Psychiatrists in Tysons, VA

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Mildred Sarpong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tysons, VA 22102
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing Degree at Walden University. I have worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan.
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing Degree at Walden University. I have worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan.
(571) 546-3042 View (571) 546-3042
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Shah M Nadeem
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tysons, VA 22102
In the realm of psychiatry, I am dedicated to making a profound impact on the well-being of individuals, both in their present lives and for generations to come. I recognize the unmet needs of individuals struggling with addiction, a population deserving of attentive and specialized care. My treatment approach revolves around empowering patients to attain their objectives and integrate as productive members of the community. Committed to fostering the growth of future healthcare professionals, I garnered the Excellence in Teaching Award from George Washington University in 2016-2017.
In the realm of psychiatry, I am dedicated to making a profound impact on the well-being of individuals, both in their present lives and for generations to come. I recognize the unmet needs of individuals struggling with addiction, a population deserving of attentive and specialized care. My treatment approach revolves around empowering patients to attain their objectives and integrate as productive members of the community. Committed to fostering the growth of future healthcare professionals, I garnered the Excellence in Teaching Award from George Washington University in 2016-2017.
(703) 345-8108 View (703) 345-8108
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Sylvia Stevens
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Tysons, VA 22102
Waitlist for new clients
Thank you for your interest in my practice. Although not a Freudian, I subscribe to his view of mental health-the ability to love and work (love and work being broadly defined). My doctorate is in Nursing Science from the Catholic University of America. As a certified specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing and a nursing educator, I bring my years of training and clinical expertise to assisting clients achieve and or reclaim their highest level of functioning in love and work.
Thank you for your interest in my practice. Although not a Freudian, I subscribe to his view of mental health-the ability to love and work (love and work being broadly defined). My doctorate is in Nursing Science from the Catholic University of America. As a certified specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing and a nursing educator, I bring my years of training and clinical expertise to assisting clients achieve and or reclaim their highest level of functioning in love and work.
(202) 517-6875 View (202) 517-6875
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NeuroPsych Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PhD
Verified Verified
Tysons, VA 22102  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who believes in patient-centered and patient-driven care. I am here to listen without judgment and provide respectful care that you can easily access and feel comfortable with. I work with adults aged 16 and above, including active-duty military, veterans, and family members of those who have served.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner who believes in patient-centered and patient-driven care. I am here to listen without judgment and provide respectful care that you can easily access and feel comfortable with. I work with adults aged 16 and above, including active-duty military, veterans, and family members of those who have served.
(571) 568-7609 View (571) 568-7609
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Katarina (Kat) Mijic-Barisic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Tysons, VA 22102
Hi! I’m Kat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a happier, more fulfilling life through medication management and supportive therapy. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and resilience. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to understanding each individual's unique journey, and my mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Hi! I’m Kat, a psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a happier, more fulfilling life through medication management and supportive therapy. I believe that every person has the capacity for growth and resilience. My approach is rooted in compassion, empathy, and a deep commitment to understanding each individual's unique journey, and my mission is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
(540) 418-3867 View (540) 418-3867
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Godaelli Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tysons, VA 22102
Godaelli Healthcare Services is transforming lives through holistic medication management and supportive therapy. Our team of experienced Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is dedicated to providing mental health treatment to children, teens, adults, and families. Whether your goal is to attain mental stability or you want to maintain stable mental health, our providers are equipped and ready to help. They treat our patients with empathy, compassion, and a deep understanding of both the biological and psychological details of psychiatric disorders and their associated symptoms.
Godaelli Healthcare Services is transforming lives through holistic medication management and supportive therapy. Our team of experienced Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners is dedicated to providing mental health treatment to children, teens, adults, and families. Whether your goal is to attain mental stability or you want to maintain stable mental health, our providers are equipped and ready to help. They treat our patients with empathy, compassion, and a deep understanding of both the biological and psychological details of psychiatric disorders and their associated symptoms.
(571) 339-5249 View (571) 339-5249
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Georgina Coca
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tysons, VA 22102
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I treat people struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, and Borderline personality disorder. With over eight years of experience in outpatient and in-patient psychiatric and Mental Health services, I am solution oriented. My approach embodies my core values of humility, respect, honesty, reliability, motivation, and consistency. I treat my clients with utmost care, active listening, and education. I start medication with the lowest dose for tolerability and adjust as needed.
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I treat people struggling with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Panic disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, PTSD, and Borderline personality disorder. With over eight years of experience in outpatient and in-patient psychiatric and Mental Health services, I am solution oriented. My approach embodies my core values of humility, respect, honesty, reliability, motivation, and consistency. I treat my clients with utmost care, active listening, and education. I start medication with the lowest dose for tolerability and adjust as needed.
(571) 450-9127 View (571) 450-9127

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Marina Nesterenko
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, General Adult Psychiatrist NJ, NY, VA, FL ​ Dr. Marina Nesterenko finished Medical school in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1997 and worked as a child psychiatrist in Ukraine. After relocation to the USA, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program at SUNY Upstate, followed by Child Fellowship in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nesterenko is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Area of Interest: autism, aggression, developmental delay, ADHD, depression, mood disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, and PTSD.
Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, General Adult Psychiatrist NJ, NY, VA, FL ​ Dr. Marina Nesterenko finished Medical school in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1997 and worked as a child psychiatrist in Ukraine. After relocation to the USA, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program at SUNY Upstate, followed by Child Fellowship in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nesterenko is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Area of Interest: autism, aggression, developmental delay, ADHD, depression, mood disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, and PTSD.
(941) 795-5922 View (941) 795-5922
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Daniel D Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome to my practice! I am a Board Certified psychiatrist, who trained at Georgetown University Hospital where I served as chief educational fellow and at a Jefferson Medical College teaching hospital in Philadelphia, and in 2020, I opened my practice here to provide my expertise and psychiatric services to adults, including emerging adults residing in the DMV area. I currently serve as a psychiatric consultant at Northwestern Medicine in Illinois and other hospitals in Virginia and Pennsylvania. I specialize in treatment, provide consultation for patients struggling with various sleep, mood, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.
Welcome to my practice! I am a Board Certified psychiatrist, who trained at Georgetown University Hospital where I served as chief educational fellow and at a Jefferson Medical College teaching hospital in Philadelphia, and in 2020, I opened my practice here to provide my expertise and psychiatric services to adults, including emerging adults residing in the DMV area. I currently serve as a psychiatric consultant at Northwestern Medicine in Illinois and other hospitals in Virginia and Pennsylvania. I specialize in treatment, provide consultation for patients struggling with various sleep, mood, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.
(703) 991-7067 View (703) 991-7067
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Potomac shores mental health & wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
Ms. Grzybowski is passionate about establishing a therapeutic rapport with her patients and believes in the value of a holistic approach to care through collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. She is committed to continuous learning to provide evidence-based treatment modalities. Her goal is to empower patients and educate the community concerning the importance of mental health management and advocacy.
Ms. Grzybowski is passionate about establishing a therapeutic rapport with her patients and believes in the value of a holistic approach to care through collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. She is committed to continuous learning to provide evidence-based treatment modalities. Her goal is to empower patients and educate the community concerning the importance of mental health management and advocacy.
(571) 470-5756 View (571) 470-5756
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Rim Mghir
Psychiatrist, M, D
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101
I am an Adult and Geriatric psychiatrist, in private practice since 1997. I specialize in psycho-pharmacological treatment for a wide range of mental disorders. Much of my focus is on treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, and on post-traumatic stress disorder. I emphasize open rapport with my patients. A thorough evaluation of the patient's medical, psychological and social backround and history, undertaken at the outset of treatment, provides the framework for formulating a treatment plan, which is presented and discussed with the patient. I also work closely with health professionals involved in the care of the patients.
I am an Adult and Geriatric psychiatrist, in private practice since 1997. I specialize in psycho-pharmacological treatment for a wide range of mental disorders. Much of my focus is on treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, and on post-traumatic stress disorder. I emphasize open rapport with my patients. A thorough evaluation of the patient's medical, psychological and social backround and history, undertaken at the outset of treatment, provides the framework for formulating a treatment plan, which is presented and discussed with the patient. I also work closely with health professionals involved in the care of the patients.
(703) 810-7719 View (703) 810-7719
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Dr. Christopher Schubert
Psychiatrist, MD, BSE
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102
Dr. Schubert MD is Board Certified in Psychiatry and has experience in and passion for treating a diverse patient population with particular interest in children (and young at heart) adults and professionals struggling with mental health issues. He has particular interests in ADHD, Anxiety/Depressive disorders, PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders with interpersonal relationship struggles. He takes particular pride in finding missed medical diagnoses with psychological issues related to chronic/acute medical illness, as these tend to be more rapidly cured.
Dr. Schubert MD is Board Certified in Psychiatry and has experience in and passion for treating a diverse patient population with particular interest in children (and young at heart) adults and professionals struggling with mental health issues. He has particular interests in ADHD, Anxiety/Depressive disorders, PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders with interpersonal relationship struggles. He takes particular pride in finding missed medical diagnoses with psychological issues related to chronic/acute medical illness, as these tend to be more rapidly cured.
(703) 839-0143 View (703) 839-0143
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Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Vienna, VA 22182  (Online Only)
Hi there, I'm Mariah. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, mood swings or labile moods? I am a very compassionate board-certified mental health provider that utilizes holistic and psychopharmacological evidence-based approaches in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders.
Hi there, I'm Mariah. Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, mood swings or labile moods? I am a very compassionate board-certified mental health provider that utilizes holistic and psychopharmacological evidence-based approaches in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders.
(571) 368-6828 View (571) 368-6828
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Sara M. Bahraini
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, offering culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, LGBT-inclusive and highly-individualized care to children, adolescents and young adults. I work with individuals to build treatment plans that play to their strengths, address everyday challenges and achieve their goals. I treat a range of concerns through a tailored combination of individual therapy and/or medications. My particular strengths and areas of interest include anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, ADHD, insomnia and gender dysphoria among many others.
I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, offering culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, LGBT-inclusive and highly-individualized care to children, adolescents and young adults. I work with individuals to build treatment plans that play to their strengths, address everyday challenges and achieve their goals. I treat a range of concerns through a tailored combination of individual therapy and/or medications. My particular strengths and areas of interest include anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, ADHD, insomnia and gender dysphoria among many others.
(703) 936-7804 View (703) 936-7804
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Michael Bogrov
Psychiatrist, MD, MA
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22102
Dr. Michael Bogrov is a Johns Hopkins trained child psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD across the age spectrum. His leadership positions while a member of the faculty at Hopkins included leading the ADHD clinic, and serving as medical director of the Children’s Mental Health Center. Over his 18 year career at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, one of the top ten rated psychiatric hospitals in the country, he served in a number of positions. He has been practicing in Washington, DC since 2015.
Dr. Michael Bogrov is a Johns Hopkins trained child psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD across the age spectrum. His leadership positions while a member of the faculty at Hopkins included leading the ADHD clinic, and serving as medical director of the Children’s Mental Health Center. Over his 18 year career at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, one of the top ten rated psychiatric hospitals in the country, he served in a number of positions. He has been practicing in Washington, DC since 2015.
(202) 525-5123 View (202) 525-5123
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Patricia Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vienna, VA 22182  (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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Ehsan Habibpour
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22101
I'm a Child Psychiatrist, also trained in Adult Psychiatry. I can help whether you're a mature adult with problems rooted in your past, or whether you're concerned about one of your children experiencing stress or difficulty, especially adolescents. I have a deep grounding in how we're shaped into the adults we become. I'm familiar with the forces, positive and negative, that operate between children and the significant adults in their lives. I'm interested in and co-wrote a paper about the overlap of Culture and Ethnicity in emotional disturbances.
I'm a Child Psychiatrist, also trained in Adult Psychiatry. I can help whether you're a mature adult with problems rooted in your past, or whether you're concerned about one of your children experiencing stress or difficulty, especially adolescents. I have a deep grounding in how we're shaped into the adults we become. I'm familiar with the forces, positive and negative, that operate between children and the significant adults in their lives. I'm interested in and co-wrote a paper about the overlap of Culture and Ethnicity in emotional disturbances.
(703) 594-4308 View (703) 594-4308
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Edward Gelber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
McLean, VA 22101  (Online Only)
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
I am seeing patients in my Rockville office located at 11119 Rockville Pike, Suite 200, and by videoconference (Zoom). I received my medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. I provide psychiatric treatment for a wide range of challenges in adults, adolescents and pre-teens. My approach is to create a personalized treatment plan starting from scientific treatment guidelines and focusing on your individual needs and strengths. I have wide-ranging expertise including the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD, women's psychiatric needs, schizophrenia, and impulsivity.
(703) 650-9706 View (703) 650-9706
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Dr. Sara Chowdhury
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McLean, VA 22102
Welcome to your journey towards wellbeing. I am currently accepting new patients. Please feel free to book a complimentary consultation at calendly.com/drsarachowdhury/15mins. I have in person appointments available in Virginia and virtual appointments across the DC-MD-VA area and in CA.
Welcome to your journey towards wellbeing. I am currently accepting new patients. Please feel free to book a complimentary consultation at calendly.com/drsarachowdhury/15mins. I have in person appointments available in Virginia and virtual appointments across the DC-MD-VA area and in CA.
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Rania Attia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Falls Church, VA 22043
As a physician, I have dedicated my career to the compassionate and comprehensive treatment of children, adolescents and young adults. I carry a double board certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I strongly believe that collaboration with other healthcare providers supports positive treatment outcomes. Typically, my treatment approach combines several modalities including medication (if needed) and psychotherapy. I treat a variety of conditions including disruptive behavioral disorders, impulse control disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, Autistic Spectrum disorders, tic disorders, OCD and psychotic disorders.
As a physician, I have dedicated my career to the compassionate and comprehensive treatment of children, adolescents and young adults. I carry a double board certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I strongly believe that collaboration with other healthcare providers supports positive treatment outcomes. Typically, my treatment approach combines several modalities including medication (if needed) and psychotherapy. I treat a variety of conditions including disruptive behavioral disorders, impulse control disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, depressive disorders, Autistic Spectrum disorders, tic disorders, OCD and psychotic disorders.
(571) 520-0639 View (571) 520-0639

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Number of Psychiatrists in Tysons, VA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Tysons, VA who prioritize treating:

100% Psychosis
86% Depression
86% Anxiety
86% Dissociative Disorders (DID)
86% Medication Management
86% Stress
71% ADHD

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
71% Cigna and Evernorth
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Tysons, VA see their clients

86% In Person and Online
14% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tysons?

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.