Psychiatrists in Little Elm, TX

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Pratibha Agarwal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068
I am proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  I brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. Appointments available within a week. At AG Psychiatry, we offer innovative forms of medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  Our team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
I am proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  I brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. Appointments available within a week. At AG Psychiatry, we offer innovative forms of medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  Our team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
(214) 301-5670 View (214) 301-5670
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Grace Fultang Shadzeka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068  (Online Only)
Grace Fultang-Shadzeka is a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, panic disorders, and sleep/insomnia. She is passionate about providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, and medication management. she believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that encourages engagement in various evidence-based therapeutic modalities and the use of medication to manage psychiatric symptoms.
Grace Fultang-Shadzeka is a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, panic disorders, and sleep/insomnia. She is passionate about providing comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, and medication management. she believes in a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that encourages engagement in various evidence-based therapeutic modalities and the use of medication to manage psychiatric symptoms.
(214) 466-6798 View (214) 466-6798
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Ag Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068
We are proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  The psychiatrists brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. We offer innovative forms of individual or family psychotherapy, medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  The AG Psychiatry team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
We are proud to bring expert psychiatric care to the team at AG Psychiatry. Treating patients aged 4 and older in Frisco & Little Elm.  The psychiatrists brings years of experience to their services and a passion for improving overall health and mental well-being. We offer innovative forms of individual or family psychotherapy, medication management, and school-based services to improve day-to-day well-being. Convenient virtual or in-person appointments are available on weekdays, after school hours, and on weekends.  The AG Psychiatry team looks forward to improving your and your family’s mental health.
(469) 312-6967 View (469) 312-6967
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AG Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Elm, TX 75068
We are accepting new patients, and new patients can be seen within 72 hours in person or online . I am a Double Board-Certified , in General psychiatry and Neurology and Addiction Medicine for more than 15 years of experience in the Psychiatry.
We are accepting new patients, and new patients can be seen within 72 hours in person or online . I am a Double Board-Certified , in General psychiatry and Neurology and Addiction Medicine for more than 15 years of experience in the Psychiatry.
(972) 433-9814 View (972) 433-9814
Damian Hooker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068  (Online Only)
Damian Hooker is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He is currently licensed in Washington State, New Mexico, and Texas. He has a passion for mental health and helping patients become their best self. He uses evidence based practice to treat patients to the best of his ability. Damian uses compassion, empathy, and respect to ease patients through difficult times. Damian works with patients that have mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and etc. He also has experience with sleep medicine. He believes in the importance of involving patients in their care.
Damian Hooker is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He is currently licensed in Washington State, New Mexico, and Texas. He has a passion for mental health and helping patients become their best self. He uses evidence based practice to treat patients to the best of his ability. Damian uses compassion, empathy, and respect to ease patients through difficult times. Damian works with patients that have mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and etc. He also has experience with sleep medicine. He believes in the importance of involving patients in their care.
(940) 799-4068 View (940) 799-4068
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Dr. Krishnendu Ghosh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Little Elm, TX 75068
I am accepting new patients. Appointments available both virtually and in person, within 72 hours. I specialize in the treatment of depression , ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety/OCD, as well as trauma/PTSD, dementia and Suboxone induction and maintenance . I am licensed to Practice medicine in TX, CA, FL, IN , NY, MO . I speak English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali.
I am accepting new patients. Appointments available both virtually and in person, within 72 hours. I specialize in the treatment of depression , ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety/OCD, as well as trauma/PTSD, dementia and Suboxone induction and maintenance . I am licensed to Practice medicine in TX, CA, FL, IN , NY, MO . I speak English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali.
(972) 573-6221 View (972) 573-6221
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Goodness Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068
Currently accepting patients with appointments within A WEEK, with flexible scheduling. 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.
Currently accepting patients with appointments within A WEEK, with flexible scheduling. 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) 751-8913 View (214) 751-8913
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Brilliant Mind Behavioral Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Little Elm, TX 75068  (Online Only)
I'm a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating a broad spectrum of clients and families with various psychiatric problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, mood disorder and PTSD. She provides a combination comprehensive evaluation and medication management. She graduated from University of Texas with her Family Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree (MSN) and Wilmington University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Dr. Mamo is member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.
I'm a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating a broad spectrum of clients and families with various psychiatric problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, mood disorder and PTSD. She provides a combination comprehensive evaluation and medication management. She graduated from University of Texas with her Family Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree (MSN) and Wilmington University with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Dr. Mamo is member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.
(972) 734-1478 View (972) 734-1478
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Tonya Putman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am excited you took the first step in addressing your mental health needs. I welcome the opportunity to walk with you on this journey. I am a Board certified Psychiatric NP specializing in treating a wide range of disorders. This includes depression, anxiety , bipolar disorder , schizophrenia, substance use and ADD/ADHD. I also treat substance use, and can prescribe suboxone. My background includes caring for patients in community health clinics, inpatient/outpatient and private practice setttings. Please give me a call today to schedule an appt.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I am excited you took the first step in addressing your mental health needs. I welcome the opportunity to walk with you on this journey. I am a Board certified Psychiatric NP specializing in treating a wide range of disorders. This includes depression, anxiety , bipolar disorder , schizophrenia, substance use and ADD/ADHD. I also treat substance use, and can prescribe suboxone. My background includes caring for patients in community health clinics, inpatient/outpatient and private practice setttings. Please give me a call today to schedule an appt.
(214) 522-4640 x250 View (214) 522-4640 x250
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Compassionate Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068
Hello, I’m Dr. Mohammed, Medical Director of Compassionate Psychiatric services. I finished Residency in Psychiatry through The University of Tennessee, Memphis-TN in the year 2004. Besides being Chief Resident during this Program, I was the top performer in PRITE(Psychiatry Residents In-Service Exam). I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and has extensive experience practicing Psychiatry since 2004. I was an affiliate Asst.Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical School, Hines- IL.
Hello, I’m Dr. Mohammed, Medical Director of Compassionate Psychiatric services. I finished Residency in Psychiatry through The University of Tennessee, Memphis-TN in the year 2004. Besides being Chief Resident during this Program, I was the top performer in PRITE(Psychiatry Residents In-Service Exam). I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and has extensive experience practicing Psychiatry since 2004. I was an affiliate Asst.Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola Medical School, Hines- IL.
(972) 846-8314 View (972) 846-8314
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Melaine Ndi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C, APRN
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I use an evidence-based and holistic approach that aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for you. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and if counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and kept as simple as possible. You will be educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I use an evidence-based and holistic approach that aims to enhance the adaptive and healing capability of each individual. I encourage self-care and personal responsibility, fostering independence and a sense of empowerment for you. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and if counseling alone is not enough, psychiatric medication regimens can be explored and kept as simple as possible. You will be educated on medication risks, benefits and available treatment options, to allow informed decision-making and to provide patient-centered care.
(469) 489-4508 View (469) 489-4508
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Dr. Farah Ali
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Little Elm, TX 75068
As a board certified psychiatrist, I provide psychiatric care for individual adults and adolescents between ages 16 to 65, in a safe and welcoming private office. My work is devoted to helping people like you improve relationships with yourself, family, colleagues, and community. My services include a thorough evaluation, medication management, and patient education. I begin the initial assessment by review of your current physical, mental, and relationship strengths and areas of potential improvement.
As a board certified psychiatrist, I provide psychiatric care for individual adults and adolescents between ages 16 to 65, in a safe and welcoming private office. My work is devoted to helping people like you improve relationships with yourself, family, colleagues, and community. My services include a thorough evaluation, medication management, and patient education. I begin the initial assessment by review of your current physical, mental, and relationship strengths and areas of potential improvement.
(469) 778-3597 View (469) 778-3597

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Outpatient Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, NP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76204  (Online Only)
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: AGES 7 THROUGH GERIATRICS***. MEDICARE, MEDICAID, BCBS, UNITED HEALTH, AND MANY MORE. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. I perform initial Psychiatric evaluations, Diagnosis, treatment with ongoing medication management for patients experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction/substance use, ADHD, mood disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and many more not listed here. **I ALSO PROVIDE CLINICAL SUPERVISION TO PSYCH NP STUDENTS**
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS: AGES 7 THROUGH GERIATRICS***. MEDICARE, MEDICAID, BCBS, UNITED HEALTH, AND MANY MORE. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. I perform initial Psychiatric evaluations, Diagnosis, treatment with ongoing medication management for patients experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction/substance use, ADHD, mood disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and many more not listed here. **I ALSO PROVIDE CLINICAL SUPERVISION TO PSYCH NP STUDENTS**
(972) 293-9795 View (972) 293-9795
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Margarita Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76203
I am a double board-certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. My education and clinical experience gives me a well-rounded perspective on physical and mental wellbeing. I see clients ages 18+, treating most psychiatric conditions. I provides holistic treatment and therapeutic interventions while focusing on medication management. This includes hormonal therapy, life style treatment, use of supplements, and medical weight loss when appropriate.
I am a double board-certified psychiatric mental health and family nurse practitioner. My education and clinical experience gives me a well-rounded perspective on physical and mental wellbeing. I see clients ages 18+, treating most psychiatric conditions. I provides holistic treatment and therapeutic interventions while focusing on medication management. This includes hormonal therapy, life style treatment, use of supplements, and medical weight loss when appropriate.
(682) 327-5482 View (682) 327-5482
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Dean Cochran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Frisco, TX 75033  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. I work with adolescents and adults, ages 15 and older. I perform comprehensive mental health evaluations and utilize both medication and a therapeutic approach with a cognitive behavioral underpinning. I have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I earned my Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. I work with adolescents and adults, ages 15 and older. I perform comprehensive mental health evaluations and utilize both medication and a therapeutic approach with a cognitive behavioral underpinning. I have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
(214) 972-1375 View (214) 972-1375
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Excellent Touch Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Lewisville, TX 75056  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients within a week appointments available; weekdays and on weekends. Are you struggling with loneliness, not your usual self, or feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck? You are not alone, we are here to help at Excellent Touch psychiatry, to listen, and help you become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered, empathetic, trauma-informed, and competent quality care delivered through telehealth. We specialized in treating anyone with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and any other mental issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, and social life.
Now accepting new patients within a week appointments available; weekdays and on weekends. Are you struggling with loneliness, not your usual self, or feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or feeling stuck? You are not alone, we are here to help at Excellent Touch psychiatry, to listen, and help you become the best version of yourself, by providing client-centered, empathetic, trauma-informed, and competent quality care delivered through telehealth. We specialized in treating anyone with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar and any other mental issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, and social life.
(817) 904-9434 View (817) 904-9434
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Samitriya Kroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76201  (Online Only)
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
Accepting new client assessments within 48 hours! Samitriya Kroll, offers compassionate and individualized, holistic care dedicated to your overall wellbeing. With over 10 years’ experience in mental health care, Samitriya specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, along with Seasonal Affective Disorder and PTSD. She offers a holistic approach to healing with personalized care, medication management, and lifestyle modification habits.
(972) 435-6749 View (972) 435-6749
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Morna Agoki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-C
Verified
Denton, TX 76210  (Online Only)
Morna Agoki is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-Across the Lifespan and is excited to be a part of the Connections Wellness Group. Morna begun her nursing career 14 years ago and earned her bachelor’s degree at Southwestern Adventist University. She worked at various hospitals in Dallas-Fort worth area working with children and adolescents in outpatient settings and adults in both inpatient and outpatient mental health hospitals and clinics. With her passion gained over the years in behavioral health, she went back to pursue her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington
Morna Agoki is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner-Across the Lifespan and is excited to be a part of the Connections Wellness Group. Morna begun her nursing career 14 years ago and earned her bachelor’s degree at Southwestern Adventist University. She worked at various hospitals in Dallas-Fort worth area working with children and adolescents in outpatient settings and adults in both inpatient and outpatient mental health hospitals and clinics. With her passion gained over the years in behavioral health, she went back to pursue her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington
(940) 748-1702 View (940) 748-1702
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NPJ Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Denton, TX 76201
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with 12 years experience treating Adults/Adolescents & Geriatrics/Dementia. I realize that no two people are the same, so I collaborate with you to tailor treatment/ therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual. I love helping people understand the things that are holding them back with an in-depth approach. You can fully realize your strengths & adjust certain behaviors/thoughts to see things differently in a healthier way. A holistic approach to get you on track to leading a happier fulfilled life by equipping you with the tools you need to be a better you.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with 12 years experience treating Adults/Adolescents & Geriatrics/Dementia. I realize that no two people are the same, so I collaborate with you to tailor treatment/ therapy to meet your specific needs as an individual. I love helping people understand the things that are holding them back with an in-depth approach. You can fully realize your strengths & adjust certain behaviors/thoughts to see things differently in a healthier way. A holistic approach to get you on track to leading a happier fulfilled life by equipping you with the tools you need to be a better you.
(940) 315-7890 View (940) 315-7890
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Diana Mummert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Denton, TX 76202
As a psychiatrist with over 9 years of experience, I am adept at treating mental health concerns ranging from mood and anxiety disorders to interpersonal difficulties and life challenges. Knowing that these problems can affect anyone and cause significant impairment in one's life, I strive to provide compassionate and comprehensive care with the goal of restoring my patients to the state of mind and level of functioning they expect. My approach is an integrative one, wherein I assess one's psychological, emotional, medical and environmental contributors to problems and address these in treatment using both psychotherapy and medication management.
As a psychiatrist with over 9 years of experience, I am adept at treating mental health concerns ranging from mood and anxiety disorders to interpersonal difficulties and life challenges. Knowing that these problems can affect anyone and cause significant impairment in one's life, I strive to provide compassionate and comprehensive care with the goal of restoring my patients to the state of mind and level of functioning they expect. My approach is an integrative one, wherein I assess one's psychological, emotional, medical and environmental contributors to problems and address these in treatment using both psychotherapy and medication management.
(940) 468-4149 View (940) 468-4149

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Number of Psychiatrists in Little Elm, TX

10+

Average cost per session

$125

Psychiatrists in Little Elm, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Psychosis
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
91% BlueCross and BlueShield
73% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Little Elm, TX see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

56% Female
44% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Little Elm?

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.