Psychiatrists in Putnam, CT

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Vanessa Krasinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Putnam, CT 06260
Not accepting new clients
NOT accepting new patients.... You may have started therapy but see limited progress. Your doctor or loved one may have suggested that you consider medication to address symptoms of low mood or anxiety. You may be experiencing a major life transition - relationship stress, first-time parenthood, education or career change - and find that despite your best efforts to manage you feel constantly overwhelmed. Whether you are newly interested in medication or are seeking a second opinion, my approach is collaborative and evidence based.
NOT accepting new patients.... You may have started therapy but see limited progress. Your doctor or loved one may have suggested that you consider medication to address symptoms of low mood or anxiety. You may be experiencing a major life transition - relationship stress, first-time parenthood, education or career change - and find that despite your best efforts to manage you feel constantly overwhelmed. Whether you are newly interested in medication or are seeking a second opinion, my approach is collaborative and evidence based.
(860) 821-7909 View (860) 821-7909
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Quiet Corner Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Putnam, CT 06260
Licensed in both CT and MA, I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for integrative and holistic mental health care, who believes in compassionate, collaborative, and personalized care. I specialize in tailored treatments for adults, 18-55 years of age, struggling with the complexities of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance use, and seeking a holistic approach to mental wellness. If you've been yearning for a psychiatrist who truly understands your unique struggles and is dedicated to your recovery, you've found your partner on the path to healing. Visit www.quietcornerpsychiatry.com to learn more.
Licensed in both CT and MA, I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for integrative and holistic mental health care, who believes in compassionate, collaborative, and personalized care. I specialize in tailored treatments for adults, 18-55 years of age, struggling with the complexities of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance use, and seeking a holistic approach to mental wellness. If you've been yearning for a psychiatrist who truly understands your unique struggles and is dedicated to your recovery, you've found your partner on the path to healing. Visit www.quietcornerpsychiatry.com to learn more.
(860) 580-5255 View (860) 580-5255
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Family health care & walk in center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Putnam, CT 06260
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
(860) 718-4617 View (860) 718-4617
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Aurele Kamm APRN, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Putnam, CT 06260
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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Cassandra Shepard Wellness of Mind LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
Woodstock, CT 06281  (Online Only)
My approach is to work collaboratively with the clients and focus on teaching, health promotion, clinical guidelines, and integrative care. Cassandra Shepard is dual-licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP), board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center received her Doctorate, Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph. I have experience in short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, inpatient, outpatient psychiatric treatment settings, and partial hospitalization program services.
My approach is to work collaboratively with the clients and focus on teaching, health promotion, clinical guidelines, and integrative care. Cassandra Shepard is dual-licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP), board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center received her Doctorate, Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph. I have experience in short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, inpatient, outpatient psychiatric treatment settings, and partial hospitalization program services.
(475) 241-0491 View (475) 241-0491

Online Psychiatrists

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Jordan Sloshower
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Verified
New Haven, CT 06515
Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc is a board-certified psychiatrist, researcher, and educator specializing in integrative approaches to mental health and psychedelic-assisted therapies. Along with my team at West Rock Wellness, I seek to offer with care and compassion, a spectrum of therapeutic and transformational services that address root causes of suffering. I view conditions, such as depression and anxiety, through a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens and seek to help clients heal at those various levels. This involves creatively combining a variety of approaches, such as psychotherapy, medications, wellness and lifestyle interventions.
Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc is a board-certified psychiatrist, researcher, and educator specializing in integrative approaches to mental health and psychedelic-assisted therapies. Along with my team at West Rock Wellness, I seek to offer with care and compassion, a spectrum of therapeutic and transformational services that address root causes of suffering. I view conditions, such as depression and anxiety, through a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens and seek to help clients heal at those various levels. This involves creatively combining a variety of approaches, such as psychotherapy, medications, wellness and lifestyle interventions.
(203) 457-8085 View (203) 457-8085
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Intensive Outpatient Program and Outpatient Detox
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Westport, CT 06880
I've been working as a Board Certified Psychiatrist for over 15 years, and throughout that time I've been most interested in working with individuals who struggle with addiction or co-occurring illnesses. I am able to provide my clients with outpatient detoxification from alcohol and opioids as long as safety criteria are met. Evidence shows people are most likely to achieve recovery through a combination of medications and counseling. When you come to Elevate, you can have all of your needs met under one roof: Medication Management, Outpatient Detox, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and IOP.
I've been working as a Board Certified Psychiatrist for over 15 years, and throughout that time I've been most interested in working with individuals who struggle with addiction or co-occurring illnesses. I am able to provide my clients with outpatient detoxification from alcohol and opioids as long as safety criteria are met. Evidence shows people are most likely to achieve recovery through a combination of medications and counseling. When you come to Elevate, you can have all of your needs met under one roof: Medication Management, Outpatient Detox, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy and IOP.
(203) 347-2484 View (203) 347-2484
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Shoreline Wellness Center and Outreach
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
West Haven, CT 06516  (Online Only)
Shoreline Wellness Center is a behavioral health practice conveniently located in the center of West Haven, just one block from the West Haven Green. We have a team of four APRNs and a Board Certified Psychiatrist on staff. Our APRNs, led by Mrs. Brandi Krassler, Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specialize in patients across the lifespan suffering from ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, conduct disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, and more. Dr. Sam Hawley, Board Certified Psychiatrist and APRN consultant holds several specialty trainings including disaster, grief, autism, pediatrics, and more.
Shoreline Wellness Center is a behavioral health practice conveniently located in the center of West Haven, just one block from the West Haven Green. We have a team of four APRNs and a Board Certified Psychiatrist on staff. Our APRNs, led by Mrs. Brandi Krassler, Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, specialize in patients across the lifespan suffering from ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, conduct disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, and more. Dr. Sam Hawley, Board Certified Psychiatrist and APRN consultant holds several specialty trainings including disaster, grief, autism, pediatrics, and more.
(203) 896-8307 View (203) 896-8307
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Hong Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP-P
Verified
1 Endorsed
Westport, CT 06880  (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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Khushboo Surti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
South Windsor, CT 06074
Accepting new patients. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 3+ years of experience. I graduated from University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT in May 2020 with "summa cum laude" and "Florence Nightingale Nursing Award".
Accepting new patients. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 3+ years of experience. I graduated from University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT in May 2020 with "summa cum laude" and "Florence Nightingale Nursing Award".
(860) 498-4219 View (860) 498-4219
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Kelli Bernier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Southbury, CT 06488
During uncertain and stressful times, it is normal to feel are overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, to have trouble sleeping, and to be unsure how to help yourself. I am here to listen to your concerns with patience and understanding. My name is Kelli Brenier, and I am a prescribing nurse practitioner. I specialize in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, depression, postpartum anxiety and depression, as well as insomnia in adult and geriatric patients. I am here to listen to your unique story, family history, and symptoms, to help you find peace in your life, body, and mind.
During uncertain and stressful times, it is normal to feel are overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, to have trouble sleeping, and to be unsure how to help yourself. I am here to listen to your concerns with patience and understanding. My name is Kelli Brenier, and I am a prescribing nurse practitioner. I specialize in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, depression, postpartum anxiety and depression, as well as insomnia in adult and geriatric patients. I am here to listen to your unique story, family history, and symptoms, to help you find peace in your life, body, and mind.
(203) 457-6737 View (203) 457-6737
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Liv Well Behavioral Health Services (LWBHS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
New Britain, CT 06052  (Online Only)
Doctorate Degree studies the impact of trauma-informed therapies throughout the life span. Chief Researcher: Building Resilience Among Veterans: TRM, CRM, EMDR to reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Principal Research Investigator of EMDR Therapy for inner-city adolescents to enhance resiliency. Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Yale-New Haven Psych & Medical Attending for Adult & Geriatrics Inpatient units, and Adjunct Professor at FFU Fairfield University in Psychiatry/Mental Health. Expertise in Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Diversity.
Doctorate Degree studies the impact of trauma-informed therapies throughout the life span. Chief Researcher: Building Resilience Among Veterans: TRM, CRM, EMDR to reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Principal Research Investigator of EMDR Therapy for inner-city adolescents to enhance resiliency. Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Yale-New Haven Psych & Medical Attending for Adult & Geriatrics Inpatient units, and Adjunct Professor at FFU Fairfield University in Psychiatry/Mental Health. Expertise in Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Diversity.
(959) 207-2714 View (959) 207-2714
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Emily Garber APRN pllc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Trumbull, CT 06611
We often go through mental and physical challenges in life that require additional support to maximize our well-being. This practice seeks to look at the whole person and provide both lifestyle coaching as well as medication options to allow patients to be their best selves. Please note that I am not accepting new patients for the treatment of ADHD and do not prescribe benzodiazepines or stimulants (including Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and other similar medications).
We often go through mental and physical challenges in life that require additional support to maximize our well-being. This practice seeks to look at the whole person and provide both lifestyle coaching as well as medication options to allow patients to be their best selves. Please note that I am not accepting new patients for the treatment of ADHD and do not prescribe benzodiazepines or stimulants (including Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and other similar medications).
(203) 551-4173 View (203) 551-4173
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Dr Adrienne Hicks, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Hamden, CT 06518  (Online Only)
I treat patients with mental illnesses and manage general medical concerns.
I treat patients with mental illnesses and manage general medical concerns.
(203) 587-8295 View (203) 587-8295
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Leading Psychiatry of Connecticut
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Simsbury, CT 06070  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that specializes in medication management and treatment planning. Experienced in psychiatry and addiction, but also having worked in medicine and surgery, provides me with a unique skill set and ability to incorporate knowledge from multiple specialties when developing a targeted and personalized treatment plan.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that specializes in medication management and treatment planning. Experienced in psychiatry and addiction, but also having worked in medicine and surgery, provides me with a unique skill set and ability to incorporate knowledge from multiple specialties when developing a targeted and personalized treatment plan.
(860) 431-3521 View (860) 431-3521
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Sarah Delaney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Darien, CT 06820
I am a Yale-trained psychiatric nurse practitioner, with over two decades experience in the mental health field. I'm licensed to treat individuals across the life span, with extensive training in working with older children, adolescents and adults. I provide complete psychiatric assessment and care, including psychiatric evaluations, individual therapy and medication management if indicated. We may work together in starting medication, adjusting and optimizing current medication treatment, or discontinuing medication safely.
I am a Yale-trained psychiatric nurse practitioner, with over two decades experience in the mental health field. I'm licensed to treat individuals across the life span, with extensive training in working with older children, adolescents and adults. I provide complete psychiatric assessment and care, including psychiatric evaluations, individual therapy and medication management if indicated. We may work together in starting medication, adjusting and optimizing current medication treatment, or discontinuing medication safely.
(203) 902-3856 View (203) 902-3856
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Susan Daly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Ridgefield, CT 06879
…. Diagnostic evaluation and psychopharmacology (medication evaluation and management) for adolescents, adults and seniors. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, Susan incorporates the most up to date evidence-based research into treatment plans. Continuing education is of paramount importance in selecting the best options for clients. Although specializing in psychopharmacology, Susan believes in incorporating a mind, body approach. Her background includes years of experience in a trauma level ER which gives her a unique perspective to her client’s needs.
…. Diagnostic evaluation and psychopharmacology (medication evaluation and management) for adolescents, adults and seniors. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, Susan incorporates the most up to date evidence-based research into treatment plans. Continuing education is of paramount importance in selecting the best options for clients. Although specializing in psychopharmacology, Susan believes in incorporating a mind, body approach. Her background includes years of experience in a trauma level ER which gives her a unique perspective to her client’s needs.
(475) 234-2548 View (475) 234-2548
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Patricia McClure
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, BC
Verified
Stonington, CT 06378
With degrees in Medicine and Mental health and Board Certified as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I offer unique holistic care. Years of experience providing therapy and prescribing and managing psychiatric medications means you won't have the added frustration of seeing different practitioners for your care. Join me in a safe, comfortable, confidential atmosphere, where together, we work through the problems causing difficulties in your life. True healing occurs in the "therapeutic relationship" we develop together. Call for more information.
With degrees in Medicine and Mental health and Board Certified as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner I offer unique holistic care. Years of experience providing therapy and prescribing and managing psychiatric medications means you won't have the added frustration of seeing different practitioners for your care. Join me in a safe, comfortable, confidential atmosphere, where together, we work through the problems causing difficulties in your life. True healing occurs in the "therapeutic relationship" we develop together. Call for more information.
(860) 442-6567 View (860) 442-6567
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Mark D Stracks
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, MPH
Verified
Southbury, CT 06488
I strive to understand each of my clients as an individual and to craft treatment options that are most appropriate to their needs and preferences. I have found that, where possible, it is best to take a minimalist approach to medication interventions, balancing these with appropriate therapy interventions and focus on life changes that can improve a client's mental health or addiction difficulties. I bring many years of caring treatment experience to each of my client's individual needs. I look forward to working with you.
I strive to understand each of my clients as an individual and to craft treatment options that are most appropriate to their needs and preferences. I have found that, where possible, it is best to take a minimalist approach to medication interventions, balancing these with appropriate therapy interventions and focus on life changes that can improve a client's mental health or addiction difficulties. I bring many years of caring treatment experience to each of my client's individual needs. I look forward to working with you.
(475) 882-8791 View (475) 882-8791
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Kimberly G Morgan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified
New Canaan, CT 06840
Kimberly has over a decade of experience working as a Board Certified APRN in Adult Psychiatry (ages 18-65). She offers medication management and in some cases, psychotherapy, to help patients alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, post-partum syndromes, bipolar disorder and psychosis. The first appointment will be used to identify the symptoms that are causing the most distress, as well as to discuss any other factors that may be influencing the patient's condition. Kimberly takes a holistic approach to treatment and individualizes the treatment plan by patient, not by diagnosis.
Kimberly has over a decade of experience working as a Board Certified APRN in Adult Psychiatry (ages 18-65). She offers medication management and in some cases, psychotherapy, to help patients alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, post-partum syndromes, bipolar disorder and psychosis. The first appointment will be used to identify the symptoms that are causing the most distress, as well as to discuss any other factors that may be influencing the patient's condition. Kimberly takes a holistic approach to treatment and individualizes the treatment plan by patient, not by diagnosis.
(475) 263-3116 View (475) 263-3116

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Number of Psychiatrists in Putnam, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Putnam, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Grief
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

21 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Medicaid
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Putnam, CT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Putnam?

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.