Psychiatrists in Issaquah, WA

Photo of Schevon Pierre - Centered Mind Counseling Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Issaquah, WA
Schevon Pierre - Centered Mind Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Issaquah, WA 98027  (Online Only)
NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. I love being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I get to do what I love, while making a difference in the lives of others. Getting to collaborate with clients to determine a course of action to address their needs, and help them realize those goals. I fully believe that there is a solution for every difficult situation we may face - it just takes work to find it sometimes, and finding solutions; that is my passion.
NEW PATIENT APPOINTMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. I love being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I get to do what I love, while making a difference in the lives of others. Getting to collaborate with clients to determine a course of action to address their needs, and help them realize those goals. I fully believe that there is a solution for every difficult situation we may face - it just takes work to find it sometimes, and finding solutions; that is my passion.
(425) 269-3277 View (425) 269-3277
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Neupathway LLC (Mirandine Fitchette)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, BC, MSN/DNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ......... Mirandine is a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She provides psychiatric/mental health services to clients across the lifespan (adults, adolescents, children as young as six years old). Our utmost dedication lies in offering exceptional in-person and tele-psychiatry services that encompass comprehensive care and prioritize the delivery of high-quality healthcare. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, we kindly invite you to visit our website at neupathway.com/appointments.
Accepting New Clients! Same Week Availability! ......... Mirandine is a board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She provides psychiatric/mental health services to clients across the lifespan (adults, adolescents, children as young as six years old). Our utmost dedication lies in offering exceptional in-person and tele-psychiatry services that encompass comprehensive care and prioritize the delivery of high-quality healthcare. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, we kindly invite you to visit our website at neupathway.com/appointments.
(425) 389-4199 View (425) 389-4199
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Rachel Lee@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
Rachel Lee is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), that treats patients across the lifespan. She is experienced in both Pediatric and Adult care and has worked in a multitude of clinical environments. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and completed her graduate studies at Seattle University (FNP) and Frontier Nursing University (PMHNP). She enjoys creating tailored holistic treatment plans for her patients, integrating pharmacotherapy and therapeutic modalities of care.
Rachel Lee is a dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), that treats patients across the lifespan. She is experienced in both Pediatric and Adult care and has worked in a multitude of clinical environments. Rachel earned her undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and completed her graduate studies at Seattle University (FNP) and Frontier Nursing University (PMHNP). She enjoys creating tailored holistic treatment plans for her patients, integrating pharmacotherapy and therapeutic modalities of care.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Wadsworth Psychiatric Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, JD
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
Accepting new patients with appointments available in the same week. Treatment for children and adults with various conditions. Conditions treated but not limited to are: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD (children and adults), Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia, Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Dependence, and Dementia.
Accepting new patients with appointments available in the same week. Treatment for children and adults with various conditions. Conditions treated but not limited to are: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD (children and adults), Mood Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia, Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Dependence, and Dementia.
(425) 230-4447 View (425) 230-4447
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Amanpreet Cheema - Centered Mind Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Issaquah, WA 98027
Accepting new patients. If you’re coping with a serious mental health condition, you know how discouraging it is when you just can’t get relief. Maybe you've already tried alternative treatments which might have helped for a while, but find you are still struggling. I am passionate about providing holistic, compassionate, and culturally sensitive care. I work with you to create a tailored and evidenced-based treatment plan to improve wellness, decrease symptoms, and sustain recovery. Relief is possible! Imagine having more peace of mind, clarity, and direction. More satisfying relationships, more energy, and more joy in your life.
Accepting new patients. If you’re coping with a serious mental health condition, you know how discouraging it is when you just can’t get relief. Maybe you've already tried alternative treatments which might have helped for a while, but find you are still struggling. I am passionate about providing holistic, compassionate, and culturally sensitive care. I work with you to create a tailored and evidenced-based treatment plan to improve wellness, decrease symptoms, and sustain recovery. Relief is possible! Imagine having more peace of mind, clarity, and direction. More satisfying relationships, more energy, and more joy in your life.
(425) 269-3277 View (425) 269-3277
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Dr. Kristeen Seratt@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
Dr. Seratt is a Family Nurse Practitioner that treats patients across the lifespan. She has a particular interest in Women's health and working with young families and individuals across the lifespan. Dr. Seratt is a certified perinatal mental health specialist and provides specialty care during the perinatal and postnatal period. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Pacific Lutheran University. She believes in using pharmaceuticals as part of a larger toolbox to support individuals as they work towards maximizing their whole health.
Dr. Seratt is a Family Nurse Practitioner that treats patients across the lifespan. She has a particular interest in Women's health and working with young families and individuals across the lifespan. Dr. Seratt is a certified perinatal mental health specialist and provides specialty care during the perinatal and postnatal period. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Pacific Lutheran University. She believes in using pharmaceuticals as part of a larger toolbox to support individuals as they work towards maximizing their whole health.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Jennie Brown - Centered Mind Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Issaquah, WA 98027
Currently accepting new child, adolescent, and adult clients remotely or in person! I provide collaborative, evidence-based, trauma-informed psychiatric services, both in person and remotely. I love getting to know my clients and their stories; everyone has unique strengths to draw upon in treatment. For the past ten years I have provided psychiatric services to clients of all ages. I have additional training and specialization in child, adolescent, and young adult psychiatric care, as well as LGBTQIA+ care. In addition to medication management services, I provide brief therapeutic interventions to support ongoing psychotherapy
Currently accepting new child, adolescent, and adult clients remotely or in person! I provide collaborative, evidence-based, trauma-informed psychiatric services, both in person and remotely. I love getting to know my clients and their stories; everyone has unique strengths to draw upon in treatment. For the past ten years I have provided psychiatric services to clients of all ages. I have additional training and specialization in child, adolescent, and young adult psychiatric care, as well as LGBTQIA+ care. In addition to medication management services, I provide brief therapeutic interventions to support ongoing psychotherapy
(425) 269-3277 View (425) 269-3277
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Jennifer Morris@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
Jennifer Morris is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides holistic mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. She completed her graduate studies at Lincoln memorial university. Jennifer has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings. She is passionate about providing holistic psychiatric care for all her patients. She is committed to building a warm and empathic relationship with individualized care for each patient.
Jennifer Morris is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides holistic mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. She completed her graduate studies at Lincoln memorial university. Jennifer has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings. She is passionate about providing holistic psychiatric care for all her patients. She is committed to building a warm and empathic relationship with individualized care for each patient.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Saskia Vonmichalofski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Washington State ( License AP60003268). I received Baccalaureate Degrees in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Washington in 1988, and a Master's Degree in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Washington in 2007. I worked in inpatient and outpatient settings as a Psychiatric Nurse and have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting as a Psychiatric ARNP. In my free time I enjoy hiking, skiing, trail running and reading.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Washington State ( License AP60003268). I received Baccalaureate Degrees in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Washington in 1988, and a Master's Degree in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Washington in 2007. I worked in inpatient and outpatient settings as a Psychiatric Nurse and have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting as a Psychiatric ARNP. In my free time I enjoy hiking, skiing, trail running and reading.
(425) 390-8875 View (425) 390-8875
Photo of Centered Mind - Child & Adult Medication Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Issaquah, WA
Centered Mind - Child & Adult Medication Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Issaquah, WA 98027  (Online Only)
New Patient Medication Management Appointments available for children, adolescents & adults. When the load is too heavy; and psychotherapy alone, or other alternative treatments are just not enough. Let our experts at Centered Mind Counseling help you or your child find relief so that you can find more peace of mind, clarity and direction.
New Patient Medication Management Appointments available for children, adolescents & adults. When the load is too heavy; and psychotherapy alone, or other alternative treatments are just not enough. Let our experts at Centered Mind Counseling help you or your child find relief so that you can find more peace of mind, clarity and direction.
(425) 269-3277 View (425) 269-3277
Photo of Julie Lesko, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Issaquah, WA
Julie Lesko, ARNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98029
What keeps you from reaching your potential? My treatment focus is for those age 17 and older, seeking assessments and treatment for ADHD and associated issues. My patients come from many backgrounds and stages of life, but they have in common a desire to find out why they have to work so much longer and harder to accomplish tasks that others complete easily and in a brief amount of time. If is frustrating, discouraging and anxiety-provoking to see one's peers advance and succeed while you seem to struggle just to maintain basic expectations at school or in career, call for a complimentary 15-minute consultation.
What keeps you from reaching your potential? My treatment focus is for those age 17 and older, seeking assessments and treatment for ADHD and associated issues. My patients come from many backgrounds and stages of life, but they have in common a desire to find out why they have to work so much longer and harder to accomplish tasks that others complete easily and in a brief amount of time. If is frustrating, discouraging and anxiety-provoking to see one's peers advance and succeed while you seem to struggle just to maintain basic expectations at school or in career, call for a complimentary 15-minute consultation.
(425) 276-7265 View (425) 276-7265
Photo of Jessica Johnson - Centered Mind Counseling Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Issaquah, WA
Jessica Johnson - Centered Mind Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP , BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Issaquah, WA 98027
Now Accepting New Patients. I am an experienced child, adolescent & adult psychiatric medication management provider. While I treat all ages, my primary focus is with children, adolescents, and autism throughout the lifespan. I believe in a partnership between provider and client. I seek to get to know my client as well as their goals for treatment so that I may use my skills/expertise to assist them in meeting those goals. I know that my clients place their trust in me when they seek care. I take seriously my responsibility to be knowledgeable stay current in evidence and research for psychiatric treatment.
Now Accepting New Patients. I am an experienced child, adolescent & adult psychiatric medication management provider. While I treat all ages, my primary focus is with children, adolescents, and autism throughout the lifespan. I believe in a partnership between provider and client. I seek to get to know my client as well as their goals for treatment so that I may use my skills/expertise to assist them in meeting those goals. I know that my clients place their trust in me when they seek care. I take seriously my responsibility to be knowledgeable stay current in evidence and research for psychiatric treatment.
(425) 269-3277 View (425) 269-3277
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(206) 558-0582 View (206) 558-0582
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Audrey Church
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
Audrey Church ARNP is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the state of Washington. She has 27 years of experience in outpatient settings, community mental health, medical centers clinics, private practice and corrections. Ms. Church's goal is to work in collaboration with clients to achieve their mental health goals. She offers holistic, client-centered care using nutrition and other lifestyle modalities in addition to medicine. She works with client's therapists and primary care doctors to help clients as part of their care team.
Audrey Church ARNP is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the state of Washington. She has 27 years of experience in outpatient settings, community mental health, medical centers clinics, private practice and corrections. Ms. Church's goal is to work in collaboration with clients to achieve their mental health goals. She offers holistic, client-centered care using nutrition and other lifestyle modalities in addition to medicine. She works with client's therapists and primary care doctors to help clients as part of their care team.
(509) 517-6587 View (509) 517-6587
Photo of Tanja Quarles@ Family Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Issaquah, WA
Tanja Quarles@ Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
Tanja Quarles is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides holistic mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. A Massachusetts native, she completed her graduate studies at Regis College and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings. Tanja is passionate about providing evidence-based integrative psychiatric care to all her patients. Committed to practicing with empathy, she believes in the importance of individualized treatment plans based on a person’s unique goals of care.
Tanja Quarles is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides holistic mental health care to individuals across the lifespan. A Massachusetts native, she completed her graduate studies at Regis College and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings. Tanja is passionate about providing evidence-based integrative psychiatric care to all her patients. Committed to practicing with empathy, she believes in the importance of individualized treatment plans based on a person’s unique goals of care.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
Accepting New Patients: Family Psychiatry is committed to meeting the needs of our community by providing the best Psychiatric care for individuals of all ages and families. Our providers are trained as a Child & Adolescent specialist and also see patients across the lifespan including adults. We believes in a developmental approach that includes understanding both neuro-biological processes and bio-psychosocial issues.
Accepting New Patients: Family Psychiatry is committed to meeting the needs of our community by providing the best Psychiatric care for individuals of all ages and families. Our providers are trained as a Child & Adolescent specialist and also see patients across the lifespan including adults. We believes in a developmental approach that includes understanding both neuro-biological processes and bio-psychosocial issues.
(206) 501-4342 View (206) 501-4342
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Neupathway (Gabriel Taylor-Parsons)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! SAME WEEK AVAILABILITY! ......... I am Gabriel Taylor-Parsons, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the integrated approach of medication management and psychotherapy for patients with various mental health disorders such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Attacks, and more. Our primary focus is to provide comprehensive tele-psychiatry services that prioritize both quality and excellence in healthcare.
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! SAME WEEK AVAILABILITY! ......... I am Gabriel Taylor-Parsons, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in the integrated approach of medication management and psychotherapy for patients with various mental health disorders such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Attacks, and more. Our primary focus is to provide comprehensive tele-psychiatry services that prioritize both quality and excellence in healthcare.
(971) 206-6292 View (971) 206-6292
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Dr. Katherine Glass @ Montenegro And Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Issaquah, WA 98027  (Online Only)
As a triple boarded physician, I completed my residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, ranked number 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. My integrated training in pediatrics and psychiatry offers a unique perspective, combining expertise in both fields to provide comprehensive mental health assessments.
As a triple boarded physician, I completed my residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, ranked number 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. My integrated training in pediatrics and psychiatry offers a unique perspective, combining expertise in both fields to provide comprehensive mental health assessments.
(206) 944-6461 View (206) 944-6461
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PhillWell Healthcare Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027  (Online Only)
As a psychiatric practitioner, my goal is to provide inclusive care to all of my patients. I believe that every person has the right to access high-quality mental health care, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances. I am passionate about promoting mental health equity and breaking down barriers to care for marginalized communities. I value the importance of building meaningful relationships with my patients, and I am committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care.
As a psychiatric practitioner, my goal is to provide inclusive care to all of my patients. I believe that every person has the right to access high-quality mental health care, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances. I am passionate about promoting mental health equity and breaking down barriers to care for marginalized communities. I value the importance of building meaningful relationships with my patients, and I am committed to providing compassionate and evidence-based care.
(626) 382-2408 View (626) 382-2408
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Prisca Nwizugbo
Psychiatric Nurse, MN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Issaquah, WA 98027
My goal for every client that I encounter is to have them walk out of their session feeling better than they did when they arrived. This is true even when a client's needs are best served elsewhere. Through the utilization of a teamwork approach, I believe that you are the authority of your own mind. I emphasize the prevention of new issues, relapses, and symptom reduction, whilst achieving the highest level of wellness possible. I look forward to being with you every step of the way, on your journey to good health.
My goal for every client that I encounter is to have them walk out of their session feeling better than they did when they arrived. This is true even when a client's needs are best served elsewhere. Through the utilization of a teamwork approach, I believe that you are the authority of your own mind. I emphasize the prevention of new issues, relapses, and symptom reduction, whilst achieving the highest level of wellness possible. I look forward to being with you every step of the way, on your journey to good health.
(425) 405-6476 View (425) 405-6476

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Issaquah, WA

20+

Average cost per session

$260

Psychiatrists in Issaquah, WA who prioritize treating:

97% Medication Management
93% Depression
93% Anxiety
90% ADHD
83% Bipolar Disorder
76% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% Regence
83% Premera
79% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Issaquah, WA see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

85% Female
15% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Issaquah?

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.