Psychiatrists in Longmeadow, MA

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Dr. Michael Boggs
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106
May / June 2024 Update - Accepting new clients. Providing expert medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for mental health for individuals aged 12+ living throughout Massachusetts with Clearview Health & Wellness Group. (Intakes typically scheduled at this point 2-4 weeks out - please do note there is another excellent provider joining me at Clearview, Pam Williams PMHNP, who will be able to see new clients starting in June 2024.)
May / June 2024 Update - Accepting new clients. Providing expert medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy for mental health for individuals aged 12+ living throughout Massachusetts with Clearview Health & Wellness Group. (Intakes typically scheduled at this point 2-4 weeks out - please do note there is another excellent provider joining me at Clearview, Pam Williams PMHNP, who will be able to see new clients starting in June 2024.)
(413) 300-9956 View (413) 300-9956
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Valerie Sharpe
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
This practice is devoted to providing psychiatric treatment for women during pregnancy, postpartum and preconception. I am passionate about supporting women during the challenges that can arise during the perinatal period, such as infertility, relationship stressors, trauma, attachment issues, breastfeeding, sleep problems, and adjusting to life with a new baby, just to name a few. Psychiatric conditions that are best suited for me to treat at this solo private practice include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma related disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity diosrder and bipolar disorder.
This practice is devoted to providing psychiatric treatment for women during pregnancy, postpartum and preconception. I am passionate about supporting women during the challenges that can arise during the perinatal period, such as infertility, relationship stressors, trauma, attachment issues, breastfeeding, sleep problems, and adjusting to life with a new baby, just to name a few. Psychiatric conditions that are best suited for me to treat at this solo private practice include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma related disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity diosrder and bipolar disorder.
(413) 343-4030 View (413) 343-4030
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Steven Locke
Psychiatrist, MD, DLFAPA
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
The patients who benefit the most from working with me are usually struggling with feelings of depression and/or anxiety, often associated with problems such as insomnia or recurrent physical symptoms due to stress. They want to understand what is happening to them and which treatment options might help them. Getting balanced information about the risks and benefits of treatment is usually a priority. My patients are often trying to decide whether to use medication to control their symptoms, or psychotherapy, or both. All the care is conveniently accessed via virtual visits using secure, private, easy-to-use video telehealth.
The patients who benefit the most from working with me are usually struggling with feelings of depression and/or anxiety, often associated with problems such as insomnia or recurrent physical symptoms due to stress. They want to understand what is happening to them and which treatment options might help them. Getting balanced information about the risks and benefits of treatment is usually a priority. My patients are often trying to decide whether to use medication to control their symptoms, or psychotherapy, or both. All the care is conveniently accessed via virtual visits using secure, private, easy-to-use video telehealth.
(857) 214-8523 View (857) 214-8523
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Natalie Bass
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Longmeadow, MA 01106
***Accepting New Patients*** Start on your mental wellness journey today. Let’s work together to provide you with the necessary tools to get you through the toughest times in life. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of mental health experience who utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches that are individually tailored to meet your needs and expectations while carefully considering your values and beliefs.
***Accepting New Patients*** Start on your mental wellness journey today. Let’s work together to provide you with the necessary tools to get you through the toughest times in life. I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with over 8 years of mental health experience who utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches that are individually tailored to meet your needs and expectations while carefully considering your values and beliefs.
(413) 216-6080 View (413) 216-6080
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Shalina Wray
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PHMNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmeadow, MA 01106
***Currently accepting new patients*** Hello, My name is Shalina and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to see individuals across the life span and have experience working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Look forward to helping you with your psychiatric/mental health needs, supportive therapies, diagnoses, and medication management.
***Currently accepting new patients*** Hello, My name is Shalina and I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to see individuals across the life span and have experience working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Look forward to helping you with your psychiatric/mental health needs, supportive therapies, diagnoses, and medication management.
(413) 300-6823 View (413) 300-6823
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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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Dr. Andrietta Wright Barnett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, FNP, CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmeadow, MA 01116  (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 View (413) 553-5281
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Jain Lattes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar mood disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). My career has been focused primarily around reproductive mental health and wellbeing and providing psychiatric treatment to individuals during preconception planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods.
I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar mood disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). My career has been focused primarily around reproductive mental health and wellbeing and providing psychiatric treatment to individuals during preconception planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods.
(413) 570-3088 View (413) 570-3088
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Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
(413) 300-2219 View (413) 300-2219
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Donald A Smith Adult Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longmeadow, MA 01106  (Online Only)
Yes, I am accepting new patients at the present time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, empathic listener, and I have 21 years of experience as a physician and 12 years in private practice. I look forward to helping you to feel better. I practice holistic and evidence supported psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment, education, and prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. Maintaining your privacy is very important to me. Because my practice is out of network, which means I do not accept insurance, I can spend more time with you.
Yes, I am accepting new patients at the present time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, empathic listener, and I have 21 years of experience as a physician and 12 years in private practice. I look forward to helping you to feel better. I practice holistic and evidence supported psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment, education, and prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. Maintaining your privacy is very important to me. Because my practice is out of network, which means I do not accept insurance, I can spend more time with you.
(413) 306-4078 View (413) 306-4078
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Kathleen Hawk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Kathleen “Kate” Hawk is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale University. She has provided psychiatric services in Western Massachusetts since 2013 and feels privileged to reside in our diverse community. She has worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds in both acute and community outpatient care for Behavioral Health Network Inc. and The Carson Center For Human Services.
Kathleen “Kate” Hawk is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale University. She has provided psychiatric services in Western Massachusetts since 2013 and feels privileged to reside in our diverse community. She has worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds in both acute and community outpatient care for Behavioral Health Network Inc. and The Carson Center For Human Services.
(413) 269-8537 View (413) 269-8537
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John Graziano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Longmeadow, MA 01106
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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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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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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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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Sophia Lopez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01108
Are you finding that your mood is impacting your relationships, your work or your daily tasks in a negative way? Sometimes your mood impacts your functioning in a way that makes life unmanageable. My approach is holistic, patient centered and focused on your goals.
Are you finding that your mood is impacting your relationships, your work or your daily tasks in a negative way? Sometimes your mood impacts your functioning in a way that makes life unmanageable. My approach is holistic, patient centered and focused on your goals.
(959) 207-2717 View (959) 207-2717
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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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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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Rapha Health LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Springfield, MA 01108  (Online Only)
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Stigma should not prevent you from getting the help you need. If you are suffering from feeling sad all the time, hearing voices or/and seeing things no-one else can, anxious, worry a lot, problem sleeping, eating, going out, nightmares, panic attacks. We are here to help you as best as we can.
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Stigma should not prevent you from getting the help you need. If you are suffering from feeling sad all the time, hearing voices or/and seeing things no-one else can, anxious, worry a lot, problem sleeping, eating, going out, nightmares, panic attacks. We are here to help you as best as we can.
(413) 298-6155 View (413) 298-6155
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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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Longmeadow, MA

10+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Longmeadow, MA who prioritize treating:

92% Depression
92% Anxiety
83% Sleep or Insomnia
83% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
75% Optum
63% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Longmeadow, MA see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

70% Female
30% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 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.