Psychiatrists in Abington, MA

Bosa Osawonuyi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Abington, MA 02351
I am Currently accepting patients within a week, with flexible scheduling. I am also providing 15mins free consultation. I am a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10years of Health care experience. My philosophy is rooted in the understanding that, true healing relies on a blend of clinical expertise, empathy and a genuine connection between the practitioner and the patient.
I am Currently accepting patients within a week, with flexible scheduling. I am also providing 15mins free consultation. I am a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with 10years of Health care experience. My philosophy is rooted in the understanding that, true healing relies on a blend of clinical expertise, empathy and a genuine connection between the practitioner and the patient.
(781) 734-7465 View (781) 734-7465
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Judith Austin, PMHNP, Align Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Abington, MA 02351  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide medication management only; I do NOT provide counseling/therapy services. I am passionate about the work I do and I am committed to assisting you in improving your mental health. I am also a provider that will be direct with my patients, ensuring that plain-speaking, honest conversation leads to open lines of communication. As a prescriber of psychiatric medications, and before discussing a potential medication regimen that you may benefit from, we will engage in a thorough discussion about your life, your past history, your current situation, and your treatment goals.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide medication management only; I do NOT provide counseling/therapy services. I am passionate about the work I do and I am committed to assisting you in improving your mental health. I am also a provider that will be direct with my patients, ensuring that plain-speaking, honest conversation leads to open lines of communication. As a prescriber of psychiatric medications, and before discussing a potential medication regimen that you may benefit from, we will engage in a thorough discussion about your life, your past history, your current situation, and your treatment goals.
(774) 430-3148 View (774) 430-3148

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Boston Neurobehavioral Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02301
MSN, APRN,FNP-BC, graduated from Regis college in Western MA in 2011, with honors. I have been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for the last 10 years. I've been a Nurse for 27 years. I graduated from Borough of Manhattan College, City University of New York with honors in 1994 with an ASN. Also graduated from Medgar Evers College with honors with a BSN. I am a hospitalist with experience all across the medical, and psychiatry platform. I also have experience in internal medicine and Primary Care. I am also BCLS, ACLS, certified and have professional affiliation, with AANP, and MNA.
MSN, APRN,FNP-BC, graduated from Regis college in Western MA in 2011, with honors. I have been a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner for the last 10 years. I've been a Nurse for 27 years. I graduated from Borough of Manhattan College, City University of New York with honors in 1994 with an ASN. Also graduated from Medgar Evers College with honors with a BSN. I am a hospitalist with experience all across the medical, and psychiatry platform. I also have experience in internal medicine and Primary Care. I am also BCLS, ACLS, certified and have professional affiliation, with AANP, and MNA.
(781) 230-7380 x3 View (781) 230-7380 x3
Capilona wellness services llc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02301
Ayodeji E Okorafor is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He graduated with honors from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts; he has had 0ver 10 years of mental health experience. The word Capilona connotes the idea of the community as family, and our practice is focused on the collaboration of care and communication with all the care providers working with our patients.
Ayodeji E Okorafor is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He graduated with honors from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts; he has had 0ver 10 years of mental health experience. The word Capilona connotes the idea of the community as family, and our practice is focused on the collaboration of care and communication with all the care providers working with our patients.
(508) 466-5593 View (508) 466-5593
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Illumina Behavioral Medicine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hingham, MA 02043
“Each patient present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life”. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and as such, I can prescribe medication, if necessary, as an adjunct to psychotherapy. I worked in various healthcare including inpatient and outpatient settings providing both psychiatric and medical care. I use integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual’s authenticity to make proactive decisions and enhance his or hers ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life’s circumstances.
“Each patient present with unique nuances as to how a problem behaviorally reveals itself in his or her life”. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and as such, I can prescribe medication, if necessary, as an adjunct to psychotherapy. I worked in various healthcare including inpatient and outpatient settings providing both psychiatric and medical care. I use integrated approach to care with aims to empower individual’s authenticity to make proactive decisions and enhance his or hers ability to effectively cope with the full variety of life’s circumstances.
(339) 217-8672 View (339) 217-8672
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Contentahealth, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
I am a board certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15years experience working in mental health, treating a full rage of emotional issues. My goal is that my clients feel emotionally and physically healthy.
I am a board certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 15years experience working in mental health, treating a full rage of emotional issues. My goal is that my clients feel emotionally and physically healthy.
(508) 456-6480 View (508) 456-6480
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02302
When you are suffering, you want help now, not one month from now. If symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or insomnia are negatively affecting your life, follow the link to my website and click the "Request Consultation" button to get started.
When you are suffering, you want help now, not one month from now. If symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or insomnia are negatively affecting your life, follow the link to my website and click the "Request Consultation" button to get started.
(781) 546-5847 View (781) 546-5847
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Nicholas Sousa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norwell, MA 02061
Nicholas Sousa is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience. Nicholas specializes in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Adjustment disorders and bi-polar spectrum disorders, he also has experience working with schizophrenia, substance use disorders and major mental illness. He is committed to providing high quality care for individuals suffering from mental illness.
Nicholas Sousa is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience. Nicholas specializes in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Adjustment disorders and bi-polar spectrum disorders, he also has experience working with schizophrenia, substance use disorders and major mental illness. He is committed to providing high quality care for individuals suffering from mental illness.
(781) 488-7178 View (781) 488-7178
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South Shore Psychiatric Services, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, RNCNS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hingham, MA 02043
South Shore Psychiatric Services offers psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children, adolescents and adults in a small, quiet office setting, where clients feel comfortable and are able to maintain a sense of privacy. Together, Dr. Mary Ann McDonnell, Dr. Annmarie Mingolelli, Jennifer Finnerty, PMHNP, Stephanie Grant, PMHNP, Michael Pascale, PMHNP, and Jodi Maxwell, RN work tirelessly to meet the needs of our clients with mental health issues. We have a wide variety of expertise and backgrounds that we bring to this unique group practice. We are currently accepting new clients into our practice.
South Shore Psychiatric Services offers psychiatric evaluations and treatment for children, adolescents and adults in a small, quiet office setting, where clients feel comfortable and are able to maintain a sense of privacy. Together, Dr. Mary Ann McDonnell, Dr. Annmarie Mingolelli, Jennifer Finnerty, PMHNP, Stephanie Grant, PMHNP, Michael Pascale, PMHNP, and Jodi Maxwell, RN work tirelessly to meet the needs of our clients with mental health issues. We have a wide variety of expertise and backgrounds that we bring to this unique group practice. We are currently accepting new clients into our practice.
(781) 837-8833 View (781) 837-8833
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Power Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hanover, MA 02339
Power Behavioral Health is a small private practice located on the South Shore offering medication management for clients who are currently undergoing therapy but feel they need further treatment. We treat a wide range of mental health conditions. We accept most commercial insurance plans as well as self pay. Please visit www.powerbehavioralhealth.com for more details or to book an appointment online.
Power Behavioral Health is a small private practice located on the South Shore offering medication management for clients who are currently undergoing therapy but feel they need further treatment. We treat a wide range of mental health conditions. We accept most commercial insurance plans as well as self pay. Please visit www.powerbehavioralhealth.com for more details or to book an appointment online.
(781) 924-1325 View (781) 924-1325
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Dr. Abena Apraku
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brockton, MA 02301
Dr. Apraku is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, she specializes in providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and PTSD. As a well-rounded provider, her focus is on medication management (including for patients wishing to decrease reliance on medication) in combination with extensive psycho-education. Read more about her approach at apraku.com/services.
Dr. Apraku is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, she specializes in providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and PTSD. As a well-rounded provider, her focus is on medication management (including for patients wishing to decrease reliance on medication) in combination with extensive psycho-education. Read more about her approach at apraku.com/services.
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Hanover Psychiatry Group Leslie A. DeLisle APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hanover, MA 02339
Accepting new patients booking Aug 2024. Are you in need of a provider with expertise in medication management? I am aware how difficult it can be to find a provider who can get to know you and not treat sessions transactionally. I am eager to spend the time necessary to provide expert evaluation, recommendations, and education so that you can make the most informed decisions about pharmacologic intervention. My office setting is in a very private and discreet environment and will offer you the time you need to resolve the symptoms that keeping you from thriving and being who you want to be for yourself and others.
Accepting new patients booking Aug 2024. Are you in need of a provider with expertise in medication management? I am aware how difficult it can be to find a provider who can get to know you and not treat sessions transactionally. I am eager to spend the time necessary to provide expert evaluation, recommendations, and education so that you can make the most informed decisions about pharmacologic intervention. My office setting is in a very private and discreet environment and will offer you the time you need to resolve the symptoms that keeping you from thriving and being who you want to be for yourself and others.
(781) 243-3965 View (781) 243-3965
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Dorothy Borkiewicz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, LMHC
Verified Verified
Hanover, MA 02339
Accepting New Patients! Dorothy Borkiewicz, PMHNP-BC, LMHC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and License Mental Health Counselor. She has completed her Mental Health Counseling Program at Cambridge College in 2013, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Regis College in 2018. She has several years of experience as Psychiatric Crisis Clinician and has been providing services as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since June 2018.
Accepting New Patients! Dorothy Borkiewicz, PMHNP-BC, LMHC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and License Mental Health Counselor. She has completed her Mental Health Counseling Program at Cambridge College in 2013, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Regis College in 2018. She has several years of experience as Psychiatric Crisis Clinician and has been providing services as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since June 2018.
(857) 290-4935 View (857) 290-4935
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Timothy Pepin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02302  (Online Only)
Timothy’s core philosophy is patient centered. He is a fierce patient advocate and believer in the patient’s right to autonomy first and foremost. He believes in a multidisciplinary approach to psychiatric care including the involvement of therapists, nurses, social workers, physicians, and psychologists to implement therapy, dietary changes, exercise, psychopharmacology, and genetic testing within a holistic care model. He performs comprehensive assessments and develops realistic treatment plans that include the needs of patients and their families.
Timothy’s core philosophy is patient centered. He is a fierce patient advocate and believer in the patient’s right to autonomy first and foremost. He believes in a multidisciplinary approach to psychiatric care including the involvement of therapists, nurses, social workers, physicians, and psychologists to implement therapy, dietary changes, exercise, psychopharmacology, and genetic testing within a holistic care model. He performs comprehensive assessments and develops realistic treatment plans that include the needs of patients and their families.
(401) 425-7182 View (401) 425-7182
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BrighterSpace Mental Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Mesode is a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who empowers individuals to achieve mental wellness from pre-adolescent to adulthood. She is committed to providing compassionate/empathetic care and personalized treatment plans. With expertise in assessment, diagnosis, relationship-building skills, and medication management. She strives to foster a supportive therapeutic environment where clients can thrive and regain control of their lives. Collaborating with patients, families, and interdisciplinary teams, she aims to promote holistic well-being and resilience in the face of mental challenges.
Mesode is a dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who empowers individuals to achieve mental wellness from pre-adolescent to adulthood. She is committed to providing compassionate/empathetic care and personalized treatment plans. With expertise in assessment, diagnosis, relationship-building skills, and medication management. She strives to foster a supportive therapeutic environment where clients can thrive and regain control of their lives. Collaborating with patients, families, and interdisciplinary teams, she aims to promote holistic well-being and resilience in the face of mental challenges.
(848) 266-6982 View (848) 266-6982
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Revive Holistic Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Weymouth, MA 02190
•• Accepting New Patients •• Many struggle with their mental health and often feel anxious or depressed, lack the motivation to work, isolate themselves from family and friends, lose interest in the things they use to enjoy, or perform poorly at their job. I believe when you treat someone holistically you can address the root cause of the mental health struggle so you can get back to living a balanced and fulfilled life.
•• Accepting New Patients •• Many struggle with their mental health and often feel anxious or depressed, lack the motivation to work, isolate themselves from family and friends, lose interest in the things they use to enjoy, or perform poorly at their job. I believe when you treat someone holistically you can address the root cause of the mental health struggle so you can get back to living a balanced and fulfilled life.
(857) 214-8623 View (857) 214-8623
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Victoria Adeleye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hingham, MA 02043
Dr. Victoria Adeleye is a doctoral-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of clinical experience providing compassionate care to patients with mental illness. She has honed her skills as an addiction specialist with over seven years of experience in the field, providing non-judgmental treatment to individuals battling the disease of addiction. Victoria has a robust educational background, with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from UMass-Amherst, a Master of Science in Nursing in Psychiatry/Mental Health from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MCPHS University.
Dr. Victoria Adeleye is a doctoral-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over ten years of clinical experience providing compassionate care to patients with mental illness. She has honed her skills as an addiction specialist with over seven years of experience in the field, providing non-judgmental treatment to individuals battling the disease of addiction. Victoria has a robust educational background, with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from UMass-Amherst, a Master of Science in Nursing in Psychiatry/Mental Health from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MCPHS University.
(781) 653-7807 View (781) 653-7807
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Tanya Gershman at Square Medical Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Braintree, MA 02184
Tanya Gershman is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University and her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include addiction medicine and co-occurring disorders. With an integrative mindset, she focuses on the blend of medication management and therapeutic support. Tanya is offering in-person medication management appointments in our Newton locations, as well as telehealth appointments.
Tanya Gershman is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University and her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include addiction medicine and co-occurring disorders. With an integrative mindset, she focuses on the blend of medication management and therapeutic support. Tanya is offering in-person medication management appointments in our Newton locations, as well as telehealth appointments.
(339) 331-0938 View (339) 331-0938
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Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Pembroke, MA 02359  (Online Only)
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is a double-board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Boston. He is currently an assistant professor at Drexel College of Medicine. Dr. Thangaraj also worked at McLean Hospital/Harvard University and Sheppard Pratt establishing various inpatient units. He is one of the few doctors who treats patients of all ages from toddler, adolescence to adulthood.
Dr. Swaminathan Thangaraj is a double-board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in Boston. He is currently an assistant professor at Drexel College of Medicine. Dr. Thangaraj also worked at McLean Hospital/Harvard University and Sheppard Pratt establishing various inpatient units. He is one of the few doctors who treats patients of all ages from toddler, adolescence to adulthood.
(339) 255-1723 View (339) 255-1723
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Taylor Blando
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hingham, MA 02018  (Online Only)
I am a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner (psychiatry mental health and family medicine). I am happy to welcome new patients via telehealth during the covid crisis. I find of most importance in care is building and fostering a provider/patient relationship. I have been a nurse since 2008 working primarily at MGH and as an NP since 2016 at the VA as well as a private eating disorder facility in Boston, The Renfrew Center. I have notable experience working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, psychotic and personality disorders. Note, I will see pediatric patients on a case by case basis.
I am a dual Board Certified Nurse Practitioner (psychiatry mental health and family medicine). I am happy to welcome new patients via telehealth during the covid crisis. I find of most importance in care is building and fostering a provider/patient relationship. I have been a nurse since 2008 working primarily at MGH and as an NP since 2016 at the VA as well as a private eating disorder facility in Boston, The Renfrew Center. I have notable experience working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, psychotic and personality disorders. Note, I will see pediatric patients on a case by case basis.
(617) 383-7592 View (617) 383-7592

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Number of Psychiatrists in Abington, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Abington, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Addiction
50% Child
50% ADHD
50% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Tufts

How Psychiatrists in Abington, MA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Abington?

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.