Psychiatrists in Medina, TN

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Talley Flowers, PMHNP at LifeWorks Resources LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Medina, TN 38355
Have you recently encountered feelings of sadness, depression, or a pervasive lack of motivation to engage in tasks? Are you grappling with the ceaseless torrent of racing thoughts, feeling overwhelmed by their incessant barrage? Perhaps the weight of constant worry about impending responsibilities has begun to bear down on you. It is plausible that you may have maintained a façade of composure for an extended period, yet now find yourself in need of supplementary assistance. Is your struggle with mental health more pronounced than before, prompting contemplation of counseling or medication management?
Have you recently encountered feelings of sadness, depression, or a pervasive lack of motivation to engage in tasks? Are you grappling with the ceaseless torrent of racing thoughts, feeling overwhelmed by their incessant barrage? Perhaps the weight of constant worry about impending responsibilities has begun to bear down on you. It is plausible that you may have maintained a façade of composure for an extended period, yet now find yourself in need of supplementary assistance. Is your struggle with mental health more pronounced than before, prompting contemplation of counseling or medication management?
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Tennessee Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MB, BHC, BAO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Humboldt, TN 38343
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
Whether it is medication management, or in-depth talk therapy, the team at Tennessee Psychiatry is ready to help. Our team of psychiatrists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers are here to help you get back on track.
(731) 467-5515 View (731) 467-5515
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Jenny Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38305
I know that the road to finding personal peace can be a bumpy one that may be lengthy and can have many detours. I am committed to offering compassionate, tailored care to guide you towards your individual sense of peace. My expertise lies in medication management for an array of mental health conditions, including, but not limited to ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.
I know that the road to finding personal peace can be a bumpy one that may be lengthy and can have many detours. I am committed to offering compassionate, tailored care to guide you towards your individual sense of peace. My expertise lies in medication management for an array of mental health conditions, including, but not limited to ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.
(731) 535-7644 View (731) 535-7644
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Tracey Epperson Puckett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Jackson, TN 38305
Hello! My name is Tracey Puckett. I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the owner of Vitality Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC. My education allows me to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with an emphasis on intervention through psychiatric medication and therapy. My goal is to minimize the symptoms of my patients while promoting a higher level of functioning and quality of life. It's my belief that medications combined with individual and/or group therapy provides someone the opportunity to meet these goals. I welcome clients of all ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.
Hello! My name is Tracey Puckett. I'm a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and the owner of Vitality Mental Health and Wellness, PLLC. My education allows me to diagnose and treat mental health disorders with an emphasis on intervention through psychiatric medication and therapy. My goal is to minimize the symptoms of my patients while promoting a higher level of functioning and quality of life. It's my belief that medications combined with individual and/or group therapy provides someone the opportunity to meet these goals. I welcome clients of all ages, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds.
(731) 206-2423 View (731) 206-2423
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iMind Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305
Our Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Licensed therapists provide comprehensive Mental Health Care services for individuals with Psychiatric and Mental Health Disorders. We use a person-centered approach to meet the individual needs of our clients to improve their overall quality of life.
Our Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Licensed therapists provide comprehensive Mental Health Care services for individuals with Psychiatric and Mental Health Disorders. We use a person-centered approach to meet the individual needs of our clients to improve their overall quality of life.
(731) 868-4034 View (731) 868-4034
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Hannah Street
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305  (Online Only)
I am so eager to be a resource to you and our community about treating mental health! If you or your child are struggling with their mental health, I am here to guide you to success using medication management as a tool. You and I will work together as a team by designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals in a holistic manner so you can obtain better health mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are not alone in this journey. If you would like to book an appointment with me, go to www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment.
I am so eager to be a resource to you and our community about treating mental health! If you or your child are struggling with their mental health, I am here to guide you to success using medication management as a tool. You and I will work together as a team by designing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your goals in a holistic manner so you can obtain better health mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are not alone in this journey. If you would like to book an appointment with me, go to www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment.
(629) 465-4388 View (629) 465-4388

Online Psychiatrists

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Nga Huynh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cordova, TN 38018
I utilize a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex needs of my patients. I collaborate closely with other specialists, such as psychologists, speech-language therapists, and occupational therapists, to create personalized treatment plans that caters to the specific strengths and challenges of each individual. I offer a range of services, including diagnostic evaluations, medication management, behavioral interventions, and ECT.
I utilize a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex needs of my patients. I collaborate closely with other specialists, such as psychologists, speech-language therapists, and occupational therapists, to create personalized treatment plans that caters to the specific strengths and challenges of each individual. I offer a range of services, including diagnostic evaluations, medication management, behavioral interventions, and ECT.
(901) 716-8423 View (901) 716-8423
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Berenese B Canady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38117
Mobile Psych is a psychiatric practice established by Alfonso Canady and Dr Berenese Canady, DNP with a goal of providing compassionate and affordable mental health treatment. We take time to understand your needs, and partner with you to develop a course of treatment to help you function at your best. Situated in East Memphis, we are conveniently located near the I-240 and Popular Ave exit, with easy access.
Mobile Psych is a psychiatric practice established by Alfonso Canady and Dr Berenese Canady, DNP with a goal of providing compassionate and affordable mental health treatment. We take time to understand your needs, and partner with you to develop a course of treatment to help you function at your best. Situated in East Memphis, we are conveniently located near the I-240 and Popular Ave exit, with easy access.
(901) 289-9665 View (901) 289-9665
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Whitney Trotter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, RD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment to individuals struggling with various psychiatric conditions. Over the years, I have honed my skills in diagnosing, treating, and supporting patients through their mental health challenges, always striving to offer the highest standard of care. My clinical approach is holistic, considering the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence mental health. I believe in the power of a strong therapeutic alliance and work collaboratively with my patients
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment to individuals struggling with various psychiatric conditions. Over the years, I have honed my skills in diagnosing, treating, and supporting patients through their mental health challenges, always striving to offer the highest standard of care. My clinical approach is holistic, considering the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence mental health. I believe in the power of a strong therapeutic alliance and work collaboratively with my patients
(901) 660-8247 View (901) 660-8247
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Elite Psychiatry of Tennessee
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Dickson, TN 37055  (Online Only)
What sets Elite Psychiatry apart? This is a locally owned practice where you will have continuous and personalized care with the same provider every visit, which is essential for appropriate diagnosis and medication management. We offer compassionate care without judgement; you will feel heard. This is your journey. You will have to put the work in, but we are here to help and pride ourselves on being as invested as you are!
What sets Elite Psychiatry apart? This is a locally owned practice where you will have continuous and personalized care with the same provider every visit, which is essential for appropriate diagnosis and medication management. We offer compassionate care without judgement; you will feel heard. This is your journey. You will have to put the work in, but we are here to help and pride ourselves on being as invested as you are!
(615) 637-3131 View (615) 637-3131
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Tasma Robertson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jackson, TN 38305  (Online Only)
The Graham Approach, PLLC is a psychiatric practice established by Tasma Robertson, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. At The Graham Approach, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients in a supportive environment with a goal of improving quality of life.
The Graham Approach, PLLC is a psychiatric practice established by Tasma Robertson, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. At The Graham Approach, we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients in a supportive environment with a goal of improving quality of life.
(731) 202-2952 View (731) 202-2952
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Belmont Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37040
Belmont Behavioral Health is a mental health care service provider located in the downtown Clarksville, Tennessee area. We help individuals experiencing various mental health challenges through medication management and counseling. In addition, our role is to teach and explain the specific condition of a client not only to the client but also to his/her family so they are aware of the symptoms, effects, and scenarios that may arise, allowing them to be more prepared to help them mentally and emotionally.
Belmont Behavioral Health is a mental health care service provider located in the downtown Clarksville, Tennessee area. We help individuals experiencing various mental health challenges through medication management and counseling. In addition, our role is to teach and explain the specific condition of a client not only to the client but also to his/her family so they are aware of the symptoms, effects, and scenarios that may arise, allowing them to be more prepared to help them mentally and emotionally.
(931) 218-6158 View (931) 218-6158
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Tamika Beecham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38125
I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals and their families by providing a safe, nonjudgemental environment that fosters a strong therapeutic alliance. I thoroughly enjoy direct patient care and values the therapeutic relationship between patient/family and provider as the foundation for success in outpatient psychiatry. In this relationship, I will provide you with relevant education, knowledge, and resources to better assist you in your own unique journey to healing and recovery from mental illness to mental wellness.
I am a doctorally prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a mission to deliver quality mental health care to individuals and their families by providing a safe, nonjudgemental environment that fosters a strong therapeutic alliance. I thoroughly enjoy direct patient care and values the therapeutic relationship between patient/family and provider as the foundation for success in outpatient psychiatry. In this relationship, I will provide you with relevant education, knowledge, and resources to better assist you in your own unique journey to healing and recovery from mental illness to mental wellness.
(901) 599-2670 View (901) 599-2670
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Novus Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, PA-C
Verified Verified
Clarksville, TN 37043
Experienced, compassionate psychiatric medication management services provided in Clarksville, TN in office or online. We're honored to join our patients on their journey from mental illness to mental wellness - we will not only react to symptoms of mental illness, we will work together to identify and implement a proactive plan to attain mental wellness . Our practice is comprised of experienced psychiatric providers. Veteran owned & operated. Please visit the website, call or email for further information.
Experienced, compassionate psychiatric medication management services provided in Clarksville, TN in office or online. We're honored to join our patients on their journey from mental illness to mental wellness - we will not only react to symptoms of mental illness, we will work together to identify and implement a proactive plan to attain mental wellness . Our practice is comprised of experienced psychiatric providers. Veteran owned & operated. Please visit the website, call or email for further information.
(931) 240-2134 View (931) 240-2134
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Adam Nanaa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119
Adam Nanaa MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice and patient centered focus driven treatment. Primarily dealing with medication management, he is adept at dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and more in adults and adolescents/children. Initial consults and follow up care are provided both in-person and through remote telepsychiatry. Accepting new patients.
Adam Nanaa MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing the best quality care using evidence-based practice and patient centered focus driven treatment. Primarily dealing with medication management, he is adept at dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorders, ADHD, ODD, PTSD and more in adults and adolescents/children. Initial consults and follow up care are provided both in-person and through remote telepsychiatry. Accepting new patients.
(901) 899-5095 View (901) 899-5095
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Kimberly Patterson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38115  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified virtual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in Memphis Tennessee, with over 24 years of experience in the nursing industry.
Hello, I am a board-certified virtual Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, based in Memphis Tennessee, with over 24 years of experience in the nursing industry.
(615) 802-4818 View (615) 802-4818
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Fast Pace Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC, LCSW
Verified Verified
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
At Fast Pace Health, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors offer outpatient care to patients ages 5 years old and up with behavioral health issues like major depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. We have a dedicated team available to schedule appointments with our behavioral health providers. Coming to Fast Pace Health can be a patient’s first step towards treatment and productive years of life.
At Fast Pace Health, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors offer outpatient care to patients ages 5 years old and up with behavioral health issues like major depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. We have a dedicated team available to schedule appointments with our behavioral health providers. Coming to Fast Pace Health can be a patient’s first step towards treatment and productive years of life.
(931) 281-2743 View (931) 281-2743
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Charlene Sparrow
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Cordova, TN 38018
Sometimes life is not easy or as you expected. You may experience challenges and speed bumps along the way which may feel unmanageable. There is help available. I provide compassionate empathetic outpatient person-centered services in a professional setting. As we work together to develop an individualized therapeutic plan of care, we develop goals and ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your daily quality of life.
Sometimes life is not easy or as you expected. You may experience challenges and speed bumps along the way which may feel unmanageable. There is help available. I provide compassionate empathetic outpatient person-centered services in a professional setting. As we work together to develop an individualized therapeutic plan of care, we develop goals and ways to reduce your symptoms and improve your daily quality of life.
(901) 660-3324 View (901) 660-3324
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Judy Beauregard Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Somerville, TN 38068
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 29 years of experience in the mental health field. I treat patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Schizophrenia. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing. I treat all clients with respect and dignity. I offer in office and telehealth appointments, mobile services, evenings and weekend appointments, and mental health training/consultations for organizations. I offer relaxation groups, music, dance, and art therapy in a nonjudgemental environment. Call us at (901)466-6544 or 8232.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 29 years of experience in the mental health field. I treat patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Schizophrenia. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing. I treat all clients with respect and dignity. I offer in office and telehealth appointments, mobile services, evenings and weekend appointments, and mental health training/consultations for organizations. I offer relaxation groups, music, dance, and art therapy in a nonjudgemental environment. Call us at (901)466-6544 or 8232.
(901) 641-1534 View (901) 641-1534
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Khristina Crawford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, RN, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cordova, TN 38018
Memphis native Khristina Crawford is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds prescriptive authority in the state of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her passion for nursing, she received her bachelor’s degree in both criminal justice and psychology and worked with children in the foster care system. Khristina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She obtained her Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama.
Memphis native Khristina Crawford is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and holds prescriptive authority in the state of Tennessee. Prior to pursuing her passion for nursing, she received her bachelor’s degree in both criminal justice and psychology and worked with children in the foster care system. Khristina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She obtained her Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama.
(901) 468-4157 View (901) 468-4157

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Medina?

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.