Psychiatrists in West Haven, CT

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Dr. Sunil Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
West Haven, CT 06516  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I am a licensed psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders. Serious mental illness can have devastating effects on patient’s and their families. I have successfully helped many people suffering from serious mental illness. My core belief is that a combination of therapy and psychotropic medications works best to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. With my strong foundation in the biopsychosocial model, I have an integrated approach to mental health treatment.
I am a licensed psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders. Serious mental illness can have devastating effects on patient’s and their families. I have successfully helped many people suffering from serious mental illness. My core belief is that a combination of therapy and psychotropic medications works best to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. With my strong foundation in the biopsychosocial model, I have an integrated approach to mental health treatment.
(203) 590-8981 View (203) 590-8981
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Carrie Fijal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
West Haven, CT 06516  (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, eating disorders, school issues, 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, eating disorders, school issues, 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.
(475) 472-9579 View (475) 472-9579
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Shoreline Wellness Center and Outreach
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
West Haven, CT 06516
Shoreline Wellness Center is a behavioral mental health practice conveniently located in the center of West Haven, CT just one block from the West Haven Green. We have a team of three Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners led by Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Brandi Krassler, specializing in patients across the lifespan suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, conduct disorders, PTSD, and more. Dr. Sam Hawley, who heads the team, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and APRN consultant who has several specialty trainings including disaster relief, grief, autism, pediatrics, and more.
Shoreline Wellness Center is a behavioral mental health practice conveniently located in the center of West Haven, CT just one block from the West Haven Green. We have a team of three Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners led by Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Brandi Krassler, specializing in patients across the lifespan suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, conduct disorders, PTSD, and more. Dr. Sam Hawley, who heads the team, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and APRN consultant who has several specialty trainings including disaster relief, grief, autism, pediatrics, and more.
(203) 896-8307 View (203) 896-8307
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Ingrid Coello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Haven, CT 06516  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), Ingrid assesses and treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders. Her focus is on treatment, psychiatric assessment, psychotherapeutic interventions, and medication management.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), Ingrid assesses and treats adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and personality disorders. Her focus is on treatment, psychiatric assessment, psychotherapeutic interventions, and medication management.
(475) 264-6729 View (475) 264-6729
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Barbara Stoudmire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Haven, CT 06516
There has been an increase in those suffering from anxiety and depression, especially after COVID. We watched in fear as the world slipped into a pandemic. I want you to know you are not alone! There are many sufferings from trauma related to a bad relationship, bullying or past abuse. Again, you are not alone! Have you been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or ADHD and have been struggling to manage your symptoms? I am here to help. Regardless of age or diagnosis everyone deserves peace of mind and a little understanding. I believe everyone deserves compassionate and empathetic mental health care. Let me help you.
There has been an increase in those suffering from anxiety and depression, especially after COVID. We watched in fear as the world slipped into a pandemic. I want you to know you are not alone! There are many sufferings from trauma related to a bad relationship, bullying or past abuse. Again, you are not alone! Have you been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or ADHD and have been struggling to manage your symptoms? I am here to help. Regardless of age or diagnosis everyone deserves peace of mind and a little understanding. I believe everyone deserves compassionate and empathetic mental health care. Let me help you.
(475) 264-4768 View (475) 264-4768
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Wholistic Perspective
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
West Haven, CT 06516
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.
(203) 433-6890 View (203) 433-6890

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Stephanie Settevendemie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (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, 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, 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) 962-6389 View (860) 962-6389
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Robert Werner
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501
Dr. Blake Werner is an adult and addiction psychiatry board-certified physician who has been in practice for the past 4 years. He received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX, before moving to charming Charleston, SC to complete his residency in adult psychiatry. Following residency, Dr. Werner completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Post-fellowship, Dr. Werner joined the Yale faculty as an assistant professor and was employed through the Veterans Affairs, treating substance use disorders in an outpatient clinical setting.
Dr. Blake Werner is an adult and addiction psychiatry board-certified physician who has been in practice for the past 4 years. He received his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX, before moving to charming Charleston, SC to complete his residency in adult psychiatry. Following residency, Dr. Werner completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Post-fellowship, Dr. Werner joined the Yale faculty as an assistant professor and was employed through the Veterans Affairs, treating substance use disorders in an outpatient clinical setting.
(475) 264-4775 View (475) 264-4775
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Elevate Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BC-APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06501
My ideal client is anyone and everyone, especially those that have felt overlooked, misunderstood and/or marginalized by previous providers. You want someone who genuinely cares, listens and is rooting for you. Healing is a journey of self-discovery. I am here as your partner, supporting you each step of the way towards reaching your own definition of balanced mental health and fulfillment. Your voice, your experiences, and your priorities drive my care. Let's walk this path together. Working with: depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress, gender identity, attention challenges. LGBTQIA+ affirming.
My ideal client is anyone and everyone, especially those that have felt overlooked, misunderstood and/or marginalized by previous providers. You want someone who genuinely cares, listens and is rooting for you. Healing is a journey of self-discovery. I am here as your partner, supporting you each step of the way towards reaching your own definition of balanced mental health and fulfillment. Your voice, your experiences, and your priorities drive my care. Let's walk this path together. Working with: depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and post-traumatic stress, gender identity, attention challenges. LGBTQIA+ affirming.
(475) 252-5193 View (475) 252-5193
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Matthew Campbell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (Online Only)
Dr. Matthew Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein. He provides telepsychiatry for adults throughout Connecticut. He is currently taking new patients interested in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training.) This is an evidenced based therapy for people (CSO) affected by someone (IP) with an addiction. It has 3 goals of: improved mental health/quality of life of CSO, decreased substance use by IP and much higher treatment engagement to address substance use for IP.
Dr. Matthew Campbell received his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed psychiatry residency and an addiction fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein. He provides telepsychiatry for adults throughout Connecticut. He is currently taking new patients interested in CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training.) This is an evidenced based therapy for people (CSO) affected by someone (IP) with an addiction. It has 3 goals of: improved mental health/quality of life of CSO, decreased substance use by IP and much higher treatment engagement to address substance use for IP.
(860) 764-2784 View (860) 764-2784
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Emily Friedman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06501  (Online Only)
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
With more than 8 years of experience working in the mental health field helping clients achieve their vision of wellness, stability and peace, I offer a safe, affirming, nonjudgmental space to share where you've been and envision where you'd like to go. I have worked in substance use disorder programs as well as intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings.
(475) 897-5578 View (475) 897-5578
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SMPsychotherapy & Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PCCN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06503
Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
Have you tried medications for mental health conditions without success? Do you feel your medication prescriber doesn’t spend enough time with you? You want someone who will take a holistic approach when prescribing your mental health medications and listen to your experience and concerns about side effects. You want to manage your mental health conditions and get back to building the life you want. What if you could find a mental health practice that combines best practices in medication management with comprehensive therapy services? We’d be honored to help you achieve mental wellness.
(203) 769-9298 View (203) 769-9298
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Aslynn J. Romano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06501
Serving Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire via Telehealth as well as in our Concord, NH office. Offering diagnostic evaluations for adults who are questioning if they may be Autistic (and medication management / general psychiatric care - in NH only). As a Neurodivergent & LGTBQIA-identified professional, I try to validate/normalize our shared human experiences while using evidence-based treatments to support my patient in their mental health journey.
Serving Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire via Telehealth as well as in our Concord, NH office. Offering diagnostic evaluations for adults who are questioning if they may be Autistic (and medication management / general psychiatric care - in NH only). As a Neurodivergent & LGTBQIA-identified professional, I try to validate/normalize our shared human experiences while using evidence-based treatments to support my patient in their mental health journey.
(603) 691-3834 View (603) 691-3834
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Hassan Naqvi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06511
- - - - - - - - - - Call now for a free consultation! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Appointments available this week! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or not yourself? You're not alone. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or more, your well-being is my top priority. As a board-certified psychiatrist, my focus is to support you on your journey towards improved mental health. Our work together won't be just about treating conditions, it will be about recognizing and understanding your unique life circumstances and the social issues that impact your mental health.
- - - - - - - - - - Call now for a free consultation! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Appointments available this week! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or not yourself? You're not alone. Whether you're dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, or more, your well-being is my top priority. As a board-certified psychiatrist, my focus is to support you on your journey towards improved mental health. Our work together won't be just about treating conditions, it will be about recognizing and understanding your unique life circumstances and the social issues that impact your mental health.
(646) 437-8876 View (646) 437-8876
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Elevate Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06501
I am an ANCC board-certified Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about delivering innovative mental health care, including psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of adolescents and adults. Our practice combines both medication management and psychotherapy modalities to achieve sustainable and safe outcomes. As many of us know, treatment takes a collaborative and multimodal approach that is unique and individualized based on each person's desired goals and outcomes. We are here to help you achieve those goals that you have for yourself.
I am an ANCC board-certified Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about delivering innovative mental health care, including psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of adolescents and adults. Our practice combines both medication management and psychotherapy modalities to achieve sustainable and safe outcomes. As many of us know, treatment takes a collaborative and multimodal approach that is unique and individualized based on each person's desired goals and outcomes. We are here to help you achieve those goals that you have for yourself.
(475) 224-4594 View (475) 224-4594
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Jenna Butner
Psychiatrist, MD, FASAM
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06501  (Online Only)
I am a double board certified addiction and family medicine physician specializing in treating addiction disorders. I completed my medical training at Albert Einstein Yeshiva University, and Fellowships in Addiction Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel. I am an Assistant Professor Adjunct in Medicine, in the addiction medicine program at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor at City University of New York School of Medicine.
I am a double board certified addiction and family medicine physician specializing in treating addiction disorders. I completed my medical training at Albert Einstein Yeshiva University, and Fellowships in Addiction Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel. I am an Assistant Professor Adjunct in Medicine, in the addiction medicine program at Yale University School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor at City University of New York School of Medicine.
(929) 205-5315 View (929) 205-5315
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Liv Well Behavioral Health Services (LWBHS)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, , APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511  (Online Only)
Doctorate Degree studies the impact of trauma-informed therapies throughout the life span. Chief Researcher: Building Resilience Among Veterans: TRM, CRM, EMDR to reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Principal Research Investigator of EMDR Therapy for inner-city adolescents to enhance resiliency. Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Yale-New Haven Psych & Medical Attending for Adult & Geriatrics Inpatient units, and Adjunct Professor at FFU Fairfield University in Psychiatry/Mental Health. Expertise in Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Diversity.
Doctorate Degree studies the impact of trauma-informed therapies throughout the life span. Chief Researcher: Building Resilience Among Veterans: TRM, CRM, EMDR to reduce PTSD, depression, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Principal Research Investigator of EMDR Therapy for inner-city adolescents to enhance resiliency. Licensed, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Yale-New Haven Psych & Medical Attending for Adult & Geriatrics Inpatient units, and Adjunct Professor at FFU Fairfield University in Psychiatry/Mental Health. Expertise in Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Cultural Diversity.
(959) 207-2714 View (959) 207-2714
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CT Center for Psychiatric Wellness- CCPW
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06511
Centered around a telemedicine model, we are expanding the reach of mental health services to those who might not be able to regularly travel to office visits. From Anxiety & Depression, to ADHD, PTSD, Addiction and LGBTQIA, our providers at CCPW are contemporary with their training and provide therapist designed to maximize every patient's quality of life.
Centered around a telemedicine model, we are expanding the reach of mental health services to those who might not be able to regularly travel to office visits. From Anxiety & Depression, to ADHD, PTSD, Addiction and LGBTQIA, our providers at CCPW are contemporary with their training and provide therapist designed to maximize every patient's quality of life.
(475) 338-3501 View (475) 338-3501
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Johnson-Allen Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06502  (Online Only)
My name is Deon and I’m YOUR Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-practicing in the Hartford County and NYC. I try to find +ve meaning in everyday's life events, even amidst chaos and stress. I utilize mindfulness and spirituality and integrating it with psychiatric treatments ,incl. complementary approaches to helping people manage depression, anxiety, PTSD and stress, and to live happier and more fulfilling lives. Through stories of human resilience, the power of love and support, I have come to believe that you can achieve anything. My goal is to create a safe and nonjudgemental space for you to receive excellent care. BELIEVE !
My name is Deon and I’m YOUR Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-practicing in the Hartford County and NYC. I try to find +ve meaning in everyday's life events, even amidst chaos and stress. I utilize mindfulness and spirituality and integrating it with psychiatric treatments ,incl. complementary approaches to helping people manage depression, anxiety, PTSD and stress, and to live happier and more fulfilling lives. Through stories of human resilience, the power of love and support, I have come to believe that you can achieve anything. My goal is to create a safe and nonjudgemental space for you to receive excellent care. BELIEVE !
(475) 255-7411 View (475) 255-7411
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Frank John Ninivaggi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New Haven, CT 06510  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
MD Psychiatric Evaluations & Medication Assessments---Intensive Psychotherapy Limited Practice--offered. Medical psychotherapy includes psychotherapy and medication with follow-up, as well as ongoing medication adjustments as needed. Med reassessments are done for those already on medication. The focus is practical, interpersonal, dynamic, and self-potential enhancement. Board-certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Telehealth.
MD Psychiatric Evaluations & Medication Assessments---Intensive Psychotherapy Limited Practice--offered. Medical psychotherapy includes psychotherapy and medication with follow-up, as well as ongoing medication adjustments as needed. Med reassessments are done for those already on medication. The focus is practical, interpersonal, dynamic, and self-potential enhancement. Board-certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Telehealth.
(203) 904-2358 View (203) 904-2358

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in West Haven, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in West Haven, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
83% Depression
83% ADHD
83% Trauma and PTSD
83% Bipolar Disorder
83% Stress
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in West Haven, CT see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in West Haven?

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.