Psychiatrists in Federal Way, WA

Photo of Tara Barrentine, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tara Barrentine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98001
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
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Christopher Sheets
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, RN
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98003
For 20 years I have worked with people suffering from both temporary and more long-term mental health concerns in varying capacities. Are you dealing with relationship trauma, depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, external stressors, or other mental health issues and have goals you'd like to meet? Then I would like to help. I recognize the need to individualize care and tailor the treatment plan to patient preferences. To do so, I encourage an open dialogue as this is the best way for us to move forward as a care team.
For 20 years I have worked with people suffering from both temporary and more long-term mental health concerns in varying capacities. Are you dealing with relationship trauma, depression, anxiety, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, external stressors, or other mental health issues and have goals you'd like to meet? Then I would like to help. I recognize the need to individualize care and tailor the treatment plan to patient preferences. To do so, I encourage an open dialogue as this is the best way for us to move forward as a care team.
(253) 400-1806 View (253) 400-1806
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Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98023  (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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VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98003  (Online Only)
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Washington state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates. Also accepting some insurance plans.
We are board-certified to treat Children and Adults. Accepting new patients via telehealth visits in Washington state for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates. Also accepting some insurance plans.
(253) 528-7487 View (253) 528-7487
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Amanda P Bailey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMHC, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Federal Way, WA 98003
If you are considering starting medication for depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns, I can help you decide the best course of action, whether it is medication or a different avenue. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I do medication management with adults. I work with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression and bipolar, as well as mental health treatment with pregnant and postpartum women. I will work with you to determine a plan appropriate for your individual needs, which may include therapy, medication or both.
If you are considering starting medication for depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns, I can help you decide the best course of action, whether it is medication or a different avenue. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I do medication management with adults. I work with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression and bipolar, as well as mental health treatment with pregnant and postpartum women. I will work with you to determine a plan appropriate for your individual needs, which may include therapy, medication or both.
(253) 544-3700 View (253) 544-3700
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Agnes Ndiritu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Federal Way, WA 98003
Mental illness is a shrouded enemy that often unveils itself only when those plagued by it, reach a breaking point. Left untreated, mental illness will permeate work, home and social environments, destroying confidence, hope, ambitions, and any sense of purpose. As I've navigated mental health treatment, I've witnessed first hand the insufferable pain, untreated mental illness can cause on patients' lives. I've conversely seen patients thrive with treatment and support. I have an 8.5 year experience as an PMHNP, and have also been incredibly blessed with a keen sense of compassion! So, don't suffer alone. Please call or email me.
Mental illness is a shrouded enemy that often unveils itself only when those plagued by it, reach a breaking point. Left untreated, mental illness will permeate work, home and social environments, destroying confidence, hope, ambitions, and any sense of purpose. As I've navigated mental health treatment, I've witnessed first hand the insufferable pain, untreated mental illness can cause on patients' lives. I've conversely seen patients thrive with treatment and support. I have an 8.5 year experience as an PMHNP, and have also been incredibly blessed with a keen sense of compassion! So, don't suffer alone. Please call or email me.
(425) 490-5183 View (425) 490-5183
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Harvey William Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98003
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
As a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am equipped to provide comprehensive care for individuals and families facing mental health challenges. My training and experience have prepared me to work with a diverse range of patients, including those from under-served populations. I have a background in military medicine, working my way from being an army medic to supervising the army's busiest emergency department. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working closely with social workers and caregivers to advocate for the needs of foster children.
(360) 228-3547 View (360) 228-3547
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M. Wallace Williams at Motiva Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98003
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
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Taqialdeen Zamil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98023  (Online Only)
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
Welcome to my practice. With over a decade of diverse clinical experience, I've had the privilege of guiding clients through the intricate landscape of mental health. From adolescents struggling with identity issues, adults combating anxiety, to those deciphering the layers of substance use, depressive or bipolar disorders, PTSD, or OCD, I've witnessed the resilience of the human spirit. I'm passionate about providing evidence-based, compassionate care to empower individuals to reclaim control and joy in their lives. If you seek a deeper understanding and the tools to flourish, I'm here to support you on this transformative journey.
(509) 652-2470 View (509) 652-2470
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NeuroStim TMS Centers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Federal Way, WA 98001
PROVEN NON-DRUG TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION. We specialize in TMS Therapy, a revolutionary FDA-Approved treatment that is providing new HOPE and HEALING to thousands of patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and similar disorders. TMS is a safe and highly effective treatment that is covered by most insurances. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression, anxiety, and similar disorders. TMS provides substantial relief and even complete remission in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
PROVEN NON-DRUG TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION. We specialize in TMS Therapy, a revolutionary FDA-Approved treatment that is providing new HOPE and HEALING to thousands of patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and similar disorders. TMS is a safe and highly effective treatment that is covered by most insurances. It works by stimulating areas of the brain that are under-active in patients with severe depression, anxiety, and similar disorders. TMS provides substantial relief and even complete remission in those who have not obtained benefit from medications, or prefer not to take medications for any reason.
(888) 963-9467 View (888) 963-9467
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Damian Oliver
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98023  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients w/ Convenient before work virtual time slots starting at 6am. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience treating adults on an inpatient, residential, and outreach basis and have worked with patients experiencing a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorders, ADHD, personality disorders, psychotic disorders. I strive to work with clients to develop a plan for treatment that meets their needs and fits their values. I use goal oriented, evidence-based approaches to achieve the highest level of patient care.
Accepting New Clients w/ Convenient before work virtual time slots starting at 6am. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have experience treating adults on an inpatient, residential, and outreach basis and have worked with patients experiencing a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorders, ADHD, personality disorders, psychotic disorders. I strive to work with clients to develop a plan for treatment that meets their needs and fits their values. I use goal oriented, evidence-based approaches to achieve the highest level of patient care.
(206) 466-0143 View (206) 466-0143
Dr. Sammy Gathiru
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Federal Way, WA 98003
Accepting New Clients! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment by incorporating psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and alternative treatment modalities to best address the concern at hand. I provide a client-centered method of treatment, which includes educating clients about their diagnosis, treatment options and working with the client to develop a unique treatment plan tailored to fit each individual.
Accepting New Clients! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment by incorporating psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and alternative treatment modalities to best address the concern at hand. I provide a client-centered method of treatment, which includes educating clients about their diagnosis, treatment options and working with the client to develop a unique treatment plan tailored to fit each individual.
(253) 785-6249 View (253) 785-6249
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Matt Kilgore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98001
Accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). My prior work history includes cardiac care, acute care, and acute inpatient detoxification units with a subspecialty in mental healthcare. I earned my Bachelor’s in Biology, my Master of Science (MSN), and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), all from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
Accepting new patients! I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). My prior work history includes cardiac care, acute care, and acute inpatient detoxification units with a subspecialty in mental healthcare. I earned my Bachelor’s in Biology, my Master of Science (MSN), and my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), all from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.
(360) 523-1686 View (360) 523-1686
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Bradley Brosius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98023
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I practice in Tacoma, and welcome all potential clients who want to meet with their provider in person for their mental healthcare. I also provide Telehealth services to meet with any client throughout the state of Washington, though I do request our first visit be in person to facilitate the establishment of a strong patient provider relationship. Originally from Utah, I have lived in the PNW for 10 years, after beginning my nursing career in the US Army.
I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I practice in Tacoma, and welcome all potential clients who want to meet with their provider in person for their mental healthcare. I also provide Telehealth services to meet with any client throughout the state of Washington, though I do request our first visit be in person to facilitate the establishment of a strong patient provider relationship. Originally from Utah, I have lived in the PNW for 10 years, after beginning my nursing career in the US Army.
(253) 398-7860 View (253) 398-7860
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Lynn-Marie Peashka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Federal Way, WA 98023  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Lynn-Marie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of nursing experience. I specialize in depression, anxiety, PTSD. I earned my Master's Degree in Nursing in Washington State University and work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Lynn-Marie and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of nursing experience. I specialize in depression, anxiety, PTSD. I earned my Master's Degree in Nursing in Washington State University and work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(206) 589-1834 View (206) 589-1834
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Quality Care Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98003
I am accepting new clients NOW that are cash pay only. New patient appointments are $250 and follow ups are $125 All appointments are Telemedicine. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full Prescriptive authority in the state of Washington. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psycho-education and supportive counseling. My clients have experienced treatment that is client centered, evidence based, and that recognizes the uniqueness of all individuals. I am a compassionate, caring, and empathetic provider.
I am accepting new clients NOW that are cash pay only. New patient appointments are $250 and follow ups are $125 All appointments are Telemedicine. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with full Prescriptive authority in the state of Washington. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psycho-education and supportive counseling. My clients have experienced treatment that is client centered, evidence based, and that recognizes the uniqueness of all individuals. I am a compassionate, caring, and empathetic provider.
(253) 466-7538 View (253) 466-7538
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Mental Health For All Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Federal Way, WA 98023  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and I completed my graduate program at Walden University. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducation, as well as an evidence-based practice of medication prescribing and management. As a mental health provider, I value providing psychiatric care that supports holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit, and greatly appreciate collaboration with other health care providers to ensure an integrated care approach.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and I completed my graduate program at Walden University. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducation, as well as an evidence-based practice of medication prescribing and management. As a mental health provider, I value providing psychiatric care that supports holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit, and greatly appreciate collaboration with other health care providers to ensure an integrated care approach.
(509) 253-8515 View (509) 253-8515
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Heramba Mental Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98063
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, and in-person appointments 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, and in-person appointments 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) 676-9510 View (253) 676-9510
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Se Won Min
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98001
I am a doctorally prepared advanced practice registered nurse (ARNP). I received a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Washington. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I pursued my studies in the field of mental health because I wanted to give patients more individualized psychiatric care and positively impact their lives in holistic ways. In my practice, I practice psychiatry with strong emphasis on patient well-being, evidence-based practice and treatment plan that incorporates the goals and needs of her patients.
I am a doctorally prepared advanced practice registered nurse (ARNP). I received a Doctoral degree in Nursing Practice (DNP) from University of Washington. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I pursued my studies in the field of mental health because I wanted to give patients more individualized psychiatric care and positively impact their lives in holistic ways. In my practice, I practice psychiatry with strong emphasis on patient well-being, evidence-based practice and treatment plan that incorporates the goals and needs of her patients.
(425) 532-4820 View (425) 532-4820
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Paul Okoronkwo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP -, BC
Verified Verified
Federal Way, WA 98023
Are you feeling down or hopeless about your future? Do you always feeling anxious or have panic attacks that you are scared to go out in public? Are you struggling to concentrate better on tasks either at work or in school? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. We treat clients with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, and many more. We are currently ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. CHECK OUT WHAT OTHER CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US AT: https://provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
Are you feeling down or hopeless about your future? Do you always feeling anxious or have panic attacks that you are scared to go out in public? Are you struggling to concentrate better on tasks either at work or in school? You are not alone. We are here to help you balance your physical and mental health and improve your performance. We treat clients with ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, and many more. We are currently ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. CHECK OUT WHAT OTHER CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US AT: https://provider.kareo.com/paul-okoronkwo
(206) 457-1033 View (206) 457-1033

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Federal Way, WA

20+

Average cost per session

$235

Psychiatrists in Federal Way, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
96% Bipolar Disorder
91% Medication Management
87% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
78% Trauma and PTSD
74% Stress

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Regence

How Psychiatrists in Federal Way, WA see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Federal Way?

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.