Psychiatrists in South Easton, MA

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Mary A Foley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHCNS, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Easton, MA 02375
I have 30 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. It is my passion to work with my patients and families to address their challenges in a comprehensive way which results in the best outcomes for my patients and their families. I have specialized in ADHD, anxiety, and depression and have conducted research at Mc Lean Hospital in those areas. Medication evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy are my specialties. I also teach advanced practice nursing and psychopharmacology at Northeastern University. .
I have 30 years of clinical experience treating children, adolescents, and young adults. It is my passion to work with my patients and families to address their challenges in a comprehensive way which results in the best outcomes for my patients and their families. I have specialized in ADHD, anxiety, and depression and have conducted research at Mc Lean Hospital in those areas. Medication evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy are my specialties. I also teach advanced practice nursing and psychopharmacology at Northeastern University. .
(508) 603-7795 View (508) 603-7795
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Adom Fermanian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Easton, MA 02375  (Online Only)
Adom Fermanian is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats patients aged 18 and older. He helps patients address a variety of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorder. Adom specializes in providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management, with the inclusion of ancillary supportive psychotherapy.
Adom Fermanian is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner who treats patients aged 18 and older. He helps patients address a variety of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorder. Adom specializes in providing psychiatric evaluations and medication management, with the inclusion of ancillary supportive psychotherapy.
(508) 290-4297 View (508) 290-4297
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Duny Damas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-PMH
Verified Verified
South Easton, MA 02375
Duny Damas, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience. Dr. Dumas is devoted to the care of his patients and is motivated to provide them with compassionate evidenced-based care. Education & Certifications Dr. Damas received his Bachelor in Nursing from The University of Massachusetts “ Boston. He then obtained his Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor in Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Duny Damas, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience. Dr. Dumas is devoted to the care of his patients and is motivated to provide them with compassionate evidenced-based care. Education & Certifications Dr. Damas received his Bachelor in Nursing from The University of Massachusetts “ Boston. He then obtained his Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor in Nursing Practice from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
(508) 850-0658 View (508) 850-0658

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Melissa Gregory
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Easton, MA 02356  (Online Only)
Welcome! My name is Melissa. As a Lifespan Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to offering individualized, holistic, and comprehensive mental health treatment to each patient. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. I understand that mental health is multifaceted and deeply interconnected with various aspects of an individual's life, including physical health, relationships, and lifestyle factors. Therefore, my approach to treatment is tailored to address the unique needs and circumstances of each person.
Welcome! My name is Melissa. As a Lifespan Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I am committed to offering individualized, holistic, and comprehensive mental health treatment to each patient. I specialize in providing evidence-based treatment for depression, anxiety, ADHD, and mood disorders. I understand that mental health is multifaceted and deeply interconnected with various aspects of an individual's life, including physical health, relationships, and lifestyle factors. Therefore, my approach to treatment is tailored to address the unique needs and circumstances of each person.
(774) 545-8675 View (774) 545-8675
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Michelle McCarthy
Psychiatric Nurse, APN, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mansfield, MA 02048
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
Michelle is passionate about delivering care to individuals suffering from anxiety, substance use, and depression. Client motivation and dedication are key to utilizing the tools provided during our sessions including medication management, implementing lifestyle interventions, and therapy to help develop and implement a successful treatment plan. Relief of the client's suffering in dealing with their mental health issues and striving for an improvement in their quality of life is key to treatment.
(508) 715-8305 View (508) 715-8305
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Spectrum Neuro Behavioral Care ( SNBCare )
Psychiatrist, MD, PMHNP, LICSW
Verified Verified
Raynham, MA 02767  (Online Only)
SNBCare is a multidisciplinary group of dedicated professionals, providing the best quality care for a wide range of outpatient mental health services. We have been serving adults, families, and couples for over a decade in a caring, patient-friendly environment. We are offering Telemedicine and Teletherapy through video to all who want to be seen during this time, as well as TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). We accept almost all insurances. We are currently accepting new patients for telemedicine, teletherapy, and TMS and would be honored to support you on your journey to mental wellness.
SNBCare is a multidisciplinary group of dedicated professionals, providing the best quality care for a wide range of outpatient mental health services. We have been serving adults, families, and couples for over a decade in a caring, patient-friendly environment. We are offering Telemedicine and Teletherapy through video to all who want to be seen during this time, as well as TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). We accept almost all insurances. We are currently accepting new patients for telemedicine, teletherapy, and TMS and would be honored to support you on your journey to mental wellness.
(508) 271-7198 View (508) 271-7198
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Kevin Michael Berney
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Taunton, MA 02780
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience working within the mental health field. Prior to becoming a PMHNP through MGH Institute of Health Professions, I earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. After recognizing the needs of the community and my patients, I decided to expand my scope of practice. I am currently employed at Community Empowerment Services, where our mission is to empower individuals and families to reach their full potential.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience working within the mental health field. Prior to becoming a PMHNP through MGH Institute of Health Professions, I earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. After recognizing the needs of the community and my patients, I decided to expand my scope of practice. I am currently employed at Community Empowerment Services, where our mission is to empower individuals and families to reach their full potential.
(774) 220-1079 View (774) 220-1079
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Thoughtful Therapies, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Raynham, MA 02767  (Online Only)
Sabrina Ritchie is a dedicated PMHNP who created Thoughtful Therapies, LLC to provide a judgment-free space for clients to be open and have the opportunity to grow. She provides individual therapy and medication management to adults who are working through life transitions, managing anxiety and depression, and trying to improve their overall wellness. She offers telemedicine with a complimentary 15 minute introductory call to review pertinent items and ensure it will be a good fit.
Sabrina Ritchie is a dedicated PMHNP who created Thoughtful Therapies, LLC to provide a judgment-free space for clients to be open and have the opportunity to grow. She provides individual therapy and medication management to adults who are working through life transitions, managing anxiety and depression, and trying to improve their overall wellness. She offers telemedicine with a complimentary 15 minute introductory call to review pertinent items and ensure it will be a good fit.
(774) 804-8205 View (774) 804-8205
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Lauren Wenzl
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raynham, MA 02767  (Online Only)
My name is Lauren Wenzl, I am a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. In 2016 I achieved a Masters Degree in Physician Assistance from Keiser University and now have 7 years practice experience. I have come to understand that all of us need someone to listen to our concerns. Someone who listens without judging, offers empathy, compassion, and lends an ear to our struggles can make a significant impact in our mental health. My goal is to provide that relief to my patients through talk, recommendations, medications, or therapeutic care guidance.
My name is Lauren Wenzl, I am a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health. In 2016 I achieved a Masters Degree in Physician Assistance from Keiser University and now have 7 years practice experience. I have come to understand that all of us need someone to listen to our concerns. Someone who listens without judging, offers empathy, compassion, and lends an ear to our struggles can make a significant impact in our mental health. My goal is to provide that relief to my patients through talk, recommendations, medications, or therapeutic care guidance.
(508) 213-0843 View (508) 213-0843
Photo of Josephine Thuo - All in One Mental Health Services, PMHNPBC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
All in One Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Mansfield, MA 02048
Josephine Thuo, CNP, PMHNP is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with patients from all backgrounds. She treats all age groups. Josephine has a master's degree in nursing. Her clinical practice includes a thorough psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and interventions catered to you.
Josephine Thuo, CNP, PMHNP is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with patients from all backgrounds. She treats all age groups. Josephine has a master's degree in nursing. Her clinical practice includes a thorough psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and interventions catered to you.
(774) 772-5154 View (774) 772-5154
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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
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Betty Yu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CARN-AP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Sharon, MA 02067
Betty Yu , PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FNP-BC is an experienced nurse practitioner with triple-board certifications in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine. Having accumulated extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, Betty is able to effectively address a diverse spectrum of psychiatric challenges, demonstrating a commitment to delivering comprehensive and impactful mental health care. Immediate availability is offered for both adult and adolescent patients, starting from the age of 6 and above.
Betty Yu , PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FNP-BC is an experienced nurse practitioner with triple-board certifications in psychiatry, addictions and internal medicine. Having accumulated extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, Betty is able to effectively address a diverse spectrum of psychiatric challenges, demonstrating a commitment to delivering comprehensive and impactful mental health care. Immediate availability is offered for both adult and adolescent patients, starting from the age of 6 and above.
(339) 217-6807 View (339) 217-6807
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Cameron Schidlmeier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Raynham, MA 02767  (Online Only)
Highly skilled PMHNP with nearly 15 years of experience in psychiatric nursing. Extensive background working with Active Duty and Veteran populations with expertise in the treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. Most recently worked for the Commonwealth providing acute psychiatric stabilization and medically supervised withdrawal for individuals admitted on involuntary MGL Chapter 123, Section 35 civil commitments. Currently available to see new patients through Thriveworks. Demonstrated passion for providing the highest quality behavioral and medical care. Compassionate and empathetic advocate for patients and families.
Highly skilled PMHNP with nearly 15 years of experience in psychiatric nursing. Extensive background working with Active Duty and Veteran populations with expertise in the treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. Most recently worked for the Commonwealth providing acute psychiatric stabilization and medically supervised withdrawal for individuals admitted on involuntary MGL Chapter 123, Section 35 civil commitments. Currently available to see new patients through Thriveworks. Demonstrated passion for providing the highest quality behavioral and medical care. Compassionate and empathetic advocate for patients and families.
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Stacey Dobrowolski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Taunton, MA 02780
My ideal client is someone who is looking to maintain or regain stability in their health. They are an active partner in their healthcare and open to varied possible treatment modalities: therapy, medication, TMS, meditation, exercise and any other evidenced based treatment. They can advocate or learn to advocate for themselves regarding their needs. They are experts in their own lives and trusting enough to be vulnerable with disclosing their story to their healthcare team with the goal of creating an effective comprehensive treatment plan. They have hope for the future.
My ideal client is someone who is looking to maintain or regain stability in their health. They are an active partner in their healthcare and open to varied possible treatment modalities: therapy, medication, TMS, meditation, exercise and any other evidenced based treatment. They can advocate or learn to advocate for themselves regarding their needs. They are experts in their own lives and trusting enough to be vulnerable with disclosing their story to their healthcare team with the goal of creating an effective comprehensive treatment plan. They have hope for the future.
(774) 500-6298 View (774) 500-6298
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Mental Health Mastery Group, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Taunton, MA 02780  (Online Only)
MHMG was founded by Dr. Leonardo Batista, a distinguished psychiatrist and behavioral health officer with extensive experience in academic, hospital, and military settings. Dr. Batista’s mission is to empower individuals in the medical and mental health field to master their skills and achieve excellence.
MHMG was founded by Dr. Leonardo Batista, a distinguished psychiatrist and behavioral health officer with extensive experience in academic, hospital, and military settings. Dr. Batista’s mission is to empower individuals in the medical and mental health field to master their skills and achieve excellence.
(508) 501-8282 View (508) 501-8282
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Lisa Joyce
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mansfield, MA 02048
Now accepting new clients at New England Counseling Center in Mansfield, MA. Lisa is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is a Regis College graduate. She has over 18 years diverse clinical experience in healthcare within the general population in specialty fields such as palliative care, clinical instruction, and transitional care management. Lisa's didactic history includes but is not limited to outpatient counseling centers, crisis centers, and partial hospitalization programs.
Now accepting new clients at New England Counseling Center in Mansfield, MA. Lisa is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is a Regis College graduate. She has over 18 years diverse clinical experience in healthcare within the general population in specialty fields such as palliative care, clinical instruction, and transitional care management. Lisa's didactic history includes but is not limited to outpatient counseling centers, crisis centers, and partial hospitalization programs.
(508) 205-8653 View (508) 205-8653
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Emily Coyle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Mansfield, MA 02048
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
An ideal client would be someone who is open, honest, and willing to ask for help. This person wants to get better and is open to suggestions and treatment options. They are willing to put in the effort to help themselves and work as a team with their provider in order to move toward mental wellness.
(508) 939-3139 View (508) 939-3139
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Hali Massri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Mansfield, MA 02048
Hali Massri is a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years experience specializing in the child and adolescent population. Hali has had experience in treating numerous psychiatric diagnoses from ADHD, depression, anxiety, to mood and thought disorders both in acute and outpatient settings. Hali enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and nieces and nephews, but also newly a vegetable gardener. Hali received her first Bachelor of Science in exercise health sciences at UMass Boston, however returned to school for a second Bachelors of Science in Nursing completing the accelerated BSN program at Northeastern University.
Hali Massri is a licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 4 years experience specializing in the child and adolescent population. Hali has had experience in treating numerous psychiatric diagnoses from ADHD, depression, anxiety, to mood and thought disorders both in acute and outpatient settings. Hali enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and nieces and nephews, but also newly a vegetable gardener. Hali received her first Bachelor of Science in exercise health sciences at UMass Boston, however returned to school for a second Bachelors of Science in Nursing completing the accelerated BSN program at Northeastern University.
(508) 682-4188 View (508) 682-4188
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Towerlight Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
24 Endorsed
Norton, MA 02766  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Oshetisi and I am a board-certified nurse practitioner, specialized in psychiatry. I am accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, visit the Towerlight Health and Wellness website www.towerlightcapecod.com to view calendar and request a time. I am located in Massachusetts, but able to see patients in Massachusetts, Florida, and Vermont via telehealth. I provide psychiatric medication management to adults to help them through their mental health struggles. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or other mood changes, reaching out is the first step towards feeling better!
Hi, my name is Oshetisi and I am a board-certified nurse practitioner, specialized in psychiatry. I am accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, visit the Towerlight Health and Wellness website www.towerlightcapecod.com to view calendar and request a time. I am located in Massachusetts, but able to see patients in Massachusetts, Florida, and Vermont via telehealth. I provide psychiatric medication management to adults to help them through their mental health struggles. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or other mood changes, reaching out is the first step towards feeling better!
(508) 456-8895 View (508) 456-8895
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Rise Above Wellness Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norton, MA 02766  (Online Only)
Treating Patients aged 12-65! As board-certified mental health professionals, we understand that recovery is non-linear. We offer flexibility and support as we work with you through your trials. We strive to help you restore and maintain your mental health through medication management and the promotion of healthy habits. We treat the whole person using evidence-based practices to induce the best patient outcomes.
Treating Patients aged 12-65! As board-certified mental health professionals, we understand that recovery is non-linear. We offer flexibility and support as we work with you through your trials. We strive to help you restore and maintain your mental health through medication management and the promotion of healthy habits. We treat the whole person using evidence-based practices to induce the best patient outcomes.
(508) 348-7255 View (508) 348-7255

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Number of Psychiatrists in South Easton, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in South Easton, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Medication Management
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Psychosis
67% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

20 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

67% Aetna
67% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in South Easton, MA see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in South Easton?

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.