Psychiatrists in Plymouth County, MA

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Photo of Anne-Margaret (Annie) Botelho, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Anne-Margaret (Annie) Botelho
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
While I am not personally currently accepting new patients, the providers that work for me are and have immediately availability within 1-2 weeks. Please go to our website www.safeharborwellness.org. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? I put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life. GeneSight testing offered, more information available on our website regarding this.
While I am not personally currently accepting new patients, the providers that work for me are and have immediately availability within 1-2 weeks. Please go to our website www.safeharborwellness.org. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? I put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life. GeneSight testing offered, more information available on our website regarding this.
(508) 594-3522 View (508) 594-3522
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Safe Harbor Wellness & Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? At Safe Harbor Wellness & Psychiatric services we put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life.
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. Have you been struggling with symptoms that are impacting your ability to move forward? Have you tried medications for these symptoms that haven't been helpful for you? Have you been struggling in relationships, at work, in school or with activities of daily living? At Safe Harbor Wellness & Psychiatric services we put a focus on symptoms, not just diagnosis, to help you in these areas of your life.
(508) 500-1539 View (508) 500-1539
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Steadfast Behavioral Health
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norwell, MA 02061
Steadfast Behavioral Health is a group practice that serves clients throughout Massachusetts. We treat Mood Disorders, Addiction, and other co-occuring health disorders. Our goal is to provide you with our whole person approach and help restore your mental well-being. We offer Psychiatric Services including Psychiatric Evaluation, Ongoing Medication Management, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Major Depression and other disorders.
Steadfast Behavioral Health is a group practice that serves clients throughout Massachusetts. We treat Mood Disorders, Addiction, and other co-occuring health disorders. Our goal is to provide you with our whole person approach and help restore your mental well-being. We offer Psychiatric Services including Psychiatric Evaluation, Ongoing Medication Management, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Major Depression and other disorders.
(781) 429-3459 View (781) 429-3459
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Francisca Ojei
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02301
As a keen practitioner, my journey to helping humanity began 11 years ago after graduating with my Bachelors in Nursing, I dedicated 5 years in serving underserved communities in urban and rural areas, worked in a pediatric facility and top Major Hospitals in Boston. Then I decided to complete my Masters in Nursing at Regis College 5 years ago focusing in internal medication. Mental health medicine caught my attention after working in a methadone and suboxone clinic. I further pursed my interest by working at SouthBay for over 2 years, now at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates for almost 2 years.
As a keen practitioner, my journey to helping humanity began 11 years ago after graduating with my Bachelors in Nursing, I dedicated 5 years in serving underserved communities in urban and rural areas, worked in a pediatric facility and top Major Hospitals in Boston. Then I decided to complete my Masters in Nursing at Regis College 5 years ago focusing in internal medication. Mental health medicine caught my attention after working in a methadone and suboxone clinic. I further pursed my interest by working at SouthBay for over 2 years, now at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates for almost 2 years.
(774) 332-5563 View (774) 332-5563
Photo of Sarinah Brown, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Sarinah Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Hanover, MA 02339
Accepting new Clients. Board- Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry, I am a provider with over 17 years of nursing experience. I provide medication management, counseling and Genesight testing for potential medication options. I work with a wide range of patients that struggle with mental health and addiction issues. Emotional Support Dogs, Summit and Toby, are available and onsite most days, providing emotional support, unconditional love in a no judgment zone.
Accepting new Clients. Board- Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry, I am a provider with over 17 years of nursing experience. I provide medication management, counseling and Genesight testing for potential medication options. I work with a wide range of patients that struggle with mental health and addiction issues. Emotional Support Dogs, Summit and Toby, are available and onsite most days, providing emotional support, unconditional love in a no judgment zone.
(339) 201-5750 View (339) 201-5750
Photo of Amy Yentsch, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Amy Yentsch
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norwell, MA 02061
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Neuroheal TMS provides Psychiatric Services to Adults Struggling with Mental Health Issues. We provide Medication Management and Psychiatric Evaluation as well as TMS Therapy for Major Depression.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Neuroheal TMS provides Psychiatric Services to Adults Struggling with Mental Health Issues. We provide Medication Management and Psychiatric Evaluation as well as TMS Therapy for Major Depression.
(781) 214-3908 View (781) 214-3908
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Yu Wang
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MA 02360  (Online Only)
•• Accepting New Patients •• I received a doctoral degree at Rush University. I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health and adult/gerontology primary care. I have worked in hospital settings and out-patient clinics. I specialize in medication management in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and bipolar; serving populations 10 years and beyond.
•• Accepting New Patients •• I received a doctoral degree at Rush University. I am a dual board-certified nurse practitioner in psychiatric mental health and adult/gerontology primary care. I have worked in hospital settings and out-patient clinics. I specialize in medication management in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and bipolar; serving populations 10 years and beyond.
(339) 220-5536 View (339) 220-5536
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Power Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hanover, MA 02339
Power Behavioral Health is a small private practice located on the South Shore offering medication management for clients who are currently undergoing therapy but feel they need further treatment. We treat a wide range of mental health conditions. We accept most commercial insurance plans as well as self pay. Please visit www.powerbehavioralhealth.com for more details or to book an appointment online.
Power Behavioral Health is a small private practice located on the South Shore offering medication management for clients who are currently undergoing therapy but feel they need further treatment. We treat a wide range of mental health conditions. We accept most commercial insurance plans as well as self pay. Please visit www.powerbehavioralhealth.com for more details or to book an appointment online.
(781) 924-1325 View (781) 924-1325
Photo of Jason Driscoll, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Jason Driscoll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Duxbury, MA 02332
As a Boston College-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer a compassionate and safe space for you to explore and confront these challenges. Together, we will navigate the complexities of your experiences, working towards a life where anxiety, ADHD and depression no longer limit your potential. My goal is to understand your unique story and tailor our sessions to meet your individual needs.
As a Boston College-trained Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I offer a compassionate and safe space for you to explore and confront these challenges. Together, we will navigate the complexities of your experiences, working towards a life where anxiety, ADHD and depression no longer limit your potential. My goal is to understand your unique story and tailor our sessions to meet your individual needs.
(339) 356-0805 View (339) 356-0805
Photo of Seahorse Behavioral, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Seahorse Behavioral
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNPBC
Not Verified Not Verified
Marion, MA 02738
We manage a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, insomnia, etc. We care for patients and their families across the lifespan and offer Genesight testing, the COPE program as well as Spravato Treatments for treatment resistant depression. We also offer Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol in our Middleboro location. To find out more go to www.seahorsebehavioral.com.
We manage a variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, insomnia, etc. We care for patients and their families across the lifespan and offer Genesight testing, the COPE program as well as Spravato Treatments for treatment resistant depression. We also offer Suboxone, Sublocade and Vivitrol in our Middleboro location. To find out more go to www.seahorsebehavioral.com.
(508) 500-6533 View (508) 500-6533
Photo of Adam Ouderkirk, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Adam Ouderkirk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739  (Online Only)
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a license to practice in Massachusetts. I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 10 years with significant experience treating patients in the acute setting as well as in the community. My passion for mental health was ignited working in the community, as this was the position that allowed me to see the positive impacts of high-quality care and the resulting quality of life improvements of my patients.
Immediate openings within 1-2 weeks. I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a license to practice in Massachusetts. I have been practicing in the mental health field for over 10 years with significant experience treating patients in the acute setting as well as in the community. My passion for mental health was ignited working in the community, as this was the position that allowed me to see the positive impacts of high-quality care and the resulting quality of life improvements of my patients.
(508) 978-3166 View (508) 978-3166
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Hope Behavioral Health Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
West Bridgewater, MA 02379  (Online Only)
Elysee Njontu, APRN, PMHNP-BC is an advanced practice nurse who is board certified by the ANCC. He has over 7 years of professional experience working in the psychiatric and mental health field. Elysee received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain University in Illinois and his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Regis College in Weston, Mass. At the Bedford VA Hospital where he currently works, Elysee provides mental health assessments, evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy to adults struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues
Elysee Njontu, APRN, PMHNP-BC is an advanced practice nurse who is board certified by the ANCC. He has over 7 years of professional experience working in the psychiatric and mental health field. Elysee received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Chamberlain University in Illinois and his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Regis College in Weston, Mass. At the Bedford VA Hospital where he currently works, Elysee provides mental health assessments, evaluations, medication management and psychotherapy to adults struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues
(508) 213-9972 View (508) 213-9972
Photo of Claire DiIlio, Psychiatric Nurse in Plymouth County, MA
Claire DiIlio
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brockton, MA 02301  (Online Only)
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management to individuals across the lifespan. I graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions with a BS in Nursing and, after gaining experience as a registered nurse, attained a master's from Northeastern University. As an RN, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital on the Inpatient Psychiatric Service. Through this experience, I became familiar with the holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the management of mental illness with a patient-centered focus.
As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management to individuals across the lifespan. I graduated from the MGH Institute of Health Professions with a BS in Nursing and, after gaining experience as a registered nurse, attained a master's from Northeastern University. As an RN, I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital on the Inpatient Psychiatric Service. Through this experience, I became familiar with the holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the management of mental illness with a patient-centered focus.
(508) 286-6770 View (508) 286-6770
Photo of Adaeze Nwanegbo, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Adaeze Nwanegbo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middleborough, MA 02346
My name is Ada Nwanegbo and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts. I will be providing care and treating acute and chronic mental illnesses and substance use. My patient population is adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and supportive therapy for various psychiatric symptoms. I am open-minded and willing work with clients regardless of their age, culture, heritage, gender, faith, sexual/gender identity, life experience and beliefs.
My name is Ada Nwanegbo and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts. I will be providing care and treating acute and chronic mental illnesses and substance use. My patient population is adolescents, adults, and older adults. I provide medication management and supportive therapy for various psychiatric symptoms. I am open-minded and willing work with clients regardless of their age, culture, heritage, gender, faith, sexual/gender identity, life experience and beliefs.
(508) 501-9042 View (508) 501-9042
Photo of Melissa Gardner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Melissa Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AGNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
I accept all MassHealth/ private insurance (some still pending) and can offer Same Day or Next Day appointments for new patients. Open dialogue is very important between myself and my patients. I want you to feel that you can bring any problem to me and, if I am not able to address it, I will help assist you in finding someone who can. It is important that there be honesty within the relationship so that I may best assist you, this includes being vocal about relapses so that we may work together to get past it. I want there to be a safe space where the patient can communicate all their needs without scrutiny or judgement.
I accept all MassHealth/ private insurance (some still pending) and can offer Same Day or Next Day appointments for new patients. Open dialogue is very important between myself and my patients. I want you to feel that you can bring any problem to me and, if I am not able to address it, I will help assist you in finding someone who can. It is important that there be honesty within the relationship so that I may best assist you, this includes being vocal about relapses so that we may work together to get past it. I want there to be a safe space where the patient can communicate all their needs without scrutiny or judgement.
(774) 619-8688 View (774) 619-8688
Photo of Gerry Anne Jean, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Gerry Anne Jean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPI
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02301
GerryAnne, a distinguished board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over five years of expertise, has become a stalwart advocate for mental health across diverse environments. Her extensive experience encompasses a range of settings, from inpatient and residential treatment to community-based outpatient care, reflecting a commitment to delivering comprehensive mental health support across the lifespan. At the core of GerryAnne's professional mission is a fervent dedication to enhancing access to mental health care for everyone.
GerryAnne, a distinguished board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with over five years of expertise, has become a stalwart advocate for mental health across diverse environments. Her extensive experience encompasses a range of settings, from inpatient and residential treatment to community-based outpatient care, reflecting a commitment to delivering comprehensive mental health support across the lifespan. At the core of GerryAnne's professional mission is a fervent dedication to enhancing access to mental health care for everyone.
(781) 745-3410 View (781) 745-3410
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Peter A. Bertelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mattapoisett, MA 02739  (Online Only)
Are you at a point in your life where you identify things need to change? Perhaps your mood or old life patterns are no longer serving you? Is anxiety or depression becoming a major part of your daily life? Are you considering medications to help with your mental health for the first time but and would prefer trying a holistic approach? Perhaps you're currently prescribed medications but not sure if they are working. Patients who often succeed under my care are committed to transformation, willing to make lifestyle changes (ex. follow sleep, diet, exercise recommendations), and are receptive to discussing medication recommendations.
Are you at a point in your life where you identify things need to change? Perhaps your mood or old life patterns are no longer serving you? Is anxiety or depression becoming a major part of your daily life? Are you considering medications to help with your mental health for the first time but and would prefer trying a holistic approach? Perhaps you're currently prescribed medications but not sure if they are working. Patients who often succeed under my care are committed to transformation, willing to make lifestyle changes (ex. follow sleep, diet, exercise recommendations), and are receptive to discussing medication recommendations.
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Jennifer Finnerty
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
19 Endorsed
Hingham, MA 02043  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with five years of experience in medically managing children, adolescents, adults, and elderly individuals with mental health diagnoses. I have special clinical interests in anxiety, depression and mood disorders with special interest in life changes, healthy lifestyle models and navigating grief and trauma.
I am a board-certified licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with five years of experience in medically managing children, adolescents, adults, and elderly individuals with mental health diagnoses. I have special clinical interests in anxiety, depression and mood disorders with special interest in life changes, healthy lifestyle models and navigating grief and trauma.
(339) 329-7323 View (339) 329-7323
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Gerald Jean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Brockton, MA 02301
Gérald is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) driven by his fervidness for patient-centered, evidence-based practice, and concerted approaches to nursing care. With the experience accumulated over 30 years in health care, he aims at helping close the gap in the delivery of services to the mentally ill. Gérald’s primacy is to support the patients and their families in overcoming the stigmas associated with mental health, help patients improve their quality of life and reach their full potential.
Gérald is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) driven by his fervidness for patient-centered, evidence-based practice, and concerted approaches to nursing care. With the experience accumulated over 30 years in health care, he aims at helping close the gap in the delivery of services to the mentally ill. Gérald’s primacy is to support the patients and their families in overcoming the stigmas associated with mental health, help patients improve their quality of life and reach their full potential.
(781) 230-7340 x3 View (781) 230-7340 x3
Photo of Judith Austin, PMHNP, Align Behavioral Health, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Plymouth County, MA
Judith Austin, PMHNP, Align Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Bridgewater, MA 02333  (Online Only)
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide medication management only; I do NOT provide counseling/therapy services. I am passionate about the work I do and I am committed to assisting you in improving your mental health. I am also a provider that will be direct with my patients, ensuring that plain-speaking, honest conversation leads to open lines of communication. As a prescriber of psychiatric medications, and before discussing a potential medication regimen that you may benefit from, we will engage in a thorough discussion about your life, your past history, your current situation, and your treatment goals.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I provide medication management only; I do NOT provide counseling/therapy services. I am passionate about the work I do and I am committed to assisting you in improving your mental health. I am also a provider that will be direct with my patients, ensuring that plain-speaking, honest conversation leads to open lines of communication. As a prescriber of psychiatric medications, and before discussing a potential medication regimen that you may benefit from, we will engage in a thorough discussion about your life, your past history, your current situation, and your treatment goals.
(774) 430-3148 View (774) 430-3148

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Plymouth County, MA

100+

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Plymouth County, MA who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
94% Depression
84% ADHD
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% BlueCross and BlueShield
75% Harvard Pilgrim
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Plymouth County, MA see their clients

64% In Person and Online
36% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Plymouth 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.