Psychiatrists in Essex, MA

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Deborah S Mindnich
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, RN, PCNS
Verified Verified
Essex, MA 01929
I partner with my clients to achieve their goals and intentions. I provide individual, couples and family therapy as well as life coaching. I also see clients for medication management.
I partner with my clients to achieve their goals and intentions. I provide individual, couples and family therapy as well as life coaching. I also see clients for medication management.
(978) 678-4112 View (978) 678-4112

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Kimberly Seaward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Danvers, MA 01923  (Online Only)
***Currently Accepting New Patients*** Coastal Psychiatry provides outpatient mental health and medication management services to adolescents and adults (ages 16 and older) located anywhere in Massachusetts via telehealth. We treat a range of Behavioral Health Disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Adjustments Disorders, Grief and Bereavement, Divorce and Separation, Relationship issues as well as sleep issues.
***Currently Accepting New Patients*** Coastal Psychiatry provides outpatient mental health and medication management services to adolescents and adults (ages 16 and older) located anywhere in Massachusetts via telehealth. We treat a range of Behavioral Health Disorders including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Adjustments Disorders, Grief and Bereavement, Divorce and Separation, Relationship issues as well as sleep issues.
(978) 982-2314 View (978) 982-2314
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Beverly, MA 01915
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.
(781) 653-5110 View (781) 653-5110
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Cecilia Sky Ryll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Marblehead, MA 01945
I am a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with experience in evaluating and treating anxiety disorders, depression, various mood disorders such as bipolar, PTSD, neurocognitive and psychotic disorders. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a post-master certificate in psychiatry and mental health. Prior to this I earned my MSN with specialization in women’s health and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier University, and worked as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a primary care provider for women. My niche is focusing on issues involving both areas.
I am a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with experience in evaluating and treating anxiety disorders, depression, various mood disorders such as bipolar, PTSD, neurocognitive and psychotic disorders. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a post-master certificate in psychiatry and mental health. Prior to this I earned my MSN with specialization in women’s health and then my Doctor of Nursing Practice from Frontier University, and worked as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a primary care provider for women. My niche is focusing on issues involving both areas.
(508) 625-7434 View (508) 625-7434
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Dr. Marco Belluardo-Crosby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, MA 01970  (Online Only)
Throughout my career I have successfully treated people with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. I enjoy the collaboration with other treating providers such as psychotherapists and primary care providers in maximizing the benefits of psychopharmacological treatment. I am committed to high standards of care following the latest clinical research. Telemedicine psychopharmacology only.
Throughout my career I have successfully treated people with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. I enjoy the collaboration with other treating providers such as psychotherapists and primary care providers in maximizing the benefits of psychopharmacological treatment. I am committed to high standards of care following the latest clinical research. Telemedicine psychopharmacology only.
(978) 306-2915 View (978) 306-2915
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Brain Dynamic Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Beverly, MA 01915  (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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Mona Itani
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Beverly, MA 01915
Dr. Itani is committed to helping people find relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and OCD. She offers compassionate, patient-focused treatments for mood and anxiety disorders using Ketamine, TMS and Psychedelic Therapy / Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), as well as psychiatric treatment consultation services.
Dr. Itani is committed to helping people find relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and OCD. She offers compassionate, patient-focused treatments for mood and anxiety disorders using Ketamine, TMS and Psychedelic Therapy / Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), as well as psychiatric treatment consultation services.
(978) 547-5351 View (978) 547-5351
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Gregory Marcellin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Danvers, MA 01923
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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Dr. Andrés Abreu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, MA 01970  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
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Jennifer MacNeil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Topsfield, MA 01983
Are you happy and grateful but feel like you struggle emotionally in your personal or professional life? Do you suffer from mental illness? You are not alone. Remaining present in your daily life and keeping up with the everyday demands of work, family and friends can be difficult. I can help you trust yourself, reframe negative thoughts, identify unhealthy behaviors/relationships, and help you find answers within yourself to meet your needs and goals. I offer both medications, and therapy to build a treatment plan that works for you and your personal goals.
Are you happy and grateful but feel like you struggle emotionally in your personal or professional life? Do you suffer from mental illness? You are not alone. Remaining present in your daily life and keeping up with the everyday demands of work, family and friends can be difficult. I can help you trust yourself, reframe negative thoughts, identify unhealthy behaviors/relationships, and help you find answers within yourself to meet your needs and goals. I offer both medications, and therapy to build a treatment plan that works for you and your personal goals.
(978) 344-6844 View (978) 344-6844
Photo of Julia Martyn, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Julia Martyn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
17 Endorsed
Danvers, MA 01923
Searching for someone to help you with mental clarity? Do you need reliable, customized professional psychiatric help? Whether it’s long-term or short-term, outpatient tele-health and in-person appointments will help you get a step ahead in your pursuit towards mental wellness. Wheeler Brook Psychiatric Care is a private, independent clinic providing diagnosis, medication management, counseling, and treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, and more. I provide compassionate, safe, judgement-free, comprehensive and personalized psychiatric care to empower you on your mental wellness journey.
Searching for someone to help you with mental clarity? Do you need reliable, customized professional psychiatric help? Whether it’s long-term or short-term, outpatient tele-health and in-person appointments will help you get a step ahead in your pursuit towards mental wellness. Wheeler Brook Psychiatric Care is a private, independent clinic providing diagnosis, medication management, counseling, and treatment for depression, anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, and more. I provide compassionate, safe, judgement-free, comprehensive and personalized psychiatric care to empower you on your mental wellness journey.
(351) 999-7526 View (351) 999-7526
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Dr. Abena Apraku
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, MA 01970
Dr. Apraku is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, she specializes in providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and PTSD. As a well-rounded provider, her focus is on medication management (including for patients wishing to decrease reliance on medication) in combination with extensive psycho-education. Read more about her approach at apraku.com/services.
Dr. Apraku is welcoming new patients for video appointments. As a Board-certified M.D. psychiatrist, she specializes in providing psychiatric diagnostic assessments and treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and PTSD. As a well-rounded provider, her focus is on medication management (including for patients wishing to decrease reliance on medication) in combination with extensive psycho-education. Read more about her approach at apraku.com/services.
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Atlantic Telepsychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Beverly, MA 01915  (Online Only)
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Atlantic Telepsychiatry offers effective medication treatment for a number of mental health issues to adults anywhere in Massachusetts. With Atlantic Telepsychiatry, you will get personalized mental health care and prescription management from a trained, licensed, and experienced psychiatric prescriber. We help individuals access quality medication treatment for their mental health issues without the hassle of insurance coverage, taking time off work to attend appointments, or wasted time sitting in waiting rooms. Meet with your prescriber on Live Video Sessions from your home, office, or anywhere!
**ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS** Atlantic Telepsychiatry offers effective medication treatment for a number of mental health issues to adults anywhere in Massachusetts. With Atlantic Telepsychiatry, you will get personalized mental health care and prescription management from a trained, licensed, and experienced psychiatric prescriber. We help individuals access quality medication treatment for their mental health issues without the hassle of insurance coverage, taking time off work to attend appointments, or wasted time sitting in waiting rooms. Meet with your prescriber on Live Video Sessions from your home, office, or anywhere!
(508) 273-8184 View (508) 273-8184
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James Quackenbush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beverly, MA 01915
Please note: At this time, I am primarily virtual but offer intermittent in-person appointments. I am based in Southern NH and Greater Boston, MA. I received my nurse practitioner education at Rivier University and completed clinical training at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, MA. My personal and professional goals include bridging the gaps that exist in our healthcare system to ensure everyone has adequate access and good mental health care, reducing stigma so that people are more inclined to ask for help, and providing a treatment plan where both you and I work together to ensure your needs are met.
Please note: At this time, I am primarily virtual but offer intermittent in-person appointments. I am based in Southern NH and Greater Boston, MA. I received my nurse practitioner education at Rivier University and completed clinical training at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, MA. My personal and professional goals include bridging the gaps that exist in our healthcare system to ensure everyone has adequate access and good mental health care, reducing stigma so that people are more inclined to ask for help, and providing a treatment plan where both you and I work together to ensure your needs are met.
(603) 782-9508 View (603) 782-9508
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Michele Adam
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Wenham, MA 01984
Not accepting new clients
MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN. I am not accepting new clients at this time. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in women's mental health throughout the life span, as well as the treatment of postpartum emotional complications. Parenting is a tough job, even under the best of circumstances. Are you struggling with depression or anxiety that seems unmanageable? Are you having trouble sleeping or finding it hard to concentrate? Don't wait to ask for help! I have helped many women struggling with these same issues and perhaps I can help you. Call now to see if I am the right fit for you.
MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN. I am not accepting new clients at this time. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in women's mental health throughout the life span, as well as the treatment of postpartum emotional complications. Parenting is a tough job, even under the best of circumstances. Are you struggling with depression or anxiety that seems unmanageable? Are you having trouble sleeping or finding it hard to concentrate? Don't wait to ask for help! I have helped many women struggling with these same issues and perhaps I can help you. Call now to see if I am the right fit for you.
(978) 451-4981 View (978) 451-4981
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Nicole Brown
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, OTR/L, RN, MSN, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Beverly, MA 01915
I have a some availability for new clients. Are you looking for a new medication provider for your child or for yourself? I currently conduct medication prescribing via telehealth for MA based clients only. Additionally, I also provide Occupational Therapy services via home visits (within 10 miles of Beverly, MA) or via telehealth.
I have a some availability for new clients. Are you looking for a new medication provider for your child or for yourself? I currently conduct medication prescribing via telehealth for MA based clients only. Additionally, I also provide Occupational Therapy services via home visits (within 10 miles of Beverly, MA) or via telehealth.
(508) 501-6231 View (508) 501-6231
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Joanna Quincy Duda
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, CNS
Verified Verified
Rockport, MA 01966
Not accepting new clients
Rather than focusing on diagnosis, my practice has centered on the individual, with the strength of the relationship being central. The uniqueness of every individual as special and worthy has motivated my care and compassion in the implementation of the treatment most helpful for that individual. I have valued the spirit and soul of each individual as I skillfully determined the medicine and lifestyle needed for change. My early years as a psychotherapist were influenced by Shamanic practices, as well as a commitment to meditation and mindfulness; these have enabled me to be the channel for the change needed by my clients,
Rather than focusing on diagnosis, my practice has centered on the individual, with the strength of the relationship being central. The uniqueness of every individual as special and worthy has motivated my care and compassion in the implementation of the treatment most helpful for that individual. I have valued the spirit and soul of each individual as I skillfully determined the medicine and lifestyle needed for change. My early years as a psychotherapist were influenced by Shamanic practices, as well as a commitment to meditation and mindfulness; these have enabled me to be the channel for the change needed by my clients,
(978) 357-2963 View (978) 357-2963
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Edwin J. Agbonavbare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, ARNP-BC
Verified Verified
Danvers, MA 01923
Nice to meet you, I am the founder of Rejuvenate Psychiatric Mental Health Services, LLC. As a psych nurse practitioner, my purpose is to bring life back to normalcy after mental health challenges. My purpose is to eradicate the stigma that surrounds mental health. It is okay to have mental health challenges. I will help individuals manage long-term mental health conditions, offer therapy for a wide variety of psychological disorders, provide individuals and parent education, and offer referrals to other medical specialties as needed. I also provide assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and medication management.
Nice to meet you, I am the founder of Rejuvenate Psychiatric Mental Health Services, LLC. As a psych nurse practitioner, my purpose is to bring life back to normalcy after mental health challenges. My purpose is to eradicate the stigma that surrounds mental health. It is okay to have mental health challenges. I will help individuals manage long-term mental health conditions, offer therapy for a wide variety of psychological disorders, provide individuals and parent education, and offer referrals to other medical specialties as needed. I also provide assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and medication management.
(978) 708-4603 View (978) 708-4603
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Andrea Raimondi Quilty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, MA 01970  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and received my Master of Science in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2008. I have training and professional experience at Boston Medical Center and most recently at Lynn Community Health Center. I specialize in psychopharmacology management of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as other mental health needs.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and received my Master of Science in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2008. I have training and professional experience at Boston Medical Center and most recently at Lynn Community Health Center. I specialize in psychopharmacology management of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as other mental health needs.
(978) 716-8025 View (978) 716-8025
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James G. Bouras, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beverly, MA 01915
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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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Essex?

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.