Psychiatrists in East Longmeadow, MA

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Unitas Healthcare Systems, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028  (Online Only)
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*** Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Massachusetts through the use of telehealth.
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS*** WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE*** Unitas Healthcare Systems is a full-service psychiatric practice. We serve all ages, from children to older adults. We are proudly serving all of Massachusetts through the use of telehealth.
(617) 401-7441 View (617) 401-7441
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Shauna McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, ANP-BC
Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Would love to help any person suffering with chronic mental illness. It could be a diagnosis of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia and more. Or maybe someone experiencing these symptoms that have not been given an official diagnosis. Ideal patient is someone interested in improving their mental wellness, while collaborating closely with an experienced provider.
Would love to help any person suffering with chronic mental illness. It could be a diagnosis of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia and more. Or maybe someone experiencing these symptoms that have not been given an official diagnosis. Ideal patient is someone interested in improving their mental wellness, while collaborating closely with an experienced provider.
(413) 307-4553 View (413) 307-4553
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Toussaint Casimir
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028  (Online Only)
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I am licensed in Massachusetts and Florida. For several years, I have been serving those struggling to fulfill their goals due to mental illness. I extend my services from adolescents to adults of all ages. I see patients with conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar and more.
I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. I am licensed in Massachusetts and Florida. For several years, I have been serving those struggling to fulfill their goals due to mental illness. I extend my services from adolescents to adults of all ages. I see patients with conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, Bipolar and more.
(413) 308-6694 View (413) 308-6694
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Sue Lyons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028  (Online Only)
You are the one thing in this world that you must never give up on… Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you will ever know. -Actress Lily Reinhart. Being mentally healthy and finding balance in all aspects of life is just as important as being physically healthy. Taking care of our mental wellbeing is not always easy. I am a dual certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. I can help you find that balance which promotes your optimal mental health.
You are the one thing in this world that you must never give up on… Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you will ever know. -Actress Lily Reinhart. Being mentally healthy and finding balance in all aspects of life is just as important as being physically healthy. Taking care of our mental wellbeing is not always easy. I am a dual certified adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. I can help you find that balance which promotes your optimal mental health.
(339) 210-1739 View (339) 210-1739
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Jackie Audi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028  (Online Only)
Jackie Audi, PMHNP is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a BS in Health Psychology, and obtained her BS in Nursing and MS in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential levels of care, working with patients across the lifespan. Jackie’s primary focus is a collaborative relationship with her patients, and a “pills and skills” trauma informed and culturally competent approach.
Jackie Audi, PMHNP is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a BS in Health Psychology, and obtained her BS in Nursing and MS in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential levels of care, working with patients across the lifespan. Jackie’s primary focus is a collaborative relationship with her patients, and a “pills and skills” trauma informed and culturally competent approach.
(781) 539-1991 View (781) 539-1991
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
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.
(774) 500-6471 View (774) 500-6471
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Valerie Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients, Valerie is a Psychiatric/Mental health nurse practitioner who will take time to fully explore medication options to help you meet your treatment goals, as well as non-pharmacological modalities that can help you feel like yourself. She trained as a nurse at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and received her Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing at Vanderbilt University.
Accepting new patients, Valerie is a Psychiatric/Mental health nurse practitioner who will take time to fully explore medication options to help you meet your treatment goals, as well as non-pharmacological modalities that can help you feel like yourself. She trained as a nurse at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and received her Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing at Vanderbilt University.
(781) 423-1816 View (781) 423-1816

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Brain Dynamic Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN
Verified
Chicopee, MA 01013  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, as humans, we all have our innate given potentials. My core believe is to help individuals live and attain their maximum potentials irrespective of mental health challenges. My treatment modality is based on collaborative approach that is centered on careful Psychopharmacological management that incorporates Psychotherapy for upmost outcome. My goal is to provide holistic care that is based on evidence-based research. Understanding human brain as a complex structure with an intricate network of neuro-chemical activity is a key to understanding the imbalance in brain activity.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, as humans, we all have our innate given potentials. My core believe is to help individuals live and attain their maximum potentials irrespective of mental health challenges. My treatment modality is based on collaborative approach that is centered on careful Psychopharmacological management that incorporates Psychotherapy for upmost outcome. My goal is to provide holistic care that is based on evidence-based research. Understanding human brain as a complex structure with an intricate network of neuro-chemical activity is a key to understanding the imbalance in brain activity.
(339) 218-4027 View (339) 218-4027
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Valerie Sharpe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
This practice is devoted to providing psychiatric treatment for women during pregnancy, postpartum and preconception. I am passionate about supporting women during the challenges that can arise during the perinatal period, such as infertility, relationship stressors, trauma, attachment issues, breastfeeding, sleep problems, and adjusting to life with a new baby, just to name a few. Psychiatric conditions that are best suited for me to treat at this solo private practice include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma related disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity diosrder and bipolar disorder.
This practice is devoted to providing psychiatric treatment for women during pregnancy, postpartum and preconception. I am passionate about supporting women during the challenges that can arise during the perinatal period, such as infertility, relationship stressors, trauma, attachment issues, breastfeeding, sleep problems, and adjusting to life with a new baby, just to name a few. Psychiatric conditions that are best suited for me to treat at this solo private practice include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma related disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity diosrder and bipolar disorder.
(413) 343-4030 View (413) 343-4030
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Rainbow Resilience Clinic
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
I'm a physician providing trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+-inclusive specialty care to the adolescent and young adult population, including mental health medication treatment for common mental health conditions (such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder), as well as gender-affirming hormonal treatment for transgender/gender-diverse individuals. I practice through an exclusively telehealth model of practice, with shared decision-making to empower your own choices in treatment. I am especially experienced in supporting adolescents and young adults who are LGBTQIA+ or neurodivergent.
I'm a physician providing trauma-informed, LGBTQIA+-inclusive specialty care to the adolescent and young adult population, including mental health medication treatment for common mental health conditions (such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder), as well as gender-affirming hormonal treatment for transgender/gender-diverse individuals. I practice through an exclusively telehealth model of practice, with shared decision-making to empower your own choices in treatment. I am especially experienced in supporting adolescents and young adults who are LGBTQIA+ or neurodivergent.
(413) 402-6109 View (413) 402-6109
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Dr. Andrietta Wright Barnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CNS
Verified
1 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
With over two decades as a nurse practitioner, I've navigated diverse healthcare realms. Holding a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Walden University and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Columbia, I specialize in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health. Throughout my career, I've extensively engaged with individuals facing mental health challenges—bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. My journey started in a community mental health center, where I pioneered holistic care, customizing each approach to meet the unique needs of every client.
With over two decades as a nurse practitioner, I've navigated diverse healthcare realms. Holding a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Walden University and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of South Carolina Columbia, I specialize in Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health. Throughout my career, I've extensively engaged with individuals facing mental health challenges—bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. My journey started in a community mental health center, where I pioneered holistic care, customizing each approach to meet the unique needs of every client.
(413) 553-5281 x507 View (413) 553-5281 x507
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John-Paul Cloutier
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Springfield, MA 01101  (Online Only)
Please visit my website to schedule an appointment. I have a particular interest in working with clients with Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and bipolar. Separately, if you are interested in tapering off psychiatric medications, I would be happy to help.
Please visit my website to schedule an appointment. I have a particular interest in working with clients with Depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, and bipolar. Separately, if you are interested in tapering off psychiatric medications, I would be happy to help.
(857) 370-4486 View (857) 370-4486
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Shadi Zaghloul
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Springfield, MA 01199
Dr. Zaghloul is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Zaghloul has affiliations with Baystate Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. He has taught medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. He earned his M.B.A. with a focus on health care from the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management in the spring of 2021.
Dr. Zaghloul is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Zaghloul has affiliations with Baystate Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. He has taught medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. He earned his M.B.A. with a focus on health care from the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management in the spring of 2021.
(413) 251-5046 View (413) 251-5046
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Jessica Francois
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Chicopee, MA 01022  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jessica and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Coaching and Anxiety. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Jessica and I'm a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner In the state of Massachusetts. I specialize in Depression, Insomnia/Sleep Issues, Life Coaching and Anxiety. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(617) 675-9458 View (617) 675-9458
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Jain Lattes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
My solo practice is primarily focused on reproductive mental health and wellbeing and providing psychiatric treatment to individuals during preconception planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods. I also work with adolescents and other adults who are dealing with mental health issues like premenstrual dysphoric disorder, anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar mood disorders.
My solo practice is primarily focused on reproductive mental health and wellbeing and providing psychiatric treatment to individuals during preconception planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods. I also work with adolescents and other adults who are dealing with mental health issues like premenstrual dysphoric disorder, anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar mood disorders.
(413) 287-6590 View (413) 287-6590
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TAK Center for Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Springfield, MA 01101
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I completed my residency training at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, as well, as a two-year certification course in psychodynamic psychotherapy at New York Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. I provide comprehensive, high-quality outpatient mental health services to a broad range of individuals and their families.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist. I completed my residency training at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, as well, as a two-year certification course in psychodynamic psychotherapy at New York Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. I provide comprehensive, high-quality outpatient mental health services to a broad range of individuals and their families.
(978) 307-1195 View (978) 307-1195
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Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
West Springfield, MA 01089
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
(413) 300-2219 View (413) 300-2219
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Christine L Doucette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations diagnosis & medication management. I work with children adolescents & adults. My experience includes clinic-based settings, collaborating with therapists, DCF, Guardian Ad Litem, nursing services, & PCPs. My specialties include Depression Anxiety Bipolar & Thought Disorders. I have experience with complicated Trauma/PTSD. I practice in CT & MA. At an initial visit, patients can expect a comprehensive evaluation discussing reasons for their visit, psychiatric & medical history, medication review, family/social history review.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I provide psychiatric evaluations diagnosis & medication management. I work with children adolescents & adults. My experience includes clinic-based settings, collaborating with therapists, DCF, Guardian Ad Litem, nursing services, & PCPs. My specialties include Depression Anxiety Bipolar & Thought Disorders. I have experience with complicated Trauma/PTSD. I practice in CT & MA. At an initial visit, patients can expect a comprehensive evaluation discussing reasons for their visit, psychiatric & medical history, medication review, family/social history review.
(860) 239-0524 View (860) 239-0524
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Steven Locke
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
The patients who benefit the most from working with me are usually struggling with feelings of depression and/or anxiety, often associated with problems such as insomnia or recurrent physical symptoms due to stress. They want to understand what is happening to them and which treatment options might help them. Getting balanced information about the risks and benefits of treatment is usually a priority. My patients are often trying to decide whether to use medication to control their symptoms, or psychotherapy, or both. All the care is conveniently accessed via virtual visits using secure, private, easy-to-use video telehealth.
The patients who benefit the most from working with me are usually struggling with feelings of depression and/or anxiety, often associated with problems such as insomnia or recurrent physical symptoms due to stress. They want to understand what is happening to them and which treatment options might help them. Getting balanced information about the risks and benefits of treatment is usually a priority. My patients are often trying to decide whether to use medication to control their symptoms, or psychotherapy, or both. All the care is conveniently accessed via virtual visits using secure, private, easy-to-use video telehealth.
(857) 214-8523 View (857) 214-8523
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Dr. Khadija Tuitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Holyoke, MA 01040  (Online Only)
Welcome to In-Tuitt Behavioral Health Services, where the care feels intuitive, relaxed, and safe when we get “into it"! Does it feel like something is wrong, but you aren’t sure what or how to make it better? Do you feel sad, nervous and on edge or have thoughts that are hard to control? Do you struggle to focus and have a hard time getting things done no matter how hard you try? Do you sleep fine but feel exhausted the following day? Let me help you to find clarity and treatment options that work for you. Currently, we have opening within 2 weeks for an appointment.
Welcome to In-Tuitt Behavioral Health Services, where the care feels intuitive, relaxed, and safe when we get “into it"! Does it feel like something is wrong, but you aren’t sure what or how to make it better? Do you feel sad, nervous and on edge or have thoughts that are hard to control? Do you struggle to focus and have a hard time getting things done no matter how hard you try? Do you sleep fine but feel exhausted the following day? Let me help you to find clarity and treatment options that work for you. Currently, we have opening within 2 weeks for an appointment.
(413) 299-2507 x500 View (413) 299-2507 x500

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Number of Psychiatrists in East Longmeadow, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in East Longmeadow, MA who prioritize treating:

57% Anxiety
43% Depression
43% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
43% Bipolar Disorder
43% Sleep or Insomnia
43% Medication Management
29% ADHD

Average years in practice

28 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in East Longmeadow, MA see their clients

71% Online Only
29% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in East Longmeadow?

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.