Psychiatrists in Olympia, WA

Photo of undefined - Wright Mind Family Psychiatry, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Wright Mind Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98516
Andrea Wright is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has a gift when it comes to connecting with almost everyone she meets; children and teens actually WANT to talk to "dree". Her energy, compassionate heart, and contagious sense of humor make everyone feel exceptionally comfortable and accepted. Do you wonder if your child has ADHD? Is your teen depressed or anxious? Are you wondering if unresolved trauma is causing you to fear getting close to people? Maybe you have been told you get "too" close. Dree is a licensed and skilled prescriber of psychotropic medications. 712-209-4958. www.wrightmindtherapy.com
Andrea Wright is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who has a gift when it comes to connecting with almost everyone she meets; children and teens actually WANT to talk to "dree". Her energy, compassionate heart, and contagious sense of humor make everyone feel exceptionally comfortable and accepted. Do you wonder if your child has ADHD? Is your teen depressed or anxious? Are you wondering if unresolved trauma is causing you to fear getting close to people? Maybe you have been told you get "too" close. Dree is a licensed and skilled prescriber of psychotropic medications. 712-209-4958. www.wrightmindtherapy.com
(360) 404-7991 View (360) 404-7991
Photo of undefined - Ample Grace Psychiatry , DNP , PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98502  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and DBT-informed therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with visits to suit your schedule.
(253) 600-2854 View (253) 600-2854
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Christle Stanton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98501  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Christle and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Christle is a board-certified Family Medicine and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began her healthcare career over 15 years ago as a registered nurse. She then obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in family medicine in 2012. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below.
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Christle and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Christle is a board-certified Family Medicine and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began her healthcare career over 15 years ago as a registered nurse. She then obtained a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in family medicine in 2012. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below.
(360) 284-1363 View (360) 284-1363
Photo of undefined - Anywhere Wellness Rachael Daniel, ARNP Counseling, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Anywhere Wellness Rachael Daniel, ARNP Counseling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98504  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed? Facing challenges at work, home, or in relationships? Dealing with drinking, substance use, stress eating, or self-care struggles? I provide safe, trusting, warm, non-judgmental counseling. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I value mutual respect, trust, empathy, authenticity, and compassion. Together, we can address your concerns in a private, supportive space. I offer counseling, mental health medication, and weight loss assistance to help you on your journey.
Feeling overwhelmed? Facing challenges at work, home, or in relationships? Dealing with drinking, substance use, stress eating, or self-care struggles? I provide safe, trusting, warm, non-judgmental counseling. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I value mutual respect, trust, empathy, authenticity, and compassion. Together, we can address your concerns in a private, supportive space. I offer counseling, mental health medication, and weight loss assistance to help you on your journey.
(360) 512-7760 View (360) 512-7760
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Jack Mkroyan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98501
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
(360) 997-5552 View (360) 997-5552
Photo of Harvey Hall, PMHNP, FNP-C, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Harvey Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, ARNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98502
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) 375-7181 View (360) 375-7181
Photo of undefined - Raelin Bright Wellness, PhD, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98501  (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, have 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, have 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.
(360) 535-7847 View (360) 535-7847
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Donna Elam
Physician Assistant, MPA-C
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98502
Seeking services for mental health support is an important decision. My purpose in doing this work of psychiatry is to provide clarity and understanding of symptoms that interrupt function and compromise quality of life. It is with this purpose that we, together, devise strategies for raising stress tolerance, setting attainable goals and reaching them. Since 1990 I have been working in health care, from holistic beginnings in massage therapy and nutrition, to addiction medicine, family medicine and migrant health, and now psychiatry and behavioral medicine. I am a Psychiatric Physician Associate.
Seeking services for mental health support is an important decision. My purpose in doing this work of psychiatry is to provide clarity and understanding of symptoms that interrupt function and compromise quality of life. It is with this purpose that we, together, devise strategies for raising stress tolerance, setting attainable goals and reaching them. Since 1990 I have been working in health care, from holistic beginnings in massage therapy and nutrition, to addiction medicine, family medicine and migrant health, and now psychiatry and behavioral medicine. I am a Psychiatric Physician Associate.
(360) 523-7792 View (360) 523-7792
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98506  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(360) 504-4962 View (360) 504-4962
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Claire A Tilley
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98501  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Washington. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, evidence-based medication management, and supportive therapy. I am experienced in helping people with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, panic disorders, OCD, PTSD & bipolar disorders. I appreciate the unique strengths and insights that all people develop through their life experiences.
I am a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Washington. The services I provide include psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, evidence-based medication management, and supportive therapy. I am experienced in helping people with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, panic disorders, OCD, PTSD & bipolar disorders. I appreciate the unique strengths and insights that all people develop through their life experiences.
(206) 489-2964 View (206) 489-2964
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Kristen Pace
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98502
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Seattle University. I have experience working with diverse client populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings and strive to create an environment of collaboration and acceptance. I focus on a holistic, client-centered approach and have training in both trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing. I use an individualized approach focused on evidence-based practice to assist clients in their recovery and wellness journeys.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Seattle University. I have experience working with diverse client populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings and strive to create an environment of collaboration and acceptance. I focus on a holistic, client-centered approach and have training in both trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing. I use an individualized approach focused on evidence-based practice to assist clients in their recovery and wellness journeys.
(360) 215-3130 View (360) 215-3130
Photo of Alyssa Larson, DNP, PMHNP , FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alyssa Larson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP , FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98501  (Online Only)
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Alyssa and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Alyssa Larson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Since receiving her Doctor of Nursing Practice, she has worked closely with patients suffering from a range of mental health disorders in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and adolescent mental health, as well as addiction medicine. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
This profile is managed by Cerebral. To get connected with Alyssa and directly schedule, please click the "my website" button! Alyssa Larson is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Since receiving her Doctor of Nursing Practice, she has worked closely with patients suffering from a range of mental health disorders in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and adolescent mental health, as well as addiction medicine. To see if you are eligible for insurance coverage, please use your phone's camera app to scan the QR code below:
(360) 994-1545 View (360) 994-1545
Photo of Michelle Lea Bajema, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michelle Lea Bajema
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98501
Accepting new patients! Are you ready to see a professional who will actively listen? Are you considering medications to ease your symptoms? I am a person-centered psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in diagnosing mental health disorders & prescribing psychiatric medications. Sometimes, physical disorders cause mental suffering; I am medically trained to identify and differentiate between medical and psychological underlying factors. I respect your thoughts, feelings, beliefs & philosophy. I will treat you as a unique & deserving person.
Accepting new patients! Are you ready to see a professional who will actively listen? Are you considering medications to ease your symptoms? I am a person-centered psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in diagnosing mental health disorders & prescribing psychiatric medications. Sometimes, physical disorders cause mental suffering; I am medically trained to identify and differentiate between medical and psychological underlying factors. I respect your thoughts, feelings, beliefs & philosophy. I will treat you as a unique & deserving person.
(360) 230-6660 View (360) 230-6660
Photo of James McLemore, ARNP, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
James McLemore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98503
My goal is to provide quality mental health medication management services to the residents of Washington State in an accessible manner. I work primarily with adults and have experience in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of mental health concerns, if you have specific questions or concerns please reach out and we can discuss this. I am an Army Veteran and so can relate to the experience of former and current service members. It is my goal to provide comprehensive care to those with whom i work and ensure that all of their concerns are heard and addressed.
My goal is to provide quality mental health medication management services to the residents of Washington State in an accessible manner. I work primarily with adults and have experience in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of mental health concerns, if you have specific questions or concerns please reach out and we can discuss this. I am an Army Veteran and so can relate to the experience of former and current service members. It is my goal to provide comprehensive care to those with whom i work and ensure that all of their concerns are heard and addressed.
(509) 412-3508 View (509) 412-3508
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Linda Kellams-Keith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98502
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in this specialty for over 20 years. My office is a warm and welcoming place and my goal is to ensure that my clients feel safe and heard. However, I am not accepting new clients at this time.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has worked in this specialty for over 20 years. My office is a warm and welcoming place and my goal is to ensure that my clients feel safe and heard. However, I am not accepting new clients at this time.
(360) 709-3332 View (360) 709-3332
Photo of Jeanette G Revay, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanette G Revay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98501
We facilitate lives to sobriety and returning them to their path of becoming the person they were meant to be. I believe that everyone is created for a purpose. With our help, we will help you to find freedom to find that purpose through treatment, compassion and fellowship. Helping family and friends to understand what has happened with their loved one and why. Help them to understand what addiction is and to understand the way back and the possibilities available to their loved one and how they can help them to recover. Help the addicted one and their family to restore family relationships that have been damaged and broken
We facilitate lives to sobriety and returning them to their path of becoming the person they were meant to be. I believe that everyone is created for a purpose. With our help, we will help you to find freedom to find that purpose through treatment, compassion and fellowship. Helping family and friends to understand what has happened with their loved one and why. Help them to understand what addiction is and to understand the way back and the possibilities available to their loved one and how they can help them to recover. Help the addicted one and their family to restore family relationships that have been damaged and broken
(360) 810-5440 View (360) 810-5440
Photo of undefined - Genuine Healthcare, PLLC, ARNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Genuine Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98502
Now accepting new patients! Genuine Healthcare is proud to serve a diverse population of mental health clients. We see patients from all walks of life and in all age groups, providing support for children as young as six years old. By offering our appointments both in person or via telemedicine, we are able to serve a wider community across the state of Washington. We value the importance of building a strong patient-provider relationship, which is why we have four providers from various backgrounds so that you may find one who fits your specific needs. To explore our providers' bios, visit the About Us section of our website.
Now accepting new patients! Genuine Healthcare is proud to serve a diverse population of mental health clients. We see patients from all walks of life and in all age groups, providing support for children as young as six years old. By offering our appointments both in person or via telemedicine, we are able to serve a wider community across the state of Washington. We value the importance of building a strong patient-provider relationship, which is why we have four providers from various backgrounds so that you may find one who fits your specific needs. To explore our providers' bios, visit the About Us section of our website.
(360) 215-2481 View (360) 215-2481
Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98501
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/CA
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/CA
(360) 492-4403 View (360) 492-4403
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Mary Fredericks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98502  (Online Only)
Mary Fredericks is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Science in Nursing. Mary has several years of experience in the healthcare field and has an extensive background in Emergency Medicine. She has spent the last 10 years in psychiatry working with both inpatient and outpatient clients. Her experience includes but is not limited to: the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD.
Mary Fredericks is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Science in Nursing. Mary has several years of experience in the healthcare field and has an extensive background in Emergency Medicine. She has spent the last 10 years in psychiatry working with both inpatient and outpatient clients. Her experience includes but is not limited to: the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, and PTSD.
(360) 207-2997 View (360) 207-2997
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ClearTMS+
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, TMS
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98501
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed by depression or other mental health challenges? We understand how difficult it can be to find a treatment that works for you. But there's no need to lose hope. TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved, revolutionary, and non-invasive solution that can help you unlock a brighter tomorrow. At ClearTMS+, we believe in transforming minds and elevating lives. That's why we offer a personalized, safe, and effective approach that can help you revitalize your well-being. We understand that every journey to mental health is unique, which is why we tailor our therapy to meet your specific needs. With TMS Therapy, you can elevate your mood, restore balance, and rediscover the joy of living. Experience the transformative power of non-invasive technology and embrace a brighter, healthier tomorrow. Schedule a TMS therapy consultation with us today and join the journey to mental well-being.
Accepting new patients! Are you feeling overwhelmed by depression or other mental health challenges? We understand how difficult it can be to find a treatment that works for you. But there's no need to lose hope. TMS Therapy is an FDA-approved, revolutionary, and non-invasive solution that can help you unlock a brighter tomorrow. At ClearTMS+, we believe in transforming minds and elevating lives. That's why we offer a personalized, safe, and effective approach that can help you revitalize your well-being. We understand that every journey to mental health is unique, which is why we tailor our therapy to meet your specific needs. With TMS Therapy, you can elevate your mood, restore balance, and rediscover the joy of living. Experience the transformative power of non-invasive technology and embrace a brighter, healthier tomorrow. Schedule a TMS therapy consultation with us today and join the journey to mental well-being.
(360) 523-1403 View (360) 523-1403

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Olympia, WA

50+

Average cost per session

$237

Psychiatrists in Olympia, WA who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
90% Depression
86% Medication Management
84% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
74% ADHD
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

82% Aetna
82% First Choice Health | FCH
82% Premera

How Psychiatrists in Olympia, WA see their clients

57% In Person and Online
43% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
31% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Olympia?

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.