Psychiatrists in Stamford, CT

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Steve Atkins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06901  (Online Only)
Dr. Atkins is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and has been in practice for the past 2 years. Dr. Atkins has focused his practice primarily on medication management. He combines medication management with a therapeutic style that is a blend of supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. While Dr. Atkins is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team depending on your individualized treatment plan.
Dr. Atkins is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and has been in practice for the past 2 years. Dr. Atkins has focused his practice primarily on medication management. He combines medication management with a therapeutic style that is a blend of supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. While Dr. Atkins is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team depending on your individualized treatment plan.
(475) 242-8531 View (475) 242-8531
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Christine Naungayan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902
I am a general adult psychiatrist, completing residency training and forensic fellowship at Yale where I also had the amazing experience of serving as chief resident. My experience includes pharmacotherapy with emphasis on treatment for general mood disorders, post-partum depression, anxiety, insomnia, postraumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and maintaining sobriety/post-substance abuse, in addition to a range of clinical issues with more specific psychiatric foci. I also offer psychotherapy for patients who wish to engage solely in psychotherapy or a combination of therapy and medication management [private rates apply].
I am a general adult psychiatrist, completing residency training and forensic fellowship at Yale where I also had the amazing experience of serving as chief resident. My experience includes pharmacotherapy with emphasis on treatment for general mood disorders, post-partum depression, anxiety, insomnia, postraumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and maintaining sobriety/post-substance abuse, in addition to a range of clinical issues with more specific psychiatric foci. I also offer psychotherapy for patients who wish to engage solely in psychotherapy or a combination of therapy and medication management [private rates apply].
(973) 600-5465 View (973) 600-5465
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Cecilia Fitz-Gerald
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06901  (Online Only)
Dr. Cecilia Fitz-Gerald is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in adult psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry, formerly known as psychosomatic medicine. She has extensive experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatry. In addition, she specializes in working with patients with acute and chronic medical conditions that may be affecting their mental health, such as cancer, stroke, or a heart condition. She provides patient-centered care using a collaborative approach in order to help her patients reach their goals.
Dr. Cecilia Fitz-Gerald is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in adult psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry, formerly known as psychosomatic medicine. She has extensive experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatry. In addition, she specializes in working with patients with acute and chronic medical conditions that may be affecting their mental health, such as cancer, stroke, or a heart condition. She provides patient-centered care using a collaborative approach in order to help her patients reach their goals.
(475) 325-5412 View (475) 325-5412
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David Whitehouse
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06901  (Online Only)
Dr. Whitehouse is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a strong background in neuroscience and psychopharmacology who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Whitehouse’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust, building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals, and helping people better understand their brain, its strengths, and vulnerabilities and how to use assessment and training to maximize everyone’s unique emotional and cognitive capacity.
Dr. Whitehouse is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a strong background in neuroscience and psychopharmacology who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Whitehouse’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust, building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals, and helping people better understand their brain, its strengths, and vulnerabilities and how to use assessment and training to maximize everyone’s unique emotional and cognitive capacity.
(475) 253-5307 View (475) 253-5307
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Thayanne Delima-Tokarz
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06901  (Online Only)
Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
(475) 256-5003 View (475) 256-5003
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Cheryl Henrietta Cottrol
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06901
As a Board Certified physician with over 20 years of practice in both Psychiatry and Neurology I have treated patients in academic, public, private and research settings. Whether you have migraines or anxiety; seizures or movement disorders from medications; are feeling depressed or are cognitively impaired; I can work with you to optimize your health.
As a Board Certified physician with over 20 years of practice in both Psychiatry and Neurology I have treated patients in academic, public, private and research settings. Whether you have migraines or anxiety; seizures or movement disorders from medications; are feeling depressed or are cognitively impaired; I can work with you to optimize your health.
(833) 339-0508 View (833) 339-0508
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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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Rivka Levin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
I'm an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to help you reach your full potential. I offer medication management and holistic interventions for children and adults with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. At my practice, Oasis Psychiatric, we take pride in our personalized and compassionate approach to care.
I'm an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner committed to providing comprehensive mental health care to help you reach your full potential. I offer medication management and holistic interventions for children and adults with mental health concerns including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, ADHD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. At my practice, Oasis Psychiatric, we take pride in our personalized and compassionate approach to care.
(203) 208-9515 View (203) 208-9515
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Dr. Merrill Mathew
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06905
Welcome! Congratulations on taking the first step! Simply put, my practice philosophy is treating the whole person and doing what is in the best interest of the patient. I understand that each individual is unique so it is important to take the time with each person to discuss their goals, and understand their strengths and challenges. My approach is to provide compassionate and collaborative care, developing a personalized treatment plan that works specifically for you. We will work together to explore your mental, physical, and emotional health.
Welcome! Congratulations on taking the first step! Simply put, my practice philosophy is treating the whole person and doing what is in the best interest of the patient. I understand that each individual is unique so it is important to take the time with each person to discuss their goals, and understand their strengths and challenges. My approach is to provide compassionate and collaborative care, developing a personalized treatment plan that works specifically for you. We will work together to explore your mental, physical, and emotional health.
(203) 496-4670 View (203) 496-4670
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Tom Knightly
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06905
I am board-certified in general psychiatry as well as fellowship-trained in advanced treatments including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Additionally, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where I work as a member of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab. Our lab is responsible for developing and implementing cutting edge psychiatric treatments. I bring this experience to my clinic where I am able to provide these cutting edge, highly-effective and fast-acting treatments to those who suffer with mental health.
I am board-certified in general psychiatry as well as fellowship-trained in advanced treatments including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Additionally, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where I work as a member of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab. Our lab is responsible for developing and implementing cutting edge psychiatric treatments. I bring this experience to my clinic where I am able to provide these cutting edge, highly-effective and fast-acting treatments to those who suffer with mental health.
(475) 244-6680 View (475) 244-6680
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Mental Health and Psychiatry Services MHPS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Appointments go to www.mhpspsych.com, call or email. Bridgitte F. Ackeifi APRN, PMHNP-BC Mental Health and Psychiatry Services MHPS holistically work with patients and their families with mental health and substance use illnesses to create an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based research, and a patient-centered approach with the use of medication management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages psychotherapy as needed to promote function, increase potential, decrease symptoms/hospitalizations, empowering, and instilling more hope, positivity, support, and love, healing one patient, one day at a time.
Appointments go to www.mhpspsych.com, call or email. Bridgitte F. Ackeifi APRN, PMHNP-BC Mental Health and Psychiatry Services MHPS holistically work with patients and their families with mental health and substance use illnesses to create an individualized treatment plan using evidence-based research, and a patient-centered approach with the use of medication management, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and encourages psychotherapy as needed to promote function, increase potential, decrease symptoms/hospitalizations, empowering, and instilling more hope, positivity, support, and love, healing one patient, one day at a time.
(203) 935-8632 View (203) 935-8632
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Michael Hidalgo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06901
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
(203) 872-0974 View (203) 872-0974
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Shoshana Levin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
Shoshana Levin is a passionate practitioner with extensive experience treating populations across the lifespan within a large, nonprofit clinic. Shoshana has treated a wide array of diagnoses. ranging from ADHD and SUDs to mood and thought disorders. Shoshana uses a holistic approach, combining medication management with therapeutic techniques throughout each session. Shoshana is currently accepting patients in New York and Connecticut under her private practice, Rose Psychiatry. All of Shoshana's sessions are currently being conducted virtually. Please call or email for more information. We look forward to connecting with you.
Shoshana Levin is a passionate practitioner with extensive experience treating populations across the lifespan within a large, nonprofit clinic. Shoshana has treated a wide array of diagnoses. ranging from ADHD and SUDs to mood and thought disorders. Shoshana uses a holistic approach, combining medication management with therapeutic techniques throughout each session. Shoshana is currently accepting patients in New York and Connecticut under her private practice, Rose Psychiatry. All of Shoshana's sessions are currently being conducted virtually. Please call or email for more information. We look forward to connecting with you.
(203) 200-0796 View (203) 200-0796
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Dr. Robert E Feinstein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06903  (Online Only)
My focus is to help you, as a unique person, heal, change, energize, be creative, and optimize your strengths. I can help you achieve this by listening to your concerns; providing a safe space for discussion and innovation, offering in depth psychotherapy with or without medication. I will collaborate with you as we work toward recovery, utilizing evidenced-based strategies and novel solutions for your problems or issues. I am a full fee professional who does NOT take INSurance
My focus is to help you, as a unique person, heal, change, energize, be creative, and optimize your strengths. I can help you achieve this by listening to your concerns; providing a safe space for discussion and innovation, offering in depth psychotherapy with or without medication. I will collaborate with you as we work toward recovery, utilizing evidenced-based strategies and novel solutions for your problems or issues. I am a full fee professional who does NOT take INSurance
(475) 231-3451 View (475) 231-3451
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Sarah Phillips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06914  (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, 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, 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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Total Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Stamford, CT 06902
Total Wellness Center is psychiatry and counseling practice that offers treatment both in-person and via Telehealth. With offices in New Jersey and Connecticut, all of our doctors come from Ivy league schools. We offer evening and weekends appointments and accept major insurance plans such as Horizon, Cigna, Aetna and others. Not all doctors and therapists are in-network with all insurances, please contact our office for more information on how to book an appointment. Aside from Medication management and Psychotherapy. we provide Hypnotherapy, Group therapy and divorce mediation.
Total Wellness Center is psychiatry and counseling practice that offers treatment both in-person and via Telehealth. With offices in New Jersey and Connecticut, all of our doctors come from Ivy league schools. We offer evening and weekends appointments and accept major insurance plans such as Horizon, Cigna, Aetna and others. Not all doctors and therapists are in-network with all insurances, please contact our office for more information on how to book an appointment. Aside from Medication management and Psychotherapy. we provide Hypnotherapy, Group therapy and divorce mediation.
(203) 242-8408 x1 View (203) 242-8408 x1
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Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems and emotional difficulties . Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com/
Suparna Basu is an experienced and compassionate board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in caring for those with a variety of mental health problems and emotional difficulties . Dr. Basu is a psychopharmacologist who focuses primarily on medication management. She prefers her patients have a separate therapist that she can collaborate with. Dr. Basu's approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which her working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about Dr.Basu on her website; http://basupsychiatry.com/
(203) 633-7602 View (203) 633-7602
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Resolve Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902  (Online Only)
We specialize in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, and DMDD for children, adolescent/teens, and adults. We treat a small group of clients and focus on personalization of services. Allow us to provide quality care to you or your child.
We specialize in ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, and DMDD for children, adolescent/teens, and adults. We treat a small group of clients and focus on personalization of services. Allow us to provide quality care to you or your child.
(203) 496-5463 View (203) 496-5463
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Changing Minds
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06902
Changing Minds specializes in cases where traditional methods fall short. Our focus is using MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy), a safe, gentle, non-invasive and personalized treatment which is FDA-approved and insurance reimbursed (depression). It has demonstrated remarkable success in modulating neural activity and promoting neuroplasticity, particularly in treatment-resistant conditions. Notably, MeRT employs Dry-Lead EEG technology to guide treatment, allowing us to tailor interventions with unprecedented speed and precision based on each patient's unique brain activity.
Changing Minds specializes in cases where traditional methods fall short. Our focus is using MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy), a safe, gentle, non-invasive and personalized treatment which is FDA-approved and insurance reimbursed (depression). It has demonstrated remarkable success in modulating neural activity and promoting neuroplasticity, particularly in treatment-resistant conditions. Notably, MeRT employs Dry-Lead EEG technology to guide treatment, allowing us to tailor interventions with unprecedented speed and precision based on each patient's unique brain activity.
(475) 244-9174 View (475) 244-9174
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Evolve Brain Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Stamford, CT 06905
If you struggle with Depression or OCD, Evolve is the right choice for you. We are the next generation of mental health care. We provide the most effective, cutting-edge mental health treatment. Period. We believe everyone deserves to benefit from the best treatments that the field of psychiatry has to offer. Currently, our focus is to use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), to achieve outcomes that far surpass those seen with typical psychiatric medications and therapy. TMS gets to the root of the problem by directly targeting and treating the cause of a particular mental illness.
If you struggle with Depression or OCD, Evolve is the right choice for you. We are the next generation of mental health care. We provide the most effective, cutting-edge mental health treatment. Period. We believe everyone deserves to benefit from the best treatments that the field of psychiatry has to offer. Currently, our focus is to use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), to achieve outcomes that far surpass those seen with typical psychiatric medications and therapy. TMS gets to the root of the problem by directly targeting and treating the cause of a particular mental illness.
(203) 642-1929 View (203) 642-1929

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Stamford, CT

60+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Stamford, CT who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
91% Anxiety
84% Bipolar Disorder
83% Medication Management
77% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% ADHD
73% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
84% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Stamford, CT see their clients

51% Online Only
49% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

64% Female
34% Male
2% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Stamford?

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.