Psychiatrists in Nashville, TN

Photo of David Spielman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashville, TN
David Spielman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
“High functioning” doesn’t mean you don’t need help. I specialize in autism, ADHD, and LGBT+ psychiatric care for teens and adults. As a gay, neurodivergent, gamer and anime nerd, I can relate to many of the experiences of my clients and offer them a kind of genuine, non-judgmental acceptance they have been unable to find elsewhere. Visit quirkiatry.com for my services and rates.
“High functioning” doesn’t mean you don’t need help. I specialize in autism, ADHD, and LGBT+ psychiatric care for teens and adults. As a gay, neurodivergent, gamer and anime nerd, I can relate to many of the experiences of my clients and offer them a kind of genuine, non-judgmental acceptance they have been unable to find elsewhere. Visit quirkiatry.com for my services and rates.
(615) 551-3952 View (615) 551-3952
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37219
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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Joshua Anthony
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Nashville, TN 37209  (Online Only)
In my practice, I encounter individuals from diverse backgrounds grappling with challenges that range from anxiety, depression, and addiction to complex mental health disorders like schizophrenia. My ideal clients are those seeking not just treatment but a deeper understanding and management of their mental health. They are individuals who yearn for a compassionate, informed approach to address their unique struggles and who are committed to a journey toward healing and growth.
In my practice, I encounter individuals from diverse backgrounds grappling with challenges that range from anxiety, depression, and addiction to complex mental health disorders like schizophrenia. My ideal clients are those seeking not just treatment but a deeper understanding and management of their mental health. They are individuals who yearn for a compassionate, informed approach to address their unique struggles and who are committed to a journey toward healing and growth.
(615) 437-3812 View (615) 437-3812
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David Kirk Barton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37212
I provide professional, personal, and accessible psychiatric care. I have a home office, and my office phone number connects to my cellular phone. I am able to schedule patients/clients for initial evaluations within a few days of an initial call, if we decide that we might be a good fit and that we might be able to partner in accomplishing good work. My approach to mental health is both psychotherapeutic and medical —and requires the engagement of the whole person in an honest, thoughtful, and meaningful search for solutions to life's difficulties and problems.
I provide professional, personal, and accessible psychiatric care. I have a home office, and my office phone number connects to my cellular phone. I am able to schedule patients/clients for initial evaluations within a few days of an initial call, if we decide that we might be a good fit and that we might be able to partner in accomplishing good work. My approach to mental health is both psychotherapeutic and medical —and requires the engagement of the whole person in an honest, thoughtful, and meaningful search for solutions to life's difficulties and problems.
(615) 237-7285 View (615) 237-7285
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Lashandra Saulsberry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
9 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37209  (Online Only)
Shandra is dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to each individual throughout their healing journey. She treats complex mood and anxiety disorders, panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Women’s Health, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Insomnia, Grief and Loss, Life transitions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder LGBTQ+ issues, panic disorder and more.
Shandra is dedicated to providing warm, compassionate care to each individual throughout their healing journey. She treats complex mood and anxiety disorders, panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Women’s Health, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Insomnia, Grief and Loss, Life transitions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder LGBTQ+ issues, panic disorder and more.
(901) 519-3238 View (901) 519-3238
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Kayla Hayes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
Hi! I specialize in treating women (18+) with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, and trauma disorders. I offer an integrative approach to mental health that includes evidence-based psychiatric medications, complementary supplements, brief therapy interventions, and lifestyle suggestions. I believe that it is important to treat the root cause of the illness, rather than just treating the symptoms. I also specialized in treating patients through pregnancy and postpartum, as well as women in substance use and/or eating disorder recovery.
Hi! I specialize in treating women (18+) with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, OCD, and trauma disorders. I offer an integrative approach to mental health that includes evidence-based psychiatric medications, complementary supplements, brief therapy interventions, and lifestyle suggestions. I believe that it is important to treat the root cause of the illness, rather than just treating the symptoms. I also specialized in treating patients through pregnancy and postpartum, as well as women in substance use and/or eating disorder recovery.
(615) 471-6462 View (615) 471-6462
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Stasha Hampton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Nashville, TN 37209
Our vision at Prosperity Mental Wellness Center is to provide holistic care that balances eastern & western philosophies to assist patients in achieving & maintaining mental wellness. We believe in the importance of creating a personalized care plan for each of our patients, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle, & personal goals. We strive to create a healthy space where patients will feel safe and supported to begin their healing journey. We are dedicated to highlighting the power of the brain & body conversation in order to improve the overall health & wellbeing of our patients.
Our vision at Prosperity Mental Wellness Center is to provide holistic care that balances eastern & western philosophies to assist patients in achieving & maintaining mental wellness. We believe in the importance of creating a personalized care plan for each of our patients, taking into account their medical history, lifestyle, & personal goals. We strive to create a healthy space where patients will feel safe and supported to begin their healing journey. We are dedicated to highlighting the power of the brain & body conversation in order to improve the overall health & wellbeing of our patients.
(629) 888-4161 View (629) 888-4161
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Laura Reynolds
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Nashville, TN 37205  (Online Only)
Dr. Reynolds started her practice to serve her patients and help them lead enriched and fulfilling lives. She will guide and support you as you navigate life’s stressors and challenges. In addition to medication, she will use a comprehensive approach for your mental health needs that focuses on the whole self. It takes courage to ask for help and Dr. Reynolds will use her knowledge and compassion to help you achieve your treatment goals. In-person and Telepsychiatry appointments are available for your convenience.
Dr. Reynolds started her practice to serve her patients and help them lead enriched and fulfilling lives. She will guide and support you as you navigate life’s stressors and challenges. In addition to medication, she will use a comprehensive approach for your mental health needs that focuses on the whole self. It takes courage to ask for help and Dr. Reynolds will use her knowledge and compassion to help you achieve your treatment goals. In-person and Telepsychiatry appointments are available for your convenience.
(615) 247-6932 View (615) 247-6932
Photo of Andrew Dudley, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashville, TN
Andrew Dudley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37206
I work with depression, anxiety, attention issues, and addictions. I can also help people navigate questions about substance use. I work to try to quickly help people to help bring about restoration of wellness, but not at the expense of lasting and durable freedom from a disintegrated state. My approach is to empower people to not only return to a state of wellness but understand what maintenance of the wellness state entails. I realize recovery looks different depending upon the person.
I work with depression, anxiety, attention issues, and addictions. I can also help people navigate questions about substance use. I work to try to quickly help people to help bring about restoration of wellness, but not at the expense of lasting and durable freedom from a disintegrated state. My approach is to empower people to not only return to a state of wellness but understand what maintenance of the wellness state entails. I realize recovery looks different depending upon the person.
(615) 437-8428 View (615) 437-8428
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Mary Bartek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37238
Dr. Bartek is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in General Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and board-eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. She has been caring for children and adolescents as a physician for 15 years. Dr. Bartek’s approach is holistic, collaborative, supportive, and patient-centered. Dr. Bartek draws on her years as a pediatrician working with families and children in her work as a psychiatrist. Dr. Bartek incorporates therapeutic techniques into medication management visits, but she may also recommend adding a therapist to your care team for the best results.
Dr. Bartek is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in General Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and board-eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. She has been caring for children and adolescents as a physician for 15 years. Dr. Bartek’s approach is holistic, collaborative, supportive, and patient-centered. Dr. Bartek draws on her years as a pediatrician working with families and children in her work as a psychiatrist. Dr. Bartek incorporates therapeutic techniques into medication management visits, but she may also recommend adding a therapist to your care team for the best results.
(629) 276-5243 View (629) 276-5243
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Kristian Dambrino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
Treating patients, ages 14+, I utilize a highly individualized treatment approach in prescribing medications for a variety of diagnostic symptoms. There is no template for a human being. Therefore, I believe every person deserves to be heard, so that no nuance is missed. Patients who are struggling with depression, psychosis, mood swings, difficulty with concentration, sleep, motivation, bipolar illness, trauma, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, must be able to share freely what their specific treatment needs are. My goal is to hold space for everyone needing affordable, accessible, quality mental health care.
Treating patients, ages 14+, I utilize a highly individualized treatment approach in prescribing medications for a variety of diagnostic symptoms. There is no template for a human being. Therefore, I believe every person deserves to be heard, so that no nuance is missed. Patients who are struggling with depression, psychosis, mood swings, difficulty with concentration, sleep, motivation, bipolar illness, trauma, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, must be able to share freely what their specific treatment needs are. My goal is to hold space for everyone needing affordable, accessible, quality mental health care.
(615) 338-7960 View (615) 338-7960
Photo of Dana D. Verner, Psychiatrist in Nashville, TN
Dana D. Verner
Psychiatrist, MD
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
Photo of Amber Kerby, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashville, TN
Amber Kerby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203  (Online Only)
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment ...My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is WHOLE-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
NEW clients BOOK an appointment on my WEBSITE: www.amethystmentalhealth.com/book-an-appointment ...My primary goal is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals struggling with mental health issues. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and my approach is WHOLE-istic, incorporating the mind, body, spirit, empathy and understanding. My focus is on building strong therapeutic relationships with my patients, where we can work collaboratively towards a fulfilling life.
(629) 276-7430 View (629) 276-7430
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Rachael Tanner-Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37207
Are you struggling to get the traction or depth in therapy that you want? Psychiatric medicines can help support your therapeutic gains. We can work together on a plan for how medicines can help support your healing journey so that you can create a life you love. As one of the only dualy licensed professional counselors & nurse practitioners in the middle TN area I’m uniquely qualified to treat the whole you. I provide compassionate, gentle care to people who are suffering through psychiatric evaluation & medication management.
Are you struggling to get the traction or depth in therapy that you want? Psychiatric medicines can help support your therapeutic gains. We can work together on a plan for how medicines can help support your healing journey so that you can create a life you love. As one of the only dualy licensed professional counselors & nurse practitioners in the middle TN area I’m uniquely qualified to treat the whole you. I provide compassionate, gentle care to people who are suffering through psychiatric evaluation & medication management.
(615) 492-3991 View (615) 492-3991
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Tammy Suggs Alberico
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
I am continuing to see patients during the COVID-19 pandemic via telehealth. I am dedicated to helping those suffering from a wide range of problems affecting mood, anxiety, sleep, behaviors and relationships with the goal of helping them alleviate distressing symptoms and improve their quality of life. I engage in a safe, therapeutic relationship to allow individuals to share their struggles openly and honestly. I consider biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that may help to understand and improve one’s problems.
I am continuing to see patients during the COVID-19 pandemic via telehealth. I am dedicated to helping those suffering from a wide range of problems affecting mood, anxiety, sleep, behaviors and relationships with the goal of helping them alleviate distressing symptoms and improve their quality of life. I engage in a safe, therapeutic relationship to allow individuals to share their struggles openly and honestly. I consider biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that may help to understand and improve one’s problems.
(615) 326-1055 View (615) 326-1055
Photo of Elizabeth K Burton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashville, TN
Elizabeth K Burton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Nashville, TN 37203
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to Mind-Body Health Consults, an integrative medicine and psychotherapy practice! I embrace a multi-modal approach to wellness, addressing stress as a mind-body phenomenon, nutrition and gut health, environmental toxicity, relationship and attachment wounds, and existential and spiritual matters. In this work, I draw on my experience with Neuro Emotional Technique, Internal Family Systems therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, and Polyvagal-Informed meditation practices. I also use techniques from Applied Kinesiology to help evaluate nutritional needs and recommend supplements to support healing.
Welcome to Mind-Body Health Consults, an integrative medicine and psychotherapy practice! I embrace a multi-modal approach to wellness, addressing stress as a mind-body phenomenon, nutrition and gut health, environmental toxicity, relationship and attachment wounds, and existential and spiritual matters. In this work, I draw on my experience with Neuro Emotional Technique, Internal Family Systems therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, and Polyvagal-Informed meditation practices. I also use techniques from Applied Kinesiology to help evaluate nutritional needs and recommend supplements to support healing.
(615) 685-6770 View (615) 685-6770
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Kendra O. Delaney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, AGPCNP, RN
Verified
4 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37204
Welcome to Empowered Heart Integrative Mental Health Care, PLLC! We are an outpatient integrative mental health clinic that utilizes psychiatric medications, supplements, lab testing, and the healing arts to work with children 5+, teens and adults to meet their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. We treat a variety of mental health conditions including, but not limited to: trauma, anxiety, & PTSD; depression & bipolar disorder; disordered eating; inattention & ADHD; and pre- and post-natal mood disorders, infertility, and loss.
Welcome to Empowered Heart Integrative Mental Health Care, PLLC! We are an outpatient integrative mental health clinic that utilizes psychiatric medications, supplements, lab testing, and the healing arts to work with children 5+, teens and adults to meet their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. We treat a variety of mental health conditions including, but not limited to: trauma, anxiety, & PTSD; depression & bipolar disorder; disordered eating; inattention & ADHD; and pre- and post-natal mood disorders, infertility, and loss.
(615) 488-8675 View (615) 488-8675
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Alicia Batson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37238  (Online Only)
Dr. Batson is board-certified in psychiatry and dual-trained in internal medicine. Since recovering from her own chronic pain journey, she has specialized in the education, diagnosis, and treatment of Chronic Primary Pain and other Psychophysiologic Disorders. She works with each patient to determine the best course of treatment for them - medication management, lifestyle modification, psychotherapy, or a combination depending on each patient’s particular diagnosis and needs. She also refers patients to various print and online resources to help them better understand their conditions.
Dr. Batson is board-certified in psychiatry and dual-trained in internal medicine. Since recovering from her own chronic pain journey, she has specialized in the education, diagnosis, and treatment of Chronic Primary Pain and other Psychophysiologic Disorders. She works with each patient to determine the best course of treatment for them - medication management, lifestyle modification, psychotherapy, or a combination depending on each patient’s particular diagnosis and needs. She also refers patients to various print and online resources to help them better understand their conditions.
(629) 229-9863 View (629) 229-9863
Photo of Ben Leven, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashville, TN
Ben Leven
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Nashville, TN 37203
I can help you with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, setting boundaries, and PTSD by offering personalized treatment that gets to the root of the problem. You may have been struggling recently with mood symptoms or your focus, and want to get back on track. We can work together to get with individualized treatment options, such as medication, supplements, behavior change, labs, and talk therapy.
I can help you with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, setting boundaries, and PTSD by offering personalized treatment that gets to the root of the problem. You may have been struggling recently with mood symptoms or your focus, and want to get back on track. We can work together to get with individualized treatment options, such as medication, supplements, behavior change, labs, and talk therapy.
(615) 903-5193 View (615) 903-5193
Photo of Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC, Psychiatrist in Nashville, TN
Belle Meade Addiction Medicine & Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Nashville, TN 37205
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - We help patients establish a professional relationship with a dedicated physician who knows their medical history and medication regimen. This provides the patient with continuity of care and on-demand access to a doctor through telemedicine or in-person appointments. We manage a wide spectrum of illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, ADHD and insomnia. Patients with these conditions have the best chance of improvement when they have regular appointments with the same physician who works with the patient in a professional setting.
(615) 576-8371 View (615) 576-8371

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Number of Psychiatrists in Nashville, TN

100+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Nashville, TN who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
92% Depression
84% Bipolar Disorder
82% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
88% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Nashville, TN see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Nashville?

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.