Psychiatrists in North Chelmsford, MA

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Olga Cobozeva
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
North Chelmsford, MA 01863
At Oasis Behavioral Health our combined experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I treat a number of mental health conditions such as Bipolar, depression, anxiety. ADHD and many other mental health disorders and diagnosis. Accepting state of MA. clients only. Please visit my website at Oasisbehavioral.com and fill out the new patient form then email back to us to the email provided on the form.
At Oasis Behavioral Health our combined experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. I treat a number of mental health conditions such as Bipolar, depression, anxiety. ADHD and many other mental health disorders and diagnosis. Accepting state of MA. clients only. Please visit my website at Oasisbehavioral.com and fill out the new patient form then email back to us to the email provided on the form.
(351) 777-8674 View (351) 777-8674
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Danielle Cogliano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHCNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Chelmsford, MA 01863
Accepting state of MA. clients only. Please visit my website at Oasisbehavioral.com and fill out the new patient Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. My focus is to help my patients heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths in order to move forward to where they want to be in life. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. Often this involves medication management, although I always take a holistic approach to my practice, treating the whole person.
Accepting state of MA. clients only. Please visit my website at Oasisbehavioral.com and fill out the new patient Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. My focus is to help my patients heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths in order to move forward to where they want to be in life. This is achieved by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. Often this involves medication management, although I always take a holistic approach to my practice, treating the whole person.
(351) 888-1916 View (351) 888-1916
Lauane C Boonchuilier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
North Chelmsford, MA 01863
Currently accepting new clients for medication management from the state of MA. ONLY. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please go to oasisbehavioral.com and fill out the new patient paperwork and email it to the email provided on the form.
Currently accepting new clients for medication management from the state of MA. ONLY. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please go to oasisbehavioral.com and fill out the new patient paperwork and email it to the email provided on the form.
(978) 721-8739 View (978) 721-8739

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Dr. Susan G Vonderheide
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PhD
Verified Verified
Chelmsford, MA 01824
I have a private practice consisting of clients seeking psychiatric medication and a small number of adult clients seeking counseling only. I see both children and adults for psychiatric medication. Clients seek services for Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as many other symptoms.
I have a private practice consisting of clients seeking psychiatric medication and a small number of adult clients seeking counseling only. I see both children and adults for psychiatric medication. Clients seek services for Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as many other symptoms.
(603) 891-1152 View (603) 891-1152
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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lowell, MA 01852  (Online Only)
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
(508) 413-6640 View (508) 413-6640
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Focuspoint Behavior Health Solutions LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, M, H, N, P
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Lowell, MA 01852
Board Certified PMHNP-BC with extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic mental illnesses. Utilizing holistic approach, integrate EBP to collaboratively develop and implement comprehensive treatment plans with patients. I prioritize continuous patient monitoring/education, fostering a supportive environment for recovery. With unrestricted DEA licenses in MA and NH, committed to delivering high-quality care, emphasizing empathy and effective communication. I believe in the power of listening and strive to be a compassionate leader, continuously seeking opportunities to enhance healthcare standards.
Board Certified PMHNP-BC with extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating acute and chronic mental illnesses. Utilizing holistic approach, integrate EBP to collaboratively develop and implement comprehensive treatment plans with patients. I prioritize continuous patient monitoring/education, fostering a supportive environment for recovery. With unrestricted DEA licenses in MA and NH, committed to delivering high-quality care, emphasizing empathy and effective communication. I believe in the power of listening and strive to be a compassionate leader, continuously seeking opportunities to enhance healthcare standards.
(978) 543-1846 View (978) 543-1846
Photo of Lauren Wenzl, Physician Assistant in North Chelmsford, MA
Lauren Wenzl
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lowell, MA 01852  (Online Only)
My name is Lauren Wenzl, I am a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. In 2016 I achieved a Masters Degree in Physician Assistance from Keiser University and now have 7 years practice experience. I have come to understand that all of us need someone to listen to our concerns. Someone who listens without judging, offers empathy, compassion, and lends an ear to our struggles can make a significant impact in our mental health. My goal is to provide that relief to my patients through talk, recommendations, medications, or therapeutic care guidance.
My name is Lauren Wenzl, I am a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. In 2016 I achieved a Masters Degree in Physician Assistance from Keiser University and now have 7 years practice experience. I have come to understand that all of us need someone to listen to our concerns. Someone who listens without judging, offers empathy, compassion, and lends an ear to our struggles can make a significant impact in our mental health. My goal is to provide that relief to my patients through talk, recommendations, medications, or therapeutic care guidance.
(508) 213-0843 View (508) 213-0843
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Saleema John
Physician Assistant, MMS, PA-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Lowell, MA 01850  (Online Only)
Insurance-Covered. Personalized. Compassionate. Medication Management. Trained by Harvard Medical School Faculty Member. I am a dedicated clinician with a passion for providing high-quality psychiatric care tailored to your unique needs to enhance your mental health. I understand that medication can play a crucial role in achieving balance and stability in life. Whether you are navigating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, etc., my focus is on delivering empathetic and individualized care. I embrace a holistic approach to mental health, recognizing the importance of lifestyle, self-care, and therapeutic support.
Insurance-Covered. Personalized. Compassionate. Medication Management. Trained by Harvard Medical School Faculty Member. I am a dedicated clinician with a passion for providing high-quality psychiatric care tailored to your unique needs to enhance your mental health. I understand that medication can play a crucial role in achieving balance and stability in life. Whether you are navigating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, etc., my focus is on delivering empathetic and individualized care. I embrace a holistic approach to mental health, recognizing the importance of lifestyle, self-care, and therapeutic support.
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Dustin Saccoccio
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Lowell, MA 01852
Dustin graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Minor in Chemistry. After discovering his passion for medicine, Dustin pursued his Master of Physician Assistant Studies at MCPHS University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and ranking in the top 10% of his class.
Dustin graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Minor in Chemistry. After discovering his passion for medicine, Dustin pursued his Master of Physician Assistant Studies at MCPHS University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and ranking in the top 10% of his class.
(781) 412-1951 View (781) 412-1951
Photo of Natasa Ristivojevic, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Chelmsford, MA
Natasa Ristivojevic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Westford, MA 01886  (Online Only)
It’s fulfilling to see my clients regain their lives back. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, a low mood, or feelings of anger, it's my belief these things don't have to last forever. Your decision to reach out is essential, as it will initiate the direction you want to take. My goal is to listen carefully and use evidence-based interventions along with judicious use of prescription medications to address your symptoms. It's important to remember, however, that prescribing the right medication regimen is only one part of the treatment that leads to alleviating mental and emotional suffering.
It’s fulfilling to see my clients regain their lives back. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, a low mood, or feelings of anger, it's my belief these things don't have to last forever. Your decision to reach out is essential, as it will initiate the direction you want to take. My goal is to listen carefully and use evidence-based interventions along with judicious use of prescription medications to address your symptoms. It's important to remember, however, that prescribing the right medication regimen is only one part of the treatment that leads to alleviating mental and emotional suffering.
(508) 466-6151 View (508) 466-6151
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Sarah Carvalho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Lowell, MA 01852
Sarah Carvalho, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), brings a compassionate and comprehensive approach to her practice, enriching the field of mental health care. With a focus on serving patients across the lifespan, Sarah is dedicated to creating a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can embark on their mental health journey with comfort and confidence. At the heart of Sarah's professional philosophy is her commitment to a holistic perspective on mental health. She recognizes that true well-being involves addressing the interconnected facets of an individual's life.
Sarah Carvalho, a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), brings a compassionate and comprehensive approach to her practice, enriching the field of mental health care. With a focus on serving patients across the lifespan, Sarah is dedicated to creating a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can embark on their mental health journey with comfort and confidence. At the heart of Sarah's professional philosophy is her commitment to a holistic perspective on mental health. She recognizes that true well-being involves addressing the interconnected facets of an individual's life.
(617) 272-7815 View (617) 272-7815
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Stephanie Ann Randazzo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Acton, MA 01718
I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) since 2017. I received my Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health in 2016 from Northeastern University in Boston. As a Registered Nurse, the majority of my past nursing experience is with women and children. In the realm of school nursing I have served children with special needs, first at the Cotting School in Lexington, then shared between Arlington School and Pathways Academy, both of McLean Hospital, becoming full time at Arlington School of McLean.
I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) since 2017. I received my Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health in 2016 from Northeastern University in Boston. As a Registered Nurse, the majority of my past nursing experience is with women and children. In the realm of school nursing I have served children with special needs, first at the Cotting School in Lexington, then shared between Arlington School and Pathways Academy, both of McLean Hospital, becoming full time at Arlington School of McLean.
(978) 451-6238 View (978) 451-6238
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Erin Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, BC
Verified Verified
Andover, MA 01810
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in mental health and substance abuse. I am certified through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prescribe Suboxone. In addition, I prescribe Vivitrol for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience in mental health and substance abuse. I am certified through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to prescribe Suboxone. In addition, I prescribe Vivitrol for Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders.
(978) 705-6059 View (978) 705-6059
Photo of Eustache Marie, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Chelmsford, MA
Eustache Marie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Lowell, MA 01850
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board Certified Psych Nurse Practitioner with great experience in the field. I provide diagnostic assessments and medication management to patients across the lifespan using holistic approach. I have experience working with adult and children(14+) with a variety of mental health needs. I have a primary clinical interest in anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD and Pre and/or Postpartum related mood disorders.
Welcome and thank you for visiting my profile. I am a Board Certified Psych Nurse Practitioner with great experience in the field. I provide diagnostic assessments and medication management to patients across the lifespan using holistic approach. I have experience working with adult and children(14+) with a variety of mental health needs. I have a primary clinical interest in anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, OCD and Pre and/or Postpartum related mood disorders.
(339) 329-8704 View (339) 329-8704
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Louisa Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlisle, MA 01741
Through active listening and thoughtful questioning I aim to deliver high quality compassionate care. As an adult psychiatric clinical nurse specialist I am focused on person centered holistic care. I have over 20 years of experience treating psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression and ADD. I earned my BSN and MSN at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and have worked at both inpatient and outpatient setting. I provide psychiatric medication prescriptions and medication management. I also offer ADHD testing and treatment. I do not provide psychotherapy. I treat ages 18 and above.
Through active listening and thoughtful questioning I aim to deliver high quality compassionate care. As an adult psychiatric clinical nurse specialist I am focused on person centered holistic care. I have over 20 years of experience treating psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression and ADD. I earned my BSN and MSN at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and have worked at both inpatient and outpatient setting. I provide psychiatric medication prescriptions and medication management. I also offer ADHD testing and treatment. I do not provide psychotherapy. I treat ages 18 and above.
(978) 515-6622 View (978) 515-6622
Photo of Amanda Rose Sullivan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Chelmsford, MA
Amanda Rose Sullivan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tyngsborough, MA 01879
Waitlist for new clients
Reaching out for help can be scary, and in recognition of this, I strive to provide care in a warm, welcoming, and safe environment. I believe a relationship with mutual respect and trust is a requirement for effective psychiatric care. Being honest, transparent, and “real” with patients is the bedrock of this relationship, and I approach care with this mindset. I’m non-judgmental, relaxed, and will always treat you with compassion and dignity. I use a collaborative approach, and believe that you must be involved in decision-making for your treatment to be effective.
Reaching out for help can be scary, and in recognition of this, I strive to provide care in a warm, welcoming, and safe environment. I believe a relationship with mutual respect and trust is a requirement for effective psychiatric care. Being honest, transparent, and “real” with patients is the bedrock of this relationship, and I approach care with this mindset. I’m non-judgmental, relaxed, and will always treat you with compassion and dignity. I use a collaborative approach, and believe that you must be involved in decision-making for your treatment to be effective.
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Photo of Holly Kalinay Msn Pmhnp-Bc, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Chelmsford, MA
Holly Kalinay Msn Pmhnp-Bc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Lowell, MA 01850
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 Scot Frink, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in North Chelmsford, MA
Scot Frink
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Scot Frink is a Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude, from Regis College and a Master of Science in Nursing from Rivier University.
Scot Frink is a Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2022. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude, from Regis College and a Master of Science in Nursing from Rivier University.
(339) 230-2767 View (339) 230-2767
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Daniel Barron
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Lowell, MA 01850
Are you a busy professional? Expectant or new parent? Going through a life transition? Let's talk and see how we could work together to improve your improve your mood, manage your stress, and overall stick the landing. My approach is open-minded, evidence-based, and unafraid of humor.
Are you a busy professional? Expectant or new parent? Going through a life transition? Let's talk and see how we could work together to improve your improve your mood, manage your stress, and overall stick the landing. My approach is open-minded, evidence-based, and unafraid of humor.
(617) 712-2666 View (617) 712-2666
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Massiel Reyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , FNP, BC
Verified Verified
Dracut, MA 01826  (Online Only)
Hi I'm thrilled to be your guide on the path to improved mental health here at Healing Through Psychiatry. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and I'm passionate about providing holistic care that addresses both the mind and body for teens and adults. My approach combines evidence-based practices, therapeutic techniques, and an understanding of cultural nuances to meet your unique needs, whether you're a teen navigating the challenges of adolescence or an adult seeking balance. Embark on a transformative journey with me, from the comfort of your home. Mental wellbeing matters, and I'm here to support you.
Hi I'm thrilled to be your guide on the path to improved mental health here at Healing Through Psychiatry. I am a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and I'm passionate about providing holistic care that addresses both the mind and body for teens and adults. My approach combines evidence-based practices, therapeutic techniques, and an understanding of cultural nuances to meet your unique needs, whether you're a teen navigating the challenges of adolescence or an adult seeking balance. Embark on a transformative journey with me, from the comfort of your home. Mental wellbeing matters, and I'm here to support you.
(978) 541-3607 View (978) 541-3607

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in North Chelmsford, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in North Chelmsford, MA who prioritize treating:

67% Depression
67% Anxiety
67% ADHD
67% Eating Disorders
67% Grief
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

18 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Tufts

How Psychiatrists in North Chelmsford, MA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in North Chelmsford?

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.