Psychiatrists in Spring Hill, TN

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Renewed Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Spring Hill, TN 37174
When your mental health is suffering hope is often elusive. I take great joy in assisting children and adults find renewal through the challenges they face and directing you towards the appropriate medication to bring about this change. Based upon self-report measures my patients dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress experience 50-60 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months while people suffering from ADHD experience 60-80 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months. When the right medication is combined with therapy patients report even higher rates of response.
When your mental health is suffering hope is often elusive. I take great joy in assisting children and adults find renewal through the challenges they face and directing you towards the appropriate medication to bring about this change. Based upon self-report measures my patients dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress experience 50-60 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months while people suffering from ADHD experience 60-80 percent improvement in symptoms within 3 months. When the right medication is combined with therapy patients report even higher rates of response.
(931) 391-3852 View (931) 391-3852
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Stepping Stones Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Spring Hill, TN 37174
Theresa Wilson is a Tennessee licensed board certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with prescriptive authority, specializing in a wide range of psychiatric services to patients across the life span. Her areas of focus include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, behavioral issues, thought disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum, addictions, abuse, and trauma. No person should be defined by their diagnosis. Theresa embraces everyone's uniqueness. She delivers a personalized treatment plan tailored to fit each individual needs.
Theresa Wilson is a Tennessee licensed board certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with prescriptive authority, specializing in a wide range of psychiatric services to patients across the life span. Her areas of focus include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, behavioral issues, thought disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum, addictions, abuse, and trauma. No person should be defined by their diagnosis. Theresa embraces everyone's uniqueness. She delivers a personalized treatment plan tailored to fit each individual needs.
(615) 374-7735 View (615) 374-7735
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Spring Hill, TN 37174  (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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Taylor Berry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Spring Hill, TN 37174  (Online Only)
All appointments will be 100% virtual with the possibility for in-person appointments as early as January 2024 on Friday's in Franklin, TN. Accepting cash pay, Aetna, Cigna, Optum/United Healthcare, BCBS, and Tricare. VACCN coming soon!
All appointments will be 100% virtual with the possibility for in-person appointments as early as January 2024 on Friday's in Franklin, TN. Accepting cash pay, Aetna, Cigna, Optum/United Healthcare, BCBS, and Tricare. VACCN coming soon!
(615) 471-7521 View (615) 471-7521
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Debra Poplar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Spring Hill, TN 37174
There are so many reasons for seeking mental health treatment. You could be struggling with a history of trauma, unstable moods, poor sleep, inability to focus and low motivation, or something else that has been negatively affecting your life. We will work together to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I provide medication management with an emphasis on helping you to identify underlying causes of mental health concerns, such as stress, trauma, diet, physical health, sleep, relationships, and metabolic abnormalities, within a mindfulness-based framework. Please visit www.myharmonyearth.com for more information.
There are so many reasons for seeking mental health treatment. You could be struggling with a history of trauma, unstable moods, poor sleep, inability to focus and low motivation, or something else that has been negatively affecting your life. We will work together to help you grow and become a better version of yourself. I provide medication management with an emphasis on helping you to identify underlying causes of mental health concerns, such as stress, trauma, diet, physical health, sleep, relationships, and metabolic abnormalities, within a mindfulness-based framework. Please visit www.myharmonyearth.com for more information.
(615) 249-1511 View (615) 249-1511
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Kari Edick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Spring Hill, TN 37174
Kari is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides medication management for all ages. She has experience treating a variety of mental health conditions including but not limited to: bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD and personality disorders.
Kari is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who provides medication management for all ages. She has experience treating a variety of mental health conditions including but not limited to: bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD and personality disorders.
(629) 258-6794 View (629) 258-6794

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Mackenzie Grimes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Thompsons Station, TN 37179
Mackenzie is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has five years of psychiatry experience caring for adults and adolescents in acute inpatient, residential, outpatient, and correctional release settings. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of South Alabama.
Mackenzie is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has five years of psychiatry experience caring for adults and adolescents in acute inpatient, residential, outpatient, and correctional release settings. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian University and a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of South Alabama.
(615) 437-2614 View (615) 437-2614
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Rex Sparks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Thompsons Station, TN 37179  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty years of involvement in the mental health field. I am interested in treating patients with a wide range of issues including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Disturbances, and Thought Disorders. I welcome all members of the LGBTQ community. I strive for a nonjudgmental, “real” partnership, encouraging individuals to take an active role in their care. My goal is to be a partner with you to help you fully realize your strengths and empower you to change your thoughts and behaviors to achieve a healthier, happier life.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty years of involvement in the mental health field. I am interested in treating patients with a wide range of issues including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Sleep Disturbances, and Thought Disorders. I welcome all members of the LGBTQ community. I strive for a nonjudgmental, “real” partnership, encouraging individuals to take an active role in their care. My goal is to be a partner with you to help you fully realize your strengths and empower you to change your thoughts and behaviors to achieve a healthier, happier life.
(615) 697-6754 View (615) 697-6754

Online Psychiatrists

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Teresa Arnold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 6 years of nursing experience and 2 years of experience in psychiatry. My nursing background is in critical care, and I have experience treating high-acuity and high-risk patient populations across neurological, surgical, medical, trauma, and cardiac intensive-care settings. I transitioned into psychiatry due to my experience with vulnerable mentally ill and substance -addicted populations experiencing acute illness as a result of many years without adequate psychiatric care.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 6 years of nursing experience and 2 years of experience in psychiatry. My nursing background is in critical care, and I have experience treating high-acuity and high-risk patient populations across neurological, surgical, medical, trauma, and cardiac intensive-care settings. I transitioned into psychiatry due to my experience with vulnerable mentally ill and substance -addicted populations experiencing acute illness as a result of many years without adequate psychiatric care.
(615) 437-9767 View (615) 437-9767
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LaTasha Mcvey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Dickson, TN 37055
Hello! My name is Tasha McVey and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders. I started my calling to help these individuals with my first degree, a bachelors in Psychology, from Mississippi State University. I later attended nursing school at Northeast MS Community College, and then continued my nursing education with a Master of Science Nursing degree, with a concentration in psychiatric mental health. I am currently accepting new clients. - Tasha!
Hello! My name is Tasha McVey and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about working with individuals struggling with mental health disorders. I started my calling to help these individuals with my first degree, a bachelors in Psychology, from Mississippi State University. I later attended nursing school at Northeast MS Community College, and then continued my nursing education with a Master of Science Nursing degree, with a concentration in psychiatric mental health. I am currently accepting new clients. - Tasha!
(931) 408-9850 View (931) 408-9850
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Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Clarksville, TN 37043  (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.
(931) 288-5153 View (931) 288-5153
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Mandy Kay Gentry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-
Verified Verified
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
Mandy Kay Gentry is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee who has been practicing since 2017. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Northwest Mississippi Community College and her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in PMHNP from University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mandy worked inpatient psychiatry 20112018 as an RN in adult acute psychiatry, detox, dual diagnosis, geriatrics, child/adolescent, and ECT. She has worked in private practice since 2017 focusing on medication management, supportive psychotherapy, and holistic approaches.
(629) 299-2662 View (629) 299-2662
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Marina Alane Pincock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Gallatin, TN 37066
My personal experience overcoming chronic mental suffering, addictions, and emotional disorders compelled me to enter the mental health field. My greatest desire is to help others find the relief I have found by creating a path that leads to peace, healing, and restoration of the mind, body, and spiritual connection. Medication is a true gift and can be part of the treatment plan. But medication alone will not produce the level of healing available. I will work with you to restore mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
My personal experience overcoming chronic mental suffering, addictions, and emotional disorders compelled me to enter the mental health field. My greatest desire is to help others find the relief I have found by creating a path that leads to peace, healing, and restoration of the mind, body, and spiritual connection. Medication is a true gift and can be part of the treatment plan. But medication alone will not produce the level of healing available. I will work with you to restore mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
(615) 359-6317 View (615) 359-6317
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Mindful Haven Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Murfreesboro, TN 37128  (Online Only)
Your safe haven. Hi! My name is Myrvienne Jackson! I am a Dual Board Certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC / FNP-BC) in Murfreesboro, TN. As a dedicated provider, I am self driven by a profound commitment to providing compassionate care and support to individuals navigating the complexities of mental health challenges. With over a decade of experience working in adolescent, adult, and geriatric units, I truly believe I can be your safe haven. Mindfull Haven Mental Health Services.
Your safe haven. Hi! My name is Myrvienne Jackson! I am a Dual Board Certified Psychiatric and Family Nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC / FNP-BC) in Murfreesboro, TN. As a dedicated provider, I am self driven by a profound commitment to providing compassionate care and support to individuals navigating the complexities of mental health challenges. With over a decade of experience working in adolescent, adult, and geriatric units, I truly believe I can be your safe haven. Mindfull Haven Mental Health Services.
(615) 551-4980 View (615) 551-4980
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Brandee Madden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP, RN
Verified Verified
Madison, TN 37115
GateHouse Treatment is a drug and alcohol rehab center in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP,) Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services with an associated sober living component to help our clients achieve sobriety. Our medical professionals and staff are focused on the full recovery of the clients that walk through our doors. With decades of experience on the front lines of treating addiction, our professional and certified staff are well equipped to help empower our patients to overcome the helplessness, despair, and guilt that is common with substance abuse.
GateHouse Treatment is a drug and alcohol rehab center in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We offer Partial Hospitalization (PHP,) Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Outpatient (OP) services with an associated sober living component to help our clients achieve sobriety. Our medical professionals and staff are focused on the full recovery of the clients that walk through our doors. With decades of experience on the front lines of treating addiction, our professional and certified staff are well equipped to help empower our patients to overcome the helplessness, despair, and guilt that is common with substance abuse.
(629) 200-6626 View (629) 200-6626
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Kendra O. Delaney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP, AGPCNP, RN
Verified Verified
5 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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Deanna Martin
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
As a physician assistant, I have had the privilege of working closely with individuals facing a wide range of physical and mental health challenges. Through my experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of patient issues, needs, motivations, and goals. I believe that everyone has a unique story, and I am committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to each individual I encounter. I recognize that mental health is a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, and I strive to address all these aspects in my practice.
(615) 437-3118 View (615) 437-3118
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Dakotah Willis
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Franklin, TN 37067
As a Physician Assistant it is my duty to explore all aspects of your health. In order to treat every patient holistically, I use the 4-part biopsychosocial-spiritual model. This acknowledges that each and every individual has 4 key factors surrounding your mental wellbeing these being: biological, psychological, social and spiritual. Using evidence-based practice I will dive into each of these aspects in order to fully understand what brought you to me. I want to be your teammate on this journey of healing and be the support you need to be able to celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest extent.
As a Physician Assistant it is my duty to explore all aspects of your health. In order to treat every patient holistically, I use the 4-part biopsychosocial-spiritual model. This acknowledges that each and every individual has 4 key factors surrounding your mental wellbeing these being: biological, psychological, social and spiritual. Using evidence-based practice I will dive into each of these aspects in order to fully understand what brought you to me. I want to be your teammate on this journey of healing and be the support you need to be able to celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest extent.
(615) 697-4889 View (615) 697-4889
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Sonya Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Brentwood, TN 37027  (Online Only)
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with numerous years of dedicated experience, Sonya is deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and various thought and mood disorders. Her passion lies in helping her clients achieve mental well-being and regain control of their lives. She has honed her skills in treating anxiety and depression, recognizing that these conditions can profoundly impact an individual's daily functioning and overall quality of life.
As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with numerous years of dedicated experience, Sonya is deeply committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care to individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and various thought and mood disorders. Her passion lies in helping her clients achieve mental well-being and regain control of their lives. She has honed her skills in treating anxiety and depression, recognizing that these conditions can profoundly impact an individual's daily functioning and overall quality of life.
(615) 857-3477 View (615) 857-3477
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Premier Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Premier Psychiatric Services offers comprehensive mental health care, dedicated to providing top-tier support and treatment for individuals grappling with psychological challenges. As a leader in the field, Premier Psychiatric Services boasts a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychiatric Pharmacist, all committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
Premier Psychiatric Services offers comprehensive mental health care, dedicated to providing top-tier support and treatment for individuals grappling with psychological challenges. As a leader in the field, Premier Psychiatric Services boasts a team of highly skilled and compassionate professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, and a Psychiatric Pharmacist, all committed to delivering personalized care tailored to each individual's needs.
(615) 857-5587 View (615) 857-5587

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Number of Psychiatrists in Spring Hill, TN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Spring Hill, TN who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Sleep or Insomnia
83% Medication Management

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Spring Hill, TN see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Spring Hill?

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.