Psychiatrists in East Hartford, CT

Photo of Ericka Gardener - Flourishing Minds Mental Health LLC, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Flourishing Minds Mental Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Hartford, CT 06108  (Online Only)
I provide care for a range of mental health concerns including the following: depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, personality disorders, and substance use disorders. If you are looking for a provider who has a non-judgmental approach and takes into account the whole person, I may be a good fit for you. My goal is to promote health, physically, mentally, and spiritually. If I am unable to provide care that I feel is adequate enough to support your treatment goals, I will always refer out to another provider as continuity of care is paramount in my practice.
I provide care for a range of mental health concerns including the following: depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, personality disorders, and substance use disorders. If you are looking for a provider who has a non-judgmental approach and takes into account the whole person, I may be a good fit for you. My goal is to promote health, physically, mentally, and spiritually. If I am unable to provide care that I feel is adequate enough to support your treatment goals, I will always refer out to another provider as continuity of care is paramount in my practice.
(860) 499-4971 View (860) 499-4971
Photo of Brian Eddy, MD, Psychiatrist
Brian Eddy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
East Hartford, CT 06108
Are you feeling tired, can't keep up with your daily routine, emotional for no reason, dealing with overwhelming stress? You may be struggling with untreated medical symptoms. These symptoms can be treated with the guidance of a physician. "Let's talk and see what happens." I hope to keep things as open as possible, because not every patient will present with a textbook case of issues. I strive to find a way to connect with each patient in a way that respects their autonomy and dignity.
Are you feeling tired, can't keep up with your daily routine, emotional for no reason, dealing with overwhelming stress? You may be struggling with untreated medical symptoms. These symptoms can be treated with the guidance of a physician. "Let's talk and see what happens." I hope to keep things as open as possible, because not every patient will present with a textbook case of issues. I strive to find a way to connect with each patient in a way that respects their autonomy and dignity.
(860) 498-4777 View (860) 498-4777
Photo of Janet L Howe, PMHNP , MS, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janet L Howe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , MS, BC
Verified Verified
East Hartford, CT 06108  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through minimal supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through minimal supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
(860) 783-7118 View (860) 783-7118
Photo of Christain O Chidiadi - Holistic Behavioral Health of CT. LLC, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Behavioral Health of CT. LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
East Hartford, CT 06108
Christain Chidiadi, is a clinician with over Fifteen years experience in behavioral and Mental health. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner across the lifespan. I obtained my Bachelor and Master's of science in nursing degree from University of Hartford and Walden University respectively. Holistic behavioral health of Connecticut LLC. is a healing / recovery-based practice in which clients, across the lifespan with varying degrees of behavioral/mental health illnesses are managed.
Christain Chidiadi, is a clinician with over Fifteen years experience in behavioral and Mental health. I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner across the lifespan. I obtained my Bachelor and Master's of science in nursing degree from University of Hartford and Walden University respectively. Holistic behavioral health of Connecticut LLC. is a healing / recovery-based practice in which clients, across the lifespan with varying degrees of behavioral/mental health illnesses are managed.
(860) 934-0237 View (860) 934-0237

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Photo of Sarah Calnan - Quiet Corner Psychiatry, PLLC, DO, Psychiatrist
Quiet Corner Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06101
Licensed in CT, MA, and NH, I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for integrative and holistic mental health care, who believes in compassionate, collaborative, and personalized care. I specialize in tailored treatments for adults, 18-55 years of age, struggling with the complexities of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance use, and seeking a holistic approach to mental wellness. If you've been yearning for a psychiatrist who truly understands your unique struggles and is dedicated to your recovery, you've found your partner on the path to healing. Visit www.quietcornerpsychiatry.com to learn more.
Licensed in CT, MA, and NH, I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for integrative and holistic mental health care, who believes in compassionate, collaborative, and personalized care. I specialize in tailored treatments for adults, 18-55 years of age, struggling with the complexities of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance use, and seeking a holistic approach to mental wellness. If you've been yearning for a psychiatrist who truly understands your unique struggles and is dedicated to your recovery, you've found your partner on the path to healing. Visit www.quietcornerpsychiatry.com to learn more.
(860) 580-5255 View (860) 580-5255
Photo of Brandi Morgan, DNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Brandi Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06101
***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
Photo of Christina Costa - SMPsychotherapy & Couseling Services , FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
SMPsychotherapy & Couseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103
Now accepting new clients! Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
Now accepting new clients! Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
(203) 633-8175 View (203) 633-8175
Photo of Angela Olivia Roberts, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Angela Olivia Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06101  (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
Photo of Eunice D Dunu, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Eunice D Dunu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06101
Accepting new patients. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I bring considerable expertise to my position as a provider in an outpatient substance abuse clinic. With a solid background in psychiatric emergency room and inpatient care, I have refined my abilities over 7 years in high-patient volume settings. This experience has equipped me to better recognize and attend to the needs of individuals struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and general psychiatric disorders.
Accepting new patients. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I bring considerable expertise to my position as a provider in an outpatient substance abuse clinic. With a solid background in psychiatric emergency room and inpatient care, I have refined my abilities over 7 years in high-patient volume settings. This experience has equipped me to better recognize and attend to the needs of individuals struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and general psychiatric disorders.
(929) 236-1892 View (929) 236-1892
Photo of Veronica O’Meally-Tully - SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services, PMHNP, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103
Are the complexities of your family dynamics overwhelming you? Do you have a child suffering from ADHD who needs compassionate guidance? Is anxiety or depression ruling your life every day? It can be hard to see the positive in life when mental health issues drain you. You keep thinking about reaching out for help but aren’t sure where to start. Now is the time to connect with our experts at SMPsychotherapy & Counseling. We are dedicated to being a trusted companion on your unique mental health journey.
Are the complexities of your family dynamics overwhelming you? Do you have a child suffering from ADHD who needs compassionate guidance? Is anxiety or depression ruling your life every day? It can be hard to see the positive in life when mental health issues drain you. You keep thinking about reaching out for help but aren’t sure where to start. Now is the time to connect with our experts at SMPsychotherapy & Counseling. We are dedicated to being a trusted companion on your unique mental health journey.
(860) 560-1886 View (860) 560-1886
Photo of Teryn Andy, MSN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Teryn Andy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06101  (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
Photo of Veronica O’Meally-Tully, PMHNP, FNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Veronica O’Meally-Tully
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06103
Does your daily life suffer because of your mental health issues? You can’t seem to get a grip on your anxiety or depression? Are you looking for a compassionate ally in your mental health journey? You yearn for understanding and unwavering support, but don’t know where to turn? If you are struggling to navigate life's challenges, Veronica is dedicated to creating a safe space for you to work through these challenges.
Does your daily life suffer because of your mental health issues? You can’t seem to get a grip on your anxiety or depression? Are you looking for a compassionate ally in your mental health journey? You yearn for understanding and unwavering support, but don’t know where to turn? If you are struggling to navigate life's challenges, Veronica is dedicated to creating a safe space for you to work through these challenges.
(347) 472-1115 View (347) 472-1115
Photo of Edith Onua, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Edith Onua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103  (Online Only)
Struggling with addiction or crippling anxiety? Need a mental health professional for compassionate support and medication management? Edith at SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services offers a safe space for those seeking relief from mental health challenges. Catering to clients 3+, she’s dedicated to understanding individual needs and delivering personalized care. If you're looking for a therapist who connects and guides you toward mental wellness, Edith is here to help.
Struggling with addiction or crippling anxiety? Need a mental health professional for compassionate support and medication management? Edith at SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services offers a safe space for those seeking relief from mental health challenges. Catering to clients 3+, she’s dedicated to understanding individual needs and delivering personalized care. If you're looking for a therapist who connects and guides you toward mental wellness, Edith is here to help.
(475) 348-7219 View (475) 348-7219
Photo of Emily Chelso, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily Chelso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06101  (Online Only)
The way in which you see a medical doctor for a broken bone or stomach ache, I believe the same should be done when you are experiencing difficulties with mental health, without the fear of being judged. I have a strong passion for understanding the ups and downs of life that all humans experience, and I believe everyone deserves to be heard in a compassionate, understanding, and nonjudgemental manner. My personal goal is to remove the stigma surrounding seeking mental health treatment, to foster a safe and efficient avenue for clients to access care, and to assist my clients in their journey to health and recovery.
The way in which you see a medical doctor for a broken bone or stomach ache, I believe the same should be done when you are experiencing difficulties with mental health, without the fear of being judged. I have a strong passion for understanding the ups and downs of life that all humans experience, and I believe everyone deserves to be heard in a compassionate, understanding, and nonjudgemental manner. My personal goal is to remove the stigma surrounding seeking mental health treatment, to foster a safe and efficient avenue for clients to access care, and to assist my clients in their journey to health and recovery.
(475) 255-2019 View (475) 255-2019
Photo of Steve Atkins, MD, Psychiatrist
Steve Atkins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06101  (Online Only)
Dr. Atkins is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and has been in practice for the past 2 years. Dr. Atkins has focused his practice primarily on medication management. He combines medication management with a therapeutic style that is a blend of supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. While Dr. Atkins is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team depending on your individualized treatment plan.
Dr. Atkins is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and has been in practice for the past 2 years. Dr. Atkins has focused his practice primarily on medication management. He combines medication management with a therapeutic style that is a blend of supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. While Dr. Atkins is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team depending on your individualized treatment plan.
(475) 242-8531 View (475) 242-8531
Photo of Betsy LaRose - SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services , APRN, PCCN, FNP-C, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PCCN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103
Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
(203) 769-9298 View (203) 769-9298
Photo of Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard - Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard APRN , APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Elizabeth Alve-Hedegaard APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hartford, CT 06104  (Online Only)
5/21/24: I am accepting new patients with Cigna, Aetna, and private pay. Approximately a one-week wait time for new patient appointments.
5/21/24: I am accepting new patients with Cigna, Aetna, and private pay. Approximately a one-week wait time for new patient appointments.
(203) 409-8655 View (203) 409-8655
Photo of Ashley LaBonte, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ashley LaBonte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06101  (Online Only)
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
Photo of Bassam Awwa - Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, PC, MD, Psychiatrist
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06101
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
Photo of Merit Nwosu, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Merit Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103  (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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Number of Psychiatrists in East Hartford, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in East Hartford, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
75% Geriatric and Seniors
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in East Hartford, CT see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in East Hartford?

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.