Psychiatrists in New London County, CT

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Brittany Molkenthin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CPNP-PC, MSN
Verified Verified
Waterford, CT 06385  (Online Only)
My name is Brittany Molkenthin, CPNP-PC and I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a specialty in Pediatrics. I see children from their first days in this world until they graduate from college. As an APRN in the primary care setting, I am well versed in many mental health conditions including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and autistic disorder. An integral part of my practice is emphasizing the importance of therapy and counseling as a means to treat and assist those with mental health concerns.
My name is Brittany Molkenthin, CPNP-PC and I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with a specialty in Pediatrics. I see children from their first days in this world until they graduate from college. As an APRN in the primary care setting, I am well versed in many mental health conditions including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and autistic disorder. An integral part of my practice is emphasizing the importance of therapy and counseling as a means to treat and assist those with mental health concerns.
(860) 962-4925 View (860) 962-4925
Henry F. Crabbe MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New London, CT 06320
Dr. Henry Crabbe is a Yale-trained and Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in private practice in the community for more than 30 years. He also has been involved in research in the development of new medications in his specialty.
Dr. Henry Crabbe is a Yale-trained and Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in private practice in the community for more than 30 years. He also has been involved in research in the development of new medications in his specialty.
(860) 512-7188 View (860) 512-7188
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Oyewole G Ogunnaike
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Groton, CT 06340  (Online Only)
We listen, care, you have a voice in your care, and you are never alone. Needing help with anxiety/panic attacks, depression, mood/bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, ADHD/Impulse control disorder, anger management, personality disorders, alcohol use disorder, adjustment disorder, and psychosis.
We listen, care, you have a voice in your care, and you are never alone. Needing help with anxiety/panic attacks, depression, mood/bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, ADHD/Impulse control disorder, anger management, personality disorders, alcohol use disorder, adjustment disorder, and psychosis.
(860) 650-1861 View (860) 650-1861
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Dr. Sandy Engel - -Open July 15 2024
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Colchester, CT 06415
I believe in nurturing mental wellness and empowering individuals to lead fulfilling lives. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner passionate about holistic care, I bring over 25 years of experience providing empathetic and evidence-based services. I am dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their challenges, discover their strengths, and embark on a journey towards healing and growth. With a deep understanding of the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors, we will take a comprehensive and individualized approach to your treatment.
I believe in nurturing mental wellness and empowering individuals to lead fulfilling lives. As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner passionate about holistic care, I bring over 25 years of experience providing empathetic and evidence-based services. I am dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their challenges, discover their strengths, and embark on a journey towards healing and growth. With a deep understanding of the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors, we will take a comprehensive and individualized approach to your treatment.
(203) 689-3363 View (203) 689-3363
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Jill Fischer
Psychiatric Nurse, PsyA, APRN, BC, IAAP
Verified Verified
Norwich, CT 06360
I am Jill Fischer, PsyA, APRN, B.C., a Jungian Psychoanalyst, and a board certified, advanced nurse practitioner. With over fifty years of clinical experience, I have a private practice in Norwich, CT. and teach and hold workshops in Brief and In-Depth Analysis and embodied dreamwork worldwide. I am also Co- chair of the Ethics committee for the IAAP. During COVID19 I will be available for sessions online or on the phone. I will also be available to help you work those troubling dreams.
I am Jill Fischer, PsyA, APRN, B.C., a Jungian Psychoanalyst, and a board certified, advanced nurse practitioner. With over fifty years of clinical experience, I have a private practice in Norwich, CT. and teach and hold workshops in Brief and In-Depth Analysis and embodied dreamwork worldwide. I am also Co- chair of the Ethics committee for the IAAP. During COVID19 I will be available for sessions online or on the phone. I will also be available to help you work those troubling dreams.
(860) 578-2787 View (860) 578-2787
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Lawrencia Addo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwich, CT 06360  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in both Connecticut and Maryland. I have worked in the mental health field for over twelve years. I specialize in treating psychiatric conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, and substance use disorders. My passion is to enhance the quality of life of my patients and provide compassionate individualized care with medication management.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner licensed in both Connecticut and Maryland. I have worked in the mental health field for over twelve years. I specialize in treating psychiatric conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, and substance use disorders. My passion is to enhance the quality of life of my patients and provide compassionate individualized care with medication management.
(475) 405-2322 View (475) 405-2322
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Jay Seigel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
New London, CT 06320
Jay Seigel has worked in clinical, academic and leadership capacities to improve the quality of life of his clients with addiction and mental health disorders. Jay has treated thousands of Clients in his private practice and countless impaired healthcare professionals with great success. Jay's goal of continually identifying and employing the most effective and innovative clinical treatment for his clients. Jay has a rarely found expertise utilizing evidence-based practice for work in insight oriented psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Jay is committed to collaborating with his Clients and their multidisciplinary providers to empower them to establish sustained recovery.
Jay Seigel has worked in clinical, academic and leadership capacities to improve the quality of life of his clients with addiction and mental health disorders. Jay has treated thousands of Clients in his private practice and countless impaired healthcare professionals with great success. Jay's goal of continually identifying and employing the most effective and innovative clinical treatment for his clients. Jay has a rarely found expertise utilizing evidence-based practice for work in insight oriented psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Jay is committed to collaborating with his Clients and their multidisciplinary providers to empower them to establish sustained recovery.
(203) 717-4433 View (203) 717-4433
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Aurele Kamm APRN, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norwich, CT 06360
Not accepting new clients
I have 40 years experience in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, and 24 years as a prescriber. I work with clients using a collaborative, holistic, compassionate approach that makes best use of my skills as a nurse. I work with children age 10 to adults, including elderly. I have a wide range of experience that varies from ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, dementia... life transitions... basically almost everything. I'm a strong believer in psychoeducation about medications and creating a partnership in the treatment process that is inclusive and empowering.
I have 40 years experience in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, and 24 years as a prescriber. I work with clients using a collaborative, holistic, compassionate approach that makes best use of my skills as a nurse. I work with children age 10 to adults, including elderly. I have a wide range of experience that varies from ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, dementia... life transitions... basically almost everything. I'm a strong believer in psychoeducation about medications and creating a partnership in the treatment process that is inclusive and empowering.
(959) 210-0073 View (959) 210-0073
Photo of Michelle Harris, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New London County, CT
Michelle Harris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterford, CT 06385
I have worked with a variety of populations including those with persistent mental illness, neurodivergence, dementia, and chronic medical illnesses. I have significant experience in providing care to individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. My experience includes medication management for mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. I work with clients of all ages including children and geriatric clients.
I have worked with a variety of populations including those with persistent mental illness, neurodivergence, dementia, and chronic medical illnesses. I have significant experience in providing care to individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. My experience includes medication management for mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, schizophrenia, and substance use disorders. I work with clients of all ages including children and geriatric clients.
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Joyce A Tinsley
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
Old Lyme, CT 06371
I bring experience and expertise through therapy & medication management. If your psychiatric medication does not relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety or mood instability, you may need a second opinion. Mindful moderation can help you cut down on drinking, stop smoking, or cope with binge eating. You don't have to do this alone. Another area I deal with is acceptance of aging. With older age comes more unwanted challenges than at any other phase of life. We don’t know what will alter our lives, nor when these changes may occur: illness, loss, memory or loneliness, I can help adapt and enjoy the pleasures that older age can bring.
I bring experience and expertise through therapy & medication management. If your psychiatric medication does not relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety or mood instability, you may need a second opinion. Mindful moderation can help you cut down on drinking, stop smoking, or cope with binge eating. You don't have to do this alone. Another area I deal with is acceptance of aging. With older age comes more unwanted challenges than at any other phase of life. We don’t know what will alter our lives, nor when these changes may occur: illness, loss, memory or loneliness, I can help adapt and enjoy the pleasures that older age can bring.
(860) 407-3994 View (860) 407-3994
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Alma R Barreto
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN-C, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Norwich, CT 06360  (Online Only)
My great reward as a prescriber is when my clients do well. I can help you reach your goals but we have to work together and find best treatment options. I started this practice to help patients needing psychiatric med management . I do not prescribe Benzo's or stimulants (no control substances). My practice hours are M-W-TH 5-7:30 pm some Saturdays. If you are interested please email me at barretoaprn@ gmail.com with your name and date of birth and i will call you back and send you forms to complete. Please do not call me before 5 pm.
My great reward as a prescriber is when my clients do well. I can help you reach your goals but we have to work together and find best treatment options. I started this practice to help patients needing psychiatric med management . I do not prescribe Benzo's or stimulants (no control substances). My practice hours are M-W-TH 5-7:30 pm some Saturdays. If you are interested please email me at barretoaprn@ gmail.com with your name and date of birth and i will call you back and send you forms to complete. Please do not call me before 5 pm.
(959) 210-0046 View (959) 210-0046
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New Insights Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Colchester, CT 06415  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients! Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or hopeless? Maybe you recently got a medical diagnosis and feel lost. Maybe your relationship lacks the connection you desire. Maybe you are wanting to learn more about ADHD and gain clarity around your patterns. Whatever it is, you want to better manage these stressors but don’t know where to start. Instead of feeling out of control and overwhelmed, you want to feel confident and calm. You want to experience more connection and joy in these hard times. We believe you can get there and our team is committed to being your compass, guiding you towards that future.
Now Accepting New Patients! Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or hopeless? Maybe you recently got a medical diagnosis and feel lost. Maybe your relationship lacks the connection you desire. Maybe you are wanting to learn more about ADHD and gain clarity around your patterns. Whatever it is, you want to better manage these stressors but don’t know where to start. Instead of feeling out of control and overwhelmed, you want to feel confident and calm. You want to experience more connection and joy in these hard times. We believe you can get there and our team is committed to being your compass, guiding you towards that future.
(475) 255-2512 View (475) 255-2512
Photo of Sarah Phillips, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New London County, CT
Sarah Phillips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Stonington, CT 06378  (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) 898-9216 View (860) 898-9216
Photo of Janet L Howe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New London County, CT
Janet L Howe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , MS, BC
Verified Verified
Groton, CT 06340  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through minimal supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through minimal supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
(860) 783-7118 View (860) 783-7118
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Julianne Steahr
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, PMHNP, ANP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New London, CT 06320  (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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North Star Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Groton, CT 06340
At North Star Wellness, we are dedicated to guiding you on your journey to mental wellness. We understand the challenges that individuals and families face when dealing with mental health concerns, and we are here to provide you with the highest level of care and support throughout your healing process.
At North Star Wellness, we are dedicated to guiding you on your journey to mental wellness. We understand the challenges that individuals and families face when dealing with mental health concerns, and we are here to provide you with the highest level of care and support throughout your healing process.
(860) 851-4494 View (860) 851-4494
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Ashley LaBonte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Norwich, CT 06360  (Online Only)
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
Ashley LaBonte is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field, receiving her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient treatment programs and more recently in outpatient community mental health.
(888) 344-3893 View (888) 344-3893
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Samantha Shawn-Marsh
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Mystic, CT 06355
Dr. Samantha Shawn-Marsh is a Doctoral and Board Certified Child and Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children and adults providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management to those experiencing bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. She is the founder and owner of Remedy Wellness Center, Inc. and welcomes new patients at this time.
Dr. Samantha Shawn-Marsh is a Doctoral and Board Certified Child and Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who works with children and adults providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management to those experiencing bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. She is the founder and owner of Remedy Wellness Center, Inc. and welcomes new patients at this time.
(401) 205-8481 View (401) 205-8481
Photo of Elisabeth Maryke Kressley, Psychiatrist in New London County, CT
Elisabeth Maryke Kressley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New London, CT 06320
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
Photo of Ashley LaBonte, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New London County, CT
Ashley LaBonte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New London, CT 06320  (Online Only)
At Bloom Mental Health, LLC you can grow at your own pace. Ashley is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. Her philosophy when it comes to medication management is often “less is more”, minimizing medication regimens for better outcomes and encouraging individuals to participate in psychotherapy as well as self-care in order to lead a healthy, fulfilling lives. While she is experienced in treating clients ages 10 and older, she enjoys working with young women, those with a history of trauma as well as women who are in their perinatal phase of life.
At Bloom Mental Health, LLC you can grow at your own pace. Ashley is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. Her philosophy when it comes to medication management is often “less is more”, minimizing medication regimens for better outcomes and encouraging individuals to participate in psychotherapy as well as self-care in order to lead a healthy, fulfilling lives. While she is experienced in treating clients ages 10 and older, she enjoys working with young women, those with a history of trauma as well as women who are in their perinatal phase of life.
(860) 791-3236 View (860) 791-3236

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Number of Psychiatrists in New London County, CT

20+

Average cost per session

$175

Psychiatrists in New London County, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
82% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Bipolar Disorder
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% Anthem | Elevance
56% BlueCross and BlueShield
56% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in New London County, CT see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
20% Male
5% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in New London 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.