Psychiatrists in Monroe, CT

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Karen H Brody
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Monroe, CT 06468  (Online Only)
Clients who seek treatment with me are often feeling anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, confused, and exhausted by any number of life events, disappointments, losses, and transitions, with which they may have been dealing on recent or long-term basis. Sometimes, they are perceived and labelled as "difficult" or "demanding" by other medical professionals, family, and that has become their self-perception. They see themselves heading down paths that are futile, yet familiar, and they feel hopeless. They call because they want change. I am here to help.
Clients who seek treatment with me are often feeling anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, confused, and exhausted by any number of life events, disappointments, losses, and transitions, with which they may have been dealing on recent or long-term basis. Sometimes, they are perceived and labelled as "difficult" or "demanding" by other medical professionals, family, and that has become their self-perception. They see themselves heading down paths that are futile, yet familiar, and they feel hopeless. They call because they want change. I am here to help.
(508) 306-8502 View (508) 306-8502
Photo of Jeannie V Pasacreta, Psychiatric Nurse in Monroe, CT
Jeannie V Pasacreta
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN
Verified Verified
Monroe, CT 06468
I have been in the mental health field for over 30 years and am continually impressed by the strength of the human spirit. I am open minded and don't have any preconceptions about an individual or the problems they present with when I meet them at their first visit. Psychiatric services are more difficult to find than ever before while modern day stress has increased demand for quality services. I feel strongly that psychiatric assistance should be easier to find than it is. I also believe that people from all backgrounds, financial circumstances and with varied problems should have equal access to quality mental health care.
I have been in the mental health field for over 30 years and am continually impressed by the strength of the human spirit. I am open minded and don't have any preconceptions about an individual or the problems they present with when I meet them at their first visit. Psychiatric services are more difficult to find than ever before while modern day stress has increased demand for quality services. I feel strongly that psychiatric assistance should be easier to find than it is. I also believe that people from all backgrounds, financial circumstances and with varied problems should have equal access to quality mental health care.
(475) 889-7494 View (475) 889-7494

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Photo of Daley Prayer NP, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Daley Prayer NP, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shelton, CT 06484  (Online Only)
am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who received my degree from Walden University, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and a certified medical marijuana provider, I treat adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. My focus areas are treating clients with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Mood disorders, and Substance use disorders.
am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who received my degree from Walden University, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and a certified medical marijuana provider, I treat adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. My focus areas are treating clients with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Mood disorders, and Substance use disorders.
(914) 873-4180 View (914) 873-4180
Photo of Elizabeth Feingold, Psychiatrist in Monroe, CT
Elizabeth Feingold
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newtown, CT 06470
I am a Columbia/Cornell trained, triple board certified psychiatrist with broad training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, forensic psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry. I work with patients to get practical outcomes, such as improving school or work performance, relationships, or self-esteem.
I am a Columbia/Cornell trained, triple board certified psychiatrist with broad training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, forensic psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry. I work with patients to get practical outcomes, such as improving school or work performance, relationships, or self-esteem.
(917) 832-1923 View (917) 832-1923
Photo of Janet Rivera, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Janet Rivera
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelton, CT 06484  (Online Only)
As Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications judiciously, and only when necessary. As practitioners, we value our shared humanity, and encourage compassion, humility, connection and empathy. Please reach out to us directly by email to begin the enrollment process and to schedule an evaluation time, thank you.
As Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications judiciously, and only when necessary. As practitioners, we value our shared humanity, and encourage compassion, humility, connection and empathy. Please reach out to us directly by email to begin the enrollment process and to schedule an evaluation time, thank you.
(203) 871-0775 View (203) 871-0775
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Amazing Victory Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgeport, CT 06606  (Online Only)
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
(203) 902-4707 View (203) 902-4707
Photo of Margaret Mary Scalia, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Margaret Mary Scalia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
Bethel, CT 06801  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety , lack of focus , insomnia and perhaps some unresolved past issues and trauma ? Do you feel alone, unheard ,overwhelmed taking care of a loved elder or recently lost someone or your job or part of your identity? I have almost 30 years in the medical field almost a third dedicated to Hospice , palliative ,elder care and chronic diseases You need emotional support , psychotherapy and perhaps medications I can help I’m also well versed in issues related to marriage , divorce , empty nest, health and wellness For all the stages of life I can assist and or refer to the best care possible
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety , lack of focus , insomnia and perhaps some unresolved past issues and trauma ? Do you feel alone, unheard ,overwhelmed taking care of a loved elder or recently lost someone or your job or part of your identity? I have almost 30 years in the medical field almost a third dedicated to Hospice , palliative ,elder care and chronic diseases You need emotional support , psychotherapy and perhaps medications I can help I’m also well versed in issues related to marriage , divorce , empty nest, health and wellness For all the stages of life I can assist and or refer to the best care possible
(475) 207-4208 View (475) 207-4208
Photo of George J Costanzo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
George J Costanzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DC APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Milford, CT 06461  (Online Only)
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN), licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan. At our practice, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications conservatively, while always incorporating holistic methods to assist in recovery. I have 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, treating patients without the use of medication. Now, with the ability to prescribe medication, I carry with me the philosophy that judicious medication use is key in treatment plans. My strength is in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
I'm a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (APRN), licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan. At our practice, we collaborate with patients and their therapists to use medications conservatively, while always incorporating holistic methods to assist in recovery. I have 30 years of experience as a chiropractor, treating patients without the use of medication. Now, with the ability to prescribe medication, I carry with me the philosophy that judicious medication use is key in treatment plans. My strength is in adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
(860) 863-1289 View (860) 863-1289
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Olanike Idowu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, APRN, NP
Verified Verified
Shelton, CT 06484
I am a Yale University-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner with over 18 years of experience in Mental Health. I am lifespan board-certified to treat ages 5 to 70years old. I have subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry and clinical research. I treat all psychiatric conditions including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, Panic Disorder, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD and abuse survivors, OCD, Eating Disorders, and ODD. I provide culturally sensitive integrative and holistic psychiatric services that are tailored to each individual patient's needs.
I am a Yale University-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner with over 18 years of experience in Mental Health. I am lifespan board-certified to treat ages 5 to 70years old. I have subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry and clinical research. I treat all psychiatric conditions including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, Panic Disorder, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD and abuse survivors, OCD, Eating Disorders, and ODD. I provide culturally sensitive integrative and holistic psychiatric services that are tailored to each individual patient's needs.
(475) 255-6394 View (475) 255-6394
Photo of Carrie Fijal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Carrie Fijal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06606  (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 Laura Gabriel, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Laura Gabriel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Shelton, CT 06484  (Online Only)
Laura Gabriel is a Board Certified Psychiatric APRN with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications.
Laura Gabriel is a Board Certified Psychiatric APRN with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications.
(860) 846-4349 View (860) 846-4349
Photo of Laura Petiford, Psychiatric Nurse in Monroe, CT
Laura Petiford
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
Being human isn't easy. Sometimes it's hard to make sense of it all and keep putting one foot in front of the other. If you find you are struggling to experience the joy you once had, you aren't alone. Cultivating and maintaining healthy behaviors and relationships, managing unhelpful thoughts and keeping anxiety from running the show are all achievable. You don't have to white knuckle your way through this alone.
Being human isn't easy. Sometimes it's hard to make sense of it all and keep putting one foot in front of the other. If you find you are struggling to experience the joy you once had, you aren't alone. Cultivating and maintaining healthy behaviors and relationships, managing unhelpful thoughts and keeping anxiety from running the show are all achievable. You don't have to white knuckle your way through this alone.
(203) 885-7215 View (203) 885-7215
Photo of Omolola Aragbada, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Omolola Aragbada
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSNPH
Verified Verified
Shelton, CT 06484
Hi there, I'm Lola. Are you looking for a provider who makes you feel comfortable enough to reflect and express yourself as you wish? Do you need a provider who listens actively to your concerns? Are you seeking a participatory treatment where you can contribute to your individualized treatment plan?
Hi there, I'm Lola. Are you looking for a provider who makes you feel comfortable enough to reflect and express yourself as you wish? Do you need a provider who listens actively to your concerns? Are you seeking a participatory treatment where you can contribute to your individualized treatment plan?
(203) 718-0672 View (203) 718-0672
Photo of Melissa Kneass Welby, Psychiatrist in Monroe, CT
Melissa Kneass Welby
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Trumbull, CT 06611
I am a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist with private practices in Milford and Fairfield, CT. I offer telepsychiatric care (appointments by video conference) to patients throughout Connecticut. As an accurate diagnostician and skilled psychotherapist with extensive knowledge in psychopharmacology, I believe that patient care is optimized through a partnership between the patient and the physician. I specialize in treating a variety of illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorders.
I am a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist with private practices in Milford and Fairfield, CT. I offer telepsychiatric care (appointments by video conference) to patients throughout Connecticut. As an accurate diagnostician and skilled psychotherapist with extensive knowledge in psychopharmacology, I believe that patient care is optimized through a partnership between the patient and the physician. I specialize in treating a variety of illnesses, including depression, anxiety, and adult attention deficit disorders.
(203) 580-6634 View (203) 580-6634
Photo of Perry Githens, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Perry Githens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newtown, CT 06470
I embrace a diverse practice that ranges from adolescents through older adults in all ages and areas. I enjoy helping people that have struggled to find a way to peace and happiness. Perry appreciates listening and learning about a person and building a therapeutic relationship. I work with people who have never taken medications that are new to psychiatric treatment and medication management. I also have the ability to manage difficult complex psychiatric cases.
I embrace a diverse practice that ranges from adolescents through older adults in all ages and areas. I enjoy helping people that have struggled to find a way to peace and happiness. Perry appreciates listening and learning about a person and building a therapeutic relationship. I work with people who have never taken medications that are new to psychiatric treatment and medication management. I also have the ability to manage difficult complex psychiatric cases.
(860) 792-4332 View (860) 792-4332
Photo of Ashley Neal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Ashley Neal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Trumbull, CT 06611
Hi everyone! I'm Dr. Neal. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Connecticut. I received my Doctorate from Fairfield University and have 9 years experience in mental health. My doctoratal project focused on deprescribing with the intent to improve patient outcomes. I work with adults aged 18 and up and I specialize in treating clients with significant trauma history. I am a part of a wonderful private practice led by Dr. Mark Waynik. My approach is comprehensive, compassionate, and individualized to provide the best possible outcomes for my clients and their families.
Hi everyone! I'm Dr. Neal. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Connecticut. I received my Doctorate from Fairfield University and have 9 years experience in mental health. My doctoratal project focused on deprescribing with the intent to improve patient outcomes. I work with adults aged 18 and up and I specialize in treating clients with significant trauma history. I am a part of a wonderful private practice led by Dr. Mark Waynik. My approach is comprehensive, compassionate, and individualized to provide the best possible outcomes for my clients and their families.
(203) 633-7424 View (203) 633-7424
Photo of Kelly Scott, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Kelly Scott
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC, BSN
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06606  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am an ANCC board-certified and licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am experienced, caring, and empathetic. I earned my Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from New York University, where I focused on psychopharmacology and multiple psychotherapy treatment modalities. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Elizabeth University.
I am an ANCC board-certified and licensed Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I am experienced, caring, and empathetic. I earned my Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from New York University, where I focused on psychopharmacology and multiple psychotherapy treatment modalities. I also earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University and my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Elizabeth University.
(201) 984-7189 View (201) 984-7189
Photo of Anna Gut, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Anna Gut
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BA, BSN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC, APRN
Verified Verified
Trumbull, CT 06611
Welcome to my private practice. With over 25 years of diverse experience in the field of psychological health, I have had the privilege of helping patients across all stages of life. My approach to treatment is as unique as the individuals I serve – comprehensive, patient-centered, and holistic. I cater to adults& adolescents (starting age 14) & offer the flexibility of Telehealth (audio/video) consultations or in-person appointments. My services encompass diagnostic evaluations, medication management, adjustment, & genetic testing for psychotropic medications to ensure a personalized and effective treatment plan.
Welcome to my private practice. With over 25 years of diverse experience in the field of psychological health, I have had the privilege of helping patients across all stages of life. My approach to treatment is as unique as the individuals I serve – comprehensive, patient-centered, and holistic. I cater to adults& adolescents (starting age 14) & offer the flexibility of Telehealth (audio/video) consultations or in-person appointments. My services encompass diagnostic evaluations, medication management, adjustment, & genetic testing for psychotropic medications to ensure a personalized and effective treatment plan.
(475) 255-2971 View (475) 255-2971
Photo of Just4U Behavioral &Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Monroe, CT
Just4U Behavioral &Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06608  (Online Only)
Do you work in corrections? Do you struggle with life stressors or, immigration issues? Do you have post traumatic stress syndrome(PTSD) or other related life crisis? Let Just4U help you process your feelings due to life stressors such as; immigration concerns, trauma, working as a correctional staff, death of a loved one, anxious feelings or depression. Just4U will help you to get your life back! JUST4U uses different types of therapies and or medications to make you feel better. JUST4U will help you reach individualized goals. We got you!
Do you work in corrections? Do you struggle with life stressors or, immigration issues? Do you have post traumatic stress syndrome(PTSD) or other related life crisis? Let Just4U help you process your feelings due to life stressors such as; immigration concerns, trauma, working as a correctional staff, death of a loved one, anxious feelings or depression. Just4U will help you to get your life back! JUST4U uses different types of therapies and or medications to make you feel better. JUST4U will help you reach individualized goals. We got you!
(352) 309-3604 View (352) 309-3604
Photo of Carol J Pisani, Psychiatric Nurse in Monroe, CT
Carol J Pisani
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
Trumbull, CT 06611
I provide psychiatric medication management for adults. I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years. I have worked in many different settings in many different roles and always as a nurse. My practice was started in 2010 when I earned my Master's degree in Nursing from Fairfield University and became a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My focus of treatment is medication management. My practice is small and I pride myself on giving individualized care to each client.
I provide psychiatric medication management for adults. I have been a psychiatric nurse for over 25 years. I have worked in many different settings in many different roles and always as a nurse. My practice was started in 2010 when I earned my Master's degree in Nursing from Fairfield University and became a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My focus of treatment is medication management. My practice is small and I pride myself on giving individualized care to each client.
(203) 437-6153 View (203) 437-6153

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Monroe, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Monroe, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Other
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

28 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Tufts

How Psychiatrists in Monroe, CT see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Monroe?

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.