Psychiatrists in New Haven, CT

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Jordan Sloshower
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06515
Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc is a board-certified psychiatrist, researcher, and educator specializing in integrative approaches to mental health and psychedelic-assisted therapies. Along with my team at West Rock Wellness, I seek to offer with care and compassion, a spectrum of therapeutic and transformational services that address root causes of suffering. I view conditions, such as depression and anxiety, through a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens and seek to help clients heal at those various levels. This involves creatively combining a variety of approaches, such as psychotherapy, medications, wellness and lifestyle interventions.
Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc is a board-certified psychiatrist, researcher, and educator specializing in integrative approaches to mental health and psychedelic-assisted therapies. Along with my team at West Rock Wellness, I seek to offer with care and compassion, a spectrum of therapeutic and transformational services that address root causes of suffering. I view conditions, such as depression and anxiety, through a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens and seek to help clients heal at those various levels. This involves creatively combining a variety of approaches, such as psychotherapy, medications, wellness and lifestyle interventions.
(203) 457-8085 View (203) 457-8085
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Anastasia Okoniewski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN, DNP
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511
I am a child and adolescent mental health clinical nurse specialist and lifespan psychiatric nurse practitioner. I love working with children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, those folk on the autism spectrum and the cooccurring disorders often seen in those with learning and neuro-cognitive differences, including anxiety, trauma and depression. I also have experience helping young women with hormone imbalances related to endometriosis, PCOS and other autoimmune or endocrine disorders. My specialty is in mindful neuropharmacology and medication management as well as integrating complementary and alternative treatment methods when possible.
I am a child and adolescent mental health clinical nurse specialist and lifespan psychiatric nurse practitioner. I love working with children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, those folk on the autism spectrum and the cooccurring disorders often seen in those with learning and neuro-cognitive differences, including anxiety, trauma and depression. I also have experience helping young women with hormone imbalances related to endometriosis, PCOS and other autoimmune or endocrine disorders. My specialty is in mindful neuropharmacology and medication management as well as integrating complementary and alternative treatment methods when possible.
(203) 763-4036 x707 View (203) 763-4036 x707
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Kate Hanselman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNHP
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511  (Online Only)
Kate Hanselman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships, ADHD, behavioral issues, women’s issues, and more. Kate earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London.
Kate Hanselman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships, ADHD, behavioral issues, women’s issues, and more. Kate earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London.
(475) 219-7056 View (475) 219-7056
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Shriya Kaneriya
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06510  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm an integrative psychiatrist who is passionate about combining traditional psychiatric approaches with evidence-informed holistic methods to help adults overcome anxiety, depression, trauma and life stressors to live more joyful & fulfilling lives. I incorporate judicious use of medication, solution-oriented psychotherapy, mind-body medicine, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle coaching (i.e. sleep-diet-exercise) into a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your goals. Find more information and request to schedule a free preliminary phone call at my practice website: www.ikigaipsychiatry.com.
Hello! I'm an integrative psychiatrist who is passionate about combining traditional psychiatric approaches with evidence-informed holistic methods to help adults overcome anxiety, depression, trauma and life stressors to live more joyful & fulfilling lives. I incorporate judicious use of medication, solution-oriented psychotherapy, mind-body medicine, nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle coaching (i.e. sleep-diet-exercise) into a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your goals. Find more information and request to schedule a free preliminary phone call at my practice website: www.ikigaipsychiatry.com.
(475) 251-4381 View (475) 251-4381
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Andrew Ding
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06515
I’m a psychotherapist and integrative psychiatrist specializing in existential and spiritual issues with a focus on psychedelic medicine. I aim to foster not only self-knowledge, but progress from insight to embodiment, contradiction to paradox, and alienation to connection. Informed by influences ranging from modern, evidence-informed Western medicine, to Eastern spirituality, to psychoanalysis, I support growth through a bespoke therapeutic alliance that integrates various psychotherapies, lifestyle medicine, and judicious prescribing within a single relationship. — Please reach out via www.AximMedicine.com —
I’m a psychotherapist and integrative psychiatrist specializing in existential and spiritual issues with a focus on psychedelic medicine. I aim to foster not only self-knowledge, but progress from insight to embodiment, contradiction to paradox, and alienation to connection. Informed by influences ranging from modern, evidence-informed Western medicine, to Eastern spirituality, to psychoanalysis, I support growth through a bespoke therapeutic alliance that integrates various psychotherapies, lifestyle medicine, and judicious prescribing within a single relationship. — Please reach out via www.AximMedicine.com —
(860) 378-2671 View (860) 378-2671
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Summer Paradise
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511  (Online Only)
I will work with you to find holistic and humanistic approaches to achieving wellness. At the core of many symptoms, there is trauma and grief, and I will support you in your efforts to heal and construct a life that feels authentic. I will also offer medications that are appropriate when needed.
I will work with you to find holistic and humanistic approaches to achieving wellness. At the core of many symptoms, there is trauma and grief, and I will support you in your efforts to heal and construct a life that feels authentic. I will also offer medications that are appropriate when needed.
(203) 717-5910 View (203) 717-5910
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Victoria Morrow
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511
Whether practicing insight-oriented psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, I listen to the way a person tries to solve his or her problems and help them to come to a new understanding based on greater tolerance for what they feel. My medical background helps me to be aware of the complicated interplay between what is physical and what is psychological. I help my patients sort out what we can treat with psychotherapy and when medications may make a difference.
Whether practicing insight-oriented psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, I listen to the way a person tries to solve his or her problems and help them to come to a new understanding based on greater tolerance for what they feel. My medical background helps me to be aware of the complicated interplay between what is physical and what is psychological. I help my patients sort out what we can treat with psychotherapy and when medications may make a difference.
(203) 617-0915 View (203) 617-0915
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Michael B Garland
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06510
Welcome, I'm a therapist and psychiatrist with expertise in working with young children, adolescents, and their parents. I completed my medical training at the University of Chicago and the Yale Child Study Center. With your consent, I work collaboratively with the child, parents, schools, and other professionals to personalize a treatment that focuses on your goals, values, strengths, and needs. By integrating what works from up-to-date evidence-based treatments with neuroscience and psychoanalytic ways of understanding a mind's development, I seek to empower my patients to suffer less and live with more authenticity, creativity, and freedom.
Welcome, I'm a therapist and psychiatrist with expertise in working with young children, adolescents, and their parents. I completed my medical training at the University of Chicago and the Yale Child Study Center. With your consent, I work collaboratively with the child, parents, schools, and other professionals to personalize a treatment that focuses on your goals, values, strengths, and needs. By integrating what works from up-to-date evidence-based treatments with neuroscience and psychoanalytic ways of understanding a mind's development, I seek to empower my patients to suffer less and live with more authenticity, creativity, and freedom.
(203) 664-5850 View (203) 664-5850
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CT Center for Psychiatric Wellness- CCPW
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511
Centered around a telemedicine model, we are expanding the reach of mental health services to those who might not be able to regularly travel to office visits. From Anxiety & Depression, to ADHD, PTSD, Addiction and LGBTQIA, our providers at CCPW are contemporary with their training and provide therapist designed to maximize every patient's quality of life.
Centered around a telemedicine model, we are expanding the reach of mental health services to those who might not be able to regularly travel to office visits. From Anxiety & Depression, to ADHD, PTSD, Addiction and LGBTQIA, our providers at CCPW are contemporary with their training and provide therapist designed to maximize every patient's quality of life.
(475) 338-3501 View (475) 338-3501
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Juan Carlos Cleves-Bayon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511
Not accepting new clients
Emotional and mental health issues are always difficult and sometimes terrifying to deal with. Sometimes these problems are related to views you may hold about yourself, entrenched interpersonal conflicts or current life situations you may be dealing with. Past traumas, or experiences within your nuclear family can all play an important role as well. Conflict in your current social or cultural environment, or family stresses and life transitions also contribute to emotional problems. Physical factors such as illness or aging, also have a profound impact on your mental health.
Emotional and mental health issues are always difficult and sometimes terrifying to deal with. Sometimes these problems are related to views you may hold about yourself, entrenched interpersonal conflicts or current life situations you may be dealing with. Past traumas, or experiences within your nuclear family can all play an important role as well. Conflict in your current social or cultural environment, or family stresses and life transitions also contribute to emotional problems. Physical factors such as illness or aging, also have a profound impact on your mental health.
(203) 295-3307 View (203) 295-3307
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Omolola Aragbada
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSNPH
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06510
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
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Craig Riccelli
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06510
My goal is to provide the space for people to better understand themselves. As you share your story, we began to understand how your past experiences may be causing distress or dysfunction in the present day. Gaining this understanding can provide genuine relief and allow you to experience life more fully. I enjoy working with adults of all ages.
My goal is to provide the space for people to better understand themselves. As you share your story, we began to understand how your past experiences may be causing distress or dysfunction in the present day. Gaining this understanding can provide genuine relief and allow you to experience life more fully. I enjoy working with adults of all ages.
(475) 262-8025 View (475) 262-8025
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Holistic Psychiatry CT
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06513
My practice style is holistic, collaborative, trauma informed, evidence based, and socially conscious. While my work is grounded in my medical training at Yale, I believe that DSM diagnoses can't capture the complexity of human experience. I explore alternative understandings of mental health alongside my clients. I treat people with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma (including race and identity based traumas), and bipolar disorder. I also enjoy working with people who hear voices or see things. My clients are motivated to explore a broad range of tools for wellness, with medication as one tool in the toolbox.
My practice style is holistic, collaborative, trauma informed, evidence based, and socially conscious. While my work is grounded in my medical training at Yale, I believe that DSM diagnoses can't capture the complexity of human experience. I explore alternative understandings of mental health alongside my clients. I treat people with depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma (including race and identity based traumas), and bipolar disorder. I also enjoy working with people who hear voices or see things. My clients are motivated to explore a broad range of tools for wellness, with medication as one tool in the toolbox.
(203) 408-6396 View (203) 408-6396
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Eli Bogart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMHC
Not Verified Not Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06511
I am trained as a mental health counselor with a focus on depression, grief and eating disorders. I believe that true healing is possible. When both the client and practitioner deeply respect and understand the client's struggles and commit to addressing the core conflicts that may lie behind their disorder, healing can take place. I am also a Rabbi and I have been a mentor and teacher at the Rabbinical college of New England for over ten years. Although I do not bring my personal religious beliefs into therapy, my style is informed by my experience as a teacher of ancient wisdom and existential thought.
I am trained as a mental health counselor with a focus on depression, grief and eating disorders. I believe that true healing is possible. When both the client and practitioner deeply respect and understand the client's struggles and commit to addressing the core conflicts that may lie behind their disorder, healing can take place. I am also a Rabbi and I have been a mentor and teacher at the Rabbinical college of New England for over ten years. Although I do not bring my personal religious beliefs into therapy, my style is informed by my experience as a teacher of ancient wisdom and existential thought.
(203) 896-8256 View (203) 896-8256
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Misty Stafford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06520  (Online Only)
I am an ivy league-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services via telehealth. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe it reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
I am an ivy league-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services via telehealth. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe it reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
(860) 718-4351 View (860) 718-4351
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Frank John Ninivaggi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06510  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
MD Psychiatric Evaluations & Medication Assessments---Intensive Psychotherapy Limited Practice--offered. Medical psychotherapy includes psychotherapy and medication with follow-up, as well as ongoing medication adjustments as needed. Med reassessments are done for those already on medication. The focus is practical, interpersonal, dynamic, and self-potential enhancement. Board-certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Telehealth.
MD Psychiatric Evaluations & Medication Assessments---Intensive Psychotherapy Limited Practice--offered. Medical psychotherapy includes psychotherapy and medication with follow-up, as well as ongoing medication adjustments as needed. Med reassessments are done for those already on medication. The focus is practical, interpersonal, dynamic, and self-potential enhancement. Board-certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Telehealth.
(203) 904-2358 View (203) 904-2358
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Amber Corbalis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06519
Hi! I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about the mental health field. I continuously strive to help my patients find healing through individualized treatment modalities. There is truth to the common phrase “a sound mind in a sound body” as I believe there is a strong, bi-directional relationship between both physical & mental health. My commitment to purpose & resolve in medicine also drives me to the research field, where my work was recently published in Neurology, Psychiatry, & Brain Research.
Hi! I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about the mental health field. I continuously strive to help my patients find healing through individualized treatment modalities. There is truth to the common phrase “a sound mind in a sound body” as I believe there is a strong, bi-directional relationship between both physical & mental health. My commitment to purpose & resolve in medicine also drives me to the research field, where my work was recently published in Neurology, Psychiatry, & Brain Research.
(860) 792-4667 View (860) 792-4667
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Liv Well Behavioral Health Services (LWBHS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511  (Online Only)
Doctorate Degree studies the impact of trauma-informed therapies throughout the life span. Chief Researcher: Building Resilience Among Veterans: TRM, CRM, EMDR to reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Principal Research Investigator of EMDR Therapy for inner-city adolescents to enhance resiliency. Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Yale-New Haven Psych & Medical Attending for Adult & Geriatrics Inpatient units, and Adjunct Professor at FFU Fairfield University in Psychiatry/Mental Health. Expertise in Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Diversity.
Doctorate Degree studies the impact of trauma-informed therapies throughout the life span. Chief Researcher: Building Resilience Among Veterans: TRM, CRM, EMDR to reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Principal Research Investigator of EMDR Therapy for inner-city adolescents to enhance resiliency. Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Yale-New Haven Psych & Medical Attending for Adult & Geriatrics Inpatient units, and Adjunct Professor at FFU Fairfield University in Psychiatry/Mental Health. Expertise in Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Diversity.
(860) 891-2936 View (860) 891-2936
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Hassan Naqvi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06511
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- - - - - - - - - - Call now for a free consultation! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Appointments available this week! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or not yourself? You're not alone. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or more, your well-being is my top priority. As a board-certified psychiatrist, my focus is to support you on your journey towards improved mental health. Our work together won't be just about treating conditions, it will be about recognizing and understanding your unique life circumstances and the social issues that impact your mental health.
(646) 437-8876 View (646) 437-8876
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Well Space Women's Mental Health care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06501  (Online Only)
I'm so glad you found me! I have more than 30 years of experience and specialize in women's mental health, perinatal and reproductive psychiatry. I offer free phone consultations and can answer any questions you have before making an appointment. I am one of the few providers in reproductive psychiatry that accepts insurance and we can confirm your benefit coverage before your appointment. Let's work together to decide the best possible treatment options that work for you.
I'm so glad you found me! I have more than 30 years of experience and specialize in women's mental health, perinatal and reproductive psychiatry. I offer free phone consultations and can answer any questions you have before making an appointment. I am one of the few providers in reproductive psychiatry that accepts insurance and we can confirm your benefit coverage before your appointment. Let's work together to decide the best possible treatment options that work for you.
(845) 253-4819 View (845) 253-4819

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in New Haven, CT

70+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in New Haven, CT who prioritize treating:

87% Anxiety
80% Depression
75% Trauma and PTSD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Bipolar Disorder
60% Medication Management
59% Stress

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

86% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
82% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in New Haven, CT see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
41% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New Haven?

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.