Psychiatrists in Flower Mound, TX

Photo of Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Flower Mound, TX
Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(972) 846-9933 View (972) 846-9933
Photo of Kim Salinger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flower Mound, TX
Kim Salinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP AHN, APRN
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used plus natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
(972) 362-5091 View (972) 362-5091
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Shaneel Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75028  (Online Only)
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, board certified in adult psychiatry since 2013 and child & adolescent psychiatry since 2014. For the last fourteen years, I have treated adults, children, and adolescents with mental health challenges. I have also served in the United States Army Reserve as a psychiatrist. I completed my medical school in India. I did my residency in psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. After the residency, I did a child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Mt. Sinai in New York, NY.
Hello, Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, board certified in adult psychiatry since 2013 and child & adolescent psychiatry since 2014. For the last fourteen years, I have treated adults, children, and adolescents with mental health challenges. I have also served in the United States Army Reserve as a psychiatrist. I completed my medical school in India. I did my residency in psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. After the residency, I did a child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Mt. Sinai in New York, NY.
(972) 458-3963 View (972) 458-3963
Photo of Angela J Tefft, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flower Mound, TX
Angela J Tefft
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75028  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who treats clients of all ages. I have nearly 30 years of experience in nursing which allows me to consider mind-body factors which contribute to mental health and physical disorders. I treat most disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and psychosis. I work with the client to develop an integrative treatment plan, using medications, naturopathic supplements as well as CBT, mindfulness and DBT methods to help clients achieve the highest level of wellness.
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner who treats clients of all ages. I have nearly 30 years of experience in nursing which allows me to consider mind-body factors which contribute to mental health and physical disorders. I treat most disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and psychosis. I work with the client to develop an integrative treatment plan, using medications, naturopathic supplements as well as CBT, mindfulness and DBT methods to help clients achieve the highest level of wellness.
(469) 564-3435 View (469) 564-3435
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Beverly Alomepe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flower Mound, TX 75022  (Online Only)
Sometimes just getting through the day can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. I offer deep healing that gets to the root of your mental health problems, so you can feel more like yourself and reclaim your joy. Perhaps you have tried numerous different doctors and medications with no luck? To help you FEEL better, I begin by learning your story, beliefs, nutrition, and lifestyle. This is to create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan that can include: ketamine-assisted therapy, nutraceuticals, supplements, medication, and non-medication approaches to help realize the inner power of who you really are.
Sometimes just getting through the day can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. I offer deep healing that gets to the root of your mental health problems, so you can feel more like yourself and reclaim your joy. Perhaps you have tried numerous different doctors and medications with no luck? To help you FEEL better, I begin by learning your story, beliefs, nutrition, and lifestyle. This is to create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan that can include: ketamine-assisted therapy, nutraceuticals, supplements, medication, and non-medication approaches to help realize the inner power of who you really are.
(972) 576-9499 View (972) 576-9499
Photo of Deanna Dial, Psychiatrist in Flower Mound, TX
Deanna Dial
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Dr. Dial's practice offers patients and families a calm, comfortable, and confidential environment to explore options for the evaluation and management of emotional and behavioral concerns. Our services include a thorough evaluation, medication management, patient education and may serve as a complement to a patient's current treatment team. We work with a wide range of behavioral and emotional disorders and also provide medication prescription and management. We believe that psychiatric evaluation, in addition to complementary therapeutic approaches (medication, counseling/psychotherapy) provide the best outcome for the patient. Dr. Dial develops specialized treatment plans that are evidenced based.
Dr. Dial's practice offers patients and families a calm, comfortable, and confidential environment to explore options for the evaluation and management of emotional and behavioral concerns. Our services include a thorough evaluation, medication management, patient education and may serve as a complement to a patient's current treatment team. We work with a wide range of behavioral and emotional disorders and also provide medication prescription and management. We believe that psychiatric evaluation, in addition to complementary therapeutic approaches (medication, counseling/psychotherapy) provide the best outcome for the patient. Dr. Dial develops specialized treatment plans that are evidenced based.
(972) 833-2137 View (972) 833-2137
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75028  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we offer medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(361) 240-7804 View (361) 240-7804
Photo of Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(972) 853-6219 View (972) 853-6219
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PsychiatryMD - WestBend Fort Worth & Flower Mound
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FASAM
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Mind Matters PsychiatryMD brings forth Interventional Psychiatry & Evidence Based Psychiatric Treatments in ADHD in Adult and Children, Neuro-Addiction, Ketamine & TMS Neuro-Stimulation. Dr. Oladele Adebogun, Medical Director of Mind Matters PsychiatryMD, partnered management by his wife Ashley Adebogun. He moved from England to complete Residency at Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He holds distinguished appointments as Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Fellow American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Mind Matters PsychiatryMD brings forth Interventional Psychiatry & Evidence Based Psychiatric Treatments in ADHD in Adult and Children, Neuro-Addiction, Ketamine & TMS Neuro-Stimulation. Dr. Oladele Adebogun, Medical Director of Mind Matters PsychiatryMD, partnered management by his wife Ashley Adebogun. He moved from England to complete Residency at Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He holds distinguished appointments as Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Fellow American Society of Addiction Medicine.
(469) 256-7738 View (469) 256-7738
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PsychiatryMD - Frisco & Flower Mound
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, FASAM
Not Verified Not Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Mind Matters PsychiatryMD brings forth Interventional Psychiatry & Evidence Based Psychiatric Treatments in ADHD in Adult and Children, Neuro-Addiction, Ketamine & TMS Neuro-Stimulation. Dr. Oladele Adebogun, Medical Director of Mind Matters PsychiatryMD, partnered management by his wife Ashley Adebogun. He moved from England to complete Residency at Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He holds distinguished appointments as Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Fellow American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Mind Matters PsychiatryMD brings forth Interventional Psychiatry & Evidence Based Psychiatric Treatments in ADHD in Adult and Children, Neuro-Addiction, Ketamine & TMS Neuro-Stimulation. Dr. Oladele Adebogun, Medical Director of Mind Matters PsychiatryMD, partnered management by his wife Ashley Adebogun. He moved from England to complete Residency at Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He holds distinguished appointments as Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Fellow American Society of Addiction Medicine.
(972) 221-7900 View (972) 221-7900
Photo of Sante Outpatient Program, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flower Mound, TX
Sante Outpatient Program
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Santé's Intensive Outpatient Program is structured in 3 phases. Our philosophy is that the length of our program is dependent on goals achieved. Thus, some finish treatment in 16 weeks while others take a little longer. Phase One consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks. Phase Two consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks where different assignments & increase expectations around recovery behaviors are given. Phase Three consists of 3 sessions per week for 4 weeks. Our 16-week program includes group & individual therapy sessions spread through all the phases. Program completion dates & phases are individualized.
Santé's Intensive Outpatient Program is structured in 3 phases. Our philosophy is that the length of our program is dependent on goals achieved. Thus, some finish treatment in 16 weeks while others take a little longer. Phase One consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks. Phase Two consists of 3 sessions per week for 6 weeks where different assignments & increase expectations around recovery behaviors are given. Phase Three consists of 3 sessions per week for 4 weeks. Our 16-week program includes group & individual therapy sessions spread through all the phases. Program completion dates & phases are individualized.
(940) 236-0672 View (940) 236-0672
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DFW TMS and The Costello Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
The Costello Clinic and DFW TMS in Highland Village is a full service mental health clinic. We offer a complete array of therapeutic interventions from medication-psychotherapy combined sessions to Interventional Psychiatric care (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Esketamine (Spravato) care services when indicated). We use a lifestyle medicine approach in order to provide comprehensive care in collaboration with a team of caregivers and works to help each individual to create as joyful, meaningful, and functional a life as that person's strengths will allow.
The Costello Clinic and DFW TMS in Highland Village is a full service mental health clinic. We offer a complete array of therapeutic interventions from medication-psychotherapy combined sessions to Interventional Psychiatric care (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Esketamine (Spravato) care services when indicated). We use a lifestyle medicine approach in order to provide comprehensive care in collaboration with a team of caregivers and works to help each individual to create as joyful, meaningful, and functional a life as that person's strengths will allow.
(972) 810-7523 View (972) 810-7523
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Dr. Randall McIntyre - Anew Era TMS & Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Dr. Randal McIntyre has been practicing Adult Psychiatry for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA - Biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School - Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residence n General and Child Psychiatry at UTHCSC-Houston. He is Boarded Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
*** ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS WITH A WAIT TIME OF 1 WEEK OR LESS *** Dr. Randal McIntyre has been practicing Adult Psychiatry for over thirty years. He was raised in Midland, Texas. He holds a BA - Biology from The University of Texas - Austin, and an MD from The University of Texas Medical School - Houston. He did his internship in Family Practice at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Subsequently, he completed residence n General and Child Psychiatry at UTHCSC-Houston. He is Boarded Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
(512) 229-9477 View (512) 229-9477
Photo of Kim Salinger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flower Mound, TX
Kim Salinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, AHN, APRN
Verified Verified
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used and natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
Holistic & Integrative Psychiatry for creative, unique and neurodiverse individuals. ​I offer the best aspects of conventional, alternative & integrative psych to help you optimize mental health and overall well-being. Prescription psychiatric medications are used and natural alternatives, based on your preferences. Please note that I do not prescribe controlled substances, which includes stimulants for attention issues. Emphasizing positivity, self acceptance, celebration of uniqueness and optimizing your individual potential. Focus on now and future forward (no dredging up the past). Friendly, supportive and non-judgmental care.
(415) 797-0687 View (415) 797-0687
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Oyebola Bola Oyelade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Flower Mound, TX 75022
My name is Oyebola ‘Bola’ Oyelade, DNP, Board-Certified PMHNP with over 14 years of experience actively listening and treating clients across various lifespans. I provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and evidence-based treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, psychosis, PTSD, insomnia, and ADHD.
My name is Oyebola ‘Bola’ Oyelade, DNP, Board-Certified PMHNP with over 14 years of experience actively listening and treating clients across various lifespans. I provide psychiatric evaluation, medication management and evidence-based treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, psychosis, PTSD, insomnia, and ADHD.
(817) 835-7303 View (817) 835-7303
Photo of Dr. Rhema Jacob, Psychiatrist in Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Rhema Jacob
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Flower Mound, TX 75028
Dr. Jacob is a board certified psychiatrist and a Dallas native who provides compassionate, individualized and holistic care for her patients. She completed medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. For her residency, she trained in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, where she served as the chief resident in her final year. Dr. Jacob has experience treating patients with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use and PTSD among other conditions.
Dr. Jacob is a board certified psychiatrist and a Dallas native who provides compassionate, individualized and holistic care for her patients. She completed medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. For her residency, she trained in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, where she served as the chief resident in her final year. Dr. Jacob has experience treating patients with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use and PTSD among other conditions.
(214) 241-4108 View (214) 241-4108

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Rahman Farishta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75027
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
Are you suffering from ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, or any other mental health issue? Are you tired of waiting to see a mental health provider? Do you need medication management for an already diagnosed issue? Are you seeking a second opinion or an advice? Are you tired of trying/taking several medicines? Pinnacle Psychiatry can help provide immediate treatment. Call 940-629-7201 for more information. Schedule an appointment online with just a few clicks at www.pinnacle-psychiatry.com. We provide virtual/telemedicine visits to adults but can also accommodate an in-person visit.
(469) 529-8016 View (469) 529-8016
Photo of Dorian Aponte, Psychiatrist in Flower Mound, TX
Dorian Aponte
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75022
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and have ample experience in the evaluation and medical treatment of multiple psychiatric disorders, including those affecting mood, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. I understand many of these conditions are often caused by both physical and psychological factors and I will work with you on developing the treatment plan that best fits your needs, let that be medications, counseling, or the combination of both. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Visits are by appointment only and at this time I don't offer weekend hours.
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and have ample experience in the evaluation and medical treatment of multiple psychiatric disorders, including those affecting mood, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD. I understand many of these conditions are often caused by both physical and psychological factors and I will work with you on developing the treatment plan that best fits your needs, let that be medications, counseling, or the combination of both. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Visits are by appointment only and at this time I don't offer weekend hours.
(940) 448-0304 View (940) 448-0304
Photo of Deanette James, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flower Mound, TX
Deanette James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lewisville, TX 75022  (Online Only)
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
(832) 479-3548 View (832) 479-3548
Photo of Angela Anderson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Flower Mound, TX
Angela Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75067
(972) 440-2455 View (972) 440-2455

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Flower Mound, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$240

Psychiatrists in Flower Mound, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
73% BlueCross and BlueShield
73% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Flower Mound, TX see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Flower Mound?

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.