Psychiatrists in Johnson County, TX

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Photo of Roland Tanyi, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Roland Tanyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Venus, TX 76084  (Online Only)
I am a an experienced licensed mental health nurse practitioner. Our main objective is to provide quality care to patients base on evidenced.
I am a an experienced licensed mental health nurse practitioner. Our main objective is to provide quality care to patients base on evidenced.
(682) 356-2346 View (682) 356-2346
Photo of Dr. Rowan Teboh, PhD, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Rowan Teboh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Venus, TX 76084  (Online Only)
Hello! Dr. Rowan Teboh here. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center & licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I have a PhD in Nursing (hence the Dr. to my name). I am here to help with your mental health. What is that issue that is bothering you so much that you cannot function normally? Click the link below & hop in lets talk about it. That is why I am here. To listen to you and address your mental health problem. No Controlled Substances at this time please. Alternatives available.
Hello! Dr. Rowan Teboh here. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center & licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. I have a PhD in Nursing (hence the Dr. to my name). I am here to help with your mental health. What is that issue that is bothering you so much that you cannot function normally? Click the link below & hop in lets talk about it. That is why I am here. To listen to you and address your mental health problem. No Controlled Substances at this time please. Alternatives available.
(972) 846-4087 View (972) 846-4087
Photo of Adeline Abam, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Adeline Abam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Cleburne, TX 76033  (Online Only)
Are you scared, suffering, and feeling lonely? Do you want someone to talk to you? Someone to listen? I am here. You don’t have to walk Your health journey alone. Let me be your Provider. Mental health is REAL. I will listen. Together, we will make a plan that works for you. A plan to target your needs. I will treat you as an individual and make a customized plan just for you. I have over 7 years experience as a health care provider with diverse skills and experience . I have experience in both medical problems and psychiatric problems. I am a dual-licensed NP as PMHNP & FNP. I also work closely with a Clinical therapist
Are you scared, suffering, and feeling lonely? Do you want someone to talk to you? Someone to listen? I am here. You don’t have to walk Your health journey alone. Let me be your Provider. Mental health is REAL. I will listen. Together, we will make a plan that works for you. A plan to target your needs. I will treat you as an individual and make a customized plan just for you. I have over 7 years experience as a health care provider with diverse skills and experience . I have experience in both medical problems and psychiatric problems. I am a dual-licensed NP as PMHNP & FNP. I also work closely with a Clinical therapist
(817) 934-7335 View (817) 934-7335
Photo of Cordelia Odunayo, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cordelia Odunayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Venus, TX 76084
My name is Cordelia Odunayo, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric treatment, diagnoses, evaluations and medication management for children and adults. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns such as: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. I am enthusiastic and compassionate, providing an outstanding quality and individualized care. Please give us a call today. We Are Here To Help.
My name is Cordelia Odunayo, board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide psychiatric treatment, diagnoses, evaluations and medication management for children and adults. I specialize in treating a wide range of mental health concerns such as: Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Addiction and other psychiatric disorders. I am enthusiastic and compassionate, providing an outstanding quality and individualized care. Please give us a call today. We Are Here To Help.
(682) 213-8483 View (682) 213-8483
Photo of Satang Ann, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Satang Ann
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Alvarado, TX 76009  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
Accepting NEW Clients TODAY. SAME-DAY appointments are available. After-hours and WEEKEND appointments are available. Currently in-network with BCBS, Superior Medicaid, UHC/Optum, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare in Texas. Private Pay rates made affordable. I value meeting my clients where they are WITHOUT making them feel judged. During our initial session, we will talk about what led you to me, and at the end of the session, we will come up with a treatment plan that best suits your needs. The goal is to develop the best therapeutic relationship possible to ease any stress related to having appointments.
(817) 383-1541 View (817) 383-1541
Photo of Joshua Petty - VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, MSN, PMHNP, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Burleson, TX 76028  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
Accepting new patients via telehealth for psychiatric evaluations, talk therapy, and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today.. We offer affordable out of pocket rates. Also accepting insurances
(956) 707-3583 View (956) 707-3583
Photo of Riz Ahmad - Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cleburne, TX 76033
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(817) 904-5308 View (817) 904-5308
Photo of Steve Kline - Reflections Mental Health and Wellness Center, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Reflections Mental Health and Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burleson, TX 76028  (Online Only)
I’m Steve, and am a native resident of Fort Worth. I have been in the healthcare industry for the last 13 years. Before launching Reflections Mental Health and Wellness Center, I was part of a team at UT Southwestern Medical Center, focusing on inpatient psychiatry.
I’m Steve, and am a native resident of Fort Worth. I have been in the healthcare industry for the last 13 years. Before launching Reflections Mental Health and Wellness Center, I was part of a team at UT Southwestern Medical Center, focusing on inpatient psychiatry.
(817) 241-4814 View (817) 241-4814
Photo of Dr. Alejandro Perez - Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Perez @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cleburne, TX 76033  (Online Only)
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Which emotions stem from genetics and which are rooted in circumstances? How can you even begin to accurately express yourself? How much change is even possible? What if medications change you for the worse? These uncertainties can leave us in a never ending struggle that keeps us from achieving our true potential. If you’re finally ready to find out answers, then you need Evolve Psychiatry to navigate you out of this maze.
(817) 646-0754 View (817) 646-0754
Photo of Simi Asekun - Transcend Mental Health & Wellness, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Transcend Mental Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burleson, TX 76028
With everything going on in the world, it is easy to get overwhelmed with emotions that could result in depression, stress, anxiety, frustration, substance, and drug addiction. My name is Simi Asekun, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I have over 13 years of collective nursing experience. I pride myself as an attentive listener that is passionate about my job and compassionate towards my clients. I will get to know you then establish long term relationship with you to reboot, restore and rejuvenate your mental acuity or general wellness.
With everything going on in the world, it is easy to get overwhelmed with emotions that could result in depression, stress, anxiety, frustration, substance, and drug addiction. My name is Simi Asekun, I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and I have over 13 years of collective nursing experience. I pride myself as an attentive listener that is passionate about my job and compassionate towards my clients. I will get to know you then establish long term relationship with you to reboot, restore and rejuvenate your mental acuity or general wellness.
(214) 317-4166 View (214) 317-4166
Photo of Bridget N Shu - Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Health and Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Burleson, TX 76097  (Online Only)
Bridget N. Shu, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a background as a certified medical assistant. She developed a holistic approach to patient care during her nursing career, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University Utah. With experience in medical and psychiatry hospitals, she recognized the impact of mental health on daily lives and relationships. Mrs. Shu furthered her education with a master’s in nursing specializing in Mental Health from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
Bridget N. Shu, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a background as a certified medical assistant. She developed a holistic approach to patient care during her nursing career, leading to a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University Utah. With experience in medical and psychiatry hospitals, she recognized the impact of mental health on daily lives and relationships. Mrs. Shu furthered her education with a master’s in nursing specializing in Mental Health from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
(956) 983-9426 View (956) 983-9426
Photo of Sheila Vinson, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sheila Vinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Burleson, TX 76028  (Online Only)
I provide services to address some of life’s most challenging issues and mental health concerns; including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia, as well as grief and loss.
I provide services to address some of life’s most challenging issues and mental health concerns; including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, mood disorders, schizophrenia, as well as grief and loss.
(469) 908-3250 View (469) 908-3250
Photo of Beth Wangombe - Wellness Point Psychiatry Consultants, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Wellness Point Psychiatry Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burleson, TX 76028
******ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ******Beth Wangombe is a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center specializing in treating Children, Teens, and Adults with mental and behavioral issues. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington receiving an award of Clinical Excellence; thereafter, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama Huntsville. Beth takes pride in providing care to children and teens struggling with mental illness. Beth also work with adults and families struggling with depression, bipolar, anxiety, trauma and other emotional disorders.
******ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS ******Beth Wangombe is a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center specializing in treating Children, Teens, and Adults with mental and behavioral issues. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington receiving an award of Clinical Excellence; thereafter, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of Alabama Huntsville. Beth takes pride in providing care to children and teens struggling with mental illness. Beth also work with adults and families struggling with depression, bipolar, anxiety, trauma and other emotional disorders.
(817) 592-9689 View (817) 592-9689

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Kathryn Rose Farishta - Mental Fitness Psychiatry, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mental Fitness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Colleyville, TX 76034
Kathryn Farishta is a fellowship-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience in behavioral healthcare. Her compassion and dedication earned her the honor of being selected as one of the DFW's Top 100 Nurses of 2023. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing from UTA, subsequently earning board certification from the ANCC. Post-graduation she completed a community-focused psychiatric advanced practice provider fellowship where she trained throughout the healthcare continuum including psychiatric emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and consult-liaison services.
Kathryn Farishta is a fellowship-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of experience in behavioral healthcare. Her compassion and dedication earned her the honor of being selected as one of the DFW's Top 100 Nurses of 2023. Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing from UTA, subsequently earning board certification from the ANCC. Post-graduation she completed a community-focused psychiatric advanced practice provider fellowship where she trained throughout the healthcare continuum including psychiatric emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and consult-liaison services.
(817) 813-9368 View (817) 813-9368
Photo of Kehinde Temilola Adedayo, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kehinde Temilola Adedayo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lewisville, TX 75057
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in treating people with various mental health disorders for over 8 years. I have extensive experience in both psychotherapy and medication. I have worked in various clinical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice. For appointments at SavantCare-San Francisco, CA contact (415) 480-7362, SavantCare-Los Altos, CA contact (650) 690-2362, SavantCare-Lewisville, Houston, Austin & San Antonio -Texas Clinics contact (469) 946-7897 and for Charlotte, NC contact (704) 317-1666.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in treating people with various mental health disorders for over 8 years. I have extensive experience in both psychotherapy and medication. I have worked in various clinical settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice. For appointments at SavantCare-San Francisco, CA contact (415) 480-7362, SavantCare-Los Altos, CA contact (650) 690-2362, SavantCare-Lewisville, Houston, Austin & San Antonio -Texas Clinics contact (469) 946-7897 and for Charlotte, NC contact (704) 317-1666.
(469) 946-7897 View (469) 946-7897
Photo of Jolyn Allen, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jolyn Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Frisco, TX 75033
I obtained my Masters of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington where I was the recipient of the Ella Kate and Wallace Ralston graduate nursing scholarship award. As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I complete a thorough psychiatric evaluation in order to diagnose and then partner with my patients to formulate the best-individualized plan of treatment. I have worked in a variety of practice settings including: inpatient, residential treatment, community health, private practice, and nursing homes.
I obtained my Masters of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington where I was the recipient of the Ella Kate and Wallace Ralston graduate nursing scholarship award. As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I complete a thorough psychiatric evaluation in order to diagnose and then partner with my patients to formulate the best-individualized plan of treatment. I have worked in a variety of practice settings including: inpatient, residential treatment, community health, private practice, and nursing homes.
(469) 535-6563 View (469) 535-6563
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Goodness Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place ? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief , ADHD, addiction , anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical , emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution ? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you .
Are you struggling to find your way out of a dark place ? Fighting to overcome feelings of grief , ADHD, addiction , anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder or major life transitions? Have a history of physical , emotional, or sexual trauma? Feeling like you’ve exhausted all options for treatment and given up hope on finding a solution ? I am here to provide light at the end of the tunnel for you .
(214) 441-6393 View (214) 441-6393
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Smink Achila
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Carrollton, TX 75010  (Online Only)
Picture facing life’s difficulties, whether it's anxiety, depression, or major life changes. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions for their mental health concerns. They strive to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They seek a compassionate partner who listens, understands, and customizes treatment to their unique needs and goals. At Legion Health, we provide a therapeutic environment where you will feel respected and empowered.
Picture facing life’s difficulties, whether it's anxiety, depression, or major life changes. My ideal client seeks understanding and effective solutions for their mental health concerns. They strive to regain control, find hope, and achieve a balanced, fulfilling life. They seek a compassionate partner who listens, understands, and customizes treatment to their unique needs and goals. At Legion Health, we provide a therapeutic environment where you will feel respected and empowered.
(469) 530-3134 View (469) 530-3134
Photo of Chinazo Obi, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chinazo Obi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75219  (Online Only)
Nazo is a Holistic and Functional Medicine Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, bringing over 9 years of diverse medical experience. Throughout her career, she has encountered individuals grappling with health challenges despite multiple medication regimens. This spurred her journey into Holistic Medicine, where she prioritizes a holistic approach to care. Gone are the days of merely masking symptoms with medications. She believe that health transcends mere survival; it's about thriving. She’s dedicated to changing the narrative of mood disorders. She’s here to support you on your healing journey and together you’ll rewrite your story
Nazo is a Holistic and Functional Medicine Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, bringing over 9 years of diverse medical experience. Throughout her career, she has encountered individuals grappling with health challenges despite multiple medication regimens. This spurred her journey into Holistic Medicine, where she prioritizes a holistic approach to care. Gone are the days of merely masking symptoms with medications. She believe that health transcends mere survival; it's about thriving. She’s dedicated to changing the narrative of mood disorders. She’s here to support you on your healing journey and together you’ll rewrite your story
(469) 746-1224 View (469) 746-1224
Photo of Sarah Thorpe, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sarah Thorpe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Arlington, TX 76012
Sarah Thorpe is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse that has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Psychiatry to serve pediatric, adolescent, and adult clients. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walden University where she then worked at John Peter Smith Hospital’s Dept. of Psychiatry, Texas Health Huguley Behavioral Health, and Mesa Springs Behavioral Health. She then completed her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.
Sarah Thorpe is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse that has been board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in Psychiatry to serve pediatric, adolescent, and adult clients. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Walden University where she then worked at John Peter Smith Hospital’s Dept. of Psychiatry, Texas Health Huguley Behavioral Health, and Mesa Springs Behavioral Health. She then completed her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.
(214) 225-9059 View (214) 225-9059

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Johnson County, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$124

Psychiatrists in Johnson County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
92% Anxiety
85% Trauma and PTSD
85% Bipolar Disorder
77% Sleep or Insomnia
77% Medication Management
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Aetna
92% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Johnson County, TX see their clients

69% Online Only
31% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Johnson County?

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.