Psychiatrists in Mukilteo, WA

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Rafael Achacoso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I'm thrilled to announce that I have immediate openings available for new patients. As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space where your mental health is the priority. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. My practice places a strong emphasis on treating ADHD, anxiety and depression. With a personalized approach, I help patients manage their symptoms, improve daily functioning, and enhance overall quality of life.
Hello and welcome! I'm thrilled to announce that I have immediate openings available for new patients. As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space where your mental health is the priority. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. My practice places a strong emphasis on treating ADHD, anxiety and depression. With a personalized approach, I help patients manage their symptoms, improve daily functioning, and enhance overall quality of life.
(509) 732-9815 View (509) 732-9815
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Jessica England ARNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I work with individuals to achieve optimal mental health through collaborative, supportive care. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, medication management, health education and brief counseling to adults. My specialties include ADHD and OCD. I am limited in my ability to manage clients that have experienced recent hospitalization or have a personality or eating disorders and need a high level of support to maintain safety.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I work with individuals to achieve optimal mental health through collaborative, supportive care. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, medication management, health education and brief counseling to adults. My specialties include ADHD and OCD. I am limited in my ability to manage clients that have experienced recent hospitalization or have a personality or eating disorders and need a high level of support to maintain safety.
(425) 640-7009 View (425) 640-7009
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Rafael Achacoso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275  (Online Only)
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. As an immigrant from the Philippines & a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I offer a distinct viewpoint on mental health. My experience as an inpatient psychiatric provider, treating clients with complex symptoms and those in active crisis, significantly deepens my understanding and knowledge base.
As a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, my mission is to offer a safe, warm, and inviting space. I provide comprehensive medication management, ensuring that any medications prescribed are effectively addressing your symptoms while minimizing side effects. As an immigrant from the Philippines & a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I offer a distinct viewpoint on mental health. My experience as an inpatient psychiatric provider, treating clients with complex symptoms and those in active crisis, significantly deepens my understanding and knowledge base.
(425) 333-2766 View (425) 333-2766
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Jana Robison
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Currently accepting new med management clients (updated 5/10/2024). I welcome children, teens, and young adults into my office, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I look forward to learning from my clients and their families, encouraging them all to live a life to their fullest potential with their most authentic self. My sincerest goal is to partner with you in getting where your child wants to be so that your child can live their best life! There is always hope. There is no room for blame, shame, or stigma in my office.
Currently accepting new med management clients (updated 5/10/2024). I welcome children, teens, and young adults into my office, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I look forward to learning from my clients and their families, encouraging them all to live a life to their fullest potential with their most authentic self. My sincerest goal is to partner with you in getting where your child wants to be so that your child can live their best life! There is always hope. There is no room for blame, shame, or stigma in my office.
(425) 437-3043 View (425) 437-3043

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Susan Foote
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043  (Online Only)
Ms. Foote is now accepting new clients at Mindful Therapy Group in Mountlake Terrace. She specializes in children and young adults including those during Parapartum period. Often people are struggling with life challenges where it feels overwhelming or it is just not possible to reach out to family and loved ones. She actively listens throughout the treatment process to assist the client to realize the underlying vulnerabilities and struggles that contribute to their mental health challenges. Her work is to assess the etiologies (biologic/genetic/social influences) that contribute to your mental health struggles and challenges.
Ms. Foote is now accepting new clients at Mindful Therapy Group in Mountlake Terrace. She specializes in children and young adults including those during Parapartum period. Often people are struggling with life challenges where it feels overwhelming or it is just not possible to reach out to family and loved ones. She actively listens throughout the treatment process to assist the client to realize the underlying vulnerabilities and struggles that contribute to their mental health challenges. Her work is to assess the etiologies (biologic/genetic/social influences) that contribute to your mental health struggles and challenges.
(425) 640-7009 View (425) 640-7009
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Dr T Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98208  (Online Only)
In these times of COVID-19 Are you feeling Anxious and WORRIED? Do you feel depressed? Have your previous treatments failed? Are you experiencing problems remembering things and maintaining a normal weight? Do you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, trauma issues? Do you experience painful shyness? Are you haunted by unexplained physical symptoms and the doctors have said that "it is all in your head?" I am here to help you.
In these times of COVID-19 Are you feeling Anxious and WORRIED? Do you feel depressed? Have your previous treatments failed? Are you experiencing problems remembering things and maintaining a normal weight? Do you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, trauma issues? Do you experience painful shyness? Are you haunted by unexplained physical symptoms and the doctors have said that "it is all in your head?" I am here to help you.
(425) 312-6188 View (425) 312-6188
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Jabari Dobson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98208
Hi, I’m Jabari Dobson. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental nurse practitioner for all ages. I provide medication management, psychotherapy, and other great care. My specialties include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and more. My therapeutic approach is to use a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic methods to achieve healing and understanding within all of my patients. My patient focus is not limited to any specific group as I wish to serve anyone within need of care.
Hi, I’m Jabari Dobson. I am a board-certified psychiatric mental nurse practitioner for all ages. I provide medication management, psychotherapy, and other great care. My specialties include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and more. My therapeutic approach is to use a combination of medication management, therapy, and holistic methods to achieve healing and understanding within all of my patients. My patient focus is not limited to any specific group as I wish to serve anyone within need of care.
(509) 567-2977 View (509) 567-2977
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Maryam Sajjad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98203  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am highly patient-centered. I enjoy treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as depressive disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, substance use disorders, and insomnia. I am enthusiastic about treating those struggling with substance use disorder and depression. Mutual respect and open communication are critical to the treatment journey; therefore, I respect my patients’ time and value their input regarding their treatment plans.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am highly patient-centered. I enjoy treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders, such as depressive disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, substance use disorders, and insomnia. I am enthusiastic about treating those struggling with substance use disorder and depression. Mutual respect and open communication are critical to the treatment journey; therefore, I respect my patients’ time and value their input regarding their treatment plans.
(425) 842-1124 View (425) 842-1124
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Dr. Loan Pham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043  (Online Only)
Does it feel like life keeps serving up endless ways to stress you out? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by daily life problems and global crises like climate change, conflicts around the world, racism, homelessness, economic injustice, and so much more. These are all part of the fabric of the human race, but the solutions to all these problems come from the power within. It’s important to draw on your inner strength to help you overcome fear, doubt, shame, negative self talk, feeling like you’re not enough, as well as anxiety and depression.
Does it feel like life keeps serving up endless ways to stress you out? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by daily life problems and global crises like climate change, conflicts around the world, racism, homelessness, economic injustice, and so much more. These are all part of the fabric of the human race, but the solutions to all these problems come from the power within. It’s important to draw on your inner strength to help you overcome fear, doubt, shame, negative self talk, feeling like you’re not enough, as well as anxiety and depression.
(253) 527-6759 View (253) 527-6759
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Latosha Katrice Walker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
It is essential for me to establish rapport and trust to provide quality care to patients as well as address the patient's issues and needs. As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand the need to be heard, to be seen, and to be acknowledged. Also, being authentic, genuine, and true are important aspects that I will bring to the table. I want clients to know there is no judgment here only an open door policy where people can freely express themselves in a safe environment. My goal is to help you be the best person you can be.
It is essential for me to establish rapport and trust to provide quality care to patients as well as address the patient's issues and needs. As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand the need to be heard, to be seen, and to be acknowledged. Also, being authentic, genuine, and true are important aspects that I will bring to the table. I want clients to know there is no judgment here only an open door policy where people can freely express themselves in a safe environment. My goal is to help you be the best person you can be.
(206) 312-6313 View (206) 312-6313
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Dani McLaughlin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98201
Appointments can be booked on my website www.northwestintegrativepsychiatry.com under the Services tab. About me: My name is Dani McLaughlin and I’m a doctorally-prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I approach treatment from a holistic perspective considering how physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being impacts mental illness. I recognize that each individual is unique with different concerns and goals for treatment. I value collaboration and will work alongside you on your journey toward better mental health.
Appointments can be booked on my website www.northwestintegrativepsychiatry.com under the Services tab. About me: My name is Dani McLaughlin and I’m a doctorally-prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I approach treatment from a holistic perspective considering how physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being impacts mental illness. I recognize that each individual is unique with different concerns and goals for treatment. I value collaboration and will work alongside you on your journey toward better mental health.
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Arsalan Hamid
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043  (Online Only)
Introducing Arsalan, a compassionate board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a license to practice in Washington. Arsalan's primary goal is to collaborate with individuals, supporting them on their personal journey towards mental well-being. Recognizing the inherent beauty of the human mind, Arsalan approaches care with gentleness and a holistic perspective. Together, you and Arsalan will create treatment goals and develop personalized pathways tailored to your specific needs.
Introducing Arsalan, a compassionate board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with a license to practice in Washington. Arsalan's primary goal is to collaborate with individuals, supporting them on their personal journey towards mental well-being. Recognizing the inherent beauty of the human mind, Arsalan approaches care with gentleness and a holistic perspective. Together, you and Arsalan will create treatment goals and develop personalized pathways tailored to your specific needs.
(206) 578-3322 View (206) 578-3322
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Dr. Kelly C. Aldinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSW, RYT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98208  (Online Only)
APRIL 2024 - OPEN www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Hello! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring diverse professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
APRIL 2024 - OPEN www.upwellpsych.com/contact . Hello! I'm a doctor of nursing practice who is passionate about helping people access their own strengths. I am committed to walking beside you as you gain insight, learn new skills, and grow the self-belief to create the life you want to live. I firmly believe that one path does not fit all, and my life is evidence of that. I worked as a therapist prior to becoming a PMHNP, and bring diverse professional, educational and life experience to each session. Using empathy and authenticity, my goal is to help you find and live your own truth.
(360) 685-1658 View (360) 685-1658
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Mind and Behavior Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ARNP, MN
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Specializing in medication management with therapy for ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Addiction, and Co-occurring Disorder treatment. Hyesoon Choi ARNP likes to see herself a little differently, right now she’s at the peak of her life. One of her beliefs is "Knowledge is not the power. Practiced knowledge is the power". She likes to share her knowledge and hopes that her audience will practice that knowledge to find their happiness within.
Specializing in medication management with therapy for ADHD, Anxiety, Mood, Addiction, and Co-occurring Disorder treatment. Hyesoon Choi ARNP likes to see herself a little differently, right now she’s at the peak of her life. One of her beliefs is "Knowledge is not the power. Practiced knowledge is the power". She likes to share her knowledge and hopes that her audience will practice that knowledge to find their happiness within.
(425) 332-7502 View (425) 332-7502
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Frantz Georges
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Everett, WA 98208  (Online Only)
Hello this is Dr. Frantz Georges (psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I’ve been workinag as mental health nurse for over 25 years and as a practitioner the past 6 years. I treat patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders. I treat each one of my patients individually and provide the best possible care to them. If you are looking for someone to listen to your needs and to take time to understand your problems (situation); you have found the right provider. Once again I treat individuals from 5-100 years old with a variety of mental health disorders.
Hello this is Dr. Frantz Georges (psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). I’ve been workinag as mental health nurse for over 25 years and as a practitioner the past 6 years. I treat patients with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychotic disorders. I treat each one of my patients individually and provide the best possible care to them. If you are looking for someone to listen to your needs and to take time to understand your problems (situation); you have found the right provider. Once again I treat individuals from 5-100 years old with a variety of mental health disorders.
(206) 737-1624 View (206) 737-1624
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Empathetic Care PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Are you in need of mental health services? Look no further! My name is Derby Rousseau. I am a board-certified psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I hold a doctorate in nursing practice, and I have been practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, since November 2020. My goal is to enhance access to high-quality, evidence-based, mental health services for those suffering from mood, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and ADHD. As such, I provide both in-person and telehealth appointments. My advanced practice philosophy emphasizes patient advocacy, and the provision of empathetic and patient-centered care.
Are you in need of mental health services? Look no further! My name is Derby Rousseau. I am a board-certified psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I hold a doctorate in nursing practice, and I have been practicing as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, since November 2020. My goal is to enhance access to high-quality, evidence-based, mental health services for those suffering from mood, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and ADHD. As such, I provide both in-person and telehealth appointments. My advanced practice philosophy emphasizes patient advocacy, and the provision of empathetic and patient-centered care.
(425) 640-7009 x1 View (425) 640-7009 x1
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Mercy Wainaina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, MPH, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Medication Management and Talk Therapy available! Telehealth & In-person available! I am doctoral prepared and board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic background. My goal is to advocate for the patients who struggle to be heard or respected and to manage mental health treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
Medication Management and Talk Therapy available! Telehealth & In-person available! I am doctoral prepared and board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). My experience covers a broad spectrum of providing a multitude of services to individuals and families from all walks of life and economic background. My goal is to advocate for the patients who struggle to be heard or respected and to manage mental health treatment with compassion, understanding, and attention to holistic care. We will collaborate together to identify the best holistic approach.
(360) 282-0077 View (360) 282-0077
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Sandra F. Carrier
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, ARNP
Verified Verified
Everett, WA 98201
Welcome! I am an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice. I provide evaluations, medication management, and individual therapy. I require ALL POTENTIAL NEW CLIENTS TO ASK THEIR CURRENT PROVIDER TO SEND A REFERRAL BY FAX to 1-425-449-4091. I am accepting FAXED REFERRALS ONLY. Emails through Psychology Today will NOT receive a response.
Welcome! I am an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice. I provide evaluations, medication management, and individual therapy. I require ALL POTENTIAL NEW CLIENTS TO ASK THEIR CURRENT PROVIDER TO SEND A REFERRAL BY FAX to 1-425-449-4091. I am accepting FAXED REFERRALS ONLY. Emails through Psychology Today will NOT receive a response.
(425) 598-0327 View (425) 598-0327
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Compass Psychiatric Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mill Creek, WA 98012
Compass Psychiatric Wellness is a Portland based clinic with offices in NE Portland, Lake Oswego and Hazel Dell. We work with older teens and adults dealing with a wide range of psychiatric concerns who are looking for medication management with adjunctive psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions. Our goal is to conduct a thorough psychiatric evaluation and make evidence based recommendations that align with our clients' preferences and goals.
Compass Psychiatric Wellness is a Portland based clinic with offices in NE Portland, Lake Oswego and Hazel Dell. We work with older teens and adults dealing with a wide range of psychiatric concerns who are looking for medication management with adjunctive psychotherapy and lifestyle interventions. Our goal is to conduct a thorough psychiatric evaluation and make evidence based recommendations that align with our clients' preferences and goals.
(971) 306-4749 View (971) 306-4749
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Bothell, WA 98021
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
Are you struggling to balance your mental and physical health and in need of a more comprehensive approach? No problem! I provide holistic online psychiatry services (telemedicine), so that you can conveniently be seen in the comfort of your home for appointments and medication management without the need to travel! I provide the same psychiatry services as in-person visits and I will address other aspects that encompass your complete wellness beyond a standard psychiatry visit. My aim is for you to truly thrive at your best! You can conveniently self-schedule a holistic psychiatry video appointment right now at: pwpsychiatry.com/WA
(206) 472-1743 View (206) 472-1743

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Number of Psychiatrists in Mukilteo, WA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Mukilteo, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% First Choice Health | FCH

How Psychiatrists in Mukilteo, WA see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Mukilteo?

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.