Psychiatrists in Swansea, MA

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Lisa M Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Swansea, MA 02777  (Online Only)
Individuals seeking mental health care, regardless of age, may be grappling with a range of issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating and mood disorders, PTSD, or OCD. These conditions can significantly impact their daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being. Their needs revolve around finding effective treatment and support tailored to their unique circumstances and preferences. Their ultimate goal is to alleviate symptoms, improve coping mechanisms, and regain a sense of stability and fulfillment in their lives. They seek understanding, empathy, and guidance on their journey towards mental wellness.
Individuals seeking mental health care, regardless of age, may be grappling with a range of issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating and mood disorders, PTSD, or OCD. These conditions can significantly impact their daily functioning, relationships, and overall well-being. Their needs revolve around finding effective treatment and support tailored to their unique circumstances and preferences. Their ultimate goal is to alleviate symptoms, improve coping mechanisms, and regain a sense of stability and fulfillment in their lives. They seek understanding, empathy, and guidance on their journey towards mental wellness.
(508) 538-3748 View (508) 538-3748
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Kellie Ferrie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
37 Endorsed
Swansea, MA 02777
Having worked across diverse healthcare settings, I have developed a keen understanding of the complexities of mental health, from crisis intervention to long-term management. My collaborative approach, working closely with interdisciplinary teams, has allowed me to foster a holistic environment that addresses the unique needs of each patient.
Having worked across diverse healthcare settings, I have developed a keen understanding of the complexities of mental health, from crisis intervention to long-term management. My collaborative approach, working closely with interdisciplinary teams, has allowed me to foster a holistic environment that addresses the unique needs of each patient.
(508) 715-6386 View (508) 715-6386
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Good Hope Wellness, Inc
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, LICSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Swansea, MA 02777
Currently accepting with NO WAIT time! We are a group private practice with different providers, which allows you to find the connection that is necessary for you to work on your symptoms. At the moment, we are open to treat individuals age 14+, but will soon be opening slots for children.
Currently accepting with NO WAIT time! We are a group private practice with different providers, which allows you to find the connection that is necessary for you to work on your symptoms. At the moment, we are open to treat individuals age 14+, but will soon be opening slots for children.
(508) 281-1064 View (508) 281-1064
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Cheryl McGuire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Swansea, MA 02777
Hi, I am offering Telemedicine through video and/or phone, to adults, who need to be seen during this time. I have openings available immediately, and would gladly help and support you with your mental health issues. I provide comprehensive outpatient and Telemedicine behavioral health psychiatric care for adults that includes medication management, depending on your diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric assessment.
Hi, I am offering Telemedicine through video and/or phone, to adults, who need to be seen during this time. I have openings available immediately, and would gladly help and support you with your mental health issues. I provide comprehensive outpatient and Telemedicine behavioral health psychiatric care for adults that includes medication management, depending on your diagnostic evaluation and psychiatric assessment.
(774) 332-5319 View (774) 332-5319

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Bruce A Fischer MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Seekonk, MA 02771
I have been providing mental health care for for people in Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 36 years before more recently adding online access for people in Massachusetts. Treatment options include psychotherapy, medication management, and applications of mindfulness, positive psychology, diet and exercise.
I have been providing mental health care for for people in Connecticut and Rhode Island for over 36 years before more recently adding online access for people in Massachusetts. Treatment options include psychotherapy, medication management, and applications of mindfulness, positive psychology, diet and exercise.
(508) 290-5146 View (508) 290-5146
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Unique psych services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fall River, MA 02723
Unique Psych services comprises of board certified psychiatric /mental health nurse practitioner(s) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications to individuals across the lifespan. We have expertise in evaluating and treating a wide range of mental health diagnoses, including depression, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD to mention a few. Our providers are widely versed in the psychiatric/behavioral health field. We incorporate a holistic, patient-centered approach, providing treatment that is founded on evidence-based guidelines.
Unique Psych services comprises of board certified psychiatric /mental health nurse practitioner(s) licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications to individuals across the lifespan. We have expertise in evaluating and treating a wide range of mental health diagnoses, including depression, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD to mention a few. Our providers are widely versed in the psychiatric/behavioral health field. We incorporate a holistic, patient-centered approach, providing treatment that is founded on evidence-based guidelines.
(781) 217-3947 View (781) 217-3947
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Uros Koprivica
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Rehoboth, MA 02769
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) 456-9472 View (508) 456-9472
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Lynetta Loveland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fall River, MA 02720  (Online Only)
My model of mental health care puts patients in the middle. First and foremost, I believe in listening to the patient. So much can be learned by listening, watching, and truly hearing what a patient tells me is happening with them and their body. I conduct psychiatric assessments and make recommendations for treatment with psychiatric medications.
My model of mental health care puts patients in the middle. First and foremost, I believe in listening to the patient. So much can be learned by listening, watching, and truly hearing what a patient tells me is happening with them and their body. I conduct psychiatric assessments and make recommendations for treatment with psychiatric medications.
(508) 252-8342 View (508) 252-8342
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Wendy M Carlson Psychiatric Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSCJ, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Berkley, MA 02779
Welcome! I AM accepting new patients for medication management. I am a Board Certified PMHNP with 22 years nursing experience. My nursing philosophy hasn't changed in 22 years. My aim is to deliver the same level of care equal which is expected for members of my family. Treatment efforts should be comprehensive and collaborative with the treatment team and the client's family.
Welcome! I AM accepting new patients for medication management. I am a Board Certified PMHNP with 22 years nursing experience. My nursing philosophy hasn't changed in 22 years. My aim is to deliver the same level of care equal which is expected for members of my family. Treatment efforts should be comprehensive and collaborative with the treatment team and the client's family.
(508) 403-0192 View (508) 403-0192
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Jacqueline Lebel
Psychiatrist, MD, JD
Verified Verified
Fall River, MA 02720
Hello! I am available to help those struggling with life transitions, relationships, their mood, anxiety, thoughts, family relationships, loneliness, academic issues, ADHD, developmental disabilities or autism spectrum disorder.
Hello! I am available to help those struggling with life transitions, relationships, their mood, anxiety, thoughts, family relationships, loneliness, academic issues, ADHD, developmental disabilities or autism spectrum disorder.
(508) 859-9524 View (508) 859-9524
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Saffron Psychiatry Services LLC 774 762 6209
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Her, Hers
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fall River, MA 02720
Lindaline Yumasi is a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified. She has approximately two decades (20years) experience in Mental Health specializes in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar/ mood disorders, Eating disorders, ADHD, and much more. She engages holistic and humanistic approach to treatment. Your mental health is as important as your physical, social, economic and spiritual health. Lindaline understands that no two patients, diagnosis and treatment plans are the same. At Saffron Psychiatry Services (SPS), your treatment plan is uniquely developed with YOU as a priority.
Lindaline Yumasi is a Psychiatry Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified. She has approximately two decades (20years) experience in Mental Health specializes in Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar/ mood disorders, Eating disorders, ADHD, and much more. She engages holistic and humanistic approach to treatment. Your mental health is as important as your physical, social, economic and spiritual health. Lindaline understands that no two patients, diagnosis and treatment plans are the same. At Saffron Psychiatry Services (SPS), your treatment plan is uniquely developed with YOU as a priority.
(774) 332-5672 View (774) 332-5672
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Kathleen Briggs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fall River, MA 02724
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my nursing philosophy is to provide individualized care to my clients by acknowledging their unique situations, educating patients and their families, and providing unconditionally compassionate, high-quality, and ethical care. I believe in creating a therapeutic alliance based on respect for freedom of choice, considering each patient’s cultural and spiritual beliefs and values.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, my nursing philosophy is to provide individualized care to my clients by acknowledging their unique situations, educating patients and their families, and providing unconditionally compassionate, high-quality, and ethical care. I believe in creating a therapeutic alliance based on respect for freedom of choice, considering each patient’s cultural and spiritual beliefs and values.
(774) 315-1150 View (774) 315-1150
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Safe Harbor Wellness & Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Assonet, MA 02702
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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Renata Sasson NP @PVD Ketamine & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Seekonk, MA 02771
Waitlist for new clients
Psychiatric nurse practitioner Renata Sasson is the owner and founder of PVD Ketamine & Wellness. She has been working as a Ketamine Practitioner since 2021 and has successfully treated hundreds of clients with sublingual ketamine. Her vision for PVD Ketamine & Wellness is to offer impactful non-traditional healing modalities, with ketamine being the first. She is a proponent of including meditation and mindfulness as part of a well-rounded therapeutic approach. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Renata is committed to creating an inclusive, empowering, and person-centered healing space.
Psychiatric nurse practitioner Renata Sasson is the owner and founder of PVD Ketamine & Wellness. She has been working as a Ketamine Practitioner since 2021 and has successfully treated hundreds of clients with sublingual ketamine. Her vision for PVD Ketamine & Wellness is to offer impactful non-traditional healing modalities, with ketamine being the first. She is a proponent of including meditation and mindfulness as part of a well-rounded therapeutic approach. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Renata is committed to creating an inclusive, empowering, and person-centered healing space.
(401) 320-4247 View (401) 320-4247
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Emily Daniell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Fall River, MA 02720
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes strongly in the collaborative relationship between practitioner and client. I believe in offering non-stigmatized care in a comfortable setting where a trusting rapport can be built. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, etc. I am a certified Addiction specialist and have a decade of experience treating Substance Use Disorders. I offer treatment with Suboxone, Sublocade, Brixadi, or Vivitrol as well as general psychiatric med management. If you are looking for MAT, psych med mgmt, or both, I would love to work with you.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes strongly in the collaborative relationship between practitioner and client. I believe in offering non-stigmatized care in a comfortable setting where a trusting rapport can be built. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, etc. I am a certified Addiction specialist and have a decade of experience treating Substance Use Disorders. I offer treatment with Suboxone, Sublocade, Brixadi, or Vivitrol as well as general psychiatric med management. If you are looking for MAT, psych med mgmt, or both, I would love to work with you.
(401) 343-7562 View (401) 343-7562
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Mind Over Matters Therapeutic & Wellness Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Fall River, MA 02720  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone experiencing anxiety, depression, or mood disorders, seeking support and guidance to improve their mental health. They need a compassionate and understanding professional who can provide personalized care and effective treatment strategies. Their goals include managing their symptoms, developing healthy coping mechanisms, and achieving a sense of stability and well-being. They want to feel empowered and supported in their journey towards mental health because they are committed to improving their quality of life and overall happiness.
My ideal client is someone experiencing anxiety, depression, or mood disorders, seeking support and guidance to improve their mental health. They need a compassionate and understanding professional who can provide personalized care and effective treatment strategies. Their goals include managing their symptoms, developing healthy coping mechanisms, and achieving a sense of stability and well-being. They want to feel empowered and supported in their journey towards mental health because they are committed to improving their quality of life and overall happiness.
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Diligence healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Fall River, MA 02720
DHC is a multidisciplinary group providing a total and comprehensive outpatients behavioral health and psychiatric care to all ages. We recognize and appreciate our patients cultural, religious and social differences . We have a team of experienced staff, (doctors, NP, Therapist, etc) that are professional and sensitive to our patients individual differences, diagnosis and therefore offer care that is individualized using best scientific and evidence based methods that is suitable to every patient accurate diagnosis. we are currently accepting most insurance with no waiting list, and Weekend appointments are available.
DHC is a multidisciplinary group providing a total and comprehensive outpatients behavioral health and psychiatric care to all ages. We recognize and appreciate our patients cultural, religious and social differences . We have a team of experienced staff, (doctors, NP, Therapist, etc) that are professional and sensitive to our patients individual differences, diagnosis and therefore offer care that is individualized using best scientific and evidence based methods that is suitable to every patient accurate diagnosis. we are currently accepting most insurance with no waiting list, and Weekend appointments are available.
(781) 404-3213 View (781) 404-3213
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Kerry Pimentel Taveira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Fall River, MA 02720
I am a co-founder/owner of Essentia Health and Wellness Center. I am a board certified NP in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health and Adult Health. I graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in 2004. Since then, I have worked in several capacities, including medical hospitalist in the behavioral units at Carney and Norwood Hospital, psychiatric consultant in skilled nursing facilities in the Boston area, and most recently at South Coast Behavioral Health and DLH Consulting and Psychiatric Services.
I am a co-founder/owner of Essentia Health and Wellness Center. I am a board certified NP in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health and Adult Health. I graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in 2004. Since then, I have worked in several capacities, including medical hospitalist in the behavioral units at Carney and Norwood Hospital, psychiatric consultant in skilled nursing facilities in the Boston area, and most recently at South Coast Behavioral Health and DLH Consulting and Psychiatric Services.
(774) 357-0933 View (774) 357-0933
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Advanced Vital Being Health & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ANP-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fall River, MA 02720
Advanced Vital Being Health & Wellness is prepared to help anyone struggling to maintain a healthy weight due to their metabolism or emotional eating habits. We strive to create personalized weight management plans that are effective for weight loss and long-term maintenance.
Advanced Vital Being Health & Wellness is prepared to help anyone struggling to maintain a healthy weight due to their metabolism or emotional eating habits. We strive to create personalized weight management plans that are effective for weight loss and long-term maintenance.
(401) 356-3117 View (401) 356-3117
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C & C Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, APRN-, CNS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fall River, MA 02724
I am a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, who received my training at Boston College in both Nursing and Developmental/Educational Psychology. I am currently accepting most major commercial Health Insurances, Medicare and Wellsense. My clinical expertise has been developed over 20 years of working in community mental health , private practice, and residential treatment programs for adolescents.
I am a board certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, who received my training at Boston College in both Nursing and Developmental/Educational Psychology. I am currently accepting most major commercial Health Insurances, Medicare and Wellsense. My clinical expertise has been developed over 20 years of working in community mental health , private practice, and residential treatment programs for adolescents.
(774) 292-4914 View (774) 292-4914

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Swansea, MA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Swansea, MA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
75% ADHD
75% Trauma and PTSD
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
50% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

5 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Harvard Pilgrim
100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Swansea, MA see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Swansea?

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.