Psychiatrists in Woodstock, CT

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Family health care & walk in center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Woodstock, CT 06281
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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Cassandra Shepard Wellness of Mind LLC.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP
Verified
Woodstock, CT 06281  (Online Only)
My approach is to work collaboratively with the clients and focus on teaching, health promotion, clinical guidelines, and integrative care. Cassandra Shepard is dual-licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP), board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center received her Doctorate, Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph. I have experience in short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, inpatient, outpatient psychiatric treatment settings, and partial hospitalization program services.
My approach is to work collaboratively with the clients and focus on teaching, health promotion, clinical guidelines, and integrative care. Cassandra Shepard is dual-licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner (PMHNP), board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center received her Doctorate, Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph. I have experience in short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, inpatient, outpatient psychiatric treatment settings, and partial hospitalization program services.
(475) 241-0491 View (475) 241-0491
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Vanessa Krasinski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Woodstock, CT 06281
Not accepting new clients
NOT accepting new patients.... You may have started therapy but see limited progress. Your doctor or loved one may have suggested that you consider medication to address symptoms of low mood or anxiety. You may be experiencing a major life transition - relationship stress, first-time parenthood, education or career change - and find that despite your best efforts to manage you feel constantly overwhelmed. Whether you are newly interested in medication or are seeking a second opinion, my approach is collaborative and evidence based.
NOT accepting new patients.... You may have started therapy but see limited progress. Your doctor or loved one may have suggested that you consider medication to address symptoms of low mood or anxiety. You may be experiencing a major life transition - relationship stress, first-time parenthood, education or career change - and find that despite your best efforts to manage you feel constantly overwhelmed. Whether you are newly interested in medication or are seeking a second opinion, my approach is collaborative and evidence based.
(860) 821-7909 View (860) 821-7909

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Quiet Corner Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
1 Endorsed
Putnam, CT 06260
Licensed in both CT and MA, I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for integrative and holistic mental health care, who believes in compassionate, collaborative, and personalized care. I specialize in tailored treatments for adults, 18-55 years of age, struggling with the complexities of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance use, and seeking a holistic approach to mental wellness. If you've been yearning for a psychiatrist who truly understands your unique struggles and is dedicated to your recovery, you've found your partner on the path to healing. Visit www.quietcornerpsychiatry.com to learn more.
Licensed in both CT and MA, I am a double board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for integrative and holistic mental health care, who believes in compassionate, collaborative, and personalized care. I specialize in tailored treatments for adults, 18-55 years of age, struggling with the complexities of anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and substance use, and seeking a holistic approach to mental wellness. If you've been yearning for a psychiatrist who truly understands your unique struggles and is dedicated to your recovery, you've found your partner on the path to healing. Visit www.quietcornerpsychiatry.com to learn more.
(860) 580-5255 View (860) 580-5255
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Aurele Kamm APRN, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Putnam, CT 06260
Not accepting new clients
I have 40 years experience in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, and 24 years as a prescriber. I work with clients using a collaborative, holistic, compassionate approach that makes best use of my skills as a nurse. I work with children age 10 to adults, including elderly. I have a wide range of experience that varies from ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, dementia... life transitions... basically almost everything. I'm a strong believer in psychoeducation about medications and creating a partnership in the treatment process that is inclusive and empowering.
I have 40 years experience in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse, and 24 years as a prescriber. I work with clients using a collaborative, holistic, compassionate approach that makes best use of my skills as a nurse. I work with children age 10 to adults, including elderly. I have a wide range of experience that varies from ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, dementia... life transitions... basically almost everything. I'm a strong believer in psychoeducation about medications and creating a partnership in the treatment process that is inclusive and empowering.
(959) 210-0073 View (959) 210-0073

Online Psychiatrists

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Jennifer M Kenny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-P, PMHNPBC
Verified
Ridgefield, CT 06877  (Online Only)
I have focused training in perinatal psychiatry. I provide medication management for preconception, pregnant, and postpartum families. I have a special interest in working with individuals coping with stress related to infertility and medical complications during the perinatal period, including, high-risk pregnancy, fetal diagnosis, congenital anomalies, NICU stays and transitions home after a NICU hospitalization.
I have focused training in perinatal psychiatry. I provide medication management for preconception, pregnant, and postpartum families. I have a special interest in working with individuals coping with stress related to infertility and medical complications during the perinatal period, including, high-risk pregnancy, fetal diagnosis, congenital anomalies, NICU stays and transitions home after a NICU hospitalization.
(347) 934-8813 View (347) 934-8813
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Beth Grunschel
Psychiatrist, MD, ScM
Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
Are you looking for a psychiatrist who is equally skilled and passionate in the arts of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (prescribing medications)? My clinical style is engaging, interactive, and nonjudgmental. Medications are available when appropriate/helpful, but are just one of the tools available. I am also well-versed in talk therapy approaches when medications are not indicated/desirable. I look forward to your teaching me about the many different pieces that make you you, including looking at your medical health and social/family structures. I look forward to working together to find the right approach for you.
Are you looking for a psychiatrist who is equally skilled and passionate in the arts of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (prescribing medications)? My clinical style is engaging, interactive, and nonjudgmental. Medications are available when appropriate/helpful, but are just one of the tools available. I am also well-versed in talk therapy approaches when medications are not indicated/desirable. I look forward to your teaching me about the many different pieces that make you you, including looking at your medical health and social/family structures. I look forward to working together to find the right approach for you.
(203) 909-6956 View (203) 909-6956
Mihaela Nedelcuta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Fairfield, CT 06824
Hi, people call me 'Dr. N' or 'Dr. Michaela Nedelcutza.' : [A] I have a private Psychiatry practice in downtown Fairfield near the train station. The "Website" button to the left leads to my professional psychiatry website (www.Psychiatrist-Fairfield.com).
Hi, people call me 'Dr. N' or 'Dr. Michaela Nedelcutza.' : [A] I have a private Psychiatry practice in downtown Fairfield near the train station. The "Website" button to the left leads to my professional psychiatry website (www.Psychiatrist-Fairfield.com).
(203) 763-4769 View (203) 763-4769
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Lisa Killips
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified
Avon, CT 06001  (Online Only)
I am accepting new Clients. My goal is to treat clients with an individual, holistic approach in an effort to strive for a healthy, balanced, quality of life. I am an empathetic listener utilizing integrative treatment strategies of medication management, complimentary therapies, mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and more. Treatment is with thoughtful consideration of the Client as a whole.
I am accepting new Clients. My goal is to treat clients with an individual, holistic approach in an effort to strive for a healthy, balanced, quality of life. I am an empathetic listener utilizing integrative treatment strategies of medication management, complimentary therapies, mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and more. Treatment is with thoughtful consideration of the Client as a whole.
(860) 590-8236 View (860) 590-8236
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Terrell D Holloway
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Milford, CT 06461
As a physician-scientist trained at Yale & Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, I specialize in PTSD, depression/anxiety and ADHD. I've been privileged to provide aid and therapeutic interventions to diverse PTSD populations in the tri-state area, including 9/11 first responders and veterans. Additionally, my scientific contributions in the field shine through published scientific articles on trauma's influence on health & aging. I am also a national voice on stress & trauma's repercussions in underrepresented communities.
As a physician-scientist trained at Yale & Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, I specialize in PTSD, depression/anxiety and ADHD. I've been privileged to provide aid and therapeutic interventions to diverse PTSD populations in the tri-state area, including 9/11 first responders and veterans. Additionally, my scientific contributions in the field shine through published scientific articles on trauma's influence on health & aging. I am also a national voice on stress & trauma's repercussions in underrepresented communities.
(475) 405-3134 View (475) 405-3134
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Leshawna Murrell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Southbury, CT 06488
If you or your child are experiencing extreme stress and life changes, it can be overwhelming to navigate distressing symptoms. You may feel helpless as to how to help yourself or your child cope with symptoms and maintain the overwhelming activities and requirements of daily life. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am here to listen to your unique story, family history, and symptoms, to help you find peace in your life, body, and mind. I am here to listen to your concerns and symptoms and provide a full evaluation to consider tools that may be helpful for you to feel better mentally and physically.
If you or your child are experiencing extreme stress and life changes, it can be overwhelming to navigate distressing symptoms. You may feel helpless as to how to help yourself or your child cope with symptoms and maintain the overwhelming activities and requirements of daily life. As a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, I am here to listen to your unique story, family history, and symptoms, to help you find peace in your life, body, and mind. I am here to listen to your concerns and symptoms and provide a full evaluation to consider tools that may be helpful for you to feel better mentally and physically.
(475) 253-5360 View (475) 253-5360
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Dayna Leigh Giordano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Branford, CT 06405
My realization from working with mental health, addiction & chronic pain plays an enormous role in my patient's quality of life. I combine my knowledge with strict protocols to keep my patients free of pain without the stigma of addiction. I am also looking at the most innovative new treatments for treatment resistant depression (Esketamine and ketamine troches) and Buprenorphine for chronic pain, Alpha-stim for anxiety, depression, & insomnia and NextWave device for chronic debilitating pelvic floor pain. Call for evaluation today! Open Mon-Thursday 10-6 pm. daynagiordanoaprn@gmail.com. Office 203-481-5556 fax 203-481-5553.
My realization from working with mental health, addiction & chronic pain plays an enormous role in my patient's quality of life. I combine my knowledge with strict protocols to keep my patients free of pain without the stigma of addiction. I am also looking at the most innovative new treatments for treatment resistant depression (Esketamine and ketamine troches) and Buprenorphine for chronic pain, Alpha-stim for anxiety, depression, & insomnia and NextWave device for chronic debilitating pelvic floor pain. Call for evaluation today! Open Mon-Thursday 10-6 pm. daynagiordanoaprn@gmail.com. Office 203-481-5556 fax 203-481-5553.
(203) 481-5556 View (203) 481-5556
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Randall R Dwenger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lakeville, CT 06039
Dr. Randall Dwenger is board-certified in both Psychiatry and in Addiction Medicine, and has been practicing psychiatry for more than 35 years. His goal in working with clients is to instill hope in those who are often feeling hopeless. Treatment begins with a Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation, where he gets to know each client as an individual. Throughout his career, he has had a passion for working with young people as they transition to adulthood. He has a love for treating those suffering from addiction, and a hatred for the Opioid Epidemic given all the lives lost to this disease.
Dr. Randall Dwenger is board-certified in both Psychiatry and in Addiction Medicine, and has been practicing psychiatry for more than 35 years. His goal in working with clients is to instill hope in those who are often feeling hopeless. Treatment begins with a Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation, where he gets to know each client as an individual. Throughout his career, he has had a passion for working with young people as they transition to adulthood. He has a love for treating those suffering from addiction, and a hatred for the Opioid Epidemic given all the lives lost to this disease.
(860) 764-3558 View (860) 764-3558
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WCT Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Waterbury, CT 06705
Welcome! We are a group practice of 60 licensed counselors and medication providers. We have a multi disciplinary team which is trained in several models to tailor each of our clients needs. Our biggest focus, is you, our client. We provide family, couples and individual counseling. Medication management for psychiatry and also offer Primary Care Services.
Welcome! We are a group practice of 60 licensed counselors and medication providers. We have a multi disciplinary team which is trained in several models to tailor each of our clients needs. Our biggest focus, is you, our client. We provide family, couples and individual counseling. Medication management for psychiatry and also offer Primary Care Services.
(203) 916-4595 View (203) 916-4595
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Diana Lankenau
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Cheshire, CT 06410  (Online Only)
Diana Lankenau is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specializing in psychiatric-mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In her own words, "Life is a journey. We all struggle to understand our own thoughts, emotions, insecurities, perceptions and behaviors. As individuals we constantly compare ourselves to others in search for the self." Diana attempts to help others in understanding that mental health conflicts are very common, and that it is not a sign of weakness to experience fear, uncertainty, and vulnerability. It is during those times of weakness that we find our inner strength.
Diana Lankenau is a board-certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specializing in psychiatric-mental health, at Advanced TelePsych. In her own words, "Life is a journey. We all struggle to understand our own thoughts, emotions, insecurities, perceptions and behaviors. As individuals we constantly compare ourselves to others in search for the self." Diana attempts to help others in understanding that mental health conflicts are very common, and that it is not a sign of weakness to experience fear, uncertainty, and vulnerability. It is during those times of weakness that we find our inner strength.
(203) 433-6879 View (203) 433-6879
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Liv Well Behavioral Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
New Britain, CT 06052
Serving individuals throughout the lifespan: Adolescents, young adult, mature adults, and geriatric population.
Serving individuals throughout the lifespan: Adolescents, young adult, mature adults, and geriatric population.
(860) 485-7309 View (860) 485-7309
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Ericka Gardener
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
West Hartford, CT 06119  (Online Only)
Ericka is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats a wide range of mental health concerns including adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, sleep issues, and substance use disorders. She is passionate about providing holistic care and is a fervent client advocate, ensuring that the client's needs are at the center of care and ensuring that clients are connected to appropriate resources when gaps in healthcare are identified. Ericka received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Saint Joseph.
Ericka is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who treats a wide range of mental health concerns including adjustment disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, thought disorders, sleep issues, and substance use disorders. She is passionate about providing holistic care and is a fervent client advocate, ensuring that the client's needs are at the center of care and ensuring that clients are connected to appropriate resources when gaps in healthcare are identified. Ericka received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Saint Joseph.
(860) 855-7744 View (860) 855-7744
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Marie Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Milford, CT 06460
I am a highly skilled and accomplished Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. During a significant portion of my career, I worked in different healthcare settings, including the primary care setting, home care setting, and psychiatric mental health. She collaborated with interdisciplinary team members from initial patient assessments to treatment planning, medication management, counseling, and discharge. I have maintained a strong commitment to Best Practices, standards of excellence, and continuous improvement.
I am a highly skilled and accomplished Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. During a significant portion of my career, I worked in different healthcare settings, including the primary care setting, home care setting, and psychiatric mental health. She collaborated with interdisciplinary team members from initial patient assessments to treatment planning, medication management, counseling, and discharge. I have maintained a strong commitment to Best Practices, standards of excellence, and continuous improvement.
(860) 775-4975 View (860) 775-4975
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Lynda S. Emard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Rocky Hill, CT 06067  (Online Only)
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric nursing. We treat patients age 18 and over with different psychiatric needs including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, personality disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder. We develop a flexible treatment plan and provide medication management based on patient preferences in combination with our expertise and evidence-based practice. We provide an extensive psychiatric interview in order to determine the best treatment options for you, and ongoing discussion that facilitates collaborative care.
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a strong background in psychiatric nursing. We treat patients age 18 and over with different psychiatric needs including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, personality disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder. We develop a flexible treatment plan and provide medication management based on patient preferences in combination with our expertise and evidence-based practice. We provide an extensive psychiatric interview in order to determine the best treatment options for you, and ongoing discussion that facilitates collaborative care.
(860) 590-9758 View (860) 590-9758
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Eli Bogart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, LMHC
1 Endorsed
New Haven, CT 06511
I am trained as a mental health counselor with a focus on depression, grief and eating disorders. I believe that true healing is possible. When both the client and practitioner deeply respect and understand the client's struggles and commit to addressing the core conflicts that may lie behind their disorder, healing can take place. I am also a Rabbi and I have been a mentor and teacher at the Rabbinical college of New England for over ten years. Although I do not bring my personal religious beliefs into therapy, my style is informed by my experience as a teacher of ancient wisdom and existential thought.
I am trained as a mental health counselor with a focus on depression, grief and eating disorders. I believe that true healing is possible. When both the client and practitioner deeply respect and understand the client's struggles and commit to addressing the core conflicts that may lie behind their disorder, healing can take place. I am also a Rabbi and I have been a mentor and teacher at the Rabbinical college of New England for over ten years. Although I do not bring my personal religious beliefs into therapy, my style is informed by my experience as a teacher of ancient wisdom and existential thought.
(203) 896-8256 View (203) 896-8256

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Number of Psychiatrists in Woodstock, CT

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Psychiatrists in Woodstock, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
67% ADHD
67% Eating Disorders
67% Spirituality
67% Trauma and PTSD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in Woodstock, CT see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Woodstock?

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.