Psychiatrists in Bridgeport, CT

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Thamara Sterling
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-C, PMNHNP
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06608  (Online Only)
I firmly believe every patient has a unique story and deserves personalized care. I have a genuine passion for instilling hope in my patients. I've always put a strong emphasis on actively listening, empathizing, and tailoring treatments to suit each individual's needs. Collaborating with fellow healthcare professionals is a cornerstone of my approach. I ensure that every patient benefits from a comprehensive and holistic care plan. Together we hope to help our patients achieve optimal function and achieve their treatment goals. I hope to empower patients to become their most authentic self.
I firmly believe every patient has a unique story and deserves personalized care. I have a genuine passion for instilling hope in my patients. I've always put a strong emphasis on actively listening, empathizing, and tailoring treatments to suit each individual's needs. Collaborating with fellow healthcare professionals is a cornerstone of my approach. I ensure that every patient benefits from a comprehensive and holistic care plan. Together we hope to help our patients achieve optimal function and achieve their treatment goals. I hope to empower patients to become their most authentic self.
(475) 250-1337 View (475) 250-1337
Photo of Michael O'Toole DNP, APRN & PsyIpsum, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bridgeport, CT
Michael O'Toole DNP, APRN & PsyIpsum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06605  (Online Only)
As Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, we collaborate with patients to use medications judiciously, and only when necessary. As practitioners, we value our shared humanity, and encourage compassion, humility, connection and empathy. Please reach out to us directly by email to begin the enrollment process and to schedule an evaluation time, thank you. Ongoing enrollment for CT Residents and VT Residents.
As Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, we collaborate with patients to use medications judiciously, and only when necessary. As practitioners, we value our shared humanity, and encourage compassion, humility, connection and empathy. Please reach out to us directly by email to begin the enrollment process and to schedule an evaluation time, thank you. Ongoing enrollment for CT Residents and VT Residents.
(475) 239-2813 View (475) 239-2813
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Janet Rivera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06605  (Online Only)
As Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications judiciously, and only when necessary. As practitioners, we value our shared humanity, and encourage compassion, humility, connection and empathy. Please reach out to us directly by email to begin the enrollment process and to schedule an evaluation time, thank you.
As Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications judiciously, and only when necessary. As practitioners, we value our shared humanity, and encourage compassion, humility, connection and empathy. Please reach out to us directly by email to begin the enrollment process and to schedule an evaluation time, thank you.
(203) 871-0775 View (203) 871-0775
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06604  (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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Salvatore Iacobello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06601
My motto is "Promoting Self-Regulation, and Bio-Emotional Health". I am a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. I provide psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment for those who need it. I believe medications are not the answer to people emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. My patients are individuals who want to improve the quality of their life and find their way to a satisfying and fulfilling future. My treatment approach is focused on the strengths of each individual and on helping people to obtain more insight and discover their true self.
My motto is "Promoting Self-Regulation, and Bio-Emotional Health". I am a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. I provide psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment for those who need it. I believe medications are not the answer to people emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. My patients are individuals who want to improve the quality of their life and find their way to a satisfying and fulfilling future. My treatment approach is focused on the strengths of each individual and on helping people to obtain more insight and discover their true self.
(203) 307-2007 View (203) 307-2007
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Carine Jean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06610
I am a Yale trained psychiatrist, board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. I am also board certified in addiction medicine and a certified provider of Suboxone. I have extensive experience treating co-occurring disorders and chronic mental illnesses. I provide medication management for mental illnesses including: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post partum depression, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I treat young adults, adults and elders.
I am a Yale trained psychiatrist, board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. I am also board certified in addiction medicine and a certified provider of Suboxone. I have extensive experience treating co-occurring disorders and chronic mental illnesses. I provide medication management for mental illnesses including: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post partum depression, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I treat young adults, adults and elders.
(203) 493-0478 View (203) 493-0478
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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06604  (Online Only)
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(475) 253-5839 View (475) 253-5839
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Emily Garber APRN pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06606
We often go through mental and physical challenges in life that require additional support to maximize our well-being. This practice seeks to look at the whole person and provide both lifestyle coaching as well as medication options to allow patients to be their best selves. Please note that I am not accepting new patients for the treatment of ADHD and do not prescribe benzodiazepines or stimulants (including Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and other similar medications).
We often go through mental and physical challenges in life that require additional support to maximize our well-being. This practice seeks to look at the whole person and provide both lifestyle coaching as well as medication options to allow patients to be their best selves. Please note that I am not accepting new patients for the treatment of ADHD and do not prescribe benzodiazepines or stimulants (including Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and other similar medications).
(203) 551-4173 View (203) 551-4173
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Amazing Victory Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06606  (Online Only)
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
(203) 902-4707 View (203) 902-4707
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The Fiercest Mind LLc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06607
The mind is an infinite treasure! I am a Psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of behavioral health experience, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field that I am eager to share. Looking to connect, engage, and treat individuals age 6-55 years old. Treatment modalities include a combination of individual psychotherapy, and medication management in a safe and professional space. For individuals seeking treatment in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, psychosis. sleep disorders and more. Specializing in children with ADHD and social and emotional challenges.
The mind is an infinite treasure! I am a Psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of behavioral health experience, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field that I am eager to share. Looking to connect, engage, and treat individuals age 6-55 years old. Treatment modalities include a combination of individual psychotherapy, and medication management in a safe and professional space. For individuals seeking treatment in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, psychosis. sleep disorders and more. Specializing in children with ADHD and social and emotional challenges.
(475) 244-7552 View (475) 244-7552
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Matthew Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06601  (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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At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06602
Schedule online: go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com and click "get started" to see appointment times available. Online telepsychiatry with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This telepsychiatry practice focuses on caring for you from your home or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1 and 2, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, and various conditions. Telepsychiatry has given people with agoraphobia a way to heal. Stay home, stay well, but still get care.
Schedule online: go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com and click "get started" to see appointment times available. Online telepsychiatry with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This telepsychiatry practice focuses on caring for you from your home or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar 1 and 2, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, and various conditions. Telepsychiatry has given people with agoraphobia a way to heal. Stay home, stay well, but still get care.
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Yvonne Amune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06605  (Online Only)
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
My clinical focus is on holistic and patient centered care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress related disorders, as well as substance use disorder. Further, I am trained in motivational interviewing which I find to be effective tools in understanding and treating these issues. I believe in taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping my patients reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing.
(860) 846-4337 View (860) 846-4337
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Rivka Levin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06604  (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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Just4U Behavioral &Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06608  (Online Only)
Do you work in corrections? Do you struggle with life stressors or, immigration issues? Do you have post traumatic stress syndrome(PTSD) or other related life crisis? Let Just4U help you process your feelings due to life stressors such as; immigration concerns, trauma, working as a correctional staff, death of a loved one, anxious feelings or depression. Just4U will help you to get your life back! JUST4U uses different types of therapies and or medications to make you feel better. JUST4U will help you reach individualized goals. We got you!
Do you work in corrections? Do you struggle with life stressors or, immigration issues? Do you have post traumatic stress syndrome(PTSD) or other related life crisis? Let Just4U help you process your feelings due to life stressors such as; immigration concerns, trauma, working as a correctional staff, death of a loved one, anxious feelings or depression. Just4U will help you to get your life back! JUST4U uses different types of therapies and or medications to make you feel better. JUST4U will help you reach individualized goals. We got you!
(352) 309-3604 View (352) 309-3604
Photo of Brandi Morgan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Bridgeport, CT
Brandi Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06601
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***Our goal is to meet all of your therapy and medication needs. Through a web-based platform (telepsychiatry), we hope to maintain a relaxing environment for you as we allow for care to be given to you in your home, from the comfort of your couch to a quiet space in your providers' office. We provide exceptional, personalized, and timely access to psychiatric care with little to no wait time.
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS!***Our goal is to meet all of your therapy and medication needs. Through a web-based platform (telepsychiatry), we hope to maintain a relaxing environment for you as we allow for care to be given to you in your home, from the comfort of your couch to a quiet space in your providers' office. We provide exceptional, personalized, and timely access to psychiatric care with little to no wait time.
(475) 231-4410 View (475) 231-4410
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Susan Daly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06601
…. Diagnostic evaluation and psychopharmacology (medication evaluation and management) for adolescents, adults and seniors. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, Susan incorporates the most up to date evidence-based research into treatment plans. Continuing education is of paramount importance in selecting the best options for clients. Although specializing in psychopharmacology, Susan believes in incorporating a mind, body approach. Her background includes years of experience in a trauma level ER which gives her a unique perspective to her client’s needs.
…. Diagnostic evaluation and psychopharmacology (medication evaluation and management) for adolescents, adults and seniors. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, Susan incorporates the most up to date evidence-based research into treatment plans. Continuing education is of paramount importance in selecting the best options for clients. Although specializing in psychopharmacology, Susan believes in incorporating a mind, body approach. Her background includes years of experience in a trauma level ER which gives her a unique perspective to her client’s needs.
(475) 234-2548 View (475) 234-2548
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Kelly Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, BSN
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06606  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified and licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am experienced, caring, and empathetic. I earned my Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from New York University, where I focused on psychopharmacology and multiple psychotherapy treatment modalities. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Elizabeth University.
I am an ANCC board-certified and licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am experienced, caring, and empathetic. I earned my Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from New York University, where I focused on psychopharmacology and multiple psychotherapy treatment modalities. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Elizabeth University.
(201) 984-7189 View (201) 984-7189
Dorothy Washington
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 693-8475 View (203) 693-8475

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A Brand New Day, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824
Have you tried many different medications and modalities and still not achieved optimal health? My practice will take these into consideration and build upon them. I am trained in diagnosing mental health disorders, addiction support and offering treatment options in the form of prescribing medication and other nonpharmacological interventions. I believe in the power of structure, exercise, diet, and sleep. My practice is trauma informed and we also can submit for genetic testing to see what medications might be the best fit for you.
Have you tried many different medications and modalities and still not achieved optimal health? My practice will take these into consideration and build upon them. I am trained in diagnosing mental health disorders, addiction support and offering treatment options in the form of prescribing medication and other nonpharmacological interventions. I believe in the power of structure, exercise, diet, and sleep. My practice is trauma informed and we also can submit for genetic testing to see what medications might be the best fit for you.
(475) 244-7556 View (475) 244-7556

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bridgeport, CT

10+

Average cost per session

$212

Psychiatrists in Bridgeport, CT who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
95% Bipolar Disorder
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Trauma and PTSD
74% ADHD
74% Medication Management

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
88% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
81% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Bridgeport, CT see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bridgeport?

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.