Psychiatrists in Martinsville City County, VA

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Cheryl R Zupancic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, APRN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Martinsville, VA 24112  (Online Only)
Cheryl Zupancic is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, licensed to practice in both Virginia and Maryland. With nearly two decades of specialized healthcare experience, she brings unique and enriching skills to her mental health clinical practice, facilitating her ability to serve her clients with compassionate, and effective care. Propelled by her commitment to assist clients on their unique journeys to mental health recovery and wellness, Cheryl is excited to serve a diverse client base at Epic Health Partners LLC and to meet them where they are.
Cheryl Zupancic is a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, licensed to practice in both Virginia and Maryland. With nearly two decades of specialized healthcare experience, she brings unique and enriching skills to her mental health clinical practice, facilitating her ability to serve her clients with compassionate, and effective care. Propelled by her commitment to assist clients on their unique journeys to mental health recovery and wellness, Cheryl is excited to serve a diverse client base at Epic Health Partners LLC and to meet them where they are.
(434) 278-7963 View (434) 278-7963
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Evanna Burkett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Martinsville, VA 24112  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
When providing care to the psychiatric population it is my duty and responsibility to practice with a non-judgmental approach and meet individuals where they are. The associated stigma, misconceptions, and need for mental health providers serves as a driving force to address the associated stigma, assumptions, and negative associations. I am hopeful that we can overcome this stigma by placing emphasis on your individual goals as it relates to your well-being through effective communication by providing a provider-client relationship where rapport is established and built upon.
When providing care to the psychiatric population it is my duty and responsibility to practice with a non-judgmental approach and meet individuals where they are. The associated stigma, misconceptions, and need for mental health providers serves as a driving force to address the associated stigma, assumptions, and negative associations. I am hopeful that we can overcome this stigma by placing emphasis on your individual goals as it relates to your well-being through effective communication by providing a provider-client relationship where rapport is established and built upon.
(336) 439-8408 View (336) 439-8408

Online Psychiatrists

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Easy-Access Behavioral & Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Covington, VA 24426  (Online Only)
Building effective therapeutic relationship with our patient's is the bedrock of our practice. Our passion for treatment of all forms is centered on individualize treatment model where the client's need is our priority. We inculcate culture diversity, evidence-based model of treatment and the prioritization of patient's concerns and needs. New Client's and established clients are all given the trustworthy care to the best of our ability.
Building effective therapeutic relationship with our patient's is the bedrock of our practice. Our passion for treatment of all forms is centered on individualize treatment model where the client's need is our priority. We inculcate culture diversity, evidence-based model of treatment and the prioritization of patient's concerns and needs. New Client's and established clients are all given the trustworthy care to the best of our ability.
(540) 358-8746 View (540) 358-8746
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Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roanoke, VA 24018  (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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Adam Horn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Roanoke, VA 24012  (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) 536-6295 View (571) 536-6295
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Blacksburg, VA 24060  (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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Center for Care and Resiliency, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, FAPA
Verified Verified
Roanoke, VA 24018
Types of Services Offered: Psychiatric Diagnostic, Assessment Psychiatric Medication Management, Ketamine treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Marriage and family counseling, Group Counseling, Guidance and career counseling, Mental health counseling, Substance abuse counseling, Educational Counseling, Parenting Counseling, Infectious Disease counseling, Eating disorder counseling, Grief counseling, and Trauma counseling
Types of Services Offered: Psychiatric Diagnostic, Assessment Psychiatric Medication Management, Ketamine treatment, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Marriage and family counseling, Group Counseling, Guidance and career counseling, Mental health counseling, Substance abuse counseling, Educational Counseling, Parenting Counseling, Infectious Disease counseling, Eating disorder counseling, Grief counseling, and Trauma counseling
(540) 384-4630 View (540) 384-4630
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Arlene Quijano
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24503  (Online Only)
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
I'm Arlene, a board-certified Physician Assistant and Clinical Temperament Counselor. My expertise includes Behavioral Health Counseling and Primary/Acute Care. I hold a national Surgical Assistant Certification with specialized training in Neurosurgery, Plastics/Reconstruction, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. Additionally, I offer services in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Blood-Type Specific Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Nutrition Counseling, Temperament Career Counseling, as well as addressing anxiety and depression. I'm passionate about my healthcare profession and have had the privilege serving patients for nearly two decades.
(804) 206-5986 View (804) 206-5986
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Megan Zamora
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Halifax, VA 24558  (Online Only)
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME. WEEKEND AVAILABILITY. Whether depression and anxiety are long-term struggles or you are experiencing your first event, or you suffer from psychosis or a personality disorder I am here to manage your medications and provide brief psychotherapy. I understand the struggle of making it through the day when you are having trouble concentrating, connecting with others or just feeling a complete lack of motivation to interact fully with the world around you. Possibly you turn to unhealthy coping skills and maybe you feel you’ve tried it all. I am here to help you live a happier, healthier life.
NEW PATIENTS WELCOME. WEEKEND AVAILABILITY. Whether depression and anxiety are long-term struggles or you are experiencing your first event, or you suffer from psychosis or a personality disorder I am here to manage your medications and provide brief psychotherapy. I understand the struggle of making it through the day when you are having trouble concentrating, connecting with others or just feeling a complete lack of motivation to interact fully with the world around you. Possibly you turn to unhealthy coping skills and maybe you feel you’ve tried it all. I am here to help you live a happier, healthier life.
(434) 885-1257 View (434) 885-1257
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Gifty Pampuru
Psychiatric Nurse, LPC
Verified Verified
Salem, VA 24153
Life is full of challenges, some easy and some tough! We are equipped with some skillsets to handle them. At times the going can get tricky, and this is where my professional experience can help bridge the gap. I am an RN and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Possessing a mental health nursing background and counseling has equipped me to understand the psychosocial aspect and the medical challenges clients face. My Christian faith has assisted me in meeting clients at the crossroads of their spiritual walk. Being exposed to various cultures has been an asset for me, making it more relatable to the clients.
Life is full of challenges, some easy and some tough! We are equipped with some skillsets to handle them. At times the going can get tricky, and this is where my professional experience can help bridge the gap. I am an RN and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Possessing a mental health nursing background and counseling has equipped me to understand the psychosocial aspect and the medical challenges clients face. My Christian faith has assisted me in meeting clients at the crossroads of their spiritual walk. Being exposed to various cultures has been an asset for me, making it more relatable to the clients.
(540) 781-0110 View (540) 781-0110
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NestCalm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-C, WHNP, PMH-C, IBCLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Blacksburg, VA 24060  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Nicole, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, midwife, reproductive specialist, fertility coach, women's mental health provider, , wife to the OG hubs; love of my life, and blessed momma of 3 sweet boys, owner of NestCalm, a psychiatry/women's health clinic. I am also an infertility conqueror, miscarriage survivor, preterm momma, postpartum anxiety defeater, pelvic floor dysfunction ass kicker, breastfeeding issues victor and ADHD overcomer! WomenWellLife / MomLife is no joke!
Hi, I'm Nicole, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, midwife, reproductive specialist, fertility coach, women's mental health provider, , wife to the OG hubs; love of my life, and blessed momma of 3 sweet boys, owner of NestCalm, a psychiatry/women's health clinic. I am also an infertility conqueror, miscarriage survivor, preterm momma, postpartum anxiety defeater, pelvic floor dysfunction ass kicker, breastfeeding issues victor and ADHD overcomer! WomenWellLife / MomLife is no joke!
(646) 332-0852 View (646) 332-0852
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Dr. Chenhang Zou
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
Embark on your healing journey with Dr. Zou, a Board-certified psychiatrist who blends the precision of medicine with the art of psychotherapy. Trained at Emory and UAlabama, Dr. Zou is expert at integrating medication management and psychotherapy, including CBT. But her approach is not just about effective treatment; it's about empowering you with self-knowledge and tools for sustainable mental well-being. With Dr. Zou, you can explore a personalized, empathetic approach that resonates uniquely with you.
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Luzangela Rojas-Mogollon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Luzángela Rojas-Mogollón, MD is a fully licensed physician who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Rojas has 15 years of experience treating patients with psychiatric problems. She completed psychiatry residency training at the Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA.
Luzángela Rojas-Mogollón, MD is a fully licensed physician who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Rojas has 15 years of experience treating patients with psychiatric problems. She completed psychiatry residency training at the Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA.
(434) 216-6922 View (434) 216-6922
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Jennifer Mclean-Russ
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Danville, VA 24540  (Online Only)
I have over 6 years of Christian-based individual and marital counseling experience before ascertaining my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. I work with clients that have anxiety, depression, spirituality issues, and life stressors. grieve, and marital conflict.
I have over 6 years of Christian-based individual and marital counseling experience before ascertaining my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. I work with clients that have anxiety, depression, spirituality issues, and life stressors. grieve, and marital conflict.
(919) 642-4708 View (919) 642-4708
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Dr. Sanket R Dhat
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynchburg, VA 24502
I am Founder and CEO of the Credence Behavioral Health (CBH). CBH is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care practice that offers mental health , substance abuse and Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) services to the communities of Lynchburg and surrounding Central Virginia area. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of healthcare to our patients with compassion and respect. We strive to improve the health and well-being of our community through our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and research.
I am Founder and CEO of the Credence Behavioral Health (CBH). CBH is a multidisciplinary behavioral health care practice that offers mental health , substance abuse and Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) services to the communities of Lynchburg and surrounding Central Virginia area. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of healthcare to our patients with compassion and respect. We strive to improve the health and well-being of our community through our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, and research.
(434) 448-4517 View (434) 448-4517
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Renew Psychiatry Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Salem, VA 24153
I have a genuine, realistic approach to psychiatry that relates to a variety of ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. I originally graduated with a bachelors in Psychology from Old Dominion University. I later returned to school to become a Registered Nurse in 2006 and eventually circled back into psychiatry via psychiatric home health. I decided to return to school to be a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner after many years of educating and advocating for mental health within the adult and geriatric community. In 2016, I graduated from University of Southern Indiana with a Masters of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and subsequently certified by ANCC to practice and prescribe as a PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I continue the rewarding practice of managing adult and geriatric patients with complex medical co-morbities that require additional expertise in managing their mental health needs. I am a family-oriented and spiritually grounded practitioner that seeks to thrive within my calling to provide a holistic and realistic approach to mental health for my patients.
I have a genuine, realistic approach to psychiatry that relates to a variety of ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. I originally graduated with a bachelors in Psychology from Old Dominion University. I later returned to school to become a Registered Nurse in 2006 and eventually circled back into psychiatry via psychiatric home health. I decided to return to school to be a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner after many years of educating and advocating for mental health within the adult and geriatric community. In 2016, I graduated from University of Southern Indiana with a Masters of Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and subsequently certified by ANCC to practice and prescribe as a PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I continue the rewarding practice of managing adult and geriatric patients with complex medical co-morbities that require additional expertise in managing their mental health needs. I am a family-oriented and spiritually grounded practitioner that seeks to thrive within my calling to provide a holistic and realistic approach to mental health for my patients.
(540) 302-5712 View (540) 302-5712
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Grow Therapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bluefield, VA 24605
I bring a wealth of experience and a compassionate touch to my role as a NP. With 17 years of dedicated service as a registered nurse in North Carolina, I have worked extensively in psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers, and hospice care. In 2021, I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from East Tennessee State University. Since then, I have been serving as a board-certified PMHNP across North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Current plans to launch business in July or August, 2024.
I bring a wealth of experience and a compassionate touch to my role as a NP. With 17 years of dedicated service as a registered nurse in North Carolina, I have worked extensively in psychiatric hospitals, alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers, and hospice care. In 2021, I earned my Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from East Tennessee State University. Since then, I have been serving as a board-certified PMHNP across North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Current plans to launch business in July or August, 2024.
(276) 322-8319 View (276) 322-8319
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Apex Psychiatry, PLLC
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roanoke, VA 24016  (Online Only)
My name is Phil Johns DMSC, MPH, PA-C, CAQ-Psych, CHES. I am a native of Virginia and began my career as a psychiatric physician assistant in 2009. My goal is help you transform your mental health with ease. Together, we can overcome challenges and achieve wellness.
My name is Phil Johns DMSC, MPH, PA-C, CAQ-Psych, CHES. I am a native of Virginia and began my career as a psychiatric physician assistant in 2009. My goal is help you transform your mental health with ease. Together, we can overcome challenges and achieve wellness.
(540) 698-4179 View (540) 698-4179
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Julia Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cave Spring, VA 24018
Julia is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with twelve years of nursing experience working in various mental health settings. These settings range from acute inpatient hospitalization, crisis stabilization, and substance abuse treatment. She has been practicing in outpatient psychiatry for two years treating patients with anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, and addiction.
Julia is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with twelve years of nursing experience working in various mental health settings. These settings range from acute inpatient hospitalization, crisis stabilization, and substance abuse treatment. She has been practicing in outpatient psychiatry for two years treating patients with anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, and addiction.
(540) 405-6160 View (540) 405-6160
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Ryan M White
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Roanoke, VA 24015
Hello! I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist that works with youth aged 6 - 18. I help youth that are struggling with trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, and more. My approach to treatment is a family-focused approach that includes the caregivers as much as possible. Clients can count on me to use trauma-informed, adoption-informed, and evidence-based care in every session. Individuals in foster care or post-adoption face unique challenges, and I focus on helping families recognize and respond to their needs with a trauma-informed approach.
Hello! I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist that works with youth aged 6 - 18. I help youth that are struggling with trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, and more. My approach to treatment is a family-focused approach that includes the caregivers as much as possible. Clients can count on me to use trauma-informed, adoption-informed, and evidence-based care in every session. Individuals in foster care or post-adoption face unique challenges, and I focus on helping families recognize and respond to their needs with a trauma-informed approach.
(540) 584-8548 View (540) 584-8548

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Number of Psychiatrists in Martinsville City County, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Martinsville City County, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
100% Medication Management
100% Dual Diagnosis

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Martinsville City County, VA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Martinsville 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.