Psychiatrists in East Longmeadow, MA

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HS Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Hello and welcome to HS Psychiatry PLLC! We are a married team of board-certified psychiatrists who specialize in offering ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). KAP is a new treatment that utilizes ketamine to catalyze a psychotherapy process. This treatment is ideal for someone who is in ongoing therapy and has reached a plateau, feels stuck, or is struggling to break through old patterns that are no longer serving them. We hope to coordinate care with your therapist to fully support you during your inner exploration and integration. Please visit our website or email us to set up an initial 15-minute phone call to learn more.
Hello and welcome to HS Psychiatry PLLC! We are a married team of board-certified psychiatrists who specialize in offering ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP). KAP is a new treatment that utilizes ketamine to catalyze a psychotherapy process. This treatment is ideal for someone who is in ongoing therapy and has reached a plateau, feels stuck, or is struggling to break through old patterns that are no longer serving them. We hope to coordinate care with your therapist to fully support you during your inner exploration and integration. Please visit our website or email us to set up an initial 15-minute phone call to learn more.
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Sue Lyons
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified 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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Toussaint Casimir
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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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Valerie Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified 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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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified 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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Jackie Audi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified 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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Dr. Abila Primus Benazea
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, APRN, AGNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, MA 01106
In-person and telehealth Practice for Mental and psychiatric issues. In-person only for Addiction Management. Technology has provided means to obtain confidential and affordable treatment in the comfort of your home through Vista Healthcare solution Mental health and general psychiatry. I am a board-certified, doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult and gerontology Nurse Practitioner. My specialization permits me to understand the physical, biological, and psychological factors of human emotions. At Vista Healthcare we provide psychotherapeutic and psychiatric medication interventions.
In-person and telehealth Practice for Mental and psychiatric issues. In-person only for Addiction Management. Technology has provided means to obtain confidential and affordable treatment in the comfort of your home through Vista Healthcare solution Mental health and general psychiatry. I am a board-certified, doctoral-prepared Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult and gerontology Nurse Practitioner. My specialization permits me to understand the physical, biological, and psychological factors of human emotions. At Vista Healthcare we provide psychotherapeutic and psychiatric medication interventions.
(978) 494-1739 View (978) 494-1739
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Bernard Waigi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MPH, PMHNP-B, BSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01101
I am an experienced board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of the VA Boston Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. I work with patients, adults ages 18 and above. I am well-versed with best practices and utilization of evidence-based care that is patient centered. I am also a very experienced educator, compassionate provider who works to build a strong relationship with patients and their loved ones. It is my believe that treatment works best when an empathic and trusting relationship exists between the patient and the clinician.
I am an experienced board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of the VA Boston Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. I work with patients, adults ages 18 and above. I am well-versed with best practices and utilization of evidence-based care that is patient centered. I am also a very experienced educator, compassionate provider who works to build a strong relationship with patients and their loved ones. It is my believe that treatment works best when an empathic and trusting relationship exists between the patient and the clinician.
(617) 286-3703 View (617) 286-3703
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John Graziano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Agawam, MA 01001
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
(413) 224-6573 View (413) 224-6573
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Valley Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
West Springfield, MA 01089
Meaghan Quist, APRN of Valley Wellness is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services to Adult individuals seeking support and healing. Meaghan offers a personalized approach to mental health, tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each patient.
Meaghan Quist, APRN of Valley Wellness is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services to Adult individuals seeking support and healing. Meaghan offers a personalized approach to mental health, tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each patient.
(413) 666-1515 View (413) 666-1515
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Christine L Doucette
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified 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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Adam Ouderkirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01101  (Online Only)
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a license to practice in Massachusetts. I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 10 years with significant experience treating patients in the acute setting as well as in the community. My passion for mental health was ignited working in the community, as this was the position that allowed me to see the positive impacts of high-quality care and the resulting quality of life improvements of my patients.
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a license to practice in Massachusetts. I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 10 years with significant experience treating patients in the acute setting as well as in the community. My passion for mental health was ignited working in the community, as this was the position that allowed me to see the positive impacts of high-quality care and the resulting quality of life improvements of my patients.
(508) 978-3166 View (508) 978-3166
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Global Behavioral Healthcare LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MPH, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Springfield, MA 01103
Global Behavioral Healthcare provides both outpatient and tele-psychiatry mental health services in Springfield areas. Tele-psychiatry services are provided in the comfort of your home using a computer/ a phone. Currently accepting new patients. Evening and weekend hours are available to those busy during office hours. Global Behavioral Healthcare is the home of Annet Kabuusu, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience across the lifespan in hospitals, emergency room and outpatient settings
Global Behavioral Healthcare provides both outpatient and tele-psychiatry mental health services in Springfield areas. Tele-psychiatry services are provided in the comfort of your home using a computer/ a phone. Currently accepting new patients. Evening and weekend hours are available to those busy during office hours. Global Behavioral Healthcare is the home of Annet Kabuusu, a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience across the lifespan in hospitals, emergency room and outpatient settings
(857) 239-0930 View (857) 239-0930
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Adhd Aid Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Springfield, MA 01111  (Online Only)
Imagine your ideal self. What challenges are you facing? Welcome to a new beginning. Covid-19 is over, and we are accepting new patients. Say goodbye to long wait times. Whether you're a student or a professional struggling with ADHD, anxiety, or depression, help is here. Take the first step towards a brighter future today. Make an appointment, get tested, and start enjoying life again. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing for ADA accommodations. Anxiety and sleep issues can mimic ADHD, and untreated depression can present similar symptoms. Let’s uncover your true struggles and achieve your goals.
Imagine your ideal self. What challenges are you facing? Welcome to a new beginning. Covid-19 is over, and we are accepting new patients. Say goodbye to long wait times. Whether you're a student or a professional struggling with ADHD, anxiety, or depression, help is here. Take the first step towards a brighter future today. Make an appointment, get tested, and start enjoying life again. I offer comprehensive ADHD testing for ADA accommodations. Anxiety and sleep issues can mimic ADHD, and untreated depression can present similar symptoms. Let’s uncover your true struggles and achieve your goals.
(339) 220-4491 View (339) 220-4491
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Kerri Sullivan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01101
Over the course of the last two decades, I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with many vulnerable populations with health disparities in the emergency setting. I completed my doctorate of nursing at the University of Massachusetts specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing and my doctoral research centered around improving communication among healthcare workers. I have a passion for perinatal psychiatry and supporting women/mothers.
Over the course of the last two decades, I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with many vulnerable populations with health disparities in the emergency setting. I completed my doctorate of nursing at the University of Massachusetts specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing and my doctoral research centered around improving communication among healthcare workers. I have a passion for perinatal psychiatry and supporting women/mothers.
(508) 504-7760 View (508) 504-7760
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Dr. Andrietta Wright Barnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CNS
Verified 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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Georgina Tung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, or PTSD that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, and ability to function? Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or lost by the thought of navigating through life's challenges? Do you hope that your mental health could be better? Now more than ever, people from all walks of life are feeling uncertain and anxious about overcoming their mental health struggles. I believe that it shouldn't be so hard to live better, and there is hope and answers for those seeking support.
Do you struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, or PTSD that affects your day-to-day life, relationships, and ability to function? Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or lost by the thought of navigating through life's challenges? Do you hope that your mental health could be better? Now more than ever, people from all walks of life are feeling uncertain and anxious about overcoming their mental health struggles. I believe that it shouldn't be so hard to live better, and there is hope and answers for those seeking support.
(413) 323-3515 x508 View (413) 323-3515 x508
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Damaris Kongo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Ludlow, MA 01056  (Online Only)
I have a Masters degree from university of Massachusetts, Amherst. I’m a Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a 2 + experience in a large outpatient clinic. I have worked with different age groups for medication management based on their individual needs. I can help you manage and maintain a healthy mind set based on your individual needs and goals.
I have a Masters degree from university of Massachusetts, Amherst. I’m a Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a 2 + experience in a large outpatient clinic. I have worked with different age groups for medication management based on their individual needs. I can help you manage and maintain a healthy mind set based on your individual needs and goals.
(413) 299-2251 View (413) 299-2251
Neil King
Psychiatrist, MD203
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01101  (Online Only)
Dr. King works with both adults and children. Dr. King is able to connect with clients and help them feel comfortable discussing personal histories and concerns. Dr. King has been working in Pediatrics since 2007 and has worked in the psychiatric field with children and adults since 2012 in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical centers and private practice.
Dr. King works with both adults and children. Dr. King is able to connect with clients and help them feel comfortable discussing personal histories and concerns. Dr. King has been working in Pediatrics since 2007 and has worked in the psychiatric field with children and adults since 2012 in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical centers and private practice.
(413) 225-4247 View (413) 225-4247
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Jessica Francois
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified 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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Number of Psychiatrists in East Longmeadow, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in East Longmeadow, MA who prioritize treating:

50% Anxiety
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
33% Depression
33% Trauma and PTSD
17% ADHD
17% Bipolar Disorder
17% Transgender

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in East Longmeadow, MA see their clients

66% Online Only
34% 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.