Psychiatrists in Willimantic, CT

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Linda Starr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willimantic, CT 06226
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals addressing mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of perinatal mental health, I have additional training and certification in perinatal mental health to better provide support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), I am committed to delivering compassionate and evidence-based care to individuals addressing mental health challenges. Recognizing the importance of perinatal mental health, I have additional training and certification in perinatal mental health to better provide support to individuals and families navigating the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
(860) 855-3426 View (860) 855-3426
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Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Willimantic, CT 06226
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates (CBHA) was established in 1989 by Dr. Bassam Awwa MD, who’s vision was to create a world-class treatment program that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addictive diseases, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Spravato treatment. Every member of our team strives towards the unified goal of making CBHA synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service & an unmatched commitment to families, our communities and most of all, our clients.
Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates (CBHA) was established in 1989 by Dr. Bassam Awwa MD, who’s vision was to create a world-class treatment program that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of behavioral health disorders and addictive diseases, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Spravato treatment. Every member of our team strives towards the unified goal of making CBHA synonymous with excellent care, phenomenal customer service & an unmatched commitment to families, our communities and most of all, our clients.
(860) 485-7207 View (860) 485-7207
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Family health care & walk in center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Willimantic, CT 06226
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
We provide individualize substance and alcohol treatment. We evaluate and manage depression, anxiety, ADHD and bipolar disorders.
(860) 718-4617 View (860) 718-4617
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Northeast Wellness Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Willimantic, CT 06226
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

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Messan Lawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ashford, CT 06278  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Therapeutics, LLC who provides medication management and talk therapy to adults of all demographics. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their individual stories and create comprehensive and holistic treatment plans. Every factor is considered, including a spiritual one, during the assessment. Virtual appointments available at this time.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Therapeutics, LLC who provides medication management and talk therapy to adults of all demographics. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their individual stories and create comprehensive and holistic treatment plans. Every factor is considered, including a spiritual one, during the assessment. Virtual appointments available at this time.
(860) 248-7114 View (860) 248-7114
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Wholistic Perspective
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NP
Verified Verified
Baltic, CT 06330
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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Heather Evans
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
33 Endorsed
Mansfield Center, CT 06250
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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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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Irene Ann Flynn-Lombardi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, BSN, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Columbia, CT 06237
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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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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Radmila Meyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Storrs, CT 06268  (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.
(860) 962-4359 View (860) 962-4359
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New Insights Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Colchester, CT 06415  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients! Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or hopeless? Maybe you recently got a medical diagnosis and feel lost. Maybe your relationship lacks the connection you desire. Maybe you are wanting to learn more about ADHD and gain clarity around your patterns. Whatever it is, you want to better manage these stressors but don’t know where to start. Instead of feeling out of control and overwhelmed, you want to feel confident and calm. You want to experience more connection and joy in these hard times. We believe you can get there and our team is committed to being your compass, guiding you towards that future.
Now Accepting New Patients! Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or hopeless? Maybe you recently got a medical diagnosis and feel lost. Maybe your relationship lacks the connection you desire. Maybe you are wanting to learn more about ADHD and gain clarity around your patterns. Whatever it is, you want to better manage these stressors but don’t know where to start. Instead of feeling out of control and overwhelmed, you want to feel confident and calm. You want to experience more connection and joy in these hard times. We believe you can get there and our team is committed to being your compass, guiding you towards that future.
(475) 255-2512 View (475) 255-2512

Online Psychiatrists

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Marilyn Batista
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN
Verified Verified
Danbury, CT 06810  (Online Only)
Are you a new mother navigating the complexities of postpartum life, overwhelmed by the challenges of balancing motherhood, personal well-being, and mental health? Are you struggling to manage anxiety or depression? Are you yearning for a compassionate ally on your journey to rediscovering balance and joy? Marilyn understands the unique struggles women face during these transformative times. She is here to guide you to optimal mental well-being with understanding and empathy. Marilyn believes in the healing power of support and aims to be a compassionate guide on the path to mental well-being. I speak Spanish.
Are you a new mother navigating the complexities of postpartum life, overwhelmed by the challenges of balancing motherhood, personal well-being, and mental health? Are you struggling to manage anxiety or depression? Are you yearning for a compassionate ally on your journey to rediscovering balance and joy? Marilyn understands the unique struggles women face during these transformative times. She is here to guide you to optimal mental well-being with understanding and empathy. Marilyn believes in the healing power of support and aims to be a compassionate guide on the path to mental well-being. I speak Spanish.
(203) 456-6989 View (203) 456-6989
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Katherine Salvador
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Katherine is a Board Certified Physician Assistant in the state of Connecticut. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Springfield College where she completed her clinical training In psychiatry in the inpatient hospital setting. After graduating, Katherine focused her career in community based mental health and addiction treatment. Her knowledge of psychopharmacology stems from over 9 years’ experience treating a wide scope of mental health conditions including mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders throughout the clinic, hospital, and addiction treatment environments.
Katherine is a Board Certified Physician Assistant in the state of Connecticut. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Springfield College where she completed her clinical training In psychiatry in the inpatient hospital setting. After graduating, Katherine focused her career in community based mental health and addiction treatment. Her knowledge of psychopharmacology stems from over 9 years’ experience treating a wide scope of mental health conditions including mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders throughout the clinic, hospital, and addiction treatment environments.
(860) 735-4922 View (860) 735-4922
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Jacqueline Rugg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHCNS-, BC
Verified Verified
East Haven, CT 06512
I have over 35 years experience in the field of psychiatry. Anxiety and depression limit one's ability to pursue and have satisfying relationships and feel comfortable with themselves. I provide adult clients comprehensive psychotherapy and medication evaluation and treatment for the full range disorders. As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) I am licensed to prescribe medication. I use the DNA Typing System for diagnosis and prevention of adverse drug reactions. I have a special interest working with clients experiencing long term medical conditions and their emotional, behavioral and cognitive responses.
I have over 35 years experience in the field of psychiatry. Anxiety and depression limit one's ability to pursue and have satisfying relationships and feel comfortable with themselves. I provide adult clients comprehensive psychotherapy and medication evaluation and treatment for the full range disorders. As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) I am licensed to prescribe medication. I use the DNA Typing System for diagnosis and prevention of adverse drug reactions. I have a special interest working with clients experiencing long term medical conditions and their emotional, behavioral and cognitive responses.
(203) 212-9428 View (203) 212-9428
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Peace of Mind Mental Health Services PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Branford, CT 06405
I welcome you to my practice! I can help guide you in finding that peace of mind that we all strive for. I can assist you in your process through medication management, and or psychotherapy. Life is ever-changing, I look forward to being a part of your changing process. •Initial medication intake appointment is $200 •Low complexity medication follow up appointments $150.
I welcome you to my practice! I can help guide you in finding that peace of mind that we all strive for. I can assist you in your process through medication management, and or psychotherapy. Life is ever-changing, I look forward to being a part of your changing process. •Initial medication intake appointment is $200 •Low complexity medication follow up appointments $150.
(203) 717-4962 View (203) 717-4962
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Amy Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Southport, CT 06890
Amy Roberts is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience as an advanced practice nurse since 2013. She believes in the benefit of personalized psychiatry services when utilized beside a foundation of psychotherapy and brings a commitment to ensuring accessible, quality, mental healthcare. She will meet you at your initial appointment with patience and understanding in order to collaboratively and effectively and effectively move toward your treatment goals.
Amy Roberts is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with experience as an advanced practice nurse since 2013. She believes in the benefit of personalized psychiatry services when utilized beside a foundation of psychotherapy and brings a commitment to ensuring accessible, quality, mental healthcare. She will meet you at your initial appointment with patience and understanding in order to collaboratively and effectively and effectively move toward your treatment goals.
(475) 255-2879 View (475) 255-2879
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Merit Nwosu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06103  (Online Only)
Are you suffering from a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder, or OCD? Have you tried therapy before, but you just don’t seem to find someone you feel a connection with? Mental health challenges can keep you from living the life you want. You may feel lost, hopeless, or disempowered, but you don’t have to struggle alone. Connect with Merit today to learn important tools to nurture your mental health and make life more enjoyable and fulfilling. Merit offers a blend of individual therapy and medication management and is ready to help you reach the fulfilling life you deserve.
Are you suffering from a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety, ADHD, substance use disorder, or OCD? Have you tried therapy before, but you just don’t seem to find someone you feel a connection with? Mental health challenges can keep you from living the life you want. You may feel lost, hopeless, or disempowered, but you don’t have to struggle alone. Connect with Merit today to learn important tools to nurture your mental health and make life more enjoyable and fulfilling. Merit offers a blend of individual therapy and medication management and is ready to help you reach the fulfilling life you deserve.
(860) 791-1805 View (860) 791-1805
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Southwest Trauma Informed Integrated Care LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Stratford, CT 06615  (Online Only)
Dr. Felisha Mack is Fairfield University trained, dual certified Nurse Practitioner in Family and Psych. Dr. Mack has over 15 years experience in mental health and specialize in PTSD, co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, Bipolar and schizophrenia. Dr. Mack is able to treat the whole person and mission is to deliver safe, equitable, culturally oriented integrated care. Dr Mack believes the combination of pharmacological and non pharmacological remedies increases the chances of optimal mental health.
Dr. Felisha Mack is Fairfield University trained, dual certified Nurse Practitioner in Family and Psych. Dr. Mack has over 15 years experience in mental health and specialize in PTSD, co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, Bipolar and schizophrenia. Dr. Mack is able to treat the whole person and mission is to deliver safe, equitable, culturally oriented integrated care. Dr Mack believes the combination of pharmacological and non pharmacological remedies increases the chances of optimal mental health.
(475) 253-3372 View (475) 253-3372
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Back to Balance LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410
Waitlist for new clients
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, difficulty focusing, poor motivation, insomnia or do you know anyone who does? If you are in a need of help, support, or guidance I may be able to help. I'm an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut. My unique approach involves providing holistic mental health intervention that include acupuncture, cupping, aromatherapy, and supplements including injectable Vitamin B12, D3, and Tri-Boost in addition to traditional psychiatric medication.
Are you struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, difficulty focusing, poor motivation, insomnia or do you know anyone who does? If you are in a need of help, support, or guidance I may be able to help. I'm an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) holding full prescriptive authority to serve the needs of clients in Connecticut. My unique approach involves providing holistic mental health intervention that include acupuncture, cupping, aromatherapy, and supplements including injectable Vitamin B12, D3, and Tri-Boost in addition to traditional psychiatric medication.
(203) 403-6232 View (203) 403-6232

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Willimantic, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Willimantic, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
75% Addiction
75% ADHD
75% Substance Use
75% Medication Management
75% Stress

Average years in practice

1 Year

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
75% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Willimantic, CT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Willimantic?

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.