Psychiatrists in Bourne, MA

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Kathleen Heffernan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Bourne, MA 02532
I am accepting new patients. I am here to guide you through the complicated mental health system by listening, asking questions, and understanding your emotions. If you are considering medication and/or therapy for your mental health, I am here to discuss the different treatment approaches so that we can make a personalized treatment plan. Every conversation we have will be confidential and handled with care.
I am accepting new patients. I am here to guide you through the complicated mental health system by listening, asking questions, and understanding your emotions. If you are considering medication and/or therapy for your mental health, I am here to discuss the different treatment approaches so that we can make a personalized treatment plan. Every conversation we have will be confidential and handled with care.
(508) 466-6931 View (508) 466-6931
Katie Byrne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified Verified
Bourne, MA 02532
PLEASE CALL OFFICE INSTEAD OF EMAILING TO BEGIN STEPS AS A NEW PATIENT. WE ARE NOW OFFERING HYPNOTHERAPY. LEARN MORE ON OUR WEBSITE. Katie & the BBHA staff are passionate about assisting children, adolescents & adults on their path to holistic mental health & wellness. We empower individuals on their journey to wellness by engaging in these important things: listening effectively, empowering patients to visualize their strengths & providing guidance as patients' conceptualize needed change in their lives. Katie works with other independent clinicians at BBHA (& offsite) to support your path to better mental health & wellness.
PLEASE CALL OFFICE INSTEAD OF EMAILING TO BEGIN STEPS AS A NEW PATIENT. WE ARE NOW OFFERING HYPNOTHERAPY. LEARN MORE ON OUR WEBSITE. Katie & the BBHA staff are passionate about assisting children, adolescents & adults on their path to holistic mental health & wellness. We empower individuals on their journey to wellness by engaging in these important things: listening effectively, empowering patients to visualize their strengths & providing guidance as patients' conceptualize needed change in their lives. Katie works with other independent clinicians at BBHA (& offsite) to support your path to better mental health & wellness.
(774) 315-3439 View (774) 315-3439
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Kathleen Hood
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bourne, MA 02532
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and I provide psychiatric medication management in person or online. I am passionate about helping people of all ages improve their mental health. I see children, adolescents, and adults in my practice. I believe in a holistic approach to healthcare and offer complementary and alternative treatment options in addition to medication management. Some diagnoses I commonly treat include (but not limited to): ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, and postpartum anxiety/depression.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and I provide psychiatric medication management in person or online. I am passionate about helping people of all ages improve their mental health. I see children, adolescents, and adults in my practice. I believe in a holistic approach to healthcare and offer complementary and alternative treatment options in addition to medication management. Some diagnoses I commonly treat include (but not limited to): ADHD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, and postpartum anxiety/depression.
(508) 501-7843 View (508) 501-7843
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A Compassionate Mind And Wellness, LLC,
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNPBC, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Bourne, MA 02532  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Michele Graney, NP, and I would welcome the opportunity to help you. I know that reaching out for support can feel awkward & that it can take time to build comfort, trust, and rapport. As a experienced NP, I do not believe in scheduling "speedy appointments" as this compromises quality of care. You will have ample time to share your concerns. I take the time to listen in order to fully understand you. I believe in being open and honest with each patient. I strive to build and maintain a trusting and genuine therapeutic alliance with each patient.
Hi my name is Michele Graney, NP, and I would welcome the opportunity to help you. I know that reaching out for support can feel awkward & that it can take time to build comfort, trust, and rapport. As a experienced NP, I do not believe in scheduling "speedy appointments" as this compromises quality of care. You will have ample time to share your concerns. I take the time to listen in order to fully understand you. I believe in being open and honest with each patient. I strive to build and maintain a trusting and genuine therapeutic alliance with each patient.
(339) 331-0757 View (339) 331-0757
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Towerlight Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Bourne, MA 02532  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm accepting new patients (June 2024). Please visit the Towerlight Health and Wellness website and schedule your first appointment www.towerlightcapecod.com. I provide psychiatric medication management to adults to help them through their mental health struggles. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or other mood changes, reaching out is the first step towards feeling better!
Hi, I'm accepting new patients (June 2024). Please visit the Towerlight Health and Wellness website and schedule your first appointment www.towerlightcapecod.com. I provide psychiatric medication management to adults to help them through their mental health struggles. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or other mood changes, reaching out is the first step towards feeling better!
(508) 456-8895 View (508) 456-8895

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Joleen T Connolly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering in person and telehealth medication management for various diagnoses including anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD and more. I work with people all ages and walks of life. I use an evidence based, strength focused, holistic approach to treatment. Complementary and alternative approaches are offered in conjunction with psychopharmacology management. Together we will develop a therapeutic and supportive relationship that allows you live a long, healthy, and happy life :)
I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, offering in person and telehealth medication management for various diagnoses including anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD and more. I work with people all ages and walks of life. I use an evidence based, strength focused, holistic approach to treatment. Complementary and alternative approaches are offered in conjunction with psychopharmacology management. Together we will develop a therapeutic and supportive relationship that allows you live a long, healthy, and happy life :)
(508) 501-8320 View (508) 501-8320
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Amina West
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Wareham, MA 02571  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Professional Mental Health Practitioner (PMHP) dedicated to helping you navigate through life's challenges. I specialize in offering support and guidance to individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, challenging relationships, and loss of a sense of self, among other issues. Do you find these struggles affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, or your work and career? Do you feel emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost due to the pressures of living up to someone else's standards? Do you question, wonder, or hope that things could be better?
I am a licensed Professional Mental Health Practitioner (PMHP) dedicated to helping you navigate through life's challenges. I specialize in offering support and guidance to individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, challenging relationships, and loss of a sense of self, among other issues. Do you find these struggles affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, or your work and career? Do you feel emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost due to the pressures of living up to someone else's standards? Do you question, wonder, or hope that things could be better?
(339) 329-8951 View (339) 329-8951
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Nancy Perroni
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Marion, MA 02738
Welcome! I am accepting new adult clients! I look forward to meeting with you to gain an understanding of your individual mental health needs with either in-person or telehealth visits. Together, we can explore what treatments were or were not effective in the past, and work together to make a plan to meet your goals. I offer Genesight cheek swab testing which analyzes individual client’s gene/drug metabolism which can guide treatment when other options have failed. Spravato for treatment resistant depression is also available in the office. I specialize in psychopharmacology for those who have a variety of mental health conditions.
Welcome! I am accepting new adult clients! I look forward to meeting with you to gain an understanding of your individual mental health needs with either in-person or telehealth visits. Together, we can explore what treatments were or were not effective in the past, and work together to make a plan to meet your goals. I offer Genesight cheek swab testing which analyzes individual client’s gene/drug metabolism which can guide treatment when other options have failed. Spravato for treatment resistant depression is also available in the office. I specialize in psychopharmacology for those who have a variety of mental health conditions.
(508) 715-9404 View (508) 715-9404
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Nicole Bradford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wareham, MA 02571  (Online Only)
Are you finding yourself facing the challenges of anxiety and depression, grappling with addiction, or experiencing difficulties with attention and focus? Do you find it challenging to regulate your mood and emotions? If so, know that you're not alone, and seeking support is a courageous and vital step. At the core of my practice is a belief in the power of genuine connections. I prioritize building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients, creating a safe and supportive space for them to express themselves openly. This connection is the foundation which we collaboratively develop and implement personalized treatment plans.
Are you finding yourself facing the challenges of anxiety and depression, grappling with addiction, or experiencing difficulties with attention and focus? Do you find it challenging to regulate your mood and emotions? If so, know that you're not alone, and seeking support is a courageous and vital step. At the core of my practice is a belief in the power of genuine connections. I prioritize building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients, creating a safe and supportive space for them to express themselves openly. This connection is the foundation which we collaboratively develop and implement personalized treatment plans.
(774) 713-8834 View (774) 713-8834
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Donna Marie Feeney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
East Wareham, MA 02538  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients within 1-2 weeks. Welcome. I am a mental health and psychiatric nurse practitioner with about 15 years experience dealing with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I focus on the entire patient, not just the diagnosis. I am a Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, medication review and management, and supportive psychotherapy. Services are available for adults.
Accepting new patients within 1-2 weeks. Welcome. I am a mental health and psychiatric nurse practitioner with about 15 years experience dealing with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I focus on the entire patient, not just the diagnosis. I am a Nurse Practitioner who provides a full range of psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, medication review and management, and supportive psychotherapy. Services are available for adults.
(774) 208-0874 View (774) 208-0874
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Gateway to Wellness, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Marion, MA 02738
Central to this practice is a commitment to evidence-based treatments tailored to individual needs. By conducting thorough assessments and collaborating closely with patients, we develop personalized treatment plans that may include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or antipsychotics, depending on the diagnosis and symptoms presented. In an era marked by rising mental health challenges, we have an ability to blend psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, which offers patients a comprehensive approach to healing, empowering you to navigate life's complexities with resilience and renewed hope.
Central to this practice is a commitment to evidence-based treatments tailored to individual needs. By conducting thorough assessments and collaborating closely with patients, we develop personalized treatment plans that may include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or antipsychotics, depending on the diagnosis and symptoms presented. In an era marked by rising mental health challenges, we have an ability to blend psychopharmacology with psychotherapy, which offers patients a comprehensive approach to healing, empowering you to navigate life's complexities with resilience and renewed hope.
(508) 901-2295 View (508) 901-2295
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Seahorse Behavioral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Marion, MA 02738
We manage a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, insomnia, etc. We care for patients and their families across the lifespan and offer Genesight testing, the COPE program as well as Spravato Treatments for treatment resistant depression. We also offer Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol in our Middleboro location. To find out more go to www.seahorsebehavioral.com.
We manage a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, insomnia, etc. We care for patients and their families across the lifespan and offer Genesight testing, the COPE program as well as Spravato Treatments for treatment resistant depression. We also offer Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol in our Middleboro location. To find out more go to www.seahorsebehavioral.com.
(508) 500-6533 View (508) 500-6533
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Andrea Conway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Plymouth, MA 02360
My ideal client would be someone who wants to take the journey with me to improve their overall wellbeing and set a path to achieve their personal goals. Let us explore the root causes of your mental health needs to identify if psychiatric medications or natural supplements could be of benefit. Medication may be part of your needs as well as holistic treatment including activity level, nutrition, relationships and health issues. All which help one to achieve a more content life.
My ideal client would be someone who wants to take the journey with me to improve their overall wellbeing and set a path to achieve their personal goals. Let us explore the root causes of your mental health needs to identify if psychiatric medications or natural supplements could be of benefit. Medication may be part of your needs as well as holistic treatment including activity level, nutrition, relationships and health issues. All which help one to achieve a more content life.
(508) 406-7566 View (508) 406-7566
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Spring of Hope Health Services Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC, CNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wareham, MA 02571  (Online Only)
At Spring of hope, we are passionate in helping people find healing and fulfillment. We have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health sector. We are board-certified to diagnose various mental health conditions, prescribe medications, manage psychiatric needs, and provide psychotherapy to young and older adults. Our goal as psychiatric providers is to see people live at their full potential. We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, Schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses. Spring forth and start enjoying life at it's best.
At Spring of hope, we are passionate in helping people find healing and fulfillment. We have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health sector. We are board-certified to diagnose various mental health conditions, prescribe medications, manage psychiatric needs, and provide psychotherapy to young and older adults. Our goal as psychiatric providers is to see people live at their full potential. We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, insomnia, Schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses. Spring forth and start enjoying life at it's best.
(781) 650-5149 View (781) 650-5149
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Yu Wang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MA 02360  (Online Only)
•• Accepting New Patients •• I received a doctoral degree at Rush University. I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health and adult/gerontology primary care. I have worked in hospital settings and out-patient clinics. I specialize in medication management in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and bipolar; serving populations 10 years and beyond.
•• Accepting New Patients •• I received a doctoral degree at Rush University. I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health and adult/gerontology primary care. I have worked in hospital settings and out-patient clinics. I specialize in medication management in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and bipolar; serving populations 10 years and beyond.
(339) 220-5536 View (339) 220-5536
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Carla Niro
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Marion, MA 02738
Currently providing psychotropic medication management to residents of MA and RI online via a secure telepsychiatry platform. We are also offering appointments utilizing an integrative approach to treat mood, anxiety, and sleep disruption known as functional medicine. We work on finding and treating the root cause through a variety of modalities. Functional Medicine appointments are not typically covered by insurance. Upon patient request we will utilize a functional medicine approach combined with traditional psychiatric care in order to help you feel your best.
Currently providing psychotropic medication management to residents of MA and RI online via a secure telepsychiatry platform. We are also offering appointments utilizing an integrative approach to treat mood, anxiety, and sleep disruption known as functional medicine. We work on finding and treating the root cause through a variety of modalities. Functional Medicine appointments are not typically covered by insurance. Upon patient request we will utilize a functional medicine approach combined with traditional psychiatric care in order to help you feel your best.
(508) 466-5485 View (508) 466-5485

Online Psychiatrists

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Lanika Whyte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02451  (Online Only)
Have you found yourself in a rut and wish to get back to the way things used to be? Or have you discovered the way you've been doing things just aren't working anymore? Hi, I'm Lanika a nurse practitioner and I invite you to meet with me and let me know what's going on. Kick back and get comfortable and together we can create a path to help you meet your goals. Life is full of ups and downs, which can lead to the need for medication management. I know it sounds like a lot but you're in good hands.
Have you found yourself in a rut and wish to get back to the way things used to be? Or have you discovered the way you've been doing things just aren't working anymore? Hi, I'm Lanika a nurse practitioner and I invite you to meet with me and let me know what's going on. Kick back and get comfortable and together we can create a path to help you meet your goals. Life is full of ups and downs, which can lead to the need for medication management. I know it sounds like a lot but you're in good hands.
(617) 841-3156 View (617) 841-3156
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Anthony Marfeo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420  (Online Only)
I am experienced in treating a wide range of motivated adult patients. I graduated Yale Medical School in 2010, completed four years of psychiatry training in 2014 at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program, and am board-certified in psychiatry. I’ve also spent several years pursuing advanced training in insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. My approach to mental health is comprehensive, taking into account the entire multidimensional person and the context of their lives.
I am experienced in treating a wide range of motivated adult patients. I graduated Yale Medical School in 2010, completed four years of psychiatry training in 2014 at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program, and am board-certified in psychiatry. I’ve also spent several years pursuing advanced training in insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. My approach to mental health is comprehensive, taking into account the entire multidimensional person and the context of their lives.
(617) 804-5133 View (617) 804-5133
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Bruce A Fischer MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02114
I have been providing mental health care for for people in Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 36 years before more recently adding online access for people in Massachusetts. Treatment options include psychotherapy, medication management, and applications of mindfulness, positive psychology, diet and exercise.
I have been providing mental health care for for people in Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 36 years before more recently adding online access for people in Massachusetts. Treatment options include psychotherapy, medication management, and applications of mindfulness, positive psychology, diet and exercise.
(508) 290-5146 View (508) 290-5146
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Anastasia Burns
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Boston, MA 02109  (Online Only)
Anastasia Burns is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to helping individuals cultivate joy and harmony amidst life's challenges. Her clients grapple with persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of motivation that can render even simple tasks overwhelming. She also specializes in supporting those who experience frequent anxiety, fear, physical symptoms like racing heart or trembling, as well as intense irritability or short-temperedness – conditions that can significantly impair daily functioning and engagement.
Anastasia Burns is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) dedicated to helping individuals cultivate joy and harmony amidst life's challenges. Her clients grapple with persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of motivation that can render even simple tasks overwhelming. She also specializes in supporting those who experience frequent anxiety, fear, physical symptoms like racing heart or trembling, as well as intense irritability or short-temperedness – conditions that can significantly impair daily functioning and engagement.
(857) 371-1443 View (857) 371-1443

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Bourne, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Bourne, MA who prioritize treating:

80% Depression
80% Anxiety
80% Medication Management
60% Other
60% Stress
40% ADHD
40% Grief

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
80% Harvard Pilgrim

How Psychiatrists in Bourne, MA see their clients

60% In Person and Online
40% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Bourne?

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.