Psychiatrists in Madison, CT

Photo of Dr. Diana Kurlyandchik, MD, Psychiatrist
Dr. Diana Kurlyandchik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, CT 06443
At Sunrise Med, we value the connection of the mind and body, and believe that true wellness can only be achieved by addressing both. I am a board certified psychiatrist with over a decade of worked experience, and am dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment for the complete spectrum of mental illnesses. In addition to traditional treatment methods, including CBT style therapy and medication management, my passion is to incorporate lifestyle modifications to promote your mental wellness. My aim is to empower clients to achieve optimal health, and to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.
At Sunrise Med, we value the connection of the mind and body, and believe that true wellness can only be achieved by addressing both. I am a board certified psychiatrist with over a decade of worked experience, and am dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment for the complete spectrum of mental illnesses. In addition to traditional treatment methods, including CBT style therapy and medication management, my passion is to incorporate lifestyle modifications to promote your mental wellness. My aim is to empower clients to achieve optimal health, and to navigate life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.
(860) 590-4159 View (860) 590-4159
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Jessika Brasseaux
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443
Not accepting new clients
Thorough evaluation & diagnosis are primary. Though, within each diagnosis specific symptoms may vary. Thus, I strive to understand you as a whole, unique person. My approach is to partner with and empower you through education & tailored interventions toward healing and living your best life. Interventions are integrative and may include medical review, lab work, computer administrated testing, genetic testing, medications, pharmaceutical grade vitamins/supplements, behavioral/environmental modifications, and collaboration other caregivers on your team. I specialize in adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar and PTSD.
Thorough evaluation & diagnosis are primary. Though, within each diagnosis specific symptoms may vary. Thus, I strive to understand you as a whole, unique person. My approach is to partner with and empower you through education & tailored interventions toward healing and living your best life. Interventions are integrative and may include medical review, lab work, computer administrated testing, genetic testing, medications, pharmaceutical grade vitamins/supplements, behavioral/environmental modifications, and collaboration other caregivers on your team. I specialize in adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, bipolar and PTSD.
(860) 390-4883 View (860) 390-4883
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Emily Marie Peluso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443  (Online Only)
In the words of Helen Keller, "Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it". I am a Yale trained advanced practice registered nurse with a post-master's in psychiatry from the University of Cincinnati with over 20 years experience in healthcare. I am passionate about partnering with patients and their families, empowering individuals to live their best life.
In the words of Helen Keller, "Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it". I am a Yale trained advanced practice registered nurse with a post-master's in psychiatry from the University of Cincinnati with over 20 years experience in healthcare. I am passionate about partnering with patients and their families, empowering individuals to live their best life.
(475) 256-6844 View (475) 256-6844
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Leigh Nathan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Madison, CT 06443
Not accepting new clients
I offer psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and, when appropriate, medication management, including MOUD (medication for Opioid Use Disorder) / MAT (Medication assisted treatment) for people with history of addiction, as well as gentle reduction of medications that no longer align with your needs.
I offer psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, and, when appropriate, medication management, including MOUD (medication for Opioid Use Disorder) / MAT (Medication assisted treatment) for people with history of addiction, as well as gentle reduction of medications that no longer align with your needs.
(860) 896-7069 View (860) 896-7069
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Lauren J. Janush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443
Accepting new clients via telehealth and in-person. I am an APRN who specializes in & treats only children & adolescents ages 4-17 with behavioral & mental health issues. Unlike other practitioners who treat individuals of all ages, treating this age group is my sole area of expertise. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, OCD & other disorders first diagnosed in childhood/adolescence. I believe physical health, sleep, diet, lifestyle & family participation are integral to one's mental health. I will work with your child and family to ensure all aspects of your child's care are addressed as well as discuss & explore medication options.
Accepting new clients via telehealth and in-person. I am an APRN who specializes in & treats only children & adolescents ages 4-17 with behavioral & mental health issues. Unlike other practitioners who treat individuals of all ages, treating this age group is my sole area of expertise. I specialize in ADHD, Anxiety, OCD & other disorders first diagnosed in childhood/adolescence. I believe physical health, sleep, diet, lifestyle & family participation are integral to one's mental health. I will work with your child and family to ensure all aspects of your child's care are addressed as well as discuss & explore medication options.
(475) 234-4113 View (475) 234-4113
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Richard Louis O'Sullivan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443
Dr. O'Sullivan is a Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital trained psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience practicing clinical psychiatry and conducting psychiatric research. He offers medication management, psychotherapy and psychiatric home visits services. He sees patients of all ages including the elderly.
Dr. O'Sullivan is a Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital trained psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience practicing clinical psychiatry and conducting psychiatric research. He offers medication management, psychotherapy and psychiatric home visits services. He sees patients of all ages including the elderly.
(203) 987-6466 View (203) 987-6466
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Michael Espelin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Madison, CT 06443
Welcome! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My philosophy is an integrative approach in treating the whole person - including the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors. I am a Connecticut native with European heritage and want to acknowledge the original habitants of the land I live on: the Hammonassets and Menunkatucks. I recognize myself as a privileged member of a white dominant world, and consistently try to challenge this norm. As a strong ally to marginalized communities, I do my best to promote inclusivity and improve access to psychiatric services.
Welcome! I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My philosophy is an integrative approach in treating the whole person - including the biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors. I am a Connecticut native with European heritage and want to acknowledge the original habitants of the land I live on: the Hammonassets and Menunkatucks. I recognize myself as a privileged member of a white dominant world, and consistently try to challenge this norm. As a strong ally to marginalized communities, I do my best to promote inclusivity and improve access to psychiatric services.
(203) 745-2368 View (203) 745-2368
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Halvorsen Psychiatric LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443
I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy. I use a combination of incorporating my clients beliefs, mindful repeated positive self affirmations plus medication .
I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy. I use a combination of incorporating my clients beliefs, mindful repeated positive self affirmations plus medication .
(203) 204-1526 View (203) 204-1526
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Michael B Garland
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443
Welcome, I'm a therapist and psychiatrist with expertise in working with young children, adolescents, and their parents. I completed my medical training at the University of Chicago and the Yale Child Study Center. With your consent, I work collaboratively with the child, parents, schools, and other professionals to personalize a treatment that focuses on your goals, values, strengths, and needs. By integrating what works from up-to-date evidence-based treatments with neuroscience and psychoanalytic ways of understanding a mind's development, I seek to empower my patients to suffer less and live with more authenticity, creativity, and freedom.
Welcome, I'm a therapist and psychiatrist with expertise in working with young children, adolescents, and their parents. I completed my medical training at the University of Chicago and the Yale Child Study Center. With your consent, I work collaboratively with the child, parents, schools, and other professionals to personalize a treatment that focuses on your goals, values, strengths, and needs. By integrating what works from up-to-date evidence-based treatments with neuroscience and psychoanalytic ways of understanding a mind's development, I seek to empower my patients to suffer less and live with more authenticity, creativity, and freedom.
(203) 664-5850 View (203) 664-5850
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Peace of Mind Mental Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443
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
Photo of Rory Condon, MA, MSN, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rory Condon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Madison, CT 06443
Rory Condon APRN is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. He has been active in mental health care for over a decade in a variety of different patient centered roles. Rory's previous professional experience has been with individuals across the spectrum of psychiatric care from those requiring acute stabilization to ongoing maintenance care. He worked at Yale Psychiatric Hospital, the Yale Crisis Intervention Unit, and High Watch Recovery Center among other settings. Rory received the Outstanding Newcomer Award from Yale New Haven Health System, being named one of the best APRNs hired in 2018.
Rory Condon APRN is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. He has been active in mental health care for over a decade in a variety of different patient centered roles. Rory's previous professional experience has been with individuals across the spectrum of psychiatric care from those requiring acute stabilization to ongoing maintenance care. He worked at Yale Psychiatric Hospital, the Yale Crisis Intervention Unit, and High Watch Recovery Center among other settings. Rory received the Outstanding Newcomer Award from Yale New Haven Health System, being named one of the best APRNs hired in 2018.
(203) 580-6483 View (203) 580-6483
Photo of Lee Weber, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lee Weber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443
Accepting NEW Child CLIENTS. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5 - 24) who are struggling with mental health issues. I evaluate and treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other psychiatric disorders. I provide psychiatric evaluations and consults, medication management, individual and group therapy, as well as ongoing management.
Accepting NEW Child CLIENTS. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5 - 24) who are struggling with mental health issues. I evaluate and treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other psychiatric disorders. I provide psychiatric evaluations and consults, medication management, individual and group therapy, as well as ongoing management.
(860) 852-1566 View (860) 852-1566

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Photo of Tricia Mignosa, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Tricia Mignosa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Guilford, CT 06437
Not currently providing evaluations for or treating adult ADHD. I do not treat children or adolescents. Tricia is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in outpatient psychopharmacologic management of adults. She is graduate of Yale University School of Nursing. Prior to becoming an APRN, Tricia obtained a Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University. She offers medication consultations and evaluations, and ongoing medication management for a range of issues such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD.
Not currently providing evaluations for or treating adult ADHD. I do not treat children or adolescents. Tricia is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in outpatient psychopharmacologic management of adults. She is graduate of Yale University School of Nursing. Prior to becoming an APRN, Tricia obtained a Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University. She offers medication consultations and evaluations, and ongoing medication management for a range of issues such as anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, PTSD.
(475) 253-3826 View (475) 253-3826
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Bruce A Fischer MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Guilford, CT 06437
I have been providing mental health care for for people in Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 36 years before more recently adding online access for people in Massachusetts. Treatment options include psychotherapy, medication management, and applications of mindfulness, positive psychology, diet and exercise.
I have been providing mental health care for for people in Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 36 years before more recently adding online access for people in Massachusetts. Treatment options include psychotherapy, medication management, and applications of mindfulness, positive psychology, diet and exercise.
(508) 290-5146 View (508) 290-5146
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Margaret Cornell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Guilford, CT 06437
Margaret (Peg) Cornell, APRN (she, her) is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and pastoral care specialist at Shoreline Pastoral Counseling. She provides care for people dealing with life’s challenges and offers individual and couples therapy and limited medication services. Peg has a particular interest in helping with trauma, grief and loss, gender issues and suicide loss.
Margaret (Peg) Cornell, APRN (she, her) is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and pastoral care specialist at Shoreline Pastoral Counseling. She provides care for people dealing with life’s challenges and offers individual and couples therapy and limited medication services. Peg has a particular interest in helping with trauma, grief and loss, gender issues and suicide loss.
(475) 271-2685 View (475) 271-2685
Photo of Radmila Meyer, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Radmila Meyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Guilford, CT 06437  (Online Only)
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, chronic illness, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, chronic illness, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(860) 962-4359 View (860) 962-4359
Photo of Fredo J Clermont, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Fredo J Clermont
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Branford, CT 06405
Accepting New Patient on a limited basis. Experience working with a broad range of psychiatric issues specializing in medication management with an integrative treatment approach. As a Doctorally-prepared Double Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), My extensive work history providing care to patients with comorbid psychiatric issues (Anxiety, OCD, Mood Disorders, Depression including postpartum depression, PTSD, Bipolar) and medical conditions has contributed to my ability to assess each patient from a holistic view while focusing on the treatment of mental health.
Accepting New Patient on a limited basis. Experience working with a broad range of psychiatric issues specializing in medication management with an integrative treatment approach. As a Doctorally-prepared Double Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), My extensive work history providing care to patients with comorbid psychiatric issues (Anxiety, OCD, Mood Disorders, Depression including postpartum depression, PTSD, Bipolar) and medical conditions has contributed to my ability to assess each patient from a holistic view while focusing on the treatment of mental health.
(860) 901-0520 View (860) 901-0520
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NorthPoint Psychiatric Consultants, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Branford, CT 06405
Our group practice consists of Board-Certified providers. Our extensive inpatient and outpatient work history providing care to clients with co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions has contributed to our ability to assess each client from a holistic view and provide the best evidence-based recommendations. We are Currently ACCEPTING new patients on a limited basis for psychiatric evaluation. To request an appointment please visit our website and fill out the form (https://www.northpointpsychiatry.com/contact-us ).
Our group practice consists of Board-Certified providers. Our extensive inpatient and outpatient work history providing care to clients with co-morbid psychiatric and medical conditions has contributed to our ability to assess each client from a holistic view and provide the best evidence-based recommendations. We are Currently ACCEPTING new patients on a limited basis for psychiatric evaluation. To request an appointment please visit our website and fill out the form (https://www.northpointpsychiatry.com/contact-us ).
(860) 854-1764 View (860) 854-1764
Photo of Dayna Leigh Giordano, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dayna Leigh Giordano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Branford, CT 06405
My realization from working with mental health, addiction & chronic pain plays an enormous role in my patient's quality of life. I combine my knowledge with strict protocols to keep my patients free of pain without the stigma of addiction. I am also looking at the most innovative new treatments for treatment resistant depression (Esketamine and ketamine troches) and Buprenorphine for chronic pain, Alpha-stim for anxiety, depression, & insomnia and NextWave device for chronic debilitating pelvic floor pain. Call for evaluation today! Open Mon-Thursday 10-6 pm. daynagiordanoaprn@gmail.com. Office 203-481-5556 fax 203-481-5553.
My realization from working with mental health, addiction & chronic pain plays an enormous role in my patient's quality of life. I combine my knowledge with strict protocols to keep my patients free of pain without the stigma of addiction. I am also looking at the most innovative new treatments for treatment resistant depression (Esketamine and ketamine troches) and Buprenorphine for chronic pain, Alpha-stim for anxiety, depression, & insomnia and NextWave device for chronic debilitating pelvic floor pain. Call for evaluation today! Open Mon-Thursday 10-6 pm. daynagiordanoaprn@gmail.com. Office 203-481-5556 fax 203-481-5553.
(203) 481-5556 View (203) 481-5556
Photo of Jessica Levine, PMHNP, APRN, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jessica Levine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Guilford, CT 06437  (Online Only)
I am Yale-trained Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and look at the whole picture to try to figure out both medication and lifestyle interventions. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment, where you feel heard and are a big part in creating the treatment plan. I want you to feel empowered to make choices that support your mental health.
I am Yale-trained Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and look at the whole picture to try to figure out both medication and lifestyle interventions. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment, where you feel heard and are a big part in creating the treatment plan. I want you to feel empowered to make choices that support your mental health.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Madison, CT

10+

Average cost per session

$150

Psychiatrists in Madison, CT who prioritize treating:

83% Anxiety
83% Medication Management
75% Depression
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Stress
67% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Husky | CT BHP
60% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Madison, CT see their clients

92% In Person and Online
8% Online Only

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in Madison?

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.