusive, and evidence-based care so that we can work together to cultivate your mental health and well-being.
I chose psychiatry because I’ve always been passionate about helping others, and I’ve witnessed, both personally and professionally, how life-changing psychiatric care can be. My ultimate goal is to empower you by providing compassionate, inclusive, and evidence-based care so that we can work together to cultivate your mental health and well-being.
(931) 213-3810 View (931) 213-3810
Photo of Sabrina Poydras, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sabrina Poydras
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37042  (Online Only)
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a career in nursing since 1999. Specializing in psychiatric nursing over the past five years. My focus is on treating a spectrum of conditions, including mood disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, among others. I have cared for individuals ranging from 17 to old age. I am dedicated to delivering quality, compassionate, and comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care while creating individualized care plans that prioritize each client's needs, fostering an environment free of stigma.
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with a career in nursing since 1999. Specializing in psychiatric nursing over the past five years. My focus is on treating a spectrum of conditions, including mood disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, among others. I have cared for individuals ranging from 17 to old age. I am dedicated to delivering quality, compassionate, and comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care while creating individualized care plans that prioritize each client's needs, fostering an environment free of stigma.
(931) 716-2075 View (931) 716-2075
Photo of Megan Steinmetz, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Megan Steinmetz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Taking the first step towards well-being can feel daunting. I am here to make the process as comfortable as possible by providing a safe, inclusive space that promotes healing. Throughout our time together, I will strive to understand your unique experiences and goals as we collaborate to develop your treatment plan.
Taking the first step towards well-being can feel daunting. I am here to make the process as comfortable as possible by providing a safe, inclusive space that promotes healing. Throughout our time together, I will strive to understand your unique experiences and goals as we collaborate to develop your treatment plan.
(615) 576-8514 View (615) 576-8514
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Benjamin Frock
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215  (Online Only)
I believe we are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and loss over time. As such, all persons will have needs specific to the moment and I aim to provide highly individualized care. I understand that not all situations require medications and I am happy to provide psychotherapy or collaborate with additional therapists in the community.
I believe we are shaped by our experiences, relationships, and loss over time. As such, all persons will have needs specific to the moment and I aim to provide highly individualized care. I understand that not all situations require medications and I am happy to provide psychotherapy or collaborate with additional therapists in the community.
(615) 461-4778 View (615) 461-4778
Photo of Miriam Rose, RN,  MSN, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Miriam Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
I am goal oriented, and I help patients see their full potential. While I believe pharmaceuticals are only a piece of the puzzle, I recognize when medicine is a necessary modality to help a patient feel like themself again. I am capable of diagnosing and prescribing for all mental illnesses, as my behavioral health experience includes: working in inpatient psychiatry, working for a psychiatrist as his personal Nurse Practitioner, and as the psychiatric provider for a clinic that serves the working uninsured. we do not file your visit with insurance. Intake appts are $250 and follow up appts are $150 and we can see you within a week.
I am goal oriented, and I help patients see their full potential. While I believe pharmaceuticals are only a piece of the puzzle, I recognize when medicine is a necessary modality to help a patient feel like themself again. I am capable of diagnosing and prescribing for all mental illnesses, as my behavioral health experience includes: working in inpatient psychiatry, working for a psychiatrist as his personal Nurse Practitioner, and as the psychiatric provider for a clinic that serves the working uninsured. we do not file your visit with insurance. Intake appts are $250 and follow up appts are $150 and we can see you within a week.
(615) 905-1389 View (615) 905-1389
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Dana D. Verner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nashville, TN 37215  (Online Only)
*** TO SCHEDULE, PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE “REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT” LINK.*** Dr. Dana D. Verner is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with 15+ years of experience working with children and adults of all ages with a variety of mental health needs. Dr. Verner grew up in Nashville and graduated from Harpeth Hall School. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.D. from Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She completed five years of residency and fellowship training in general and child psychiatry at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She served as chief resident in her final year of training.
*** TO SCHEDULE, PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE “REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT” LINK.*** Dr. Dana D. Verner is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist with 15+ years of experience working with children and adults of all ages with a variety of mental health needs. Dr. Verner grew up in Nashville and graduated from Harpeth Hall School. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.D. from Vanderbilt School of Medicine. She completed five years of residency and fellowship training in general and child psychiatry at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She served as chief resident in her final year of training.
(615) 285-5701 View (615) 285-5701
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Dr. Samuel Polek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37040
Dr. Polek is a board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to improving mental health through evidence-based therapy and medication management. With over 13 years of experience and expertise in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD, Dr. Polek combines understanding and leading treatments to provide personalized care. Focused on promoting mental health, he helps clients in overcoming hurdles and sustaining well-being for the long term. Available appointment times can be found here: www.therapyportal.com/p/polekmd/
Dr. Polek is a board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to improving mental health through evidence-based therapy and medication management. With over 13 years of experience and expertise in mood disorders, anxiety, and ADHD, Dr. Polek combines understanding and leading treatments to provide personalized care. Focused on promoting mental health, he helps clients in overcoming hurdles and sustaining well-being for the long term. Available appointment times can be found here: www.therapyportal.com/p/polekmd/
(332) 242-2540 View (332) 242-2540
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Dr. Chris Lombardi | IntelePsych
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Nolensville, TN 37135  (Online Only)
Life can feel overwhelming at times - and so can seeking mental health care. At IntelePsych, we want you to feel comfortable from the very first time you call our office. Dr. Lombardi, our board-certified M.D., takes a holistic approach, tailoring your individualized care to include medication, therapy, or both. So whether you have anxiety, depression, bipolar, motivation issues, ADHD, PTSD, or other struggles, we're here to help you live your best life.
Life can feel overwhelming at times - and so can seeking mental health care. At IntelePsych, we want you to feel comfortable from the very first time you call our office. Dr. Lombardi, our board-certified M.D., takes a holistic approach, tailoring your individualized care to include medication, therapy, or both. So whether you have anxiety, depression, bipolar, motivation issues, ADHD, PTSD, or other struggles, we're here to help you live your best life.
(615) 805-5996 View (615) 805-5996

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bedford County, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bedford County, TN who prioritize treating:

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

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Bedford County, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bedford 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.