Psychiatrists in Whitefish Bay, WI

Photo of Cup Of Tea Psychiatry-Rachel Jones, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cup Of Tea Psychiatry-Rachel Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Book with me now by clicking on my website! Experience a refreshing approach to psychiatric care, tailored just for you and your family. Specializing in medication management and habit coaching for adults, kids & teens- I offer a boutique approach that ensures you & your family receive the highest level of personalized care. I keep my patient panel intentionally small to provide you with the focused attention you deserve. Enjoy the convenience of direct texting for quick questions and support. If needed, I offer the option for home visits to ensure you receive care in the most comfortable setting.
Book with me now by clicking on my website! Experience a refreshing approach to psychiatric care, tailored just for you and your family. Specializing in medication management and habit coaching for adults, kids & teens- I offer a boutique approach that ensures you & your family receive the highest level of personalized care. I keep my patient panel intentionally small to provide you with the focused attention you deserve. Enjoy the convenience of direct texting for quick questions and support. If needed, I offer the option for home visits to ensure you receive care in the most comfortable setting.
(414) 509-1925 View (414) 509-1925
Photo of Stella M Mahaga, PMHNP, APNP, RN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stella M Mahaga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APNP, RN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Whitefish Bay, WI 53211
I am passionate about providing excellent, compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive care. I embraces individuality and diversity while fostering resilience. My practice style is integrative. I value accountability, collaboration, patient input, safety and quality. I view myself as a partner in my patients wellness journey.
I am passionate about providing excellent, compassionate, respectful and culturally sensitive care. I embraces individuality and diversity while fostering resilience. My practice style is integrative. I value accountability, collaboration, patient input, safety and quality. I view myself as a partner in my patients wellness journey.
(262) 300-8161 View (262) 300-8161

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Photo of Nicole Maki-Rydland, APNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nicole Maki-Rydland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53211
*Accepting new patients* Nicole is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is very excited to draw on her 18 years of nursing experience and her previous licensure as a counselor to provide a full spectrum of psychiatric care. She is always researching new and better ways to help people accomplish their mental health goals. Her practice is client-centered, holistic, and tailored to meet both medical and counseling goals of individuals. She has a huge interest in helping people meet their goals with natural medications/supplements and with the help of genetic testing for individuals that interested.
*Accepting new patients* Nicole is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is very excited to draw on her 18 years of nursing experience and her previous licensure as a counselor to provide a full spectrum of psychiatric care. She is always researching new and better ways to help people accomplish their mental health goals. Her practice is client-centered, holistic, and tailored to meet both medical and counseling goals of individuals. She has a huge interest in helping people meet their goals with natural medications/supplements and with the help of genetic testing for individuals that interested.
(262) 218-4319 View (262) 218-4319
Photo of Heather Sanders, LPC,  CSAC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heather Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LPC, CSAC
Verified Verified
Glendale, WI 53209
Heather D. Talley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree from Springfield College in Community Counseling. She has been providing therapeutic services since 2013.
Heather D. Talley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. She received her Master’s Degree from Springfield College in Community Counseling. She has been providing therapeutic services since 2013.
(414) 420-9345 View (414) 420-9345
Photo of Hong Yin - New Frontiers TMS LLC, MD, Psychiatrist
New Frontiers TMS LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Antidepressants not working? TMS is an FDA approved non-medication based option, covered by insurance. It activates cells in the brain that tend to be under-active in depression and also promotes release of neurotransmitters that help mood. TMS targets the part of the brain specifically involved in mood regulation. TMS also works on a concept called neuroplasticity. Stimulating the left prefrontal cortex can induce the brain into creating new pathways for effective transmission. Dr. Yin offers other evidence based treatments too.
Antidepressants not working? TMS is an FDA approved non-medication based option, covered by insurance. It activates cells in the brain that tend to be under-active in depression and also promotes release of neurotransmitters that help mood. TMS targets the part of the brain specifically involved in mood regulation. TMS also works on a concept called neuroplasticity. Stimulating the left prefrontal cortex can induce the brain into creating new pathways for effective transmission. Dr. Yin offers other evidence based treatments too.
(414) 316-6692 View (414) 316-6692
Photo of Therese Alm, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Therese Alm
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53209
I’m a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in nursing focused on public health and psychiatry/mental health. I believe that mental health should be first health and that there is a critical connection between physical health and mental health. My approach is holistic, understanding medication can be beneficial but is not the only tool to be utilized. We'll also explore how therapy, nutrition, sleep, and physical activity may be affecting how you feel.
I’m a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner, with over 25 years of experience in nursing focused on public health and psychiatry/mental health. I believe that mental health should be first health and that there is a critical connection between physical health and mental health. My approach is holistic, understanding medication can be beneficial but is not the only tool to be utilized. We'll also explore how therapy, nutrition, sleep, and physical activity may be affecting how you feel.
(414) 441-6598 View (414) 441-6598
Photo of Jacob Behrens - www.envisionadhd.com, MD, Psychiatrist
www.envisionadhd.com
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
River Hills, WI 53209
*Out of Network. All prices transparently listed on www.envisionadhd.com* At Envision ADHD, we strive to create a more accessible, understanding, and specialized care model for the professional with ADHD We understand how untreated ADHD may impair the lives of high functioning adults We understand how commuting to clinic visits and managing monthly paper prescriptions does not fit the demanding lifestyles of working professionals We understand how adults with ADHD have unique treatment needs, and strive to evolve with emerging technologies and research to best tailor the clinical experience
*Out of Network. All prices transparently listed on www.envisionadhd.com* At Envision ADHD, we strive to create a more accessible, understanding, and specialized care model for the professional with ADHD We understand how untreated ADHD may impair the lives of high functioning adults We understand how commuting to clinic visits and managing monthly paper prescriptions does not fit the demanding lifestyles of working professionals We understand how adults with ADHD have unique treatment needs, and strive to evolve with emerging technologies and research to best tailor the clinical experience
(262) 404-3878 View (262) 404-3878
Photo of Eduard Tsyrulnykov, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eduard Tsyrulnykov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Eduard Tsyrulnykov is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2019. Eduard helps clients by exploring possible underlying medical conditions that might be responsible for mental health problems and adjusting psychiatric medications/minimizing side effects and meds toxicity. Outside of work, Eduard enjoys learning about Chinese philosophy and Zhou dynasty.
Eduard Tsyrulnykov is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2019. Eduard helps clients by exploring possible underlying medical conditions that might be responsible for mental health problems and adjusting psychiatric medications/minimizing side effects and meds toxicity. Outside of work, Eduard enjoys learning about Chinese philosophy and Zhou dynasty.
(262) 588-3241 View (262) 588-3241
Photo of Larresha N Williams, MSN, PMHNP, APNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Larresha N Williams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APNP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53209  (Online Only)
Imagine a world where your mental health is in perfect harmony with your daily life – that's the vision I strive to turn into reality for each of my patients through virtual medication management and holistic support. Are you Struggling? My approach is tailored to address challenges head-on, with a compassionate focus on women's health and navigating life's many transitions. Whether you're a young adult starting your journey, or navigating the prime of your life, I'm here to listen, understand and empower you. Your wellness journey is unique and deserves personalised care that adapts to your evolving needs. LGBTQ+ friendly!
Imagine a world where your mental health is in perfect harmony with your daily life – that's the vision I strive to turn into reality for each of my patients through virtual medication management and holistic support. Are you Struggling? My approach is tailored to address challenges head-on, with a compassionate focus on women's health and navigating life's many transitions. Whether you're a young adult starting your journey, or navigating the prime of your life, I'm here to listen, understand and empower you. Your wellness journey is unique and deserves personalised care that adapts to your evolving needs. LGBTQ+ friendly!
(414) 485-2678 View (414) 485-2678
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Michelle Vanden Noven
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Glendale, WI 53217
Dr. Vanden Noven is a Board-Certified psychiatrist in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She graduated from medical school at the University of Toledo in 2007 and then relocated to Milwaukee for psychiatric training. She completed her general psychiatry residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011. She then completed an additional two years of fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry, also at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Vanden Noven treats children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of psychiatric conditions.
Dr. Vanden Noven is a Board-Certified psychiatrist in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She graduated from medical school at the University of Toledo in 2007 and then relocated to Milwaukee for psychiatric training. She completed her general psychiatry residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011. She then completed an additional two years of fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry, also at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Vanden Noven treats children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of psychiatric conditions.
(414) 441-6516 View (414) 441-6516
Photo of Leah Mott - Lake Effect Wellness - Leah Mott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lake Effect Wellness - Leah Mott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53211
If you've been struggling with depression, anxiety, or ADHD, let's talk about exploring your options. Oftentimes, adding a medication to your wellness toolbox in addition to holistic practices can help you reach your full potential. I created Lake Effect Wellness in 2020 to provide mental health care to the Milwaukee community. I am passionate about working together with clients to create a personalized journey to mental wellness. When working with clients, I help you connect with your mind, body, and spirit in order to lead a more purposeful and joyful life.
If you've been struggling with depression, anxiety, or ADHD, let's talk about exploring your options. Oftentimes, adding a medication to your wellness toolbox in addition to holistic practices can help you reach your full potential. I created Lake Effect Wellness in 2020 to provide mental health care to the Milwaukee community. I am passionate about working together with clients to create a personalized journey to mental wellness. When working with clients, I help you connect with your mind, body, and spirit in order to lead a more purposeful and joyful life.
(414) 240-9378 View (414) 240-9378
Photo of Allen Cortado, MSN, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, MPP-C, PhD-S, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Allen Cortado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, FNP-BC, MPP-C, PhD-S
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53221  (Online Only)
I am a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner, and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be considered as a potential healthcare provider for you. I hold certifications as both a PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) and an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner). Master Psychopharmacology Certified from NEI. These additional certifications enable me to offer a wide range of clinical expertise to address both your mental health and family practice needs.
I am a dual-certified Nurse Practitioner, and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be considered as a potential healthcare provider for you. I hold certifications as both a PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) and an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner). Master Psychopharmacology Certified from NEI. These additional certifications enable me to offer a wide range of clinical expertise to address both your mental health and family practice needs.
(312) 248-6296 View (312) 248-6296
Photo of Lisa Calabrese, APRN (C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lisa Calabrese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Glendale, WI 53209
Lisa Calabrese is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Bachelor of arts in human geography from UW Madison, a Bachelor of science in nursing from UW Oshkosh, and a Master's of science in nursing from Alverno College. Lisa practices a compassionate, holistic, and trauma-informed approach to mental health care. She wants to help her clients identify their strengths and improve their mental health from multiple angles, with a focus on healthy lifestyle.
Lisa Calabrese is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2018. She has a Bachelor of arts in human geography from UW Madison, a Bachelor of science in nursing from UW Oshkosh, and a Master's of science in nursing from Alverno College. Lisa practices a compassionate, holistic, and trauma-informed approach to mental health care. She wants to help her clients identify their strengths and improve their mental health from multiple angles, with a focus on healthy lifestyle.
(414) 626-1251 View (414) 626-1251
Photo of Tatyana Siminak, PMHNP, APNP, MSN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tatyana Siminak
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Tatyana Siminak is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2022. She graduated from Walden University with Master Degree in Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Tatyana is passionate about providing respectful, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and excellent services. She strives to make her clients feel comfortable to share the most vulnerable and intimate details. Tatyana is here to help you in this challenging journey. She sees herself as your partner in recovering from mental health illnesses.
Tatyana Siminak is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Wisconsin who has been practicing since 2022. She graduated from Walden University with Master Degree in Nursing in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Tatyana is passionate about providing respectful, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and excellent services. She strives to make her clients feel comfortable to share the most vulnerable and intimate details. Tatyana is here to help you in this challenging journey. She sees herself as your partner in recovering from mental health illnesses.
(262) 384-5694 View (262) 384-5694
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Jessica Stier
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53217  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist with expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I earned my medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University and completed my psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago. As a general psychiatrist, I have experience working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I understand that many people have difficulty accessing psychiatric services. Therefore, my practice utilizes a virtual platform to provide patients located in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin with high quality and confidential care.
I am a psychiatrist with expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I earned my medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University and completed my psychiatry residency training at the University of Chicago. As a general psychiatrist, I have experience working with a wide range of psychiatric disorders and with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I understand that many people have difficulty accessing psychiatric services. Therefore, my practice utilizes a virtual platform to provide patients located in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin with high quality and confidential care.
(779) 204-5944 View (779) 204-5944
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Kathy J Russeth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Wanting comprehensive and holistic mental health care? My approach is tailored to understand and address your specific needs and challenges and goes beyond medication management, incorporating depth psychotherapy, lifestyle modifications, and tangible skills to confront the demands of life today. I focus on treating the whole person, empowering individuals, parents, and families to overcome challenges and achieve growth and well-being. Find out more at centeredpsychiatry.org.
Wanting comprehensive and holistic mental health care? My approach is tailored to understand and address your specific needs and challenges and goes beyond medication management, incorporating depth psychotherapy, lifestyle modifications, and tangible skills to confront the demands of life today. I focus on treating the whole person, empowering individuals, parents, and families to overcome challenges and achieve growth and well-being. Find out more at centeredpsychiatry.org.
(608) 564-5762 View (608) 564-5762
Photo of Carolyn Klotz, APRN (C, Psychiatric Nurse
Carolyn Klotz
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Carolyn Klotz is a dually board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and an adult nurse practitioner. In 2017, she completed a post-master's nurse practitioner certification in psychiatric mental health from Alverno College and worked in a private practice behavioral health clinic for 4+ years. During this time, she attained expertise in identifying symptoms of ADHD in persons previously diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders alone. She refers clients for formal testing to clarify diagnosis for treatment purposes.
Carolyn Klotz is a dually board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and an adult nurse practitioner. In 2017, she completed a post-master's nurse practitioner certification in psychiatric mental health from Alverno College and worked in a private practice behavioral health clinic for 4+ years. During this time, she attained expertise in identifying symptoms of ADHD in persons previously diagnosed with mood or anxiety disorders alone. She refers clients for formal testing to clarify diagnosis for treatment purposes.
(262) 383-4376 View (262) 383-4376
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Bienestar Psychiatric Services LLC- Maryan Torres
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53217
Accepting new patients-no wait times and flexible scheduling. Maryan is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adults, children, and families. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services and takes a holistic approach to treating the overall person. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
Accepting new patients-no wait times and flexible scheduling. Maryan is Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has experience treating adults, children, and families. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services and takes a holistic approach to treating the overall person. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.
(262) 300-7277 View (262) 300-7277
Photo of Octavia Manuel-Wright - Balanced Mental Health and Wellness, LLC, DNP, PMHNP, AGPNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Balanced Mental Health and Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPNP
Verified Verified
Brown Deer, WI 53209
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Octavia Manuel-Wright is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a broad knowledge of primary care and psychiatric care for ages 10 years and over. She has a special interest in a holistic approach to care that integrates medication, behavioral modifications, dietary changes, and physical activity. She strives to build strong therapeutic relationships with her patients using a patient-centered collaborative care model. ( Octavia is NOT a licensed therapist, she offers medication management for psychiatric conditions)
Dr. Octavia Manuel-Wright is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a broad knowledge of primary care and psychiatric care for ages 10 years and over. She has a special interest in a holistic approach to care that integrates medication, behavioral modifications, dietary changes, and physical activity. She strives to build strong therapeutic relationships with her patients using a patient-centered collaborative care model. ( Octavia is NOT a licensed therapist, she offers medication management for psychiatric conditions)
(414) 376-8830 View (414) 376-8830
Photo of Patrick Allen Cortado, NP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Patrick Allen Cortado
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Dual Board Certified PMHNP (psychiatric mental health) and FNP (family practice). Master Psychopharmacology certified with NEI. ADHD-CCSP (ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider). Partnered with GeneSight and has the ability to order gene testing for psychiatric medications. Alumni of Purdue Global University and Rocky Mountain University. Worked in multiple settings such as Retail Clinic, Psychiatry, home health, neurology, and bariatrics/bariatric surgery. My therapeutic approach is patient-centered care; my focus has always been the least amount of medication possible to handle mental health disorders.
Dual Board Certified PMHNP (psychiatric mental health) and FNP (family practice). Master Psychopharmacology certified with NEI. ADHD-CCSP (ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider). Partnered with GeneSight and has the ability to order gene testing for psychiatric medications. Alumni of Purdue Global University and Rocky Mountain University. Worked in multiple settings such as Retail Clinic, Psychiatry, home health, neurology, and bariatrics/bariatric surgery. My therapeutic approach is patient-centered care; my focus has always been the least amount of medication possible to handle mental health disorders.
(414) 420-1997 View (414) 420-1997

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Whitefish Bay, WI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Whitefish Bay, WI who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Body Positivity
50% Depression
50% Child
50% Life Coaching

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
50% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Whitefish Bay, WI see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Whitefish Bay?

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.