Psychiatrists in Provo, UT

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Jean Stanford
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604  (Online Only)
Jean is a board-certified physician assistant and has broad experience in healthcare, but has specialized in mental health treatment for the last 8 years. Before focusing in on mental health, she worked in pain management, endocrinology, nephrology, and family medicine. Prior to being a Physician Assistant, she graduated from WSU and worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units with IHC for 18 years. This expanse of knowledge and experience guides Jean's balanced and well-rounded approach to mental health care.
Jean is a board-certified physician assistant and has broad experience in healthcare, but has specialized in mental health treatment for the last 8 years. Before focusing in on mental health, she worked in pain management, endocrinology, nephrology, and family medicine. Prior to being a Physician Assistant, she graduated from WSU and worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units with IHC for 18 years. This expanse of knowledge and experience guides Jean's balanced and well-rounded approach to mental health care.
(385) 279-5729 View (385) 279-5729
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Samantha Allan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
Samantha Allan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who embodies clinical expertise while connecting with patients with warmth and empathy. She is an ethical healthcare provider with the ability to stay calm, and intervene during the most difficult tasks. She has a proven ability to build positive relationships with patients, family members, physicians, and other medical professionals. Samantha is an effective motivator, communicator, and advocate. She has an inherent ability to manage all personalities, defuse stressful situations, proactively resolve issues, and meet and achieve challenging goals and objectives.
Samantha Allan is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who embodies clinical expertise while connecting with patients with warmth and empathy. She is an ethical healthcare provider with the ability to stay calm, and intervene during the most difficult tasks. She has a proven ability to build positive relationships with patients, family members, physicians, and other medical professionals. Samantha is an effective motivator, communicator, and advocate. She has an inherent ability to manage all personalities, defuse stressful situations, proactively resolve issues, and meet and achieve challenging goals and objectives.
(801) 823-4269 View (801) 823-4269
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Strive Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
Tired of a one-size-fits-all treatment for your mental health? We are too. At Strive Psychiatry we utilize a personalized approach to outpatient psychiatry and the therapeutic treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. We are dedicated to helping families, including adults and children, obtain evidence-based mental health treatment on an individual level.
Tired of a one-size-fits-all treatment for your mental health? We are too. At Strive Psychiatry we utilize a personalized approach to outpatient psychiatry and the therapeutic treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. We are dedicated to helping families, including adults and children, obtain evidence-based mental health treatment on an individual level.
(801) 980-1905 View (801) 980-1905
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Michael Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PNHMP
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
Dr. Thomas is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He received post graduate degrees from the University of Utah with training in mental health and Psychiatry. Currently Dr. Thomas is an Adjunct Faculty member at Brigham Young University. He has also provided clinical services to a number of organizations including Utah Valley Psychiatric and Counseling Clinic, Valley Mental Health and Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Thomas also belongs to a number of professional associations related to mental health and nursing.
Dr. Thomas is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He received post graduate degrees from the University of Utah with training in mental health and Psychiatry. Currently Dr. Thomas is an Adjunct Faculty member at Brigham Young University. He has also provided clinical services to a number of organizations including Utah Valley Psychiatric and Counseling Clinic, Valley Mental Health and Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Thomas also belongs to a number of professional associations related to mental health and nursing.
(385) 279-5514 View (385) 279-5514
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
Dr. Shah is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, he specializes in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD and other psychiatric issues. A holistic provider, he combines non-pharmacologic approaches - including psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy - in addition to medication. He utilizes such therapeutic modalities in medication management appointments as well as dedicated therapy sessions. Consequently, patients benefit from well-integrated treatment that is both systematic and thorough.
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Brayden Willis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84601
Accepting NEW patients! With appointments IN-PERSON or TELE-HEALTH. Dr. Willis is a Physician Psychiatrist, dual board-certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a real advocate for his patients, and they respond well to his approach. Parents value that Dr. Willis gives adequate time to: build rapport/trust, allow for all participants' voices to be heard, resolve concerns, provide therapy when possible, establish accurate diagnoses, implement effective individualized treatment plans, & safely manage any medications. The result is that all involved feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality of care.
Accepting NEW patients! With appointments IN-PERSON or TELE-HEALTH. Dr. Willis is a Physician Psychiatrist, dual board-certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a real advocate for his patients, and they respond well to his approach. Parents value that Dr. Willis gives adequate time to: build rapport/trust, allow for all participants' voices to be heard, resolve concerns, provide therapy when possible, establish accurate diagnoses, implement effective individualized treatment plans, & safely manage any medications. The result is that all involved feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality of care.
(385) 274-1741 View (385) 274-1741
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Todd Allen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Todd is a dedicated and empathetic mental health specialist with a passion for helping individuals find balance, recovery, and happiness in their lives. He has extensive experience in the field, having started his career as a psychiatric nurse and later serving as manager of Utah Valley Hospital's inpatient psychiatry department. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and post-graduate certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. He is also an assistant professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Todd is a dedicated and empathetic mental health specialist with a passion for helping individuals find balance, recovery, and happiness in their lives. He has extensive experience in the field, having started his career as a psychiatric nurse and later serving as manager of Utah Valley Hospital's inpatient psychiatry department. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and post-graduate certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. He is also an assistant professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences.
(385) 449-3164 View (385) 449-3164
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Alex Mageno
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
I am a holistic and root-cause oriented psychiatrist, comfortable working with all ages and stages of life with additional specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry, nutritional psychiatry, and integrative psychiatry. I trained at various locations including University of California, Riverside and Stanford University and am board certified in general psychiatry. I am a medical director with Whole Mind, a psychiatric clinic in Utah. We provide state-of-the-art treatments such as Spravato and Transcranial magnetic Stimulation (TMS), as well as medication management, therapy, and coaching.
I am a holistic and root-cause oriented psychiatrist, comfortable working with all ages and stages of life with additional specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry, nutritional psychiatry, and integrative psychiatry. I trained at various locations including University of California, Riverside and Stanford University and am board certified in general psychiatry. I am a medical director with Whole Mind, a psychiatric clinic in Utah. We provide state-of-the-art treatments such as Spravato and Transcranial magnetic Stimulation (TMS), as well as medication management, therapy, and coaching.
(385) 503-3640 View (385) 503-3640
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Adam Ellis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84601  (Online Only)
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
Adam Ellis is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has earned degrees from the University of California, Irvine, The George Washington University, and most recently, a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania. He has worked with both adult and adolescent psychiatric populations since 2015, and he enjoys engaging with diverse patients who have a broad range of mental health needs. While serving 20 years as a naval officer, Adam developed strong active listening skills and a high level of consideration and respect for others.
(503) 342-2486 View (503) 342-2486
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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84601  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Utah for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Utah for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. We offer affordable rates-Initial Psychiatric Eval $199, Follow-ups are $99. Accepting some insurances.
(855) 789-3796 View (855) 789-3796
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Brayden Willis
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84601
Accepting NEW patients! With appointments IN-PERSON or TELE-HEALTH. Dr. Willis is a Physician Psychiatrist, dual board-certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a real advocate for his patients, and they respond well to his approach. Parents value that Dr. Willis gives adequate time to: build rapport/trust, allow for all participants' voices to be heard, resolve concerns, provide therapy when possible, establish accurate diagnoses, implement effective individualized treatment plans, & safely manage any medications. The result is that all involved feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality of care.
Accepting NEW patients! With appointments IN-PERSON or TELE-HEALTH. Dr. Willis is a Physician Psychiatrist, dual board-certified in general and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is a real advocate for his patients, and they respond well to his approach. Parents value that Dr. Willis gives adequate time to: build rapport/trust, allow for all participants' voices to be heard, resolve concerns, provide therapy when possible, establish accurate diagnoses, implement effective individualized treatment plans, & safely manage any medications. The result is that all involved feel confident that they are receiving the highest quality of care.
(816) 323-6124 View (816) 323-6124
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White Sage Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
Not accepting new clients
My name is Catherine Collins. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad range of training and experience. I have treated adolescent and adult patients in multiple practice settings including hospitals, inpatient medical detox and outpatient medication management. Acknowledging the strong connection between mind, body and spirit, I focus on providing evidence-based care that nurtures wholeness and healing.
My name is Catherine Collins. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a broad range of training and experience. I have treated adolescent and adult patients in multiple practice settings including hospitals, inpatient medical detox and outpatient medication management. Acknowledging the strong connection between mind, body and spirit, I focus on providing evidence-based care that nurtures wholeness and healing.
(385) 323-8559 View (385) 323-8559
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Samuel Everett
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPH
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
Samuel currently provides care through Numinus Wellness Utah at the Murray location! Sam graduated Cum Lade from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science Exercise Science degree, and a Master in Public Health degree. Samuel received a Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies degree from the Pacific University College of Health Professions in Hillsboro Oregon. Samuel currently provides care at Numinus Wellness Utah at the Murray location!
Samuel currently provides care through Numinus Wellness Utah at the Murray location! Sam graduated Cum Lade from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science Exercise Science degree, and a Master in Public Health degree. Samuel received a Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies degree from the Pacific University College of Health Professions in Hillsboro Oregon. Samuel currently provides care at Numinus Wellness Utah at the Murray location!
(385) 323-8468 View (385) 323-8468
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Reid Robison
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84601  (Online Only)
I work with individuals & families of all ages, across all mental health conditions. Here are a few of the services I offer: Ketamine therapy & Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression & OCD, ADHD testing, Autism evals, Pharmacogenetics, and Clinical Trials (MDD, BPD, PTSD).
I work with individuals & families of all ages, across all mental health conditions. Here are a few of the services I offer: Ketamine therapy & Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Depression & OCD, ADHD testing, Autism evals, Pharmacogenetics, and Clinical Trials (MDD, BPD, PTSD).
(801) 515-4367 View (801) 515-4367
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Derick Moody
Physician Assistant, PA-C, CAQ
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84604
Throughout his career, Derick has been exposed to a wide variety of mental illness and is passionate about providing care to his patients. He implements a holistic approach to psychiatric health that includes exercise programs, mindfulness and meditation, social relationship improvement, and nutrition and sleep regimes. Derick is dedicated to educating others on mental illnesses and remedies. He continually strives to build upon his advanced knowledge of mental health by ensuring that he is apprised of the latest treatments and remedies that are available.
Throughout his career, Derick has been exposed to a wide variety of mental illness and is passionate about providing care to his patients. He implements a holistic approach to psychiatric health that includes exercise programs, mindfulness and meditation, social relationship improvement, and nutrition and sleep regimes. Derick is dedicated to educating others on mental illnesses and remedies. He continually strives to build upon his advanced knowledge of mental health by ensuring that he is apprised of the latest treatments and remedies that are available.
(801) 704-7572 View (801) 704-7572
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Alyssa Anne Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC, APRN
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84601
Alyssa is skilled in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, as well as individual, group, and family therapy. Her expertise is in child and adolescent psychiatry, but she has training across the lifespan. Alyssa enjoys an integrative approach and doesn’t believe that “one size fits all.” She is aware of social, economic, family, biological, behavioral, and community factors that play into treating each individual. Many modalities are available in treatment of psychiatric disorders and she is committed to finding the best combination for her patients and families.
Alyssa is skilled in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, as well as individual, group, and family therapy. Her expertise is in child and adolescent psychiatry, but she has training across the lifespan. Alyssa enjoys an integrative approach and doesn’t believe that “one size fits all.” She is aware of social, economic, family, biological, behavioral, and community factors that play into treating each individual. Many modalities are available in treatment of psychiatric disorders and she is committed to finding the best combination for her patients and families.
(801) 876-5708 View (801) 876-5708
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Erika Bales
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Provo, UT 84602  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed? Taking the first step towards healing can be daunting, but you're not alone on this journey. I am here to help guide you towards a more fulfilling life with symptom relief. I believe in fostering a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust and respect. Together, we will create an effective treatment plan tailored to you. I combine evidence-based techniques with a holistic approach, taking into account your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. My goal is to support you in restoring and maintaining a healthier state of mind.
(385) 327-8023 View (385) 327-8023
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Dr. Britney Palombo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Provo, UT 84601
Dr. Palombo is skilled in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, as well as individual, family, and group psychotherapy. She uses a collaborative approach to treatment, exploring the psychological, biological, behavioral, and social factors contributing to each individuals circumstance. She specializes in children and adolescents but has been managing outpatient psychiatric care for all ages as well as providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation since 2017. She has had extensive training in TMS and utilizes cutting edge evidence-based research to provide not only effective but personalized treatment options.
Dr. Palombo is skilled in comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, as well as individual, family, and group psychotherapy. She uses a collaborative approach to treatment, exploring the psychological, biological, behavioral, and social factors contributing to each individuals circumstance. She specializes in children and adolescents but has been managing outpatient psychiatric care for all ages as well as providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation since 2017. She has had extensive training in TMS and utilizes cutting edge evidence-based research to provide not only effective but personalized treatment options.
(801) 905-8428 View (801) 905-8428
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Andrew Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Provo, UT 84602  (Online Only)
Know that you are not alone and that healing is possible for you. Any mental anguish you experience in connection with growing up; encountering bullying, tragedy, or violence; losing someone or something dear to you; or facing overwhelming circumstances does not define who you are. You are so much more than your depression, your anxiety, your loss, or what happened to you. My treatment philosophy incorporates the Swedish principle of LAGOM: "Not too little, not too much; just right. Being in perfect balance.” Together, we’ll tailor a personalized treatment plan that capitalizes on your strengths and moves you toward your best life.
Know that you are not alone and that healing is possible for you. Any mental anguish you experience in connection with growing up; encountering bullying, tragedy, or violence; losing someone or something dear to you; or facing overwhelming circumstances does not define who you are. You are so much more than your depression, your anxiety, your loss, or what happened to you. My treatment philosophy incorporates the Swedish principle of LAGOM: "Not too little, not too much; just right. Being in perfect balance.” Together, we’ll tailor a personalized treatment plan that capitalizes on your strengths and moves you toward your best life.
(385) 481-5342 View (385) 481-5342

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Provo, UT

20+

Average cost per session

$137

Psychiatrists in Provo, UT who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
74% Medication Management
70% Bipolar Disorder
61% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Provo, UT see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Provo?

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.