Psychiatrists in 02906

Photo of Darryle Steinberg, MSN, PMHNP, CNM, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Darryle Steinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adult men and women working to overcome anxiety and/or depression. I hold an additional national certification as a certified nurse-midwife. I have extensive experience treating men and women with mood changes that can arise during the various stages of one's life. This includes, but is not limited to, addressing stressors related to life transitions, work, school, relationships, parenting, and care-taking of others. Seeking support at these challenging and vulnerable times is a brave and important step to feeling and functioning better in one's life.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adult men and women working to overcome anxiety and/or depression. I hold an additional national certification as a certified nurse-midwife. I have extensive experience treating men and women with mood changes that can arise during the various stages of one's life. This includes, but is not limited to, addressing stressors related to life transitions, work, school, relationships, parenting, and care-taking of others. Seeking support at these challenging and vulnerable times is a brave and important step to feeling and functioning better in one's life.
(401) 313-3275 View (401) 313-3275
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Thomas John Dolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I have over 11 years of experience in mental health treatment and medication management. I work with young to older adults who have experienced depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, ADHD, OCD and PTSD.
I have over 11 years of experience in mental health treatment and medication management. I work with young to older adults who have experienced depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, ADHD, OCD and PTSD.
(401) 337-8873 View (401) 337-8873
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Cassandra Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN (C
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
Cassandra Pierre, PMHNP Cassandra Pierre is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner from Regis College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Curry College. Cassandra has good communication skills among patients, family, and interdisciplinary teams, ensuring optimal care. Providing therapeutic communication, empathy, and emotional support allows a better understanding of patients' needs. Cassandra can prioritize and intervene in crisis response.
Cassandra Pierre, PMHNP Cassandra Pierre is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island who has been practicing since 2023. She has a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner from Regis College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Curry College. Cassandra has good communication skills among patients, family, and interdisciplinary teams, ensuring optimal care. Providing therapeutic communication, empathy, and emotional support allows a better understanding of patients' needs. Cassandra can prioritize and intervene in crisis response.
(401) 425-3147 View (401) 425-3147
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Sarah Stern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906  (Online Only)
I work with pregnant and postpartum people as well as those experiencing hormonal shifts (PMDD, menopause), infertility and perinatal loss. I also treat women (including trans and non-binary people) throughout the lifespan who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have particular expertise in treating pregnancy and postpartum OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, PTSD and birth trauma. My primary focus is medication management and to support patients through collaborative, integrative care, keeping in mind each patients individual needs, goals, cultures and values.
I work with pregnant and postpartum people as well as those experiencing hormonal shifts (PMDD, menopause), infertility and perinatal loss. I also treat women (including trans and non-binary people) throughout the lifespan who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have particular expertise in treating pregnancy and postpartum OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, PTSD and birth trauma. My primary focus is medication management and to support patients through collaborative, integrative care, keeping in mind each patients individual needs, goals, cultures and values.
(401) 552-9430 View (401) 552-9430
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Mark Gauthier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
* Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * Master's degree in Nursing, Boston College * Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner * Over 20 years experience in the field of Mental Health/Psychiatry * Over 10 years experience in acute, inpatient psychiatry. I work with ages 16-59 years old and specialize in Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and Bipolar Disorders. Though I am a medication provider, I believe in a holistic approach to mental health, which includes healthy lifestyle and habits.
* Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * Master's degree in Nursing, Boston College * Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner * Over 20 years experience in the field of Mental Health/Psychiatry * Over 10 years experience in acute, inpatient psychiatry. I work with ages 16-59 years old and specialize in Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and Bipolar Disorders. Though I am a medication provider, I believe in a holistic approach to mental health, which includes healthy lifestyle and habits.
(844) 452-5024 View (844) 452-5024
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Lamara Ford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSW, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
Not accepting new clients
I currently work with adults and young adults struggling with a multitude of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and trauma. I also have specialized training to care for pregnant or postpartum individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, or loss. I partner with my clients to optimize their overall wellness because I have a passion for providing inclusive care, social justice, and promoting patient empowerment. We will create an integrative treatment plan together which may include medication, supportive therapy, supplement recommendations, or lifestyle changes.
I currently work with adults and young adults struggling with a multitude of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and trauma. I also have specialized training to care for pregnant or postpartum individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, or loss. I partner with my clients to optimize their overall wellness because I have a passion for providing inclusive care, social justice, and promoting patient empowerment. We will create an integrative treatment plan together which may include medication, supportive therapy, supplement recommendations, or lifestyle changes.
(401) 358-6237 View (401) 358-6237
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Afya Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906
Afya Services LLC is a private practice that offers both primary care and medication management to individuals 18 years of age and above. Are symptoms of anxiety, depression and ADHD impacting your daily life? Don't feel stuck and hopeless, I can help reduce the barriers that you are facing. Phina Mayu APRN has extensive years in mental health including MHW and tailor’s individual treatment plan in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and MAT/Suboxone. I offer in office as well as Telehealth services. EVENING & WEEKEND HOURS also available. I diagnose, provide medication management, and refer to therapists as needed.
Afya Services LLC is a private practice that offers both primary care and medication management to individuals 18 years of age and above. Are symptoms of anxiety, depression and ADHD impacting your daily life? Don't feel stuck and hopeless, I can help reduce the barriers that you are facing. Phina Mayu APRN has extensive years in mental health including MHW and tailor’s individual treatment plan in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and MAT/Suboxone. I offer in office as well as Telehealth services. EVENING & WEEKEND HOURS also available. I diagnose, provide medication management, and refer to therapists as needed.
(401) 561-8992 View (401) 561-8992
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Paul Christopher
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I am a Brown-trained, board-certified psychiatrist who provides individually tailored psychotherapy to adults over eighteen. I also provide medication management, if needed, for those I see for psychotherapy. I have expertise in treating a range of problems including work and academic stress, relationship concerns, self-esteem issues, life transitions, as well as depression, anxiety, and grief.
I am a Brown-trained, board-certified psychiatrist who provides individually tailored psychotherapy to adults over eighteen. I also provide medication management, if needed, for those I see for psychotherapy. I have expertise in treating a range of problems including work and academic stress, relationship concerns, self-esteem issues, life transitions, as well as depression, anxiety, and grief.
(401) 234-0204 View (401) 234-0204
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Goldline Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906  (Online Only)
Group practice that specializes in medication management. We are accepting new clients in RI, MA & CT. Our practice is a medication management practice that provides med management services to children, adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, thought disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We are a group of 3 nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatric treatment, we are caring, compassionate and great listeners.
Group practice that specializes in medication management. We are accepting new clients in RI, MA & CT. Our practice is a medication management practice that provides med management services to children, adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, thought disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We are a group of 3 nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatric treatment, we are caring, compassionate and great listeners.
(401) 337-7493 View (401) 337-7493
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David Kahn
Psychiatrist, MD, CGP
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I am a licensed psychiatrist, with over 20 years' experience helping people succeed in living healthy and full lives. I received my medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, and completed residencies in General Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at St. Vincent's Medical Center, New York City. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, I maintain private practices in New York City and Providence, RI. I've trained and supervised clinicians and residents of Brown University Medical School. I offer the following: * Individual therapy * Group therapy * Family therapy * Children and adolescents * Couples' therapy * Medication.
I am a licensed psychiatrist, with over 20 years' experience helping people succeed in living healthy and full lives. I received my medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, and completed residencies in General Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at St. Vincent's Medical Center, New York City. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, I maintain private practices in New York City and Providence, RI. I've trained and supervised clinicians and residents of Brown University Medical School. I offer the following: * Individual therapy * Group therapy * Family therapy * Children and adolescents * Couples' therapy * Medication.
(401) 246-4063 View (401) 246-4063
Photo of Jenna Callahan, FNP, CLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jenna Callahan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, CLC
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I provide medication management and medical expertise around a multitude of issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD and acute illnesses for adults and children. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner starting a private practice on the beautiful East Side of Providence!
I provide medication management and medical expertise around a multitude of issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD and acute illnesses for adults and children. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner starting a private practice on the beautiful East Side of Providence!
(401) 246-7194 View (401) 246-7194
Photo of Alison Perry - Alison Perry PMHNP, LLC, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Alison Perry PMHNP, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adults working to overcome anxiety and/or depression. I hold an additional national certification as a family nurse practitioner and bring a holistic view of the intersection of physical and emotional wellbeing to my practice. I am experienced in treating individuals with mood changes that can arise during the various stages of one's life such as stressors related to life transitions, work, school, relationships, and caretaking. I have extensive experience working with women who seek to manage symptoms due to hormonal shifts and menopause.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adults working to overcome anxiety and/or depression. I hold an additional national certification as a family nurse practitioner and bring a holistic view of the intersection of physical and emotional wellbeing to my practice. I am experienced in treating individuals with mood changes that can arise during the various stages of one's life such as stressors related to life transitions, work, school, relationships, and caretaking. I have extensive experience working with women who seek to manage symptoms due to hormonal shifts and menopause.
(401) 324-1745 View (401) 324-1745
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Cheryl Haynes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMH-BC
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906  (Online Only)
My current practice model is directed toward ages 4-24, and women through age 55. I am board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Women's Health. I have over 15 years of experience treating psychiatric disorders in children and adults, from very simple to severe and chronic. I am well versed in the treatment of ADHD, along with Autism Spectrum, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, mood disorders, and women specific issues (ie PMDD, perimenopausal issues, pregnancy, post-partum)
My current practice model is directed toward ages 4-24, and women through age 55. I am board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Women's Health. I have over 15 years of experience treating psychiatric disorders in children and adults, from very simple to severe and chronic. I am well versed in the treatment of ADHD, along with Autism Spectrum, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, mood disorders, and women specific issues (ie PMDD, perimenopausal issues, pregnancy, post-partum)
(401) 200-3875 View (401) 200-3875
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Dr. Lana G Elhalabi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing on the East Side of Providence RI and remotely in MA and NY. I am extensively trained in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (psychodynamic and psychoanalytic) is an integral part of the clinical approach I rely on when treating psychiatric conditions and symptoms impeding daily functioning, interpersonal relationships, and quality of life.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist practicing on the East Side of Providence RI and remotely in MA and NY. I am extensively trained in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (psychodynamic and psychoanalytic) is an integral part of the clinical approach I rely on when treating psychiatric conditions and symptoms impeding daily functioning, interpersonal relationships, and quality of life.
(401) 648-7864 View (401) 648-7864
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Laura Whiteley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I am a board certified psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, mood, sleep, and attentional disorders in adults and adolescents. As a psychiatrist, I can provide both therapy and medications to integrate your care. If preferred, I can also work with your therapist to provide medication management. My office is conveniently located on the east side of Providence within walking distance from Brown, Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson and Wales. Please visit: www.laurawhiteleymd.com for more information.
I am a board certified psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, mood, sleep, and attentional disorders in adults and adolescents. As a psychiatrist, I can provide both therapy and medications to integrate your care. If preferred, I can also work with your therapist to provide medication management. My office is conveniently located on the east side of Providence within walking distance from Brown, Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson and Wales. Please visit: www.laurawhiteleymd.com for more information.
(401) 375-2708 View (401) 375-2708
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Dr. Misty Stafford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm, and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe this reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm, and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe this reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
(207) 204-3578 View (207) 204-3578
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Dr. Jose Rengifo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906
Not accepting new clients
Dr Rengifo is a Harvard trained board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in medical education and diagnosing & treatment of various psychiatric conditions in adults. He completed his education at Cornell University and Rush Medical College as well as completing a psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry through Brown Medical School in Providence, RI with several teaching awards. Dr Rengifo brings a passion for teaching and excellent beside manner to all his patients.
Dr Rengifo is a Harvard trained board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in medical education and diagnosing & treatment of various psychiatric conditions in adults. He completed his education at Cornell University and Rush Medical College as well as completing a psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry through Brown Medical School in Providence, RI with several teaching awards. Dr Rengifo brings a passion for teaching and excellent beside manner to all his patients.
(612) 482-7011 View (612) 482-7011
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Arielle Rounds - West Bay Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing psychiatric medication management for variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood and bipolar spectrum disorders, among others. I work together with my clients to establish a tailored treatment plan specific to their unique needs.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing psychiatric medication management for variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood and bipolar spectrum disorders, among others. I work together with my clients to establish a tailored treatment plan specific to their unique needs.
(401) 208-2750 View (401) 208-2750
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Laura Mayer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
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
Photo of Patricia Schneider, DNP, PMHNP, -BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Patricia Schneider
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I’m an integrative psychiatrist who helps children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, and OCD to improve their self-esteem and feel more energized, happy, and motivated. I get to the root cause of health concerns by providing parents and young adults with a natural and integrative approach to healing that goes beyond traditional medicine. I also specialize in treating eating disorders, mood, and personality disorders, and working with families and children in the adoption and foster care system. If you think we would be a good fit, read on to learn more or you can visit my website.
I’m an integrative psychiatrist who helps children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, and OCD to improve their self-esteem and feel more energized, happy, and motivated. I get to the root cause of health concerns by providing parents and young adults with a natural and integrative approach to healing that goes beyond traditional medicine. I also specialize in treating eating disorders, mood, and personality disorders, and working with families and children in the adoption and foster care system. If you think we would be a good fit, read on to learn more or you can visit my website.
(401) 420-7951 View (401) 420-7951

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 02906

20+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in 02906 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
85% ADHD
85% Medication Management
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Bipolar Disorder
63% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
76% Aetna
65% Harvard Pilgrim

How Psychiatrists in 02906 see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

73% Female
27% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 02906?

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.