Psychiatrists in Woodbridge, VA

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Emma Boateng
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Emma Boateng is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides comprehensive care, manages, and treats a wide range of mental health disorders including depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. Emma is passionate and goes above and beyond. She places her patients first, always providing therapeutic care with respect. Emma completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and her Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and PMHNP certifications at Walden University.
Emma Boateng is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who provides comprehensive care, manages, and treats a wide range of mental health disorders including depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. Emma is passionate and goes above and beyond. She places her patients first, always providing therapeutic care with respect. Emma completed her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and her Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and PMHNP certifications at Walden University.
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Catherine Ben Agu
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. who has more than 10 years of experience in psychiatry. Catherine partners with children, adolescents, adults, as well as geriatric clients who seek help with diverse psychiatric problems. She specializes in facilitating significant improvement in her clients’ present symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation.
Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. who has more than 10 years of experience in psychiatry. Catherine partners with children, adolescents, adults, as well as geriatric clients who seek help with diverse psychiatric problems. She specializes in facilitating significant improvement in her clients’ present symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation.
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Sophia Gizaw
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22192
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer medication management and supportive therapy for people with conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, Panic disorder, PTSD, Borderline Personality disorder, Autism, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, etcetera. With more than ten years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and mental health services, I am solution-oriented and culturally sensitive. I treat my patients with empathy, compassion, and respect.
As a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer medication management and supportive therapy for people with conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, Panic disorder, PTSD, Borderline Personality disorder, Autism, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, etcetera. With more than ten years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and mental health services, I am solution-oriented and culturally sensitive. I treat my patients with empathy, compassion, and respect.
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Elizabeth Onyejekwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD and others. I also treat mood disorders during pregnancy and post-natal.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide medication management for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, OCD and others. I also treat mood disorders during pregnancy and post-natal.
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Theo Sangodele
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Theo Sangodele is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, school issues, and sleep/insomnia. He is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. As a PMHNP, Theo's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager. Theo completed his Master's Nursing degree (MSN) at The University of Toledo.
Theo Sangodele is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, school issues, and sleep/insomnia. He is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. As a PMHNP, Theo's role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager. Theo completed his Master's Nursing degree (MSN) at The University of Toledo.
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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.
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Kavitha Tatineni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Kavitha Tatineni is a Nurse Practitioner with a doctoral degree from Old Dominion University. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP, PHMNP-BC). She has been taking care of patients for more than 10 years. She has worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan. She is highly experienced in medication management and treatment for depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as a variety of individual mental health disorders.
Kavitha Tatineni is a Nurse Practitioner with a doctoral degree from Old Dominion University. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP, PHMNP-BC). She has been taking care of patients for more than 10 years. She has worked in many different capacities as a mental health provider including working with adults, children, and families across the lifespan. She is highly experienced in medication management and treatment for depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as a variety of individual mental health disorders.
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Adekunbi Akins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191  (Online Only)
Description Hi, I am an experienced psychiatric and mental health provider and a professional talk therapist serving clients from Virginia and DC. I graduated with my Masters degree from George Washington University with Cum laude. I have strong expertise in conducting a thorough assessment and diagnosis of clients across lifespan.
Description Hi, I am an experienced psychiatric and mental health provider and a professional talk therapist serving clients from Virginia and DC. I graduated with my Masters degree from George Washington University with Cum laude. I have strong expertise in conducting a thorough assessment and diagnosis of clients across lifespan.
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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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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.
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Covenant Behavioral Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22191  (Online Only)
Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. She has 8years of experience in psychiatry. Catherine attended Walden University where she completed her bachelors and masters degree in nursing. Through her many years of experience, she has been able to partner with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients seeking help with diverse psychiatric problems. Catherine facilitate significant improvement in client’s presenting symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation
Catherine Ben-Agu is a board certified licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. She has 8years of experience in psychiatry. Catherine attended Walden University where she completed her bachelors and masters degree in nursing. Through her many years of experience, she has been able to partner with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients seeking help with diverse psychiatric problems. Catherine facilitate significant improvement in client’s presenting symptoms through proper assessment, accurate diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment, and evaluation
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Hui Suk Kuk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Ms. Hui Suk (“Hee-sook”) Kuk is a bilingual (Korean, English) board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. Ms. Kuk obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing at George Washington University and completed a degree in Advanced Nursing Practice at the University of Virginia-Charlottesville. She specializes in Psychiatry by training in Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing at UVA.
Ms. Hui Suk (“Hee-sook”) Kuk is a bilingual (Korean, English) board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. Ms. Kuk obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing at George Washington University and completed a degree in Advanced Nursing Practice at the University of Virginia-Charlottesville. She specializes in Psychiatry by training in Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Nursing at UVA.
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Evelyn W Nuwordu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, 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.
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Dr. Emelia Andoh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Emelia Andoh is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over 18 years of nursing experience. She is passionate about providing comprehensive and holistic care to adult clients. Emelia has worked in various settings including oncology, home health care, intermediate care, and intensive care units. Emelia obtained her Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner from George Mason University.
Emelia Andoh is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over 18 years of nursing experience. She is passionate about providing comprehensive and holistic care to adult clients. Emelia has worked in various settings including oncology, home health care, intermediate care, and intensive care units. Emelia obtained her Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner from George Mason University.
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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.
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Cassie Behseta
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22192  (Online Only)
Cassie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. She has eight years of experience in both medical emergency room care and acute psychiatric care. For her, psychiatry was an obvious choice, allowing her to work with families across the lifespan and work closely and collaboratively with people. Cassie utilizes evidence-based treatments such as ketamine-assisted therapy, crisis/emergency management, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). She manages and treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, and women's health.
Cassie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner. She has eight years of experience in both medical emergency room care and acute psychiatric care. For her, psychiatry was an obvious choice, allowing her to work with families across the lifespan and work closely and collaboratively with people. Cassie utilizes evidence-based treatments such as ketamine-assisted therapy, crisis/emergency management, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing (MI), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). She manages and treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, and women's health.
(571) 771-1864 View (571) 771-1864
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Helen Lancy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22191  (Online Only)
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
Helen Lancy is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from Spring Arbor University, pursuing a Doctor of Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health from the University of Missouri. With four years of adult-gerontology psychiatry experience, she specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, and trauma in adults 18+. Passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care, Helen is dedicated to serving patients from diverse backgrounds, particularly those in underserved communities. Helen champions patient empowerment, guiding her patients to take control of their health and emotional wellbeing.
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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.
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Mariah Eze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbridge, VA 22191  (Online Only)
Looking for a compassionate and emotionally intelligent psychiatric provider? Look no further. Mariah is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that is highly skilled in utilizing holistic psychopharmacological evidence based treatment approaches for patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, stress related disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders. Mariah demonstrates empathy and active listening skills that allows patients to feel seen and heard. In addition, Mariah provides individualized treatment plans tailored specifically to the needs of each patient.
Looking for a compassionate and emotionally intelligent psychiatric provider? Look no further. Mariah is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that is highly skilled in utilizing holistic psychopharmacological evidence based treatment approaches for patients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, stress related disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and various other psychiatric disorders. Mariah demonstrates empathy and active listening skills that allows patients to feel seen and heard. In addition, Mariah provides individualized treatment plans tailored specifically to the needs of each patient.
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Sumera Nadeem
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Dr. Nadeem is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over fifteen years of experience in treating adults with Psychiatric conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, AD/HD, PTSD, Bipolar, and Psychotic Disorders and a variety of other problems including Women's Mental Health. With her extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she performs diagnostic evaluations and medication management using exceptional clinical skills and up-to-date knowledge of current medical practice. Her specialty is working with chronic and challenging mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar, and impulse control disorders.
Dr. Nadeem is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over fifteen years of experience in treating adults with Psychiatric conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, AD/HD, PTSD, Bipolar, and Psychotic Disorders and a variety of other problems including Women's Mental Health. With her extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she performs diagnostic evaluations and medication management using exceptional clinical skills and up-to-date knowledge of current medical practice. Her specialty is working with chronic and challenging mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar, and impulse control disorders.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Woodbridge, VA

50+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Woodbridge, VA who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
95% Anxiety
83% Bipolar Disorder
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
71% ADHD
66% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

98% Cigna and Evernorth
92% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
88% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Woodbridge, VA see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Woodbridge?

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.