Psychiatrists in Spokane, WA

Photo of Candice Barnett, Psychiatrist in Spokane, WA
Candice Barnett
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
My diverse training background provides a perspective and treatment that goes beyond the individual psyche. Not only is each individual created with unique talents, abilities, and purpose, but each individual also needs to be connected to something bigger. My mission is to assist the individual, child or adult to thrive, which can sometimes require therapy, medications, or both. I have been trained in family structural therapy that can provide surprising results through family involvement even without medications. Let's collaborate and cultivate your new life together.
My diverse training background provides a perspective and treatment that goes beyond the individual psyche. Not only is each individual created with unique talents, abilities, and purpose, but each individual also needs to be connected to something bigger. My mission is to assist the individual, child or adult to thrive, which can sometimes require therapy, medications, or both. I have been trained in family structural therapy that can provide surprising results through family involvement even without medications. Let's collaborate and cultivate your new life together.
(509) 400-5770 View (509) 400-5770
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Grace A Madueke
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99204  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Grace. I am accepting new clients! I work with persons of all ages, who are seeking to be heard, seen, and understood. Persons who might be struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and other mental health disorders. Your worth is not tied to your struggle. Are you seeking a professional who listens without judgement, who recognizes that every person's mental health needs are unique? I am available early mornings, late evenings and weekends.
Hello! I'm Grace. I am accepting new clients! I work with persons of all ages, who are seeking to be heard, seen, and understood. Persons who might be struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and other mental health disorders. Your worth is not tied to your struggle. Are you seeking a professional who listens without judgement, who recognizes that every person's mental health needs are unique? I am available early mornings, late evenings and weekends.
(509) 260-3493 View (509) 260-3493
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Cedarwood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99205  (Online Only)
A compassionate, dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner highly regarded for 3+ years of success providing advanced, comprehensive Nursing care with a high degree of accuracy. Are you tired of second-guessing yourself, feeling disorganized, or powerless? Are you ready to experience healthier relationships with others with a higher quality and balanced life? I specialize in helping people stay on track, clarify their goals, and co-create the life they want in a safe and healthy environment. We treat Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating Disorders. Virtual Appointments Only (Telehealth)
A compassionate, dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner highly regarded for 3+ years of success providing advanced, comprehensive Nursing care with a high degree of accuracy. Are you tired of second-guessing yourself, feeling disorganized, or powerless? Are you ready to experience healthier relationships with others with a higher quality and balanced life? I specialize in helping people stay on track, clarify their goals, and co-create the life they want in a safe and healthy environment. We treat Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Eating Disorders. Virtual Appointments Only (Telehealth)
(509) 738-1983 View (509) 738-1983
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Justine Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP,, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
Hi, my name is Justine Jones and I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of nursing experience. I treat patients throughout the lifespan and particularly enjoy working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I specialize in mood disorders including ODD, DMDD, bipolar, depression, and anxiety, and am an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. I also have personal experience with the foster care system and with adoption. I believe in care with compassion and equality and in finding the good in every person. I will be in private practice and my business is InfluencingGrowth.
Hi, my name is Justine Jones and I am a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 15 years of nursing experience. I treat patients throughout the lifespan and particularly enjoy working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I specialize in mood disorders including ODD, DMDD, bipolar, depression, and anxiety, and am an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. I also have personal experience with the foster care system and with adoption. I believe in care with compassion and equality and in finding the good in every person. I will be in private practice and my business is InfluencingGrowth.
(509) 348-4951 View (509) 348-4951
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Ginette M. DiDomenico
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
Hi. The mind is very similar to our physical bodies; symptoms develop to let us know that something is amiss. Environments, stress, and trauma influence these symptoms. As our physical bodies seek to heal themselves, so does our minds. Difficulties can be looked at as opportunites for growth. I seek to come alongside and work together to help the healing and growth through therapy and if need be medication. Medication is not sufficent alone. Just as the physical body seeks to heal itself when hurt, so the mind/soul with encouragement can heal.
Hi. The mind is very similar to our physical bodies; symptoms develop to let us know that something is amiss. Environments, stress, and trauma influence these symptoms. As our physical bodies seek to heal themselves, so does our minds. Difficulties can be looked at as opportunites for growth. I seek to come alongside and work together to help the healing and growth through therapy and if need be medication. Medication is not sufficent alone. Just as the physical body seeks to heal itself when hurt, so the mind/soul with encouragement can heal.
(425) 276-7884 View (425) 276-7884
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Madeline Jacobs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
Madeline Jacobs is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University and has been working in the psychiatric field since 2015. She has worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest LGBT Center in the country, and would love the opportunity to broaden the reach of LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care through telepsychiatry. She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), an evidence-based trauma therapy. She takes a trauma-informed perspective on mental health care. In-office visits near Portland, OR available!
(360) 795-5027 x2 View (360) 795-5027 x2
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Mental Health For All Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
Mental Health For All is a diverse group of mental health professionals serving Washington through telehealth visits. Our mental health professionals see children, adolescents, and adults and specialize in a multitude of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, behavioral, schizophrenia, eating disorders, , and personality disorders and learning issues including ADHD.
Mental Health For All is a diverse group of mental health professionals serving Washington through telehealth visits. Our mental health professionals see children, adolescents, and adults and specialize in a multitude of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, behavioral, schizophrenia, eating disorders, , and personality disorders and learning issues including ADHD.
(509) 236-8743 View (509) 236-8743
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Dawn Mason
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99210
Accepting New Patients! I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained at Gonzaga University and experienced in all facets of mental health. I continually stay updated on current technologies and treatments to ensure treatment is precise and personalized. I am invested in helping clients to achieve their best life and full functioning. I work to provide treatment that allows for new HOPE and HEALING to patients who are struggling. I offer diagnostic, medication management, genetic testing for medication metabolism, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation services.
Accepting New Patients! I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner trained at Gonzaga University and experienced in all facets of mental health. I continually stay updated on current technologies and treatments to ensure treatment is precise and personalized. I am invested in helping clients to achieve their best life and full functioning. I work to provide treatment that allows for new HOPE and HEALING to patients who are struggling. I offer diagnostic, medication management, genetic testing for medication metabolism, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation services.
(509) 245-1258 View (509) 245-1258
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Dr. Tundike Gore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment for women and men is my core specialty. ADHD is a "Sticky Ball", rolling as we age, picking up all kinds of symptoms. It is often misdiagnosed medically by blaming the hormones or as another mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, stress, bipolar disorder, or believing that ADHD is a childhood condition. Anxiety, panic, depression, insomnia, mood swings, anger, self blame are all symptoms of ADHD. My goal is to brighten your daily life and lift you out of the current state of misdiagnosis and medication failures that are causing unmanageable difficulties in your life.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treatment for women and men is my core specialty. ADHD is a "Sticky Ball", rolling as we age, picking up all kinds of symptoms. It is often misdiagnosed medically by blaming the hormones or as another mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, stress, bipolar disorder, or believing that ADHD is a childhood condition. Anxiety, panic, depression, insomnia, mood swings, anger, self blame are all symptoms of ADHD. My goal is to brighten your daily life and lift you out of the current state of misdiagnosis and medication failures that are causing unmanageable difficulties in your life.
(509) 600-1124 View (509) 600-1124
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AMOMA Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99204
I provide virtual/telehealth mental health services, particularly medication management.The appointments are provided via a live, secure and HIPAA compliant video conference platform. With this platform, I can provide health care in the comfort and privacy of your own home with just a click of a button.I am committed in providing individualized care to patients based on their specific needs and expectations.I can help you make informed decisions regarding medication treatment and symptom management.
I provide virtual/telehealth mental health services, particularly medication management.The appointments are provided via a live, secure and HIPAA compliant video conference platform. With this platform, I can provide health care in the comfort and privacy of your own home with just a click of a button.I am committed in providing individualized care to patients based on their specific needs and expectations.I can help you make informed decisions regarding medication treatment and symptom management.
(509) 739-3549 View (509) 739-3549
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Molly Oakley, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99204
My office in Spokane is accepting new clients. My name is Molly Oakley. I am a Spokane native who studied at Yale University to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I trained and worked across the country for several years before returning to Spokane to start Panoramic Psychiatry, with the goal of providing high quality, psychiatric care in a comfortable environment to residents of the Inland Northwest.
My office in Spokane is accepting new clients. My name is Molly Oakley. I am a Spokane native who studied at Yale University to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I trained and worked across the country for several years before returning to Spokane to start Panoramic Psychiatry, with the goal of providing high quality, psychiatric care in a comfortable environment to residents of the Inland Northwest.
(509) 822-2856 View (509) 822-2856
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Dr. Kelsey Martell - Mountain Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99201
I’m an integrative psychiatrist and psychotherapist who believes in the innate healing power of the mind, body, and spirit. I help adults who struggle with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD/trauma harness the power of their experiences and emotions to restore self-confidence, reconnect with their purpose, pursue fulfilling relationships, and accomplish their personal and professional goals with joy. I also have a special interest in working with healthcare professionals to heal from work related trauma and find fulfillment in their career again.
I’m an integrative psychiatrist and psychotherapist who believes in the innate healing power of the mind, body, and spirit. I help adults who struggle with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, and PTSD/trauma harness the power of their experiences and emotions to restore self-confidence, reconnect with their purpose, pursue fulfilling relationships, and accomplish their personal and professional goals with joy. I also have a special interest in working with healthcare professionals to heal from work related trauma and find fulfillment in their career again.
(509) 567-3734 View (509) 567-3734
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Raelin Bright Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
Tired of ER visits due to panic attacks? Do you feel anxious, sad, out of control, or overwhelmed? Do you have racing thoughts, nightmares or trouble sleeping, or trouble relaxing? Are you feeling sad, like a dark cloud is over you or experiencing trauma responses? Do you feel treated as a number, not a person, when seeking help? I provide mental health treatment that is tailored to fit your needs. My approach is person-centered; I have mastered listening and recognizing people’s needs. I treat with evidence-based practices and believe in medication reduction as much as possible to avoid people being on too many medications.
(206) 558-0582 View (206) 558-0582
Photo of Rebecca Merritt, Psychiatrist in Spokane, WA
Rebecca Merritt
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
Every human being is unique, with their own identity, history, heritage, and set of individual life circumstances. Each person is deserving of being heard with acceptance, kindness, and respect. One's mental health relates directly to these life factors as well as to one's physical and spiritual well-being. As a psychiatrist, I consider myself to be just one part in a person's journey back to health, and I look forward to working with you.
Every human being is unique, with their own identity, history, heritage, and set of individual life circumstances. Each person is deserving of being heard with acceptance, kindness, and respect. One's mental health relates directly to these life factors as well as to one's physical and spiritual well-being. As a psychiatrist, I consider myself to be just one part in a person's journey back to health, and I look forward to working with you.
(509) 318-2465 View (509) 318-2465
Photo of Nicholas Goodwin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Spokane, WA
Nicholas Goodwin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99205
At Goodwin Health Cafe we offer the following psychiatric services: 1) Esketamine (Spravato), Transcranial Magenetic Stimulation (TMS), Intramuscular Ketamine (out of pocket only), psychiatric medication management. We accept most insurances, but coverage can vary based off of the specific service.
At Goodwin Health Cafe we offer the following psychiatric services: 1) Esketamine (Spravato), Transcranial Magenetic Stimulation (TMS), Intramuscular Ketamine (out of pocket only), psychiatric medication management. We accept most insurances, but coverage can vary based off of the specific service.
(509) 300-3974 View (509) 300-3974
Photo of Dr. Sean Ziegler, Psychiatrist in Spokane, WA
Dr. Sean Ziegler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99204
Immediate availability for medication management (virtual or in Spokane), or TMS services (Spokane only). Hello, I am Dr. Sean Ziegler. I am a board certified psychiatrist, seeing adults in Washington. I strive to provide professional, compassionate, high quality individualized care. Disruptions to your well being often involve a combination of social, biologic, and psychological factors. We will identify and address what can be changed. It might be difficult to fit an appointment in your busy day; I offer early morning, evening, and weekend hours. I do have an office available if an in person visit is needed.
Immediate availability for medication management (virtual or in Spokane), or TMS services (Spokane only). Hello, I am Dr. Sean Ziegler. I am a board certified psychiatrist, seeing adults in Washington. I strive to provide professional, compassionate, high quality individualized care. Disruptions to your well being often involve a combination of social, biologic, and psychological factors. We will identify and address what can be changed. It might be difficult to fit an appointment in your busy day; I offer early morning, evening, and weekend hours. I do have an office available if an in person visit is needed.
(509) 816-4000 View (509) 816-4000
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Raphael Yaw Mprah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
I am Raphael Mprah, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC). My practice centers around assessing and treating adults and young adults dealing with various mental health conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and dementia. My experience spans across outpatient and inpatient settings, where I collaborate closely with fellow healthcare professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.
I am Raphael Mprah, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certified (PMHNP-BC). My practice centers around assessing and treating adults and young adults dealing with various mental health conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and dementia. My experience spans across outpatient and inpatient settings, where I collaborate closely with fellow healthcare professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.
(509) 258-5461 View (509) 258-5461
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Salient Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Akosua, Obeng, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201
I offer client-focused and compassionate mental health treatment for patients of varying ages, from 18 years and above. My area of expertise includes managing clients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, Autism Schizophrenia, and more. My approach to the treatment of mental health illness is a collaborative approach with the patient. I take into consideration my clients' past experiences and treatments, remaining sensitive to the patient’s perspective and including them in the treatment approach. My treatment plans are client specific and tailored to each client’s specific needs and goals.
I offer client-focused and compassionate mental health treatment for patients of varying ages, from 18 years and above. My area of expertise includes managing clients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, ADHD, Autism Schizophrenia, and more. My approach to the treatment of mental health illness is a collaborative approach with the patient. I take into consideration my clients' past experiences and treatments, remaining sensitive to the patient’s perspective and including them in the treatment approach. My treatment plans are client specific and tailored to each client’s specific needs and goals.
(512) 886-9200 View (512) 886-9200
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Tonya Garman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Spokane, WA 99204
I have seen firsthand how life can throw unexpected situations at someone and how hard the adjustments can be on an individual and their families. It is easy to become overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed in life circumstances or due to organic conditions of mental health. I work with patients by addressing their symptoms and implement the appropriate treatment plan to achieve a successful outcome. I have provided exceptional patient care and successful outcomes for a diverse range of patients, conditions and ages.
I have seen firsthand how life can throw unexpected situations at someone and how hard the adjustments can be on an individual and their families. It is easy to become overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed in life circumstances or due to organic conditions of mental health. I work with patients by addressing their symptoms and implement the appropriate treatment plan to achieve a successful outcome. I have provided exceptional patient care and successful outcomes for a diverse range of patients, conditions and ages.
(509) 245-1332 View (509) 245-1332
PsyKey Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Spokane, WA 99201  (Online Only)
I am currently accepting new patients! As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to work together to unlock and achieve the best version of yourself. I will provide comprehensive, empathic care from diagnosis to medication management. I use brief psychotherapy in session when obstacles arise hindering your journey. I have experience with patients that includes both inpatient and outpatient settings and I treat age populations from 18 and up.
I am currently accepting new patients! As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my goal is to work together to unlock and achieve the best version of yourself. I will provide comprehensive, empathic care from diagnosis to medication management. I use brief psychotherapy in session when obstacles arise hindering your journey. I have experience with patients that includes both inpatient and outpatient settings and I treat age populations from 18 and up.
(509) 284-8598 View (509) 284-8598

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Spokane, WA

100+

Average cost per session

$237

Psychiatrists in Spokane, WA who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
93% Anxiety
84% Medication Management
80% ADHD
79% Bipolar Disorder
77% Trauma and PTSD
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
85% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Spokane, WA see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

78% Female
21% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Spokane?

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.