Psychiatrists in Middlebury, CT

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WCT Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Middlebury, CT 06762
My passion for empowering and aiding individuals in their wellness journey began 20 years ago. While working with under-served communities in New Haven and Hartford Counties, I was fortunate enough to interact and develop meaningful relationships with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. I continue to apply this philosophical thinking and practice while serving my patients in order to provide an individualized, holistic treatment. I utilize various forms of psychotherapy, complimentary approaches and/or medications to help ease mental health struggles.
My passion for empowering and aiding individuals in their wellness journey began 20 years ago. While working with under-served communities in New Haven and Hartford Counties, I was fortunate enough to interact and develop meaningful relationships with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. I continue to apply this philosophical thinking and practice while serving my patients in order to provide an individualized, holistic treatment. I utilize various forms of psychotherapy, complimentary approaches and/or medications to help ease mental health struggles.
(203) 433-6315 View (203) 433-6315
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WCT Behavioral Health & Medication Management
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, LCSW
Verified Verified
Middlebury, CT 06762
My passion for empowering and aiding individuals in their wellness journey began 20 years ago. While working with under-served communities in New Haven and Hartford Counties, I was fortunate enough to interact and develop meaningful relationships with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. I continue to apply this philosophical thinking and practice while serving my patients in order to provide an individualized, holistic treatment.
My passion for empowering and aiding individuals in their wellness journey began 20 years ago. While working with under-served communities in New Haven and Hartford Counties, I was fortunate enough to interact and develop meaningful relationships with individuals of various cultural backgrounds. I continue to apply this philosophical thinking and practice while serving my patients in order to provide an individualized, holistic treatment.
(860) 782-6423 View (860) 782-6423
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Leshawna Murrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middlebury, CT 06762
If you or your child are experiencing extreme stress and life changes, it can be overwhelming to navigate distressing symptoms. You may feel helpless as to how to help yourself or your child cope with symptoms and maintain the overwhelming activities and requirements of daily life. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am here to listen to your unique story, family history, and symptoms, to help you find peace in your life, body, and mind. I am here to listen to your concerns and symptoms and provide a full evaluation to consider tools that may be helpful for you to feel better mentally and physically.
If you or your child are experiencing extreme stress and life changes, it can be overwhelming to navigate distressing symptoms. You may feel helpless as to how to help yourself or your child cope with symptoms and maintain the overwhelming activities and requirements of daily life. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am here to listen to your unique story, family history, and symptoms, to help you find peace in your life, body, and mind. I am here to listen to your concerns and symptoms and provide a full evaluation to consider tools that may be helpful for you to feel better mentally and physically.
(475) 253-5360 View (475) 253-5360
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SMPsychotherapy & Couseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Middlebury, CT 06762
Now accepting new clients! Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
Now accepting new clients! Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
(203) 633-8175 View (203) 633-8175
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Edith Onua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC, FNP
Verified Verified
Middlebury, CT 06762  (Online Only)
Struggling with addiction or crippling anxiety? Need a mental health professional for compassionate support and medication management? Edith at SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services offers a safe space for those seeking relief from mental health challenges. Catering to clients 3+, she’s dedicated to understanding individual needs and delivering personalized care. If you're looking for a therapist who connects and guides you toward mental wellness, Edith is here to help.
Struggling with addiction or crippling anxiety? Need a mental health professional for compassionate support and medication management? Edith at SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services offers a safe space for those seeking relief from mental health challenges. Catering to clients 3+, she’s dedicated to understanding individual needs and delivering personalized care. If you're looking for a therapist who connects and guides you toward mental wellness, Edith is here to help.
(475) 348-7219 View (475) 348-7219

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Renew Your Mind LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06702  (Online Only)
Welcome! We are a practice that provides mental health needs to all ages. Mental Health is an area of service that needs more compassion, so we are here to help you with that. We offer medication management with our APRN and we also provide tele-health visits. Our clinicians are caring and compassionate and they try to go above and beyond for all their clients. We will try to help you find the right treatment plan for your mental health needs. Our practice focuses on you as a whole person. We discuss and provide realistic goals together with compassion in mind. Contact Us today and we are here to help!
Welcome! We are a practice that provides mental health needs to all ages. Mental Health is an area of service that needs more compassion, so we are here to help you with that. We offer medication management with our APRN and we also provide tele-health visits. Our clinicians are caring and compassionate and they try to go above and beyond for all their clients. We will try to help you find the right treatment plan for your mental health needs. Our practice focuses on you as a whole person. We discuss and provide realistic goals together with compassion in mind. Contact Us today and we are here to help!
(475) 253-3461 View (475) 253-3461
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Jennifer Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06701  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you're not living the life you want to? Do you feel like there's something wrong with you, but you don't know what it is? At Revive Therapeutic Services, we specialize in helping people just like you. Our team of providers are ready to help with any condition or issue that might be holding you back from the life of your dreams—whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, life transitions…the list goes on. Your life doesn't have to be defined by your mental health struggles anymore. Let us help!
Do you feel like you're not living the life you want to? Do you feel like there's something wrong with you, but you don't know what it is? At Revive Therapeutic Services, we specialize in helping people just like you. Our team of providers are ready to help with any condition or issue that might be holding you back from the life of your dreams—whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, life transitions…the list goes on. Your life doesn't have to be defined by your mental health struggles anymore. Let us help!
(617) 315-3111 View (617) 315-3111
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Jennifer Marie Ross
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
I am an ANCC board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), with over 10 years of nursing and clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient care. Offering patient-centered psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for children ages 5+, adolescents, adults, including couple and family counseling. I work in collaboration with various treatment providers from a holistic standpoint that is evidenced-based, while respecting the autonomy of the client. A compassionate therapeutic relationship is part of my practice that focuses on positive aspects to promote the healing process for various disorders..
I am an ANCC board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), with over 10 years of nursing and clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient care. Offering patient-centered psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for children ages 5+, adolescents, adults, including couple and family counseling. I work in collaboration with various treatment providers from a holistic standpoint that is evidenced-based, while respecting the autonomy of the client. A compassionate therapeutic relationship is part of my practice that focuses on positive aspects to promote the healing process for various disorders..
(475) 473-9653 View (475) 473-9653
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WCT Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06705
Welcome! We are a group practice of 60 licensed counselors and medication providers. We have a multi disciplinary team which is trained in several models to tailor each of our clients needs. Our biggest focus, is you, our client. We provide family, couples and individual counseling. Medication management for psychiatry and also offer Primary Care Services.
Welcome! We are a group practice of 60 licensed counselors and medication providers. We have a multi disciplinary team which is trained in several models to tailor each of our clients needs. Our biggest focus, is you, our client. We provide family, couples and individual counseling. Medication management for psychiatry and also offer Primary Care Services.
(203) 916-4595 View (203) 916-4595
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Sarah Phillips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06703  (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) 898-9216 View (860) 898-9216
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Dr. Aura Ardon - Mar Y Sol Mental Health Experts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488  (Online Only)
Now accepting new Patients. Are you struggling to create meaningful relationships? Do you feel overwhelmed by the stressors of work and daily living? Do you have trouble caring for yourself because of your mental health? Is your family life unmanageable because of mental illness? You want to get your mental health back under control but feel stuck. As time passes you feel further and further from your goals. It’s time to find real solutions because you have a life to live. You don’t have to manage this alone. Working with a mental health expert who believes in a holistic approach to mental and physical wellness may be the missing
Now accepting new Patients. Are you struggling to create meaningful relationships? Do you feel overwhelmed by the stressors of work and daily living? Do you have trouble caring for yourself because of your mental health? Is your family life unmanageable because of mental illness? You want to get your mental health back under control but feel stuck. As time passes you feel further and further from your goals. It’s time to find real solutions because you have a life to live. You don’t have to manage this alone. Working with a mental health expert who believes in a holistic approach to mental and physical wellness may be the missing
(203) 456-6989 View (203) 456-6989
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Betsy LaRose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PCCN, FNP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06702
Is anxiety or depression impacting or derailing your life? Do you have goals you want to accomplish but struggle just to get out of bed or stay focused? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you want or feeling that sense of calmness and serenity you prefer. You want to stop letting mental illness control your life, but you aren’t sure where to start. Many people struggle with mental illness - don’t let it hold you back any longer. Finding the right mental healthcare professional is critical. The right help is available; we can get through this together.
Is anxiety or depression impacting or derailing your life? Do you have goals you want to accomplish but struggle just to get out of bed or stay focused? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you want or feeling that sense of calmness and serenity you prefer. You want to stop letting mental illness control your life, but you aren’t sure where to start. Many people struggle with mental illness - don’t let it hold you back any longer. Finding the right mental healthcare professional is critical. The right help is available; we can get through this together.
(860) 813-3562 View (860) 813-3562
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Stéphane P Clermont
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06704  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patient. 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. 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) 431-3331 View (860) 431-3331
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Gony Alexandra Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06701
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
(475) 242-8026 View (475) 242-8026
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Dr. Tonya Goodman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Prospect, CT 06712
Every client deserves to heal their mind, body, and soul. I understand that it is impossible to function at your best if your physical and mental health are not aligned. I aim to help you achieve complete remission of your symptoms by combining Western and holistic practices to treat the whole person. I work with each client's healthcare team to promote a collaborative approach to optimize every client's recovery and remission time. My goal is to create a safe and open space where you feel respected, heard, understood, and supported throughout your treatment.
Every client deserves to heal their mind, body, and soul. I understand that it is impossible to function at your best if your physical and mental health are not aligned. I aim to help you achieve complete remission of your symptoms by combining Western and holistic practices to treat the whole person. I work with each client's healthcare team to promote a collaborative approach to optimize every client's recovery and remission time. My goal is to create a safe and open space where you feel respected, heard, understood, and supported throughout your treatment.
(203) 652-8057 x1001 View (203) 652-8057 x1001
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The Fiercest Mind LLc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterbury, CT 06708
The mind is an infinite treasure! I am a Psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of behavioral health experience, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field that I am eager to share. Looking to connect, engage, and treat individuals age 6-55 years old. Treatment modalities include a combination of individual psychotherapy, and medication management in a safe and professional space. For individuals seeking treatment in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, psychosis. sleep disorders and more. Specializing in children with ADHD and social and emotional challenges.
The mind is an infinite treasure! I am a Psychiatric nurse practitioner with over ten years of behavioral health experience, with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field that I am eager to share. Looking to connect, engage, and treat individuals age 6-55 years old. Treatment modalities include a combination of individual psychotherapy, and medication management in a safe and professional space. For individuals seeking treatment in mood disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, psychosis. sleep disorders and more. Specializing in children with ADHD and social and emotional challenges.
(475) 244-7552 View (475) 244-7552
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Destination Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterbury, CT 06708
Are you experiencing struggles with your mental health? Are you anxious or depressed and don’t know where to turn? Have you been through significant traumas or life stressors and can’t figure out how to work through them? Healing is possible! Hi, I'm Christta and I am the owner and provider at Destination Psychiatry, conveniently and discreetly located for those who wish to maintain privacy in their mental health journey. The space is TRULY warm and inviting and promotes trust and healing. I specialize in psychiatric evaluations, medication management and individual therapy for anxiety, depression, mood disorders and much more!
Are you experiencing struggles with your mental health? Are you anxious or depressed and don’t know where to turn? Have you been through significant traumas or life stressors and can’t figure out how to work through them? Healing is possible! Hi, I'm Christta and I am the owner and provider at Destination Psychiatry, conveniently and discreetly located for those who wish to maintain privacy in their mental health journey. The space is TRULY warm and inviting and promotes trust and healing. I specialize in psychiatric evaluations, medication management and individual therapy for anxiety, depression, mood disorders and much more!
(475) 325-5847 View (475) 325-5847
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Sally Romano
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Woodbury, CT 06798
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in treating patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, erratic moods, attentional difficulties, eating concerns, or the after-effects of trauma. I provide thorough psychiatric evaluations, with attention to the psychological and social aspects of your distress, as well as to possible underlying medical factors. After an initial evaluation, usually completed in one 90-minute session, we discuss treatment options. If medication is being considered, we discuss the risks and benefits before making any decisions. Ultimately, I offer information and recommendations but respect your choices.
I specialize in treating patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, erratic moods, attentional difficulties, eating concerns, or the after-effects of trauma. I provide thorough psychiatric evaluations, with attention to the psychological and social aspects of your distress, as well as to possible underlying medical factors. After an initial evaluation, usually completed in one 90-minute session, we discuss treatment options. If medication is being considered, we discuss the risks and benefits before making any decisions. Ultimately, I offer information and recommendations but respect your choices.
(203) 263-1066 View (203) 263-1066
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Lyndsie Ryalls
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
I provide compassionate, respectful evaluation and psychopharmacologic treatment. I primarily work with adolescents and adults seeking medication evaluation and ongoing medication management for a range of issues including anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and comorbid mental health and substance abuse.
I provide compassionate, respectful evaluation and psychopharmacologic treatment. I primarily work with adolescents and adults seeking medication evaluation and ongoing medication management for a range of issues including anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and comorbid mental health and substance abuse.
(203) 889-9155 View (203) 889-9155
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Rose Yu-Chin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
My goal is to get you better through a comprehensive assessment, supportive psychotherapy , and medication evaluation/management so that you can function at your best. I have 40 + years of clinical work in New York & Connecticut. I am accessible. Success for me is to see you have a life. Main work will be telehealth, which is effective and convenient.
My goal is to get you better through a comprehensive assessment, supportive psychotherapy , and medication evaluation/management so that you can function at your best. I have 40 + years of clinical work in New York & Connecticut. I am accessible. Success for me is to see you have a life. Main work will be telehealth, which is effective and convenient.
(203) 884-8922 View (203) 884-8922

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Middlebury, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Middlebury, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Sleep or Insomnia
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid
100% Husky | CT BHP

How Psychiatrists in Middlebury, CT see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Middlebury?

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.