Psychiatrists in Lexington, MA

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Tina Amerault
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02421
Not accepting new clients
Seeking out help can be challenging, so feel proud for taking the first step towards healing. I am a licensed psychiatrist offering medication consultation and management, psychotherapy, and combinations of both. I offer insight-oriented care to people dealing with a wide array of mental health concerns and have special clinical interest in treating survivors of trauma, both physiological and emotional, and early attachment/relationship disruptions. Additionally, I prescribe and provide ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to augment work already being done in psychotherapy.
Seeking out help can be challenging, so feel proud for taking the first step towards healing. I am a licensed psychiatrist offering medication consultation and management, psychotherapy, and combinations of both. I offer insight-oriented care to people dealing with a wide array of mental health concerns and have special clinical interest in treating survivors of trauma, both physiological and emotional, and early attachment/relationship disruptions. Additionally, I prescribe and provide ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) to augment work already being done in psychotherapy.
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Can Bulucu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience in treating Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, ADHD and relational problems for more than 20 years. I have dual Board Certification in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. I am very careful in treating my patients with medications and my goal is to find the lowest effective dose and avoid multiple medication use when possible. I think therapy is as important as medications and I offer both, at times together, when necessary. For self pay patients cost for initial 60 min evaluation is $500, 15 min fallow up is $150, 30 min fallow up is $275 and 45min fallow up is $400.
I have extensive experience in treating Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, ADHD and relational problems for more than 20 years. I have dual Board Certification in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. I am very careful in treating my patients with medications and my goal is to find the lowest effective dose and avoid multiple medication use when possible. I think therapy is as important as medications and I offer both, at times together, when necessary. For self pay patients cost for initial 60 min evaluation is $500, 15 min fallow up is $150, 30 min fallow up is $275 and 45min fallow up is $400.
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Alok Kumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420
Dr. Kumar is a highly skilled Adult Psychiatrist with extensive training and experience in the field of mental health. Having completed his Psychiatry Residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Dr. Kumar is well-versed in providing comprehensive psychiatric care to adults.
Dr. Kumar is a highly skilled Adult Psychiatrist with extensive training and experience in the field of mental health. Having completed his Psychiatry Residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Dr. Kumar is well-versed in providing comprehensive psychiatric care to adults.
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Anthony Marfeo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420  (Online Only)
I am experienced in treating a wide range of motivated adult patients. I graduated Yale Medical School in 2010, completed four years of psychiatry training in 2014 at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program, and am board-certified in psychiatry. I’ve also spent several years pursuing advanced training in insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. My approach to mental health is comprehensive, taking into account the entire multidimensional person and the context of their lives.
I am experienced in treating a wide range of motivated adult patients. I graduated Yale Medical School in 2010, completed four years of psychiatry training in 2014 at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training program, and am board-certified in psychiatry. I’ve also spent several years pursuing advanced training in insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. My approach to mental health is comprehensive, taking into account the entire multidimensional person and the context of their lives.
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Malini Prabhu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420
Dr. Prabhu is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist with 20+ years of experience. She provides comprehensive assessments & offer evidence-based medication management for a broad range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. She provides a warm and collaborative care for adults coping with personal or professional challenges, life transitions, or stressors. Accepting adults ages 18-65 for medication management. She focuses on applying an integrative approach to treatment, combining different psychotherapy modalities and pharmacology.
Dr. Prabhu is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist with 20+ years of experience. She provides comprehensive assessments & offer evidence-based medication management for a broad range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. She provides a warm and collaborative care for adults coping with personal or professional challenges, life transitions, or stressors. Accepting adults ages 18-65 for medication management. She focuses on applying an integrative approach to treatment, combining different psychotherapy modalities and pharmacology.
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Dr. Alyssa Rautenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02421
I believe therapy offers the opportunity to become who you really are. People are often unaware of all of the factors that are keeping them stuck, creating dissatisfaction, or causing distressing symptoms. By developing a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships through therapy, it becomes possible to experience your life more authentically, feel better in your relationships, and move toward what is enriching or important to you. I provide a reliable and empathic setting where we can carefully understand the difficulties you are experiencing – leading to relief, personal growth and lasting change.
I believe therapy offers the opportunity to become who you really are. People are often unaware of all of the factors that are keeping them stuck, creating dissatisfaction, or causing distressing symptoms. By developing a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships through therapy, it becomes possible to experience your life more authentically, feel better in your relationships, and move toward what is enriching or important to you. I provide a reliable and empathic setting where we can carefully understand the difficulties you are experiencing – leading to relief, personal growth and lasting change.
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Danial Hayek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420
Dr. Hayek is a thoughtful and vigilant psychiatrist. He is conscientious and knowledgeable in his field, having graduated from the top 20% of medical students nationwide. He has a wealth of experience in treating patients through a wide range of settings, each with unique strengths to celebrate and obstacles to overcome. Dr. Hayek understands that the key to a successful outcome is a well-rounded, positive, patient-centered approach. He prides himself in ensuring that each patient he works with feels comfortable and confident with the direction of their care that includes meticulous therapy and medical management.
Dr. Hayek is a thoughtful and vigilant psychiatrist. He is conscientious and knowledgeable in his field, having graduated from the top 20% of medical students nationwide. He has a wealth of experience in treating patients through a wide range of settings, each with unique strengths to celebrate and obstacles to overcome. Dr. Hayek understands that the key to a successful outcome is a well-rounded, positive, patient-centered approach. He prides himself in ensuring that each patient he works with feels comfortable and confident with the direction of their care that includes meticulous therapy and medical management.
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Usamah Simjee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420  (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.
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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
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Vishal Biala
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420
“Accepting new patients” - I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in wide range of psychiatric disorders. I work with both adolescents and adults struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, ADHD, substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders.
“Accepting new patients” - I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in wide range of psychiatric disorders. I work with both adolescents and adults struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD, ADHD, substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders.
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Duy Ly
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420  (Online Only)
I have a diverse experience in treating a wide variety of psychopathology in both in patient and outpatient settings. I have a lifelong passion for learning and strive to learn and grow, keeping abreast of the latest evidence based treatment approaches so I can provide the best possible outcomes to my patients. I utilize a comprehensive care model in a non judgmental environment to help my patients live a more fulfilling life. I coordinate with therapists, PCP and other health care providers to address all aspects of patient care along the lines of bio psychosocial models. I am empathic, caring and introspective.
I have a diverse experience in treating a wide variety of psychopathology in both in patient and outpatient settings. I have a lifelong passion for learning and strive to learn and grow, keeping abreast of the latest evidence based treatment approaches so I can provide the best possible outcomes to my patients. I utilize a comprehensive care model in a non judgmental environment to help my patients live a more fulfilling life. I coordinate with therapists, PCP and other health care providers to address all aspects of patient care along the lines of bio psychosocial models. I am empathic, caring and introspective.
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Jung Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02421
I am a Harvard-trained, double board-certified, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, providing a high level of expertise and knowledge to my patients. As part of my commitment to delivering comprehensive and specialized care, I have collaborated with two fellow academic psychiatrists to establish a group private practice, ReThink Minds, LLC, which offers a broad spectrum of services to our patients. I believe that every patient is unique and therefore requires a personalized approach to their care. My goal is to provide personalized care that addresses not just symptoms, but also unique circumstances and experiences.
I am a Harvard-trained, double board-certified, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, providing a high level of expertise and knowledge to my patients. As part of my commitment to delivering comprehensive and specialized care, I have collaborated with two fellow academic psychiatrists to establish a group private practice, ReThink Minds, LLC, which offers a broad spectrum of services to our patients. I believe that every patient is unique and therefore requires a personalized approach to their care. My goal is to provide personalized care that addresses not just symptoms, but also unique circumstances and experiences.
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
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Shweta Sidhu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420
Accepting new patients, I am a double board certified psychiatrist with certifications in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. I have been on faculty at academic centers and involved in teaching medical students and training psychiatry residents. My diverse and in depth experience has helped me look out for the subtle nuances which often get missed and lead to treatment resistance.
Accepting new patients, I am a double board certified psychiatrist with certifications in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry. I have been on faculty at academic centers and involved in teaching medical students and training psychiatry residents. My diverse and in depth experience has helped me look out for the subtle nuances which often get missed and lead to treatment resistance.
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Jennifer Koch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
Growing up and parenting, even under the best circumstances, are full of challenges. When you or your child is struggling, it makes each of those challenges even more difficult. Dr. Jennifer Koch specializes in helping adults and children navigate these difficult times whether they are brought on by life stressors, grief, behavior patterns, or illness. She works with individuals and their families to evaluate their circumstances, to provide personalized recommendations, and to address their concerns so that they may return to a more comfortable, peaceful way of life.
Growing up and parenting, even under the best circumstances, are full of challenges. When you or your child is struggling, it makes each of those challenges even more difficult. Dr. Jennifer Koch specializes in helping adults and children navigate these difficult times whether they are brought on by life stressors, grief, behavior patterns, or illness. She works with individuals and their families to evaluate their circumstances, to provide personalized recommendations, and to address their concerns so that they may return to a more comfortable, peaceful way of life.
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Emily Flier Matteodo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02421
People turn to psychotherapy for many reasons. Some are motivated by challenging or unexpected life events, such as a death or loss, a breakup or a divorce. Others struggle with work or relationships, life transition, or a vague feeling of dissatisfaction. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to explore these experiences in order to understand and resolve them. In today's busy and overstimulating world, it is easy to disregard our needs, which can leave us feeling depleted. There is little time for self-reflection and introspection.
People turn to psychotherapy for many reasons. Some are motivated by challenging or unexpected life events, such as a death or loss, a breakup or a divorce. Others struggle with work or relationships, life transition, or a vague feeling of dissatisfaction. Psychotherapy provides an opportunity to explore these experiences in order to understand and resolve them. In today's busy and overstimulating world, it is easy to disregard our needs, which can leave us feeling depleted. There is little time for self-reflection and introspection.
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Photo of Michelle McCarthy, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Lexington, MA
Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
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Hillary Woodworth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering both medication and therapy services for a variety of mental health concerns. I completed my residency training at Massachusetts General/McLean Hospital and am currently appointed as an attending psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to treating common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, I have specialized training in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as individuals with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering both medication and therapy services for a variety of mental health concerns. I completed my residency training at Massachusetts General/McLean Hospital and am currently appointed as an attending psychiatrist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition to treating common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder, I have specialized training in the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD), as well as individuals with chronic gastrointestinal symptoms.
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Shailaja Emani
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lexington, MA 02420  (Online Only)
Dr. Shailaja Emani is a board certified psychiatrist passionate about providing holistic, comprehensive, and evidence based psychiatric care. She has a wide variety of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults across treatment settings and complexity levels.
Dr. Shailaja Emani is a board certified psychiatrist passionate about providing holistic, comprehensive, and evidence based psychiatric care. She has a wide variety of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults across treatment settings and complexity levels.
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Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Lexington, MA 02420
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Lexington, MA

40+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Lexington, MA who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
91% Anxiety
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Medication Management
74% ADHD
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
55% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

97% BlueCross and BlueShield
78% Aetna
75% Tufts

How Psychiatrists in Lexington, MA see their clients

83% In Person and Online
17% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Lexington?

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.