Psychiatrists in 06902

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Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems and emotional difficulties . Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com/
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems and emotional difficulties . Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com/
(203) 633-7602 View (203) 633-7602
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Resolve Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
We specialize in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, and DMDD for children, adolescent/teens, and adults. We treat a small group of clients and focus on personalization of services. Allow us to provide quality care to you or your child.
We specialize in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, and DMDD for children, adolescent/teens, and adults. We treat a small group of clients and focus on personalization of services. Allow us to provide quality care to you or your child.
(203) 496-5463 View (203) 496-5463
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Christine Naungayan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902
I am a general adult psychiatrist, completing residency training and forensic fellowship at Yale where I also had the amazing experience of serving as chief resident. My experience includes pharmacotherapy with emphasis on treatment for general mood disorders, post-partum depression, anxiety, insomnia, postraumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and maintaining sobriety/post-substance abuse, in addition to a range of clinical issues with more specific psychiatric foci. I also offer psychotherapy for patients who wish to engage solely in psychotherapy or a combination of therapy and medication management [private rates apply].
I am a general adult psychiatrist, completing residency training and forensic fellowship at Yale where I also had the amazing experience of serving as chief resident. My experience includes pharmacotherapy with emphasis on treatment for general mood disorders, post-partum depression, anxiety, insomnia, postraumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and maintaining sobriety/post-substance abuse, in addition to a range of clinical issues with more specific psychiatric foci. I also offer psychotherapy for patients who wish to engage solely in psychotherapy or a combination of therapy and medication management [private rates apply].
(973) 600-5465 x1 View (973) 600-5465 x1
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Rivka Levin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
I'm an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to help you reach your full potential. I offer medication management and holistic interventions for children and adults with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. At my practice, Oasis Psychiatric, we take pride in our personalized and compassionate approach to care.
I'm an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to help you reach your full potential. I offer medication management and holistic interventions for children and adults with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. At my practice, Oasis Psychiatric, we take pride in our personalized and compassionate approach to care.
(203) 208-9515 View (203) 208-9515
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Changing Minds
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902
Changing Minds specializes in cases where traditional methods fall short. Our focus is using MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy), a safe, gentle, non-invasive and personalized treatment which is FDA-approved and insurance reimbursed (depression). It has demonstrated remarkable success in modulating neural activity and promoting neuroplasticity, particularly in treatment-resistant conditions. Notably, MeRT employs Dry-Lead EEG technology to guide treatment, allowing us to tailor interventions with unprecedented speed and precision based on each patient's unique brain activity.
Changing Minds specializes in cases where traditional methods fall short. Our focus is using MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy), a safe, gentle, non-invasive and personalized treatment which is FDA-approved and insurance reimbursed (depression). It has demonstrated remarkable success in modulating neural activity and promoting neuroplasticity, particularly in treatment-resistant conditions. Notably, MeRT employs Dry-Lead EEG technology to guide treatment, allowing us to tailor interventions with unprecedented speed and precision based on each patient's unique brain activity.
(475) 244-9174 View (475) 244-9174
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Hong Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Total Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902
Total Wellness Center is psychiatry and counseling practice that offers treatment both in-person and via Telehealth. With offices in New Jersey and Connecticut, all of our doctors come from Ivy league schools. We offer evening and weekends appointments and accept major insurance plans such as Horizon, Cigna, Aetna and others. Not all doctors and therapists are in-network with all insurances, please contact our office for more information on how to book an appointment. Aside from Medication management and Psychotherapy. we provide Hypnotherapy, Group therapy and divorce mediation.
Total Wellness Center is psychiatry and counseling practice that offers treatment both in-person and via Telehealth. With offices in New Jersey and Connecticut, all of our doctors come from Ivy league schools. We offer evening and weekends appointments and accept major insurance plans such as Horizon, Cigna, Aetna and others. Not all doctors and therapists are in-network with all insurances, please contact our office for more information on how to book an appointment. Aside from Medication management and Psychotherapy. we provide Hypnotherapy, Group therapy and divorce mediation.
(203) 242-8408 x1 View (203) 242-8408 x1
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Mental Health and Psychiatry Services MHPS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Appointments go to www.mhpspsych.com, call or email. Bridgitte F. Ackeifi APRN, PMHNP-BC Mental Health and Psychiatry Services MHPS holistically work with patients and their families with mental health and substance use illnesses to create an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based research, and a patient-centered approach with the use of medication management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages psychotherapy as needed to promote function, increase potential, decrease symptoms/hospitalizations, empowering, and instilling more hope, positivity, support, and love, healing one patient, one day at a time.
Appointments go to www.mhpspsych.com, call or email. Bridgitte F. Ackeifi APRN, PMHNP-BC Mental Health and Psychiatry Services MHPS holistically work with patients and their families with mental health and substance use illnesses to create an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based research, and a patient-centered approach with the use of medication management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages psychotherapy as needed to promote function, increase potential, decrease symptoms/hospitalizations, empowering, and instilling more hope, positivity, support, and love, healing one patient, one day at a time.
(203) 935-8632 View (203) 935-8632
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Shoshana Levin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Shoshana Levin is a passionate practitioner with extensive experience treating populations across the lifespan within a large, nonprofit clinic. Shoshana has treated a wide array of diagnoses. ranging from ADHD and SUDs to mood and thought disorders. Shoshana uses a holistic approach, combining medication management with therapeutic techniques throughout each session. Shoshana is currently accepting patients in New York and Connecticut under her private practice, Rose Psychiatry. All of Shoshana's sessions are currently being conducted virtually. Please call or email for more information. We look forward to connecting with you.
Shoshana Levin is a passionate practitioner with extensive experience treating populations across the lifespan within a large, nonprofit clinic. Shoshana has treated a wide array of diagnoses. ranging from ADHD and SUDs to mood and thought disorders. Shoshana uses a holistic approach, combining medication management with therapeutic techniques throughout each session. Shoshana is currently accepting patients in New York and Connecticut under her private practice, Rose Psychiatry. All of Shoshana's sessions are currently being conducted virtually. Please call or email for more information. We look forward to connecting with you.
(203) 200-0796 View (203) 200-0796
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Lisa Marie Persad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Lisa embraces a humanistic and holistic approach to care with a commitment to individualization and collaboration. She believes many episodes of depression and anxiety are rooted in underlying emotional wounds related to sexual, physical, and/or emotional trauma, including direct and indirect abuse or neglect. Lisa is committed to evidence-based medication management. She emphasizes the complementary role of psycho-pharmacological treatment in establishing and maintaining functionality while "doing the work in therapy".
Lisa embraces a humanistic and holistic approach to care with a commitment to individualization and collaboration. She believes many episodes of depression and anxiety are rooted in underlying emotional wounds related to sexual, physical, and/or emotional trauma, including direct and indirect abuse or neglect. Lisa is committed to evidence-based medication management. She emphasizes the complementary role of psycho-pharmacological treatment in establishing and maintaining functionality while "doing the work in therapy".
(347) 321-9835 View (347) 321-9835
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Matthew Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Dr. Matthew Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein. He provides telepsychiatry for adults throughout Connecticut. He is currently taking new patients interested in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training.) This is an evidenced based therapy for people (CSO) affected by someone (IP) with an addiction. It has 3 goals of: improved mental health/quality of life of CSO, decreased substance use by IP and much higher treatment engagement to address substance use for IP.
Dr. Matthew Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein. He provides telepsychiatry for adults throughout Connecticut. He is currently taking new patients interested in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training.) This is an evidenced based therapy for people (CSO) affected by someone (IP) with an addiction. It has 3 goals of: improved mental health/quality of life of CSO, decreased substance use by IP and much higher treatment engagement to address substance use for IP.
(860) 764-2784 View (860) 764-2784
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Maryfrances Lanosa-DeSteno
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN), with a concentration as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. I have years of mental health treatment experience, focusing with a holistic approach towards the adult and senior populations. Through lifestyle and behavioral therapy, coupled with the responsible use of medication when clinically indicated, I have realized tremendous success with my patients. Let's work together!
I am a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner (APRN), with a concentration as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. I have years of mental health treatment experience, focusing with a holistic approach towards the adult and senior populations. Through lifestyle and behavioral therapy, coupled with the responsible use of medication when clinically indicated, I have realized tremendous success with my patients. Let's work together!
(860) 467-1625 View (860) 467-1625
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Elevate Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902
I am an ANCC board-certified Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about delivering innovative mental health care, including psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of adolescents and adults. Our practice combines both medication management and psychotherapy modalities to achieve sustainable and safe outcomes. As many of us know, treatment takes a collaborative and multimodal approach that is unique and individualized based on each person's desired goals and outcomes. We are here to help you achieve those goals that you have for yourself.
I am an ANCC board-certified Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about delivering innovative mental health care, including psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of adolescents and adults. Our practice combines both medication management and psychotherapy modalities to achieve sustainable and safe outcomes. As many of us know, treatment takes a collaborative and multimodal approach that is unique and individualized based on each person's desired goals and outcomes. We are here to help you achieve those goals that you have for yourself.
(475) 224-4594 View (475) 224-4594
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Margaret Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, LMSW, MSN
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902
Dr. Miller DNP treats individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PTSD and ADHD. If you are struggling with a mood disorder or chronic inattention impacting work and relationships Dr. Miller will tailor treatment holistically and individually to your needs. Integrating an understanding of your lifestyle and needs into your treatment allows Dr. Miller to treat you as a whole person, understanding your symptoms in the context of your life.
Dr. Miller DNP treats individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PTSD and ADHD. If you are struggling with a mood disorder or chronic inattention impacting work and relationships Dr. Miller will tailor treatment holistically and individually to your needs. Integrating an understanding of your lifestyle and needs into your treatment allows Dr. Miller to treat you as a whole person, understanding your symptoms in the context of your life.
(888) 334-2500 View (888) 334-2500
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Marilyn Batista
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Are you a new mother navigating the complexities of postpartum life, overwhelmed by the challenges of balancing motherhood, personal well-being, and mental health? Are you struggling to manage anxiety or depression? Are you yearning for a compassionate ally on your journey to rediscovering balance and joy? Marilyn understands the unique struggles women face during these transformative times. She is here to guide you to optimal mental well-being with understanding and empathy. Marilyn believes in the healing power of support and aims to be a compassionate guide on the path to mental well-being. I speak Spanish.
Are you a new mother navigating the complexities of postpartum life, overwhelmed by the challenges of balancing motherhood, personal well-being, and mental health? Are you struggling to manage anxiety or depression? Are you yearning for a compassionate ally on your journey to rediscovering balance and joy? Marilyn understands the unique struggles women face during these transformative times. She is here to guide you to optimal mental well-being with understanding and empathy. Marilyn believes in the healing power of support and aims to be a compassionate guide on the path to mental well-being. I speak Spanish.
(203) 456-6989 View (203) 456-6989
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Tarique Perera Contemporary Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902
Struggling with depression, anxiety, or debilitating symptoms? Traditional treatments might not always work. I offer advanced options: psychopharmacology, TMS therapy, ketamine infusions, and the latest Spravato esketamine treatments, combined with psychotherapy. Trained at Harvard, with a residency at New York Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, I am recognized as one of America's Top Psychiatrists. My approach focuses on full symptom remission, treating you as a whole. Welcome to a new chapter in your mental health journey at my practice.
Struggling with depression, anxiety, or debilitating symptoms? Traditional treatments might not always work. I offer advanced options: psychopharmacology, TMS therapy, ketamine infusions, and the latest Spravato esketamine treatments, combined with psychotherapy. Trained at Harvard, with a residency at New York Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, I am recognized as one of America's Top Psychiatrists. My approach focuses on full symptom remission, treating you as a whole. Welcome to a new chapter in your mental health journey at my practice.
(203) 403-6235 View (203) 403-6235
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Christina L Persaud
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
My goal is to help you improve your quality of life through the right combination of medications and therapy. My therapy style combines elements of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and supportive therapy…along with the appropriate doses of sensitivity, empathy and humor.
My goal is to help you improve your quality of life through the right combination of medications and therapy. My therapy style combines elements of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and supportive therapy…along with the appropriate doses of sensitivity, empathy and humor.
(646) 956-5955 View (646) 956-5955
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Dr. Karen Yan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Dr. Yan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with honors in Economics. She holds a law degree from Harvard and was a practicing attorney before pursuing her medical education at New York University School of Medicine. While in medical school, she won the Best Research Presentation Award for the Jack Cary Eichenbaum Summer Scholars Program. She received her residency training in psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she served on the Mental Health Crisis Response Team during the Covid pandemic.
Dr. Yan graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with honors in Economics. She holds a law degree from Harvard and was a practicing attorney before pursuing her medical education at New York University School of Medicine. While in medical school, she won the Best Research Presentation Award for the Jack Cary Eichenbaum Summer Scholars Program. She received her residency training in psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she served on the Mental Health Crisis Response Team during the Covid pandemic.
(646) 941-7742 View (646) 941-7742
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Jill Ahluwalia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MPH
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, Columbia University-trained psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in psychiatric evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments to improve mental health. My holistic approach combines personalized medicine with my passion for listening deeply to your experience. By going beyond the symptoms that bring you into treatment, I will partner with you to help you achieve more joy and fulfillment in your life.
I am a board-certified, Columbia University-trained psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in psychiatric evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments to improve mental health. My holistic approach combines personalized medicine with my passion for listening deeply to your experience. By going beyond the symptoms that bring you into treatment, I will partner with you to help you achieve more joy and fulfillment in your life.
(718) 690-7460 View (718) 690-7460
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Wholistic Perspective
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902
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.
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Number of Psychiatrists in 06902

20+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in 06902 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
90% ADHD
86% Depression
86% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
81% Trauma and PTSD
81% Bipolar Disorder
81% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
80% Aetna
80% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 06902 see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

82% Female
18% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 06902?

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.