Psychiatrists in Millington, TN

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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Millington, TN 38053
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Kendra Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38128
At Drop N Swap Psychiatry in Cordova, Tennessee, the board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Kendra Butler, PMHNP-BC, provides holistic and integrative care for all adults 18 and above. Kendra has a passion for connecting with her patients. She conducts comprehensive evaluations, takes thorough medical histories, and listens to their story. This approach helps her create personalized mental health wellness plans. Her extensive experience includes managing depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and mood disorders. She provides concise and effective therapy and medication management plans.
At Drop N Swap Psychiatry in Cordova, Tennessee, the board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Kendra Butler, PMHNP-BC, provides holistic and integrative care for all adults 18 and above. Kendra has a passion for connecting with her patients. She conducts comprehensive evaluations, takes thorough medical histories, and listens to their story. This approach helps her create personalized mental health wellness plans. Her extensive experience includes managing depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and mood disorders. She provides concise and effective therapy and medication management plans.
(901) 444-3851 View (901) 444-3851
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Jakeisha T Goston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bartlett, TN 38134
Integrative Healthcare Solutions, PLLC is a psychiatric/minor medical practice established by Dr. Jakeisha Goston, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in the healthcare field. I am committed to treating the whole person utilizing an integrative approach to assist persons in reaching full potential/purpose and live in optimal health. I treat patient of all ages with various mental health disorders. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing.
Integrative Healthcare Solutions, PLLC is a psychiatric/minor medical practice established by Dr. Jakeisha Goston, DNP with a goal of providing person centered care. I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with 12 years of experience in the healthcare field. I am committed to treating the whole person utilizing an integrative approach to assist persons in reaching full potential/purpose and live in optimal health. I treat patient of all ages with various mental health disorders. I provide medication management with brief supportive psychotherapy/motivational interviewing.
(901) 472-3306 View (901) 472-3306
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Radiance Psychiatrics, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bartlett, TN 38134
Hello, I am Dr. Twila Worlock, DNP, PMHNP and I am here to help you with life's challenges that make it difficult to live your best life. Imagine overcoming the stress in your daily life whether it be ADHD, grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD, a mood disorder or even schizophrenia that you are dealing with. With counseling and medication management we can work through the stresses together. Now accepting new patients with immediate availability. Call today for your appointment.
Hello, I am Dr. Twila Worlock, DNP, PMHNP and I am here to help you with life's challenges that make it difficult to live your best life. Imagine overcoming the stress in your daily life whether it be ADHD, grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD, a mood disorder or even schizophrenia that you are dealing with. With counseling and medication management we can work through the stresses together. Now accepting new patients with immediate availability. Call today for your appointment.
(901) 699-4663 View (901) 699-4663
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Tami Sholar- Conard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38135  (Online Only)
Hello I'm Tami, a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been a medical professional since 2010 in a variety of fields including mental health, Med-Surg, Nephrology among others. My experience in the various medical fields as a nurse led me to my passion, which is mental health. I treat each individual with empathy and absolute positive regard. Depending on your needs, I customize your treatment plan to achieve your goals and overall well being. This may include therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I use evidence based practice to ensure you are receiving the care needed to obtain optimal wellness.
Hello I'm Tami, a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I have been a medical professional since 2010 in a variety of fields including mental health, Med-Surg, Nephrology among others. My experience in the various medical fields as a nurse led me to my passion, which is mental health. I treat each individual with empathy and absolute positive regard. Depending on your needs, I customize your treatment plan to achieve your goals and overall well being. This may include therapy, medications, or a combination of both. I use evidence based practice to ensure you are receiving the care needed to obtain optimal wellness.
(629) 201-7648 View (629) 201-7648
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New Vision Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Lakeland, TN 38002
New Vision Psychiatry was created to provide accessible mental health care to those in Memphis, Tennessee and surrounding areas. Our mission is to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment, so that people of all ages feel comfortable seeking help. No more feeling unheard or waiting months for an appointment. We pride ourselves in working as a team with our clients and providing thorough and timely care.
New Vision Psychiatry was created to provide accessible mental health care to those in Memphis, Tennessee and surrounding areas. Our mission is to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment, so that people of all ages feel comfortable seeking help. No more feeling unheard or waiting months for an appointment. We pride ourselves in working as a team with our clients and providing thorough and timely care.
(901) 660-5644 View (901) 660-5644
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Heather Delay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bartlett, TN 38133
Hello! I’m Heather, a family nurse practitioner who’s excited to help you reach your full potential. I understand just how scary it can be to take the first step towards seeking help for your mental wellbeing. That’s why we’ve created a safe space for healing and growth, where you’re free to ask as many questions as you need, and are encouraged to be honest about your struggles, fears, and hesitations when it comes to mental health. At Life Wellness Clinic, we offer individual and couples/marriage counseling, as well as medication management for anyone who is struggling with the pressures of life.
Hello! I’m Heather, a family nurse practitioner who’s excited to help you reach your full potential. I understand just how scary it can be to take the first step towards seeking help for your mental wellbeing. That’s why we’ve created a safe space for healing and growth, where you’re free to ask as many questions as you need, and are encouraged to be honest about your struggles, fears, and hesitations when it comes to mental health. At Life Wellness Clinic, we offer individual and couples/marriage counseling, as well as medication management for anyone who is struggling with the pressures of life.
(901) 546-4751 View (901) 546-4751
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At Home Assistance LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FPMHNP, BC
Not Verified Not Verified
Bartlett, TN 38134
I have been in mental health for over 20 years I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient facilities. I have gained a multitude of knowledge from my clients and their families. I have witnessed many of them suffer in silence making mental health a convenience instead of a necessity. When the medical community understand the mental well being is just as important as physical well being the healing can begin.
I have been in mental health for over 20 years I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient facilities. I have gained a multitude of knowledge from my clients and their families. I have witnessed many of them suffer in silence making mental health a convenience instead of a necessity. When the medical community understand the mental well being is just as important as physical well being the healing can begin.
(901) 422-9422 View (901) 422-9422
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Talley Flowers, PMHNP at LifeWorks Resources LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Arlington, TN 38002
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?
(731) 206-2350 View (731) 206-2350
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bartlett, TN 38134  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee. 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.
(901) 676-8564 View (901) 676-8564
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Melanie Anon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bartlett, TN 38134
I view mental health as a regular part of our routine healthcare needs and hope to reduce stigmas in my office. My goal is for patients to participate in a non-judgmental session where they feel comfortable to be open and honest about their goals. As a provider, my goal is to provide a holistic treatment approach while respecting your autonomy, lifestyle, goals, spirituality, socioeconomic factors, and personal beliefs.
I view mental health as a regular part of our routine healthcare needs and hope to reduce stigmas in my office. My goal is for patients to participate in a non-judgmental session where they feel comfortable to be open and honest about their goals. As a provider, my goal is to provide a holistic treatment approach while respecting your autonomy, lifestyle, goals, spirituality, socioeconomic factors, and personal beliefs.
(901) 460-9138 View (901) 460-9138
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Anttrenika Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Bartlett, TN 38133
Not accepting new clients
Anttrenika Anderson DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Doctorate degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). She is board certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with various psychiatric diagnosis from 12 years old to 60 years old. She is passionate about providing the best care to help her patients throughout their lifespan.
Anttrenika Anderson DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Doctorate degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). She is board certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She provides outpatient psychiatric evaluations and medication management for patients with various psychiatric diagnosis from 12 years old to 60 years old. She is passionate about providing the best care to help her patients throughout their lifespan.
(901) 673-8093 View (901) 673-8093
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bartlett, TN 38133  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist Tennessee. 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 Tennessee. 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.
(615) 437-4282 View (615) 437-4282
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Tamika Beecham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Bartlett, TN 38133
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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Strong Foundation Behavioral Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Atoka, TN 38004
Life is a journey and sometimes it is a struggle. During difficult and overwhelming times it is important to reach out for help. At Strong Foundation we partner with you to help you regain quality of life. We strive at every visit to instill hope and focus on your unique qualities that only you possess.
Life is a journey and sometimes it is a struggle. During difficult and overwhelming times it is important to reach out for help. At Strong Foundation we partner with you to help you regain quality of life. We strive at every visit to instill hope and focus on your unique qualities that only you possess.
(901) 459-5596 View (901) 459-5596

Online Psychiatrists

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Simonpeter Emokpaire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my practice focuses on comprehensive care across all age groups, specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. I have a particular interest in integrating medication management with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to enhance treatment outcomes, especially for mood disorders.
As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, my practice focuses on comprehensive care across all age groups, specializing in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and psychotic disorders. I have a particular interest in integrating medication management with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to enhance treatment outcomes, especially for mood disorders.
(832) 346-8022 View (832) 346-8022
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Melanie Nolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38119  (Online Only)
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: psycheplus.net. I am not able to respond directly via phone or this profile. This is NOT just another appointment! My clients are seeking more holistic treatment to better their mental and emotional health. They are willing to actively work with me to develop mindset shifts. They are interested in thinking outside of the box and looking to compliment medical science with ancient wisdom. My clients are often students, professionals, parents, and entrepreneurs. My clients want more healing options, giving them the best chances at feeling better.
To request a consultation, please submit a request via my website at: psycheplus.net. I am not able to respond directly via phone or this profile. This is NOT just another appointment! My clients are seeking more holistic treatment to better their mental and emotional health. They are willing to actively work with me to develop mindset shifts. They are interested in thinking outside of the box and looking to compliment medical science with ancient wisdom. My clients are often students, professionals, parents, and entrepreneurs. My clients want more healing options, giving them the best chances at feeling better.
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Amber Gordon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Memphis, TN 38119
“Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness.” – Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu. You may have struggled with mood and anxiety for some time with no support or true relief. Or perhaps, you are taking psychiatric medication but the depression and anxiety still manage to creep in and increase throughout your day-to-day routine. You may also long for a provider that will actually take time to hear you out instead of pushing you out of the door with a prescription in hand. If any of the above resonates with you, I would like to help.
“Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness.” – Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu. You may have struggled with mood and anxiety for some time with no support or true relief. Or perhaps, you are taking psychiatric medication but the depression and anxiety still manage to creep in and increase throughout your day-to-day routine. You may also long for a provider that will actually take time to hear you out instead of pushing you out of the door with a prescription in hand. If any of the above resonates with you, I would like to help.
(901) 329-8641 View (901) 329-8641
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Dr. Arif Mirza MD | Germantown Private Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38104  (Online Only)
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
Welcome! ...As an experienced Psychiatrist in private practice, inpatient and telehealth settings, I'm here to offer authentic, compassionate care. Time is precious, especially for busy students, parents, and working professionals. I look forward to collaborate to reach your goals ASAP! ... Same week Video appointments are available. Text 469-770-7750 for quick booking assist.
(601) 565-3908 View (601) 565-3908
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Justin McAdoo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, CRNA, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Memphis, TN 38120
At times, we can feel alone at sea when navigating through the storms of life. Time after time, our attempts at sailing toward calmer waters become more challenging. Taking the first step is often the most difficult due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. I am passionate about having the opportunity to help clients in their journey toward mental health wellness. Clients are more than a diagnosis, medication, and therapy approach. My practice philosophy focuses on a holistic care model incorporating a client’s life story, experiences, and biological factors.
At times, we can feel alone at sea when navigating through the storms of life. Time after time, our attempts at sailing toward calmer waters become more challenging. Taking the first step is often the most difficult due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. I am passionate about having the opportunity to help clients in their journey toward mental health wellness. Clients are more than a diagnosis, medication, and therapy approach. My practice philosophy focuses on a holistic care model incorporating a client’s life story, experiences, and biological factors.
(901) 676-6486 View (901) 676-6486

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Number of Psychiatrists in Millington, TN

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Psychiatrists in Millington, TN who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Eating Disorders
100% Infertility
100% Grief
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

6 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Millington, TN see their clients

100% In Person and Online
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Millington?

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.