Psychiatrists in Brighton, MA

Photo of Sarah Silva, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brighton, MA
Sarah Silva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brighton, MA 02135
I am a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinically educated in treating patients with mental health diagnoses across the lifespan. I have more than 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. I am passionate about taking a patient-centered care approach, attributing positive outcomes to shared decision making.
I am a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinically educated in treating patients with mental health diagnoses across the lifespan. I have more than 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. I am passionate about taking a patient-centered care approach, attributing positive outcomes to shared decision making.
(781) 614-7601 View (781) 614-7601
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Hanna Yapikhina
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Brighton, MA 02135
Hanna Yapikhina, AGNP, PMHNP is a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, currently accepting new patients for medication management and psychotherapy. Prior to working at Thoughtful Psychiatry Hanna practiced in a variety of settings where she managed the care of patients with medical and psychiatric comorbidities. She has an interest in working with adults and older adults and has been described as warm, attentive to details, and committed to her patients. Hanna is bilingual in English and Russian which helps to support person-centered care and improve patient outcomes.
Hanna Yapikhina, AGNP, PMHNP is a dual-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, currently accepting new patients for medication management and psychotherapy. Prior to working at Thoughtful Psychiatry Hanna practiced in a variety of settings where she managed the care of patients with medical and psychiatric comorbidities. She has an interest in working with adults and older adults and has been described as warm, attentive to details, and committed to her patients. Hanna is bilingual in English and Russian which helps to support person-centered care and improve patient outcomes.
(339) 500-7336 View (339) 500-7336
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Obiageli Ukatu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MA 02135
Currently accepting new patients of all ages, ages 6 and up for in-person and virtual appointments. Ms. Ukatu envisions someone who is seeking understanding, support, and a path to better mental health. Her ideal client may be facing a variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, or other mental health challenges. They seek guidance, medication management, and a safe space for psychotherapy to work through their concerns. Their goal is to achieve a higher quality of life, emotional well-being, and overall mental health.
Currently accepting new patients of all ages, ages 6 and up for in-person and virtual appointments. Ms. Ukatu envisions someone who is seeking understanding, support, and a path to better mental health. Her ideal client may be facing a variety of issues, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, or other mental health challenges. They seek guidance, medication management, and a safe space for psychotherapy to work through their concerns. Their goal is to achieve a higher quality of life, emotional well-being, and overall mental health.
(339) 233-4910 View (339) 233-4910
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Michael Dana Schreiber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, RN, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MA 02135
How may I help you? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified, working in Coolidge Corner, Brookline providing psychiatric diagnostic assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. I offer Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday appointments. I started my career as a school-based support team social worker in the South Bronx. I became increasingly interested in a Mind-Body practice and began teaching Yoga, fitness, and Pilates. This journey led me back to school where I earned an MSN and was certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My goal is to help you to increase joy and diminish suffering.
How may I help you? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified, working in Coolidge Corner, Brookline providing psychiatric diagnostic assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. I offer Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday appointments. I started my career as a school-based support team social worker in the South Bronx. I became increasingly interested in a Mind-Body practice and began teaching Yoga, fitness, and Pilates. This journey led me back to school where I earned an MSN and was certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My goal is to help you to increase joy and diminish suffering.
(617) 730-8048 View (617) 730-8048
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Dale Buckman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brighton, MA 02135
NOW Accepting New Adult Clients. Same Week and Evening Appointments Available for your convenience. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, panic, sleep issues, PTSD, OCD, ADHD? I am a Doctorally-trained, Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health with a philosophical approach rooted in functional and lifestyle medicine. I offer an open and welcoming approach to exploring ways to mental wellness that integrate both patient-centered lifestyle changes, evidence-based medication management, and individual psychotherapy. www.mindovermatterboston.com
NOW Accepting New Adult Clients. Same Week and Evening Appointments Available for your convenience. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, panic, sleep issues, PTSD, OCD, ADHD? I am a Doctorally-trained, Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health with a philosophical approach rooted in functional and lifestyle medicine. I offer an open and welcoming approach to exploring ways to mental wellness that integrate both patient-centered lifestyle changes, evidence-based medication management, and individual psychotherapy. www.mindovermatterboston.com
(781) 404-3449 View (781) 404-3449

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Enel Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cambridge, MA 02139  (Online Only)
Enel Joseph is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who assists adolescents, young adults, and older adults in handling mental health problems and improving their mental wellness. Enel’s ability to communicate fluently in English, Creole, and French and his 12 years of service in diverse settings, uniquely position him to serve the psychiatric needs of different kinds of clients. His ideal client is a person struggling with a mental health problem who has yet to come to terms with the condition.
Enel Joseph is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who assists adolescents, young adults, and older adults in handling mental health problems and improving their mental wellness. Enel’s ability to communicate fluently in English, Creole, and French and his 12 years of service in diverse settings, uniquely position him to serve the psychiatric needs of different kinds of clients. His ideal client is a person struggling with a mental health problem who has yet to come to terms with the condition.
(339) 329-8806 View (339) 329-8806
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Karina Riedel
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified
Cambridge, MA 02138
Taking New Patients. I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, currently practicing recently relocated from Austin, Texas. I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I bring a comprehensive educational background to my role as my clinical experience is extensive.
Taking New Patients. I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, currently practicing recently relocated from Austin, Texas. I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I bring a comprehensive educational background to my role as my clinical experience is extensive.
(617) 380-4472 View (617) 380-4472
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Ronald T Lee
Psychiatrist, MD, MS, BS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02138  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges, despite trying everything but medication? If you're at a crossroads, struggling with emotions or impulses, know that seeking help is a sign of strength. I'm here to support and guide you towards your best self, offering a journey of transformation. Together, we can navigate this path, ensuring you don't have to face these challenges alone. I'm a Boston Psychiatrist who is currently serving all residents of MA via virtual psychiatry; please call for more information or a free 10 minute phone consultation!
Feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges, despite trying everything but medication? If you're at a crossroads, struggling with emotions or impulses, know that seeking help is a sign of strength. I'm here to support and guide you towards your best self, offering a journey of transformation. Together, we can navigate this path, ensuring you don't have to face these challenges alone. I'm a Boston Psychiatrist who is currently serving all residents of MA via virtual psychiatry; please call for more information or a free 10 minute phone consultation!
(617) 295-7380 View (617) 295-7380
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Dr. Kate Salama
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Boston, MA 02215
I am a Harvard trained adult psychiatrist who specializes in women's mental health. Most women in my practice are struggling with mood symptoms related to the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy & postpartum, as well as the menopause transition. I practice integrative psychiatry, which means I combine traditional pharmacotherapy with nutritional guidance, sleep optimization support, supplement regimens, and hormonal testing if desired. Please visit my website, tendtohermd.com, for more details.
I am a Harvard trained adult psychiatrist who specializes in women's mental health. Most women in my practice are struggling with mood symptoms related to the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy & postpartum, as well as the menopause transition. I practice integrative psychiatry, which means I combine traditional pharmacotherapy with nutritional guidance, sleep optimization support, supplement regimens, and hormonal testing if desired. Please visit my website, tendtohermd.com, for more details.
(720) 571-4036 View (720) 571-4036
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Yohanis Leonor Anglero Diaz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newton, MA 02458
I am a Brown-trained and Harvard-affiliated psychiatrist who is interested in helping older teenagers and young adults manage and cope with transitions. I have experience working with patients with ADHD and with anxiety and adjustment disorders and can offer medication management in addition to supportive therapy.
I am a Brown-trained and Harvard-affiliated psychiatrist who is interested in helping older teenagers and young adults manage and cope with transitions. I have experience working with patients with ADHD and with anxiety and adjustment disorders and can offer medication management in addition to supportive therapy.
(617) 882-7349 View (617) 882-7349
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Dr. Majeres, Psychiatry for Anxiety and Focus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cambridge, MA 02138
My approach focuses on helping my patients to thrive on challenge. When we view challenges as opportunities, we experience adrenaline as excitement, and we grow; when we view challenges as threats, we experience adrenaline as anxiety. This means that anxiety is simply growth waiting to happen. I show my patients how to overcome worry and distractions by welcoming adrenaline and using it to work at their best. You can learn more about my approach at www.optimalwork.com.
My approach focuses on helping my patients to thrive on challenge. When we view challenges as opportunities, we experience adrenaline as excitement, and we grow; when we view challenges as threats, we experience adrenaline as anxiety. This means that anxiety is simply growth waiting to happen. I show my patients how to overcome worry and distractions by welcoming adrenaline and using it to work at their best. You can learn more about my approach at www.optimalwork.com.
(855) 773-1709 View (855) 773-1709
Photo of Joseph Allaire, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brighton, MA
Joseph Allaire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Boston, MA 02215  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Patients! I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience working in Psychiatry and Critical Care. I have experience treating various Psychiatric conditions and enjoy working with people in all life stages.
Now Accepting New Patients! I'm a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with years of experience working in Psychiatry and Critical Care. I have experience treating various Psychiatric conditions and enjoy working with people in all life stages.
(401) 307-4190 View (401) 307-4190
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Philip Sullivan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cambridge, MA 02138  (Online Only)
Doctor Phillip Sullivan is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. His interest in psychiatric treatment was originally triggered by the humanistic writings of Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Rollo May. As he earned his medical degree and started post-graduate psychiatric training, he went on to learn psycho-pharmacological, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic treatment approaches.
Doctor Phillip Sullivan is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. His interest in psychiatric treatment was originally triggered by the humanistic writings of Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Rollo May. As he earned his medical degree and started post-graduate psychiatric training, he went on to learn psycho-pharmacological, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic treatment approaches.
(617) 397-7728 View (617) 397-7728
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Jeremy Ashley Spiegel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Boston, MA 02134
Jeremy Spiegel, MD, is available for psychiatric evaluations and medication management at his Portland, Maine office at Casco Bay Medical with both in person and virtual visits. He specializes in treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and most other psychiatric disorders and conditions. New Treatment Offering: Brief Psychotherapy. Dr. Spiegel, as psychotherapist and collaborative problem solver, can help address your core psychological problem with weekly virtual visits over 12 sessions. Call the office for more details to see if you may be a candidate for this exciting approach.
Jeremy Spiegel, MD, is available for psychiatric evaluations and medication management at his Portland, Maine office at Casco Bay Medical with both in person and virtual visits. He specializes in treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and most other psychiatric disorders and conditions. New Treatment Offering: Brief Psychotherapy. Dr. Spiegel, as psychotherapist and collaborative problem solver, can help address your core psychological problem with weekly virtual visits over 12 sessions. Call the office for more details to see if you may be a candidate for this exciting approach.
(351) 247-3908 View (351) 247-3908
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Ally Integrated Healthcare, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNP-BC, PCNS-BC, PA-C
Verified
3 Endorsed
Cambridge, MA 02138
Our group practice is accepting new patients!! At AIH, we believe that THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE or RELATIONSHIP greatly influences treatment outcomes. Through a patient-centered model, we provide specialized care and treatment tailored to individual needs. With our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and addiction-related disorders, we are committed to delivering effective, evidence-based care. Our diverse practice subscribes to a balanced approach to treatment, going beyond symptom relief and seeking to help people find ways to revitalize their lives so that they are able to thrive in their endeavors. Call 617-600-4249
Our group practice is accepting new patients!! At AIH, we believe that THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE or RELATIONSHIP greatly influences treatment outcomes. Through a patient-centered model, we provide specialized care and treatment tailored to individual needs. With our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and addiction-related disorders, we are committed to delivering effective, evidence-based care. Our diverse practice subscribes to a balanced approach to treatment, going beyond symptom relief and seeking to help people find ways to revitalize their lives so that they are able to thrive in their endeavors. Call 617-600-4249
(351) 277-0501 View (351) 277-0501
Photo of Annie Hollyer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brighton, MA
Annie Hollyer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, ANCC-BC
Verified
Cambridge, MA 02138  (Online Only)
South Boston Psychiatry was created with the understanding that mental health can not be “one-size-fits-all”. The telehealth model allows you to seek care when/how it is convenient for you. Board Certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner Annie Hollyer, PMHNP-BC, RN, MSN offers psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy treatment, documentation and will be happy to work with you on referrals to the cutting edge medicine that’s changing mental health including Pharmacogenetic testing, Spravato, Suboxone, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
South Boston Psychiatry was created with the understanding that mental health can not be “one-size-fits-all”. The telehealth model allows you to seek care when/how it is convenient for you. Board Certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner Annie Hollyer, PMHNP-BC, RN, MSN offers psychiatric evaluations, medication management, psychotherapy treatment, documentation and will be happy to work with you on referrals to the cutting edge medicine that’s changing mental health including Pharmacogenetic testing, Spravato, Suboxone, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(857) 475-7839 View (857) 475-7839
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Lisa Hagberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cambridge, MA 02138
Dr. Lisa Hagberg is a board-certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses, in particular, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. Dr. Hagberg brings a holistic approach to her practice exploring mental health in a multidimensional way, addressing the causes, not just the symptoms of one's condition. She incorporates supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy to patient care, although at times she may recommend patients add an individual therapist to the treatment team.
Dr. Lisa Hagberg is a board-certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses, in particular, depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and PTSD. Dr. Hagberg brings a holistic approach to her practice exploring mental health in a multidimensional way, addressing the causes, not just the symptoms of one's condition. She incorporates supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy to patient care, although at times she may recommend patients add an individual therapist to the treatment team.
(617) 545-0301 View (617) 545-0301
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Vanja Pumpalovic, PMHNP - OptiMindHealth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Brookline, MA 02446
Vanja received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Tennessee State University and her Masters of Science in psychiatric nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She strives to create a secure and stable environment for her patients in order to facilitate collaboration and the creation of an effective treatment plan.
Vanja received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Tennessee State University and her Masters of Science in psychiatric nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She strives to create a secure and stable environment for her patients in order to facilitate collaboration and the creation of an effective treatment plan.
(617) 925-9496 View (617) 925-9496
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Arnold Robbins
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cambridge, MA 02139  (Online Only)
I provide comprehensive humanistic psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I have a lot of experience and clinical know-how across many psychotherapeutic approaches. I am empathic and thoughtful and approachable. I am a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Boston University, and a Lecturer at Tufts . I am a sought after supervisor for resident psychiatrists and colleagues. I work with all age groups except young children. My web site (ArnoldRobbinsMD.com.} I am comprehensive in my evaluations and treatment recommendations. I am responsive to each patient's needs. I use cinema to illustrate important emotions.
I provide comprehensive humanistic psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I have a lot of experience and clinical know-how across many psychotherapeutic approaches. I am empathic and thoughtful and approachable. I am a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Boston University, and a Lecturer at Tufts . I am a sought after supervisor for resident psychiatrists and colleagues. I work with all age groups except young children. My web site (ArnoldRobbinsMD.com.} I am comprehensive in my evaluations and treatment recommendations. I am responsive to each patient's needs. I use cinema to illustrate important emotions.
(617) 941-4131 View (617) 941-4131
Photo of William Chad Garrett, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Brighton, MA
William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Boston, MA 02135
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.
(508) 413-6401 View (508) 413-6401

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Brighton, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Brighton, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Medication Management
80% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% Harvard Pilgrim
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Brighton, MA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

80% Female
20% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Brighton?

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.