Psychiatrists in Colonial Heights City County, VA

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Jc Health Group Pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a doctoral-prepared dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I manage most mental health issues and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. I'll use a whole self-approach, in addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I am passionate about working with diverse populations and strive to create a safe space for all, regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm privileged to understand culturally conscious care, which has allowed me to help many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
I am a doctoral-prepared dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I manage most mental health issues and avoid burnout. Together, we can identify what's not working and get you back to balance. I'll use a whole self-approach, in addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit. I am passionate about working with diverse populations and strive to create a safe space for all, regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm privileged to understand culturally conscious care, which has allowed me to help many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
(804) 966-0209 View (804) 966-0209
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Victor Nwagwu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Victor is a doctorate prepared psychiatric and mental health provider who concentrates on children and adult with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Developmental problems, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Substance use disorders (Addiction Health), Bipolar disorder, Dementia, and other behavioral health issues. He has over 15 years experience in general and mental health care practice which spans across Canada and the US. He graduated from the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of South Alabama. He was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter.
Victor is a doctorate prepared psychiatric and mental health provider who concentrates on children and adult with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Developmental problems, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Substance use disorders (Addiction Health), Bipolar disorder, Dementia, and other behavioral health issues. He has over 15 years experience in general and mental health care practice which spans across Canada and the US. He graduated from the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program at the University of South Alabama. He was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Zeta Gamma Chapter.
(804) 587-8582 View (804) 587-8582
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Olivia Bonanno- Medication Management Trauma Informed
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Let me help you protect your peace. I offer trauma-informed psychiatric care to all clients. I value the combination of medication management and psychotherapy in treatment. Even if you are just looking for a new medication provider- I care about you, what you are going through and am here for support. I'm a certified perinatal mental health provider and can provide specialized treatment anywhere along your perinatal journey. I strive to create a safe and inclusive space for all, particularly the LGBTQ+ community. I look forward to working with you and helping you protect your peace! -Olivia Bonanno
Let me help you protect your peace. I offer trauma-informed psychiatric care to all clients. I value the combination of medication management and psychotherapy in treatment. Even if you are just looking for a new medication provider- I care about you, what you are going through and am here for support. I'm a certified perinatal mental health provider and can provide specialized treatment anywhere along your perinatal journey. I strive to create a safe and inclusive space for all, particularly the LGBTQ+ community. I look forward to working with you and helping you protect your peace! -Olivia Bonanno
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Online Psychiatrists

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Sound Mind Restoration and Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Chesterfield, VA 23236  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I began my medical career as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer in the US Navy after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I received a Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Commonwealth University.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I began my medical career as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer in the US Navy after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. I received a Master of Science in Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Virginia Commonwealth University.
(804) 207-8230 View (804) 207-8230
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Brent Burhite
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newport News, VA 23606
Brent Burhite is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of healthcare experience. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, and sleep disturbances and helps individuals cope with overall life stressors. He strongly believes in a holistic approach to mental health care and stresses interprofessional collaboration to meet unique client needs. He is a firm believer that medication management is only a portion of treating mental health concerns and will help clients utilize all resources available to meet their treatment objectives.
Brent Burhite is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 24 years of healthcare experience. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, and sleep disturbances and helps individuals cope with overall life stressors. He strongly believes in a holistic approach to mental health care and stresses interprofessional collaboration to meet unique client needs. He is a firm believer that medication management is only a portion of treating mental health concerns and will help clients utilize all resources available to meet their treatment objectives.
(757) 255-7459 View (757) 255-7459
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Behavioral Health Alternatives, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23220
Behavioral Health Alternatives provide mental health services across the lifespan. We enhance mental health awareness, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons living with mental illness. The organization provides psychiatric assessments, medication management, and assist individuals with resources in the community. Our vision is that the community we serve understands the coordination of behavioral healthcare, substance abuse recovery, and physical healthcare is essential to overall health.
Behavioral Health Alternatives provide mental health services across the lifespan. We enhance mental health awareness, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons living with mental illness. The organization provides psychiatric assessments, medication management, and assist individuals with resources in the community. Our vision is that the community we serve understands the coordination of behavioral healthcare, substance abuse recovery, and physical healthcare is essential to overall health.
(804) 395-7381 View (804) 395-7381
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Essence Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
Is your happiness, social life, academics, and professional life affected by ADHD, Alcohol use disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and looking into improving your quality of life through medications?
(571) 200-5234 View (571) 200-5234
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Ascension Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hopewell, VA 23860
Nkese is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, which gives her an edge and the expertise to handle complex mental health diagnosis. She has over 15 years of mental health nursing experience. She specializes in treating clients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Nkese is certified and trained to treat patients across the lifespan to include children from the age of 6 to adults up to age 99.
Nkese is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, which gives her an edge and the expertise to handle complex mental health diagnosis. She has over 15 years of mental health nursing experience. She specializes in treating clients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Nkese is certified and trained to treat patients across the lifespan to include children from the age of 6 to adults up to age 99.
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Charlottesville, VA 22903  (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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Lynn Wolf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23228  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in women’s mental health across the lifespan. I enjoy connecting with women who are struggling with mood disorders while fostering a therapeutic relationship conducive to healing. If your not living your best life, we can build a plan to get you there.
I am a Certified Nurse Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in women’s mental health across the lifespan. I enjoy connecting with women who are struggling with mood disorders while fostering a therapeutic relationship conducive to healing. If your not living your best life, we can build a plan to get you there.
(804) 465-9687 View (804) 465-9687
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Maria Flick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22192
I offer a personalized approach in my practice, considering factors that influence one’s sense of well-being. I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood lability, trauma, and interpersonal issues. I take a warm and accepting approach to strengthen and stabilize individuals through developing healthy coping, improving communication, and improving self-esteem.
I offer a personalized approach in my practice, considering factors that influence one’s sense of well-being. I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood lability, trauma, and interpersonal issues. I take a warm and accepting approach to strengthen and stabilize individuals through developing healthy coping, improving communication, and improving self-esteem.
(571) 343-4279 View (571) 343-4279
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Noah Matilsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Virginia Beach, VA 23464  (Online Only)
Mental Health Wellness Center (MHWC) is an online virtual clinic providing psychiatric and therapeutic solutions to the ever-growing demand for mental health services in our community and beyond. We understand the constraints of work-life balance and strive to provide easy access for mental health services including diagnosis, treatment planning, consultations, medication management, and counseling for a variety of mental health challenges.
Mental Health Wellness Center (MHWC) is an online virtual clinic providing psychiatric and therapeutic solutions to the ever-growing demand for mental health services in our community and beyond. We understand the constraints of work-life balance and strive to provide easy access for mental health services including diagnosis, treatment planning, consultations, medication management, and counseling for a variety of mental health challenges.
(757) 693-5773 View (757) 693-5773
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Kenatta Bethea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Kenatta Bethea is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides psychiatric treatment to individuals with various mental health disorders such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and disruptive disorders. She works diligently to provide quality and evidence-based mental health treatment for ages 22 to 60. Kenatta prides herself on being an advocate for mental health challenges and needs. She also prides herself on working well with an interdisciplinary team to provide the best care to her patients.
Kenatta Bethea is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides psychiatric treatment to individuals with various mental health disorders such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and disruptive disorders. She works diligently to provide quality and evidence-based mental health treatment for ages 22 to 60. Kenatta prides herself on being an advocate for mental health challenges and needs. She also prides herself on working well with an interdisciplinary team to provide the best care to her patients.
(571) 554-2354 View (571) 554-2354
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David Krukiel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23229
David Krukiel, PMHNP-BC is a doctorally prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from James Madison University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing before pursuing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. David has several years of healthcare experience working in various specialties, including intensive care, inpatient mental health, and nursing education. His interests include treating adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, and substance use disorders.
David Krukiel, PMHNP-BC is a doctorally prepared Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from James Madison University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing before pursuing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. David has several years of healthcare experience working in various specialties, including intensive care, inpatient mental health, and nursing education. His interests include treating adults with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, and substance use disorders.
(804) 294-4313 View (804) 294-4313
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Jewelle Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22401  (Online Only)
I believe in an interdisciplinary approach to treatment of mental illness, emphasizing the importance of combining multiple forms of therapies and partnering with my patients and their families to achieve health and wellness.
I believe in an interdisciplinary approach to treatment of mental illness, emphasizing the importance of combining multiple forms of therapies and partnering with my patients and their families to achieve health and wellness.
(540) 613-5883 View (540) 613-5883
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Sam Howard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
As a provider, I seek to walk alongside patients as we work to achieve care goals together. This process requires openness, honesty, and trust that I hope to earn over time. We arrive at a collaborative treatment plan focusing on psychotherapy, diet, exercise, mindfulness, and medication if it is necessary. This whole-person approach hopes to achieve wellness while providing the opportunity to learn skills to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
As a provider, I seek to walk alongside patients as we work to achieve care goals together. This process requires openness, honesty, and trust that I hope to earn over time. We arrive at a collaborative treatment plan focusing on psychotherapy, diet, exercise, mindfulness, and medication if it is necessary. This whole-person approach hopes to achieve wellness while providing the opportunity to learn skills to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
(434) 533-7427 View (434) 533-7427
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Binta Bojang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230  (Online Only)
The best way to contact me is via email or text 240-607-5319. I am currently accepting new patients. However, I do not accept Virginia Medicaid. I am Dr. Binta Bojang, CRNP, PMHNP, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, encompassing medical and mental health care. My specialization lies in treating both children and adults, offering comprehensive medication management for all mental health disorders. The initial appointment typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, ensuring a thorough assessment. Medication is prescribed based on client preference and need, with close monthly monitoring until stability is achieved.
The best way to contact me is via email or text 240-607-5319. I am currently accepting new patients. However, I do not accept Virginia Medicaid. I am Dr. Binta Bojang, CRNP, PMHNP, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare, encompassing medical and mental health care. My specialization lies in treating both children and adults, offering comprehensive medication management for all mental health disorders. The initial appointment typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes, ensuring a thorough assessment. Medication is prescribed based on client preference and need, with close monthly monitoring until stability is achieved.
(804) 446-6955 View (804) 446-6955
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Dr. Mee Young Sowa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Finding a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who actively listens to your concerns with empathy is crucial for navigating the complexities of managing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, and difficulties with focus and attention. For adults, this journey often involves reestablishing connections both with others and with themselves, recognizing that healing goes beyond medication alone. Adolescents face additional challenges, including bullying, academic stress, and struggles in school, highlighting the importance of support tailored to their unique needs.
Finding a compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who actively listens to your concerns with empathy is crucial for navigating the complexities of managing symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, and difficulties with focus and attention. For adults, this journey often involves reestablishing connections both with others and with themselves, recognizing that healing goes beyond medication alone. Adolescents face additional challenges, including bullying, academic stress, and struggles in school, highlighting the importance of support tailored to their unique needs.
(434) 216-0992 View (434) 216-0992
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Anyinkia Forteh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230
Anyinkia Forteh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN, MSN, PMHNP – BC) licensed in the states of Virginia and Maryland with experience in mental health. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, comprehensive, and patient-centered care. She utilizes evidenced – based treatment guidelines in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health disorders not limited to Depression, Anxiety, insomnia, Bipolar, PTSD, Psychosis, OCD, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.
Anyinkia Forteh is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN, MSN, PMHNP – BC) licensed in the states of Virginia and Maryland with experience in mental health. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, comprehensive, and patient-centered care. She utilizes evidenced – based treatment guidelines in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of mental health disorders not limited to Depression, Anxiety, insomnia, Bipolar, PTSD, Psychosis, OCD, Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and ADHD.
(804) 294-4581 View (804) 294-4581
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Sonja McFadden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, FNP-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
I AM ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS in person or virtually, with immediate openings and evening availability. I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I care for children, teens and adults experiencing anxiety, OCD, panic, depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, insomnia, grief, eating disorders, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I am Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy/Age Regression, Trauma/Inner Child Healing, Somatic Therapy and HypnoBreathwork. I have an Advanced Certification in Obesity for Weight Management. I offer personalized treatment that address the mind, body, and spirit.
I AM ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS in person or virtually, with immediate openings and evening availability. I am a Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. I care for children, teens and adults experiencing anxiety, OCD, panic, depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, insomnia, grief, eating disorders, and postpartum anxiety/depression. I am Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy/Age Regression, Trauma/Inner Child Healing, Somatic Therapy and HypnoBreathwork. I have an Advanced Certification in Obesity for Weight Management. I offer personalized treatment that address the mind, body, and spirit.
(757) 347-5437 View (757) 347-5437

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Number of Psychiatrists in Colonial Heights City County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Colonial Heights City County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Dissociative Disorders (DID)
100% Substance Use
100% Medication Management

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in Colonial Heights City County, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Colonial Heights City 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.