Psychiatrists in Bonney Lake, WA

Photo of Dr. Millicent Mbua, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Millicent Mbua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Bonney Lake, WA 98391  (Online Only)
Now enrolling new clients, flexible scheduling, provide telepsychiatry/ telehealth. Dr. Millicent Mbua holds dual board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Graduated from University of Washington with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in family later completed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program from the University of New Hampshire. I specialize in providing psychiatric healthcare, medication management and psychoeducation as well as connecting clients to resources available in their communities to support their journey towards healing and optimal wellness.
Now enrolling new clients, flexible scheduling, provide telepsychiatry/ telehealth. Dr. Millicent Mbua holds dual board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Graduated from University of Washington with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in family later completed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program from the University of New Hampshire. I specialize in providing psychiatric healthcare, medication management and psychoeducation as well as connecting clients to resources available in their communities to support their journey towards healing and optimal wellness.
(253) 400-3349 View (253) 400-3349
Photo of Maua Swai - Select Mental Health, ARNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Select Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bonney Lake, WA 98391  (Online Only)
Flexible appointments are available. I am Maua Swai, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring forth a blend of clinical expertise, deep empathy, and an unwavering commitment to guide you towards a brighter and more balanced mental health journey. I am an accomplished PMHNP with a profound passion for empowering individuals to regain control over their mental health. With an extensive background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I have honed a comprehensive skill set to address an array of mental health conditions through medication management and supportive therapy - CBT.
Flexible appointments are available. I am Maua Swai, a dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I bring forth a blend of clinical expertise, deep empathy, and an unwavering commitment to guide you towards a brighter and more balanced mental health journey. I am an accomplished PMHNP with a profound passion for empowering individuals to regain control over their mental health. With an extensive background in nursing and advanced training in psychiatry, I have honed a comprehensive skill set to address an array of mental health conditions through medication management and supportive therapy - CBT.
(360) 732-8454 View (360) 732-8454
Photo of Candis Halsted - Noble Physicians, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Noble Physicians
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bonney Lake, WA 98391  (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 Dr. Uhunoma Osadolor - Ample Grace Psychiatry , DNP , PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Bonney Lake, WA 98391  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(253) 600-2854 View (253) 600-2854
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Bonney Lake, WA 98391  (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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Photo of Angela Barnett - Perspectives Psychiatry , Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Perspectives Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Weekend, early morning and evening appointments available! Welcome to the practice! We are a diverse group of Nurse Practitioners here to support you along your mental health wellness journey. Our practice is free from judgement and a safe space to discuss the ways we can provide an empathetic and caring experience. We are LGBTQ Friendly!
Weekend, early morning and evening appointments available! Welcome to the practice! We are a diverse group of Nurse Practitioners here to support you along your mental health wellness journey. Our practice is free from judgement and a safe space to discuss the ways we can provide an empathetic and caring experience. We are LGBTQ Friendly!
(253) 793-7013 View (253) 793-7013
Photo of Timothy Wical - Fortitude Psychiatric Supportive Services, LLC, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Fortitude Psychiatric Supportive Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Clients experiencing anxiety, general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, sleep problems, mood swings, anger, agitation, body image problems, concentration and focus difficulties, panic attacks, sexual dysfunction, decreased libido, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may benefit from board certified psychiatric medication management. Clients choose FORTITUDE Psychiatric Supportive Services, LLC for it's location, access to appointments, and attentiveness of our providers.
Clients experiencing anxiety, general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, sleep problems, mood swings, anger, agitation, body image problems, concentration and focus difficulties, panic attacks, sexual dysfunction, decreased libido, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may benefit from board certified psychiatric medication management. Clients choose FORTITUDE Psychiatric Supportive Services, LLC for it's location, access to appointments, and attentiveness of our providers.
(253) 528-7275 View (253) 528-7275

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Photo of Erica Shannon Stokes - Ingenious Health & Wellness, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ingenious Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Puyallup, WA 98374  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new patients. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of experience as an RN with education and training to treat patients with mental health and substance abuse issues across the lifespan. My education includes a Master of Science in Nursing, with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration. I am dedicated and passionate in providing quality care, ensuring I provide care holistically. I can provide medication management and psychotherapy. I offer service in OHIO via Telehealth only.
Currently accepting new patients. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 17 years of experience as an RN with education and training to treat patients with mental health and substance abuse issues across the lifespan. My education includes a Master of Science in Nursing, with a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration. I am dedicated and passionate in providing quality care, ensuring I provide care holistically. I can provide medication management and psychotherapy. I offer service in OHIO via Telehealth only.
(937) 770-8375 View (937) 770-8375
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Marion Massaro
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMH-NP,, BC
Verified Verified
Sumner, WA 98390  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority in Washington State. I have 25 years of experience in the treatment of attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, insomnia, behavioral/ impulse control disorders, and thought disorders. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton, OH, and my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from California State University Long Beach, CA (CSULB). I am board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide psychiatric-mental health treatment, for children, adolescents, and adults.
I am a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority in Washington State. I have 25 years of experience in the treatment of attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, insomnia, behavioral/ impulse control disorders, and thought disorders. I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton, OH, and my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from California State University Long Beach, CA (CSULB). I am board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide psychiatric-mental health treatment, for children, adolescents, and adults.
(253) 259-2337 View (253) 259-2337
Photo of Kris Peterson - Touchstone TMS, MD, RET COL, Psychiatrist
Touchstone TMS
Psychiatrist, MD, RET COL
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Puyallup, WA 98372
Our mission is to provide a path to remission for patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD, among other things. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to overcome depression and we strive to provide the most relevant and effective care under the leadership of Dr. Kris Peterson (our Psychiatrist & Medical Director), a Retired Army Colonel who served for 25 years. Before returning to civilian work, Dr. Peterson was the chief of Psychiatry at Madigan Army Medical Center and has been an ally to both civilian and military patients for nearly 3 decades.
Our mission is to provide a path to remission for patients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD, among other things. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to overcome depression and we strive to provide the most relevant and effective care under the leadership of Dr. Kris Peterson (our Psychiatrist & Medical Director), a Retired Army Colonel who served for 25 years. Before returning to civilian work, Dr. Peterson was the chief of Psychiatry at Madigan Army Medical Center and has been an ally to both civilian and military patients for nearly 3 decades.
(253) 733-0259 View (253) 733-0259
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Al Jerome Cruz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Puyallup, WA 98371
Al Jerome (AJ) is a dual board-certified Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult psychiatric medication management. He also offers Medical Weight loss and Nutritional Psychiatry services. He received his Doctoral degree and post-graduate psychiatric mental health certificate at Duke University. He utilizes a holistic, collaborative, and integrative approach to provide personalized, evidence-based, and non-judgmental psychiatric care. AJ highly values a therapeutic provider-client relationship built in trust, respect, and empathy.
Al Jerome (AJ) is a dual board-certified Family & Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult psychiatric medication management. He also offers Medical Weight loss and Nutritional Psychiatry services. He received his Doctoral degree and post-graduate psychiatric mental health certificate at Duke University. He utilizes a holistic, collaborative, and integrative approach to provide personalized, evidence-based, and non-judgmental psychiatric care. AJ highly values a therapeutic provider-client relationship built in trust, respect, and empathy.
(360) 531-6869 View (360) 531-6869
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Restful Mind Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Puyallup, WA 98371  (Online Only)
Allow me to provide you with experienced knowledgeable care in a friendly comfortable setting. As your partner in your mental health journey I can help you achieve a more peaceful, productive, enjoyable life with up to date treatments and the latest evidence based practice. Using a compassionate, and non judgmental approach creates a safe space to delve into your most difficult issues and realize sustained improvement of symptoms.
Allow me to provide you with experienced knowledgeable care in a friendly comfortable setting. As your partner in your mental health journey I can help you achieve a more peaceful, productive, enjoyable life with up to date treatments and the latest evidence based practice. Using a compassionate, and non judgmental approach creates a safe space to delve into your most difficult issues and realize sustained improvement of symptoms.
(509) 492-5691 View (509) 492-5691
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 Olga Vizcaino, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Olga Vizcaino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Puyallup, WA 98373
Accepting new patients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide advanced specialty medical care with an emphasis on intervention through psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
Accepting new patients! As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I am trained to provide advanced specialty medical care with an emphasis on intervention through psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(253) 352-3683 View (253) 352-3683
Photo of Deanette James, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Deanette James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Enumclaw, WA 98022  (Online Only)
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
Deanette James specializes in providing mental health medication management to women, especially those in the working-class group, who are experiencing the burdens of life. If you are a woman who is a wife, a homemaker, a mother, a professional, a daughter, has family responsibilities, or other factors contributing to a decline in your mental health, she is the person to see. Her services focus on women experiencing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She understands that these disorders are very prevalent and act as determinants of the outcome of a woman's daily life.
(253) 252-5269 View (253) 252-5269
Photo of Stephanie Lamigo Brooks, ARNP, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie Lamigo Brooks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Puyallup, WA 98371
There is no one who does not struggle with different mental health issues that are driven by different pressures, problems, or expectations, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief, or a combination of different mental health issues. Please schedule your visit today, copy and paste this to your browser www.live-well-psychiatry.com and you will be directed to my website or simply click the website tab below my photo. I have partnered with Mindful Therapy Group for scheduling and billing. To schedule an appointment, please call WA: (425) 640-7009 x1
There is no one who does not struggle with different mental health issues that are driven by different pressures, problems, or expectations, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief, or a combination of different mental health issues. Please schedule your visit today, copy and paste this to your browser www.live-well-psychiatry.com and you will be directed to my website or simply click the website tab below my photo. I have partnered with Mindful Therapy Group for scheduling and billing. To schedule an appointment, please call WA: (425) 640-7009 x1
(425) 640-7009 x1 View (425) 640-7009 x1
Photo of Beatrice Kiama, MSN, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Beatrice Kiama
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fife, WA 98424  (Online Only)
I offer Telehealth appointments to all my clients in the comfort of their homes. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a doctorate degree in Nursing, who is experienced in practicing Psychiatric services in outpatient, inpatient, and tele-psychiatry. I offer weekday appointments from 9am-9pm as well as Saturdays from 9am-2pm.
I offer Telehealth appointments to all my clients in the comfort of their homes. I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a doctorate degree in Nursing, who is experienced in practicing Psychiatric services in outpatient, inpatient, and tele-psychiatry. I offer weekday appointments from 9am-9pm as well as Saturdays from 9am-2pm.
(253) 878-7701 View (253) 878-7701
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Holly Brezynski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fife, WA 98424  (Online Only)
Holly is a Washington State board-certified nurse practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree specializing in psychiatry practicing at Wapato Creek Health and Wellness. She offers evidence-based trauma-informed diagnoses of mental health conditions with focuses on depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD for individuals aged 18 through 65. Please note, I am not taking Apple Health patients at this time.
Holly is a Washington State board-certified nurse practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree specializing in psychiatry practicing at Wapato Creek Health and Wellness. She offers evidence-based trauma-informed diagnoses of mental health conditions with focuses on depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar disorder, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD for individuals aged 18 through 65. Please note, I am not taking Apple Health patients at this time.
(253) 352-3048 View (253) 352-3048
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Puyallup, WA 98371
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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Photo of Kourtney Tapnio - Ohana Holistic Psychiatry, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ohana Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Puyallup, WA 98372
July 2024, Accepting New Clients. Welcome! I'm Kourtney Tapnio, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a deep-seated commitment to providing holistic and empathetic care in the realm of mental health. With years of experience in the field, I specialize in devising comprehensive treatment plans that address the individual needs of my patients, ensuring a balanced approach to mental wellness. My practice is built on the cornerstone of compassion and the relentless pursuit of understanding the unique challenges faced by each person I have the privilege to work with.
July 2024, Accepting New Clients. Welcome! I'm Kourtney Tapnio, a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a deep-seated commitment to providing holistic and empathetic care in the realm of mental health. With years of experience in the field, I specialize in devising comprehensive treatment plans that address the individual needs of my patients, ensuring a balanced approach to mental wellness. My practice is built on the cornerstone of compassion and the relentless pursuit of understanding the unique challenges faced by each person I have the privilege to work with.
(346) 239-8809 View (346) 239-8809

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bonney Lake, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bonney Lake, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
86% Trauma and PTSD
86% Sleep or Insomnia
86% Suicidal Ideation
71% ADHD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
86% Aetna
86% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Bonney Lake, WA see their clients

71% Online Only
29% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bonney Lake?

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.