Psychiatrists in Norfolk County, MA

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Photo of Dr. Barbara Burton, Psychiatrist in Norfolk County, MA
Dr. Barbara Burton
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02446
When mental health symptoms interfere with everyday life, finding the right clinician can be daunting. I am excited to get to know you and hopefully make your journey a little easier. You deserve an approach that is personalized to your unique story, with a psychiatrist who is attentive and flexible. Together, we will collaborate to design a treatment plan that best fits your individual wellness goals. I have a clinical focus on working with patients from high-stress professions, addressing issues such as burnout, moral injury, relationships, self-esteem, and identity.
When mental health symptoms interfere with everyday life, finding the right clinician can be daunting. I am excited to get to know you and hopefully make your journey a little easier. You deserve an approach that is personalized to your unique story, with a psychiatrist who is attentive and flexible. Together, we will collaborate to design a treatment plan that best fits your individual wellness goals. I have a clinical focus on working with patients from high-stress professions, addressing issues such as burnout, moral injury, relationships, self-esteem, and identity.
(857) 382-2901 View (857) 382-2901
Photo of Hannah Roberts, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norfolk County, MA
Hannah Roberts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified
Walpole, MA 02081
Hannah employs a compassionate, empowering patient care style and specializes in working with children (10+) and young adults. She provides psychiatric medication management services, emphasizing a collaborative approach with patients and families.
Hannah employs a compassionate, empowering patient care style and specializes in working with children (10+) and young adults. She provides psychiatric medication management services, emphasizing a collaborative approach with patients and families.
(781) 630-6434 View (781) 630-6434
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Brain Dynamic Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, APRN
Verified
Weymouth, MA 02188  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, as humans, we all have our innate given potentials. My core believe is to help individuals live and attain their maximum potentials irrespective of mental health challenges. My treatment modality is based on collaborative approach that is centered on careful Psychopharmacological management that incorporates Psychotherapy for upmost outcome. My goal is to provide holistic care that is based on evidence-based research. Understanding human brain as a complex structure with an intricate network of neuro-chemical activity is a key to understanding the imbalance in brain activity.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, as humans, we all have our innate given potentials. My core believe is to help individuals live and attain their maximum potentials irrespective of mental health challenges. My treatment modality is based on collaborative approach that is centered on careful Psychopharmacological management that incorporates Psychotherapy for upmost outcome. My goal is to provide holistic care that is based on evidence-based research. Understanding human brain as a complex structure with an intricate network of neuro-chemical activity is a key to understanding the imbalance in brain activity.
(339) 218-4027 View (339) 218-4027
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Sweeney Dawley Recovery Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified
Braintree, MA 02184
I prescribe medication for mental health problems such as anxiety depression and bipolar disorder. I also help patients with substance use disorder with vivitrol. I do not prescribe suboxone or methadone. I believe if you treat the underlying problem recovery will be permanent. Failure to treat the underlying anxiety, depression etc., leads to constant relapse. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental treatment to patients who want to feel better. Congratulations on recognizing the problem! I hope you find a provider that is right for your needs!
I prescribe medication for mental health problems such as anxiety depression and bipolar disorder. I also help patients with substance use disorder with vivitrol. I do not prescribe suboxone or methadone. I believe if you treat the underlying problem recovery will be permanent. Failure to treat the underlying anxiety, depression etc., leads to constant relapse. My goal is to provide nonjudgemental treatment to patients who want to feel better. Congratulations on recognizing the problem! I hope you find a provider that is right for your needs!
(781) 268-2638 x1 View (781) 268-2638 x1
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Michael Dana Schreiber
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, RN, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02446
How may I help you? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified, working in Coolidge Corner, Brookline providing psychiatric diagnostic assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. I offer Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday appointments. I started my career as a school-based support team social worker in the South Bronx. I became increasingly interested in a Mind-Body practice and began teaching Yoga, fitness, and Pilates. This journey led me back to school where I earned an MSN and was certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My goal is to help you to increase joy and diminish suffering.
How may I help you? I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, board-certified, working in Coolidge Corner, Brookline providing psychiatric diagnostic assessment, medication management, and psychotherapy. I offer Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday appointments. I started my career as a school-based support team social worker in the South Bronx. I became increasingly interested in a Mind-Body practice and began teaching Yoga, fitness, and Pilates. This journey led me back to school where I earned an MSN and was certified as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My goal is to help you to increase joy and diminish suffering.
(617) 730-8048 View (617) 730-8048
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Nader Mental Health Services
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Foxborough, MA 02035  (Online Only)
Harvard trained Board Certified Psychiatrist who completed a Harvard residency in psychiatry followed by a Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) fellowship from Boston University. Diverse experience is in various mental illnesses and addiction. We provide services to patients with a wide range of psychopathology that is intertwined with socioeconomic problems.
Harvard trained Board Certified Psychiatrist who completed a Harvard residency in psychiatry followed by a Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine) fellowship from Boston University. Diverse experience is in various mental illnesses and addiction. We provide services to patients with a wide range of psychopathology that is intertwined with socioeconomic problems.
(774) 220-3155 View (774) 220-3155
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Abelard Psychotherapy Inc
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified
6 Endorsed
Stoughton, MA 02072
"Our focus is the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. We offer therapy and medication management. Specializing in treating disorders of behavior, thinking, and feeling, our team of Associates provide a caring therapeutic environment for clients to work through life's complexities.
"Our focus is the whole person, mind, body, and spirit. We offer therapy and medication management. Specializing in treating disorders of behavior, thinking, and feeling, our team of Associates provide a caring therapeutic environment for clients to work through life's complexities.
(781) 691-5367 View (781) 691-5367
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Holly Kalinay Msn Pmhnp-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02446
Personalized, Compassionate, Expert Medication Management. Insurance covered! Greetings! I am Holly, and I would love to hear from you about your needs. Send me a message and let me know how I can help you. Thanks! → Customized and Personalized Care: I individualize my treatment to your unique experiences, symptoms, narrative, needs, and goals. → Getting at Root Causes: I go beyond surface symptoms, take time to understand your history, your diagnostic picture, order laboratory studies, and do optional genetic testing. → Scientific and Evidence-Based: I aim to provide you with the most up to date and accurate advice.
Personalized, Compassionate, Expert Medication Management. Insurance covered! Greetings! I am Holly, and I would love to hear from you about your needs. Send me a message and let me know how I can help you. Thanks! → Customized and Personalized Care: I individualize my treatment to your unique experiences, symptoms, narrative, needs, and goals. → Getting at Root Causes: I go beyond surface symptoms, take time to understand your history, your diagnostic picture, order laboratory studies, and do optional genetic testing. → Scientific and Evidence-Based: I aim to provide you with the most up to date and accurate advice.
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Photo of Diane Germano, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norfolk County, MA
Diane Germano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, BC
Verified
Brookline, MA 02446
My practice focuses on helping people with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, PTSD; individuation within the framework of psychodynamic psychotherapy. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents (18+), adults, couples, and people involved in the arts. Childhood experiences and relationships with one's family of origin influence an individual's personality and provides a template for future relationships. It can therefore be fruitful to understand via therapy that your family relationships are not destiny. I believe therapy is a psychological and spiritual journey, requiring empathy, patience, and validation of feelings.
My practice focuses on helping people with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders, PTSD; individuation within the framework of psychodynamic psychotherapy. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents (18+), adults, couples, and people involved in the arts. Childhood experiences and relationships with one's family of origin influence an individual's personality and provides a template for future relationships. It can therefore be fruitful to understand via therapy that your family relationships are not destiny. I believe therapy is a psychological and spiritual journey, requiring empathy, patience, and validation of feelings.
(617) 446-3247 View (617) 446-3247
Photo of Amina West, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norfolk County, MA
Amina West
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Dedham, MA 02026  (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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Priya Marie Hippolyte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
Braintree, MA 02184
At our practice, we're committed to treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. Our modern approach to mental health focuses on an integrative approach to psychiatry combines traditional medical treatments with holistic therapies such as mindfulness, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to help you achieve optimal mental and emotional well-being. One of our greatest passions is working with teens and young adults during their formative years. We understand the unique challenges they face and strive to provide a safe and supportive space where they can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
At our practice, we're committed to treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. Our modern approach to mental health focuses on an integrative approach to psychiatry combines traditional medical treatments with holistic therapies such as mindfulness, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to help you achieve optimal mental and emotional well-being. One of our greatest passions is working with teens and young adults during their formative years. We understand the unique challenges they face and strive to provide a safe and supportive space where they can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
(617) 996-8356 View (617) 996-8356
Mathews Thomas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Norwood, MA 02062
I am a board certified Psychiatrist who has several years of experience working with patients 17 years and older. We provide compassionate, superior quality, evidence based mental health treatment. My special interest is treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD and ADHD. We offer medication management, Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation and Spravato (Intra-nasal Esketamine) treatments for treatment resistant depression.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist who has several years of experience working with patients 17 years and older. We provide compassionate, superior quality, evidence based mental health treatment. My special interest is treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD and ADHD. We offer medication management, Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation and Spravato (Intra-nasal Esketamine) treatments for treatment resistant depression.
(781) 713-3132 View (781) 713-3132
Photo of Kara Ruggiero, Physician Assistant in Norfolk County, MA
Kara Ruggiero
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified
Braintree, MA 02184
Ms. Ruggiero, a Physician Assistant at Aster Mental Health, specializes in patients looking to treat and manage their ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Her holistic treatment style combines medication management with various psychotherapy techniques including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based approaches. She offers medication management as well as psychiatric assessment and treatment.
Ms. Ruggiero, a Physician Assistant at Aster Mental Health, specializes in patients looking to treat and manage their ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Her holistic treatment style combines medication management with various psychotherapy techniques including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based approaches. She offers medication management as well as psychiatric assessment and treatment.
(617) 299-7257 View (617) 299-7257
Photo of Juliana Igbinosun, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norfolk County, MA
Juliana Igbinosun
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-B
Verified
Brookline, MA 02446
At Engrace Behavioral Health Services LLC, we are committed to helping people with mental health conditions by tailoring their care to their unique needs and requirements. In Engrace Behavioral Health Services, Our Goal is to empower and inspire our patients. Knowing how common it is for people of all ages to experience a decline in mental health, we bring a platform to get support without any judgments. In Engrace Behavioral Health Services, we hope for the possibility of recovery from mental illness.
At Engrace Behavioral Health Services LLC, we are committed to helping people with mental health conditions by tailoring their care to their unique needs and requirements. In Engrace Behavioral Health Services, Our Goal is to empower and inspire our patients. Knowing how common it is for people of all ages to experience a decline in mental health, we bring a platform to get support without any judgments. In Engrace Behavioral Health Services, we hope for the possibility of recovery from mental illness.
(857) 520-2856 View (857) 520-2856
Photo of Clarity Peak Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norfolk County, MA
Clarity Peak Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cohasset, MA 02025
Individuals who are deeply invested in their mental well-being. These are people grappling with emotional and psychological challenges, seeking not just treatment but a path to mental clarity and wellness. They value a compassionate approach and are looking for personalized care that resonates with their unique experiences. They desire a holistic approach to mental health. They're looking for affordable, accessible services that provide empathetic and understanding care. It's all about feeling supported and empowered throughout their mental health journey,
Individuals who are deeply invested in their mental well-being. These are people grappling with emotional and psychological challenges, seeking not just treatment but a path to mental clarity and wellness. They value a compassionate approach and are looking for personalized care that resonates with their unique experiences. They desire a holistic approach to mental health. They're looking for affordable, accessible services that provide empathetic and understanding care. It's all about feeling supported and empowered throughout their mental health journey,
(339) 675-1333 View (339) 675-1333
Photo of Sherley Boisvert Msn Pmhnp-Bc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norfolk County, MA
Sherley Boisvert Msn Pmhnp-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
4 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02446
Medication Management: Experienced, Personalized, Empathic, Insurance covered! ... Hello! My name is Sherley, and I would be honored to learn about your journey and how I can help you. Send me a message and let me know what you are looking for. Thank you! → Your Trusted Partner in a Collaborative Therapeutic Relationship: I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and I am dedicated to active listening, understanding, respect, and kindness, all while adhering to evidence-based research and the highest ethical standards of patient-centered care. → Experienced: over 20 years of clinical experience.
Medication Management: Experienced, Personalized, Empathic, Insurance covered! ... Hello! My name is Sherley, and I would be honored to learn about your journey and how I can help you. Send me a message and let me know what you are looking for. Thank you! → Your Trusted Partner in a Collaborative Therapeutic Relationship: I take a collaborative approach with my patients, and I am dedicated to active listening, understanding, respect, and kindness, all while adhering to evidence-based research and the highest ethical standards of patient-centered care. → Experienced: over 20 years of clinical experience.
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Photo of Elizabeth Sarah Waithira, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norfolk County, MA
Elizabeth Sarah Waithira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, C, AGNP, BC
Verified
Randolph, MA 02368  (Online Only)
Are you constantly feeling overwhelmed, having difficulty concentrating on tasks, and having sleep problems? Mental illness can affect every aspect of your life. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who strives to meet every individual's unique physical and mental health, and wellness needs no matter what situation life brings to them. It is always a challenge for clients going through a divorce, losing a relative or job, having a terminal illness, adjusting to a new school or location, retiring, and taking care of elderly –ill parents.
Are you constantly feeling overwhelmed, having difficulty concentrating on tasks, and having sleep problems? Mental illness can affect every aspect of your life. I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who strives to meet every individual's unique physical and mental health, and wellness needs no matter what situation life brings to them. It is always a challenge for clients going through a divorce, losing a relative or job, having a terminal illness, adjusting to a new school or location, retiring, and taking care of elderly –ill parents.
(339) 229-9934 View (339) 229-9934
Photo of David Geltman, Psychiatrist in Norfolk County, MA
David Geltman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Brookline, MA 02446
When you feel stuck in an emotional or behavioral rut and find your usual coping skills are no longer enough, this is a good time to seek help. I enjoy helping individuals and couples who want to get unstuck to discover new paths toward growth and fulfillment. I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years experience specializing in psychotherapy. In my view, the therapeutic relationship is the main vehicle for psychological healing and change. I pay close attention to creating a safe and effective collaboration with you. I try to tailor an approach that suits you.
When you feel stuck in an emotional or behavioral rut and find your usual coping skills are no longer enough, this is a good time to seek help. I enjoy helping individuals and couples who want to get unstuck to discover new paths toward growth and fulfillment. I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years experience specializing in psychotherapy. In my view, the therapeutic relationship is the main vehicle for psychological healing and change. I pay close attention to creating a safe and effective collaboration with you. I try to tailor an approach that suits you.
(617) 874-1957 View (617) 874-1957
Onward Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LICSW, LADC1
Verified
Norwood, MA 02062
Immediate openings for therapy and medication management in person or via telehealth! If you have been struggling with symptoms that are keeping you from moving forward, we can help. At Onward Psychiatry we put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you improve areas of your life where you might be having difficulty. We will help you formulate a treatment plan with medications and/or therapy to aid in improving areas of your life that you have been struggling with.
Immediate openings for therapy and medication management in person or via telehealth! If you have been struggling with symptoms that are keeping you from moving forward, we can help. At Onward Psychiatry we put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you improve areas of your life where you might be having difficulty. We will help you formulate a treatment plan with medications and/or therapy to aid in improving areas of your life that you have been struggling with.
(781) 412-7751 View (781) 412-7751
Photo of Winnie Lee, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Norfolk County, MA
Winnie Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Brookline, MA 02446
My practice ideology is centered on building a collaborative relationship with the client, where my role is to guide and support clients in making informed decisions about their health by performing comprehensive evaluations, providing medication management, and offering guidance regarding adjunct therapies to support optimal health and wellness.
My practice ideology is centered on building a collaborative relationship with the client, where my role is to guide and support clients in making informed decisions about their health by performing comprehensive evaluations, providing medication management, and offering guidance regarding adjunct therapies to support optimal health and wellness.
(857) 349-9007 View (857) 349-9007

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Number of Psychiatrists in Norfolk County, MA

300+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Norfolk County, MA who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
91% Depression
73% Bipolar Disorder
72% ADHD
70% Medication Management
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
59% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
77% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
77% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Norfolk County, MA see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

74% Female
25% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Norfolk County?

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.