Psychiatrists in Northampton, MA

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Shadi Zaghloul
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
Dr. Zaghloul is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Zaghloul has affiliations with Baystate Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. He has taught medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. He earned his M.B.A. with a focus on health care from the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management in the spring of 2021.
Dr. Zaghloul is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Zaghloul has affiliations with Baystate Hospitals, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and Holyoke Medical Center. He has taught medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows. He earned his M.B.A. with a focus on health care from the UMass-Amherst Isenberg School of Management in the spring of 2021.
(413) 251-5046 View (413) 251-5046
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Kathleen Hawk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
Kathleen “Kate” Hawk is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale University. She has provided psychiatric services in Western Massachusetts since 2013 and feels privileged to reside in our diverse community. She has worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds in both acute and community outpatient care for Behavioral Health Network Inc. and The Carson Center For Human Services.
Kathleen “Kate” Hawk is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale University. She has provided psychiatric services in Western Massachusetts since 2013 and feels privileged to reside in our diverse community. She has worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds in both acute and community outpatient care for Behavioral Health Network Inc. and The Carson Center For Human Services.
(413) 269-8537 View (413) 269-8537
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Emily S. Knowles
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN, MA, MAT
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
As a Yale trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with a Master's Degree in Psychology, and extensive training in both psychiatry and psychology, I will provide holistic, comprehensive, person-centered care. My commitment to you, is to not only treat the most overt symptoms currently showing up, but explore all contributing factors, and root causes, to develop a deeper understanding of how to best meet your goals. From this full-scope of awareness, and global insight, we will collaboratively work to create an integrative care plan that brings meaningful, sustainable, changes that improve your quality of life, and overall wellbeing.
As a Yale trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with a Master's Degree in Psychology, and extensive training in both psychiatry and psychology, I will provide holistic, comprehensive, person-centered care. My commitment to you, is to not only treat the most overt symptoms currently showing up, but explore all contributing factors, and root causes, to develop a deeper understanding of how to best meet your goals. From this full-scope of awareness, and global insight, we will collaboratively work to create an integrative care plan that brings meaningful, sustainable, changes that improve your quality of life, and overall wellbeing.
(413) 216-4543 View (413) 216-4543
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Alexis Brooks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
Not accepting new clients
I am an adult psychiatrist specializing in comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment. I work collaboratively with you, your therapist, and whoever else you wish to be on your team. My approach is holistic, collaborative, compassionate, and supportive. A warm and caring physician, I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve their highest possible level of well-being. I have been in practice for more than 25 years, and have expertise in mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, pain, sleep issues, as well as other conditions. I also treat psychiatric conditions in the peripartum period.
I am an adult psychiatrist specializing in comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment. I work collaboratively with you, your therapist, and whoever else you wish to be on your team. My approach is holistic, collaborative, compassionate, and supportive. A warm and caring physician, I am dedicated to helping my patients achieve their highest possible level of well-being. I have been in practice for more than 25 years, and have expertise in mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, panic disorder, pain, sleep issues, as well as other conditions. I also treat psychiatric conditions in the peripartum period.
(413) 269-8701 View (413) 269-8701
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Julia A Root
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MSN, CS, BC
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060  (Online Only)
I offer a safe nonjudgemental environment for clients to discuss their concerns. I provide medication management for adults ages 18 to 99 . I strive to empower clients by fully discussing medication and treatment options available. I strive to assist clients in making informed decision's about there health care.
I offer a safe nonjudgemental environment for clients to discuss their concerns. I provide medication management for adults ages 18 to 99 . I strive to empower clients by fully discussing medication and treatment options available. I strive to assist clients in making informed decision's about there health care.
(413) 287-8368 View (413) 287-8368
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Donald A. Smith
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060  (Online Only)
Yes, I am accepting new patients at the present time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, empathic listener, and I have 21 years of experience as a physician and 12 years in private practice. I look forward to helping you to feel better. I practice holistic and evidence supported psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment, education, and prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. I do not accept insurance, so I am able to spend more time with you than in-network providers. I have have caring administrative support staff. I grew up in Wellesley.
Yes, I am accepting new patients at the present time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, empathic listener, and I have 21 years of experience as a physician and 12 years in private practice. I look forward to helping you to feel better. I practice holistic and evidence supported psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment, education, and prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. I do not accept insurance, so I am able to spend more time with you than in-network providers. I have have caring administrative support staff. I grew up in Wellesley.
(413) 207-9189 View (413) 207-9189
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Barry Federman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Northampton, MA 01060
I am a Board Certified advanced practice Psychiatric Nurse. The majority of my practice is psychopharmacology ( prescribing psychiatric medications). I do not treat ADHD or ADD. I treat each person individually and in our collaboration will listen carefully to your concerns, symptoms, and needs to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In my practice I treat a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, , Bipolar disorder , PTSD as well as others. My  clients range  from late adolescents to geriatrics.  Best way to contact me is email through Psychology Today website.
I am a Board Certified advanced practice Psychiatric Nurse. The majority of my practice is psychopharmacology ( prescribing psychiatric medications). I do not treat ADHD or ADD. I treat each person individually and in our collaboration will listen carefully to your concerns, symptoms, and needs to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In my practice I treat a variety of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, , Bipolar disorder , PTSD as well as others. My  clients range  from late adolescents to geriatrics.  Best way to contact me is email through Psychology Today website.
(413) 307-4086 View (413) 307-4086
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Jain Lattes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01062  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar mood disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). My career has been focused primarily on both the reproductive mental health and wellbeing of adolescents and providing psychiatric treatment to individuals during preconception planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods.
I work with adolescents and adults who are dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression and bipolar mood disorders, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). My career has been focused primarily on both the reproductive mental health and wellbeing of adolescents and providing psychiatric treatment to individuals during preconception planning, pregnancy and postpartum periods.
(413) 570-3088 View (413) 570-3088
Shoshana Marchand
Psychiatric Nurse, MA, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northampton, MA 01060  (Online Only)
I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner, offering consultation, medication management and therapy in downtown Northampton. I care about what makes us unique, as well as what we have in common. My interests include anxiety disorders like panic and OCD, as well as people on the autism spectrum or with social or learning differences. I'm delighted to work with LGBTQ clients or those in gender transition. I'm a believer in trauma -sensitive care, trained in DBT and in mindfulness. Clients say I'm both communicative and collaborative. Please note that my practice is currently limited to people aged 16 and older.
I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner, offering consultation, medication management and therapy in downtown Northampton. I care about what makes us unique, as well as what we have in common. My interests include anxiety disorders like panic and OCD, as well as people on the autism spectrum or with social or learning differences. I'm delighted to work with LGBTQ clients or those in gender transition. I'm a believer in trauma -sensitive care, trained in DBT and in mindfulness. Clients say I'm both communicative and collaborative. Please note that my practice is currently limited to people aged 16 and older.
(413) 650-1402 View (413) 650-1402
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Donald A Smith Adult Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northampton, MA 01060  (Online Only)
Yes, I am accepting new patients at the present time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, empathic listener, and I have 21 years of experience as a physician and 12 years in private practice. I look forward to helping you to feel better. I practice holistic and evidence supported psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment, education, and prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. Maintaining your privacy is very important to me. Because my practice is out of network, which means I do not accept insurance, I can spend more time with you.
Yes, I am accepting new patients at the present time. I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist, empathic listener, and I have 21 years of experience as a physician and 12 years in private practice. I look forward to helping you to feel better. I practice holistic and evidence supported psychiatry. I provide comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic assessment, education, and prescribe medication to treat your symptoms. Maintaining your privacy is very important to me. Because my practice is out of network, which means I do not accept insurance, I can spend more time with you.
(413) 306-4078 View (413) 306-4078
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Joel E. Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
My first priority throughout my many years of practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis has been to create the environment of trust and safety that any therapeutic relationship must have to be successful. I believe that the changes psychotherapy can bring about occur through an increased capacity for self-understanding and the ability to make sense of one's own experience. I am pragmatic and believe that a variety of psychodynamic approaches may be used depending on the problem at hand.
My first priority throughout my many years of practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis has been to create the environment of trust and safety that any therapeutic relationship must have to be successful. I believe that the changes psychotherapy can bring about occur through an increased capacity for self-understanding and the ability to make sense of one's own experience. I am pragmatic and believe that a variety of psychodynamic approaches may be used depending on the problem at hand.
(413) 277-7948 View (413) 277-7948
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Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
Stepping Stones Psychiatry, LLC, owned and operated by Piyush Johari, MD and Alice Graham-Brown, MD is a place where we strive to provide high quality, patient centered and compassionate mental health care in a calm, and friendly setting. We were trained in world class institutions and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our practice. Our goal is to welcome you, meet you where you are and to assist you in navigating your way to improved mental health. Please refer to our website, www.steppingstonespsychiatry.com, for more information and to submit a request to become a new client.
(413) 300-2219 View (413) 300-2219
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Harold R. Jordan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060  (Online Only)
As a compassionate and experienced board certified psychiatrist, I understand that seeking help for mental health issues can be a difficult decision. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my patients to explore their thoughts and feelings and work towards their mental well-being.
As a compassionate and experienced board certified psychiatrist, I understand that seeking help for mental health issues can be a difficult decision. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my patients to explore their thoughts and feelings and work towards their mental well-being.
(786) 600-3025 View (786) 600-3025
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Amalia F Lee
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist and have been practicing for 41 years. I have expertise and extensive training in interpersonal and dynamic psychotherapy, and in psychopharmacology. I believe in working with patients to develop a treatment plan that is uniquely appropriate to them, and I devote the time necessary to provide the care patients need. And to provide maximum therapeutic benefit with minimum negative side effects, I take a conservative approach to medication, and get to know you well before prescribing.
I am a Board Certified psychiatrist and have been practicing for 41 years. I have expertise and extensive training in interpersonal and dynamic psychotherapy, and in psychopharmacology. I believe in working with patients to develop a treatment plan that is uniquely appropriate to them, and I devote the time necessary to provide the care patients need. And to provide maximum therapeutic benefit with minimum negative side effects, I take a conservative approach to medication, and get to know you well before prescribing.
(413) 749-4719 View (413) 749-4719
Lydia R Elison
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
I have just opened a psychiatry practice in Hadley, Massachusetts. I treat adult patients for a range of psychiatric issues and my practice, at this time, is open to new patients. I offer thoughtful medication evaluations and medication management. I also have a strong commitment to holistic treatment and offer psychotherapy, for individuals who have an interest in this. I utilize various tools from psychopharmacology and from the different forms of therapy that I've studied and employed.
I have just opened a psychiatry practice in Hadley, Massachusetts. I treat adult patients for a range of psychiatric issues and my practice, at this time, is open to new patients. I offer thoughtful medication evaluations and medication management. I also have a strong commitment to holistic treatment and offer psychotherapy, for individuals who have an interest in this. I utilize various tools from psychopharmacology and from the different forms of therapy that I've studied and employed.
(413) 369-3793 View (413) 369-3793
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Rosie Fanale
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, RNCS
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01061
Are you in pain, mentally or physically and anxious? Are you depressed? Have you had symptoms of physical distress? Are you wanting so much more for life, but not knowing how to get there or if it is even possible? Are you questioning yourself and your life and have you suffered from a neurological or neurodegenerative disease like MS, Fibromyalgia, Lou Gehrigs, Lupus, Parkinsons or Lyme, or even the beginning cognitive decline of Alzheimers? and felt depressed? I am both a therapist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I understand and can help.
Are you in pain, mentally or physically and anxious? Are you depressed? Have you had symptoms of physical distress? Are you wanting so much more for life, but not knowing how to get there or if it is even possible? Are you questioning yourself and your life and have you suffered from a neurological or neurodegenerative disease like MS, Fibromyalgia, Lou Gehrigs, Lupus, Parkinsons or Lyme, or even the beginning cognitive decline of Alzheimers? and felt depressed? I am both a therapist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I understand and can help.
(413) 337-3049 View (413) 337-3049
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Dr. Justin Lacasse
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060
I am a Harvard and Tufts trained adult psychiatrist with fellowship specialization in the intersection of psychiatric and medical illness. I take a supportive patient-centered approach, utilizing evidence-based medication and psychotherapy interventions tailored to your specific situation, background, and preferences.
I am a Harvard and Tufts trained adult psychiatrist with fellowship specialization in the intersection of psychiatric and medical illness. I take a supportive patient-centered approach, utilizing evidence-based medication and psychotherapy interventions tailored to your specific situation, background, and preferences.
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Stephen Luippold
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MA, APRN
Verified Verified
Northampton, MA 01060  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
In my 25 years of practice I have treated those with diverse backgrounds in various healthcare settings. I offer psychiatric care with a focus on psychiatric evaluations and, when indicated, medication management for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and ADHD. I have worked extensively with those experiencing forms of chronic illness and pain syndromes. My approach to treatment encompasses a mind/body/spirit philosophy toward care and wellness. You must be actively engaged in therapy as I view medication as a adjunctive treatment to the work you are currently doing with your therapist with whom I will collaborate with.
In my 25 years of practice I have treated those with diverse backgrounds in various healthcare settings. I offer psychiatric care with a focus on psychiatric evaluations and, when indicated, medication management for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and ADHD. I have worked extensively with those experiencing forms of chronic illness and pain syndromes. My approach to treatment encompasses a mind/body/spirit philosophy toward care and wellness. You must be actively engaged in therapy as I view medication as a adjunctive treatment to the work you are currently doing with your therapist with whom I will collaborate with.
(978) 678-4077 View (978) 678-4077
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Roma Estevez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Northampton, MA 01060
Welcome to Riverview Practice, a psychiatric concierge practice offering a range of personalized services. I aim to provide comprehensive support, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, supportive therapy, second opinions, treatment plans, and referrals. I understand that decisions about medication – whether to start, continue, or discontinue – are deeply personal and can have significant health implications. Your well-being is my priority, and I am committed to guiding you through these choices with expertise, care and empathy.
Welcome to Riverview Practice, a psychiatric concierge practice offering a range of personalized services. I aim to provide comprehensive support, including psychiatric evaluations, medication management, supportive therapy, second opinions, treatment plans, and referrals. I understand that decisions about medication – whether to start, continue, or discontinue – are deeply personal and can have significant health implications. Your well-being is my priority, and I am committed to guiding you through these choices with expertise, care and empathy.
(413) 489-5543 View (413) 489-5543
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Tara Conklin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PMH-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Northampton, MA 01060
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner supporting individuals and families in addressing mental health challenges. I provide medication management, genetic testing, and supportive therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. I strive to develop an environment where patients feel safe to share their most authentic selves and feel empowered to work together toward meaningful solutions. I take a collaborative approach with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner supporting individuals and families in addressing mental health challenges. I provide medication management, genetic testing, and supportive therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. I strive to develop an environment where patients feel safe to share their most authentic selves and feel empowered to work together toward meaningful solutions. I take a collaborative approach with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets their unique needs.
(339) 300-9639 View (339) 300-9639
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Number of Psychiatrists in Northampton, MA

20+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in Northampton, MA who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
76% Trauma and PTSD
67% Sleep or Insomnia
67% Medication Management
57% ADHD
57% Stress

Average years in practice

22 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

50% BlueCross and BlueShield
50% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
50% Other

How Psychiatrists in Northampton, MA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Northampton?

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.