Psychiatrists in Tumwater, WA

Photo of Febbie Mutindori, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Febbie Mutindori
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tumwater, WA 98501
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), passionate about helping individuals achieve emotional well-being. I hold a Master's degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), passionate about helping individuals achieve emotional well-being. I hold a Master's degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric Mental Health.
(360) 531-7957 View (360) 531-7957
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Valerie Brandt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tumwater, WA 98501  (Online Only)
As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide compassionate and evidence-based care to clients ages 18 and up. I help clients work through issues including anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, and ADHD. With a special focus and passion for healthcare workers and first responders, I bring a unique understanding of the challenges and stressors faced by those in demanding professions and the psychological impact of high-stress environments. Whether it's managing work-related stress, navigating trauma exposure, or addressing burnout, I provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to heal and thrive.
As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide compassionate and evidence-based care to clients ages 18 and up. I help clients work through issues including anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, and ADHD. With a special focus and passion for healthcare workers and first responders, I bring a unique understanding of the challenges and stressors faced by those in demanding professions and the psychological impact of high-stress environments. Whether it's managing work-related stress, navigating trauma exposure, or addressing burnout, I provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to heal and thrive.
(360) 854-3318 View (360) 854-3318
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Harvey Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C, CCM-R, ARNP
Verified Verified
Tumwater, WA 98501
Accepting New Patients, even on Saturday and can see patients through Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine, and we do have some evening appts available as well. Trained as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. Master’s trained from the University of Cincinnati and Touro University; also have degrees from Pacific Lutheran University in Nursing and the University of Oklahoma. I have a background in military medicine, and have served populations that have been diverse and underserved. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working with social workers and caregivers for and in behalf of foster children.
Accepting New Patients, even on Saturday and can see patients through Telepsychiatry or Telemedicine, and we do have some evening appts available as well. Trained as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. Master’s trained from the University of Cincinnati and Touro University; also have degrees from Pacific Lutheran University in Nursing and the University of Oklahoma. I have a background in military medicine, and have served populations that have been diverse and underserved. I have also served in case management for Washington State DSHS, working with social workers and caregivers for and in behalf of foster children.
(360) 346-9520 View (360) 346-9520
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Diana Wilcox
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tumwater, WA 98501
Accepting new patients! Is your battle with depression taking too much out of you? Is your child in need of mental health support? I am a board-certified Gonzaga Trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My main focus is on offering medication-free treatment for depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). In addition to TMS treatments, I work with children and adolescents. Our office is the only one in Tumwater that offers TMS for adolescents ages 15 and up. We have impressive remision rates of depression - 62 percent. No medication!
Accepting new patients! Is your battle with depression taking too much out of you? Is your child in need of mental health support? I am a board-certified Gonzaga Trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. My main focus is on offering medication-free treatment for depression through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). In addition to TMS treatments, I work with children and adolescents. Our office is the only one in Tumwater that offers TMS for adolescents ages 15 and up. We have impressive remision rates of depression - 62 percent. No medication!
(360) 367-3088 View (360) 367-3088
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Linda Kellams-Keith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tumwater, WA 98501
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
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Genuine Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Tumwater, WA 98501
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
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Victoria A Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP, FP
Verified Verified
Tumwater, WA 98501
I offer Medication management of emotional disorders and psychiatric disorders. I have worked in medicine for nearly 35 years! Family practice, psychiatric medicines, and urgent care. My work history includes critical care at Harborview Medical Center, elsewhere oncology, Native American Tribes, and urgent care on a mobile unit in Central Florida while working with Healthcare for the Homeless. Board-certified in family practice and psychiatric medicines. Also a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
I offer Medication management of emotional disorders and psychiatric disorders. I have worked in medicine for nearly 35 years! Family practice, psychiatric medicines, and urgent care. My work history includes critical care at Harborview Medical Center, elsewhere oncology, Native American Tribes, and urgent care on a mobile unit in Central Florida while working with Healthcare for the Homeless. Board-certified in family practice and psychiatric medicines. Also a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
(360) 295-9408 View (360) 295-9408
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Luke Greene
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Tumwater, WA 98512
As an authentic and personable care provider, Luke’s goal is to make personal local mental health care available for everyone. Luke earned his Master’s degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University in California in 2012. During this time, he worked for a private mental health facility and for the local VA. Luke has more than ten years of experience providing mental health care in both outpatient and inpatient facilities. He was as an outpatient mental health care provider for the VA center in Bath, New York for over four years.
As an authentic and personable care provider, Luke’s goal is to make personal local mental health care available for everyone. Luke earned his Master’s degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Azusa Pacific University in California in 2012. During this time, he worked for a private mental health facility and for the local VA. Luke has more than ten years of experience providing mental health care in both outpatient and inpatient facilities. He was as an outpatient mental health care provider for the VA center in Bath, New York for over four years.
(360) 938-4387 View (360) 938-4387
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Elroi Mental Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tumwater, WA 98501
Finally, a provider of Christian faith, who understands and has a relationship with God. Great mental healthcare does not require you to sacrifice your faith. The practice treats the whole person. We at ElroiMHS are a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ supportive office. Margie Williams is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) qualified to practice psychiatry, diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric medications across the lifespan. We are always accepting new clients. We are here to provide a chance for you to get through life with positivity and greatness within yourself and with your loved ones.
Finally, a provider of Christian faith, who understands and has a relationship with God. Great mental healthcare does not require you to sacrifice your faith. The practice treats the whole person. We at ElroiMHS are a BIPOC and LGBTQ+ supportive office. Margie Williams is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) qualified to practice psychiatry, diagnose, treat, and prescribe psychiatric medications across the lifespan. We are always accepting new clients. We are here to provide a chance for you to get through life with positivity and greatness within yourself and with your loved ones.
(253) 364-1771 View (253) 364-1771
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Lindsay Nourse
Physician Assistant, DMSc, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tumwater, WA 98501
Not accepting new clients
I have 12 years of experience working in family medicine. While working in family medicine, I developed a passion for treating those with mental health conditions and decided I wanted to practice in this area of medicine full time. I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. I earned her master’s degree and P.A. education at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.
I have 12 years of experience working in family medicine. While working in family medicine, I developed a passion for treating those with mental health conditions and decided I wanted to practice in this area of medicine full time. I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. I earned her master’s degree and P.A. education at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.
(360) 276-9715 View (360) 276-9715
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Claire A Tilley
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Tumwater, WA 98511  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
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

More Psychiatrists Nearby

Photo of Ryan Thebo, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Thebo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, CICP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98501
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
Unsure if medication is right for you or need help optimizing your current treatment? While medication can be beneficial, the most effective approach to mental health challenges often combines the right medications with holistic treatments. Sadly, the profit-driven mental healthcare system may not always prioritize your well-being. My goal is to help you thrive through holistic psychiatry, enabling you to achieve optimal wellness. Easily schedule an online appointment for personalized medication management at www.pwpsychiatry.com/CA and take the first step towards a healthier you.
(360) 492-4403 View (360) 492-4403
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Dr. Ronil Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98501
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
Why choose Dr. Ronil Shah? Because his top-notch expertise combines with compassionate, personalized care. Treatment with Dr. Shah is a two-way collaboration. Working together, you will design a mental wellness strategy that’s tailored just for you. His philosophy? Your path to wellness should be as unique as you are, shaped by empathy and expertise, and empowered by evidence-based insights and tools.
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John Anthony Meunier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Olympia, WA 98501
Reaching out for mental health treatment is a big step forward, and it can be an overwhelming–and sometimes scary– step! People seek help because they're struggling or stuck, be it due to mood or concentration difficulties, trauma, burnout, or anxiety. Some have concerns about substance use; others aren't quite sure what's wrong, but they know they're tired and ready for change. Fundamentally, mental health care is about reducing your suffering, improving quality of life, and fostering resilience and growth. What does it mean for you to be mentally, emotionally, and physically well? What do you need to be successful and content?
Reaching out for mental health treatment is a big step forward, and it can be an overwhelming–and sometimes scary– step! People seek help because they're struggling or stuck, be it due to mood or concentration difficulties, trauma, burnout, or anxiety. Some have concerns about substance use; others aren't quite sure what's wrong, but they know they're tired and ready for change. Fundamentally, mental health care is about reducing your suffering, improving quality of life, and fostering resilience and growth. What does it mean for you to be mentally, emotionally, and physically well? What do you need to be successful and content?
(425) 243-0171 View (425) 243-0171
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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 Diana Wilcox - ClearTMS+, TMS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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
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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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Genuine Healthcare, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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) 515-4388 View (360) 515-4388
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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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Talia Baruch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Olympia, WA 98501  (Online Only)
Do you struggle to find the energy to do things you once enjoyed? Activities that used to bring happiness and fulfillment now feel like an insurmountable task. Even the simplest of tasks, like getting out of bed or taking a shower, feels impossible. The constant negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. You might not feel as if you can ever get better but you are ready to find a way to get out of the isolating hole of depression. You are ready to start living your life again. Clients come to me looking for a compassionate and patient provider who brings them hope in even the darkest of times.
Do you struggle to find the energy to do things you once enjoyed? Activities that used to bring happiness and fulfillment now feel like an insurmountable task. Even the simplest of tasks, like getting out of bed or taking a shower, feels impossible. The constant negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming. You might not feel as if you can ever get better but you are ready to find a way to get out of the isolating hole of depression. You are ready to start living your life again. Clients come to me looking for a compassionate and patient provider who brings them hope in even the darkest of times.
(786) 590-0197 View (786) 590-0197

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Tumwater, WA

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Tumwater, WA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
91% Trauma and PTSD
73% ADHD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Regence
91% Premera
82% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Tumwater, WA see their clients

82% In Person and Online
18% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tumwater?

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.