Psychiatrists in 06410

Photo of John M. de Figueiredo, M.D., LLC, Psychiatrist in 06410, CT
John M. de Figueiredo, M.D., LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Dr. de Figueiredo is a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale. He has been in practice over 30 years. He offers telepsychiatry (appointments through video conferencing) throughout Connecticut, New York, Florida, and Arizona. He typically offers medication management for depression and anxiety and supportive psychotherapy for dealing effectively with stressful situations and restoring the balance and harmony in life. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He participates in most insurance plans.
Dr. de Figueiredo is a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale. He has been in practice over 30 years. He offers telepsychiatry (appointments through video conferencing) throughout Connecticut, New York, Florida, and Arizona. He typically offers medication management for depression and anxiety and supportive psychotherapy for dealing effectively with stressful situations and restoring the balance and harmony in life. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He participates in most insurance plans.
(475) 253-3762 View (475) 253-3762
Photo of Nathan Tyson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Nathan Tyson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Nathan Tyson is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, specializing in psychiatric mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In his own words, "It is essential that we trust our health care providers. My goal is to provide an atmosphere for patients that makes them feel safe, heard, and cared for in a telehealth environment. Patients that are making the effort to provide for their mental and emotional wellness expect equal effort from their providers, and that’s what you’ll get." His treatment approach focuses on thoughtful, personalized, and confidential care that can be delivered directly to your home.
Nathan Tyson is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, specializing in psychiatric mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In his own words, "It is essential that we trust our health care providers. My goal is to provide an atmosphere for patients that makes them feel safe, heard, and cared for in a telehealth environment. Patients that are making the effort to provide for their mental and emotional wellness expect equal effort from their providers, and that’s what you’ll get." His treatment approach focuses on thoughtful, personalized, and confidential care that can be delivered directly to your home.
(475) 303-5131 View (475) 303-5131
Photo of Maegan Monterose, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Maegan Monterose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Struggling with mental health and feeling lost in the journey towards wellness? Are you seeking a compassionate expert to guide you towards a brighter, more stable future? I understand your search for relief and clarity amidst these challenges. As a dedicated mental health professional, my mission is to light your path towards healing and peace of mind. Together, we can create a treatment plan that you understand and actively participate in, paving the way towards a life of fulfillment and stability. I offer psychiatric medication management.
Struggling with mental health and feeling lost in the journey towards wellness? Are you seeking a compassionate expert to guide you towards a brighter, more stable future? I understand your search for relief and clarity amidst these challenges. As a dedicated mental health professional, my mission is to light your path towards healing and peace of mind. Together, we can create a treatment plan that you understand and actively participate in, paving the way towards a life of fulfillment and stability. I offer psychiatric medication management.
(860) 854-9237 View (860) 854-9237
Photo of Ashley LaBonte, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Ashley LaBonte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
Photo of Christine Aigbobun, Physician Assistant in 06410, CT
Christine Aigbobun
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Christine believes in treating people so that their individual and therapeutic goals are met and is dedicated to serving and healing the community through patient-centered care. Treatment should be an avenue to show compassion and understanding to patients and their needs without judgment or stigma whether it is through mediation, therapy, or both.
Christine believes in treating people so that their individual and therapeutic goals are met and is dedicated to serving and healing the community through patient-centered care. Treatment should be an avenue to show compassion and understanding to patients and their needs without judgment or stigma whether it is through mediation, therapy, or both.
(475) 275-6779 View (475) 275-6779
Photo of John T Palma, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
John T Palma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
I'm a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner that likes to take the appropriate time to get to know the needs and objectives of my clients. I specialize in adults but will see children 13 and older depending on the case. I treat individuals suffering from a variety of conditions, such as, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. I value the input of those I work with and through collaboration we will achieve the best possible outcome.
I'm a compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner that likes to take the appropriate time to get to know the needs and objectives of my clients. I specialize in adults but will see children 13 and older depending on the case. I treat individuals suffering from a variety of conditions, such as, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. I value the input of those I work with and through collaboration we will achieve the best possible outcome.
(203) 404-6074 View (203) 404-6074
Photo of Back to Balance LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Back to Balance LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, difficulty focusing, poor motivation, insomnia or do you know anyone who does? If you are in a need of help, support, or guidance I may be able to help. I'm an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut. My unique approach involves providing holistic mental health intervention that include acupuncture, cupping, aromatherapy, and supplements including injectable Vitamin B12, D3, and Tri-Boost in addition to traditional psychiatric medication.
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, difficulty focusing, poor motivation, insomnia or do you know anyone who does? If you are in a need of help, support, or guidance I may be able to help. I'm an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut. My unique approach involves providing holistic mental health intervention that include acupuncture, cupping, aromatherapy, and supplements including injectable Vitamin B12, D3, and Tri-Boost in addition to traditional psychiatric medication.
(203) 403-6232 View (203) 403-6232
Photo of ABetterU LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
ABetterU LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MPH
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Life is an amazing and unpredictable journey we all share. It can bring joy, success, love and optimism, and also present extreme challenges, loss, sadness, grief and despair. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed or "stuck" for many reasons involving relationships, life transitions, illness, trauma, and personal circumstances. This can lead to depression, anxiety, mood swings and uncertainty about how to feel better and move forward. Regardless of what challenges you are facing, no situation is hopeless and there is always a way forward to a better you and and a better life.
Life is an amazing and unpredictable journey we all share. It can bring joy, success, love and optimism, and also present extreme challenges, loss, sadness, grief and despair. We can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed or "stuck" for many reasons involving relationships, life transitions, illness, trauma, and personal circumstances. This can lead to depression, anxiety, mood swings and uncertainty about how to feel better and move forward. Regardless of what challenges you are facing, no situation is hopeless and there is always a way forward to a better you and and a better life.
(203) 590-8859 View (203) 590-8859
Photo of Arthur Brouse, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Arthur Brouse
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Arthur "Eddie" Brouse is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in psychiatric mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In his own words, "Mental illness is something that is extremely personal, yet often affects more than just one person. Worry, sadness, or feeling overwhelmed are only a few symptoms which cause difficulty for a person to function normally. Is there something that isn’t quite right which causes you trouble? Have you noticed your mood or issues have been affecting not just you, but also those around you? Are you isolating, or feeling alone? Do you feel the roller coaster is out of control?"
Arthur "Eddie" Brouse is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specializing in psychiatric mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In his own words, "Mental illness is something that is extremely personal, yet often affects more than just one person. Worry, sadness, or feeling overwhelmed are only a few symptoms which cause difficulty for a person to function normally. Is there something that isn’t quite right which causes you trouble? Have you noticed your mood or issues have been affecting not just you, but also those around you? Are you isolating, or feeling alone? Do you feel the roller coaster is out of control?"
(203) 872-5829 View (203) 872-5829
Photo of Johnson-Allen Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Johnson-Allen Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
My name is Deon and I’m YOUR Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-practicing in the Hartford County and NYC. I try to find +ve meaning in everyday's life events, even amidst chaos and stress. I utilize mindfulness and spirituality and integrating it with psychiatric treatments ,incl. complementary approaches to helping people manage depression, anxiety, PTSD and stress, and to live happier and more fulfilling lives. Through stories of human resilience, the power of love and support, I have come to believe that you can achieve anything. My goal is to create a safe and nonjudgemental space for you to receive excellent care. BELIEVE !
My name is Deon and I’m YOUR Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-practicing in the Hartford County and NYC. I try to find +ve meaning in everyday's life events, even amidst chaos and stress. I utilize mindfulness and spirituality and integrating it with psychiatric treatments ,incl. complementary approaches to helping people manage depression, anxiety, PTSD and stress, and to live happier and more fulfilling lives. Through stories of human resilience, the power of love and support, I have come to believe that you can achieve anything. My goal is to create a safe and nonjudgemental space for you to receive excellent care. BELIEVE !
(475) 255-7411 View (475) 255-7411
Photo of Advanced TelePsych, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Advanced TelePsych, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
At Advanced Telepsych, we have providers with extensive knowledge in mental health, in CT, FL, and MA. Our providers specialize in psychiatric evaluation, medication management and therapy in a virtual care environment. We offer these services via live video, from the convenience of your own private space, on a confidential/HIPAA compliant, secure platform.
At Advanced Telepsych, we have providers with extensive knowledge in mental health, in CT, FL, and MA. Our providers specialize in psychiatric evaluation, medication management and therapy in a virtual care environment. We offer these services via live video, from the convenience of your own private space, on a confidential/HIPAA compliant, secure platform.
(860) 590-8457 View (860) 590-8457
Photo of Gina M Reiners, Psychiatric Nurse in 06410, CT
Gina M Reiners
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN, PMHNP, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Waitlist for new clients
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), who is certified as Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications. I possess over 30 years of experience as a clinician, director,and professor. My practice focuses on psychotherapy and/or medication management based on the needs of my patients. I work in partnership by assisting patients to better manage their stressors. I respect and actively listen to my patients so they attain their individualized goals. I am compassionate and passionate about helping patients discover how they can find balance in their lives.
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), who is certified as Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications. I possess over 30 years of experience as a clinician, director,and professor. My practice focuses on psychotherapy and/or medication management based on the needs of my patients. I work in partnership by assisting patients to better manage their stressors. I respect and actively listen to my patients so they attain their individualized goals. I am compassionate and passionate about helping patients discover how they can find balance in their lives.
(203) 819-7785 View (203) 819-7785
Photo of Wholistic Perspective, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Wholistic Perspective
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Unresolved emotional conflicts lie at the core of human suffering and at times life can be unusually painful, scary and confusing. We may feel anxious, sad, discouraged and alone and not know what to do. Talking things out with someone can help us become clearer about who we are, our strengths and also our self-defeating ways so we can move forward with an improved sense of self and direction. As a Mental Health Practitioners, we are trained to provide mental health treatment via psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Here at Wholisitic Perspective, we have providers that have experience with children, adolescent and adult populations. At Wholistic Perspective we believe the patient is the expert and emphasize collaboration and communication to find the best treatment for you! We take a holistic approach to treatment and collaborate with other providers to ensure safety and accomplishment of treatment goals. We provide psychiatric evaluations to better understand diagnoses and medication management. We are also certified to provide evaluations for medical marijuana for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults.
Unresolved emotional conflicts lie at the core of human suffering and at times life can be unusually painful, scary and confusing. We may feel anxious, sad, discouraged and alone and not know what to do. Talking things out with someone can help us become clearer about who we are, our strengths and also our self-defeating ways so we can move forward with an improved sense of self and direction. As a Mental Health Practitioners, we are trained to provide mental health treatment via psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Here at Wholisitic Perspective, we have providers that have experience with children, adolescent and adult populations. At Wholistic Perspective we believe the patient is the expert and emphasize collaboration and communication to find the best treatment for you! We take a holistic approach to treatment and collaborate with other providers to ensure safety and accomplishment of treatment goals. We provide psychiatric evaluations to better understand diagnoses and medication management. We are also certified to provide evaluations for medical marijuana for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults.
(203) 433-6890 View (203) 433-6890
Photo of Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut & Arizona. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut & Arizona. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
(203) 806-9936 View (203) 806-9936
Photo of Diana Lankenau, Psychiatric Nurse in 06410, CT
Diana Lankenau
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, FNP-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Diana Lankenau is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specialized in psychiatric mental health at Lankenau Health Services. In her own words: “Life is a journey. We all struggle in understanding our own thoughts, emotions, insecurities, perceptions, and behaviors. Often times, we compare ourselves to others in search for the self”. Diana attempts to help others in understanding that mental health conflicts are very common. Showing emotion during these hard times is not a sign of weakness, or vulnerability but inner strength.
Diana Lankenau is a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse specialized in psychiatric mental health at Lankenau Health Services. In her own words: “Life is a journey. We all struggle in understanding our own thoughts, emotions, insecurities, perceptions, and behaviors. Often times, we compare ourselves to others in search for the self”. Diana attempts to help others in understanding that mental health conflicts are very common. Showing emotion during these hard times is not a sign of weakness, or vulnerability but inner strength.
(786) 743-4825 View (786) 743-4825
Photo of Beatrice Peku, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Beatrice Peku
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06410
Mental and behavioral health are integral parts of our overall health and wellbeing. If you are one of over 57 million Americans suffering from mental illness, Thorough Immersion Health is here to help. Our approach to restoring health and wellbeing is patient centered, holistic, and culturally sensitive. We prioritize fleshing out each patient’s unique underlying biological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors to inform diagnosis and direct treatment. We offer both in-person and virtual consults for convenience.
Mental and behavioral health are integral parts of our overall health and wellbeing. If you are one of over 57 million Americans suffering from mental illness, Thorough Immersion Health is here to help. Our approach to restoring health and wellbeing is patient centered, holistic, and culturally sensitive. We prioritize fleshing out each patient’s unique underlying biological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors to inform diagnosis and direct treatment. We offer both in-person and virtual consults for convenience.
(203) 904-2576 View (203) 904-2576
Photo of Olga Selikhov, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Olga Selikhov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Olga and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Connecticut. I specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Olga and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Connecticut. I specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(475) 284-8854 View (475) 284-8854
Photo of Dr. Tonya Goodman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 06410, CT
Dr. Tonya Goodman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06410
Every client deserves to heal their mind, body, and soul. I understand that it is impossible to function at your best if your physical and mental health are not aligned. I aim to help you achieve complete remission of your symptoms by combining Western and holistic practices to treat the whole person. I work with each client's healthcare team to promote a collaborative approach to optimize every client's recovery and remission time. My goal is to create a safe and open space where you feel respected, heard, understood, and supported throughout your treatment.
Every client deserves to heal their mind, body, and soul. I understand that it is impossible to function at your best if your physical and mental health are not aligned. I aim to help you achieve complete remission of your symptoms by combining Western and holistic practices to treat the whole person. I work with each client's healthcare team to promote a collaborative approach to optimize every client's recovery and remission time. My goal is to create a safe and open space where you feel respected, heard, understood, and supported throughout your treatment.
(203) 652-8057 View (203) 652-8057
Photo of David A. Krulee, Psychiatrist in 06410, CT
David A. Krulee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cheshire, CT 06410
Landmark Center for Behavior Health is a multi-disciplinary, mental health practice offering a wide range of counseling and psychiatric services. We treat children, adolescents, adults, couples and families using comprehensive, evidenced-based, and eclectic approaches. Whether you are looking for therapy, medication-management, or both, those services are available from a member of our team.
Landmark Center for Behavior Health is a multi-disciplinary, mental health practice offering a wide range of counseling and psychiatric services. We treat children, adolescents, adults, couples and families using comprehensive, evidenced-based, and eclectic approaches. Whether you are looking for therapy, medication-management, or both, those services are available from a member of our team.
(860) 631-4415 View (860) 631-4415

See more therapy options for 06410

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 06410

10+

Average cost per session

$215

Psychiatrists in 06410 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
95% ADHD
89% Bipolar Disorder
74% Trauma and PTSD
74% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
88% Cigna and Evernorth
76% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 06410 see their clients

58% In Person and Online
42% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 06410?

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.