Psychiatrists in Byfield, MA

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Amani Mental Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Byfield, MA 01922  (Online Only)
John Njuguna is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in community psychiatric care, having worked as a nurse for many years. He possesses a diverse range of expertise across different age groups and excels in providing tailored psychiatric evaluations and overseeing medication treatment plans. His specialization encompasses addressing a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to Bipolar disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, substance abuse disorders, and various other mental health conditions.
John Njuguna is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in community psychiatric care, having worked as a nurse for many years. He possesses a diverse range of expertise across different age groups and excels in providing tailored psychiatric evaluations and overseeing medication treatment plans. His specialization encompasses addressing a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to Bipolar disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, substance abuse disorders, and various other mental health conditions.
(978) 996-5401 View (978) 996-5401

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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Haverhill, MA 01830
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) 715-6690 View (508) 715-6690
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Marina Vijayakanthan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newburyport, MA 01950
Mental health concerns are increasing rapidly in the past few years due to social media, the pandemic and recent tragedies. It should no longer be stigmatized but rather talked about openly so that individuals understand that they are not alone and that symptoms can improve. I have years of experience assessing and treating individuals with mental illness throughout their lifespan. I believe that at the core of any great mental health service should be trust and good rapport. When someone truly feels comfortable, they are better able to access therapeutic skills that will improve their symptoms.
Mental health concerns are increasing rapidly in the past few years due to social media, the pandemic and recent tragedies. It should no longer be stigmatized but rather talked about openly so that individuals understand that they are not alone and that symptoms can improve. I have years of experience assessing and treating individuals with mental illness throughout their lifespan. I believe that at the core of any great mental health service should be trust and good rapport. When someone truly feels comfortable, they are better able to access therapeutic skills that will improve their symptoms.
(508) 422-4185 View (508) 422-4185
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Jill Ruggiero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, BC
Verified Verified
Amesbury, MA 01913
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, make diagnosis, and prescribe medications based on evidence based practices in medicine. I work with adults. I have experience with a broad spectrum of disorders including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, psychosis, ADHD, and PTSD. I have practiced as a NP in a community mental health center for the past 10 years. I also worked in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for 5 + years and currently do Vivitrol maintenance therapy.
I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience. I conduct psychiatric evaluations, make diagnosis, and prescribe medications based on evidence based practices in medicine. I work with adults. I have experience with a broad spectrum of disorders including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, psychosis, ADHD, and PTSD. I have practiced as a NP in a community mental health center for the past 10 years. I also worked in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for 5 + years and currently do Vivitrol maintenance therapy.
(978) 518-9720 View (978) 518-9720
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Essex Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Haverhill, MA 01830
Making the decision to get help isn't always easy, but it is an important step towards reclaiming your healing and growth. I strongly believe in building a therapeutic relationship by providing a safe, confidential, and reliable environment for my patients. Although the bulk of my practice is in medication management, I believe that combining therapy and medication management usually yields the best results with treatment goals. The goal of my treatment is to help my patients achieve their fullest potential and to improve their quality of life.
Making the decision to get help isn't always easy, but it is an important step towards reclaiming your healing and growth. I strongly believe in building a therapeutic relationship by providing a safe, confidential, and reliable environment for my patients. Although the bulk of my practice is in medication management, I believe that combining therapy and medication management usually yields the best results with treatment goals. The goal of my treatment is to help my patients achieve their fullest potential and to improve their quality of life.
(978) 788-9495 View (978) 788-9495
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David J Schopick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newburyport, MA 01950
The goal of my practice is helping people get their lives back. Restoring mental health can be a tricky road to navigate, but with perseverance and treatment, change is possible. I enjoy working with people, and from long years of experience, have a good sense of what it takes to help my patients return to productive, healthy lives. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. Dr. David Schopick primarily serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, but is also available for telemedicine appointments.
The goal of my practice is helping people get their lives back. Restoring mental health can be a tricky road to navigate, but with perseverance and treatment, change is possible. I enjoy working with people, and from long years of experience, have a good sense of what it takes to help my patients return to productive, healthy lives. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. Dr. David Schopick primarily serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, but is also available for telemedicine appointments.
(603) 967-4466 View (603) 967-4466
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Valley Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Haverhill, MA 01830
If you've decided to make your mental health a priority, call us or book an appointment online. We have a range of providers with diverse experiences to be sure you have the right fit. We have immediate availability for medication prescribing and offer telehealth visits. We also offer evening and weekend appointments to accommodate working people.
If you've decided to make your mental health a priority, call us or book an appointment online. We have a range of providers with diverse experiences to be sure you have the right fit. We have immediate availability for medication prescribing and offer telehealth visits. We also offer evening and weekend appointments to accommodate working people.
(978) 404-8460 View (978) 404-8460
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Paul F. Belliveau, M.D. & Ms. Tasha Humphreys PNP
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newburyport, MA 01950
We offer traditional adult psychiatry treatment as well as newer interventional psychiatry treatments. We will work in collaboration with your current treatment team or if you do not have a provider you can begin care here. Interventional psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in providing r-TMS or Spravato/Ketamine treatment. These are two treatment options for people who still suffer from depression despite past trials of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
We offer traditional adult psychiatry treatment as well as newer interventional psychiatry treatments. We will work in collaboration with your current treatment team or if you do not have a provider you can begin care here. Interventional psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in providing r-TMS or Spravato/Ketamine treatment. These are two treatment options for people who still suffer from depression despite past trials of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
(603) 606-9452 View (603) 606-9452
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Susan Martinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newburyport, MA 01950
Waitlist for new clients
You may have struggled with managing depression and anxiety for years, or have had a recent triggering event and need guidance and support. I have been an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) since 2002 with experience in both women's health and mental health and hold Massachusetts state licensure and national board certification as both a Certified Nurse Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I offer therapy and medication management. I look forward to getting to know you and your unique situation, and to building a trusting relationship.
You may have struggled with managing depression and anxiety for years, or have had a recent triggering event and need guidance and support. I have been an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) since 2002 with experience in both women's health and mental health and hold Massachusetts state licensure and national board certification as both a Certified Nurse Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I offer therapy and medication management. I look forward to getting to know you and your unique situation, and to building a trusting relationship.
(978) 581-9560 View (978) 581-9560
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Julia Martyn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Rowley, MA 01969
I am a doctorally prepared board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in the mental health field. My expertise extends across diverse clinical environments, encompassing both outpatient and hospital settings, where I was able to develop a deep understanding of the intricate and varied mental health needs of my clients.
I am a doctorally prepared board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience in the mental health field. My expertise extends across diverse clinical environments, encompassing both outpatient and hospital settings, where I was able to develop a deep understanding of the intricate and varied mental health needs of my clients.
(351) 666-5225 View (351) 666-5225
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Danial Hayek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newburyport, MA 01950
Dr. Hayek is a thoughtful and vigilant psychiatrist. He is conscientious and knowledgeable in his field, having graduated from the top 20% of medical students nationwide. He has a wealth of experience in treating patients through a wide range of settings, each with unique strengths to celebrate and obstacles to overcome. Dr. Hayek understands that the key to a successful outcome is a well-rounded, positive, patient-centered approach. He prides himself in ensuring that each patient he works with feels comfortable and confident with the direction of their care that includes meticulous therapy and medical management.
Dr. Hayek is a thoughtful and vigilant psychiatrist. He is conscientious and knowledgeable in his field, having graduated from the top 20% of medical students nationwide. He has a wealth of experience in treating patients through a wide range of settings, each with unique strengths to celebrate and obstacles to overcome. Dr. Hayek understands that the key to a successful outcome is a well-rounded, positive, patient-centered approach. He prides himself in ensuring that each patient he works with feels comfortable and confident with the direction of their care that includes meticulous therapy and medical management.
(339) 330-3155 View (339) 330-3155
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Mariam Ssozi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Haverhill, MA 01832
MA & NH Accepting New Patients Across Life Span. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of my practice specialties include (but are not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, substance abuse, and Insomnia
MA & NH Accepting New Patients Across Life Span. I am a board-certified nurse practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of my practice specialties include (but are not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, substance abuse, and Insomnia
(978) 693-3557 View (978) 693-3557
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Jeremy Ashley Spiegel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newburyport, MA 01950
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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Arches Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Amesbury, MA 01913
I look forward to meeting you and developing a plan to assist you in moving forward in your journey toward hope and healing. I believe that developing a therapeutic alliance with my client is the most important part of my treatment.
I look forward to meeting you and developing a plan to assist you in moving forward in your journey toward hope and healing. I believe that developing a therapeutic alliance with my client is the most important part of my treatment.
(774) 238-8783 View (774) 238-8783
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Marinete Henry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Haverhill, MA 01830
Not accepting new clients
I am available for patients who can be seen before 2:00 PM. I do not have afternoon availability... I am a trained provider with 32 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry and 7 years specialized as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with individual and families who are seeking care to better cope with the demands of work, life, school and have more rewarding life's experiences. If you would like to become a new patient, please fill visit https://goodharborhealth.com/intake.
I am available for patients who can be seen before 2:00 PM. I do not have afternoon availability... I am a trained provider with 32 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry and 7 years specialized as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I work with individual and families who are seeking care to better cope with the demands of work, life, school and have more rewarding life's experiences. If you would like to become a new patient, please fill visit https://goodharborhealth.com/intake.
(508) 257-7435 View (508) 257-7435
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Massiel Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Newburyport, MA 01950  (Online Only)
Hi I'm thrilled to be your guide on the path to improved mental health here at Healing Through Psychiatry. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and I'm passionate about providing holistic care that addresses both the mind and body for teens and adults. My approach combines evidence-based practices, therapeutic techniques, and an understanding of cultural nuances to meet your unique needs, whether you're a teen navigating the challenges of adolescence or an adult seeking balance. Embark on a transformative journey with me, from the comfort of your home. Mental wellbeing matters, and I'm here to support you.
Hi I'm thrilled to be your guide on the path to improved mental health here at Healing Through Psychiatry. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and I'm passionate about providing holistic care that addresses both the mind and body for teens and adults. My approach combines evidence-based practices, therapeutic techniques, and an understanding of cultural nuances to meet your unique needs, whether you're a teen navigating the challenges of adolescence or an adult seeking balance. Embark on a transformative journey with me, from the comfort of your home. Mental wellbeing matters, and I'm here to support you.
(978) 541-3607 View (978) 541-3607
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Stephanie White
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Haverhill, MA 01835
Email me! My ideal client is an individual who has, or suspects that they have, ADHD. They struggle with executive functioning (it's basically a struggle to just get through any given day): trouble regulating what to pay attention to, self-restraint, working memory ("what was I saying?"), emotional control, focus, task initiation (motivation, procrastination), completing tasks, planning/prioritization, organization, time management, defining and achieving goals, overwhelm and stress tolerance. I'm private pay only; see below for more details.
Email me! My ideal client is an individual who has, or suspects that they have, ADHD. They struggle with executive functioning (it's basically a struggle to just get through any given day): trouble regulating what to pay attention to, self-restraint, working memory ("what was I saying?"), emotional control, focus, task initiation (motivation, procrastination), completing tasks, planning/prioritization, organization, time management, defining and achieving goals, overwhelm and stress tolerance. I'm private pay only; see below for more details.
(351) 247-8493 View (351) 247-8493
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James G. Bouras, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Amesbury, MA 01913
I primarily do medication management, but with up to 30 minute follow up appointments to avoid the rush feeling.
I primarily do medication management, but with up to 30 minute follow up appointments to avoid the rush feeling.
(978) 451-6270 View (978) 451-6270
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Gregory Marcellin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Amesbury, MA 01913
My goal is geared towards establishing an environment centered on trust and meaning for all patients from all backgrounds. As a lead nurse practitioner during the pandemic times of isolation, quarantine, and minimal social events, I observed and treated the immediate, short-term impacts of COVID-19 and grew an interest in understanding the long-term mental health impacts of the pandemic, especially among marginalized groups of people.
My goal is geared towards establishing an environment centered on trust and meaning for all patients from all backgrounds. As a lead nurse practitioner during the pandemic times of isolation, quarantine, and minimal social events, I observed and treated the immediate, short-term impacts of COVID-19 and grew an interest in understanding the long-term mental health impacts of the pandemic, especially among marginalized groups of people.
(978) 924-4334 View (978) 924-4334
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Kevin Michael Berney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Georgetown, MA 01833
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience working within the mental health field. Prior to becoming a PMHNP through MGH Institute of Health Professions, I earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. After recognizing the needs of the community and my patients, I decided to expand my scope of practice. I am currently employed at Community Empowerment Services, where our mission is to empower individuals and families to reach their full potential.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience working within the mental health field. Prior to becoming a PMHNP through MGH Institute of Health Professions, I earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. After recognizing the needs of the community and my patients, I decided to expand my scope of practice. I am currently employed at Community Empowerment Services, where our mission is to empower individuals and families to reach their full potential.
(774) 220-1079 View (774) 220-1079

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Byfield?

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.