Psychiatrists in Culpeper County, VA

Photo of Kayla Potter, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Culpeper County, VA
Kayla Potter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Culpeper, VA 22701
Not accepting new clients
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.
(804) 315-2996 View (804) 315-2996
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Katarina (Kat) Mijic-Barisic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Culpeper, VA 22701
Hi! I’m Kat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a happier, more fulfilling life through medication management and supportive therapy. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and resilience. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to understanding each individual's unique journey, and my mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Hi! I’m Kat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a happier, more fulfilling life through medication management and supportive therapy. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and resilience. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to understanding each individual's unique journey, and my mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
(540) 418-3867 View (540) 418-3867
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Peggy Doyle, Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH, CNS, BC
Verified Verified
Culpeper, VA 22701
During the 50+ years I have been serving the community as a nurse and mental health therapist I have learned that you who come to me for help have your own answers locked inside. My work is to share my skills and experience to help you unravel your confusion and ease your emotional pain. Couples with relationship issues learn to listen. Individuals learn to deal with loss and grief. Anxiety dissipates with insight and learned skills. Children and Adolescents improve self esteem and confidence. Changing the way you look at your world will change the way you feel and act.
During the 50+ years I have been serving the community as a nurse and mental health therapist I have learned that you who come to me for help have your own answers locked inside. My work is to share my skills and experience to help you unravel your confusion and ease your emotional pain. Couples with relationship issues learn to listen. Individuals learn to deal with loss and grief. Anxiety dissipates with insight and learned skills. Children and Adolescents improve self esteem and confidence. Changing the way you look at your world will change the way you feel and act.
(540) 736-8887 View (540) 736-8887
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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Culpeper, VA 22701  (Online Only)
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
Adam is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues. He has more than 25 years of experience in mental health, as a psychotherapist with a Cognitive Behavioral approach and as a nurse practitioner. He has helped people from all walks of life, all sorts of life experiences, from the coasts of Washington State to hills of Tennessee and Virginia; urban and rural. He believes our pasts do not dictate our futures; and through a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, we are all capable of change and creating a better life.
(571) 200-4158 View (571) 200-4158
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Kristopher Inman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Culpeper, VA 22701
My patients' goals are diverse and each person carries with them different needs and skills. I routinely treat patients coping with a range of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Autism, PTSD, and other related concerns, and currently provide psychiatric assessment, medication management, and counseling services.
My patients' goals are diverse and each person carries with them different needs and skills. I routinely treat patients coping with a range of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Autism, PTSD, and other related concerns, and currently provide psychiatric assessment, medication management, and counseling services.
(540) 329-3665 View (540) 329-3665
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Dr. K. Pierre Eklou
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Culpeper, VA 22701  (Online Only)
Nice to meet you! My dedication to mental health stems from a deeply rooted belief in the power of empathy and understanding. As a psychiatric provider, I strive to create a safe space where clients can explore their emotions, experiences, and challenges openly. Believing in the uniqueness of each person's healing journey, I hope to support anyone seeking understanding and guidance in navigating life's mental health challenges - anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosis, substance use, or other concerns - in finding a path toward healing, resilience, and a renewed sense of self. I value trust and mutual respect in my approach to care.
Nice to meet you! My dedication to mental health stems from a deeply rooted belief in the power of empathy and understanding. As a psychiatric provider, I strive to create a safe space where clients can explore their emotions, experiences, and challenges openly. Believing in the uniqueness of each person's healing journey, I hope to support anyone seeking understanding and guidance in navigating life's mental health challenges - anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosis, substance use, or other concerns - in finding a path toward healing, resilience, and a renewed sense of self. I value trust and mutual respect in my approach to care.
(571) 496-9403 View (571) 496-9403
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Dr. Mee Young Sowa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Culpeper, VA 22701
Finding a caring Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who listens to you with empathy, is an essential step in your journey towards managing your symptoms like anxiety, depression, mood swings and lack of focus and attention. Adults lose connection with others and even themselves. Adolescents have to deal with bullying, academic stress and struggling at school. Medication alone cannot heal your wounds; you are wounded because you are not fully accepted in your relationship with others, or you lose connection with yourself. Let's use the best evidence-based pharmacological treatment while addressing existential distress.
Finding a caring Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who listens to you with empathy, is an essential step in your journey towards managing your symptoms like anxiety, depression, mood swings and lack of focus and attention. Adults lose connection with others and even themselves. Adolescents have to deal with bullying, academic stress and struggling at school. Medication alone cannot heal your wounds; you are wounded because you are not fully accepted in your relationship with others, or you lose connection with yourself. Let's use the best evidence-based pharmacological treatment while addressing existential distress.
(434) 216-0992 View (434) 216-0992
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Dr. Devin N. Bailey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Culpeper, VA 22701  (Online Only)
I find that it is of high importance to identify the root cause or foundation of illness and disease as a means of successfully treating and/or healing disease! Unfortunately, medicine as practiced today is rushed and therefore, no longer prevents or effectively treats disease. Thankfully, I believe it is my privilege to be involved in helping people truly experience health, or wholeness, which is always a result of a healthy mind, body, and more importantly, spirit! My ideal client has audacious faith to know that things can, will, and always change for the better when you fight for and persist in it!
I find that it is of high importance to identify the root cause or foundation of illness and disease as a means of successfully treating and/or healing disease! Unfortunately, medicine as practiced today is rushed and therefore, no longer prevents or effectively treats disease. Thankfully, I believe it is my privilege to be involved in helping people truly experience health, or wholeness, which is always a result of a healthy mind, body, and more importantly, spirit! My ideal client has audacious faith to know that things can, will, and always change for the better when you fight for and persist in it!
(757) 908-6303 View (757) 908-6303
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Sophia Gizaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Culpeper, VA 22701
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer medication management and supportive therapy for people with conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, Panic disorder, PTSD, Borderline Personality disorder, Autism, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, etcetera. With more than ten years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and mental health services, I am solution-oriented and culturally sensitive. I treat my patients with empathy, compassion, and respect.
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer medication management and supportive therapy for people with conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, Panic disorder, PTSD, Borderline Personality disorder, Autism, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, etcetera. With more than ten years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and mental health services, I am solution-oriented and culturally sensitive. I treat my patients with empathy, compassion, and respect.
(571) 556-9335 View (571) 556-9335

Online Psychiatrists

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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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Jack Seed
Psychiatrist, MD
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am currently accepting new patients for telehealth appointments only. I am a board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults. I have expertise in working with a variety of mental health conditions: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia and others. Although I work primarily to evaluate and treat with medication as needed, I have deep respect for the benefits of psychotherapy. I trained mostly at St. Louis University and had expert teaching in providing high quality medication management and psychotherapy.
I am currently accepting new patients for telehealth appointments only. I am a board-certified psychiatrist who works with adults. I have expertise in working with a variety of mental health conditions: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia and others. Although I work primarily to evaluate and treat with medication as needed, I have deep respect for the benefits of psychotherapy. I trained mostly at St. Louis University and had expert teaching in providing high quality medication management and psychotherapy.
(571) 620-6362 View (571) 620-6362
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Molly Yazman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about working with young people who are discovering where they exist in this world, struggling with new or existing mental illness, or questioning their identity. I feel that this population is unique and requires someone who is willing to see the whole picture and to educate, listen, and empathize with them and their experiences.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about working with young people who are discovering where they exist in this world, struggling with new or existing mental illness, or questioning their identity. I feel that this population is unique and requires someone who is willing to see the whole picture and to educate, listen, and empathize with them and their experiences.
(434) 442-2689 x303 View (434) 442-2689 x303
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Georgina Coca
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alexandria, VA 22314
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I treat people struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, and Borderline personality disorder. With over eight years of experience in outpatient and in-patient psychiatric and Mental Health services, I am solution oriented. My approach embodies my core values of humility, respect, honesty, reliability, motivation, and consistency. I treat my clients with utmost care, active listening, and education. I start medication with the lowest dose for tolerability and adjust as needed.
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I treat people struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, and Borderline personality disorder. With over eight years of experience in outpatient and in-patient psychiatric and Mental Health services, I am solution oriented. My approach embodies my core values of humility, respect, honesty, reliability, motivation, and consistency. I treat my clients with utmost care, active listening, and education. I start medication with the lowest dose for tolerability and adjust as needed.
(571) 450-9127 View (571) 450-9127
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Covenant Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191  (Online Only)
Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. She has 8years of experience in psychiatry. Catherine attended Walden University where she completed her bachelors and masters degree in nursing. Through her many years of experience, she has been able to partner with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients seeking help with diverse psychiatric problems. Catherine facilitate significant improvement in client’s presenting symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation
Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. She has 8years of experience in psychiatry. Catherine attended Walden University where she completed her bachelors and masters degree in nursing. Through her many years of experience, she has been able to partner with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients seeking help with diverse psychiatric problems. Catherine facilitate significant improvement in client’s presenting symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation
(571) 901-1302 View (571) 901-1302
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Adnan M Durrani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lorton, VA 22079
I treat a wide array of psychiatric disorders including (but not only) Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Use Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders and Sleep Disorders. I strive to treat all my patients with kindness, empathy and the patience that they deserve. Please use the link to my website on my profile to schedule an appointment. Available Tuesdays and Fridays! https://drdurranipsychiatry.com/
I treat a wide array of psychiatric disorders including (but not only) Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Substance Use Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders and Sleep Disorders. I strive to treat all my patients with kindness, empathy and the patience that they deserve. Please use the link to my website on my profile to schedule an appointment. Available Tuesdays and Fridays! https://drdurranipsychiatry.com/
(703) 658-8467 View (703) 658-8467
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Lovette Okoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Richmond, VA 23230  (Online Only)
Taking new clients within 48 hours ! We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals so that you may begin the healing process and find your true self again.
Taking new clients within 48 hours ! We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals so that you may begin the healing process and find your true self again.
(804) 889-2190 View (804) 889-2190
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Dana Mohl- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Manassas, VA 20110  (Online Only)
Welcome! I have worked in Healthcare for over 17 years with extensive experience caring for patients. During my training, I received the Outstanding Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Award. I am board-certified in Family Practice and Psychiatry and have completed training in Integrative Psychiatry. I understand that true healing begins with a shift from focusing solely on mental illness to embracing mental wellness and, ultimately, achieving mental wholeness. My commitment is to use an integrative approach to guide you through a journey towards improved well-being, using a kind and compassionate approach.
Welcome! I have worked in Healthcare for over 17 years with extensive experience caring for patients. During my training, I received the Outstanding Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Award. I am board-certified in Family Practice and Psychiatry and have completed training in Integrative Psychiatry. I understand that true healing begins with a shift from focusing solely on mental illness to embracing mental wellness and, ultimately, achieving mental wholeness. My commitment is to use an integrative approach to guide you through a journey towards improved well-being, using a kind and compassionate approach.
(571) 901-1333 View (571) 901-1333
Photo of Marcia Friend, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Culpeper County, VA
Marcia Friend
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Alexandria, VA 22314
Over the last two decades, Marcia has serviced a multitude of health care environments as a registered nurse in administrative and clinical roles. When caring for clients as a registered nurse, Marcia recognized a common theme that correlates frame of mind with physical health and overall wellness. With this awareness, she pursued and attained board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Across the Lifespan. She embraces the notion that at the core of each human is a distinct need to thrive in a steady state of wellness in mind, body, and soul.
Over the last two decades, Marcia has serviced a multitude of health care environments as a registered nurse in administrative and clinical roles. When caring for clients as a registered nurse, Marcia recognized a common theme that correlates frame of mind with physical health and overall wellness. With this awareness, she pursued and attained board certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Across the Lifespan. She embraces the notion that at the core of each human is a distinct need to thrive in a steady state of wellness in mind, body, and soul.
(703) 457-1602 View (703) 457-1602
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Heidi Nealey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfax, VA 22030
I am currently accepting new clients with immediate availability. I am a Board Certified Mental Health NP. I have been in the nursing field for over 30 years and bring a wide range of experiences from various treatment settings into my practice. One of my distinctive qualities is my ability to craft comprehensive treatment plans in collaboration with my patients. Through my approach, individuals under my care receive highly personalized attention and support, ultimately establishing the groundwork for their mental well-being.
I am currently accepting new clients with immediate availability. I am a Board Certified Mental Health NP. I have been in the nursing field for over 30 years and bring a wide range of experiences from various treatment settings into my practice. One of my distinctive qualities is my ability to craft comprehensive treatment plans in collaboration with my patients. Through my approach, individuals under my care receive highly personalized attention and support, ultimately establishing the groundwork for their mental well-being.
(571) 536-2256 View (571) 536-2256
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Halima Al-Qawasmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182
I attended West Virginia University School of Medicine for both medical school and my residency training in Psychiatry. I am passionate about improving the lives of patients with mental illness through a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy interventions. I practice Psychiatry using an integrative approach that includes coordination with other doctors, attempting to strengthen social supports, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
I attended West Virginia University School of Medicine for both medical school and my residency training in Psychiatry. I am passionate about improving the lives of patients with mental illness through a combination of medication management and brief psychotherapy interventions. I practice Psychiatry using an integrative approach that includes coordination with other doctors, attempting to strengthen social supports, and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
(703) 686-8700 View (703) 686-8700

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Number of Psychiatrists in Culpeper County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Culpeper County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
89% ADHD
89% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Psychosis
78% Medication Management

Average years in practice

4 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Culpeper County, VA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Culpeper 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.