Psychiatrists in East Haven, CT

Photo of Jane Kelly Regan, MSN, PMHNP, PhD, Psychiatric Nurse
Jane Kelly Regan
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNP, PhD
Verified Verified
East Haven, CT 06512
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 30 years in the nursing profession, I am currently focusing on my private practice. My area of expertise is Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and ADD. I provide psychiatric evaluations for medication management. I am also able to provide evaluations for medical marijuana for Post-traumatic stress disorder in adults. I provide telehealth (2 way video sessions) currently being covered by all major Insurances, Husky and Medicare. For telehealth sessions all you need is a phone that will accept a text.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 30 years in the nursing profession, I am currently focusing on my private practice. My area of expertise is Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and ADD. I provide psychiatric evaluations for medication management. I am also able to provide evaluations for medical marijuana for Post-traumatic stress disorder in adults. I provide telehealth (2 way video sessions) currently being covered by all major Insurances, Husky and Medicare. For telehealth sessions all you need is a phone that will accept a text.
(203) 819-7798 View (203) 819-7798
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Kate Hanselman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP
Verified Verified
East Haven, CT 06513  (Online Only)
Kate Hanselman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships, ADHD, behavioral issues, women’s issues, and more. Kate earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London.
Kate Hanselman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships, ADHD, behavioral issues, women’s issues, and more. Kate earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London.
(475) 219-7056 View (475) 219-7056
Photo of Ryan Dillon, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ryan Dillon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
East Haven, CT 06512
I take a safe, comfortable, and multifaceted approach towards treatment. I have experience and have been trained in family psychiatry. Therefore, I treat all ages and populations. My primary area of focus is that of diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric medication management. However, I believe that psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment. I will provide this type of services if I feel I can help! If not, I will refer you to the appropriate therapist. Accordingly, communicating and involving treatment from other providers and "looking at the big picture" is essential!
I take a safe, comfortable, and multifaceted approach towards treatment. I have experience and have been trained in family psychiatry. Therefore, I treat all ages and populations. My primary area of focus is that of diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric medication management. However, I believe that psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment. I will provide this type of services if I feel I can help! If not, I will refer you to the appropriate therapist. Accordingly, communicating and involving treatment from other providers and "looking at the big picture" is essential!
(203) 433-2550 View (203) 433-2550
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Peace of Mind Mental Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Haven, CT 06512
I welcome you to my practice! I can help guide you in finding that peace of mind that we all strive for. I can assist you in your process through medication management, and or psychotherapy. Life is ever-changing, I look forward to being a part of your changing process. •Initial medication intake appointment is $200 •Low complexity medication follow up appointments $150.
I welcome you to my practice! I can help guide you in finding that peace of mind that we all strive for. I can assist you in your process through medication management, and or psychotherapy. Life is ever-changing, I look forward to being a part of your changing process. •Initial medication intake appointment is $200 •Low complexity medication follow up appointments $150.
(203) 717-4962 View (203) 717-4962

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Matthew Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (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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Emily Friedman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06501  (Online Only)
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
(475) 897-5578 View (475) 897-5578
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David Whitehouse
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (Online Only)
Dr. Whitehouse is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a strong background in neuroscience and psychopharmacology who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Whitehouse’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust, building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals, and helping people better understand their brain, its strengths, and vulnerabilities and how to use assessment and training to maximize everyone’s unique emotional and cognitive capacity.
Dr. Whitehouse is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a strong background in neuroscience and psychopharmacology who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Whitehouse’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust, building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals, and helping people better understand their brain, its strengths, and vulnerabilities and how to use assessment and training to maximize everyone’s unique emotional and cognitive capacity.
(475) 253-5307 View (475) 253-5307
Photo of Keisha Asante, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Keisha Asante
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06503  (Online Only)
Are you grappling with mental health challenges, seeking understanding, compassion, and personalized care? Have you tried navigating anxiety, and depression, but can’t seem to get a firm grasp? Perhaps you have tried medications in the past, but don’t see the changes you envision. You long for a professional who can truly connect with your unique journey. Taking the necessary steps to optimal mental wellness doesn’t have to be difficult. Keisha at Mar Y Sol Mental Health Experts is ready to listen and provide you with a solid plan of action to achieve a more fulfilling life
Are you grappling with mental health challenges, seeking understanding, compassion, and personalized care? Have you tried navigating anxiety, and depression, but can’t seem to get a firm grasp? Perhaps you have tried medications in the past, but don’t see the changes you envision. You long for a professional who can truly connect with your unique journey. Taking the necessary steps to optimal mental wellness doesn’t have to be difficult. Keisha at Mar Y Sol Mental Health Experts is ready to listen and provide you with a solid plan of action to achieve a more fulfilling life
(203) 456-6989 View (203) 456-6989
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Juan Carlos Cleves-Bayon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511
Not accepting new clients
Emotional and mental health issues are always difficult and sometimes terrifying to deal with. Sometimes these problems are related to views you may hold about yourself, entrenched interpersonal conflicts or current life situations you may be dealing with. Past traumas, or experiences within your nuclear family can all play an important role as well. Conflict in your current social or cultural environment, or family stresses and life transitions also contribute to emotional problems. Physical factors such as illness or aging, also have a profound impact on your mental health.
Emotional and mental health issues are always difficult and sometimes terrifying to deal with. Sometimes these problems are related to views you may hold about yourself, entrenched interpersonal conflicts or current life situations you may be dealing with. Past traumas, or experiences within your nuclear family can all play an important role as well. Conflict in your current social or cultural environment, or family stresses and life transitions also contribute to emotional problems. Physical factors such as illness or aging, also have a profound impact on your mental health.
(203) 295-3307 View (203) 295-3307
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Robert Werner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501
Dr. Blake Werner is an adult and addiction psychiatry board-certified physician who has been in practice for the past 4 years. He received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX, before moving to charming Charleston, SC to complete his residency in adult psychiatry. Following residency, Dr. Werner completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Post-fellowship, Dr. Werner joined the Yale faculty as an assistant professor and was employed through the Veterans Affairs, treating substance use disorders in an outpatient clinical setting.
Dr. Blake Werner is an adult and addiction psychiatry board-certified physician who has been in practice for the past 4 years. He received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX, before moving to charming Charleston, SC to complete his residency in adult psychiatry. Following residency, Dr. Werner completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Post-fellowship, Dr. Werner joined the Yale faculty as an assistant professor and was employed through the Veterans Affairs, treating substance use disorders in an outpatient clinical setting.
(475) 264-4775 View (475) 264-4775
Photo of Stephanie Settevendemie, MSN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stephanie Settevendemie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (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, divorce, 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, divorce, 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) 962-6389 View (860) 962-6389
Photo of Emily Chelso, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Emily Chelso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (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 Ajibola Ojo Adekanye, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ajibola Ojo Adekanye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06532  (Online Only)
My name is Ajibola Adekanye, DNP, PMHNP-BC, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with individuals 18 years of age and over who are struggling with general mental health, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal ideations, anxiety and panic disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and OCD. My approach combines medication management with comprehensive psychiatric evaluation tailored to each patient’s needs. I create a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment from a diverse, culturally competent background that allows me to treat and heal individual.
My name is Ajibola Adekanye, DNP, PMHNP-BC, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with individuals 18 years of age and over who are struggling with general mental health, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal ideations, anxiety and panic disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, and OCD. My approach combines medication management with comprehensive psychiatric evaluation tailored to each patient’s needs. I create a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment from a diverse, culturally competent background that allows me to treat and heal individual.
(475) 290-6827 View (475) 290-6827
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Dr. Hamilton Gaiani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Branford, CT 06405  (Online Only)
As a Yale trained Board-Certified Adult & Addiction Psychiatrist, I provide only the highest quality and evidence-based mental health treatment. I work with all mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, OCD, etc. I also specialize in helping with alcohol/drug issues, ADHD, and LGBTQIA+ issues. I have an extensive knowledge of the latest research and treatments and am a strong advocate for the patients I work with. Treatment includes medication management and an optional therapy component. You may also request comprehensive evaluations, and if appropriate, addiction med management including suboxone.
As a Yale trained Board-Certified Adult & Addiction Psychiatrist, I provide only the highest quality and evidence-based mental health treatment. I work with all mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, OCD, etc. I also specialize in helping with alcohol/drug issues, ADHD, and LGBTQIA+ issues. I have an extensive knowledge of the latest research and treatments and am a strong advocate for the patients I work with. Treatment includes medication management and an optional therapy component. You may also request comprehensive evaluations, and if appropriate, addiction med management including suboxone.
(475) 263-3189 View (475) 263-3189
Photo of Carrie Fijal, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carrie Fijal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06502  (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, divorce, 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, divorce, 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.
(475) 472-9579 View (475) 472-9579
Photo of Theresa Webster, CRNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Theresa Webster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06503  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you are constantly fighting with your own brain? You try to concentrate on a task but your mind constantly wanders off. Your friends joke that you have no concept of time but you wonder when they will tire of your inconsistency. You struggle in social settings with worry that you are talking too much or lose track of what someone is talking with you about when in conversation. Your finances are a mess or you just can’t seem to hold on to savings. Social media has you thinking you might have ADHD and you are ready to find answers.
Do you feel like you are constantly fighting with your own brain? You try to concentrate on a task but your mind constantly wanders off. Your friends joke that you have no concept of time but you wonder when they will tire of your inconsistency. You struggle in social settings with worry that you are talking too much or lose track of what someone is talking with you about when in conversation. Your finances are a mess or you just can’t seem to hold on to savings. Social media has you thinking you might have ADHD and you are ready to find answers.
(702) 830-7193 View (702) 830-7193
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Rob Li Kitts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06520
Dr. Kitts is based in Cambridge, MA (zoom or in person), but also licensed to practice (via zoom) in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, so is ideal for undergrad or grad students as they can attend school in one of those states and live in another. He is a Harvard Trained Psychiatrist who has over 15 years working with children, teens, and young adults with a focus on those struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, motivation, relational issues, perfectionism and burnout. He has a particular interest in college students and working with those just out of college/early in their work career.
Dr. Kitts is based in Cambridge, MA (zoom or in person), but also licensed to practice (via zoom) in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, so is ideal for undergrad or grad students as they can attend school in one of those states and live in another. He is a Harvard Trained Psychiatrist who has over 15 years working with children, teens, and young adults with a focus on those struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, motivation, relational issues, perfectionism and burnout. He has a particular interest in college students and working with those just out of college/early in their work career.
(857) 855-9515 View (857) 855-9515
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Summer Paradise
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511  (Online Only)
I will work with you to find holistic and humanistic approaches to achieving wellness. At the core of many symptoms, there is trauma and grief, and I will support you in your efforts to heal and construct a life that feels authentic. I will also offer medications that are appropriate when needed.
I will work with you to find holistic and humanistic approaches to achieving wellness. At the core of many symptoms, there is trauma and grief, and I will support you in your efforts to heal and construct a life that feels authentic. I will also offer medications that are appropriate when needed.
(203) 717-5910 View (203) 717-5910
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Shoreline Wellness Center and Outreach
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06503
Now accepting patients in Massachusetts! Shoreline Wellness Center is a behavioral mental health practice conveniently located in the center of West Haven, CT. We have a team of three Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners led by Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Brandi Krassler, specializing in patients across the lifespan suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, conduct disorders, PTSD, and more. Dr. Sam Hawley, who heads the team, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and APRN consultant who has several specialty trainings including disaster relief, grief, autism, pediatrics, and more.
Now accepting patients in Massachusetts! Shoreline Wellness Center is a behavioral mental health practice conveniently located in the center of West Haven, CT. We have a team of three Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners led by Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Brandi Krassler, specializing in patients across the lifespan suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, conduct disorders, PTSD, and more. Dr. Sam Hawley, who heads the team, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and APRN consultant who has several specialty trainings including disaster relief, grief, autism, pediatrics, and more.
(203) 896-8307 View (203) 896-8307
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Shriya Kaneriya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06510  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm an integrative psychiatrist who is passionate about combining traditional psychiatric approaches with evidence-informed holistic methods to help adults overcome anxiety, depression, trauma and life stressors to live more joyful & fulfilling lives. I incorporate judicious use of medication, solution-oriented psychotherapy, mind-body medicine, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle coaching (i.e. sleep-diet-exercise) into a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your goals. Find more information and request to schedule a free preliminary phone call at my practice website: www.ikigaipsychiatry.com.
Hello! I'm an integrative psychiatrist who is passionate about combining traditional psychiatric approaches with evidence-informed holistic methods to help adults overcome anxiety, depression, trauma and life stressors to live more joyful & fulfilling lives. I incorporate judicious use of medication, solution-oriented psychotherapy, mind-body medicine, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle coaching (i.e. sleep-diet-exercise) into a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your goals. Find more information and request to schedule a free preliminary phone call at my practice website: www.ikigaipsychiatry.com.
(475) 251-4381 View (475) 251-4381

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in East Haven, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in East Haven, CT who prioritize treating:

75% Relationship Issues
75% Depression
75% Anxiety
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
50% Addiction
50% Life Coaching

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in East Haven, CT see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in East Haven?

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.