Psychiatrists in Tolland County, CT

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Photo of Heather Evans, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tolland County, CT
Heather Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
33 Endorsed
Developing a trusted, professional relationship with patients is an important aspect of mental healthcare. I invite patients to express themselves openly in this non-judgmental, therapeutic office space. We work in collaboration and partnership to move toward improved mood and better mental health.
Developing a trusted, professional relationship with patients is an important aspect of mental healthcare. I invite patients to express themselves openly in this non-judgmental, therapeutic office space. We work in collaboration and partnership to move toward improved mood and better mental health.
(860) 813-6078 View (860) 813-6078
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Northeast Wellness Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
We are accepting new patients. Dr. Wen is a top-rated, board-certified adult psychiatrist dedicated to providing personalized mental health care. He founded Northeast Wellness Clinic. He offers personalized mental healthcare, collaborating with you and other providers as needed. Dr. Wen believes in a holistic approach, considering physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors to create a tailored treatment plan. His goal is to maximize symptom reduction with minimal medication side effects, leading to your full functional recovery. Patients and colleagues alike praise his compassionate and thorough care.
We are accepting new patients. Dr. Wen is a top-rated, board-certified adult psychiatrist dedicated to providing personalized mental health care. He founded Northeast Wellness Clinic. He offers personalized mental healthcare, collaborating with you and other providers as needed. Dr. Wen believes in a holistic approach, considering physical, psychological, and lifestyle factors to create a tailored treatment plan. His goal is to maximize symptom reduction with minimal medication side effects, leading to your full functional recovery. Patients and colleagues alike praise his compassionate and thorough care.
(860) 200-2931 View (860) 200-2931
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Irene Ann Flynn-Lombardi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Vernon, CT 06066
The goal is healing & living as best as you can. I provide both therapeutic and medication management for the treatment of mental health disorders. If it is determined that medication may be helpful in relieving your distress, various options may be discussed. My goals are to remain conservative and cautious in my use of medications. I am committed to educating you about your treatment options and addressing all your concerns regarding your mental health. I want to assure that all my patients understand the purpose and expected benefits of their medication, as well as potential risks. My webpage offers all information and costs.
The goal is healing & living as best as you can. I provide both therapeutic and medication management for the treatment of mental health disorders. If it is determined that medication may be helpful in relieving your distress, various options may be discussed. My goals are to remain conservative and cautious in my use of medications. I am committed to educating you about your treatment options and addressing all your concerns regarding your mental health. I want to assure that all my patients understand the purpose and expected benefits of their medication, as well as potential risks. My webpage offers all information and costs.
(860) 901-1790 View (860) 901-1790
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Solstice Healthcare, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Tolland, CT 06084  (Online Only)
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(959) 265-4524 View (959) 265-4524
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Grief Shared, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, CT, RN
Verified Verified
Coventry, CT 06238
My vision for many years has been to create a safe environment for the bereaved where they can share and be supported in their grief. The gift of human connection is integral in moving through grief, yet so many people feel disconnected and adrift, unable to find anyone with whom they can freely express themselves without fear of judgment; someone who understands that simply getting up in the morning is sometimes enough of a victory for the day. Together we can share these conversations above a whisper.
My vision for many years has been to create a safe environment for the bereaved where they can share and be supported in their grief. The gift of human connection is integral in moving through grief, yet so many people feel disconnected and adrift, unable to find anyone with whom they can freely express themselves without fear of judgment; someone who understands that simply getting up in the morning is sometimes enough of a victory for the day. Together we can share these conversations above a whisper.
(860) 397-2131 View (860) 397-2131
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Todd A Perkins
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Andover, CT 06232  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Nurse Practitioner, I offer you the mental health and medical background to answer the important questions about your psychiatric symptoms and relief. This is step-one in a process of wellness that may include prescribing medication to you, psychotherapy, or both.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Adult Nurse Practitioner, I offer you the mental health and medical background to answer the important questions about your psychiatric symptoms and relief. This is step-one in a process of wellness that may include prescribing medication to you, psychotherapy, or both.
(203) 689-7365 View (203) 689-7365
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Dr. William A Abrokwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
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
Photo of Rebecca Brady, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tolland County, CT
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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Salvatore Iacobello
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Vernon, CT 06066
My motto is "Promoting Self-Regulation, and Bio-Emotional Health". I am a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. I provide psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment for those who need it. I believe medications are not the answer to people emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. My patients are individuals who want to improve the quality of their life and find their way to a satisfying and fulfilling future. My treatment approach is focused on the strengths of each individual and on helping people to obtain more insight and discover their true self.
My motto is "Promoting Self-Regulation, and Bio-Emotional Health". I am a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. I provide psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment for those who need it. I believe medications are not the answer to people emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems. My patients are individuals who want to improve the quality of their life and find their way to a satisfying and fulfilling future. My treatment approach is focused on the strengths of each individual and on helping people to obtain more insight and discover their true self.
(860) 871-2831 View (860) 871-2831
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Khushboo Surti
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
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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Emmaus Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Vernon, CT 06066
Not accepting new clients
Our small, outpatient private practice creates a welcoming, personalized treatment environment without stigma for adults seeking treatment for substance-use disorders. We offer education, options, and peer support. We will partner with you to develop a long-term plan for your health and well-being. Our method blends Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) with psychosocial nursing interventions and recovery coaching. We individualize your care based on past experiences and your current goals. Our patients receive thorough screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with availability of 24 hour, on-call care.
Our small, outpatient private practice creates a welcoming, personalized treatment environment without stigma for adults seeking treatment for substance-use disorders. We offer education, options, and peer support. We will partner with you to develop a long-term plan for your health and well-being. Our method blends Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) with psychosocial nursing interventions and recovery coaching. We individualize your care based on past experiences and your current goals. Our patients receive thorough screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with availability of 24 hour, on-call care.
(860) 791-4010 View (860) 791-4010
Photo of Valerie Sharpe, Psychiatrist in Tolland County, CT
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

Online Psychiatrists

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Zack Doubleday
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Kensington, CT 06037  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering telehealth only medication management to Connecticut residents. I specialize in treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Binge Eating Disorder, BPD, Depression, PTSD, Insomnia, and various other mental and behavioral health diagnoses. I also provide supportive therapy on a case-by-case basis.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering telehealth only medication management to Connecticut residents. I specialize in treating ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Binge Eating Disorder, BPD, Depression, PTSD, Insomnia, and various other mental and behavioral health diagnoses. I also provide supportive therapy on a case-by-case basis.
(860) 784-7103 x203 View (860) 784-7103 x203
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Jeffrey Gold
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norwalk, CT 06851  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who has been practicing for over thirty years. My training consisted in many rotations at Yale and the University of Illinois. Since training, I have spent most of my clinical practice in acute inpatient, which is high-intensity and the most conducive to perfecting my ability to practice psychiatry.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist who has been practicing for over thirty years. My training consisted in many rotations at Yale and the University of Illinois. Since training, I have spent most of my clinical practice in acute inpatient, which is high-intensity and the most conducive to perfecting my ability to practice psychiatry.
(484) 613-2952 View (484) 613-2952
Photo of In Session Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tolland County, CT
In Session Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LMHC
Verified Verified
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Perhaps you're struggling with a significant life difficulty, or perhaps things are going ok, but you feel that something is missing. As you have come to a point that you have considered to make a change, whether it be a change in yourself, your relationship with others, or another area of your life, it is important to enter into a therapeutic relationship characterized by safety, trust, and professionalism. Our experienced team of clinicians is specialized in: anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief & bereavement, relationship issues, dating coaching, jealousy, work & career issues, stress & burnout, and life transitions.
Perhaps you're struggling with a significant life difficulty, or perhaps things are going ok, but you feel that something is missing. As you have come to a point that you have considered to make a change, whether it be a change in yourself, your relationship with others, or another area of your life, it is important to enter into a therapeutic relationship characterized by safety, trust, and professionalism. Our experienced team of clinicians is specialized in: anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief & bereavement, relationship issues, dating coaching, jealousy, work & career issues, stress & burnout, and life transitions.
(203) 666-4507 View (203) 666-4507
Photo of Gony Alexandra Weiss, Psychiatrist in Tolland County, CT
Gony Alexandra Weiss
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Westport, CT 06880
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
Are you struggling with depression, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, frustration, poor motivation, difficulty focusing or general dissatisfaction with where you are in life? Are you wanting help, guidance, and support in creating a life that you love? If so, I am happy to help. I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who values a caring, compassionate, and comprehensive approach to patient care. I specialize in working with Empaths who are open to incorporating spiritual practices in their lives to help their symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD. If this resonates, contact me so we can set up an appointment to meet!
(475) 242-8026 View (475) 242-8026
Photo of Andrea Dolan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tolland County, CT
Andrea Dolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN , MPH, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Southport, CT 06890  (Online Only)
Offering online appointments to patients located in Connecticut and New York. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, lack of focus, insomnia, or trauma? Are you struggling with school, your job, your peers, or in your relationships? Do you feel alone or overwhelmed by physical or emotional suffering? Have you experienced the death of a loved one, a life transition such as divorce or loss of employment? Are you challenged by caregiver distress, caring for loved ones, or daily management of life? Is your goal to improve you or your loved ones emotional wellbeing, health, relationships, and quality of life?
Offering online appointments to patients located in Connecticut and New York. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, lack of focus, insomnia, or trauma? Are you struggling with school, your job, your peers, or in your relationships? Do you feel alone or overwhelmed by physical or emotional suffering? Have you experienced the death of a loved one, a life transition such as divorce or loss of employment? Are you challenged by caregiver distress, caring for loved ones, or daily management of life? Is your goal to improve you or your loved ones emotional wellbeing, health, relationships, and quality of life?
(475) 244-6944 View (475) 244-6944
Photo of Janet L Howe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tolland County, CT
Janet L Howe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , MS, BC
Verified Verified
Goshen, CT 06756  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide care for individuals with a range of mental health concerns. Mental health disorders that I pursue include, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and substance use disorders.It is sometimes difficult to find someone that you can connect with and be comfortable with. My goal is to provide quality and evidence based individualized care while creating trust, mutual respect and compassion, within a safe environment. achieved through supportive psychotherapy, medication management and lifestyle adjustments.
(860) 783-7118 View (860) 783-7118
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Amazing Victory Health and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fairfield, CT 06824  (Online Only)
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
Does untreated mental health issues make daily life a struggle? Is anxiety or depression making you struggle just to get out of bed? Does your trauma history keep you from sleeping enough to support your busy life? Mental health issues can keep you from living the life you were meant to enjoy. Maybe you’ve tried talking to other medical professionals about mental health care but felt rushed or dismissed. You want to loosen the grip mental illness has on your life but don’t know where to start. Patient-centered mental health and medication management may help.
(203) 902-4707 View (203) 902-4707
Photo of Balance Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Tolland County, CT
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 Tolland County, CT

10+

Average cost per session

$160

Psychiatrists in Tolland County, CT who prioritize treating:

83% Depression
83% Anxiety
67% Trauma and PTSD
67% Bipolar Disorder
67% Medication Management
58% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% ADHD

Average years in practice

15 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Aetna
89% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Tolland County, CT see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Tolland County?

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.