Psychiatrists in Auburn, WA

Photo of Irene Bottomly, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Irene Bottomly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98001
Immediate Availability! In network with most commercial insurance plans! Pursuit Mental Health & Recovery is here for you! Our ideal client is looking for a provider to team with and create a unique plan of care just for them. If you are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol, or Sleep Disorders please reach out and let us see how we can help. We support and offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT Suboxone). We take the following Insurances in Washington State: Aetna, Cigna, Oxford, and Optum/ United Healthcare. Not yet Credentialed with Medicare or Medicaid, or Kaiser. Working on it!
Immediate Availability! In network with most commercial insurance plans! Pursuit Mental Health & Recovery is here for you! Our ideal client is looking for a provider to team with and create a unique plan of care just for them. If you are suffering from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol, or Sleep Disorders please reach out and let us see how we can help. We support and offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT Suboxone). We take the following Insurances in Washington State: Aetna, Cigna, Oxford, and Optum/ United Healthcare. Not yet Credentialed with Medicare or Medicaid, or Kaiser. Working on it!
(253) 285-1871 View (253) 285-1871
Photo of Faduma A Haji Ali, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Faduma A Haji Ali
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98002
At Lake Meridian Psychiatry, we are proud to provide personalized care and support for individuals battling Depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance use disorder. Our clinic employs a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates various therapeutic modalities, including medication management, psychoeducation, and lifestyle interventions. We understand the importance of tailoring treatment plans to each individual's needs, and our goal is to work closely with clients to develop personalized strategies for managing their specific conditions.
At Lake Meridian Psychiatry, we are proud to provide personalized care and support for individuals battling Depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance use disorder. Our clinic employs a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates various therapeutic modalities, including medication management, psychoeducation, and lifestyle interventions. We understand the importance of tailoring treatment plans to each individual's needs, and our goal is to work closely with clients to develop personalized strategies for managing their specific conditions.
(253) 785-3692 View (253) 785-3692
Photo of Marvin W Williams, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Marvin W Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98092
Immediate Appointments Available! Are you ready to embark on a journey towards better mental health? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing evidence based compassionate care that supports individuals like you who are seeking relief from mental illness. With over a decade of experience in psychiatric medication management, I have been serving adults (18-65) in the greater Puget Sound area. My practice specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment issues, personality disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions.
Immediate Appointments Available! Are you ready to embark on a journey towards better mental health? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing evidence based compassionate care that supports individuals like you who are seeking relief from mental illness. With over a decade of experience in psychiatric medication management, I have been serving adults (18-65) in the greater Puget Sound area. My practice specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment issues, personality disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions.
(253) 352-4472 View (253) 352-4472
Photo of Dr. Jade Goodloe, DNP , APRN , PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN , PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98092  (Online Only)
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
We are currently welcoming new patients for Telehealth appointments. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I specialize in the diagnostic assessment, medication management, & therapeutic treatment of Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, & PTSD. Given my background as an active-duty service member & psychiatry provider, I additionally specialize in military & veteran mental health. I treat adults of all backgrounds, 18 years & older located throughout the state.
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Katie - - Awen Health Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98001  (Online Only)
Now Taking New Patients. Telehealth and Inpatient Appointments I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with training and experience assessing and treating adults and children focusing on a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD and addiction recovery. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I work in collaboration with other treatment providers to ensure proper medication management for all patients
Now Taking New Patients. Telehealth and Inpatient Appointments I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with training and experience assessing and treating adults and children focusing on a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD and addiction recovery. As part of a multidisciplinary team, I work in collaboration with other treatment providers to ensure proper medication management for all patients
(206) 590-2973 View (206) 590-2973
Photo of M. Wallace Williams - M. Wallace Williams at Motiva Health, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
M. Wallace Williams at Motiva Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98023
Immediate Appointments Available! Are you ready to embark on a journey towards better mental health? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing evidence based compassionate care that supports individuals like you who are seeking relief from mental illness. With over a decade of experience in psychiatric medication management, I have been serving adults (18-65) in the greater Puget Sound area. My practice specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment issues, personality disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions.
Immediate Appointments Available! Are you ready to embark on a journey towards better mental health? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, dedicated to providing evidence based compassionate care that supports individuals like you who are seeking relief from mental illness. With over a decade of experience in psychiatric medication management, I have been serving adults (18-65) in the greater Puget Sound area. My practice specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment issues, personality disorders, and other common psychiatric conditions.
(206) 208-0084 View (206) 208-0084
Photo of Theresa Webster, CRNP, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Theresa Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98001  (Online Only)
Are you tired of your mental illness defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your mental illness overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop masking your suffering but instead break through it. You are ready to know stability. Most of all, you are ready to live your best life. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to becoming overwhelmed by mental illness and the journey to wellness is not one size fits all.
Are you tired of your mental illness defining you? You may be unsure of the way forward, feeling anxious, fearful, angry, and hopelessness. You might not know how your mental illness overcame you. But one thing is for sure: you’re ready for some relief. You’re ready to stop masking your suffering but instead break through it. You are ready to know stability. Most of all, you are ready to live your best life. Clients come to me looking for a provider who understands there is not one pathway to becoming overwhelmed by mental illness and the journey to wellness is not one size fits all.
(878) 217-0920 View (878) 217-0920
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98002
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(206) 457-1886 View (206) 457-1886
Photo of Dr. Mark Chofla - Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy, DO, Psychiatrist
Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98003  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(253) 600-2115 View (253) 600-2115
Photo of Amy Brumbaugh, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Amy Brumbaugh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98023  (Online Only)
My clients come from different backgrounds and walks of life, all seeking support for their emotional well-being and mental balance. I specialize in helping those dealing with mood disorders and anxiety, offering a tailored approach to address their unique struggles (including medication management, supplements & exercise programs, and therapy options). My ideal client is someone who's ready to work together on this journey towards better mental health, with trust, understanding, and a shared commitment to positive change.
My clients come from different backgrounds and walks of life, all seeking support for their emotional well-being and mental balance. I specialize in helping those dealing with mood disorders and anxiety, offering a tailored approach to address their unique struggles (including medication management, supplements & exercise programs, and therapy options). My ideal client is someone who's ready to work together on this journey towards better mental health, with trust, understanding, and a shared commitment to positive change.
(206) 207-0191 View (206) 207-0191
Photo of Tara Barrentine, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tara Barrentine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98002
Tara Barrentine is a Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2024. Tara's goal is to get you back to your whole self. She believes very strongly that good mental health is imperative for overall good health and is here to diagnose, treat, and manage your acute illness. Tara can prescribe medications and provides psychotherapy, support, and behavioral and crisis interventions. There is a lot of stigmas around mental illness.
Tara Barrentine is a Nurse Practitioner in Washington who has been practicing since 2024. Tara's goal is to get you back to your whole self. She believes very strongly that good mental health is imperative for overall good health and is here to diagnose, treat, and manage your acute illness. Tara can prescribe medications and provides psychotherapy, support, and behavioral and crisis interventions. There is a lot of stigmas around mental illness.
(253) 387-1864 View (253) 387-1864
Photo of Leah Haddad, MSN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98003
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 470-2369 View (253) 470-2369
Photo of Candis Halsted - Noble Physicians, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Noble Physicians
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98002  (Online Only)
Dr. Candis Halsted graduated from Radford University, VA with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice specializing in psychiatry. Candis interests include general psychiatry, addiction medicine, behavioral health education for clients and families and is passionate about reducing stigma associated with behavioral health treatment by education and collaboration with other professionals. In her spare time, Candis enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her children and husband. She is very excited to be part of the South Sound community and looking forward to establishing a strong practice with Noble Physicians.
Dr. Candis Halsted graduated from Radford University, VA with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice specializing in psychiatry. Candis interests include general psychiatry, addiction medicine, behavioral health education for clients and families and is passionate about reducing stigma associated with behavioral health treatment by education and collaboration with other professionals. In her spare time, Candis enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her children and husband. She is very excited to be part of the South Sound community and looking forward to establishing a strong practice with Noble Physicians.
(253) 525-2483 View (253) 525-2483
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98023  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 465-2018 View (253) 465-2018
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98001
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(253) 265-9205 View (253) 265-9205
Photo of Tchido Yao - Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98092
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. We do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
We accept new clients every day throughout the year. We are opened Mondays through Saturdays. We accept all insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare. We do have telepsychiatry, telemedicine, or telehealth availability. We are opened every day, include Saturdays and Sundays. Mental health disorders impact people from a broad spectrum of the population. We love to help and support people. We are passionate about our patients’ psychiatric health and wellbeing. We spend time listening to our clients. We take into considerations our clients’ preferences and complaints.
(253) 237-8245 View (253) 237-8245
Photo of Linda Bett - Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98092  (Online Only)
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I diagnose and provide medication management to adult individuals (ages 18-60). I specialize in Alcohol and Drug Addiction, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders.
Welcome to Healthcore Psychiatry Consultants! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I diagnose and provide medication management to adult individuals (ages 18-60). I specialize in Alcohol and Drug Addiction, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders.
(206) 752-6642 View (206) 752-6642
Photo of Glory Nwankwo, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Glory Nwankwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98001  (Online Only)
Dr. Nwankwo is a doctoral prepared and licensed dual board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from Brandman University, Irvine California, and Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University, Minnesota. Dr. Nwankwo provides her clients with empathetic, evidence-based, patient-centered care with the goal of restoring health and balance. She assesses, diagnoses, and treats mental health disorders using pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions.
Dr. Nwankwo is a doctoral prepared and licensed dual board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatry-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post Masters Certification in Psychiatric Mental Healthcare from Brandman University, Irvine California, and Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Walden University, Minnesota. Dr. Nwankwo provides her clients with empathetic, evidence-based, patient-centered care with the goal of restoring health and balance. She assesses, diagnoses, and treats mental health disorders using pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions.
(425) 386-5331 View (425) 386-5331
Photo of Talia Baruch, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Talia Baruch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Auburn, WA 98001  (Online Only)
Do you struggle to find the energy to do things you once enjoyed? Activities that used to bring happiness and fulfillment now feel like an insurmountable task. Even the simplest of tasks, like getting out of bed or taking a shower, feels impossible. The constant negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. You might not feel as if you can ever get better but you are ready to find a way to get out of the isolating hole of depression. You are ready to start living your life again. Clients come to me looking for a compassionate and patient provider who brings them hope in even the darkest of times.
Do you struggle to find the energy to do things you once enjoyed? Activities that used to bring happiness and fulfillment now feel like an insurmountable task. Even the simplest of tasks, like getting out of bed or taking a shower, feels impossible. The constant negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. You might not feel as if you can ever get better but you are ready to find a way to get out of the isolating hole of depression. You are ready to start living your life again. Clients come to me looking for a compassionate and patient provider who brings them hope in even the darkest of times.
(786) 590-0197 View (786) 590-0197
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98023  (Online Only)
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(360) 583-5997 View (360) 583-5997

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Auburn, WA

20+

Average cost per session

$210

Psychiatrists in Auburn, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
93% Medication Management
89% Bipolar Disorder
86% Depression
82% Sleep or Insomnia
82% Stress
79% ADHD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
85% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Auburn, WA see their clients

53% Online Only
47% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Auburn?

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.