Psychiatrists in Maple Valley, WA

Photo of Advanced Wellness Mental Health, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Advanced Wellness Mental Health, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN/Ed, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Maple Valley, WA 98038  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting patients via telehealth. Online appointments are conducted from the comfort of your home or private work space, using secure video chat technology. We have two board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Chandra Cogburn and Shanti Herzog. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, and psychiatric medication management treatment. Medication appointments are typically accompanied by brief counseling where we focus on achieving your overall health goals. We encourage people to also have a primary talk therapist for more comprehensive therapy. We see ages 5 and above to adult.
We are currently accepting patients via telehealth. Online appointments are conducted from the comfort of your home or private work space, using secure video chat technology. We have two board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Chandra Cogburn and Shanti Herzog. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, and psychiatric medication management treatment. Medication appointments are typically accompanied by brief counseling where we focus on achieving your overall health goals. We encourage people to also have a primary talk therapist for more comprehensive therapy. We see ages 5 and above to adult.
(425) 310-4239 View (425) 310-4239
Photo of Liza Partlow Lohse, Psychiatrist in Maple Valley, WA
Liza Partlow Lohse
Psychiatrist
Verified
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Liza Partlow Lohse, MD, is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist, licensed in the state of Washington. She has over 15 years of experience in outpatient psychiatry; in private practice, university and hospital settings. Dr. Partlow Lohse's goal is to work in collaboration with clients to achieve their mental health goals via psychiatric evaluation and treatment planning using a wholistic approach. That can include focus on lifestyle factors including sleep, nutrition and exercise as well as utilizing behavioral strategies and medication management.
Liza Partlow Lohse, MD, is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist, licensed in the state of Washington. She has over 15 years of experience in outpatient psychiatry; in private practice, university and hospital settings. Dr. Partlow Lohse's goal is to work in collaboration with clients to achieve their mental health goals via psychiatric evaluation and treatment planning using a wholistic approach. That can include focus on lifestyle factors including sleep, nutrition and exercise as well as utilizing behavioral strategies and medication management.
(425) 517-2191 View (425) 517-2191
Photo of Saskia Vonmichalofski, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Saskia Vonmichalofski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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 Melissa J Spencer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Melissa J Spencer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Maple Valley, WA 98038
My focus is medication management. I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness that prevents people from getting the support they need. I am a fierce advocate of LGBTQ+ persons and of anyone else who needs my support. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric conditions: mood disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and many more. I work with adults and teens to determine an appropriate combination of both medications and psychotherapy.
My focus is medication management. I am an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness that prevents people from getting the support they need. I am a fierce advocate of LGBTQ+ persons and of anyone else who needs my support. I have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric conditions: mood disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and many more. I work with adults and teens to determine an appropriate combination of both medications and psychotherapy.
(206) 339-5809 View (206) 339-5809
Photo of Rebekah Strong, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Rebekah Strong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Maple Valley, WA 98038
I am board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Washington. I love caring for clients seeking medication management while planning pregnancy, already pregnant, and in the postpartum period. I welcome non-gestational partners (of all genders) during the first year after baby’s birth I see adult clients with a variety of mental health issues and diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar spectrum disorders, panic disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
I am board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I hold a Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Washington. I love caring for clients seeking medication management while planning pregnancy, already pregnant, and in the postpartum period. I welcome non-gestational partners (of all genders) during the first year after baby’s birth I see adult clients with a variety of mental health issues and diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar spectrum disorders, panic disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
(425) 230-4370 View (425) 230-4370
Photo of Ryan Thebo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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
(253) 528-8245 View (253) 528-8245
Photo of Leah Haddad, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Leah Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 553-3385 View (253) 553-3385
Photo of Jonathan Allotey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Jonathan Allotey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide Telemedicine (Online Psychiatry) Services, so that you can conveniently be seen from your home for psychiatry appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as an in-person office visit and I can also address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness. My aim is to help you to thrive at your best! You can easily self-schedule a Telepsychiatry video appointment now at: www.pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(253) 364-4343 View (253) 364-4343
Photo of Jack Mkroyan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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
(253) 338-8657 View (253) 338-8657

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Ike Uzowulu, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Kent, WA 98042  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia, stress and sleep related disorders
(425) 217-8780 View (425) 217-8780
Photo of Dr. Jade Goodloe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Dr. Jade Goodloe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Kent, WA 98042  (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.
View
Neupathway LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Kent, WA 98042
Accepting new clients same week availability................................... Neupathway is deeply passionate about delivering exceptional mental health care that makes a significant positive impact on her patients' well-being. Her unwavering commitment to the field is reflected in her dedication to addressing the complexities of mental health, with a particular emphasis on anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.In an ever-evolving field, Eirin stays current with the latest research and therapeutic techniques to ensure that her patients receive the highest standard of care.
Accepting new clients same week availability................................... Neupathway is deeply passionate about delivering exceptional mental health care that makes a significant positive impact on her patients' well-being. Her unwavering commitment to the field is reflected in her dedication to addressing the complexities of mental health, with a particular emphasis on anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.In an ever-evolving field, Eirin stays current with the latest research and therapeutic techniques to ensure that her patients receive the highest standard of care.
(425) 584-6202 View (425) 584-6202
Photo of Harvey Hall, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Harvey Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, CCM-R, ARNP
Verified
Kent, WA 98030
Accepting New Patients, even on Saturday and can see patients through Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine, and we do have some evening appts available as well. Trained as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. Master’s trained from the University of Cincinnati and Touro University; also have degrees from Pacific Lutheran University in Nursing and the University of Oklahoma. I have a background in military medicine, and have served populations that have been diverse and underserved. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working with social workers and caregivers for and in behalf of foster children.
Accepting New Patients, even on Saturday and can see patients through Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine, and we do have some evening appts available as well. Trained as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. Master’s trained from the University of Cincinnati and Touro University; also have degrees from Pacific Lutheran University in Nursing and the University of Oklahoma. I have a background in military medicine, and have served populations that have been diverse and underserved. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working with social workers and caregivers for and in behalf of foster children.
(360) 346-9520 View (360) 346-9520
Photo of Active Path Mental Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Active Path Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Renton, WA 98057
Find hope for treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder and anxiety. At Active Path Mental Health, we are dedicated to guiding you on your unique journey to mental well-being. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you find your path to a happier, healthier life. We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, Spravato (esketamine), medication management, and short-term CBT talk therapy. Our program is not seeing patients with ADHD and does not prescribe controlled substances. UPDATE: We are currently full and are not accepting new patients for talk therapy.
Find hope for treatment-resistant depression, major depressive disorder and anxiety. At Active Path Mental Health, we are dedicated to guiding you on your unique journey to mental well-being. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to helping you find your path to a happier, healthier life. We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, Spravato (esketamine), medication management, and short-term CBT talk therapy. Our program is not seeing patients with ADHD and does not prescribe controlled substances. UPDATE: We are currently full and are not accepting new patients for talk therapy.
(425) 414-3264 View (425) 414-3264
Photo of Naumi Mbuli Munyoki, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Naumi Mbuli Munyoki
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Renton, WA 98057
As a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I offer psychiatric medication management with supportive therapy. Your treatment plan may involve prescribing medication, therapy, or a combination of both. I also provide education on life skills for recovery, coping skills, lifestyle changes, and self-care strategies. I believe in a patient-centered care approach that emphasizes the respect and compassion I have for my clients.
As a board-certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I offer psychiatric medication management with supportive therapy. Your treatment plan may involve prescribing medication, therapy, or a combination of both. I also provide education on life skills for recovery, coping skills, lifestyle changes, and self-care strategies. I believe in a patient-centered care approach that emphasizes the respect and compassion I have for my clients.
(509) 283-8616 View (509) 283-8616
Photo of Stephanie Nagai, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Stephanie Nagai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified
Renton, WA 98057
Accepting new clients. As a board psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), I am able to provide a comprehensive mental health assessment and medication management. It is my belief that collaborating with patients and families can result in better outcomes and satisfaction. I am passionate in partnering with clients to develop realistic goals. Typically, appointments may be more frequent until we establish stability. I provide brief supportive therapy and medication management. I look forward to being a partner in your healing journey.
Accepting new clients. As a board psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), I am able to provide a comprehensive mental health assessment and medication management. It is my belief that collaborating with patients and families can result in better outcomes and satisfaction. I am passionate in partnering with clients to develop realistic goals. Typically, appointments may be more frequent until we establish stability. I provide brief supportive therapy and medication management. I look forward to being a partner in your healing journey.
(425) 215-0944 View (425) 215-0944
Photo of Neupathway LLC (Mirandine Fitchette), Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Neupathway LLC (Mirandine Fitchette)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, BC, MSN/DNP
Verified
Renton, WA 98057
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
Photo of Erin Frame, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Erin Frame
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified
Kent, WA 98030  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State.I have a passion to work with children, teenagers, and their families in order to support and provide guidance to those who are challenged by a mental illness.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and am licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Washington State.I have a passion to work with children, teenagers, and their families in order to support and provide guidance to those who are challenged by a mental illness.
(425) 529-5090 View (425) 529-5090
Photo of Vibrant Mental Wellness- Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
Vibrant Mental Wellness- Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APR, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Auburn, WA 98071  (Online Only)
I am a board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients of all ages from children, adolescents adults to older Adults. I have been working in the field of mental for the past 10 years since i was a psychiatric mental health technician/assistant to now Psychiatric Mental health nurse practitioner for the past 10 years which has now become a passion. I truly care and listen to my patients. Book an appointment lets talk and explore options. I provide a holistic approach via Telemedicine. My aim is to improve your mental health which will truly can be a life changer
I am a board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner treating patients of all ages from children, adolescents adults to older Adults. I have been working in the field of mental for the past 10 years since i was a psychiatric mental health technician/assistant to now Psychiatric Mental health nurse practitioner for the past 10 years which has now become a passion. I truly care and listen to my patients. Book an appointment lets talk and explore options. I provide a holistic approach via Telemedicine. My aim is to improve your mental health which will truly can be a life changer
(206) 800-7583 View (206) 800-7583
Photo of The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Maple Valley, WA
The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Renton, WA 98057  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(206) 222-8796 View (206) 222-8796

See more therapy options for Maple Valley

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Maple Valley, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Maple Valley, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Medication Management
78% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
56% Depression

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Premera
89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Maple Valley, WA see their clients

89% In Person and Online
11% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Maple Valley?

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.