Psychiatrists in 02118

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Christopher Robertson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in helping individuals with ADHD, depression, autism and those who are  gender-diverse or other LGBTQ+ individuals. I believe in guiding and empowering you to make your own decisions about what is right for you and your mental health. Whether through diagnosis, medication, or therapy, I will help you meet your personal treatment goals. Ultimately, I believe the relationship between the clinician and the patient is the most important factor in treatment.
I am a board-certified, Harvard-trained psychiatrist providing psychiatric evaluations, medication management and therapy to children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in helping individuals with ADHD, depression, autism and those who are  gender-diverse or other LGBTQ+ individuals. I believe in guiding and empowering you to make your own decisions about what is right for you and your mental health. Whether through diagnosis, medication, or therapy, I will help you meet your personal treatment goals. Ultimately, I believe the relationship between the clinician and the patient is the most important factor in treatment.
(617) 221-5040 View (617) 221-5040
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Richard Cook
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
People seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons, but they frequently share one thing in common, the desire to relieve pain and to improve satisfaction with their life. This goal can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and a key component to successful treatment is the patient-physician relationship. I provide an empathic and non-judgmental environment that can facilitate the type of exploration and collaboration that can help one to learn more about themselves, to examine the patterns in their life that they wish to change, and to develop the courage to make those changes.
People seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons, but they frequently share one thing in common, the desire to relieve pain and to improve satisfaction with their life. This goal can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and a key component to successful treatment is the patient-physician relationship. I provide an empathic and non-judgmental environment that can facilitate the type of exploration and collaboration that can help one to learn more about themselves, to examine the patterns in their life that they wish to change, and to develop the courage to make those changes.
(857) 255-9969 View (857) 255-9969
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Ozan Toy
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118
Ideal client is someone who desires a partner in addressing their mental health. I view the patient-doctor relationship as a shared decision making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. I use a holistic approach and consider biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client's life to determine the best treatment paradigms. Whether you are looking for a skilled talk therapist or need assistance with medications, I am confident that I can help you achieve your goals.
Ideal client is someone who desires a partner in addressing their mental health. I view the patient-doctor relationship as a shared decision making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. I use a holistic approach and consider biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client's life to determine the best treatment paradigms. Whether you are looking for a skilled talk therapist or need assistance with medications, I am confident that I can help you achieve your goals.
(201) 559-8306 View (201) 559-8306
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Dr. Simbiat Adighije
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118
Dr. Simbiat Adighije (Dr. Sim) has 14+ years of experience in treating adults with PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder and weight management. She practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health NP with a wealth of education & experience. Dr. Sim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Nursing. She further received a Medical Degree and PhD in Public Health from University of Science, Arts and Technology, Montserrat (Florida campus). She believes in a personalized treatment plan for each patient be it medication therapy and/or psychotherapy.
Dr. Simbiat Adighije (Dr. Sim) has 14+ years of experience in treating adults with PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar disorder and weight management. She practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health NP with a wealth of education & experience. Dr. Sim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in Nursing. She further received a Medical Degree and PhD in Public Health from University of Science, Arts and Technology, Montserrat (Florida campus). She believes in a personalized treatment plan for each patient be it medication therapy and/or psychotherapy.
(908) 866-8007 View (908) 866-8007
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Joseph Yeretsian
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
I work closely with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and work-related challenges, and I offer counseling for couples and families.
I work closely with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and work-related challenges, and I offer counseling for couples and families.
(978) 391-6288 View (978) 391-6288
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Asma Rashid
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
I am a Harvard trained, board certified, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with a private practice in Back Bay Area, Boston. I believe that, the treatment process begins by creating an empathic and trusting relationship between the clinician and patients. During my evaluation and ongoing work, I consider various factors such as, genetic predisposition, biological, psychological and social processes to understand the person fully. Academic affiliation with Boston University helps me stay abreast with not only the recent developments in the field of psychiatry but also with the cultural and evidence based treatments.
I am a Harvard trained, board certified, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist with a private practice in Back Bay Area, Boston. I believe that, the treatment process begins by creating an empathic and trusting relationship between the clinician and patients. During my evaluation and ongoing work, I consider various factors such as, genetic predisposition, biological, psychological and social processes to understand the person fully. Academic affiliation with Boston University helps me stay abreast with not only the recent developments in the field of psychiatry but also with the cultural and evidence based treatments.
(617) 500-3181 View (617) 500-3181
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Dominic J Maxwell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
My treatment focus begins with a comprehensive evaluation with the explicit goal of making an accurate clinical diagnosis. A treatment plan that will address the underlying problem/s as well as the specific symptoms of the patient is then formulated. I use Psychopharmacology (medication management) and/or Psychotherapy to treat my patients - depending upon the condition and the your individual preference. I am currently offering treatment both via video link or in person.
My treatment focus begins with a comprehensive evaluation with the explicit goal of making an accurate clinical diagnosis. A treatment plan that will address the underlying problem/s as well as the specific symptoms of the patient is then formulated. I use Psychopharmacology (medication management) and/or Psychotherapy to treat my patients - depending upon the condition and the your individual preference. I am currently offering treatment both via video link or in person.
(301) 327-2358 View (301) 327-2358
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Alexandra Strack
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and received my Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Northeastern University.
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and received my Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Northeastern University.
(857) 226-9185 View (857) 226-9185
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Sadaf M Hashmi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Adult and Forensic psychiatrist, trained at University of Connecticut and Yale School of Medicine. My background is in outpatient, correctional, emergency and forensic psychiatry. I am currently employed at Boston University (BMC), have a private practice in Back Bay, Boston (since 2018), and a new practice in Connecticut.
I am a board certified Adult and Forensic psychiatrist, trained at University of Connecticut and Yale School of Medicine. My background is in outpatient, correctional, emergency and forensic psychiatry. I am currently employed at Boston University (BMC), have a private practice in Back Bay, Boston (since 2018), and a new practice in Connecticut.
(959) 222-4751 View (959) 222-4751
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Korin Dayton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118  (Online Only)
Influenced by concepts of holism and emergence, Korin partners with clients to collaboratively develop client-centered and integrative treatment plans. These plans may incorporate medication management, supportive therapy, mind-body modalities, and/or lifestyle interventions. She provides a nonjudgmental and safe space to strengthen the therapeutic alliance, and her approach is trauma-informed and culturally sensitive. Korin is board-certified in psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC), general health/medical care across the lifespan (FNP-BC), and addictions (CARN-AP).
Influenced by concepts of holism and emergence, Korin partners with clients to collaboratively develop client-centered and integrative treatment plans. These plans may incorporate medication management, supportive therapy, mind-body modalities, and/or lifestyle interventions. She provides a nonjudgmental and safe space to strengthen the therapeutic alliance, and her approach is trauma-informed and culturally sensitive. Korin is board-certified in psychiatric mental health (PMHNP-BC), general health/medical care across the lifespan (FNP-BC), and addictions (CARN-AP).
(339) 345-2035 View (339) 345-2035
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Claire Twark
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118
I am a Harvard-trained, Harvard-affiliated, and board-certified psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist. I offer convenient Saturday morning hours in my Back Bay private practice as well as virtual evening hours on some other days. I offer therapy, medication management, or a combination of the two if needed. I enjoy collaborating with patients to achieve their goals and move forward on their journeys. I have expertise in sports psychiatry, including treating athletes/former athletes and incorporating exercise into treatment. I see patients ages 18+.
I am a Harvard-trained, Harvard-affiliated, and board-certified psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist. I offer convenient Saturday morning hours in my Back Bay private practice as well as virtual evening hours on some other days. I offer therapy, medication management, or a combination of the two if needed. I enjoy collaborating with patients to achieve their goals and move forward on their journeys. I have expertise in sports psychiatry, including treating athletes/former athletes and incorporating exercise into treatment. I see patients ages 18+.
(857) 214-7711 View (857) 214-7711
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Dorothy Borkiewicz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, LMHC
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
Accepting New Patients! Dorothy Borkiewicz, PMHNP-BC, LMHC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and License Mental Health Counselor. She has completed her Mental Health Counseling Program at Cambridge College in 2013, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Regis College in 2018. She has several years of experience as Psychiatric Crisis Clinician and has been providing services as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since June 2018.
Accepting New Patients! Dorothy Borkiewicz, PMHNP-BC, LMHC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and License Mental Health Counselor. She has completed her Mental Health Counseling Program at Cambridge College in 2013, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Regis College in 2018. She has several years of experience as Psychiatric Crisis Clinician and has been providing services as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since June 2018.
(857) 290-4935 View (857) 290-4935
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Milena Djuric
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118  (Online Only)
Patients come for various reasons to see a psychiatrist -depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, acute stress, relationship, family, identity problems. My goal is to establish a trusted relationship and supportive environment in order to help my patients to meet their needs, build coping skills, enhance their strengths and resolve symptoms. I strongly believe in compassionate and nonjudgemental approach. I enjoy working with patients of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations. My approach is patient centered and individualized.
Patients come for various reasons to see a psychiatrist -depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, acute stress, relationship, family, identity problems. My goal is to establish a trusted relationship and supportive environment in order to help my patients to meet their needs, build coping skills, enhance their strengths and resolve symptoms. I strongly believe in compassionate and nonjudgemental approach. I enjoy working with patients of all different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations. My approach is patient centered and individualized.
(617) 826-8849 View (617) 826-8849
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Laura Mayer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
Waitlist for new clients
Accepting NEW preconception planning, pregnant/postpartum ONLY at this time. Welcome! I'm a board certified psychiatrist with an MD from Brown University, fellowship training in Women's Mental Health, and a faculty member at Brown University. I aim to create a highly individualized care plan, tailored to each patient's goals and vision of care. My practice is designed to be small to allow for flexibility, accessibility and attentiveness to each of my patients. Our work together will be empathic, supportive and collaborative. I am now available to see patients in person or via telehealth in RI and virtually for those in MA.
Accepting NEW preconception planning, pregnant/postpartum ONLY at this time. Welcome! I'm a board certified psychiatrist with an MD from Brown University, fellowship training in Women's Mental Health, and a faculty member at Brown University. I aim to create a highly individualized care plan, tailored to each patient's goals and vision of care. My practice is designed to be small to allow for flexibility, accessibility and attentiveness to each of my patients. Our work together will be empathic, supportive and collaborative. I am now available to see patients in person or via telehealth in RI and virtually for those in MA.
(401) 264-8199 View (401) 264-8199
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Ogo George
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Roxbury, MA 02118
I am accepting new patients! Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, health and work? Are you unable to belong at all? Feeling overwhelmed with life and its stressors? I help high performers manage anxiety and other mental health challenges. I have held various positions in psychiatric/behavioral health space 15 years. I adopt a holistic, patient-centered approach to providing mental health treatment that is based on evidence-based recommendations. Together, we can identify what is not working and get you back to balance. We will use a completely self-approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit.
I am accepting new patients! Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, health and work? Are you unable to belong at all? Feeling overwhelmed with life and its stressors? I help high performers manage anxiety and other mental health challenges. I have held various positions in psychiatric/behavioral health space 15 years. I adopt a holistic, patient-centered approach to providing mental health treatment that is based on evidence-based recommendations. Together, we can identify what is not working and get you back to balance. We will use a completely self-approach, addressing the needs of your mind, body and spirit.
(617) 766-0886 View (617) 766-0886
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Stephanie Etienne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP-B, RN
Verified Verified
Roxbury, MA 02118
Stephanie is accepting NEW patients. As dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my BSN at Southern New Hampshire University. My desire to make a difference in the mental health field led me to further my education at Regis College, where I graduated with my master’s in nursing in May 2023, specializing in Psychiatry. As a Psychiatric Mental Health NP, my approach to patient care is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding. I VALUE validation; focus on the present, ensure that her patients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their healing journey.
Stephanie is accepting NEW patients. As dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my BSN at Southern New Hampshire University. My desire to make a difference in the mental health field led me to further my education at Regis College, where I graduated with my master’s in nursing in May 2023, specializing in Psychiatry. As a Psychiatric Mental Health NP, my approach to patient care is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding. I VALUE validation; focus on the present, ensure that her patients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their healing journey.
(617) 766-0774 View (617) 766-0774
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Rachel Steere
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118
Waitlist for new clients
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist in adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in Boston, Massachusetts. I provide psychiatric evaluation, consultation, individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology for adults age 18-65. My focus is on helping individuals to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their patterns of relating to others as they navigate life transitions, relationships, losses, and life’s many complexities.
I am a double board-certified psychiatrist in adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in Boston, Massachusetts. I provide psychiatric evaluation, consultation, individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology for adults age 18-65. My focus is on helping individuals to develop a greater understanding of themselves and their patterns of relating to others as they navigate life transitions, relationships, losses, and life’s many complexities.
(857) 382-3215 View (857) 382-3215
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Paul E Lynch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02118
I work in a variety of ways in talk therapy to help you get what you want out of therapy. Most often that involves getting relief from painful emotional symptoms, improving personal relationships, becoming more productive in work, and being freed to take more pleasure from life. Therapy can also help you to gain greater control over your life, or change lifelong ways of coping that just aren't working as well as you'd like.
I work in a variety of ways in talk therapy to help you get what you want out of therapy. Most often that involves getting relief from painful emotional symptoms, improving personal relationships, becoming more productive in work, and being freed to take more pleasure from life. Therapy can also help you to gain greater control over your life, or change lifelong ways of coping that just aren't working as well as you'd like.
(617) 446-3003 View (617) 446-3003
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Joseph Lavoie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118
People reach out to me with a variety of concerns including anxiety, attention difficulty, depression, sleep trouble, grief, relationship issues, sexual identity, self-esteem, life transitions and so much more. Whether a teenager, young adult, middle-aged or older, my clients are looking for help to overcome personal struggles and to achieve their optimal potential for mental, emotional, and physical health.
People reach out to me with a variety of concerns including anxiety, attention difficulty, depression, sleep trouble, grief, relationship issues, sexual identity, self-esteem, life transitions and so much more. Whether a teenager, young adult, middle-aged or older, my clients are looking for help to overcome personal struggles and to achieve their optimal potential for mental, emotional, and physical health.
(617) 544-0493 View (617) 544-0493
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James Quackenbush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02118
Please note: At this time, I am primarily virtual but offer intermittent in-person appointments. I am based in Southern NH and Greater Boston, MA. I received my nurse practitioner education at Rivier University and completed clinical training at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, MA. My personal and professional goals include bridging the gaps that exist in our healthcare system to ensure everyone has adequate access and good mental health care, reducing stigma so that people are more inclined to ask for help, and providing a treatment plan where both you and I work together to ensure your needs are met.
Please note: At this time, I am primarily virtual but offer intermittent in-person appointments. I am based in Southern NH and Greater Boston, MA. I received my nurse practitioner education at Rivier University and completed clinical training at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, MA. My personal and professional goals include bridging the gaps that exist in our healthcare system to ensure everyone has adequate access and good mental health care, reducing stigma so that people are more inclined to ask for help, and providing a treatment plan where both you and I work together to ensure your needs are met.
(603) 782-9508 View (603) 782-9508

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 02118

20+

Average cost per session

$325

Psychiatrists in 02118 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
80% Medication Management
70% Trauma and PTSD
65% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
60% Relationship Issues
60% ADHD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% BlueCross and BlueShield
79% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
71% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 02118 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02118?

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.