Psychiatrists in Prince William, VA

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Evelyn W Nuwordu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Prince William, VA 22192
Dr. Nuwordu is a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with inclusive training and experience in treating psychiatric disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Nuwordu worked with Active/retired military Service members, underprivileged clients in correctional facilities in four Virginia counties. Dr. Nuwordu is compassionate and thoughtful makes every effort to provide and guarantee her clients comprehensive and best available treatment that is individually centered in an empathic environment. Dr. Nuwordu has a personal passion for helping people and believes that the Sound mind builds a healthy body.
Dr. Nuwordu is a board-certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with inclusive training and experience in treating psychiatric disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Nuwordu worked with Active/retired military Service members, underprivileged clients in correctional facilities in four Virginia counties. Dr. Nuwordu is compassionate and thoughtful makes every effort to provide and guarantee her clients comprehensive and best available treatment that is individually centered in an empathic environment. Dr. Nuwordu has a personal passion for helping people and believes that the Sound mind builds a healthy body.
(571) 200-8406 View (571) 200-8406
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New River Valley Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Prince William, VA 22192
I like to help each individual to explore their potentials and strengths, improve their inner coping capacity and restore the homeostasis of the mind, brain, body and life.
I like to help each individual to explore their potentials and strengths, improve their inner coping capacity and restore the homeostasis of the mind, brain, body and life.
(540) 251-7592 View (540) 251-7592
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Collette Fanyi Ngante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Prince William, VA 22192
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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Holistic Psychiatry & Medical Center, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prince William, VA 22192
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS BOTH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL! We deliver a compassionate and respectable care to all patients. Moreover, while managing your symptoms with medications, we also take into consideration your general well-being. Our provider is dual-certified and licensed as a Family and Psychiatric NP with experience working with pediatrics, young adult, and geriatric populations.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS BOTH IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL! We deliver a compassionate and respectable care to all patients. Moreover, while managing your symptoms with medications, we also take into consideration your general well-being. Our provider is dual-certified and licensed as a Family and Psychiatric NP with experience working with pediatrics, young adult, and geriatric populations.
(571) 462-6330 View (571) 462-6330

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Amber Dise
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Dr. Amber Dise is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who completed her doctoral studies at George Mason University. Amber has experience helping patients navigate the psychosocial aspects of medical conditions and illness management, especially when they overlap with psychiatric concerns.
Dr. Amber Dise is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who completed her doctoral studies at George Mason University. Amber has experience helping patients navigate the psychosocial aspects of medical conditions and illness management, especially when they overlap with psychiatric concerns.
(571) 427-0702 View (571) 427-0702
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Brent Coyle
Psychiatrist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
Brent R. Coyle, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with the additional distinction of "Distinguished Fellow," with over 36 years of experience in psychiatry in various settings, including inpatient, academic, and outpatient. Dr. Coyle received his M.D. from The University of Minnesota, Mpls. campus, and he completed his Psychiatric Residency at Wilford Hall, USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. His clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health and well-being.
(571) 240-5261 View (571) 240-5261
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Liza Lobrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Liza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on the treatment of the adult population with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Liza completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree (PMHNP program) at Walden University. Before pursuing her MSN, she worked in different settings as a psychiatric nurse for almost 20 years and provided care to individuals with various mental health diagnoses, ranging from mood disorders to schizophrenia.
Liza is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) focused on the treatment of the adult population with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. Liza completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree (PMHNP program) at Walden University. Before pursuing her MSN, she worked in different settings as a psychiatric nurse for almost 20 years and provided care to individuals with various mental health diagnoses, ranging from mood disorders to schizophrenia.
(571) 556-4222 View (571) 556-4222
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Integrated Telepsychiatry LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of combined healthcare experience. My expertise includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, as well as acute care in internal medicine. Currently offering telepsychiatry services to patients aged 18 and older. I am available to assist my clients to manage their mental wellbeing through an integrative evidenced based approach, incorporating medication management, psychotherapy, and psychoeducation during each session.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years of combined healthcare experience. My expertise includes both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, as well as acute care in internal medicine. Currently offering telepsychiatry services to patients aged 18 and older. I am available to assist my clients to manage their mental wellbeing through an integrative evidenced based approach, incorporating medication management, psychotherapy, and psychoeducation during each session.
(571) 568-7730 View (571) 568-7730
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Robb Trivette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Robb is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, family difficulties, school issues, sleep/insomnia, work-related stress, and other daily challenges. He provides quality, compassionate, concise, and nonjudgmental mental health services to clients of all ages. As a PMHNP, Robb's role includes educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager. While working in psychiatric hospitals, he has learned how to listen to his patients the way he wants to be listened to when he sees his own personal physician.
Robb is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, family difficulties, school issues, sleep/insomnia, work-related stress, and other daily challenges. He provides quality, compassionate, concise, and nonjudgmental mental health services to clients of all ages. As a PMHNP, Robb's role includes educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager. While working in psychiatric hospitals, he has learned how to listen to his patients the way he wants to be listened to when he sees his own personal physician.
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Dennis Thomas Cozzens
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22192
I am a board certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice for 25 years. I earned my medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine after which I completed an Adult Psychiatry residency at St. Vincent Medical Center in New York City and a Child Psychiatry Fellowship at Georgetown University. I also completed an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. I opened my private practice in 1993. My expertise lies in treating complex presentations in a thoughtful but comprehensive manner. As emails are not Hippa Compliant please do not write. Please call the office.
I am a board certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice for 25 years. I earned my medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine after which I completed an Adult Psychiatry residency at St. Vincent Medical Center in New York City and a Child Psychiatry Fellowship at Georgetown University. I also completed an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. I opened my private practice in 1993. My expertise lies in treating complex presentations in a thoughtful but comprehensive manner. As emails are not Hippa Compliant please do not write. Please call the office.
(703) 897-8970 View (703) 897-8970
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22193  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(571) 517-1956 View (571) 517-1956
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Redbud Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Not accepting new clients
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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Omiah Behavioral Health & Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Accepting New Clients in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Whether online or in-person, we believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. Understanding each person’s experience is different, we consider all aspects of your life and treat the WHOLE person not just symptoms. Our clinicians are experienced providers who create partnership with each client, actively listen to your personal goals regarding treatment, uphold the dignity and integrity of each client, and are invested in your journey towards mental health wellness.
Accepting New Clients in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Whether online or in-person, we believe the right for every individual is to receive quality mental health services. Understanding each person’s experience is different, we consider all aspects of your life and treat the WHOLE person not just symptoms. Our clinicians are experienced providers who create partnership with each client, actively listen to your personal goals regarding treatment, uphold the dignity and integrity of each client, and are invested in your journey towards mental health wellness.
(302) 786-0975 View (302) 786-0975
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Maria Flick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22192
I offer a personalized approach in my practice, considering factors that influence one’s sense of well-being. I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood lability, trauma, and interpersonal issues. I take a warm and accepting approach to strengthen and stabilize individuals through developing healthy coping, improving communication, and improving self-esteem.
I offer a personalized approach in my practice, considering factors that influence one’s sense of well-being. I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood lability, trauma, and interpersonal issues. I take a warm and accepting approach to strengthen and stabilize individuals through developing healthy coping, improving communication, and improving self-esteem.
(571) 343-4279 View (571) 343-4279
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Margaret Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities. Maggie specializes in geriatric psychiatry, anxiety disorders (including post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder), mood disorders (including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder) ADHD.
Maggie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from Miami University. Since 2013 she has worked in various settings, such as: community mental health, private practice, corrections, and skilled/assisted nursing facilities. Maggie specializes in geriatric psychiatry, anxiety disorders (including post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder), mood disorders (including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder) ADHD.
(703) 995-1586 View (703) 995-1586
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Emmanuella Edekobi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22193  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
As a compassionate and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to providing personalized care that fosters healing and well-being. With a deep understanding of the challenges individuals face in their mental health journeys, I offer a safe and supportive space for patients seeking guidance and support. My approach centers on empathy, active listening, and evidence-based interventions tailored to each person's unique needs.
(804) 552-5350 View (804) 552-5350
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Kenatta Bethea
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Kenatta Bethea is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides psychiatric treatment to individuals with various mental health disorders such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and disruptive disorders. She works diligently to provide quality and evidence-based mental health treatment for ages 22 to 60. Kenatta prides herself on being an advocate for mental health challenges and needs. She also prides herself on working well with an interdisciplinary team to provide the best care to her patients.
Kenatta Bethea is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides psychiatric treatment to individuals with various mental health disorders such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and disruptive disorders. She works diligently to provide quality and evidence-based mental health treatment for ages 22 to 60. Kenatta prides herself on being an advocate for mental health challenges and needs. She also prides herself on working well with an interdisciplinary team to provide the best care to her patients.
(571) 554-2354 View (571) 554-2354
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Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22192
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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Mary Hart-Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Lake Ridge, VA 22192
My patients come to me with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, problems with attention and focus, work performance and academic difficulties, and relationship problems. They seek help to relieve their suffering and improve their ability to function in their daily lives. Given my education, training and experience working in Primary/Urgent Care practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and working for 15 years in private practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am able to offer an approach to treatment that focuses on the whole person to achieve an optimum level of physical and mental health.
My patients come to me with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, problems with attention and focus, work performance and academic difficulties, and relationship problems. They seek help to relieve their suffering and improve their ability to function in their daily lives. Given my education, training and experience working in Primary/Urgent Care practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and working for 15 years in private practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am able to offer an approach to treatment that focuses on the whole person to achieve an optimum level of physical and mental health.
(571) 777-0970 View (571) 777-0970
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Piedmont Behavioral Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191
We provide Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment in our Virginia location in Lansdowne/Ashburn in addition to video appointment across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
We provide Child, Adult Psychiatry, Therapy and Substance abuse services including Suboxone Treatment in our Virginia location in Lansdowne/Ashburn in addition to video appointment across Virginia. Our Board Certified Psychiatrists are available to help everyday and we can offer same day appointments. Telepsychiatry uses video link (via computer or smartphone) to offer appointments from home or outside clinic. It offers the option to see a psychiatrist any time as long as you have access to your smart phone or computer. Please use our website or below link to make an appointment. https://piedmontbs.com/telepsychiatry/
(703) 520-9717 View (703) 520-9717

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Prince William, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Prince William, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Eating Disorders
100% Other
100% Sleep or Insomnia
75% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in Prince William, VA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Prince William?

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.