Psychiatrists in Norwich, CT

Photo of Alma R Barreto, Psychiatric Nurse in Norwich, CT
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
Photo of Aurele Kamm APRN, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norwich, CT
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
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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
Photo of Ashley LaBonte, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norwich, CT
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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Wholistic Perspective
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Baltic, CT 06330
Unresolved emotional conflicts lie at the core of human suffering and at times life can be unusually painful, scary and confusing. We may feel anxious, sad, discouraged and alone and not know what to do. Talking things out with someone can help us become clearer about who we are, our strengths and also our self-defeating ways so we can move forward with an improved sense of self and direction. As a Mental Health Practitioners, we are trained to provide mental health treatment via psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Here at Wholisitic Perspective, we have providers that have experience with children, adolescent and adult populations. At Wholistic Perspective we believe the patient is the expert and emphasize collaboration and communication to find the best treatment for you! We take a holistic approach to treatment and collaborate with other providers to ensure safety and accomplishment of treatment goals. We provide psychiatric evaluations to better understand diagnoses and medication management. We are also certified to provide evaluations for medical marijuana for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults.
Unresolved emotional conflicts lie at the core of human suffering and at times life can be unusually painful, scary and confusing. We may feel anxious, sad, discouraged and alone and not know what to do. Talking things out with someone can help us become clearer about who we are, our strengths and also our self-defeating ways so we can move forward with an improved sense of self and direction. As a Mental Health Practitioners, we are trained to provide mental health treatment via psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Here at Wholisitic Perspective, we have providers that have experience with children, adolescent and adult populations. At Wholistic Perspective we believe the patient is the expert and emphasize collaboration and communication to find the best treatment for you! We take a holistic approach to treatment and collaborate with other providers to ensure safety and accomplishment of treatment goals. We provide psychiatric evaluations to better understand diagnoses and medication management. We are also certified to provide evaluations for medical marijuana for posttraumatic stress disorder in adults.
(203) 433-6890 View (203) 433-6890

Online Psychiatrists

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Inner Vibrance, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Windsor, CT 06095  (Online Only)
Now in network with Cigna, United/Optum/Connecticare. With offices in both Windsor and Greenwich, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their optimal level of mental health. With over 7 years of experience in the field, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities of psychiatric symptoms, medications, and the role therapy plays in helping you be the best version of yourself! My approach is patient-centered, and I work closely with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their unique medication goals and to optimize health.
Now in network with Cigna, United/Optum/Connecticare. With offices in both Windsor and Greenwich, I am dedicated to helping individuals achieve their optimal level of mental health. With over 7 years of experience in the field, I have developed a deep understanding of the complexities of psychiatric symptoms, medications, and the role therapy plays in helping you be the best version of yourself! My approach is patient-centered, and I work closely with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their unique medication goals and to optimize health.
(860) 530-2955 View (860) 530-2955
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Mental Health and Psychiatry Services MHPS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New Britain, CT 06053  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients: Appointments go to www.mhpspsych.com, call or email. Bridgitte F. Ackeifi APRN, PMHNP-BC holistically works with patients and their families with mental health and substance use illnesses to create an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based research, and a patient-centered approach with the use of medication management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages psychotherapy as needed to promote function, increase potential, decrease symptoms/hospitalizations, empowering, and instilling more hope, positivity, support, and love, healing one patient, one day at a time. Thank you.
Accepting NEW Patients: Appointments go to www.mhpspsych.com, call or email. Bridgitte F. Ackeifi APRN, PMHNP-BC holistically works with patients and their families with mental health and substance use illnesses to create an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based research, and a patient-centered approach with the use of medication management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages psychotherapy as needed to promote function, increase potential, decrease symptoms/hospitalizations, empowering, and instilling more hope, positivity, support, and love, healing one patient, one day at a time. Thank you.
(860) 846-3775 View (860) 846-3775
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Gina M Reiners
Psychiatric Nurse, PhD, APRN, PMHNP, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Waitlist for new clients
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), who is certified as Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications. I possess over 30 years of experience as a clinician, director,and professor. My practice focuses on psychotherapy and/or medication management based on the needs of my patients. I work in partnership by assisting patients to better manage their stressors. I respect and actively listen to my patients so they attain their individualized goals. I am compassionate and passionate about helping patients discover how they can find balance in their lives.
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), who is certified as Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications. I possess over 30 years of experience as a clinician, director,and professor. My practice focuses on psychotherapy and/or medication management based on the needs of my patients. I work in partnership by assisting patients to better manage their stressors. I respect and actively listen to my patients so they attain their individualized goals. I am compassionate and passionate about helping patients discover how they can find balance in their lives.
(203) 819-7785 View (203) 819-7785
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Emily Marie Peluso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443  (Online Only)
In the words of Helen Keller, "Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it". I am a Yale trained advanced practice registered nurse with a post-master's in psychiatry from the University of Cincinnati with over 20 years experience in healthcare. I am passionate about partnering with patients and their families, empowering individuals to live their best life.
In the words of Helen Keller, "Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it". I am a Yale trained advanced practice registered nurse with a post-master's in psychiatry from the University of Cincinnati with over 20 years experience in healthcare. I am passionate about partnering with patients and their families, empowering individuals to live their best life.
(475) 256-6844 View (475) 256-6844
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Back to Balance LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, difficulty focusing, poor motivation, insomnia or do you know anyone who does? If you are in a need of help, support, or guidance I may be able to help. I'm an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut. My unique approach involves providing holistic mental health intervention that include acupuncture, cupping, aromatherapy, and supplements including injectable Vitamin B12, D3, and Tri-Boost in addition to traditional psychiatric medication.
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, difficulty focusing, poor motivation, insomnia or do you know anyone who does? If you are in a need of help, support, or guidance I may be able to help. I'm an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut. My unique approach involves providing holistic mental health intervention that include acupuncture, cupping, aromatherapy, and supplements including injectable Vitamin B12, D3, and Tri-Boost in addition to traditional psychiatric medication.
(203) 403-6232 View (203) 403-6232
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George J Costanzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DC APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (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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North Star Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southington, CT 06489
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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Lee Weber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Essex, CT 06426
Accepting NEW Child CLIENTS. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5 - 24) who are struggling with mental health issues. I evaluate and treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other psychiatric disorders. I provide psychiatric evaluations and consults, medication management, individual and group therapy, as well as ongoing management.
Accepting NEW Child CLIENTS. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 5 - 24) who are struggling with mental health issues. I evaluate and treat ADHD, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other psychiatric disorders. I provide psychiatric evaluations and consults, medication management, individual and group therapy, as well as ongoing management.
(860) 852-1566 View (860) 852-1566
Linda Grisgraber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Shelton, CT 06484
My goal is to help you feel well. I combine medication management with 50 minutes of psychotherapy. I practice this way so that I get to know you. Medication when indicated is only half of the equation. My initial evaluation is approximately one to two hours. I take a social, family, education, medical and personal history. I do this to make sure there are no issues that present with psychiatric symptoms but are medical or neurological in nature. My background includes research,medical and psychiatric nursing since 1979. I have been an APRN since 1997.
My goal is to help you feel well. I combine medication management with 50 minutes of psychotherapy. I practice this way so that I get to know you. Medication when indicated is only half of the equation. My initial evaluation is approximately one to two hours. I take a social, family, education, medical and personal history. I do this to make sure there are no issues that present with psychiatric symptoms but are medical or neurological in nature. My background includes research,medical and psychiatric nursing since 1979. I have been an APRN since 1997.
(203) 437-4101 View (203) 437-4101
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Dr. Debra Forrest
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06119
If you find yourself retreating from your usual activities and you want to get back to truly living, I'd like to help. I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, and I am looking for patients who are ready to work on themselves. I enjoy working closely with people, and getting to know their preferences and needs before beginning treatment. Since medications can have risks and benefits, I am always very mindful and careful. Let's see if we can work together to get your life back on track!
If you find yourself retreating from your usual activities and you want to get back to truly living, I'd like to help. I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, and I am looking for patients who are ready to work on themselves. I enjoy working closely with people, and getting to know their preferences and needs before beginning treatment. Since medications can have risks and benefits, I am always very mindful and careful. Let's see if we can work together to get your life back on track!
(959) 335-9257 View (959) 335-9257
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Carine Jean
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460
I am a Yale trained psychiatrist, board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. I am also board certified in addiction medicine and a certified provider of Suboxone. I have extensive experience treating co-occurring disorders and chronic mental illnesses. I provide medication management for mental illnesses including: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post partum depression, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I treat young adults, adults and elders.
I am a Yale trained psychiatrist, board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. I am also board certified in addiction medicine and a certified provider of Suboxone. I have extensive experience treating co-occurring disorders and chronic mental illnesses. I provide medication management for mental illnesses including: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, post partum depression, post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I treat young adults, adults and elders.
(203) 493-0478 View (203) 493-0478
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Linda Drozdowicz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Darien, CT 06820
I am a Yale-trained, double board-certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist offering psychotherapy ("talk therapy") as well as medication management to those who need it. I take a holistic approach to mental health and always consider biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors in formulating the antecedents and possible solutions to your distress. I am best known for being warm, nonjudgmental, and having a big sense of humor. As a musician myself, I can connect well with those who gravitate toward the arts.
I am a Yale-trained, double board-certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist offering psychotherapy ("talk therapy") as well as medication management to those who need it. I take a holistic approach to mental health and always consider biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors in formulating the antecedents and possible solutions to your distress. I am best known for being warm, nonjudgmental, and having a big sense of humor. As a musician myself, I can connect well with those who gravitate toward the arts.
(475) 231-4342 View (475) 231-4342
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One Mind Psychiatry NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P, BC
Verified Verified
Bridgeport, CT 06604  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
I am a board-certified psychiatric NP, trained at New York University. I specialize in adults, children, adolescents, and geriatrics. My virtual and in-person practices are friendly and confidential spaces where I provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation and personalized medication management. My approach is to always see things from the client’s perspective. My mission is to support my clients while they create more meaningful progress in life. I use my expertise to help them find harmony between mind and body. I think mental health care can be a spiritual, and yet a scientific way for the client to look into their soul.
(201) 969-5923 View (201) 969-5923
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Salvatore Iacobello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
My motto is "Promoting Self-Regulation, and Bio-Emotional Health". I am a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. I provide psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment for those who need it. I believe medications are not the answer to people emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. My patients are individuals who want to improve the quality of their life and find their way to a satisfying and fulfilling future. My treatment approach is focused on the strengths of each individual and on helping people to obtain more insight and discover their true self.
My motto is "Promoting Self-Regulation, and Bio-Emotional Health". I am a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. I provide psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment for those who need it. I believe medications are not the answer to people emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. My patients are individuals who want to improve the quality of their life and find their way to a satisfying and fulfilling future. My treatment approach is focused on the strengths of each individual and on helping people to obtain more insight and discover their true self.
(203) 307-2007 View (203) 307-2007

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Norwich, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Norwich, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Grief
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Medication Management
80% Women's Issues
60% Addiction

Average years in practice

32 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Anthem | Elevance
80% Medicaid
80% Husky | CT BHP

How Psychiatrists in Norwich, CT see their clients

60% Online Only
40% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Norwich?

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.