Psychiatrists in 01601

Photo of Dr. Marco Belluardo-Crosby, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 01601, MA
Dr. Marco Belluardo-Crosby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
Throughout my career I have successfully treated people with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. I enjoy the collaboration with other treating providers such as psychotherapists and primary care providers in maximizing the benefits of psychopharmacological treatment. I am committed to high standards of care following the latest clinical research. Telemedicine psychopharmacology only.
Throughout my career I have successfully treated people with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. I enjoy the collaboration with other treating providers such as psychotherapists and primary care providers in maximizing the benefits of psychopharmacological treatment. I am committed to high standards of care following the latest clinical research. Telemedicine psychopharmacology only.
(978) 306-2915 View (978) 306-2915
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Brittney Scavotto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specializing in comprehensive and patient-centered psychopharmacological management. I am trained across the lifespan and have a unique passion working with children and adolescents. With years of inpatient RN and outpatient NP experience and a passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journey, I offer a personalized approach to medication management. I understand that each person's needs are unique, and I take the time to listen attentively to your concerns, goals, and preferences.
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specializing in comprehensive and patient-centered psychopharmacological management. I am trained across the lifespan and have a unique passion working with children and adolescents. With years of inpatient RN and outpatient NP experience and a passion for helping individuals navigate their mental health journey, I offer a personalized approach to medication management. I understand that each person's needs are unique, and I take the time to listen attentively to your concerns, goals, and preferences.
(781) 384-1986 View (781) 384-1986
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David Schopick MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
The goal of my practice is helping people get their lives back. Restoring mental health can be a tricky road to navigate, but with perseverance and treatment, change is possible. I enjoy working with people, and from long years of experience, have a good sense of what it takes to help my patients return to productive, healthy lives. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. Dr. David Schopick primarily serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, but is also available for telemedicine appointments.
The goal of my practice is helping people get their lives back. Restoring mental health can be a tricky road to navigate, but with perseverance and treatment, change is possible. I enjoy working with people, and from long years of experience, have a good sense of what it takes to help my patients return to productive, healthy lives. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. Dr. David Schopick primarily serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, but is also available for telemedicine appointments.
(603) 431-5411 View (603) 431-5411
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Steven Carroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE TO BECOME A NEW PATIENT*** I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, licensed to treat patients of all ages. I provide diagnostic and medication management services for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE TO BECOME A NEW PATIENT*** I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, licensed to treat patients of all ages. I provide diagnostic and medication management services for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders.
(617) 383-7839 View (617) 383-7839
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RNL Behavioral Health Services INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601
RNL Behavioral Health Services INC provides medication management, compassionate and patient-centered care and support to meet the mental health and behavioral health needs of individuals aged 18yrs and above. We utilize evidence-based practice to improve your overall quality of life. Services includes medication management • Bipolar Disorder • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) • Autism • Depression • Substance Use Disorder • ADHD • Anxiety • Insomnia • PTSD • Psychotherapy • Diagnostic Clarification • Second Opinion Evaluations • Reduction of Poly-pharmacy.
RNL Behavioral Health Services INC provides medication management, compassionate and patient-centered care and support to meet the mental health and behavioral health needs of individuals aged 18yrs and above. We utilize evidence-based practice to improve your overall quality of life. Services includes medication management • Bipolar Disorder • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) • Autism • Depression • Substance Use Disorder • ADHD • Anxiety • Insomnia • PTSD • Psychotherapy • Diagnostic Clarification • Second Opinion Evaluations • Reduction of Poly-pharmacy.
(508) 501-1107 View (508) 501-1107
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Michael Fiori
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
Dr. Michael Fiori is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has practiced general psychiatry for 40 years, and has also sub-specialized in Addiction Psychiatry for the past 20 years. Dr. Fiori's practice emphasizes Diagnostic Clarification, which is an ongoing process. He is highly trained and experienced in the biological and psychosocial underpinnings of psychiatric problems. He typically follows diagnostic evaluations with 20 minute follow up visits for medication adjustments and brief therapy. Dr. Fiori often enjoys collaborating with outside therapists when needed.
Dr. Michael Fiori is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has practiced general psychiatry for 40 years, and has also sub-specialized in Addiction Psychiatry for the past 20 years. Dr. Fiori's practice emphasizes Diagnostic Clarification, which is an ongoing process. He is highly trained and experienced in the biological and psychosocial underpinnings of psychiatric problems. He typically follows diagnostic evaluations with 20 minute follow up visits for medication adjustments and brief therapy. Dr. Fiori often enjoys collaborating with outside therapists when needed.
(978) 541-3394 View (978) 541-3394
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Lisa Hagberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601
Dr. Lisa Hagberg is a board-certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses, in particular, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. Dr. Hagberg brings a holistic approach to her practice exploring mental health in a multidimensional way, addressing the causes, not just the symptoms of one's condition. She incorporates supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy to patient care, although at times she may recommend patients add an individual therapist to the treatment team.
Dr. Lisa Hagberg is a board-certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses, in particular, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. Dr. Hagberg brings a holistic approach to her practice exploring mental health in a multidimensional way, addressing the causes, not just the symptoms of one's condition. She incorporates supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy to patient care, although at times she may recommend patients add an individual therapist to the treatment team.
(617) 545-0301 View (617) 545-0301
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TAK Center for Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I completed my residency training at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, as well, as a two-year certification course in psychodynamic psychotherapy at New York Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. I provide comprehensive, high-quality outpatient mental health services to a broad range of individuals and their families.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I completed my residency training at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, as well, as a two-year certification course in psychodynamic psychotherapy at New York Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. I provide comprehensive, high-quality outpatient mental health services to a broad range of individuals and their families.
(978) 307-1195 View (978) 307-1195
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Danial Hayek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01601
Dr. Hayek is a thoughtful and vigilant psychiatrist. He is conscientious and knowledgeable in his field, having graduated from the top 20% of medical students nationwide. He has a wealth of experience in treating patients through a wide range of settings, each with unique strengths to celebrate and obstacles to overcome. Dr. Hayek understands that the key to a successful outcome is a well-rounded, positive, patient-centered approach. He prides himself in ensuring that each patient he works with feels comfortable and confident with the direction of their care that includes meticulous therapy and medical management.
Dr. Hayek is a thoughtful and vigilant psychiatrist. He is conscientious and knowledgeable in his field, having graduated from the top 20% of medical students nationwide. He has a wealth of experience in treating patients through a wide range of settings, each with unique strengths to celebrate and obstacles to overcome. Dr. Hayek understands that the key to a successful outcome is a well-rounded, positive, patient-centered approach. He prides himself in ensuring that each patient he works with feels comfortable and confident with the direction of their care that includes meticulous therapy and medical management.
(339) 330-3155 View (339) 330-3155
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Lovester Duncan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in the psychiatric field for more than 10 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have great experience in treating patient with acute mental illness and substance abuse. If you are in need of a provider for yourself or your loved one, please contact me.
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I have been in the psychiatric field for more than 10 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have great experience in treating patient with acute mental illness and substance abuse. If you are in need of a provider for yourself or your loved one, please contact me.
(781) 650-4557 View (781) 650-4557
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Amanda Bennett
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
Dr. Amanda Bennett is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry who specializes in medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She completed medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her adult residency training at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine.Dr. Bennett has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient and outpatient, as well as community and academic centers.
Dr. Amanda Bennett is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry who specializes in medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She completed medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her adult residency training at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine.Dr. Bennett has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient and outpatient, as well as community and academic centers.
(617) 544-2458 View (617) 544-2458
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Clara Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
Dr. Clara Kim is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Yale University and completed her residency training at Cambridge Health Alliance – Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kim treats each patient with a holistic, evidence-based approach that incorporates psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic best practices. Her priority is to build a safe and trusting working relationship with each patient. Occasionally, Dr. Kim may recommend that you add a psychotherapist or other provider to your care team as well.
Dr. Clara Kim is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Yale University and completed her residency training at Cambridge Health Alliance – Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kim treats each patient with a holistic, evidence-based approach that incorporates psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic best practices. Her priority is to build a safe and trusting working relationship with each patient. Occasionally, Dr. Kim may recommend that you add a psychotherapist or other provider to your care team as well.
(617) 890-6298 View (617) 890-6298
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Stephanie Weingard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. I offer Medication Management & Counseling/Supportive Psychotherapy online via Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida, Massachusetts & Arizona. I am an experienced Independently licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Military Service Member. I provide care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 7 and above. I accept most insurance plans including United, Oscar, Oxford, Aetna, Cigna and Florida Blue. I also accept cash pay clients without insurance.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. I offer Medication Management & Counseling/Supportive Psychotherapy online via Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida, Massachusetts & Arizona. I am an experienced Independently licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Military Service Member. I provide care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 7 and above. I accept most insurance plans including United, Oscar, Oxford, Aetna, Cigna and Florida Blue. I also accept cash pay clients without insurance.
(413) 327-9843 View (413) 327-9843
Photo of Amber Frank, Psychiatrist in 01601, MA
Amber Frank
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601
Dr. Amber Frank is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency training at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School Adult Psychiatry Training Program. Dr. Frank believes in a holistic approach to patient care. She strives to understand and treat every patient using a framework that includes not just the biological (medical), but also the psychological, social, environmental, and cultural elements that may contribute to an individual person’s experience of mental health and wellness.
Dr. Amber Frank is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency training at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School Adult Psychiatry Training Program. Dr. Frank believes in a holistic approach to patient care. She strives to understand and treat every patient using a framework that includes not just the biological (medical), but also the psychological, social, environmental, and cultural elements that may contribute to an individual person’s experience of mental health and wellness.
(617) 812-8845 View (617) 812-8845
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Peninah Elizabeth Waithira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01601
Are you looking for stability in a Provider, a professional who does not consider you just a number? One who is empathetic and non-judgmental? My ideal client is one who wants the best version of themselves. One who is aware that mental health struggles do not define them, but makes them stronger. If you are out there and need a fresh start, let's press the reset button together. If you are looking for an experienced Provider, who treats you as a unique person, listens to you, and provides top-notch care, look no further.
Are you looking for stability in a Provider, a professional who does not consider you just a number? One who is empathetic and non-judgmental? My ideal client is one who wants the best version of themselves. One who is aware that mental health struggles do not define them, but makes them stronger. If you are out there and need a fresh start, let's press the reset button together. If you are looking for an experienced Provider, who treats you as a unique person, listens to you, and provides top-notch care, look no further.
(508) 290-4068 View (508) 290-4068
Photo of Geena Novinsky, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 01601, MA
Geena Novinsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
February/March 2024 Update for Hometown Mental Health Services- Accepting New Clients with Immediate openings! My name is Geena and I am a double board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I provide outpatient psychiatric medication management for clients 18 years and older in Massachusetts via Telehealth. I would love the opportunity to work with you!
February/March 2024 Update for Hometown Mental Health Services- Accepting New Clients with Immediate openings! My name is Geena and I am a double board-certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I provide outpatient psychiatric medication management for clients 18 years and older in Massachusetts via Telehealth. I would love the opportunity to work with you!
(413) 402-6531 View (413) 402-6531
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Unitas Healthcare Systems, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*** Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Massachusetts through the use of telehealth.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*** Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Massachusetts through the use of telehealth.
(617) 401-7441 View (617) 401-7441
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Tetyana Tarnavsky
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601
Dr. Tetyana Tarnavsky is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She attended Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy in Ukraine where she received her M.D., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychiatry. Dr. Tarnavsky has completed her residency at Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training Program in MA where she was elected Chief Resident.
Dr. Tetyana Tarnavsky is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She attended Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy in Ukraine where she received her M.D., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychiatry. Dr. Tarnavsky has completed her residency at Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training Program in MA where she was elected Chief Resident.
(617) 207-6658 View (617) 207-6658
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Vista Family Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
All services provided via telehealth at this time. Licensed to provide services to clients located in MA or NH. We provide comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults including: consultation, psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation, medication management services, general wellness counseling and education.
All services provided via telehealth at this time. Licensed to provide services to clients located in MA or NH. We provide comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults including: consultation, psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation, medication management services, general wellness counseling and education.
(603) 605-1664 View (603) 605-1664
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Vista Family Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Worcester, MA 01601  (Online Only)
My name is Christina Gormly and I am currently scheduling new clients for telehealth sessions. I specialize in caring for children, adolescents, and young adults. I take a warm and holistic approach, utilizing CBT and DBT methods to assist you in meeting your goals. I enjoy working with families with complex needs. I am certified by the ANCC to treat mental health conditions across the lifespan. I have extensive experience in treating eating disorders, as well as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, trauma, attention deficit, and mood dysregulation.
My name is Christina Gormly and I am currently scheduling new clients for telehealth sessions. I specialize in caring for children, adolescents, and young adults. I take a warm and holistic approach, utilizing CBT and DBT methods to assist you in meeting your goals. I enjoy working with families with complex needs. I am certified by the ANCC to treat mental health conditions across the lifespan. I have extensive experience in treating eating disorders, as well as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, trauma, attention deficit, and mood dysregulation.
(603) 420-2529 View (603) 420-2529

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 01601

20+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in 01601 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
92% Anxiety
92% Medication Management
88% Trauma and PTSD
81% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Bipolar Disorder
69% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

96% BlueCross and BlueShield
96% Optum
88% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 01601 see their clients

65% Online Only
35% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 01601?

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.