Psychiatrists in Plainfield, CT

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Solstice Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Plainfield, CT 06374  (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, chronic illness, 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, chronic illness, 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.
(959) 265-4524 View (959) 265-4524
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Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Plainfield, CT 06374
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates (CBHA) was established in 1989 by Dr. Bassam Awwa MD, who’s vision was to create a world-class treatment program that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addictive diseases, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Spravato treatment. Every member of our team strives towards the unified goal of making CBHA synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service & an unmatched commitment to families, our communities and most of all, our clients.
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates (CBHA) was established in 1989 by Dr. Bassam Awwa MD, who’s vision was to create a world-class treatment program that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addictive diseases, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Spravato treatment. Every member of our team strives towards the unified goal of making CBHA synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service & an unmatched commitment to families, our communities and most of all, our clients.
(860) 564-2242 x206 View (860) 564-2242 x206
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Aurele Kamm APRN, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plainfield, CT 06374
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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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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Zack Doubleday
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington, CT 06037  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering telehealth only medication management to Connecticut residents. I specialize in treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Binge Eating Disorder, BPD, Depression, PTSD, Insomnia, and various other mental and behavioral health diagnoses. I also provide supportive therapy on a case-by-case basis.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering telehealth only medication management to Connecticut residents. I specialize in treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Binge Eating Disorder, BPD, Depression, PTSD, Insomnia, and various other mental and behavioral health diagnoses. I also provide supportive therapy on a case-by-case basis.
(860) 784-7103 x203 View (860) 784-7103 x203
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Julio R Duran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Enfield, CT 06082
Thank you for viewing my profile. My name is Julio Duran and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Bilingual – Spanish) in Enfield, Connecticut. My primary focus is treating individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder and many other psychiatric conditions. For those struggling with opiate and alcohol dependence I prescribe medications to promote and regain a substance free lifestyle. My focus is on the adult population from 18 to 65 years old. Please call my office at anytime and my friendly staff will make an appointment for you.
Thank you for viewing my profile. My name is Julio Duran and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (Bilingual – Spanish) in Enfield, Connecticut. My primary focus is treating individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder and many other psychiatric conditions. For those struggling with opiate and alcohol dependence I prescribe medications to promote and regain a substance free lifestyle. My focus is on the adult population from 18 to 65 years old. Please call my office at anytime and my friendly staff will make an appointment for you.
(959) 335-0050 View (959) 335-0050
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Rose Yu-Chin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
My goal is to get you better through a comprehensive assessment, supportive psychotherapy , and medication evaluation/management so that you can function at your best. I have 40 + years of clinical work in New York & Connecticut. I am accessible. Success for me is to see you have a life. Main work will be telehealth, which is effective and convenient.
My goal is to get you better through a comprehensive assessment, supportive psychotherapy , and medication evaluation/management so that you can function at your best. I have 40 + years of clinical work in New York & Connecticut. I am accessible. Success for me is to see you have a life. Main work will be telehealth, which is effective and convenient.
(203) 884-8922 View (203) 884-8922
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Betsy LaRose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PCCN, FNP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103
Is anxiety or depression impacting or derailing your life? Do you have goals you want to accomplish but struggle just to get out of bed or stay focused? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you want or feeling that sense of calmness and serenity you prefer. You want to stop letting mental illness control your life, but you aren’t sure where to start. Many people struggle with mental illness - don’t let it hold you back any longer. Finding the right mental healthcare professional is critical. The right help is available; we can get through this together.
Is anxiety or depression impacting or derailing your life? Do you have goals you want to accomplish but struggle just to get out of bed or stay focused? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you want or feeling that sense of calmness and serenity you prefer. You want to stop letting mental illness control your life, but you aren’t sure where to start. Many people struggle with mental illness - don’t let it hold you back any longer. Finding the right mental healthcare professional is critical. The right help is available; we can get through this together.
(860) 813-3562 View (860) 813-3562
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Lifespan Collaborative Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN , PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hamden, CT 06518
In the vast landscape of mental health, each individual's journey is a unique narrative, often filled with complexities, challenges, and ultimately, resilience. Welcome to Lifespan Collaborative Services a psychiatric mental health practice and sanctuary where healing transcends the boundaries of conventional therapy, embracing a holistic, integrative, and culturally supportive approach to mental wellness. Central to the Lifespan Collaborative Services approach is the integration of evidence-based therapeutic modalities with complementary healing practices drawn from diverse cultural traditions.
In the vast landscape of mental health, each individual's journey is a unique narrative, often filled with complexities, challenges, and ultimately, resilience. Welcome to Lifespan Collaborative Services a psychiatric mental health practice and sanctuary where healing transcends the boundaries of conventional therapy, embracing a holistic, integrative, and culturally supportive approach to mental wellness. Central to the Lifespan Collaborative Services approach is the integration of evidence-based therapeutic modalities with complementary healing practices drawn from diverse cultural traditions.
(475) 471-0631 View (475) 471-0631
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Liv Well Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Britain, CT 06052
Serving individuals throughout the lifespan: Adolescents, young adult, mature adults, and geriatric population.
Serving individuals throughout the lifespan: Adolescents, young adult, mature adults, and geriatric population.
(860) 969-4411 View (860) 969-4411
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Lynda S. Emard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rocky Hill, CT 06067  (Online Only)
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric nursing. We treat patients age 18 and over with different psychiatric needs including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, personality disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder. We develop a flexible treatment plan and provide medication management based on patient preferences in combination with our expertise and evidence-based practice. We provide an extensive psychiatric interview in order to determine the best treatment options for you, and ongoing discussion that facilitates collaborative care.
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric nursing. We treat patients age 18 and over with different psychiatric needs including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, personality disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder. We develop a flexible treatment plan and provide medication management based on patient preferences in combination with our expertise and evidence-based practice. We provide an extensive psychiatric interview in order to determine the best treatment options for you, and ongoing discussion that facilitates collaborative care.
(860) 590-9758 View (860) 590-9758
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Kelly K. Prior
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Currently I'm recommending Jenna Smith APRN jennasmithaprn.com who shares space with me and was my student while waitlist is up. Are you struggling with feelings of sadness and inability to enjoy things that used to make you happy? Are you worrying so much that your mind is unable to relax even when things might be going well? Are you a mother having a rough time managing "having it all?" Are you having difficulties focusing on your work? have a special interest in helping mothers, working professionals, nurses, therapists, gamer geeks, and graduate students.
Currently I'm recommending Jenna Smith APRN jennasmithaprn.com who shares space with me and was my student while waitlist is up. Are you struggling with feelings of sadness and inability to enjoy things that used to make you happy? Are you worrying so much that your mind is unable to relax even when things might be going well? Are you a mother having a rough time managing "having it all?" Are you having difficulties focusing on your work? have a special interest in helping mothers, working professionals, nurses, therapists, gamer geeks, and graduate students.
(860) 855-3561 View (860) 855-3561
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Amazing Victory Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
(203) 902-4707 View (203) 902-4707
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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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Vanja Kondev MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Stratford, CT 06614
Do you want to reclaim your sense of joy, fulfillment, and purpose in life? Do you want relief from the overwhelming burden of anxiety and depression, as well as the ability to navigate challenges with resilience and grace? I offer professional help to address your mental health concerns and we are motivated to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing alongside you.
Do you want to reclaim your sense of joy, fulfillment, and purpose in life? Do you want relief from the overwhelming burden of anxiety and depression, as well as the ability to navigate challenges with resilience and grace? I offer professional help to address your mental health concerns and we are motivated to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing alongside you.
(475) 271-1515 View (475) 271-1515
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Sarah L. Handler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
New Canaan, CT 06840
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I specialize in delivering comprehensive care to individuals at every life stage. My expertise lies in medication management, specifically addressing mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Embracing a holistic philosophy, I personalize treatment approaches to align with each patient's unique requirements and desires. In addition to medication management, I am dedicated to supporting clients in recognizing and resolving other contributing factors influencing their mental well-being.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I specialize in delivering comprehensive care to individuals at every life stage. My expertise lies in medication management, specifically addressing mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. Embracing a holistic philosophy, I personalize treatment approaches to align with each patient's unique requirements and desires. In addition to medication management, I am dedicated to supporting clients in recognizing and resolving other contributing factors influencing their mental well-being.
(475) 271-1924 View (475) 271-1924
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Genna Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06460
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan with mental health needs. I have 15+ years working solely in psychiatry.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan with mental health needs. I have 15+ years working solely in psychiatry.
(475) 253-3719 View (475) 253-3719
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Jessica Levine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
I am Yale-trained Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and look at the whole picture to try to figure out both medication and lifestyle interventions. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment, where you feel heard and are a big part in creating the treatment plan. I want you to feel empowered to make choices that support your mental health.
I am Yale-trained Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and look at the whole picture to try to figure out both medication and lifestyle interventions. I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment, where you feel heard and are a big part in creating the treatment plan. I want you to feel empowered to make choices that support your mental health.
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Holistic Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, MSN
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06461
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner who has been helping those with mental health issues for many years. I do medication management. I also do tele-health visits.I am a kind and compassionate practitioner that focuses on the whole person and their needs.
Hello! I am a nurse practitioner who has been helping those with mental health issues for many years. I do medication management. I also do tele-health visits.I am a kind and compassionate practitioner that focuses on the whole person and their needs.
(860) 483-3163 View (860) 483-3163
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Michelle Nwigwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cromwell, CT 06416  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has experience working with a broad range of psychiatric issues specializing in medication management with an integrative treatment approach. My extensive work history providing care to patients with comorbid psychiatric and medical conditions has contributed to my ability to assess each patient from a holistic view while focusing on the treatment of mental health.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has experience working with a broad range of psychiatric issues specializing in medication management with an integrative treatment approach. My extensive work history providing care to patients with comorbid psychiatric and medical conditions has contributed to my ability to assess each patient from a holistic view while focusing on the treatment of mental health.
(959) 265-2971 View (959) 265-2971

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Plainfield, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Plainfield, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Medication Management
100% Stress
67% Addiction
67% Child

Average years in practice

25 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Anthem | Elevance

How Psychiatrists in Plainfield, CT see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Plainfield?

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.