Psychiatrists in Coventry, CT

Photo of undefined - Grief Shared, LLC, CT, RN, Psychiatric Nurse
Grief Shared, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, CT, RN
Verified Verified
Coventry, CT 06238
My vision for many years has been to create a safe environment for the bereaved where they can share and be supported in their grief. The gift of human connection is integral in moving through grief, yet so many people feel disconnected and adrift, unable to find anyone with whom they can freely express themselves without fear of judgment; someone who understands that simply getting up in the morning is sometimes enough of a victory for the day. Together we can share these conversations above a whisper.
My vision for many years has been to create a safe environment for the bereaved where they can share and be supported in their grief. The gift of human connection is integral in moving through grief, yet so many people feel disconnected and adrift, unable to find anyone with whom they can freely express themselves without fear of judgment; someone who understands that simply getting up in the morning is sometimes enough of a victory for the day. Together we can share these conversations above a whisper.
(860) 397-2131 View (860) 397-2131
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Linda Starr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Coventry, CT 06238
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of perinatal mental health, I have additional training and certification in perinatal mental health to better provide support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of perinatal mental health, I have additional training and certification in perinatal mental health to better provide support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
(860) 855-3426 View (860) 855-3426

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Salvatore Iacobello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vernon, CT 06066
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.
(860) 871-2831 View (860) 871-2831
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Todd A Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Andover, CT 06232  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Nurse Practitioner, I offer you the mental health and medical background to answer the important questions about your psychiatric symptoms and relief. This is step-one in a process of wellness that may include prescribing medication to you, psychotherapy, or both.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Nurse Practitioner, I offer you the mental health and medical background to answer the important questions about your psychiatric symptoms and relief. This is step-one in a process of wellness that may include prescribing medication to you, psychotherapy, or both.
(203) 689-7365 View (203) 689-7365
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Emmaus Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester, CT 06040
Not accepting new clients
Our small, outpatient private practice creates a welcoming, personalized treatment environment without stigma for adults seeking treatment for substance-use disorders. We offer education, options, and peer support. We will partner with you to develop a long-term plan for your health and well-being. Our method blends Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) with psychosocial nursing interventions and recovery coaching. We individualize your care based on past experiences and your current goals. Our patients receive thorough screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with availability of 24 hour, on-call care.
Our small, outpatient private practice creates a welcoming, personalized treatment environment without stigma for adults seeking treatment for substance-use disorders. We offer education, options, and peer support. We will partner with you to develop a long-term plan for your health and well-being. Our method blends Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) with psychosocial nursing interventions and recovery coaching. We individualize your care based on past experiences and your current goals. Our patients receive thorough screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with availability of 24 hour, on-call care.
(860) 791-4010 View (860) 791-4010
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Radmila Meyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Storrs, CT 06268  (Online Only)
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, chronic illness, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, chronic illness, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(860) 962-4359 View (860) 962-4359
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Northeast Wellness Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
We are accepting new patients. Dr. Wen is a top-rated, board-certified adult psychiatrist dedicated to providing personalized mental health care. He founded Northeast Wellness Clinic. He offers personalized mental healthcare, collaborating with you and other providers as needed. Dr. Wen believes in a holistic approach, considering physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors to create a tailored treatment plan. His goal is to maximize symptom reduction with minimal medication side effects, leading to your full functional recovery. Patients and colleagues alike praise his compassionate and thorough care.
We are accepting new patients. Dr. Wen is a top-rated, board-certified adult psychiatrist dedicated to providing personalized mental health care. He founded Northeast Wellness Clinic. He offers personalized mental healthcare, collaborating with you and other providers as needed. Dr. Wen believes in a holistic approach, considering physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors to create a tailored treatment plan. His goal is to maximize symptom reduction with minimal medication side effects, leading to your full functional recovery. Patients and colleagues alike praise his compassionate and thorough care.
(860) 200-2931 View (860) 200-2931
Photo of Heather Evans, PhD, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Heather Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
32 Endorsed
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
Developing a trusted, professional relationship with patients is an important aspect of mental healthcare. I invite patients to express themselves openly in this non-judgmental, therapeutic office space. We work in collaboration and partnership to move toward improved mood and better mental health.
Developing a trusted, professional relationship with patients is an important aspect of mental healthcare. I invite patients to express themselves openly in this non-judgmental, therapeutic office space. We work in collaboration and partnership to move toward improved mood and better mental health.
(860) 813-6078 View (860) 813-6078
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Irene Ann Flynn-Lombardi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Vernon, CT 06066
The goal is healing & living as best as you can. I provide both therapeutic and medication management for the treatment of mental health disorders. If it is determined that medication may be helpful in relieving your distress, various options may be discussed. My goals are to remain conservative and cautious in my use of medications. I am committed to educating you about your treatment options and addressing all your concerns regarding your mental health. I want to assure that all my patients understand the purpose and expected benefits of their medication, as well as potential risks. My webpage offers all information and costs.
The goal is healing & living as best as you can. I provide both therapeutic and medication management for the treatment of mental health disorders. If it is determined that medication may be helpful in relieving your distress, various options may be discussed. My goals are to remain conservative and cautious in my use of medications. I am committed to educating you about your treatment options and addressing all your concerns regarding your mental health. I want to assure that all my patients understand the purpose and expected benefits of their medication, as well as potential risks. My webpage offers all information and costs.
(860) 901-1790 View (860) 901-1790
Photo of Lawrencia Addo, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lawrencia Addo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manchester, CT 06040  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in both Connecticut and Maryland. I have worked in the mental health field for over twelve years. I specialize in treating psychiatric conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, and substance use disorders. My passion is to enhance the quality of life of my patients and provide compassionate individualized care with medication management.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in both Connecticut and Maryland. I have worked in the mental health field for over twelve years. I specialize in treating psychiatric conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, and substance use disorders. My passion is to enhance the quality of life of my patients and provide compassionate individualized care with medication management.
(475) 405-2322 View (475) 405-2322
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Wholistic Perspective
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Manchester, CT 06040
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 Angela Olivia Roberts, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Angela Olivia Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester, CT 06040  (Online Only)
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion to help others create a life filled with purpose, intention, and happiness. I possess over 10 years of experience in the mental health field- both inpatient and outpatient. My extensive work history has afforded me the opportunity to provide care to patients with co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions. I have been providing medication management and supportive therapy for patients between the ages of 14-98 years old and enjoy helping others.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a passion to help others create a life filled with purpose, intention, and happiness. I possess over 10 years of experience in the mental health field- both inpatient and outpatient. My extensive work history has afforded me the opportunity to provide care to patients with co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions. I have been providing medication management and supportive therapy for patients between the ages of 14-98 years old and enjoy helping others.
(959) 207-1951 View (959) 207-1951
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Psych On Demand and Man Up Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manchester, CT 06040  (Online Only)
Unresolved emotional conflicts lie at the core of human suffering 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 Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am an expert in clinical psychopharmacology and I treat all adult and pediatric disorders I see individuals from their early teens through middle age and beyond.
Unresolved emotional conflicts lie at the core of human suffering 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 Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am an expert in clinical psychopharmacology and I treat all adult and pediatric disorders I see individuals from their early teens through middle age and beyond.
(860) 288-5571 View (860) 288-5571
Photo of Michael Charry, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Michael Charry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester, CT 06040
At Sacred Space Psychiatry, we support a holistic approach to assessment and treatment and view our clients as a whole person rather than just a set of symptoms. We believe that medications have a time and place and that they are all too often over prescribed. As a result, we strive to work collaboratively with our clients to make mutually agreed upon decisions around medications. We work with adults struggling with a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and insomnia.
At Sacred Space Psychiatry, we support a holistic approach to assessment and treatment and view our clients as a whole person rather than just a set of symptoms. We believe that medications have a time and place and that they are all too often over prescribed. As a result, we strive to work collaboratively with our clients to make mutually agreed upon decisions around medications. We work with adults struggling with a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and insomnia.
(860) 266-4790 View (860) 266-4790
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Family health care & walk in center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Willimantic, CT 06226
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
(860) 718-4617 View (860) 718-4617
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Messan Lawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashford, CT 06278  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Therapeutics, LLC who provides medication management and talk therapy to adults of all demographics. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their individual stories and create comprehensive and holistic treatment plans. Every factor is considered, including a spiritual one, during the assessment. Virtual appointments available at this time.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Therapeutics, LLC who provides medication management and talk therapy to adults of all demographics. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their individual stories and create comprehensive and holistic treatment plans. Every factor is considered, including a spiritual one, during the assessment. Virtual appointments available at this time.
(860) 248-7114 View (860) 248-7114
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Teryn Andy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Manchester, CT 06040  (Online Only)
*We only offer telehealth services* At Sacred Space Psychiatry, we aim to take a holistic approach to assessment and treatment. We believe in a balance between traditional western medicine and complementary therapies as the best solution to treating mental health disorders. We work with adults with a range of mental health concerns including people who struggle with moderate depression or anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, insomnia, and more.
*We only offer telehealth services* At Sacred Space Psychiatry, we aim to take a holistic approach to assessment and treatment. We believe in a balance between traditional western medicine and complementary therapies as the best solution to treating mental health disorders. We work with adults with a range of mental health concerns including people who struggle with moderate depression or anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, insomnia, and more.
(860) 453-6177 View (860) 453-6177
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Sound Mynd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN,, APRN, FNP-C, PMHPBC
Verified Verified
Manchester, CT 06040
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
(860) 775-6069 View (860) 775-6069
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Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Willimantic, CT 06226
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates (CBHA) was established in 1989 by Dr. Bassam Awwa MD, who’s vision was to create a world-class treatment program that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addictive diseases, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Spravato treatment. Every member of our team strives towards the unified goal of making CBHA synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service & an unmatched commitment to families, our communities and most of all, our clients.
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates (CBHA) was established in 1989 by Dr. Bassam Awwa MD, who’s vision was to create a world-class treatment program that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addictive diseases, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Spravato treatment. Every member of our team strives towards the unified goal of making CBHA synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service & an unmatched commitment to families, our communities and most of all, our clients.
(860) 485-7207 View (860) 485-7207
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Merit Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manchester, CT 06041  (Online Only)
Are you suffering from a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder, or OCD? Have you tried therapy before, but you just don’t seem to find someone you feel a connection with? Mental health challenges can keep you from living the life you want. You may feel lost, hopeless, or disempowered, but you don’t have to struggle alone. Connect with Merit today to learn important tools to nurture your mental health and make life more enjoyable and fulfilling. Merit offers a blend of individual therapy and medication management and is ready to help you reach the fulfilling life you deserve.
Are you suffering from a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder, or OCD? Have you tried therapy before, but you just don’t seem to find someone you feel a connection with? Mental health challenges can keep you from living the life you want. You may feel lost, hopeless, or disempowered, but you don’t have to struggle alone. Connect with Merit today to learn important tools to nurture your mental health and make life more enjoyable and fulfilling. Merit offers a blend of individual therapy and medication management and is ready to help you reach the fulfilling life you deserve.
(860) 791-1805 View (860) 791-1805

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Coventry, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Coventry, CT who prioritize treating:

50% Depression
50% Anxiety
50% ADHD
50% Life Coaching
50% Grief
50% Trauma and PTSD
50% Adoption

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Coventry, CT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Coventry?

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.