Psychiatrists in Somers, CT

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Rebecca Brady
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHS
Verified Verified
Somers, CT 06071  (Online Only)
I am a Pediatric APRN and a Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist. I enjoy collaborating with children, teens, young adults and their families to promote their wellness and success in life. I currently provide medication management.
I am a Pediatric APRN and a Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist. I enjoy collaborating with children, teens, young adults and their families to promote their wellness and success in life. I currently provide medication management.
(860) 670-6099 View (860) 670-6099
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Valerie Sharpe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Somers, CT 06071  (Online Only)
This practice is devoted to providing psychiatric treatment for women during pregnancy, postpartum and preconception. I am passionate about supporting women during the challenges that can arise during the perinatal period, such as infertility, relationship stressors, trauma, attachment issues, breastfeeding, sleep problems, and adjusting to life with a new baby, just to name a few. Psychiatric conditions that are best suited for me to treat at this solo private practice include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma related disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity diosrder and bipolar disorder.
This practice is devoted to providing psychiatric treatment for women during pregnancy, postpartum and preconception. I am passionate about supporting women during the challenges that can arise during the perinatal period, such as infertility, relationship stressors, trauma, attachment issues, breastfeeding, sleep problems, and adjusting to life with a new baby, just to name a few. Psychiatric conditions that are best suited for me to treat at this solo private practice include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma related disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity diosrder and bipolar disorder.
(413) 343-4030 View (413) 343-4030

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Dr. William A Abrokwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
I hold a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I am an APRN specializing in psychiatric/mental health. I have over ten years of experience working in behavioral health nursing with diverse populations. I obtained my Master’s in Nursing- FNP and Post-Graduate Certification in PMHNP from Chamberlain University and Frontier Nursing University, respectively. Mental health, addiction, and empowering patients through effective patient-provider engagement have always been my passion. My doctoral project was on effective depresion management in older adults using shared decision-making and antidepressant compliance.
I hold a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. I am an APRN specializing in psychiatric/mental health. I have over ten years of experience working in behavioral health nursing with diverse populations. I obtained my Master’s in Nursing- FNP and Post-Graduate Certification in PMHNP from Chamberlain University and Frontier Nursing University, respectively. Mental health, addiction, and empowering patients through effective patient-provider engagement have always been my passion. My doctoral project was on effective depresion management in older adults using shared decision-making and antidepressant compliance.
(860) 851-9086 View (860) 851-9086
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Khushboo Surti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
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) 851-9086 View (860) 851-9086
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Wholistic Perspective
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Broad Brook, CT 06016
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.
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John Graziano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Enfield, CT 06082
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
(860) 847-8294 View (860) 847-8294
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Gordon Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Suffield, CT 06078  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m Verona, a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in teens, adults, and geriatrics who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe in a holistic approach to treatment. I provide medication management and individual therapy to teens, adults, and geriatrics. During our initial sessions, you can expect a nonjudgmental and confidential environment where you are heard and respected. I believe healing is a holistic journey encompassing the mind, body,  and soul. Through compassionate listening and collaborative exploration
Welcome! I’m Verona, a dual board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). I specialize in teens, adults, and geriatrics who are struggling with anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I believe in a holistic approach to treatment. I provide medication management and individual therapy to teens, adults, and geriatrics. During our initial sessions, you can expect a nonjudgmental and confidential environment where you are heard and respected. I believe healing is a holistic journey encompassing the mind, body,  and soul. Through compassionate listening and collaborative exploration
(860) 935-8532 View (860) 935-8532
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Amber Corbalis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Enfield, CT 06082
Hi! I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about the mental health field. I continuously strive to help my patients find healing through individualized treatment modalities. There is truth to the common phrase “a sound mind in a sound body” as I believe there is a strong, bi-directional relationship between both physical & mental health. My commitment to purpose & resolve in medicine also drives me to the research field, where my work was recently published in Neurology, Psychiatry, & Brain Research.
Hi! I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about the mental health field. I continuously strive to help my patients find healing through individualized treatment modalities. There is truth to the common phrase “a sound mind in a sound body” as I believe there is a strong, bi-directional relationship between both physical & mental health. My commitment to purpose & resolve in medicine also drives me to the research field, where my work was recently published in Neurology, Psychiatry, & Brain Research.
(860) 792-4667 View (860) 792-4667
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Sophia Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Enfield, CT 06082
Are you finding that your mood is impacting your relationships, your work or your daily tasks in a negative way? Sometimes your mood impacts your functioning in a way that makes life unmanageable. My approach is holistic, patient centered and focused on your goals.
Are you finding that your mood is impacting your relationships, your work or your daily tasks in a negative way? Sometimes your mood impacts your functioning in a way that makes life unmanageable. My approach is holistic, patient centered and focused on your goals.
(959) 207-2717 View (959) 207-2717
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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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JS Therapeutic Solutions LLC
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
East Windsor, CT 06088
My name is Joseph Stancavage Jr., owner and founder of JS Therapeutic Solutions, LLC. I am a licensed Physician Assistant with the state of Connecticut. I practice and specialize in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, pediatric and adult mental health. At JS Therapeutic Solutions, LLC, I provide virtual mental health services to people of all ages. I promote overall wellness and healing with pharmacotherapy, diagnosing, treating and managing common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, PTSD. I also offer genetic testing to help minimize trial and error with certain medications.
My name is Joseph Stancavage Jr., owner and founder of JS Therapeutic Solutions, LLC. I am a licensed Physician Assistant with the state of Connecticut. I practice and specialize in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, pediatric and adult mental health. At JS Therapeutic Solutions, LLC, I provide virtual mental health services to people of all ages. I promote overall wellness and healing with pharmacotherapy, diagnosing, treating and managing common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, PTSD. I also offer genetic testing to help minimize trial and error with certain medications.
(860) 934-0117 View (860) 934-0117

Online Psychiatrists

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Straun Health & Wellness
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06901
It is the sincere belief of our practice that it is the RELATIONSHIP between health care provider and patient that greatly influences care. Dr. Straun is a dedicated medical professional with a wide-ranging skillset suitable for individuals seeking anything from general care to state-of-the-art, evidence based treatment. Focused on patient-centered service, Dr. Straun is committed to providing individualized, comprehensive treatment plans that address physical, mental and spiritual needs. He believes that the optimal way to provide excellent care is by meeting patients where they are; and through focused treatment and attention empowering them to find hope and experience joy.
It is the sincere belief of our practice that it is the RELATIONSHIP between health care provider and patient that greatly influences care. Dr. Straun is a dedicated medical professional with a wide-ranging skillset suitable for individuals seeking anything from general care to state-of-the-art, evidence based treatment. Focused on patient-centered service, Dr. Straun is committed to providing individualized, comprehensive treatment plans that address physical, mental and spiritual needs. He believes that the optimal way to provide excellent care is by meeting patients where they are; and through focused treatment and attention empowering them to find hope and experience joy.
(860) 378-8099 View (860) 378-8099
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Richard Louis O'Sullivan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Madison, CT 06443
Dr. O'Sullivan is a Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital trained psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience practicing clinical psychiatry and conducting psychiatric research. He offers medication management, psychotherapy and psychiatric home visits services. He sees patients of all ages including the elderly.
Dr. O'Sullivan is a Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital trained psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience practicing clinical psychiatry and conducting psychiatric research. He offers medication management, psychotherapy and psychiatric home visits services. He sees patients of all ages including the elderly.
(203) 987-6466 View (203) 987-6466
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Blues & Blahs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Milford, CT 06461  (Online Only)
Blues and Blahs was born out of a vision to provide mental health services for the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies. Dr. Nelson Leach offers treatments that are affordable, convenient, and based on current evidence. No matter what struggles you may be facing, you have the power to overcome them. We are here to support you every step on your journey towards wellness. Together, we can develop strategies and find the proper medication and/or therapy to help you feel your best and live the life you deserve. Visit bluesandblahs.com to book your appointment today!
Blues and Blahs was born out of a vision to provide mental health services for the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies. Dr. Nelson Leach offers treatments that are affordable, convenient, and based on current evidence. No matter what struggles you may be facing, you have the power to overcome them. We are here to support you every step on your journey towards wellness. Together, we can develop strategies and find the proper medication and/or therapy to help you feel your best and live the life you deserve. Visit bluesandblahs.com to book your appointment today!
(203) 350-0329 View (203) 350-0329
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Caitlin Aguiar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06901  (Online Only)
Dr. Caitlin Aguiar is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Her mental health care incorporates a holistic approach, while treating clients to facilitate healing and wellness. She incorporates non-pharmaceutical interventions to supplement medication-management including, but not limited to, mindfulness, breathwork, CBT, DBT and supportive therapy in 30min sessions.
Dr. Caitlin Aguiar is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Her mental health care incorporates a holistic approach, while treating clients to facilitate healing and wellness. She incorporates non-pharmaceutical interventions to supplement medication-management including, but not limited to, mindfulness, breathwork, CBT, DBT and supportive therapy in 30min sessions.
(203) 541-0067 View (203) 541-0067
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ClearView Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, AGPCNP, BC
Verified Verified
Waterbury, CT 06702
An ideal mental health client is motivated, open to treatment, and committed to improving their mental well-being. The client seeks positive change, actively participates in treatment, and strives for long-term mental health and overall life satisfaction. The client’s willingness to take ownership of their mental health journey is key to their success in achieving their goals.
An ideal mental health client is motivated, open to treatment, and committed to improving their mental well-being. The client seeks positive change, actively participates in treatment, and strives for long-term mental health and overall life satisfaction. The client’s willingness to take ownership of their mental health journey is key to their success in achieving their goals.
(203) 872-0106 View (203) 872-0106
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Dr. Chanon C. Biceglia, DNP of Medica Today LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, NP-C, APRN
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut & Arizona. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
With a strong passion for helping others succeed & work through obstacles in their life, I serve as both a psychiatric and medical provider, with a comprehensive education & experience of 25+ years. Holding a doctorate and double board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & medical APRN, I hold full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut & Arizona. My background & experience includes trauma & crisis, primary care, inpatient hospital, out-patient, family/couples, school based intervention, ADD/ADHD, & ASD health and wellness.
(203) 806-9936 View (203) 806-9936
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Sarah Phillips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Westbrook, CT 06498  (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, postpartum depression, school issues, bipolar disorder, grief, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, school issues, bipolar disorder, grief, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(860) 898-9216 View (860) 898-9216
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Dr. Mary Salisbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Windsor, CT 06074  (Online Only)
Accepting new clients in January 2023. Hello! My name is Mary Salisbury, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC. I am a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications. I possess over 13 years of experience in the behavioral health field both in inpatient and outpatient settings. I am the program director of the masters nursing tracks for a local University. I am a nominated board member of the Connecticut Nurses Association. I provide supervision and mentorship to novice APRNs at a local community mental health agency.
Accepting new clients in January 2023. Hello! My name is Mary Salisbury, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC. I am a doctorally-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive rights to prescribe psychiatric medications. I possess over 13 years of experience in the behavioral health field both in inpatient and outpatient settings. I am the program director of the masters nursing tracks for a local University. I am a nominated board member of the Connecticut Nurses Association. I provide supervision and mentorship to novice APRNs at a local community mental health agency.
(860) 661-1193 View (860) 661-1193
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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Somers, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Somers, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
50% Relationship Issues
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Trauma and PTSD
50% Other

Average years in practice

13 Years

Gender breakdown

100% Female

How Psychiatrists in Somers, CT see their clients

100% Online Only

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Somers?

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.