Psychiatrists in Quincy, MA

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Ashley Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
We have immediate openings due to our expansion. We understand that getting an appointment in these post COVID times, is nearly impossible. This is why Ascend Integrative Medicine has opened extra spots in the after five hours. Call today and we will get you in right away.
We have immediate openings due to our expansion. We understand that getting an appointment in these post COVID times, is nearly impossible. This is why Ascend Integrative Medicine has opened extra spots in the after five hours. Call today and we will get you in right away.
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Jessica Kehoe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Quincy, MA 02169
Now accepting NEW clients! Our wait at this time is only one week due to our expanded hours and expansion of providers. Please call 508-296-0875.
Now accepting NEW clients! Our wait at this time is only one week due to our expanded hours and expansion of providers. Please call 508-296-0875.
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Rising Behavioral Help Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
With more than 10 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare, I have a deep interest in exploring and developing care plans that optimally balance the application ratios of medications and other therapy techniques in the craft of patients' behavioral and mental care plans. I am also a clinical instructor and have continued to train aspiring student practitioners in the mental health field independently.
With more than 10 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare, I have a deep interest in exploring and developing care plans that optimally balance the application ratios of medications and other therapy techniques in the craft of patients' behavioral and mental care plans. I am also a clinical instructor and have continued to train aspiring student practitioners in the mental health field independently.
(617) 977-6282 View (617) 977-6282
John Mannion
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
We understand how hard it is to find psychiatric care and get an appointment quick. We are now accepting new clients! We just added additional hours and our wait time is only 1 week. www.ascendboston.com
We understand how hard it is to find psychiatric care and get an appointment quick. We are now accepting new clients! We just added additional hours and our wait time is only 1 week. www.ascendboston.com
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Rachael Darian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169  (Online Only)
Rachael Darian is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and specialist in adult primary care medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. Rachael treats concerns and conditions related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, sleep disorders, and bipolar. She enjoys working with adults of all ages and has extensive experience working with active military personnel, veterans, emergency service workers, and disaster response workers.
Rachael Darian is a dually board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and specialist in adult primary care medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction medicine. Rachael treats concerns and conditions related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, sleep disorders, and bipolar. She enjoys working with adults of all ages and has extensive experience working with active military personnel, veterans, emergency service workers, and disaster response workers.
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Jacqueline Ann Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinically trained in treating patients with mental health diagnoses across the lifespan. I received my Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing degree from Walden University, in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to becoming an advanced practice nurse, I worked in Southern California, which was an irreplaceable experience for me, both personally and professionally. Returning home to Boston, I had the opportunity to work for Boston Medical Center, and then South Shore Hospital’s Emergency Department for 15 years, holding certification and accreditation in Case Management.
I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner clinically trained in treating patients with mental health diagnoses across the lifespan. I received my Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing degree from Walden University, in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to becoming an advanced practice nurse, I worked in Southern California, which was an irreplaceable experience for me, both personally and professionally. Returning home to Boston, I had the opportunity to work for Boston Medical Center, and then South Shore Hospital’s Emergency Department for 15 years, holding certification and accreditation in Case Management.
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Darkovna Juste
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02171
As a recent PMHNP graduate from Massachusetts School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, I have a 3+ year of clinical experience in psych unit. I understand that I am a new Psych Nurse Practitioner, but I have a strong background in the field. I worked as a Psych RN at Carney Hospital for four years. I worked as a Behavioral Response Nurse at Children Hospital and a nurse at Old Colony Correctional Center. I've had the opportunity to work with adult, elderly, teenager, and children with mental illness. My educational background has given me a solid understanding of Psych Nurse Practitioner role.
As a recent PMHNP graduate from Massachusetts School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, I have a 3+ year of clinical experience in psych unit. I understand that I am a new Psych Nurse Practitioner, but I have a strong background in the field. I worked as a Psych RN at Carney Hospital for four years. I worked as a Behavioral Response Nurse at Children Hospital and a nurse at Old Colony Correctional Center. I've had the opportunity to work with adult, elderly, teenager, and children with mental illness. My educational background has given me a solid understanding of Psych Nurse Practitioner role.
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Dr. Ellen Elizabeth Sampson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, GNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Quincy, MA 02169
I am a Psychiatric and Geriatric Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working closely with my patients to help them find ways to understand and improve their quality of life. I believe that everyone has issues which can become problems if not understood and addressed as life is a process with many stages. My job is to help you to find ways to cope and give you hope and good outcomes by the use of counseling, education, medications or other alternatives.
I am a Psychiatric and Geriatric Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who enjoys working closely with my patients to help them find ways to understand and improve their quality of life. I believe that everyone has issues which can become problems if not understood and addressed as life is a process with many stages. My job is to help you to find ways to cope and give you hope and good outcomes by the use of counseling, education, medications or other alternatives.
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Lois Awah
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169  (Online Only)
Lois Awah is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with more than 3 years of mental health experience. She specializes in treating adults who are suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, trauma, PTSD, and other psychiatric-related diagnoses. As a PMHNP, Lois is also a patient advocate, counselor, and helps with medication management.
Lois Awah is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with more than 3 years of mental health experience. She specializes in treating adults who are suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, trauma, PTSD, and other psychiatric-related diagnoses. As a PMHNP, Lois is also a patient advocate, counselor, and helps with medication management.
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Cynthia Iwunze
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02171
My ideal clients present with Anxiety. Most anxiety disorder is excessive worrying and restlessness. Clients may have difficulty handling uncertainty, ongoing anxiety, and worries that are difficult to control and interfere with day-to-day activities. You may exhibit symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other types of anxiety, but may be from different conditions. My goal of treatment is to manage and lower your anxiety levels, calm your mind, and help you overcome your fears. Making lifestyle changes, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques also can help.
My ideal clients present with Anxiety. Most anxiety disorder is excessive worrying and restlessness. Clients may have difficulty handling uncertainty, ongoing anxiety, and worries that are difficult to control and interfere with day-to-day activities. You may exhibit symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other types of anxiety, but may be from different conditions. My goal of treatment is to manage and lower your anxiety levels, calm your mind, and help you overcome your fears. Making lifestyle changes, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques also can help.
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Lhassane Oumalek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169  (Online Only)
Lhassane "Hassan" Oumalek is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of experience using a combination of therapy and medication management to alleviate mental health concerns and provide hope and healing to adults and seniors. He is well trained in the treatment of a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, insomnia, adjustment issues, as well as bipolar-related issues and schizophrenia-type disorders. He works with his clients to understand the whole person, family history, genetic makeup, and daily routine in order to help each individual find balance and success.
Lhassane "Hassan" Oumalek is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with years of experience using a combination of therapy and medication management to alleviate mental health concerns and provide hope and healing to adults and seniors. He is well trained in the treatment of a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, insomnia, adjustment issues, as well as bipolar-related issues and schizophrenia-type disorders. He works with his clients to understand the whole person, family history, genetic makeup, and daily routine in order to help each individual find balance and success.
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Patricia Green Cameron
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
You have within you everything necessary to have a life filled with peace, joy, and abundance. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I would like to partner closely with you to help you to improve your quality of life. I believe that “Mental health is not a destination; it is a journey,” and every person’s journey is unique. Therefore, my approach to building a therapeutic alliance is individualized. Life’s challenges can sometimes leave you feeling as though you are unable to cope and, in a sense, hopeless.
You have within you everything necessary to have a life filled with peace, joy, and abundance. As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I would like to partner closely with you to help you to improve your quality of life. I believe that “Mental health is not a destination; it is a journey,” and every person’s journey is unique. Therefore, my approach to building a therapeutic alliance is individualized. Life’s challenges can sometimes leave you feeling as though you are unable to cope and, in a sense, hopeless.
(857) 847-5208 View (857) 847-5208
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Mary Smith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169  (Online Only)
Mary Ellen Smith is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 37 years of experience in nursing and a wealth of experience in almost all areas of mental health. Mary Ellen manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bipolar illness. She has worked as a nurse clinician for 19 years at a major teaching hospital in Boston.
Mary Ellen Smith is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with 37 years of experience in nursing and a wealth of experience in almost all areas of mental health. Mary Ellen manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bipolar illness. She has worked as a nurse clinician for 19 years at a major teaching hospital in Boston.
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Dr. Cheryl Chen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
Dr. Chen is accepting new pediatric patients and new patient evaluations are scheduling out 6-8 weeks. She is in-network with BCBS of MA and sees patients in her office on Tuesdays. Dr. Chen is a Harvard trained, double Board Certified psychiatrist who believes in evidence-based and collaborative mental health care for her pediatric and young adult patients.
Dr. Chen is accepting new pediatric patients and new patient evaluations are scheduling out 6-8 weeks. She is in-network with BCBS of MA and sees patients in her office on Tuesdays. Dr. Chen is a Harvard trained, double Board Certified psychiatrist who believes in evidence-based and collaborative mental health care for her pediatric and young adult patients.
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Laura Rusu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Quincy, MA 02169
Laura is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She conducts psychiatric evaluations, makes diagnoses, and prescribes effective medications. She has experience with a broad spectrum of disorders including depression, anxiety, panic,ADD/ADHD, and PTSD. Laura's goal is to prescribe medications in a conservative, effective, and safe manner.
Laura is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She conducts psychiatric evaluations, makes diagnoses, and prescribes effective medications. She has experience with a broad spectrum of disorders including depression, anxiety, panic,ADD/ADHD, and PTSD. Laura's goal is to prescribe medications in a conservative, effective, and safe manner.
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Asifa Noreen
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
Meet a dedicated Physician Assistant (PA) with over 11 years of valuable experience in the healthcare field. Graduating in 2012 from CUNY College, this PA brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to patient care. A committed and dedicated team member, this PA is known for their ability to work effectively within a healthcare team, contributing to positive clinical outcomes. Their excellence in communication and listening skills allows them to provide compassionate care and establish strong connections with patients.
Meet a dedicated Physician Assistant (PA) with over 11 years of valuable experience in the healthcare field. Graduating in 2012 from CUNY College, this PA brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to patient care. A committed and dedicated team member, this PA is known for their ability to work effectively within a healthcare team, contributing to positive clinical outcomes. Their excellence in communication and listening skills allows them to provide compassionate care and establish strong connections with patients.
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Priscilla Sinclair
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, RN
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02171  (Online Only)
I am dedicated to providing compassionate, holistic, and evidence-based care to support the mental well-being of my patients. I believe in working with my clients through active listening to foster a trusting therapeutic environment where individuals can explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences to determine goals and medication management. My goal is to collaborate with each patient to personalize treatment plans that empower them to navigate life's challenges, cultivate resilience, and achieve their fullest potential. I've worked with a wide variety of clientele but specialize in depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I am dedicated to providing compassionate, holistic, and evidence-based care to support the mental well-being of my patients. I believe in working with my clients through active listening to foster a trusting therapeutic environment where individuals can explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences to determine goals and medication management. My goal is to collaborate with each patient to personalize treatment plans that empower them to navigate life's challenges, cultivate resilience, and achieve their fullest potential. I've worked with a wide variety of clientele but specialize in depression, anxiety, and trauma.
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Julie Martin
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
Meet Julie, a highly accomplished and multi-talented Physician Assistant (PA) with a unique educational background. Julie's academic journey reflects her diverse interests, as she obtained two Bachelor degrees in Molecular Biology and Fine Arts. Her commitment to excellence was evident throughout her education, earning her multiple scholarships for her outstanding academic achievements. Julie's pursuit of healthcare excellence continued at MCPHS Boston, where she earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. This advanced degree equipped her with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in her career as a PA.
Meet Julie, a highly accomplished and multi-talented Physician Assistant (PA) with a unique educational background. Julie's academic journey reflects her diverse interests, as she obtained two Bachelor degrees in Molecular Biology and Fine Arts. Her commitment to excellence was evident throughout her education, earning her multiple scholarships for her outstanding academic achievements. Julie's pursuit of healthcare excellence continued at MCPHS Boston, where she earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. This advanced degree equipped her with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in her career as a PA.
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Dianne Vitkus
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
Meet Dianne, a compassionate and experienced Physician Assistant (PA) with a strong focus on mental health. Dianne's journey in healthcare, marked by academic excellence and a passion for instilling hope and emotional intelligence in her patients, makes her a remarkable practitioner. Her unique background and dedication to mental well-being set her apart as a PA who specializes in holistic mental health care. Dianne's educational achievements include graduating from Brown University in 2016 and earning her master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Lemoyne College.
Meet Dianne, a compassionate and experienced Physician Assistant (PA) with a strong focus on mental health. Dianne's journey in healthcare, marked by academic excellence and a passion for instilling hope and emotional intelligence in her patients, makes her a remarkable practitioner. Her unique background and dedication to mental well-being set her apart as a PA who specializes in holistic mental health care. Dianne's educational achievements include graduating from Brown University in 2016 and earning her master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Lemoyne College.
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Lynn Galvin
Physician Assistant, PA
Verified Verified
Quincy, MA 02169
Meet Lynn, an experienced Physician Assistant (PA) with a robust background in both hospital and outpatient healthcare settings. Lynn's career is marked by her expertise in psychopharmacology, addiction medicine, and exceptional customer service. She holds a master's degree in physician assistant studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, graduating in 2015.
Meet Lynn, an experienced Physician Assistant (PA) with a robust background in both hospital and outpatient healthcare settings. Lynn's career is marked by her expertise in psychopharmacology, addiction medicine, and exceptional customer service. She holds a master's degree in physician assistant studies from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, graduating in 2015.
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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Quincy, MA

60+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Quincy, MA who prioritize treating:

94% Anxiety
88% Depression
78% Bipolar Disorder
66% ADHD
58% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
51% Behavioral Issues
49% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

6 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

92% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Aetna
87% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Quincy, MA see their clients

71% In Person and Online
29% Online Only

Gender breakdown

88% Female
12% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Quincy?

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.