Psychiatrists in Harvard, MA

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Maria Thompson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B
Verified
Harvard, MA 01451
Hi there, I'm Maria! Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, Insomnia, bipolar disorders, substance abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychosis, ADHD, and others I'm here to help. One of my passions is creating Healing communities- my nurse residency capstone involved creating the inpatient psychiatric family mental health recovery group; main objective was to provide psychoeducation.
Hi there, I'm Maria! Do you feel pulled in a million directions, unable to fit it in? Are you struggling to keep up with your relationships, work and health? Is it hard to be kind to yourself? Whether you're dealing with overwhelm, relationship issues or cycles of anxiety and depression, Insomnia, bipolar disorders, substance abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychosis, ADHD, and others I'm here to help. One of my passions is creating Healing communities- my nurse residency capstone involved creating the inpatient psychiatric family mental health recovery group; main objective was to provide psychoeducation.
(617) 397-4895 View (617) 397-4895
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Ally Integrated Healthcare, PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNP-BC, PCNS-BC, PA-C
Verified
3 Endorsed
Harvard, MA 01451
Our group practice is accepting new patients!! At AIH, we believe that THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE or RELATIONSHIP greatly influences treatment outcomes. Through a patient-centered model, we provide specialized care and treatment tailored to individual needs. With our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and addiction-related disorders, we are committed to delivering effective, evidence-based care. Our diverse practice subscribes to a balanced approach to treatment, going beyond symptom relief and seeking to help people find ways to revitalize their lives so that they are able to thrive in their endeavors. Call 617-600-4249
Our group practice is accepting new patients!! At AIH, we believe that THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE or RELATIONSHIP greatly influences treatment outcomes. Through a patient-centered model, we provide specialized care and treatment tailored to individual needs. With our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and addiction-related disorders, we are committed to delivering effective, evidence-based care. Our diverse practice subscribes to a balanced approach to treatment, going beyond symptom relief and seeking to help people find ways to revitalize their lives so that they are able to thrive in their endeavors. Call 617-600-4249
(351) 277-0501 x235 View (351) 277-0501 x235
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Temitope Obasekola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-BC, MSN
Verified
Harvard, MA 01451
Welcome! I am currently accepting new patients. As a provider, my approach to care is one of unwavering support for you as the patient. I try my best to provide a thoughtful and individualized approach to psychiatric care. As a clinician who practices in a group setting, I have the opportunity to be part of a practice that consists of multiple psychiatric prescribers and therapists who have extensive training in psychotherapy. Although I am primarily a medication prescriber; and yes, medications can be very helpful, I also believe and insist on providing more than medication. As such, your care will be integrated and unfragmented.
Welcome! I am currently accepting new patients. As a provider, my approach to care is one of unwavering support for you as the patient. I try my best to provide a thoughtful and individualized approach to psychiatric care. As a clinician who practices in a group setting, I have the opportunity to be part of a practice that consists of multiple psychiatric prescribers and therapists who have extensive training in psychotherapy. Although I am primarily a medication prescriber; and yes, medications can be very helpful, I also believe and insist on providing more than medication. As such, your care will be integrated and unfragmented.
(617) 639-9420 View (617) 639-9420
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Karina Riedel
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B, MSN
Verified
Harvard, MA 01451
Taking New Patients. I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, currently practicing recently relocated from Austin, Texas. I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I bring a comprehensive educational background to my role as my clinical experience is extensive.
Taking New Patients. I understand that that taking steps towards receiving mental health requires tremendous strength. I aim to foster collaborative relationships with my clients as they move towards their unique goals. I am highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, currently practicing recently relocated from Austin, Texas. I obtained my Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I bring a comprehensive educational background to my role as my clinical experience is extensive.
(617) 380-4472 View (617) 380-4472
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Stephanie Etienne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , PMHNP-B, RN
Verified
Harvard, MA 01451
Stephanie is accepting NEW patients. As dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my BSN at Southern New Hampshire University. My desire to make a difference in the mental health field led me to further my education at Regis College, where I graduated with my master’s in nursing in May 2023, specializing in Psychiatry. As a Psychiatric Mental Health NP, my approach to patient care is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding. I VALUE validation; focus on the present, ensure that her patients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their healing journey.
Stephanie is accepting NEW patients. As dedicated and compassionate board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my BSN at Southern New Hampshire University. My desire to make a difference in the mental health field led me to further my education at Regis College, where I graduated with my master’s in nursing in May 2023, specializing in Psychiatry. As a Psychiatric Mental Health NP, my approach to patient care is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding. I VALUE validation; focus on the present, ensure that her patients feel seen, heard, and supported throughout their healing journey.
(617) 766-0774 View (617) 766-0774

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Victoria Counseling Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMNP-BC, ACNP-BC
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
Victoria Counseling Services is an outpatient Adult Psychiatry, established in 2015 following the sudden death of a beloved younger sister, Victoria, who suffered from severe depression and PTSD for most of her adult years. As a patient, expect to be an active participant in your treatment plan.
Victoria Counseling Services is an outpatient Adult Psychiatry, established in 2015 following the sudden death of a beloved younger sister, Victoria, who suffered from severe depression and PTSD for most of her adult years. As a patient, expect to be an active participant in your treatment plan.
(508) 252-0916 View (508) 252-0916
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Amina West
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Leominster, MA 01453  (Online Only)
I am a licensed Professional Mental Health Practitioner (PMHP) dedicated to helping you navigate through life's challenges. I specialize in offering support and guidance to individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, challenging relationships, and loss of a sense of self, among other issues. Do you find these struggles affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, or your work and career? Do you feel emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost due to the pressures of living up to someone else's standards? Do you question, wonder, or hope that things could be better?
I am a licensed Professional Mental Health Practitioner (PMHP) dedicated to helping you navigate through life's challenges. I specialize in offering support and guidance to individuals struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, challenging relationships, and loss of a sense of self, among other issues. Do you find these struggles affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, ability to function, or your work and career? Do you feel emotionally exhausted, overwhelmed, frustrated, or lost due to the pressures of living up to someone else's standards? Do you question, wonder, or hope that things could be better?
(339) 329-8951 View (339) 329-8951
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Partners in Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN, RN
Verified
Leominster, MA 01453
Accepting new patients. We provide clinical evaluations and medication management for those aged 4-60 years old via telepsychiatry video sessions and in-office appointments. We offer expert treatment plans to ease your suffering and emotional pain using the biopsychosocial framework. While we believe psychotropic treatment can be both curative and beneficial for symptom management, we encourage our patients to engage meaningfully in their own treatment by participating in psychotherapy, exercise, mindfulness, and healthy nutrition.
Accepting new patients. We provide clinical evaluations and medication management for those aged 4-60 years old via telepsychiatry video sessions and in-office appointments. We offer expert treatment plans to ease your suffering and emotional pain using the biopsychosocial framework. While we believe psychotropic treatment can be both curative and beneficial for symptom management, we encourage our patients to engage meaningfully in their own treatment by participating in psychotherapy, exercise, mindfulness, and healthy nutrition.
(774) 541-1310 View (774) 541-1310
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Daria Cunningham
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN, MSN, RN
Verified
Leominster, MA 01453  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome! This is the first step to a healthier life. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in a client-first approach as you navigate your journey to healing and wellness. I am dedicated in providing you with the leading standard of care, offering comprehensive and individualized support that is entirely customized to your needs. I use my previous educational background as well as my various clinical setting experiences to bring the highest expertise and support, as we explore your goals together and strive towards a healthy life.
Welcome! This is the first step to a healthier life. I am a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specializes in a client-first approach as you navigate your journey to healing and wellness. I am dedicated in providing you with the leading standard of care, offering comprehensive and individualized support that is entirely customized to your needs. I use my previous educational background as well as my various clinical setting experiences to bring the highest expertise and support, as we explore your goals together and strive towards a healthy life.
(978) 464-3240 View (978) 464-3240
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EleMental Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Leominster, MA 01453
****Accepting new patients for both Video and in-office appointments for Adults 18+ and adolescents 12 years and older****** Here at EleMental Wellness Center, we provide diagnostic assessment and treatment for broad range of psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to: Mood Disorders [Depression/Bipolar disorder], Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, Alcohol use disorders and Panic disorders.
****Accepting new patients for both Video and in-office appointments for Adults 18+ and adolescents 12 years and older****** Here at EleMental Wellness Center, we provide diagnostic assessment and treatment for broad range of psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to: Mood Disorders [Depression/Bipolar disorder], Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, Alcohol use disorders and Panic disorders.
(508) 213-9438 View (508) 213-9438
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My Mental Health Matters Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Lancaster, MA 01523  (Online Only)
Taking NEW patients ! Are you struggling with mental health issues?I believe I can help you!Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you struggle with focusing or distracted easily or struggle to complete tasks? Do you sometimes lacks the motivation,low energy or no interest to participate in things you enjoyed in the past ?Do you struggle to fall asleep at night or wakes up multiple times because of worries? Do you have past trauma that has left you feeling anxious, causing panic attacks, nightmares? You don’t have to go through these challenge!
Taking NEW patients ! Are you struggling with mental health issues?I believe I can help you!Do you sometimes wonder if what you're feeling is normal? Do you struggle with focusing or distracted easily or struggle to complete tasks? Do you sometimes lacks the motivation,low energy or no interest to participate in things you enjoyed in the past ?Do you struggle to fall asleep at night or wakes up multiple times because of worries? Do you have past trauma that has left you feeling anxious, causing panic attacks, nightmares? You don’t have to go through these challenge!
(617) 468-1115 View (617) 468-1115
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Amiee Caruso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CAGS, MSN, PMHNPBC, CNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leominster, MA 01453  (Online Only)
Feeling emotionally out of harmony can make us feel stuck, but there is hope! You really can live with an abundance of peace, joy and gratitude. And I believe you deserve a life that leaves you feeling thankful for each new sunrise. I promise to help empower you through your journey in hopes to achieve healing and help enrich your daily blessings through personal awareness and growth. Life is too precious to be chained down by the heaviness and burdens of our sufferings. I believe there is great freedom found in working to release emotional pain. My goal is to assist you in finding yours!
Feeling emotionally out of harmony can make us feel stuck, but there is hope! You really can live with an abundance of peace, joy and gratitude. And I believe you deserve a life that leaves you feeling thankful for each new sunrise. I promise to help empower you through your journey in hopes to achieve healing and help enrich your daily blessings through personal awareness and growth. Life is too precious to be chained down by the heaviness and burdens of our sufferings. I believe there is great freedom found in working to release emotional pain. My goal is to assist you in finding yours!
(978) 307-0190 View (978) 307-0190
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Badu Adjei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MS, PMHNP
Verified
Leominster, MA 01453
Accepting New Patients! You have taken the right step to seek support today! I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adolescents, young adults, and adults with much interest in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Behavioral Issues, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Stress, Schizophrenia, and Sleep Issues or Insomnia. I am a Doctorally-prepared, Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in mental health. I am ready to work with you to provide the best treatment tailored to your needs.
Accepting New Patients! You have taken the right step to seek support today! I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adolescents, young adults, and adults with much interest in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Behavioral Issues, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Stress, Schizophrenia, and Sleep Issues or Insomnia. I am a Doctorally-prepared, Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in mental health. I am ready to work with you to provide the best treatment tailored to your needs.
(508) 687-6786 View (508) 687-6786
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Usamah Simjee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leominster, MA 01453  (Online Only)
Dr. Simjee provides an evidenced-based and holistic approach toward healing mental illness including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, trauma related disorders, reproductive psychiatry, addiction, and psychosis. His experience spans multiple treatment settings including outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and substance detox. Dr. Simjee has a special interest in teaching and has provided numerous lectures to medical professionals on the intersectionality of mental and physical illnesses. He is committed to providing safe, equitable, and inclusive treatment for all.
Dr. Simjee provides an evidenced-based and holistic approach toward healing mental illness including mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, trauma related disorders, reproductive psychiatry, addiction, and psychosis. His experience spans multiple treatment settings including outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and substance detox. Dr. Simjee has a special interest in teaching and has provided numerous lectures to medical professionals on the intersectionality of mental and physical illnesses. He is committed to providing safe, equitable, and inclusive treatment for all.
(339) 330-3960 View (339) 330-3960
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TAK Center for Mental Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Leominster, MA 01453
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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Michelle Vivo Amore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP, -BC
Leominster, MA 01453
Psychological well-being is considered a state of balance between the challenges and rewards in our personal lives.  Yet, how do we master this balance?
Psychological well-being is considered a state of balance between the challenges and rewards in our personal lives.  Yet, how do we master this balance?
(978) 233-1594 View (978) 233-1594
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circle Integrative Psychiatry Group LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leominster, MA 01453
Throughout my many years of experience both as a registered nurse and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have learnt learned to treat my patients with respect and compassion, knowing that their current problems does not define them. My competence and excellence of care stems from working with diverse patients for over 17 years in healthcare. This experience with different populations has given me confidence to face every situation with an inquisitive and open mind as I deliver evidence based and patient specific care.
Throughout my many years of experience both as a registered nurse and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have learnt learned to treat my patients with respect and compassion, knowing that their current problems does not define them. My competence and excellence of care stems from working with diverse patients for over 17 years in healthcare. This experience with different populations has given me confidence to face every situation with an inquisitive and open mind as I deliver evidence based and patient specific care.
(508) 715-8917 View (508) 715-8917
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Marlborough, MA 01752
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
Westford, MA 01886
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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Regina Macharia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Westford, MA 01886  (Online Only)
Regina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with multiple years of experience as a nurse in community psychiatric care. She believes in individualized client care that is holistic and is vested in promoting self-care, and lifestyle changes (sleep hygiene, exercise, nutrition, stress management) in concert with a variety of psychotherapy and pharmacological modalities.
Regina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with multiple years of experience as a nurse in community psychiatric care. She believes in individualized client care that is holistic and is vested in promoting self-care, and lifestyle changes (sleep hygiene, exercise, nutrition, stress management) in concert with a variety of psychotherapy and pharmacological modalities.
(508) 841-5132 View (508) 841-5132

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Harvard, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Harvard, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
80% Anger Management
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Substance Use

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Cigna and Evernorth
80% BlueCross and BlueShield
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Harvard, MA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Harvard?

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.