Psychiatrists in Newton, MA

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Fredric Schiffer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newton, MA 02461
I am the founder of the Dual-Brain Psychology Institute for the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and psychological wellbeing. (www.dual-brainpsychologyinstitute) and the author of Of Two Mind: Dual Brain Psychology (on Amazon) and the recipient of a successful, published NIH funded clinical trial on opioid cravings. My primary focus is the understanding and treatment of one's inner emotional distress and its impact on one's everyday life.
I am the founder of the Dual-Brain Psychology Institute for the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and psychological wellbeing. (www.dual-brainpsychologyinstitute) and the author of Of Two Mind: Dual Brain Psychology (on Amazon) and the recipient of a successful, published NIH funded clinical trial on opioid cravings. My primary focus is the understanding and treatment of one's inner emotional distress and its impact on one's everyday life.
(617) 409-2786 View (617) 409-2786
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Aaron R Quiggle
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Newton, MA 02466
I am a Harvard, Columbia/Cornell, and UC San Francisco trained adult, child/adolescent, and addiction psychiatrist. In addition to treating mental health disorders across the lifespan (depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, for instance), I have particular expertise and experience in treating people of any age with co-occurring struggles with substances, such as opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and alcohol.
I am a Harvard, Columbia/Cornell, and UC San Francisco trained adult, child/adolescent, and addiction psychiatrist. In addition to treating mental health disorders across the lifespan (depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, for instance), I have particular expertise and experience in treating people of any age with co-occurring struggles with substances, such as opioids, methamphetamine, cocaine, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and alcohol.
(781) 546-4986 View (781) 546-4986
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Martha Stark
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Are you not as healthy - in mind or body - as you would want to be? Have you already consulted numerous healthcare specialists but remain confused, broken, and desperate for answers and relief? Do you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, depression, low energy, insomnia, anxiety? My passion is helping people regain their health and restore their hope. As a seasoned (Harvard-trained / Harvard-affiliated) holistic psychiatrist and innovative psychoanalyst with expertise in the integration of traditional and alternative approaches to MindBodyHealth, I have acquired a broad-based appreciation for the underlying causes of, and holistic treatments for, chronic psychiatric and medical conditions.
Are you not as healthy - in mind or body - as you would want to be? Have you already consulted numerous healthcare specialists but remain confused, broken, and desperate for answers and relief? Do you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, depression, low energy, insomnia, anxiety? My passion is helping people regain their health and restore their hope. As a seasoned (Harvard-trained / Harvard-affiliated) holistic psychiatrist and innovative psychoanalyst with expertise in the integration of traditional and alternative approaches to MindBodyHealth, I have acquired a broad-based appreciation for the underlying causes of, and holistic treatments for, chronic psychiatric and medical conditions.
(617) 606-9235 View (617) 606-9235
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Patricia Hall Abbott
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newton, MA 02460
My practice specializes in helping clients to integrate complementary practices into traditional care with the goal of greater self-understanding and empowerment, and reduced reliance on medications to the extent possible. While conventional practices may provide symptom relief, underlying issues sometimes remain and continue to cause distress. My clients are interested in incorporating alternative practices into their traditional care with the goal of identifying and healing root cause issues, and reducing reliance on psychiatric medications. Learn more from my website, Dr. Abbott Integrative Psychiatry.
My practice specializes in helping clients to integrate complementary practices into traditional care with the goal of greater self-understanding and empowerment, and reduced reliance on medications to the extent possible. While conventional practices may provide symptom relief, underlying issues sometimes remain and continue to cause distress. My clients are interested in incorporating alternative practices into their traditional care with the goal of identifying and healing root cause issues, and reducing reliance on psychiatric medications. Learn more from my website, Dr. Abbott Integrative Psychiatry.
(617) 440-5348 View (617) 440-5348
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Empowered Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02466
We are a group of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) with a passion for helping individuals identify their goals in mental health and approaching those goals holistically. Considering medication can be daunting, but our team takes the time to assist those to make informed decisions that would best suit them!
We are a group of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) with a passion for helping individuals identify their goals in mental health and approaching those goals holistically. Considering medication can be daunting, but our team takes the time to assist those to make informed decisions that would best suit them!
(781) 650-7912 View (781) 650-7912
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Gloria Fallon APRN-BC
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02460  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Gloria Fallon, PMHCNS-BC is a board certified psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in the field of Child and Adolescent psychiatry and therapy. Gloria is compassionate, seasoned and knowledgeable about the safe use of psychiatric medications children and adults. She received her Masters in Nursing from the Yale University School of Nursing with an emphasis on women, families, and children in 2001. Her extensive work experience includes a Harvard Fellowship at HVMA (now Atrius), McLean Psychiatric Hospital and Cambridge Health Alliance. She currently works in private practice via telehealth as well as the company Lifestance Inc.
Gloria Fallon, PMHCNS-BC is a board certified psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in the field of Child and Adolescent psychiatry and therapy. Gloria is compassionate, seasoned and knowledgeable about the safe use of psychiatric medications children and adults. She received her Masters in Nursing from the Yale University School of Nursing with an emphasis on women, families, and children in 2001. Her extensive work experience includes a Harvard Fellowship at HVMA (now Atrius), McLean Psychiatric Hospital and Cambridge Health Alliance. She currently works in private practice via telehealth as well as the company Lifestance Inc.
(781) 561-1595 View (781) 561-1595
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Lazaro Zayas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newton, MA 02459
As a Harvard-trained board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, I believe that excellent psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or a specific medication. With all that life demands, most people oftentimes struggle with complicated and conflicting feelings. The decision to seek help for your mental health is a big one and the path that leads to meaningful, positive change is not always an easy one. I hope to make this path as comfortable as possible by providing you with an understanding, warm environment that fosters positive change.
As a Harvard-trained board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, I believe that excellent psychiatric care is centered on the whole person, not just on a diagnosis or a specific medication. With all that life demands, most people oftentimes struggle with complicated and conflicting feelings. The decision to seek help for your mental health is a big one and the path that leads to meaningful, positive change is not always an easy one. I hope to make this path as comfortable as possible by providing you with an understanding, warm environment that fosters positive change.
(617) 762-5228 View (617) 762-5228
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Amanda Sims
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newton, MA 02459
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist, with expertise in both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. I have been in private practice for almost 20 years, working extensively with women's mental health issues. I have helped my clients navigate emerging young adulthood, eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and menopause. I am an integrative psychiatrist, that believes in exploring and treating the underlying physiological causes of mental illnesses, and combine nutraceuticals and complementary treatment with pharmacotherapy.
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist, with expertise in both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. I have been in private practice for almost 20 years, working extensively with women's mental health issues. I have helped my clients navigate emerging young adulthood, eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and menopause. I am an integrative psychiatrist, that believes in exploring and treating the underlying physiological causes of mental illnesses, and combine nutraceuticals and complementary treatment with pharmacotherapy.
(617) 648-7244 View (617) 648-7244
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Adam Henderson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459
I am a Harvard-trained board certified psychiatrist with a staff affiliation at McLean hospital. I specialize in providing growth oriented psychotherapy. I can provide medication management to clients I see for regular therapy. My area of expertise is in working with clients with trauma/PTSD, borderline personality, or those with struggles regulating emotions or who use substances to cope. I also am broadly trained to work with a full range of conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD and more. I work with clients new to therapy and those who have tried numerous treatments and haven't gotten the results they wanted.
I am a Harvard-trained board certified psychiatrist with a staff affiliation at McLean hospital. I specialize in providing growth oriented psychotherapy. I can provide medication management to clients I see for regular therapy. My area of expertise is in working with clients with trauma/PTSD, borderline personality, or those with struggles regulating emotions or who use substances to cope. I also am broadly trained to work with a full range of conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD and more. I work with clients new to therapy and those who have tried numerous treatments and haven't gotten the results they wanted.
(617) 284-0729 View (617) 284-0729
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Brad Winter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Brad Winter is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the state of Massachusetts. Brad’s goal as a psychiatric NP is to empower his clients to achieve their optimal mental wellness and quality of life. He believes in collaborating with his clients and their families to create individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs and preferences.
Brad Winter is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in the state of Massachusetts. Brad’s goal as a psychiatric NP is to empower his clients to achieve their optimal mental wellness and quality of life. He believes in collaborating with his clients and their families to create individualized treatment plans that address their unique needs and preferences.
(617) 410-5268 View (617) 410-5268
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Phillip Freeman
Psychiatrist, MD, DMH
Verified
Newton, MA 02461
In my experience as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I have attempted to help people struggling with emotional difficulties, compromised productivity, troubled relationships, and stunted creativity. Sometimes these difficulties yield to medications, advice, or short-term strategies. Sometimes they are the product of conflicts with a long history that result in frustrating repetitions that cost the patient time, pleasure, and fulfillment. Until these conflicts and feelings can be talked about they will show up as action and people will feel stuck and hopeless. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can break this logjam and free the individual to choose their own course.
In my experience as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, I have attempted to help people struggling with emotional difficulties, compromised productivity, troubled relationships, and stunted creativity. Sometimes these difficulties yield to medications, advice, or short-term strategies. Sometimes they are the product of conflicts with a long history that result in frustrating repetitions that cost the patient time, pleasure, and fulfillment. Until these conflicts and feelings can be talked about they will show up as action and people will feel stuck and hopeless. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis can break this logjam and free the individual to choose their own course.
(617) 674-1945 View (617) 674-1945
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Boston Psychiatric Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Manager
Verified
Newton, MA 02464
Currently accepting new patients! At BPC we provide an environment that encourages patient participation in their treatment. Your voice and concerns about your medications are important. We work with you not only towards reduction of symptoms, but wellness. If you need someone to follow you while you continue to take psychiatric meds, think you might need a med adjustment, or are considering taking the difficult step of talking about medication for the first time, we can help. We offer a "no pressure" environment.
Currently accepting new patients! At BPC we provide an environment that encourages patient participation in their treatment. Your voice and concerns about your medications are important. We work with you not only towards reduction of symptoms, but wellness. If you need someone to follow you while you continue to take psychiatric meds, think you might need a med adjustment, or are considering taking the difficult step of talking about medication for the first time, we can help. We offer a "no pressure" environment.
(617) 440-7211 View (617) 440-7211
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Susan Rako MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newton, MA 02460
If you need help to gain or regain a good enough balance and a way to find happiness in your life, I have decades of valuable experience. I am known as a "psychiatrist's psychiatrist," a true healer, and one who is gifted at working with "challenging" situations" -- both individual and couples. Therapy is my specialty, and I evaluate and prescribe medication only for patients I treat in therapy when it is truly indicated. I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are more interested in developing their own capacities than in complaining about the inadequacy of what they find outside themselves in the world and in other people. I do not provide "medication management" if that is a primary reason for consultation. Author of : "That's How the Light Gets In: Memoir of a Psychiatrist" (published by Random House) and "Semrad: The Heart of a Therapist" (see www.susanrako.com) My blog, "More Light" can also be found on my website.
If you need help to gain or regain a good enough balance and a way to find happiness in your life, I have decades of valuable experience. I am known as a "psychiatrist's psychiatrist," a true healer, and one who is gifted at working with "challenging" situations" -- both individual and couples. Therapy is my specialty, and I evaluate and prescribe medication only for patients I treat in therapy when it is truly indicated. I particularly enjoy working with individuals who are more interested in developing their own capacities than in complaining about the inadequacy of what they find outside themselves in the world and in other people. I do not provide "medication management" if that is a primary reason for consultation. Author of : "That's How the Light Gets In: Memoir of a Psychiatrist" (published by Random House) and "Semrad: The Heart of a Therapist" (see www.susanrako.com) My blog, "More Light" can also be found on my website.
(617) 964-4241 View (617) 964-4241
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Valerie Zelonis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Valerie Zelonis, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed to practice throughout the lifespan, and specialized in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Valerie Zelonis, PMHNP-BC, is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed to practice throughout the lifespan, and specialized in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry.
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Gillian Katz- Wies
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newton, MA 02459
Not accepting new clients
I am not taking new patients at this time. I am a general psychiatrist with 20 years of experience in treatment of a broad range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and offer consultation and ongoing treatment. I offer an integrated approach to mental health and offer psychotherapy as well as psychopharmacology when indicated
I am not taking new patients at this time. I am a general psychiatrist with 20 years of experience in treatment of a broad range of psychiatric and psychological disorders. I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and offer consultation and ongoing treatment. I offer an integrated approach to mental health and offer psychotherapy as well as psychopharmacology when indicated
(617) 440-7201 View (617) 440-7201
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Rajvi Broker-Sen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newton, MA 02459
I am a Board certified, Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. I provide comprehensive assessments & offer evidence based psychotherapy & medication management when indicated. I utilize a family approach & fervently believe in the importance of parental involvement in treatment in addition to collaborating closely with skilled therapists, other medical specialists & schools through out the treatment process. I see patients for medication management alone or medication management & psychotherapy and work with children, adolescents & young adults. I treat all disorders & am a out of network provider.
I am a Board certified, Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. I provide comprehensive assessments & offer evidence based psychotherapy & medication management when indicated. I utilize a family approach & fervently believe in the importance of parental involvement in treatment in addition to collaborating closely with skilled therapists, other medical specialists & schools through out the treatment process. I see patients for medication management alone or medication management & psychotherapy and work with children, adolescents & young adults. I treat all disorders & am a out of network provider.
(508) 859-4148 View (508) 859-4148
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Kristen Gonzalez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Newton, MA 02464
My ideal client is someone who wants to better improve their wellness by working collaboratively with their team to get to a place where they feel more at peace. They also understand that the road to wellness is not linear, and it requires time and patience. This person is open to a holistic approach, and is open to other treatment options outside of medication management, such as psychotherapy and developing coping strategies to alleviate their symptoms.
My ideal client is someone who wants to better improve their wellness by working collaboratively with their team to get to a place where they feel more at peace. They also understand that the road to wellness is not linear, and it requires time and patience. This person is open to a holistic approach, and is open to other treatment options outside of medication management, such as psychotherapy and developing coping strategies to alleviate their symptoms.
(617) 393-5292 View (617) 393-5292
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Khadija Tuitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Khadija Tuitt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute inpatient and community outpatient psychiatric nursing. Khadija specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals across the lifespan who suffer from a host of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders.
Khadija Tuitt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute inpatient and community outpatient psychiatric nursing. Khadija specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals across the lifespan who suffer from a host of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders.
(781) 556-6199 View (781) 556-6199
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Jennifer M. Gelda
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02468  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with a broad range of clinical experience and a passion for psychotherapy. I provide warm and collaborative care for adults who are coping with personal or professional challenges, life transitions, or struggling to achieve satisfying relationships. I enjoy working with individuals who are highly motivated to invest in their mental health. I offer both psychotherapy and medication management for adults ages 18-65. Sessions are conducted virtually to accommodate busy working professionals, parents, and students. I am currently accepting new patients.
I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with a broad range of clinical experience and a passion for psychotherapy. I provide warm and collaborative care for adults who are coping with personal or professional challenges, life transitions, or struggling to achieve satisfying relationships. I enjoy working with individuals who are highly motivated to invest in their mental health. I offer both psychotherapy and medication management for adults ages 18-65. Sessions are conducted virtually to accommodate busy working professionals, parents, and students. I am currently accepting new patients.
(781) 604-1495 View (781) 604-1495
legalpsychoffice
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Newton, MA 02460
The group of highly educated and experienced psychiatrists provide second opinion psychopharmacological consultations, consultations related to a psychiatric expertise, psychiatric peer review, psychiatric malpractice and other court related issues.
The group of highly educated and experienced psychiatrists provide second opinion psychopharmacological consultations, consultations related to a psychiatric expertise, psychiatric peer review, psychiatric malpractice and other court related issues.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Newton, MA

70+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Newton, MA who prioritize treating:

91% Anxiety
90% Depression
77% Medication Management
67% ADHD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
59% Trauma and PTSD
56% Self Esteem

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% BlueCross and BlueShield
66% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
56% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Newton, MA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

69% Female
28% Male
3% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Newton?

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.