Psychiatrists in Rocky Hill, CT

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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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Jewel Walters-Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
I work with patients 17 and older managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, etc. and hope to collaborate with patients to establish an individualized treatment plan. Treatment goals are best reached through a holistic approach; I encourage patients to participate in therapy in addition to medication management and lifestyle modifications. I help to empower patients to understand that they are one of the most important members of the care team, and it is my hope that you are ready to take on an active role.
I work with patients 17 and older managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, etc. and hope to collaborate with patients to establish an individualized treatment plan. Treatment goals are best reached through a holistic approach; I encourage patients to participate in therapy in addition to medication management and lifestyle modifications. I help to empower patients to understand that they are one of the most important members of the care team, and it is my hope that you are ready to take on an active role.
(860) 736-3397 View (860) 736-3397
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Integrated Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, MD
Verified Verified
Rocky Hill, CT 06067  (Online Only)
Mental health and substance abuse is my passion. I have worked both in outpatient and in-patient settings. Extensive work history with special populations and covering the full spectrum of mental health issues. Providing medication management, counseling, assessments among other services. I'm committed to provide a highly professional, confidential service in an environment that is safe and promotes personal growth and healing. WITH 24/7 DIRECT ACCESS FOR ESTABLISHED PATIENTS.
Mental health and substance abuse is my passion. I have worked both in outpatient and in-patient settings. Extensive work history with special populations and covering the full spectrum of mental health issues. Providing medication management, counseling, assessments among other services. I'm committed to provide a highly professional, confidential service in an environment that is safe and promotes personal growth and healing. WITH 24/7 DIRECT ACCESS FOR ESTABLISHED PATIENTS.
(860) 846-3345 View (860) 846-3345
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Central Connecticut Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Providing quality care to all our satisfied clients through a comprehensive array of services, convenience and timely access. Our Expert, and caring team of clinicians with more than 30 yrs in the field of Psychiatry. We are multilingual with fluency in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi and treat patients age 18 and over. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation including thorough evaluation of your medical records, Extensive psychiatric interview and explanation of treatment plan .
Providing quality care to all our satisfied clients through a comprehensive array of services, convenience and timely access. Our Expert, and caring team of clinicians with more than 30 yrs in the field of Psychiatry. We are multilingual with fluency in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi and treat patients age 18 and over. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluation including thorough evaluation of your medical records, Extensive psychiatric interview and explanation of treatment plan .
(860) 248-2391 View (860) 248-2391
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Linda Starr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of perinatal mental health, I have additional training and certification in perinatal mental health to better provide support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of perinatal mental health, I have additional training and certification in perinatal mental health to better provide support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
(860) 855-3426 View (860) 855-3426
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP, PHMNP
Verified Verified
Rocky Hill, CT 06067  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(801) 742-8098 View (801) 742-8098
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Amer Nabil, Connecticut ADHD treatment
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Welcome to Half Full Psychiatry, where my objective as a medication prescriber and a mental health provider is to build a "glass half full perspective". This does not mean I primarily rely on medications to solve an individual's problem. I value knowing about you as an individual to be able to offer solutions, whether they involve medication, psychotherapy or productivity skills. I am currently a father of young children, a husband, a caregiver to my elderly father, a son who lost my mother abruptly. I was also once a student who found it difficult to navigate the social and academic life.
Welcome to Half Full Psychiatry, where my objective as a medication prescriber and a mental health provider is to build a "glass half full perspective". This does not mean I primarily rely on medications to solve an individual's problem. I value knowing about you as an individual to be able to offer solutions, whether they involve medication, psychotherapy or productivity skills. I am currently a father of young children, a husband, a caregiver to my elderly father, a son who lost my mother abruptly. I was also once a student who found it difficult to navigate the social and academic life.
(860) 339-0606 View (860) 339-0606
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Liv Well Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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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Jenna Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
I am currently offering admissions within the same week, in person or telehealth. I provide services for children ages 6 and up, as well as adults. I have Saturday and Evening hours. Please visit my website jennasmithaprn.com and complete prospective patient tab for fastest appointment! Are you or your child struggling with mental health concerns? I am a psychiatric prescriber with 20+ years of experience within the field in different roles. I provide a patient centered and collaborative space for us to create and tailor a care plan specific to your goals.
I am currently offering admissions within the same week, in person or telehealth. I provide services for children ages 6 and up, as well as adults. I have Saturday and Evening hours. Please visit my website jennasmithaprn.com and complete prospective patient tab for fastest appointment! Are you or your child struggling with mental health concerns? I am a psychiatric prescriber with 20+ years of experience within the field in different roles. I provide a patient centered and collaborative space for us to create and tailor a care plan specific to your goals.
(860) 864-4761 View (860) 864-4761
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Michelle Nwigwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rocky Hill, CT 06067  (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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Messan Lawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky Hill, CT 06067  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Therapeutics, LLC who provides medication management and talk therapy to adults of all demographics. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their individual stories and create comprehensive and holistic treatment plans. Every factor is considered, including a spiritual one, during the assessment. Virtual appointments available at this time.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Therapeutics, LLC who provides medication management and talk therapy to adults of all demographics. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their individual stories and create comprehensive and holistic treatment plans. Every factor is considered, including a spiritual one, during the assessment. Virtual appointments available at this time.
(860) 248-7114 View (860) 248-7114
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Nourish Psychiatric- Katie Scheinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMH-NP, APRN, MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Accepting new patients for June-July 2024! Some people find that therapy alone does not allow them to reach their mental health potential and may be considering starting medication, changing medication or looking to continue medication. No matter where you are on your journey to mental wellness, there are options. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, health/nutrition/sleep education, and therapeutic support to children, adolescents, and emerging adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, sleep and eating issues and other mental health concerns.
Accepting new patients for June-July 2024! Some people find that therapy alone does not allow them to reach their mental health potential and may be considering starting medication, changing medication or looking to continue medication. No matter where you are on your journey to mental wellness, there are options. I provide psychiatric evaluations, medication management, health/nutrition/sleep education, and therapeutic support to children, adolescents, and emerging adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, sleep and eating issues and other mental health concerns.
(860) 968-0168 View (860) 968-0168
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Milind Kale, MD LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Taking your child to a psychiatrist is not an easy decision. Many parents have concerns about unnecessarily medicating their child or labeling them with a diagnosis at such a young age. As a physician and as a parent, I take those concerns very seriously. I do a lot of groundwork before I diagnose a child. I use validated rating scales completed by multiple sources and I always work in conjunction with a therapist. I take a family-centric approach to treatment. For school evaluations, I see my role as an advocate for the child, while not losing sight of the school's perspective.
Taking your child to a psychiatrist is not an easy decision. Many parents have concerns about unnecessarily medicating their child or labeling them with a diagnosis at such a young age. As a physician and as a parent, I take those concerns very seriously. I do a lot of groundwork before I diagnose a child. I use validated rating scales completed by multiple sources and I always work in conjunction with a therapist. I take a family-centric approach to treatment. For school evaluations, I see my role as an advocate for the child, while not losing sight of the school's perspective.
(860) 780-5455 View (860) 780-5455
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Kelly K. Prior
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
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 having a difficult time getting adequate sleep to focus during the day? 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 undergraduate and graduate students.
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 having a difficult time getting adequate sleep to focus during the day? 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 undergraduate and graduate students.
(860) 855-3561 View (860) 855-3561

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Dr. Cynthia B McNeill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06108  (Online Only)
Dr. McNeill is a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry, with expertise in treating a range of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Complementing her clinical role, she holds the position of associate professor within the Health, Human Services, and Science faculty at University of Pheonix. She holds a PhD in Human Services, with a specialized focus on Healthcare Administration, attained from Capella University, an MSN from the University of South Alabama. Additionally, she holds an BSN from Emory University.
Dr. McNeill is a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry, with expertise in treating a range of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Complementing her clinical role, she holds the position of associate professor within the Health, Human Services, and Science faculty at University of Pheonix. She holds a PhD in Human Services, with a specialized focus on Healthcare Administration, attained from Capella University, an MSN from the University of South Alabama. Additionally, she holds an BSN from Emory University.
(678) 324-3007 View (678) 324-3007
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Mitchelee Dunbar
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06119  (Online Only)
Mitchelee Dunbar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience in behavioral health in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She diagnoses and treats a wide range of mental health concerns with a holistic and comprehensive approach. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, adjustment disorders, and mood disorders. She provides quality, compassionate, patient-centered, and culturally sensitive mental health services to adult clients. Mitchelee is passionate about empowering clients to take control of their lives.
Mitchelee Dunbar is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience in behavioral health in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She diagnoses and treats a wide range of mental health concerns with a holistic and comprehensive approach. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, adjustment disorders, and mood disorders. She provides quality, compassionate, patient-centered, and culturally sensitive mental health services to adult clients. Mitchelee is passionate about empowering clients to take control of their lives.
(860) 891-6817 View (860) 891-6817
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Sarah Taylor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, , FNP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We offer onsite and telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. We are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
Complete Health clinics mission is to provide excellent Medical and Psychiatric care to patients and family. Our goal is to provide quality care to ​multiple communities and States. We offer onsite and telepsychiatry options to fit your needs. We are a multispecialty clinic that acts as a one stop point so that you can reserve time and energy for other important things that matters. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves and incorporating the best of technology to provide excellent care to our patients.
(516) 209-2462 View (516) 209-2462
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Karina Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06105
A psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience, Dr. Weiss earned her Bachelors of Science, from Brown U., her MD at U. of Louisville followed by training at 3 Harvard Hospitals, then serving as Chief Resident. She has been providing care to adult outpatients in the Hartford area for over 10 years. Now in private practice, her clinical approach to treating adults emphasizes trust and nurturing a therapeutic partnership. She provides full psychiatric services to help people recover from stumbling blocks they may encounter. She values proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatment.
A psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience, Dr. Weiss earned her Bachelors of Science, from Brown U., her MD at U. of Louisville followed by training at 3 Harvard Hospitals, then serving as Chief Resident. She has been providing care to adult outpatients in the Hartford area for over 10 years. Now in private practice, her clinical approach to treating adults emphasizes trust and nurturing a therapeutic partnership. She provides full psychiatric services to help people recover from stumbling blocks they may encounter. She values proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatment.
(860) 467-1889 View (860) 467-1889
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Michael Charry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Glastonbury, CT 06033
At Sacred Space Psychiatry, we support a holistic approach to assessment and treatment and view our clients as a whole person rather than just a set of symptoms. We believe that medications have a time and place and that they are all too often over prescribed. As a result, we strive to work collaboratively with our clients to make mutually agreed upon decisions around medications. We work with adults struggling with a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and insomnia.
At Sacred Space Psychiatry, we support a holistic approach to assessment and treatment and view our clients as a whole person rather than just a set of symptoms. We believe that medications have a time and place and that they are all too often over prescribed. As a result, we strive to work collaboratively with our clients to make mutually agreed upon decisions around medications. We work with adults struggling with a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mood disorders, and insomnia.
(860) 266-4790 View (860) 266-4790
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Wisechoice Multispecialty clinic LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, NP-C
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Not accepting new clients
Ms. Gwaabe is the founder and medical director of Wisechoice M.C. She is certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2016. She values lives and listens to her clients. Her services are collaborative and integrative with the patient, therapists, PCP and families. She highly believes in everyone's right to high quality healthcare. Wisechoice Multispecialty Clinic is ready to welcome you in a safe space. Together we can make a difference!
Ms. Gwaabe is the founder and medical director of Wisechoice M.C. She is certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2016. She values lives and listens to her clients. Her services are collaborative and integrative with the patient, therapists, PCP and families. She highly believes in everyone's right to high quality healthcare. Wisechoice Multispecialty Clinic is ready to welcome you in a safe space. Together we can make a difference!
(301) 321-8603 View (301) 321-8603

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Rocky Hill, CT

10+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Rocky Hill, CT who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
79% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Sleep or Insomnia
71% Medication Management

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Rocky Hill, CT see their clients

65% In Person and Online
35% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rocky Hill?

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.