Psychiatrists in Fresno, TX

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Krista Turner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNPBC
Verified Verified
Fresno, TX 77545  (Online Only)
I address a broad spectrum of client concerns, spanning from childhood through adulthood. Whether it's preventative care, managing acute or chronic conditions, dealing with mental health challenges, or promoting overall wellness, I offer personalized treatment plans. These plans are carefully crafted, taking into account each individual's cultural background, physical health, and mental well-being. My ultimate goal is to not only maintain but also enhance their overall quality of life by providing guidance tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.
I address a broad spectrum of client concerns, spanning from childhood through adulthood. Whether it's preventative care, managing acute or chronic conditions, dealing with mental health challenges, or promoting overall wellness, I offer personalized treatment plans. These plans are carefully crafted, taking into account each individual's cultural background, physical health, and mental well-being. My ultimate goal is to not only maintain but also enhance their overall quality of life by providing guidance tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.
(346) 567-6309 View (346) 567-6309
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Vita Chung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, RN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fresno, TX 77545
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Vita Chung is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over ten years (as of 2021) of nursing experience in Psychiatric Mental Health. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees from the UT Health San Antonio, formerly named the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Chung completed her clinical training in a wide range of psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan and strives to provide up-to-date evidence-based treatment options.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Dr. Vita Chung is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over ten years (as of 2021) of nursing experience in Psychiatric Mental Health. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees from the UT Health San Antonio, formerly named the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Chung completed her clinical training in a wide range of psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan and strives to provide up-to-date evidence-based treatment options.
(281) 214-8218 View (281) 214-8218

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Ikenna Anyabolu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77489  (Online Only)
Ikenna has been in the healthcare field for over a decade and has a wealth of experience in helping adults and teenagers manage their mental health. Ikenna supervised a mental facility that housed over 140 patients. His mission is to foster mental well-being through a holistic approach that combines medication management and therapeutic interventions. He focuses on treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, sleep/insomnia, anger problems, behavioral issues and chronic mental illness.
Ikenna has been in the healthcare field for over a decade and has a wealth of experience in helping adults and teenagers manage their mental health. Ikenna supervised a mental facility that housed over 140 patients. His mission is to foster mental well-being through a holistic approach that combines medication management and therapeutic interventions. He focuses on treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, sleep/insomnia, anger problems, behavioral issues and chronic mental illness.
(832) 583-1760 View (832) 583-1760
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Nadia Eleda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Embark on a transformative healthcare journey guided by my unwavering dedication and extensive expertise as a compassionate nurse practitioner. Holding dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring over 13 years of devoted experience in the healthcare field. In my practice, I am committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals and families. Recognized for my warm and understanding approach, I strive to cultivate a supportive environment where your well-being is prioritized.
Embark on a transformative healthcare journey guided by my unwavering dedication and extensive expertise as a compassionate nurse practitioner. Holding dual certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring over 13 years of devoted experience in the healthcare field. In my practice, I am committed to providing comprehensive and personalized care tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals and families. Recognized for my warm and understanding approach, I strive to cultivate a supportive environment where your well-being is prioritized.
(432) 239-7631 View (432) 239-7631
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Kemunto Psychiatric Solutions LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC, NP
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Dr. Caroline Tomlinson DNP PMHNP-BC is board certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 10 years' experience in Psychiatry. Dr. Tomlinson provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with individualized care for every patient. She treats a wide range of mental health issues such as: Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. She also offers one-on-one psychotherapy. Each individual is involved in the formulation of their plan of care
Dr. Caroline Tomlinson DNP PMHNP-BC is board certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has over 10 years' experience in Psychiatry. Dr. Tomlinson provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with individualized care for every patient. She treats a wide range of mental health issues such as: Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. She also offers one-on-one psychotherapy. Each individual is involved in the formulation of their plan of care
(682) 327-5401 View (682) 327-5401
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Stephanie Sim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
As a psychiatrist, I use both medications and/or therapy to provide compassionate and personalized care to help individuals in personal growth and to live more satisfying lives. In working with individuals, I strive for recovery of illness, and not just improvement in symptoms.
As a psychiatrist, I use both medications and/or therapy to provide compassionate and personalized care to help individuals in personal growth and to live more satisfying lives. In working with individuals, I strive for recovery of illness, and not just improvement in symptoms.
(832) 377-7999 View (832) 377-7999
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Tracie DeJarnette-Holly
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stafford, TX 77477
Dr. DeJarnette received her bachelors of science degree from Michigan State University in E. Lansing, MI. She obtained her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. DeJarnette completed her general psychiatry residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. She also completed her child psychiatry and forensic psychiatry fellowships in New Orleans at Tulane University Medical Center. She is board certified in general, child and forensic psychiatry.
Dr. DeJarnette received her bachelors of science degree from Michigan State University in E. Lansing, MI. She obtained her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. DeJarnette completed her general psychiatry residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans. She also completed her child psychiatry and forensic psychiatry fellowships in New Orleans at Tulane University Medical Center. She is board certified in general, child and forensic psychiatry.
(832) 990-1372 View (832) 990-1372
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Jessy Cecil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ED, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stafford, TX 77477
Hi! I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Texas. I received my Master's in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix in 2010 and I received post master's degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from Herzing University in 2022. I have been a registered nurse for 36 years and have been working as PMHNP for more than a year. I help all age groups from 5 years to 100 years who are struggling with mental health problems.
Hi! I am a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Texas. I received my Master's in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix in 2010 and I received post master's degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) from Herzing University in 2022. I have been a registered nurse for 36 years and have been working as PMHNP for more than a year. I help all age groups from 5 years to 100 years who are struggling with mental health problems.
(281) 751-6383 View (281) 751-6383
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Sherry Grogan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459
I have expertise in diagnosing and treating people who are struggling with mood disorders, life transitions, relationship challenges, work and academic issues, in the context of underlying mental health issues. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Master Psychopharmacologist with more than 12 years experience in the field. My practice combines the best of psychiatric medical and nursing care. Most of my patients have anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, or ADHD. My patients collaborate to find the best treatment plan to move forward with life in a healthy, more satisfied way.
I have expertise in diagnosing and treating people who are struggling with mood disorders, life transitions, relationship challenges, work and academic issues, in the context of underlying mental health issues. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Master Psychopharmacologist with more than 12 years experience in the field. My practice combines the best of psychiatric medical and nursing care. Most of my patients have anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, or ADHD. My patients collaborate to find the best treatment plan to move forward with life in a healthy, more satisfied way.
(832) 536-8703 View (832) 536-8703
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Sabeen Faris
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stafford, TX 77477
Sabeen Faris is a double board-certified adult and geriatric Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2009. She completed her Psychiatry residency from Nassau University Medical Center and her Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship from Hofstra Northshore - LIJ School of Medicine program at Zucker Hillside Hospital. Sabeen has extensive experience treating people with a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders and psychological challenges. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Sabeen has worked in different mental health care settings including inpatient, outpatient, interventional psychiatry, and long-term care.
Sabeen Faris is a double board-certified adult and geriatric Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2009. She completed her Psychiatry residency from Nassau University Medical Center and her Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship from Hofstra Northshore - LIJ School of Medicine program at Zucker Hillside Hospital. Sabeen has extensive experience treating people with a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders and psychological challenges. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Sabeen has worked in different mental health care settings including inpatient, outpatient, interventional psychiatry, and long-term care.
(346) 639-5990 View (346) 639-5990
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John Bouras
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 21 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling, Social Anxiety Disorder. I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience in diverse clinical settings. For patients who are experiencing treatment resistant depression, we now have TMS in the office! Please contact us to see if you qualify for this advanced treatment.
I am a Psychiatrist and have been providing mental health services for 21 years in outpatient and in home settings. I see Individuals and I address Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling, Social Anxiety Disorder. I am a Board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of clinical experience in diverse clinical settings. For patients who are experiencing treatment resistant depression, we now have TMS in the office! Please contact us to see if you qualify for this advanced treatment.
(832) 990-8282 View (832) 990-8282
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Francis Mbella Manga @tp-Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in California. I have been in the healthcare field for over 15 years now.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in California. I have been in the healthcare field for over 15 years now.
(832) 916-2677 View (832) 916-2677
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New Era Consultancy LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77459  (Online Only)
Helen Ohene, FNP/ PMHNP-BC Ms. Helen Ohene is a graduate from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Where she obtained her master’s and her post-master’s. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years of nursing experience across variety of settings including home health, inpatient, outpatient clinics, and psychiatric facilities. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use disorders, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorders.
Helen Ohene, FNP/ PMHNP-BC Ms. Helen Ohene is a graduate from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Where she obtained her master’s and her post-master’s. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over 15 years of nursing experience across variety of settings including home health, inpatient, outpatient clinics, and psychiatric facilities. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use disorders, Personality disorders, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorders.
(832) 979-8058 View (832) 979-8058
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The Renewed Mind Behavioral Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Sugar Land, TX 77479
My name Olaide Akinyinka, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the lifespan. I have worked in the behavioral/medical/mental health field for over 8 years, and am here to help guide you in your healing journey! I treat teens, young adult and elderly population with a focus of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. I believe in a collaborative approach. I specialize in medication management. I am dedicated to helping clients optimize their mental health by developing a collaborative partnership with clients and tailoring treatment to meet specific needs.
My name Olaide Akinyinka, PMHNP. I am a board-certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner treating patients across the lifespan. I have worked in the behavioral/medical/mental health field for over 8 years, and am here to help guide you in your healing journey! I treat teens, young adult and elderly population with a focus of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. I believe in a collaborative approach. I specialize in medication management. I am dedicated to helping clients optimize their mental health by developing a collaborative partnership with clients and tailoring treatment to meet specific needs.
(346) 375-7371 View (346) 375-7371
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Dr Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
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?
(832) 743-2505 View (832) 743-2505
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Monica Stout
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Stafford, TX 77477
As a dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health and Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years in healthcare, I provide comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
As a dual board-certified Psychiatric mental health and Family nurse practitioner with over 20 years in healthcare, I provide comprehensive evidence-based, holistic healthcare utilizing both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
(346) 512-4710 View (346) 512-4710
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Edmund Munde
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Welcome to Psychiatric Holistic Care (PHC). We are accepting new patients with appointments available within a week. If you're overwhelmed by depression, anxiety, mood swings, psychosis, life changes, stressful events, or substance use, you're not alone. We provide guidance for healing and self-discovery through a holistic approach that addresses symptoms and underlying causes. We use evidence-based approach to treat our patients. At PHC, we treat conditions like depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, autism, PTSD, substance use disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders.
Welcome to Psychiatric Holistic Care (PHC). We are accepting new patients with appointments available within a week. If you're overwhelmed by depression, anxiety, mood swings, psychosis, life changes, stressful events, or substance use, you're not alone. We provide guidance for healing and self-discovery through a holistic approach that addresses symptoms and underlying causes. We use evidence-based approach to treat our patients. At PHC, we treat conditions like depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADHD, autism, PTSD, substance use disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders.
(832) 307-0167 View (832) 307-0167
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Joy Ede
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Missouri City, TX 77489  (Online Only)
Joy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Walden University, and she has over 18 years of nursing experience in child and adult psychiatry. She believes that taking care of your mental health should be a top priority and seeking help can improve your mental and emotional health which brings about a happier and more fulfilling life. She also believes empathy heals so she uses empathic approach to enhance care with integrative and client-centered approach to restore hope and dignity in people living with mental illness.
Joy is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Walden University, and she has over 18 years of nursing experience in child and adult psychiatry. She believes that taking care of your mental health should be a top priority and seeking help can improve your mental and emotional health which brings about a happier and more fulfilling life. She also believes empathy heals so she uses empathic approach to enhance care with integrative and client-centered approach to restore hope and dignity in people living with mental illness.
(832) 990-9015 View (832) 990-9015
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Mark Lidasan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Missouri City, TX 77459
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I believed in integrated mental health care to optimize your mental health. I accept clients with psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan and used evidence-based in the management of care. I am compassionate to help you and continually seek the best treatment available. We listen and utilize holistic approaches to provide mental health and wellness.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I believed in integrated mental health care to optimize your mental health. I accept clients with psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan and used evidence-based in the management of care. I am compassionate to help you and continually seek the best treatment available. We listen and utilize holistic approaches to provide mental health and wellness.
(281) 626-5858 View (281) 626-5858
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Mindful Behavioral Solutions (MBS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Now Accepting NEW Patients. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence-based care. Acara is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. Visit out website: www.mbspsych.org
Now Accepting NEW Patients. Are you experiencing Depression and Anxiety? We can help you. Get your life back today. Our goal is to provide you and your family with high-quality evidence-based care. Acara is caring and compassionate about mental health. She provides unique person-centered mental health services to children, adults, and elderly population suffering from mental health disorders. We offer virtual and in-person visits. Schedule your consultation today by calling -888-550-4842 or Text 469-722-7334. Visit out website: www.mbspsych.org
(214) 367-5893 View (214) 367-5893

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fresno, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fresno, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
50% ADHD
50% Chronic Pain
50% Grief
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Fresno, TX see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fresno?

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.