Psychiatrists in Fredericksburg, VA

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Kimberly Ann Bailey Dexter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
I offer patient-centered care and that means a collaborative effort of decision making is performed to provide the treatment services you want or need to ensure recovery or optimal functioning. I provide quality treatment that leads to recovery, personal development, and helps you to achieve your treatment goals for success and optimal functioning for daily living. I have over 10 years of psychiatric experience in both outpatient and inpatient treatment in crisis stabilization, substance use services.
I offer patient-centered care and that means a collaborative effort of decision making is performed to provide the treatment services you want or need to ensure recovery or optimal functioning. I provide quality treatment that leads to recovery, personal development, and helps you to achieve your treatment goals for success and optimal functioning for daily living. I have over 10 years of psychiatric experience in both outpatient and inpatient treatment in crisis stabilization, substance use services.
(540) 889-0943 View (540) 889-0943
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Sublimity Care, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DrHA, MSN, AAPRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Ingrid Maria Suazo, DrHA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 25 years.
Ingrid Maria Suazo, DrHA, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 25 years.
(540) 258-4038 View (540) 258-4038
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Dr. Mee Young Sowa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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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Holistic Wellness Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with training and experience as an APRN and PMHNP- C in nursing. I have managed geriatric, adult, children, and Individual with disability patients with psychiatric disorders for the past eight years. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and am enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice. With 20 years of experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge in my field of study and expertise. In addition, my experience has allowed me to support patients' mental health needs.
Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with training and experience as an APRN and PMHNP- C in nursing. I have managed geriatric, adult, children, and Individual with disability patients with psychiatric disorders for the past eight years. I earned my Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and am enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice. With 20 years of experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge in my field of study and expertise. In addition, my experience has allowed me to support patients' mental health needs.
(540) 202-2178 View (540) 202-2178
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Redbud Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
Are you accumulating more and more diagnoses and medication, but not getting better? Are you tired of feeling like you are just throwing medications against a wall and seeing what sticks? Are you not making progress despite doing 'the right things'? Together we will systematically assess where you're at, what is working, what is not, and create a plan to get started on the path to feeling better. I am focused on helping people struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder recover.
(540) 501-5268 View (540) 501-5268
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Renewing Harmony
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Are you struggling with finding motivation to be successful? Do you feel constantly overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed? Do you desire to find more happiness and fulfillment in your life? We can help you conquer these things!
Are you struggling with finding motivation to be successful? Do you feel constantly overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed? Do you desire to find more happiness and fulfillment in your life? We can help you conquer these things!
(540) 413-0782 View (540) 413-0782
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Terry Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, BSN
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22405  (Online Only)
Mental health treatment can be overwhelming and scary, congratulations on taking the first step! I am a compassionate and empathetic provider who understands the importance of building long term trusting relationships with patients, to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns, and work together towards achieving their goals. I will take the time to listen to each individual's unique needs, and to develop comprehensive treatment plans.
Mental health treatment can be overwhelming and scary, congratulations on taking the first step! I am a compassionate and empathetic provider who understands the importance of building long term trusting relationships with patients, to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns, and work together towards achieving their goals. I will take the time to listen to each individual's unique needs, and to develop comprehensive treatment plans.
(804) 315-0483 View (804) 315-0483
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CapeSide Psychiatry & CapeSide Addiction Care
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22407  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Capeside Psychiatry is committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. We provide evaluations, psychological assessments, therapy, and medication management for a range of psychological and behavioral health disorders. Capeside Addiction Care is committed to reducing opioid dependence. Our telehealth services and customized treatment plans allow patients to go through recovery anonymously, keeping their everyday lives intact. Our patients hold the power of their recovery when given the opportunity to get the help they truly need.
Capeside Psychiatry is committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. We provide evaluations, psychological assessments, therapy, and medication management for a range of psychological and behavioral health disorders. Capeside Addiction Care is committed to reducing opioid dependence. Our telehealth services and customized treatment plans allow patients to go through recovery anonymously, keeping their everyday lives intact. Our patients hold the power of their recovery when given the opportunity to get the help they truly need.
(910) 537-5143 View (910) 537-5143
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Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in psychopharmacology, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for my patients. Through telehealth sessions, I offer a confidential space where individuals can freely express their struggles and concerns related to their mental health. I prioritize privacy and peace of mind for my patients, ensuring that they feel heard, understood, and valued throughout our interactions. My goal is to empower individuals to navigate their mental health journey with confidence and compassion, guiding them towards holistic well-being and improved quality of life.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in psychopharmacology, I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for my patients. Through telehealth sessions, I offer a confidential space where individuals can freely express their struggles and concerns related to their mental health. I prioritize privacy and peace of mind for my patients, ensuring that they feel heard, understood, and valued throughout our interactions. My goal is to empower individuals to navigate their mental health journey with confidence and compassion, guiding them towards holistic well-being and improved quality of life.
(703) 912-0479 View (703) 912-0479
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Ali Altahir
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
A child and adolescent psychiatrist, conducts full psychiatric evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults. Experienced in the treatment of a variety of clinical concerns, including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis. After adult psychiatry training in Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Altahir completed his fellowship studies at Penn state University in 2005.
A child and adolescent psychiatrist, conducts full psychiatric evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults. Experienced in the treatment of a variety of clinical concerns, including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, and psychosis. After adult psychiatry training in Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Altahir completed his fellowship studies at Penn state University in 2005.
(703) 879-1542 View (703) 879-1542
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22403  (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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Collette Fanyi Ngante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
My name is Collette Ngante, I am a psychiatric and mental health Nurse Practitioner. I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). I also have a Masters in Public Health and two Bachelors Degrees in nursing and sociology & anthropology. Working with sociology and anthropology along with my experience in mental health combine in creating a personalized safe space for all clients who may need my help. We Provide an individualistic approach of care with dignity and respect. We also extend our services to Group homes, Foster Care Homes, Assisted Living facilities and other Long-term care facilities .
My name is Collette Ngante, I am a psychiatric and mental health Nurse Practitioner. I have a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). I also have a Masters in Public Health and two Bachelors Degrees in nursing and sociology & anthropology. Working with sociology and anthropology along with my experience in mental health combine in creating a personalized safe space for all clients who may need my help. We Provide an individualistic approach of care with dignity and respect. We also extend our services to Group homes, Foster Care Homes, Assisted Living facilities and other Long-term care facilities .
(540) 779-1648 View (540) 779-1648
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Leigh Carter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Leigh is a dedicated and highly accomplished professional with an extensive background spanning eleven years across diverse healthcare settings, including emergency, procedural, and psychiatric care. Originally hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, Leigh's journey began in the Marine Corps immediately after high school. Over the course of six years, he not only traveled across multiple continents but also achieved meritorious promotions and gained invaluable combat experience, demonstrating unwavering dedication and exemplary leadership qualities.
Leigh is a dedicated and highly accomplished professional with an extensive background spanning eleven years across diverse healthcare settings, including emergency, procedural, and psychiatric care. Originally hailing from Roanoke, Virginia, Leigh's journey began in the Marine Corps immediately after high school. Over the course of six years, he not only traveled across multiple continents but also achieved meritorious promotions and gained invaluable combat experience, demonstrating unwavering dedication and exemplary leadership qualities.
(804) 552-3873 View (804) 552-3873
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Patricia Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22403  (Online Only)
My ideal client is the client who is coming to me ready to get to work to optimize their mental health. Everyone has health and everyone has mental health, therefore we can all experience mental illness. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns, my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, focused on client input as well as input from other members of the client’s care team.
My ideal client is the client who is coming to me ready to get to work to optimize their mental health. Everyone has health and everyone has mental health, therefore we can all experience mental illness. Whether you are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns, my goal will be to help you understand your diagnosis and investigate the most effective means to help you reach wellness. My approach is highly collaborative, focused on client input as well as input from other members of the client’s care team.
(505) 421-4435 View (505) 421-4435
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Gifty Awenanya
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22403
Gifty Awenanya is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of experience offering comprehensive patient care in the medical-surgical unit, long-term care, and behavioral health environments. Gifty works well with diverse patient populations and fosters trusting relationships to improve outcomes, provide a safe and supportive environment for patients, utilizing evidence-based interventions to promote healing and recovery.
Gifty Awenanya is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is a compassionate Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of experience offering comprehensive patient care in the medical-surgical unit, long-term care, and behavioral health environments. Gifty works well with diverse patient populations and fosters trusting relationships to improve outcomes, provide a safe and supportive environment for patients, utilizing evidence-based interventions to promote healing and recovery.
(540) 405-8765 View (540) 405-8765
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Ching Hon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22403  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Finding the right provider and entrusting your health in someone else’s hands can be a daunting task. So, let us take a moment to applaud your strength while you look for a provider who fits your needs! If you've been having low energy or motivation to get out of bed to get your daily tasks completed or feeling overwhelmed to even get anything started, I'm here to help! Psychiatric illnesses presents in many different ways. If you're not feeling like your best self, we can figure it out together!
Finding the right provider and entrusting your health in someone else’s hands can be a daunting task. So, let us take a moment to applaud your strength while you look for a provider who fits your needs! If you've been having low energy or motivation to get out of bed to get your daily tasks completed or feeling overwhelmed to even get anything started, I'm here to help! Psychiatric illnesses presents in many different ways. If you're not feeling like your best self, we can figure it out together!
(540) 845-6940 x1 View (540) 845-6940 x1
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Ruby Anumah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my focus is on providing comprehensive and holistic care to individuals and families. My unique skill set allows me to address both physical and mental health concerns, providing a well-rounded approach to treatment. I am trained to perform physical exams, make diagnoses, and develop treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including mental health disorders. I also have expertise in medication management, and can prescribe and monitor psychiatric medications as part of a treatment plan.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), my focus is on providing comprehensive and holistic care to individuals and families. My unique skill set allows me to address both physical and mental health concerns, providing a well-rounded approach to treatment. I am trained to perform physical exams, make diagnoses, and develop treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including mental health disorders. I also have expertise in medication management, and can prescribe and monitor psychiatric medications as part of a treatment plan.
(571) 701-2695 View (571) 701-2695
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22407  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(757) 654-5093 View (757) 654-5093
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fredericksburg, VA 22405  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
(703) 775-4077 View (703) 775-4077
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Brittany Chandler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fredericksburg, VA 22405  (Online Only)
~ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - TELE-HEALTH ONLY~ ~SELF-PAY WELCOME~ My ideal client is YOU! Trouble sleeping, depression, mood lability, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, trouble concentrating, suicidal, homicidal, grief, drug use, and so many other things each and everyone may experience at some point in their life. However, if these things are not allowing you to live your best life I am here to assist. No one should have to go through these events alone or feel isolated from others. I am here to serve you and provide all resources available to assist with the above symptoms.
~ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - TELE-HEALTH ONLY~ ~SELF-PAY WELCOME~ My ideal client is YOU! Trouble sleeping, depression, mood lability, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, trouble concentrating, suicidal, homicidal, grief, drug use, and so many other things each and everyone may experience at some point in their life. However, if these things are not allowing you to live your best life I am here to assist. No one should have to go through these events alone or feel isolated from others. I am here to serve you and provide all resources available to assist with the above symptoms.
(804) 409-7965 View (804) 409-7965

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Fredericksburg, VA

30+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Fredericksburg, VA who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
88% Bipolar Disorder
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Medication Management
74% ADHD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% Cigna and Evernorth
86% Aetna
79% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Fredericksburg, VA see their clients

62% In Person and Online
38% Online Only

Gender breakdown

87% Female
13% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fredericksburg?

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.