Psychiatrists in Pittsfield, MA

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Stephanie Weingard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Pittsfield, MA 01201  (Online Only)
Stephanie L. Weingard graduated from Florida International University, achieving a post-masters certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings over the past 8 years. She is also a United States Air Force Reservist and works providing mental health care to both active duty and reserve members.
Stephanie L. Weingard graduated from Florida International University, achieving a post-masters certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings over the past 8 years. She is also a United States Air Force Reservist and works providing mental health care to both active duty and reserve members.
(413) 269-8388 View (413) 269-8388
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Stephanie Weingard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Pittsfield, MA 01201  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. I offer Medication Management & Counseling/Supportive Psychotherapy online via Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida, Massachusetts & Arizona. I am an experienced Independently licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Military Service Member. I provide care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 7 and above. I accept most insurance plans including United, Oscar, Oxford, Aetna, Cigna and Florida Blue. I also accept cash pay clients without insurance.
Accepting New Clients. Appointments are typically available within 7 days. I offer Medication Management & Counseling/Supportive Psychotherapy online via Telepsychiatry Services throughout Florida, Massachusetts & Arizona. I am an experienced Independently licensed Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Military Service Member. I provide care for adults, adolescents, and children, ages 7 and above. I accept most insurance plans including United, Oscar, Oxford, Aetna, Cigna and Florida Blue. I also accept cash pay clients without insurance.
(413) 327-9843 View (413) 327-9843
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A Compassionate Mind And Wellness, LLC,
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNPBC, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified
Pittsfield, MA 01201  (Online Only)
Hi my name is Michele Graney, NP, and I would welcome the opportunity to help you. I know that reaching out for support can feel awkward & that it can take time to build comfort, trust, and rapport. As a experienced NP, I do not believe in scheduling "speedy appointments" as this compromises quality of care. You will have ample time to share your concerns. I take the time to listen in order to fully understand you. I believe in being open and honest with each patient. I strive to build and maintain a trusting and genuine therapeutic alliance with each patient.
Hi my name is Michele Graney, NP, and I would welcome the opportunity to help you. I know that reaching out for support can feel awkward & that it can take time to build comfort, trust, and rapport. As a experienced NP, I do not believe in scheduling "speedy appointments" as this compromises quality of care. You will have ample time to share your concerns. I take the time to listen in order to fully understand you. I believe in being open and honest with each patient. I strive to build and maintain a trusting and genuine therapeutic alliance with each patient.
(339) 331-0757 View (339) 331-0757
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Steven Carroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsfield, MA 01201  (Online Only)
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE TO BECOME A NEW PATIENT*** I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, licensed to treat patients of all ages. I provide diagnostic and medication management services for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders.
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS - PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE TO BECOME A NEW PATIENT*** I am a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, licensed to treat patients of all ages. I provide diagnostic and medication management services for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders.
(617) 383-7839 View (617) 383-7839
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William Chad Garrett
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Pittsfield, MA 01201
When you are suffering, you want help now, not one month from now. If symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or insomnia are negatively affecting your life, follow the link to my website and click the "Request Consultation" button to get started.
When you are suffering, you want help now, not one month from now. If symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, or insomnia are negatively affecting your life, follow the link to my website and click the "Request Consultation" button to get started.
(508) 466-6717 View (508) 466-6717
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Dr. Marco Belluardo-Crosby
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsfield, MA 01201  (Online Only)
Throughout my career I have successfully treated people with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. I enjoy the collaboration with other treating providers such as psychotherapists and primary care providers in maximizing the benefits of psychopharmacological treatment. I am committed to high standards of care following the latest clinical research. Telemedicine psychopharmacology only.
Throughout my career I have successfully treated people with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD. I enjoy the collaboration with other treating providers such as psychotherapists and primary care providers in maximizing the benefits of psychopharmacological treatment. I am committed to high standards of care following the latest clinical research. Telemedicine psychopharmacology only.
(978) 306-2915 View (978) 306-2915
Mallory Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pittsfield, MA 01201
We are a growing holistic psychiatric practice for the whole family with a Child Psychiatrist for children, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for adults. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, holistic mental health care using the art and science of healing to adults, children and adolescents. Our primary treatment model involves the pillars of what we believe to make up a healthy and happy life: being part of a community, nutritional information and mind-body therapies as well as focused treatment of symptoms using therapy or medications as indicated.
We are a growing holistic psychiatric practice for the whole family with a Child Psychiatrist for children, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for adults. Our mission is to provide evidence-based, holistic mental health care using the art and science of healing to adults, children and adolescents. Our primary treatment model involves the pillars of what we believe to make up a healthy and happy life: being part of a community, nutritional information and mind-body therapies as well as focused treatment of symptoms using therapy or medications as indicated.
(413) 287-8164 View (413) 287-8164
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Matthew May-Curry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Pittsfield, MA 01201  (Online Only)
Feeling connected to and supported by your doctor is important. I am here to partner with you as we address your mental health concerns. I bring a warm, inquisitive, and compassionate approach to each session. I work with you to help make your appointments feel meaningful; we'll focus on what's important to you, and also address any medication questions or concerns you might have. Together we will work to find a regimen that's right for you, whether it's medications only, talk therapy, or both. For full bio and to request a virtual appointment, please use this link: (app.luminello.com/matthewmaycurrymd).
Feeling connected to and supported by your doctor is important. I am here to partner with you as we address your mental health concerns. I bring a warm, inquisitive, and compassionate approach to each session. I work with you to help make your appointments feel meaningful; we'll focus on what's important to you, and also address any medication questions or concerns you might have. Together we will work to find a regimen that's right for you, whether it's medications only, talk therapy, or both. For full bio and to request a virtual appointment, please use this link: (app.luminello.com/matthewmaycurrymd).
(508) 413-6914 View (508) 413-6914

More Psychiatrists Nearby

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Jesse A. Goodman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Lenox, MA 01240
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist who is also an experienced therapist. I provide care that integrates psychotherapy with medication for adults with anxiety and depression. Most of my patients meet with me once or twice a week for several months to many years. About half use medication. I have been practicing psychiatry and psychotherapy since 1998. I attended Mayo Medical School and trained in Adult Psychiatry at The Cambridge Hospital of Harvard Medical School. I completed a four-year fellowship in Advanced Psychiatry at Austen Riggs Center.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist who is also an experienced therapist. I provide care that integrates psychotherapy with medication for adults with anxiety and depression. Most of my patients meet with me once or twice a week for several months to many years. About half use medication. I have been practicing psychiatry and psychotherapy since 1998. I attended Mayo Medical School and trained in Adult Psychiatry at The Cambridge Hospital of Harvard Medical School. I completed a four-year fellowship in Advanced Psychiatry at Austen Riggs Center.
(413) 306-4108 View (413) 306-4108

Online Psychiatrists

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Kathleen Hawk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
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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Aldona Vainius
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Franklin, MA 02038
I am here to listen and support you on your journey. My compassionate approach aims to support you through life's ups and downs. Together, we will figure out your goals, develop strategies, and pave the way towards a life you love. I'm committed to helping you break free from the past, empowering you to live life on your terms starting TODAY.
I am here to listen and support you on your journey. My compassionate approach aims to support you through life's ups and downs. Together, we will figure out your goals, develop strategies, and pave the way towards a life you love. I'm committed to helping you break free from the past, empowering you to live life on your terms starting TODAY.
(508) 501-1788 x2 View (508) 501-1788 x2
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Badu Adjei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MS, PMHNP
Verified
Natick, MA 01760
Accepting New Patients! You have taken the right step to seek support today! I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adolescents, young adults, and adults with much interest in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Behavioral Issues, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Stress, Schizophrenia, and Sleep Issues or Insomnia. I am a Doctorally-prepared, Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in mental health. I am ready to work with you to provide the best treatment tailored to your needs.
Accepting New Patients! You have taken the right step to seek support today! I provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for adolescents, young adults, and adults with much interest in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, Behavioral Issues, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Stress, Schizophrenia, and Sleep Issues or Insomnia. I am a Doctorally-prepared, Board Certified Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in mental health. I am ready to work with you to provide the best treatment tailored to your needs.
(508) 687-6786 View (508) 687-6786
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Amanda Sadat
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC, APRN, RN, MSN, 200RYT
Verified
Chelmsford, MA 01824  (Online Only)
I have almost two decades of experience as a nurse practitioner and therapist treating individuals with mental health struggles. I enjoy working with women's mental health issues including postpartum, motherhood journeys, fertility struggles, PMDD and relationships. I also enjoy working with as a gender affirming provider and trauma informed practice. I offer medication or medication and therapy to treat the whole person as each journey is different. As an integrative mental health provider, it's important to me to curate a wellness plan that fits your needs. It's my goal to listen and empower you along the way.
I have almost two decades of experience as a nurse practitioner and therapist treating individuals with mental health struggles. I enjoy working with women's mental health issues including postpartum, motherhood journeys, fertility struggles, PMDD and relationships. I also enjoy working with as a gender affirming provider and trauma informed practice. I offer medication or medication and therapy to treat the whole person as each journey is different. As an integrative mental health provider, it's important to me to curate a wellness plan that fits your needs. It's my goal to listen and empower you along the way.
(339) 217-5113 View (339) 217-5113
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Eugenio Bortoloto-Neto
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
With over five years of dedicated experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my focus has centered on adult and geriatric mental health. During this time, I have honed my skills to prioritize the well-being of my clients. I firmly believe in setting realistic expectations and fostering collaborative relationships as essential elements of effective mental health care. In my practice, education plays a pivotal role. I am passionate about empowering my clients with knowledge. It's not just about prescribing medication; it's about equipping individuals with the understanding they need to grasp their health conditions fully.
With over five years of dedicated experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my focus has centered on adult and geriatric mental health. During this time, I have honed my skills to prioritize the well-being of my clients. I firmly believe in setting realistic expectations and fostering collaborative relationships as essential elements of effective mental health care. In my practice, education plays a pivotal role. I am passionate about empowering my clients with knowledge. It's not just about prescribing medication; it's about equipping individuals with the understanding they need to grasp their health conditions fully.
(413) 402-6604 x503 View (413) 402-6604 x503
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Amberly Chaplin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, LMHC, RN
Verified
2 Endorsed
Sutton, MA 01590  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work with adults who are experiencing depression and anxiety to help them understand their symptoms, and together we find the best treatment. In addition to medication management and brief therapy, I incorporate nutritional practices when applicable. I have extensive experience working with people with substance use disorders, and although I am unable to provide detox or acute withdrawal treatment in this setting, I can provide consults with recommendations for your PCP or other provider. I also enjoy helping those with an addiction rebuild their health and identity. Please note: I can not Rx controlled substances at this time.
I work with adults who are experiencing depression and anxiety to help them understand their symptoms, and together we find the best treatment. In addition to medication management and brief therapy, I incorporate nutritional practices when applicable. I have extensive experience working with people with substance use disorders, and although I am unable to provide detox or acute withdrawal treatment in this setting, I can provide consults with recommendations for your PCP or other provider. I also enjoy helping those with an addiction rebuild their health and identity. Please note: I can not Rx controlled substances at this time.
(508) 625-9208 View (508) 625-9208
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Taixiang Saur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MSN, PhD, PMHNP
Verified
Sudbury, MA 01776  (Online Only)
You have reasons to seek out mental health treatment. You may feel nervous about this, having doubts and suspicions concerning treatment. Past experiences may have left you feeling frustrated, but you now have found the courage to try treatment again. I am here to listen to your story and help you. My 17 years of professional medical experience include outpatient care and inpatient care; including both general hospital and mental health facilities. Having been trained and employed by McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, I learned a great deal about a wide variety of mental health conditions.
You have reasons to seek out mental health treatment. You may feel nervous about this, having doubts and suspicions concerning treatment. Past experiences may have left you feeling frustrated, but you now have found the courage to try treatment again. I am here to listen to your story and help you. My 17 years of professional medical experience include outpatient care and inpatient care; including both general hospital and mental health facilities. Having been trained and employed by McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, I learned a great deal about a wide variety of mental health conditions.
(978) 574-9372 View (978) 574-9372
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Christopher William Driscoll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Franklin, MA 02038
Wether its the day to day, some life changing event, addictions, or a desire for help in being the best version of you - I am here to help.
Wether its the day to day, some life changing event, addictions, or a desire for help in being the best version of you - I am here to help.
(508) 682-5102 View (508) 682-5102
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Holistic Behavioral Health Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Dracut, MA 01826
Holistic Behavioral Health Services provides both outpatient and tele-psychiatry mental health services in Dracut and surrounding areas. Tele-psychiatry services are provided in the comfort of your home using a computer/ a phone. We accepting new patients. Evening and weekend hours are available to those busy during office hours. Board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience across the lifespan in outpatient settings.
Holistic Behavioral Health Services provides both outpatient and tele-psychiatry mental health services in Dracut and surrounding areas. Tele-psychiatry services are provided in the comfort of your home using a computer/ a phone. We accepting new patients. Evening and weekend hours are available to those busy during office hours. Board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training and experience across the lifespan in outpatient settings.
(978) 693-5001 View (978) 693-5001
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Georgina Tung
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
West Springfield, MA 01089  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Georgina Tung, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 5 years of invaluable nursing experience. My mission is simple yet profound: to provide unwavering support and effective treatment for individuals dealing with mental health challenges. In my practice, I prioritize inclusivity, recognizing and respecting the rich tapestry of cultures and beliefs that make each person unique. Your well-being is my priority, and I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space where you can freely express yourself.
Hello, I'm Georgina Tung, a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with over 5 years of invaluable nursing experience. My mission is simple yet profound: to provide unwavering support and effective treatment for individuals dealing with mental health challenges. In my practice, I prioritize inclusivity, recognizing and respecting the rich tapestry of cultures and beliefs that make each person unique. Your well-being is my priority, and I am committed to creating a safe and judgment-free space where you can freely express yourself.
(413) 323-3515 x508 View (413) 323-3515 x508
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William Z Barnard
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Sudbury, MA 01776
PRACTICE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO NEW PATIENTS... I aim to be as transparent as possible so as to help you to identify if I might be that person for you. This is vital because it is crucial for you to trust your psychiatrist and feel confident that your concerns and needs will be addressed in a sensitive, respectful, and nonjudgmental way. Whether you are a new mom or dad struggling with the challenges of new parenthood, having difficulty adapting to a new job or role, feeling worried and overwhelmed, or feeling down and withdrawn, I may be able to help you recover and improve your quality of life.
PRACTICE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO NEW PATIENTS... I aim to be as transparent as possible so as to help you to identify if I might be that person for you. This is vital because it is crucial for you to trust your psychiatrist and feel confident that your concerns and needs will be addressed in a sensitive, respectful, and nonjudgmental way. Whether you are a new mom or dad struggling with the challenges of new parenthood, having difficulty adapting to a new job or role, feeling worried and overwhelmed, or feeling down and withdrawn, I may be able to help you recover and improve your quality of life.
(774) 228-7420 View (774) 228-7420

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Pittsfield, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Pittsfield, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
88% ADHD
88% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
88% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
71% Cigna and Evernorth
71% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Pittsfield, MA see their clients

75% Online Only
25% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

57% Male
43% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Pittsfield?

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.