Psychiatrists in 02108

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Ronald T Lee
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, BS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges, despite trying everything but medication? If you're at a crossroads, struggling with emotions or impulses, know that seeking help is a sign of strength. I'm here to support and guide you towards your best self, offering a journey of transformation. Together, we can navigate this path, ensuring you don't have to face these challenges alone. I'm a Boston Psychiatrist who is currently serving all residents of MA via virtual psychiatry; please call for more information or a free 10 minute phone consultation!
Feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges, despite trying everything but medication? If you're at a crossroads, struggling with emotions or impulses, know that seeking help is a sign of strength. I'm here to support and guide you towards your best self, offering a journey of transformation. Together, we can navigate this path, ensuring you don't have to face these challenges alone. I'm a Boston Psychiatrist who is currently serving all residents of MA via virtual psychiatry; please call for more information or a free 10 minute phone consultation!
(617) 295-7380 View (617) 295-7380
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Rona Klein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Nice to meet you! I am Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist and psychiatrist at Options MD, an online mental health clinic that specializes in working with patients with depression. If you are someone that is struggling with depression (on its own or with other issues like anxiety, trauma, or OCD ) and have not yet found a treatment that works, I can help you.
Nice to meet you! I am Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist and psychiatrist at Options MD, an online mental health clinic that specializes in working with patients with depression. If you are someone that is struggling with depression (on its own or with other issues like anxiety, trauma, or OCD ) and have not yet found a treatment that works, I can help you.
(646) 603-1557 View (646) 603-1557
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Nader Mental Health Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Harvard trained Board Certified Psychiatrist who completed a Harvard residency in psychiatry followed by a Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) fellowship from Boston University. Diverse experience is in various mental illnesses and addiction. We provide services to patients with a wide range of psychopathology that is intertwined with socioeconomic problems.
Harvard trained Board Certified Psychiatrist who completed a Harvard residency in psychiatry followed by a Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) fellowship from Boston University. Diverse experience is in various mental illnesses and addiction. We provide services to patients with a wide range of psychopathology that is intertwined with socioeconomic problems.
(774) 220-3155 View (774) 220-3155
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Sandra Sagastume
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Allow me to introduce myself as a dedicated and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, operating in close collaboration with an esteemed board-certified psychiatrist boasting over two decades of clinical mastery. My academic journey led me to achieve a Master of Science in Nursing-PMHNP degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. Throughout my professional trajectory, I have garnered valuable experience in adult mental health care, where I adopt a comprehensive and holistic approach to treatment utilizing evidence-based methodologies of psychopharmacological medication management.
Allow me to introduce myself as a dedicated and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, operating in close collaboration with an esteemed board-certified psychiatrist boasting over two decades of clinical mastery. My academic journey led me to achieve a Master of Science in Nursing-PMHNP degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University. Throughout my professional trajectory, I have garnered valuable experience in adult mental health care, where I adopt a comprehensive and holistic approach to treatment utilizing evidence-based methodologies of psychopharmacological medication management.
(508) 960-6877 View (508) 960-6877
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Adriana Blakely-Chavez
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108
With a strong commitment to mental health, I have acquired extensive experience as a dedicated and compassionate mental health professional. I played a vital role in educating patients on essential aspects of mental health, and I've also done a lot of work in helping individuals dealing with diabetic and weight management issues deal and work through these concerns.
With a strong commitment to mental health, I have acquired extensive experience as a dedicated and compassionate mental health professional. I played a vital role in educating patients on essential aspects of mental health, and I've also done a lot of work in helping individuals dealing with diabetic and weight management issues deal and work through these concerns.
(857) 688-3825 View (857) 688-3825
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Terri Marie Clack
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Hello! Feeling burned out, unmotivated, and unfocused is a common struggle for many adults today. Balancing the relentless demands of work and personal life can be overwhelming. You're not alone in this journey, and I'm here to help you find your way back to a place of balance and well-being. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my approach is all about understanding your unique needs and crafting a tailored treatment plan. I firmly believe in a holistic perspective that takes into account both your physical and mental well-being.
Hello! Feeling burned out, unmotivated, and unfocused is a common struggle for many adults today. Balancing the relentless demands of work and personal life can be overwhelming. You're not alone in this journey, and I'm here to help you find your way back to a place of balance and well-being. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my approach is all about understanding your unique needs and crafting a tailored treatment plan. I firmly believe in a holistic perspective that takes into account both your physical and mental well-being.
(781) 208-5887 View (781) 208-5887
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Sunny Day Mental Health, pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience treating patients of all ages. I treat all mental health diagnoses but specialize in treatment resistant depression, treatment resistant anxiety and building self worth and empowerment. I incorporate evidence-based medication management with psychotherapy. I graduated from Ohio University with my Bachelor’s degree in nursing then went on to complete my Master’s degree. I am licensed in Ohio, WV, Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon and Colorado. I accept many commercial health plans and cash pay. I do not accept medicaid/medicare.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with experience treating patients of all ages. I treat all mental health diagnoses but specialize in treatment resistant depression, treatment resistant anxiety and building self worth and empowerment. I incorporate evidence-based medication management with psychotherapy. I graduated from Ohio University with my Bachelor’s degree in nursing then went on to complete my Master’s degree. I am licensed in Ohio, WV, Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon and Colorado. I accept many commercial health plans and cash pay. I do not accept medicaid/medicare.
(720) 637-4506 View (720) 637-4506
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Kimberly Monestime
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients at TeleNP Health! Visit our website to access an appointment. Taking the first step, isn't always easy, but you made it this far! My main goal is to help patients identify & conquer the hurdles that stand in their way to a happy, fulfilled, & purposeful life. Feeling constantly tired, stuck, overwhelmed, having a hard time sleeping? Maybe the list goes on, but you do not have to live this way. Currently offering telepsychiatry services for Adolescents, College Mental Health, & Adults.
Accepting New Patients at TeleNP Health! Visit our website to access an appointment. Taking the first step, isn't always easy, but you made it this far! My main goal is to help patients identify & conquer the hurdles that stand in their way to a happy, fulfilled, & purposeful life. Feeling constantly tired, stuck, overwhelmed, having a hard time sleeping? Maybe the list goes on, but you do not have to live this way. Currently offering telepsychiatry services for Adolescents, College Mental Health, & Adults.
(973) 434-5030 View (973) 434-5030
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Stephanie Weingard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Stephanie L. Weingard graduated from Florida International University, achieving a post-masters certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings over the past 8 years. She is also a United States Air Force Reservist and works providing mental health care to both active duty and reserve members.
Stephanie L. Weingard graduated from Florida International University, achieving a post-masters certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings over the past 8 years. She is also a United States Air Force Reservist and works providing mental health care to both active duty and reserve members.
(413) 269-8388 View (413) 269-8388
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Eli Nader
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. I earned Board Certification in both specialties from the esteemed American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, I am recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the esteemed American Board of Preventive Medicine. A focal aspect of my expertise lies in psychopharmacological treatment and complex medication management which enables me to tailor precise and specific treatment plans.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, possessing specialized expertise in both General Adult Psychiatry from Harvard University and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) from Boston University. I earned Board Certification in both specialties from the esteemed American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, I am recognized as a Board Certified Addiction Medicine Specialist by the esteemed American Board of Preventive Medicine. A focal aspect of my expertise lies in psychopharmacological treatment and complex medication management which enables me to tailor precise and specific treatment plans.
(617) 286-3984 View (617) 286-3984
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Eleftheria Tsavoussis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PCNS
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108
Eleftheria Tsavoussis is a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience across multiple healthcare settings. She is the founder and CEO of Waltham Behavioral Health, LLC, a thriving private practice employing experienced, compassionate mental-health providers with diverse areas of expertise. Ms. Tsavoussis is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Massachusetts Action Coalition working to remove restrictions that limit patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare across a variety of specialties.
Eleftheria Tsavoussis is a seasoned Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years of experience across multiple healthcare settings. She is the founder and CEO of Waltham Behavioral Health, LLC, a thriving private practice employing experienced, compassionate mental-health providers with diverse areas of expertise. Ms. Tsavoussis is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and serves on the Massachusetts Action Coalition working to remove restrictions that limit patients' access to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare across a variety of specialties.
(781) 679-5379 View (781) 679-5379
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Can Bulucu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in treating Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, ADHD and relational problems for more than 20 years. I have dual Board Certification in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. I am very careful in treating my patients with medications and my goal is to find the lowest effective dose and avoid multiple medication use when possible. I think therapy is as important as medications and I offer both, at times together, when necessary. For self pay patients cost for initial 60 min evaluation is $500, 15 min fallow up is $150, 30 min fallow up is $275 and 45min fallow up is $400.
I have extensive experience in treating Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, ADHD and relational problems for more than 20 years. I have dual Board Certification in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. I am very careful in treating my patients with medications and my goal is to find the lowest effective dose and avoid multiple medication use when possible. I think therapy is as important as medications and I offer both, at times together, when necessary. For self pay patients cost for initial 60 min evaluation is $500, 15 min fallow up is $150, 30 min fallow up is $275 and 45min fallow up is $400.
(781) 786-1739 View (781) 786-1739
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Lovester Duncan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (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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Stephanie Weingard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (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
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Atlantic Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Atlantic Telepsychiatry offers effective medication treatment for a number of mental health issues to adults anywhere in Massachusetts. With Atlantic Telepsychiatry, you will get personalized mental health care and prescription management from a trained, licensed, and experienced psychiatric prescriber. We help individuals access quality medication treatment for their mental health issues without the hassle of insurance coverage, taking time off work to attend appointments, or wasted time sitting in waiting rooms. Meet with your prescriber on Live Video Sessions from your home, office, or anywhere!
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Atlantic Telepsychiatry offers effective medication treatment for a number of mental health issues to adults anywhere in Massachusetts. With Atlantic Telepsychiatry, you will get personalized mental health care and prescription management from a trained, licensed, and experienced psychiatric prescriber. We help individuals access quality medication treatment for their mental health issues without the hassle of insurance coverage, taking time off work to attend appointments, or wasted time sitting in waiting rooms. Meet with your prescriber on Live Video Sessions from your home, office, or anywhere!
(508) 273-8184 View (508) 273-8184
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Angela Dawkins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Angela is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Angela has over 30 years of extensive nursing experience and has worked in a variety of settings including cardiac, acute/clinical dialysis, intensive care, home healthcare-case management services, med-surgical care, oncology care, geriatric long term care services, outpatient surgery, anesthesia assessment clinic, emergency medicine, pain management clinic, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric services, residential mental health care services, crisis stabilization community based care, and substance abuse and mental health.
Angela is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. Angela has over 30 years of extensive nursing experience and has worked in a variety of settings including cardiac, acute/clinical dialysis, intensive care, home healthcare-case management services, med-surgical care, oncology care, geriatric long term care services, outpatient surgery, anesthesia assessment clinic, emergency medicine, pain management clinic, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric services, residential mental health care services, crisis stabilization community based care, and substance abuse and mental health.
(720) 637-5908 View (720) 637-5908
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John Donovan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. Whether or not you have a lengthy history of mental health struggles or reaching out for the first time I will support and guide you.
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. Whether or not you have a lengthy history of mental health struggles or reaching out for the first time I will support and guide you.
(781) 562-4672 View (781) 562-4672
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Dr. Sophia Kogan
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02108  (Online Only)
Please reach out via my website sophiakoganmdphd.com. I help women and LGBTQIA+ individuals who experience mood and anxiety disorders related to hormonal changes maintain optimal mental health during family planning, pregnancy, postpartum and parenting years. I provide individualized, comprehensive treatment to parents and professionals struggling with mood and anxiety disorders. I utilize medication, talk therapy and lab testing integrated with natural methods like nutritional medicine and natural supplements to help people live to their full potential.
Please reach out via my website sophiakoganmdphd.com. I help women and LGBTQIA+ individuals who experience mood and anxiety disorders related to hormonal changes maintain optimal mental health during family planning, pregnancy, postpartum and parenting years. I provide individualized, comprehensive treatment to parents and professionals struggling with mood and anxiety disorders. I utilize medication, talk therapy and lab testing integrated with natural methods like nutritional medicine and natural supplements to help people live to their full potential.
(917) 979-5794 View (917) 979-5794
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Alan Bateman
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108
Every patient is different. I focus on improving self esteem, relationships, love life and work life. I do not use only one theory. Treatment draws from all sorts of different theoretical approaches. I prescribe medications when warranted by the clinical situation. Each patient and his or her improvement is very important to me. Achieving a sense of happiness and self worth is critical to a fulfilling life. I work with people from age 15 and up.
Every patient is different. I focus on improving self esteem, relationships, love life and work life. I do not use only one theory. Treatment draws from all sorts of different theoretical approaches. I prescribe medications when warranted by the clinical situation. Each patient and his or her improvement is very important to me. Achieving a sense of happiness and self worth is critical to a fulfilling life. I work with people from age 15 and up.
(617) 390-7160 View (617) 390-7160
Photo of Isabelle Girard, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 02108, MA
Isabelle Girard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02108
Isabelle Girard provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological assessment and treatment for pediatric patients, as well as adolescents and young adults. She utilizes a holistic approach to guarantee well rounded care for her patients, in addition to supporting the family unit as a whole. Using evidence based practice to evaluate and diagnose, implement therapy skills, and psychopharmacological intervention if necessary, Isabelle treats each and every patient uniquely to find the course of treatment best suited for them.
Isabelle Girard provides psychiatric and psychopharmacological assessment and treatment for pediatric patients, as well as adolescents and young adults. She utilizes a holistic approach to guarantee well rounded care for her patients, in addition to supporting the family unit as a whole. Using evidence based practice to evaluate and diagnose, implement therapy skills, and psychopharmacological intervention if necessary, Isabelle treats each and every patient uniquely to find the course of treatment best suited for them.
(617) 752-8823 View (617) 752-8823

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 02108

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 02108 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
96% Anxiety
96% Bipolar Disorder
83% ADHD
83% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Medication Management

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in 02108 see their clients

66% Online Only
34% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

58% Female
37% Male
5% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02108?

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.