Psychiatrists in Middlesex County, CT

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One Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Middletown, CT 06457  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Debra Sicilian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middletown, CT 06457  (Online Only)
My name is Debra Sicilian, and I am a dedicated psychiatric consultant offering open and genuine support for your well-being. With extensive clinical experience, I deeply grasp brain function, medications, and treatments. My unwavering commitment to uncovering the root causes behind distressing symptoms is what sets me apart. The complexity of the brain, governing various aspects of our being, drives my fascination. I acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual's neurodiversity, influencing treatment responses.
My name is Debra Sicilian, and I am a dedicated psychiatric consultant offering open and genuine support for your well-being. With extensive clinical experience, I deeply grasp brain function, medications, and treatments. My unwavering commitment to uncovering the root causes behind distressing symptoms is what sets me apart. The complexity of the brain, governing various aspects of our being, drives my fascination. I acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual's neurodiversity, influencing treatment responses.
(475) 405-2067 View (475) 405-2067
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Julianne Steahr
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Essex, CT 06426  (Online Only)
Hello, I practice as a certified APRN in Psychiatry and Primary Care. My current focus is on the treatment of psychiatric illnesses in adults that are motivated to maintain or regain mental and emotional wellness. I prescribe medications for the treatment of Acute and Chronic Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADD, ASD, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Pre and Post Partum, Sleep disorders, Thyroid and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If you are seeking an initial assessment or continued care for a diagnosed condition or a reevaluation, my goal is to provide you comprehensive, wholistic care to regain or maintain wellness.
Hello, I practice as a certified APRN in Psychiatry and Primary Care. My current focus is on the treatment of psychiatric illnesses in adults that are motivated to maintain or regain mental and emotional wellness. I prescribe medications for the treatment of Acute and Chronic Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADD, ASD, PTSD, Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Pre and Post Partum, Sleep disorders, Thyroid and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If you are seeking an initial assessment or continued care for a diagnosed condition or a reevaluation, my goal is to provide you comprehensive, wholistic care to regain or maintain wellness.
(860) 458-4828 View (860) 458-4828
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Stéphane P Clermont
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middletown, CT 06457  (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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Stephanie Settevendemie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Essex, CT 06426  (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, 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, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(860) 962-6389 View (860) 962-6389
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Justin W Branham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Clinton, CT 06413  (Online Only)
Welcome to Bespoke Therapy. Justin W. Branham, APRN created this solo practice to offer personalized, high quality treatment that isn’t possible at larger practices. We offer medication management within the frame that it is just one of many possible tools in mental health treatment. We're thrilled that you're considering Bespoke Therapy, and look forward to meeting you.
Welcome to Bespoke Therapy. Justin W. Branham, APRN created this solo practice to offer personalized, high quality treatment that isn’t possible at larger practices. We offer medication management within the frame that it is just one of many possible tools in mental health treatment. We're thrilled that you're considering Bespoke Therapy, and look forward to meeting you.
(860) 854-7112 View (860) 854-7112
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NorthPoint Psychiatric Consultants, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middletown, CT 06457
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
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Shelly Foster
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Hampton, CT 06424  (Online Only)
I believe in decreasing stigma and barriers that prevent individuals from seeking mental health treatment. I have a holistic view of a person’s health and integrate this into clinical decisions. I believe in creating a trusting therapeutic relationship where the individual feels supported, validated, and listened to in a non-judgmental manner. I am passionate about providing quality service with empathy and patience. I hope to work in conjunction with therapists in Connecticut with the understanding that psychotherapy and medication management are evidence-based interventions and when combined provide the safest and best outcome.
I believe in decreasing stigma and barriers that prevent individuals from seeking mental health treatment. I have a holistic view of a person’s health and integrate this into clinical decisions. I believe in creating a trusting therapeutic relationship where the individual feels supported, validated, and listened to in a non-judgmental manner. I am passionate about providing quality service with empathy and patience. I hope to work in conjunction with therapists in Connecticut with the understanding that psychotherapy and medication management are evidence-based interventions and when combined provide the safest and best outcome.
(860) 530-6033 View (860) 530-6033
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Sandra J Rabis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Middletown, CT 06457  (Online Only)
I am a doctoral level psychiatric nurse practitioner, board certified and trained at Yale University. I have 21 years of experience diagnosing and assessing mental health issues as well as prescribing medications for such issues. In addition, I have 27 years of experience in mental health treatment in general. I began my career as a psychotherapist and then furthered my education to include medical practice.
I am a doctoral level psychiatric nurse practitioner, board certified and trained at Yale University. I have 21 years of experience diagnosing and assessing mental health issues as well as prescribing medications for such issues. In addition, I have 27 years of experience in mental health treatment in general. I began my career as a psychotherapist and then furthered my education to include medical practice.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
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Stephanie Reilly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who assists clients in treatment of various mental health conditions. I have over 19 years of nursing experience focused in maternal mental health. I am currently offering both Telehealth and in person visits in Old Saybrook Connecticut. My treatment goals are focused on a client-centered approach to symptom management and resolution.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who assists clients in treatment of various mental health conditions. I have over 19 years of nursing experience focused in maternal mental health. I am currently offering both Telehealth and in person visits in Old Saybrook Connecticut. My treatment goals are focused on a client-centered approach to symptom management and resolution.
(860) 864-4529 View (860) 864-4529
Matthew Robbins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Middletown, CT 06457  (Online Only)
My practice focuses on a medical-biological approach to human health. Together we can target specific pathways in the brain to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Men’s Health, bipolar disorder and substance dependence. I am passionate about understanding and providing education regarding the science of mental health. Whether you are struggling day to day or looking to take your current situation to the next level there is a solution and hope for you.
My practice focuses on a medical-biological approach to human health. Together we can target specific pathways in the brain to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Men’s Health, bipolar disorder and substance dependence. I am passionate about understanding and providing education regarding the science of mental health. Whether you are struggling day to day or looking to take your current situation to the next level there is a solution and hope for you.
(860) 784-7681 View (860) 784-7681
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Lee Weber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Essex, CT 06426
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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Emily Friedman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middletown, CT 06457  (Online Only)
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
(475) 897-5578 View (475) 897-5578
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Michelle Nwigwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cromwell, CT 06416  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has experience working with a broad range of psychiatric issues specializing in medication management with an integrative treatment approach. My extensive work history providing care to patients with comorbid psychiatric and medical conditions has contributed to my ability to assess each patient from a holistic view while focusing on the treatment of mental health.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has experience working with a broad range of psychiatric issues specializing in medication management with an integrative treatment approach. My extensive work history providing care to patients with comorbid psychiatric and medical conditions has contributed to my ability to assess each patient from a holistic view while focusing on the treatment of mental health.
(959) 265-2971 View (959) 265-2971
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Francine Augeri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MS, CS
Verified Verified
Cromwell, CT 06416
I have 30 years experience in psychiatry. I provide adult clients comprehensive medication evaluations and/or psychotherapy for psychiatric disorders. I have expertise treating anxiety and mood disorders.
I have 30 years experience in psychiatry. I provide adult clients comprehensive medication evaluations and/or psychotherapy for psychiatric disorders. I have expertise treating anxiety and mood disorders.
(833) 549-1001 View (833) 549-1001
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Carrie Fijal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Haddam, CT 06438  (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, 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, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(475) 472-9579 View (475) 472-9579
Photo of Fredo J Clermont, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middlesex County, CT
Fredo J Clermont
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Middletown, CT 06457
Waitlist for new clients
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
Photo of Elisabeth Maryke Kressley, Psychiatrist in Middlesex County, CT
Elisabeth Maryke Kressley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Essex, CT 06426
I am Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Yale trained Adult psychiatrist. I enjoy treating all ages of people from as young as 3 thru adulthood. I treat ADHD, Depression Anxiety disorders along with behavioral disorders in childhood. I also treat adults, families and couples in addition to individuals with medication and or therapy.
I am Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Yale trained Adult psychiatrist. I enjoy treating all ages of people from as young as 3 thru adulthood. I treat ADHD, Depression Anxiety disorders along with behavioral disorders in childhood. I also treat adults, families and couples in addition to individuals with medication and or therapy.
(860) 544-5856 View (860) 544-5856
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Michael Valalik
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middletown, CT 06457
Thank you for considering my practice for your mental health care. I provide medication management services for adults who are already seeing a therapist regularly for psychotherapy.
Thank you for considering my practice for your mental health care. I provide medication management services for adults who are already seeing a therapist regularly for psychotherapy.
(203) 479-9488 View (203) 479-9488
Photo of Dr. Diana Kurlyandchik, Psychiatrist in Middlesex County, CT
Dr. Diana Kurlyandchik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Middlesex County, CT

30+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in Middlesex County, CT who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
85% Depression
82% Medication Management
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
76% Trauma and PTSD
68% ADHD
68% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
83% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Middlesex County, CT see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

79% Female
21% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Middlesex County?

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.