Psychiatrists in Greenwich, CT

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Robert Werner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
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.
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Alessandra Buonopane
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Dr. Buonopane is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She obtained her medical degree with Laude from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and completed her residency in Psychiatry from Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Buonopane has extensive experience in psychopharmacology and offers state-of-the art medication management with compassion and empathy. She practices a holistic approach, combining psychiatric medications with elements of psychotherapy and mindfulness.
Dr. Buonopane is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She obtained her medical degree with Laude from the University of Rome, La Sapienza, and completed her residency in Psychiatry from Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Buonopane has extensive experience in psychopharmacology and offers state-of-the art medication management with compassion and empathy. She practices a holistic approach, combining psychiatric medications with elements of psychotherapy and mindfulness.
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Kasey Spoonamore
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
As a psychiatrist in Greenwich, Connecticut (CT), I specialize in treating an array of mental disorders and illnesses, including addiction disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders and depressive disorders. My training is in Relational Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Treatments consist of: Neuropsychopharmacology, certification in Buprenorphine (Suboxone), Naltrexone maintenance therapy and Psychotherapy. I am dedicated to providing my patients with the highest level of personalized, authentic and therapeutic care. My goal is to build collaborative relationships with patients that creates a platform for greater insight into ones self understanding, which in turn leads to goal achievement.
As a psychiatrist in Greenwich, Connecticut (CT), I specialize in treating an array of mental disorders and illnesses, including addiction disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders and depressive disorders. My training is in Relational Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Treatments consist of: Neuropsychopharmacology, certification in Buprenorphine (Suboxone), Naltrexone maintenance therapy and Psychotherapy. I am dedicated to providing my patients with the highest level of personalized, authentic and therapeutic care. My goal is to build collaborative relationships with patients that creates a platform for greater insight into ones self understanding, which in turn leads to goal achievement.
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Swathi Reddy Moylan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenwich, CT 06830
I am a board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist licensed in Connecticut and New York. I have extensive experience in diagnosing and practicing evidence-based medicine in children, adolescents, and adults who have anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders as well as providing parenting and behavioral strategies. I use a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, family-based therapy, and supportive psychotherapy with my patients.
I am a board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist licensed in Connecticut and New York. I have extensive experience in diagnosing and practicing evidence-based medicine in children, adolescents, and adults who have anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders as well as providing parenting and behavioral strategies. I use a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, family-based therapy, and supportive psychotherapy with my patients.
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Jill Ahluwalia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MPH
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06831  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, Columbia University-trained psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in psychiatric evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments to improve mental health. My holistic approach combines personalized medicine with my passion for listening deeply to your experience. By going beyond the symptoms that bring you into treatment, I will partner with you to help you achieve more joy and fulfillment in your life.
I am a board-certified, Columbia University-trained psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in psychiatric evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments to improve mental health. My holistic approach combines personalized medicine with my passion for listening deeply to your experience. By going beyond the symptoms that bring you into treatment, I will partner with you to help you achieve more joy and fulfillment in your life.
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Clare Swanson
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Greenwich, CT 06830
Dr. Swanson treats a spectrum of psychiatric and psychological concerns, focusing on individual challenges such as relationship difficulties, life transitions, personal fulfillment, and identity, in addition to addressing psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD. In my practice, treatments are tailored to each individual's needs and preferences, and can incorporate psychotherapy, medications, or both. Because I believe change happens most easily when we don’t feel judged, I aim for a warm and compassionate stance towards the challenges my patients face.
Dr. Swanson treats a spectrum of psychiatric and psychological concerns, focusing on individual challenges such as relationship difficulties, life transitions, personal fulfillment, and identity, in addition to addressing psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and OCD. In my practice, treatments are tailored to each individual's needs and preferences, and can incorporate psychotherapy, medications, or both. Because I believe change happens most easily when we don’t feel judged, I aim for a warm and compassionate stance towards the challenges my patients face.
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Aurora Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified adult and child & adolescent psychiatrist providing therapy and psychiatric medication management for individuals seeking care for a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, school and behavioral difficulties. I also have expertise in working with gender diverse youth and their families.
I am a board-certified adult and child & adolescent psychiatrist providing therapy and psychiatric medication management for individuals seeking care for a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, school and behavioral difficulties. I also have expertise in working with gender diverse youth and their families.
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Sheera Gerber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Are you or a loved one seeking expert guidance and compassionate care on your journey towards mental wellness? Look no further. I am a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in general psychiatry and addiction treatment for individuals aged 17 years and older.
Are you or a loved one seeking expert guidance and compassionate care on your journey towards mental wellness? Look no further. I am a distinguished Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in general psychiatry and addiction treatment for individuals aged 17 years and older.
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Brittany Dudas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Anxiety, depression, irritability, overwhelming stress, and obsessive worries can be debilitating and significantly limit your capacity to live life. These feelings lead to self doubt, relationship conflict, feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, uncertainty about direction in life, and potentially to substance use to lift depression or ease anxiety. My treatment philosophy draws from diverse experience and theoretical approaches. Treatment is individualized, collaborative, and aimed at understanding underlying conflicts, clarifying life goals, and making substantive behavioral change to enable you to live life in a more introspective, mindful way that leads to greater fulfillment.
Anxiety, depression, irritability, overwhelming stress, and obsessive worries can be debilitating and significantly limit your capacity to live life. These feelings lead to self doubt, relationship conflict, feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, uncertainty about direction in life, and potentially to substance use to lift depression or ease anxiety. My treatment philosophy draws from diverse experience and theoretical approaches. Treatment is individualized, collaborative, and aimed at understanding underlying conflicts, clarifying life goals, and making substantive behavioral change to enable you to live life in a more introspective, mindful way that leads to greater fulfillment.
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Olga Selikhov
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Olga and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Connecticut. I specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Olga and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Connecticut. I specialize in Anger Management, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stress Management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
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Michael Roman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Dr. Michael Roman is currently a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He completed his adult psychiatry residency training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Roman is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Roman’s clinical practice centers primarily around medication management and psychopharmacological treatment approaches. He also specializes in a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities which he utilizes in conjunction with medication management in order to provide patients with the best possible treatment outcomes.
Dr. Michael Roman is currently a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He completed his adult psychiatry residency training at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Roman is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Dr. Roman’s clinical practice centers primarily around medication management and psychopharmacological treatment approaches. He also specializes in a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities which he utilizes in conjunction with medication management in order to provide patients with the best possible treatment outcomes.
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Margaret Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, LMSW, MSN
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Dr. Miller DNP treats individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PTSD and ADHD. If you are struggling with a mood disorder or chronic inattention impacting work and relationships Dr. Miller will tailor treatment holistically and individually to your needs. Integrating an understanding of your lifestyle and needs into your treatment allows Dr. Miller to treat you as a whole person, understanding your symptoms in the context of your life.
Dr. Miller DNP treats individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder, PTSD and ADHD. If you are struggling with a mood disorder or chronic inattention impacting work and relationships Dr. Miller will tailor treatment holistically and individually to your needs. Integrating an understanding of your lifestyle and needs into your treatment allows Dr. Miller to treat you as a whole person, understanding your symptoms in the context of your life.
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John S Tamerin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06831
My ideal client is someone who wants more out of life than symptom removal. I want to work with people who want to find meaning, purpose and passion in their lives. Certainly, I want to help people diminish suffering but a lasting approach must involve a determined commitment to living a fulfilling life.
My ideal client is someone who wants more out of life than symptom removal. I want to work with people who want to find meaning, purpose and passion in their lives. Certainly, I want to help people diminish suffering but a lasting approach must involve a determined commitment to living a fulfilling life.
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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830  (Online Only)
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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Sana Fuller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
What would you do if you were free from fear, ... addiction, ...jealousy? Professional insight helps to sort through feelings and unpack the thoughts that fuel them. Anxiety, depression, anger, and addiction are signals of conflicts, sometimes, subconscious. Let's read the signals with care and get to the bottom of it. Together, we will dive into the roots of the issues, providing a solid foundation for you to emerge stronger and wiser. Your journey toward strength and wisdom begins here!
What would you do if you were free from fear, ... addiction, ...jealousy? Professional insight helps to sort through feelings and unpack the thoughts that fuel them. Anxiety, depression, anger, and addiction are signals of conflicts, sometimes, subconscious. Let's read the signals with care and get to the bottom of it. Together, we will dive into the roots of the issues, providing a solid foundation for you to emerge stronger and wiser. Your journey toward strength and wisdom begins here!
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Tara Thompson-Felix
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Dr. Tara Thompson-Felix is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Thompson-Felix has specialized training in perinatal mental health and believes that improving outcomes during pregnancy and the postpartum period has a long-lasting impact on outcomes for a mother and child. She also specializes in treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions affecting children, adolescents and young adults. She earned her medical degree at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and trained in adult psychiatry at Temple University Medical School.
Dr. Tara Thompson-Felix is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Thompson-Felix has specialized training in perinatal mental health and believes that improving outcomes during pregnancy and the postpartum period has a long-lasting impact on outcomes for a mother and child. She also specializes in treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions affecting children, adolescents and young adults. She earned her medical degree at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and trained in adult psychiatry at Temple University Medical School.
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Joyce Z. Pere, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
I approach each new patient as a caring, sympathetic practitioner, taking the time to assess the challenges facing both the patient and their family. My main objective is to help children, adolescents, adults and their families by providing Psychodynamic Therapies to enable patients to develop a variety of coping skills that will help balance life. Medication management is offered with a careful, cautious approach.
I approach each new patient as a caring, sympathetic practitioner, taking the time to assess the challenges facing both the patient and their family. My main objective is to help children, adolescents, adults and their families by providing Psychodynamic Therapies to enable patients to develop a variety of coping skills that will help balance life. Medication management is offered with a careful, cautious approach.
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Holly Greenfield
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Dr. Holly Greenfield attended medical school at New York Medical College. She went on to do an internal medicine internship at Tulane followed by Psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. She has been a board-certified psychiatrist for more than 30 years. She has experience in inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, and Consult Liaison Psychiatry. She has worked in a private freestanding psychiatric hospital in Connecticut as well as the state hospital in Colorado. She has been the Medical Director for Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Colorado.
Dr. Holly Greenfield attended medical school at New York Medical College. She went on to do an internal medicine internship at Tulane followed by Psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. She has been a board-certified psychiatrist for more than 30 years. She has experience in inpatient psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry, and Consult Liaison Psychiatry. She has worked in a private freestanding psychiatric hospital in Connecticut as well as the state hospital in Colorado. She has been the Medical Director for Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Colorado.
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Sheila Devlin-Craane
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, NPP, MSN, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Dr Sheila Devlin-Craane - Counseling Associates Inc / EMDR for Trauma is a DNP, & Clinical Specialist, board certified in psychiatric mental health with more than 35 years’ experience. She obtained a doctorate at Fairfield University as a psychiatric DNP. She is also nationally certified in EMDR which is a preferred treatment for trauma and PTSD. Dr. Devlin has prescriptive authority in both New York and Ct. Treatment and medication management for psychiatric conditions such as: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief/ loss. & PTSD. Contact the office 914 727-0621 or 203 733-0054
Dr Sheila Devlin-Craane - Counseling Associates Inc / EMDR for Trauma is a DNP, & Clinical Specialist, board certified in psychiatric mental health with more than 35 years’ experience. She obtained a doctorate at Fairfield University as a psychiatric DNP. She is also nationally certified in EMDR which is a preferred treatment for trauma and PTSD. Dr. Devlin has prescriptive authority in both New York and Ct. Treatment and medication management for psychiatric conditions such as: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief/ loss. & PTSD. Contact the office 914 727-0621 or 203 733-0054
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Dr. David L. Lopez / Cornell Affiliated
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP, Cornell, Faculty
Verified Verified
Greenwich, CT 06830
Cornell and Columbia trained, Dr. Lopez does not believe in one-size-fits-all treatments. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the national Child and Adolescent Psychiatry society (AACAP) and believes in down-to-earth approaches that really make sense. Dr. Lopez is also an adult psychotherapist with years of training in the most in-depth psychotherapies. He provides interventions that have clear results. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), he has taught at Cornell and Columbia specialized programs for more than 15 years. He now brings to Philadelphia the latest knowledge to help kids, parents, and adult patients.
Cornell and Columbia trained, Dr. Lopez does not believe in one-size-fits-all treatments. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the national Child and Adolescent Psychiatry society (AACAP) and believes in down-to-earth approaches that really make sense. Dr. Lopez is also an adult psychotherapist with years of training in the most in-depth psychotherapies. He provides interventions that have clear results. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), he has taught at Cornell and Columbia specialized programs for more than 15 years. He now brings to Philadelphia the latest knowledge to help kids, parents, and adult patients.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Greenwich, CT

60+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Greenwich, CT who prioritize treating:

90% Anxiety
88% Depression
84% Medication Management
72% ADHD
70% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Cigna and Evernorth
78% Aetna
66% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Greenwich, CT see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Greenwich?

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.