Psychiatrists in 02445

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Nina Isakovich
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
I am a compassionate and knowledgeable psychiatrist highly experienced in treating adults with severe psychiatric disorders and milder emotional disturbances. In addition to my general psychiatry training, I also completed the Harvard Fellowship in Women's Mental Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and have unique skills and experience in treating psychiatric symptoms and emotional distress during pregnancy and postpartum as well as psychological symptoms associated with other hormonal changes.
I am a compassionate and knowledgeable psychiatrist highly experienced in treating adults with severe psychiatric disorders and milder emotional disturbances. In addition to my general psychiatry training, I also completed the Harvard Fellowship in Women's Mental Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and have unique skills and experience in treating psychiatric symptoms and emotional distress during pregnancy and postpartum as well as psychological symptoms associated with other hormonal changes.
(617) 209-2625 View (617) 209-2625
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The College Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445  (Online Only)
You're at college or university, have been stressing, and need help NOW! College isn't what you expected and you need some help. You've tried exercise and getting involved. Home feels far away. Your classes are more challenging than you thought they would be. Going to office hours hasn't helped. You want to get your work done well. You want to have confidence in what you chose as your major. Building lasting friendships has been a goal. You want to make sure your medications are helping and not getting in the way of having fun. You want to feel good! We are licensed in CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, MA, MD, NY, OH, OK, & TX
You're at college or university, have been stressing, and need help NOW! College isn't what you expected and you need some help. You've tried exercise and getting involved. Home feels far away. Your classes are more challenging than you thought they would be. Going to office hours hasn't helped. You want to get your work done well. You want to have confidence in what you chose as your major. Building lasting friendships has been a goal. You want to make sure your medications are helping and not getting in the way of having fun. You want to feel good! We are licensed in CO, CT, DC, GA, IL, MA, MD, NY, OH, OK, & TX
(341) 888-7293 View (341) 888-7293
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Chike Nwankwo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
Chiké Nwankwo, "Doctor Chiké," is a Harvard trained adult and child psychiatrist. He has worked on Beacon Street in private practice in Brookline since 2006. Dr. Chiké specializes in psychotherapy for both adults and children, but is also comfortable prescribing medications when it is necessary.
Chiké Nwankwo, "Doctor Chiké," is a Harvard trained adult and child psychiatrist. He has worked on Beacon Street in private practice in Brookline since 2006. Dr. Chiké specializes in psychotherapy for both adults and children, but is also comfortable prescribing medications when it is necessary.
(617) 941-4782 View (617) 941-4782
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Ashley Keane-Ames
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
Ashley Keane-Ames is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2016. Ashley focuses on building lasting relationships with clients and creating an environment where clients feel comfortable asking questions about their treatment plans and medications. She encourages all clients to be active participants in their mental health treatment and care as a way to build independence, confidence, and trust with their entire clinical team. Through rapport building, consistency, and knowledgeable insights, Ashley uplifts clients to be active participants in their mental wellness.
Ashley Keane-Ames is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2016. Ashley focuses on building lasting relationships with clients and creating an environment where clients feel comfortable asking questions about their treatment plans and medications. She encourages all clients to be active participants in their mental health treatment and care as a way to build independence, confidence, and trust with their entire clinical team. Through rapport building, consistency, and knowledgeable insights, Ashley uplifts clients to be active participants in their mental wellness.
(617) 405-8906 View (617) 405-8906
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Maria Jose Lisotto
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445  (Online Only)
I am a Harvard-trained, Harvard-affiliated, board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I strongly believe that the best psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or specific medication. I provide weekly therapy and work with patients to determine if medications can be of help. I do not believe that everyone needs a medication, but they can be useful in treating particular psychiatric symptoms; I will work with you in order to find the best treatment modality that meets your goals and needs.
I am a Harvard-trained, Harvard-affiliated, board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. I strongly believe that the best psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or specific medication. I provide weekly therapy and work with patients to determine if medications can be of help. I do not believe that everyone needs a medication, but they can be useful in treating particular psychiatric symptoms; I will work with you in order to find the best treatment modality that meets your goals and needs.
(617) 209-6196 View (617) 209-6196
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Linda Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445  (Online Only)
My patients often share with me that they look forward to their appointments with me as an opportunity to heal, to learn, and to grow in ways that were surprising to them. That is one of the most gratifying parts of my work. I am passionate about offering a holistic and inviting approach to emotional health treatment. I have significant training and experience to provide the most comprehensive care possible and deeply connect with patients. I attended medical school at Tufts University, and completed my adult residency program at Harvard Medical School (MGH/McLean). I am also certified through Postpartum Support International.
My patients often share with me that they look forward to their appointments with me as an opportunity to heal, to learn, and to grow in ways that were surprising to them. That is one of the most gratifying parts of my work. I am passionate about offering a holistic and inviting approach to emotional health treatment. I have significant training and experience to provide the most comprehensive care possible and deeply connect with patients. I attended medical school at Tufts University, and completed my adult residency program at Harvard Medical School (MGH/McLean). I am also certified through Postpartum Support International.
(617) 410-4519 View (617) 410-4519
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Frank Michael Copeli
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445  (Online Only)
Dr. Copeli is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist providing psychotherapy and medication management for patients located in Massachusetts and Maryland via telemedicine. Dr. Copeli emphasizes collaborative care with patients to find a targeted treatment approach that emphasizes your well-being and physical health. Requests for consultation will be considered on a rolling basis as availability opens. Dr. Copeli has considerable experience in geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and adult psychiatry.
Dr. Copeli is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist providing psychotherapy and medication management for patients located in Massachusetts and Maryland via telemedicine. Dr. Copeli emphasizes collaborative care with patients to find a targeted treatment approach that emphasizes your well-being and physical health. Requests for consultation will be considered on a rolling basis as availability opens. Dr. Copeli has considerable experience in geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and adult psychiatry.
(410) 970-3061 View (410) 970-3061
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Dr. Allison Jackson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02445
Dr. Allison Jackson is a Harvard-trained board-certified psychiatrist who opened MindfulMD as a way to provide individually tailored, compassionate psychiatric care for her patients. She is accepting new patients in Florida (in-person and virtual) and Massachusetts (virtual only). She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep issues, sexual health issues, bipolar disorder, PTSD, derm-psych conditions i.e. skin picking and trichotillomania, and many more. She also has worked with patients on managing stress related to relationships, illness, burnout, grief, career, or identity.
Dr. Allison Jackson is a Harvard-trained board-certified psychiatrist who opened MindfulMD as a way to provide individually tailored, compassionate psychiatric care for her patients. She is accepting new patients in Florida (in-person and virtual) and Massachusetts (virtual only). She has experience treating a wide variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, sleep issues, sexual health issues, bipolar disorder, PTSD, derm-psych conditions i.e. skin picking and trichotillomania, and many more. She also has worked with patients on managing stress related to relationships, illness, burnout, grief, career, or identity.
(813) 328-6239 View (813) 328-6239
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Amanda Sims
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist, with expertise in both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. I have been in private practice for almost 20 years, working extensively with women's mental health issues. I have helped my clients navigate emerging young adulthood, eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and menopause. I am an integrative psychiatrist, that believes in exploring and treating the underlying physiological causes of mental illnesses, and combine nutraceuticals and complementary treatment with pharmacotherapy.
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist, with expertise in both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. I have been in private practice for almost 20 years, working extensively with women's mental health issues. I have helped my clients navigate emerging young adulthood, eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and menopause. I am an integrative psychiatrist, that believes in exploring and treating the underlying physiological causes of mental illnesses, and combine nutraceuticals and complementary treatment with pharmacotherapy.
(617) 648-7244 View (617) 648-7244
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Jenny P Melguizo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, BSN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02445
Looking forward to helping you achieve mental health by maximizing your strengths. I take a holistic approach to care that incorporates therapy with thoughtful medication management. Each individual's journey is unique, as is the way in which we process our environment(internal & external). I look forward to partnering with you. Treatment is a wellness journey, with an aim to enhance motivation and achieve clear goals. ***Currently only accepting referrals for Psychopharm services. Requirement that clients seeking assistance with medication management have a therapist in place.***
Looking forward to helping you achieve mental health by maximizing your strengths. I take a holistic approach to care that incorporates therapy with thoughtful medication management. Each individual's journey is unique, as is the way in which we process our environment(internal & external). I look forward to partnering with you. Treatment is a wellness journey, with an aim to enhance motivation and achieve clear goals. ***Currently only accepting referrals for Psychopharm services. Requirement that clients seeking assistance with medication management have a therapist in place.***
(617) 315-6187 View (617) 315-6187
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Lazaro Zayas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
As a Harvard-trained board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, I believe that excellent psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or a specific medication. With all that life demands, most people oftentimes struggle with complicated and conflicting feelings. The decision to seek help for your mental health is a big one and the path that leads to meaningful, positive change is not always an easy one. I hope to make this path as comfortable as possible by providing you with an understanding, warm environment that fosters positive change.
As a Harvard-trained board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, I believe that excellent psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or a specific medication. With all that life demands, most people oftentimes struggle with complicated and conflicting feelings. The decision to seek help for your mental health is a big one and the path that leads to meaningful, positive change is not always an easy one. I hope to make this path as comfortable as possible by providing you with an understanding, warm environment that fosters positive change.
(617) 762-5228 View (617) 762-5228
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Joy Dana Riskin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatrist in private practice for over 20 years, treating patients by integrating psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and, when indicated psychopharmacology. As a physician, I am able to evaluate patients with symptoms which may be medical or psychiatric in origin, understanding the mind-body connection. I see a broad range of patients, some suffering from major mental illness to those healthy individuals seeking to learn more about themselves. A major focus of my private practice is working with college and graduate students. I see students as young as seniors in high school and consult to parents of college age students around the country.
I am a psychiatrist in private practice for over 20 years, treating patients by integrating psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and, when indicated psychopharmacology. As a physician, I am able to evaluate patients with symptoms which may be medical or psychiatric in origin, understanding the mind-body connection. I see a broad range of patients, some suffering from major mental illness to those healthy individuals seeking to learn more about themselves. A major focus of my private practice is working with college and graduate students. I see students as young as seniors in high school and consult to parents of college age students around the country.
(617) 934-8635 View (617) 934-8635
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Kathleen M Andolina
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHCNS, BC, PC
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
I am a Board Certified, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist who has been helping clients improve their lives for 25+ years. Telemedicine and in-person sessions available. Please inquire at www.kandolina.com/appointments I provide psychiatric services for individuals ages 18 - 65+ with a focus on mental health across the life span. I am most successful with those dealing with anxiety, depression or mood disorders as well as career, academic or relationship stress. I treat students, career professionals, men, women and LGBTQ+ populations as well as those from many ethnic, racial and class backgrounds.
I am a Board Certified, Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist who has been helping clients improve their lives for 25+ years. Telemedicine and in-person sessions available. Please inquire at www.kandolina.com/appointments I provide psychiatric services for individuals ages 18 - 65+ with a focus on mental health across the life span. I am most successful with those dealing with anxiety, depression or mood disorders as well as career, academic or relationship stress. I treat students, career professionals, men, women and LGBTQ+ populations as well as those from many ethnic, racial and class backgrounds.
(774) 768-8650 View (774) 768-8650
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Christine Boie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02445
I am a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 25 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I currently work with adults providing individual, couple and group psychotherapy. I can prescribe medication, if necessary, as an adjunct to psychotherapy. I believe that psychotherapy can be healing and transformative. My theoretical grounding is psychodynamic and interpersonal. Keeping silent and shut down over the years can lead to a variety of painful issues - depression, anxiety, obsessions, physical ailments - which can often lead to difficulty functioning and conflicted relationships.
I am a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 25 years of experience in the field of Mental Health. I currently work with adults providing individual, couple and group psychotherapy. I can prescribe medication, if necessary, as an adjunct to psychotherapy. I believe that psychotherapy can be healing and transformative. My theoretical grounding is psychodynamic and interpersonal. Keeping silent and shut down over the years can lead to a variety of painful issues - depression, anxiety, obsessions, physical ailments - which can often lead to difficulty functioning and conflicted relationships.
(857) 320-3322 View (857) 320-3322
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Janet M Witte
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02445
People often come to treatment seeking relief and support. Many are curious about patterns in their lives, and want to develop a deeper, more useful understanding of how and why things are unfolding as they are. Some have ideas about changes they want to make; others feel stymied in their pursuit of a vibrant, creative life. Good therapy provides the opportunity to engage with these and other deeply personal concerns in an environment of warmth and trust.
People often come to treatment seeking relief and support. Many are curious about patterns in their lives, and want to develop a deeper, more useful understanding of how and why things are unfolding as they are. Some have ideas about changes they want to make; others feel stymied in their pursuit of a vibrant, creative life. Good therapy provides the opportunity to engage with these and other deeply personal concerns in an environment of warmth and trust.
(617) 663-8318 View (617) 663-8318
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New Leaf Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02445  (Online Only)
Falashade Adewuyi is board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who treats individuals with mental health illnesses. She has been caring for patients with psychiatric illness for over 19 years. She specialize in the treatment of adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, and other psychiatric disorders.
Falashade Adewuyi is board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who treats individuals with mental health illnesses. She has been caring for patients with psychiatric illness for over 19 years. She specialize in the treatment of adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, and other psychiatric disorders.
(401) 405-1300 View (401) 405-1300
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Benjamin Brent
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, FABP
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
I take a psychoanalytically-informed approach to helping individuals with symptom relief, emotional pain, and interpersonal growth. This involves a focus on the role of emotions in a person's mental life, a consideration of how psychological defenses may complicate achieving greater personal fulfillment, and exploration of how the relationship that unfolds between me and the patient may shed light on problematic interpersonal patterns. I integrate psychiatric medications in the therapeutic work whenever appropriate for the purpose of reducing emotional suffering, enhancing the capacity for reflection on painful experiences, and to facilitate relational understanding.
I take a psychoanalytically-informed approach to helping individuals with symptom relief, emotional pain, and interpersonal growth. This involves a focus on the role of emotions in a person's mental life, a consideration of how psychological defenses may complicate achieving greater personal fulfillment, and exploration of how the relationship that unfolds between me and the patient may shed light on problematic interpersonal patterns. I integrate psychiatric medications in the therapeutic work whenever appropriate for the purpose of reducing emotional suffering, enhancing the capacity for reflection on painful experiences, and to facilitate relational understanding.
(617) 401-0712 View (617) 401-0712
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Nicholas R Barnes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
Dr. Nicholas Barnes is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist in the Boston area (Belmont, MA). He provides treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, addiction and chronic pain. As a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and additionally a board-certified pain medicine physician, he is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between medical and psychological treatments. Dr. Barnes draws on traditional talk therapy, mindfulness and philosophical perspectives, and modern neuroscience to help people develop insight, emotional freedom, self-acceptance, and behavioral change.
Dr. Nicholas Barnes is a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist in the Boston area (Belmont, MA). He provides treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, addiction and chronic pain. As a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and additionally a board-certified pain medicine physician, he is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between medical and psychological treatments. Dr. Barnes draws on traditional talk therapy, mindfulness and philosophical perspectives, and modern neuroscience to help people develop insight, emotional freedom, self-acceptance, and behavioral change.
(857) 576-5052 View (857) 576-5052
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Dr. Jeffrey Kerner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
I am a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and faculty member at Harvard Medical School. I recently started a private practice to offer patients flexible scheduling and personalized treatment plans. My clinical specialties include ADHD, depression, anxiety, and OCD. My focus will be on the diagnosis and medication management of mental health challenges. However, I strongly believe in a well-rounded approach to mental health that can include psychotherapy and lifestyle modifications.
I am a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and faculty member at Harvard Medical School. I recently started a private practice to offer patients flexible scheduling and personalized treatment plans. My clinical specialties include ADHD, depression, anxiety, and OCD. My focus will be on the diagnosis and medication management of mental health challenges. However, I strongly believe in a well-rounded approach to mental health that can include psychotherapy and lifestyle modifications.
(508) 501-1484 View (508) 501-1484
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Dr. Richard Seeber
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brookline, MA 02445
I am a Harvard-trained psychiatrist treating adults, people facing concerns around pregnancy, and couples in metro Boston. Appointments are available both via telehealth and in-person at my office in Boston's Financial District, convenient to all MBTA lines. Drawing on my education at the top-ranked Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital psychiatry residency program, my experience and interests include perinatal and reproductive psychiatry, mentalization-based treatment, couples therapy, and LGBTQIA+ psychiatry, including LGBTQIA+ couples therapy and psychiatric consultation around gender-affirming medical care.
I am a Harvard-trained psychiatrist treating adults, people facing concerns around pregnancy, and couples in metro Boston. Appointments are available both via telehealth and in-person at my office in Boston's Financial District, convenient to all MBTA lines. Drawing on my education at the top-ranked Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital psychiatry residency program, my experience and interests include perinatal and reproductive psychiatry, mentalization-based treatment, couples therapy, and LGBTQIA+ psychiatry, including LGBTQIA+ couples therapy and psychiatric consultation around gender-affirming medical care.
(617) 915-4333 View (617) 915-4333

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 02445

20+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in 02445 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
78% ADHD
78% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Trauma and PTSD
70% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Optum
56% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in 02445 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02445?

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.