Psychiatrists in West Newton, MA

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Rebecca Kaye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
West Newton, MA 02465
Bex Kaye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2023. She studied at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Columbia University, and Wellesley College. Bex thoughtfully integrates psychodynamic principles and individualized approaches to medication management. She encourages patients to approach their challenges with curiosity and compassion, exploring root causes to gain insights that promote deep healing.
Bex Kaye is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Massachusetts who has been practicing since 2023. She studied at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Columbia University, and Wellesley College. Bex thoughtfully integrates psychodynamic principles and individualized approaches to medication management. She encourages patients to approach their challenges with curiosity and compassion, exploring root causes to gain insights that promote deep healing.
(857) 575-4008 View (857) 575-4008

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Byron Garcia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02468
I am a psychopharmacology expert with 26 years of experience. I provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment to children, adolescents and adults with a history of ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Anxiety Attacks, OCD, Depression, lack of motivation and insomnia. I am board certified in general psychiatry and also child and adolescent psychiatry. My full time work is medical director at McLean Hospital (Named America's #1 Hospital for Psychiatry by U.S. News and World Report). I am a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
I am a psychopharmacology expert with 26 years of experience. I provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment to children, adolescents and adults with a history of ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Disorder, Anxiety Attacks, OCD, Depression, lack of motivation and insomnia. I am board certified in general psychiatry and also child and adolescent psychiatry. My full time work is medical director at McLean Hospital (Named America's #1 Hospital for Psychiatry by U.S. News and World Report). I am a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
(617) 682-7927 View (617) 682-7927
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Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Watertown, MA 02472
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(617) 804-1781 View (617) 804-1781
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Ah Lahm Shin
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02468
As a Harvard-trained psychiatrist specializing in child, adolescent, and adult care, I offer my patients an exceptional level of expertise and knowledge. To further our commitment to providing comprehensive and specialized care, I have collaborated with two academic psychiatrists to establish a group private practice called ReThink Minds, LLC. We offer a broad range of services tailored to our patients' needs. I strongly believe in the importance of personalized care, as every patient has unique circumstances and experiences. My aim is to deliver personalized treatment that addresses not only symptoms, but also individual needs.
As a Harvard-trained psychiatrist specializing in child, adolescent, and adult care, I offer my patients an exceptional level of expertise and knowledge. To further our commitment to providing comprehensive and specialized care, I have collaborated with two academic psychiatrists to establish a group private practice called ReThink Minds, LLC. We offer a broad range of services tailored to our patients' needs. I strongly believe in the importance of personalized care, as every patient has unique circumstances and experiences. My aim is to deliver personalized treatment that addresses not only symptoms, but also individual needs.
(617) 925-9148 View (617) 925-9148
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Devin Gibbs
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Waltham, MA 02453
Most people at some point in their lives find themselves feeling stuck, unable to break out of old patterns or achieve their goals. Many of the individuals I work with are outwardly functioning well in many areas of their lives, but struggling with depression, anxiety, or navigating life transitions. Talk therapy can be a powerful tool to help people move past these roadblocks and build a more meaningful and full life.
Most people at some point in their lives find themselves feeling stuck, unable to break out of old patterns or achieve their goals. Many of the individuals I work with are outwardly functioning well in many areas of their lives, but struggling with depression, anxiety, or navigating life transitions. Talk therapy can be a powerful tool to help people move past these roadblocks and build a more meaningful and full life.
(339) 331-1566 View (339) 331-1566
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Khadija Tuitt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
Khadija Tuitt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute inpatient and community outpatient psychiatric nursing. Khadija specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals across the lifespan who suffer from a host of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders.
Khadija Tuitt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute inpatient and community outpatient psychiatric nursing. Khadija specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals across the lifespan who suffer from a host of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders.
(781) 556-6199 View (781) 556-6199
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Laura B Gimby
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watertown, MA 02472
Not accepting new clients
"Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?" - Jack Kornfield. This is collaborative and dynamic counseling work, based in your strengths, preferences and values. I work with adults, young adults and elders to nourish courage and calm, wisdom and clarity. The work can be short-term or long-term, cyclical or one-time, depending on your goals and treatment needs. I work with every person as a fully rounded individual, respectful of the myriad gifts, hopes, heartbreaks and challenges that color our lives.
"Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?" - Jack Kornfield. This is collaborative and dynamic counseling work, based in your strengths, preferences and values. I work with adults, young adults and elders to nourish courage and calm, wisdom and clarity. The work can be short-term or long-term, cyclical or one-time, depending on your goals and treatment needs. I work with every person as a fully rounded individual, respectful of the myriad gifts, hopes, heartbreaks and challenges that color our lives.
(617) 612-5241 View (617) 612-5241
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Julie P Dunne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02467
I am a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston College and a Teaching Associate at Harvard Medical School. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a registered yoga teacher, I specialize in providing mindful mental health services, including prescribing psychiatric medications and using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I utilize mindfulness-based techniques, such as MBCT and yoga in my treatment plans to support holistic mental health and meet the unique wellness goals of my clients. I provide new prescriptions or refills of psychiatric medications based on the needs and preferences of each individual.
I am a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston College and a Teaching Associate at Harvard Medical School. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a registered yoga teacher, I specialize in providing mindful mental health services, including prescribing psychiatric medications and using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). I utilize mindfulness-based techniques, such as MBCT and yoga in my treatment plans to support holistic mental health and meet the unique wellness goals of my clients. I provide new prescriptions or refills of psychiatric medications based on the needs and preferences of each individual.
(617) 404-1732 View (617) 404-1732
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Sofia Verdeja Mitchell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459  (Online Only)
•• Accepting New Patients ••: I am a board-certified English/Spanish bilingual psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in trauma management and treating depression, anxiety and insomnia. Skilled in assessment, diagnosis and medication management through evidence-based care for safe and effective outcomes, I build targeted and individualized treatment plans while providing therapeutic support and a willingness to collaborate with therapists for mutual patients. Throughout more than eight years of experience, I’ve provided patient care across a variety of settings, including ER care, inpatient psychiatry and outpatient psychiatry.
•• Accepting New Patients ••: I am a board-certified English/Spanish bilingual psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in trauma management and treating depression, anxiety and insomnia. Skilled in assessment, diagnosis and medication management through evidence-based care for safe and effective outcomes, I build targeted and individualized treatment plans while providing therapeutic support and a willingness to collaborate with therapists for mutual patients. Throughout more than eight years of experience, I’ve provided patient care across a variety of settings, including ER care, inpatient psychiatry and outpatient psychiatry.
(339) 218-4969 View (339) 218-4969
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Harmony Bay
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Watertown, MA 02472
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
Harmony Bay is a psychiatry and therapy office that provides primary mental health treatment programs for psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD. We offer a clean, bright environment with a calming and positive tone. We offer programs and services for both therapy and psychiatry including individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and medication management.
(617) 712-2798 View (617) 712-2798
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Tanya Gershman at Square Medical Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02458
Tanya Gershman is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University and her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include addiction medicine and co-occurring disorders. With an integrative mindset, she focuses on the blend of medication management and therapeutic support. Tanya is offering in-person medication management appointments in our Newton locations, as well as telehealth appointments.
Tanya Gershman is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University and her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include addiction medicine and co-occurring disorders. With an integrative mindset, she focuses on the blend of medication management and therapeutic support. Tanya is offering in-person medication management appointments in our Newton locations, as well as telehealth appointments.
(339) 331-0938 View (339) 331-0938
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Alissa Fodor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, APRN, MPHNP
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
I want to help my clients find an ultimate and healthy approach to their mental wellbeing. My choice of treatment plan is consistent with my client's commitment. Psychiatric symptoms such as Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ext. can be triggered and exacerbated by many things such as: endocrine issues, insufficient self-care, lack of exercise, poor diet and more. Armed with an understanding of holistic approach along with Psychiatric Medicine, I diagnose and create medication management plans for each of my patients and help address other issues by consulting with appropriate professionals.
I want to help my clients find an ultimate and healthy approach to their mental wellbeing. My choice of treatment plan is consistent with my client's commitment. Psychiatric symptoms such as Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar disorder, ext. can be triggered and exacerbated by many things such as: endocrine issues, insufficient self-care, lack of exercise, poor diet and more. Armed with an understanding of holistic approach along with Psychiatric Medicine, I diagnose and create medication management plans for each of my patients and help address other issues by consulting with appropriate professionals.
(781) 244-0115 View (781) 244-0115
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Monomoy Health - We have current openings
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Watertown, MA 02472
Monomoy Health is passionate about mental health and advocacy. Our PMHNPs (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners) have extensive experience in providing psychopharmacological treatment via a hybrid approach of telemedicine and in-person appointments. We understand that mental health is a sensitive issue, and we strive to provide a safe and secure environment for our clients. We offer affordable out-of-pocket pricing and accept most insurance plans except Medicare and Medicaid. Please visit us at www.monomoyhealth.com to learn more.
Monomoy Health is passionate about mental health and advocacy. Our PMHNPs (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners) have extensive experience in providing psychopharmacological treatment via a hybrid approach of telemedicine and in-person appointments. We understand that mental health is a sensitive issue, and we strive to provide a safe and secure environment for our clients. We offer affordable out-of-pocket pricing and accept most insurance plans except Medicare and Medicaid. Please visit us at www.monomoyhealth.com to learn more.
(617) 812-8976 View (617) 812-8976
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Joseph Allaire
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Watertown, MA 02472
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with multiple years of experience working in Psychiatric and Critical Care Nursing. I have experience treating various Psychiatric disorders and enjoy working with people in all life stages.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with multiple years of experience working in Psychiatric and Critical Care Nursing. I have experience treating various Psychiatric disorders and enjoy working with people in all life stages.
(617) 433-5898 View (617) 433-5898
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Amanda Sims
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02459
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist, with expertise in both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. I have been in private practice for almost 20 years, working extensively with women's mental health issues. I have helped my clients navigate emerging young adulthood, eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and menopause. I am an integrative psychiatrist, that believes in exploring and treating the underlying physiological causes of mental illnesses, and combine nutraceuticals and complementary treatment with pharmacotherapy.
I am a Harvard trained psychiatrist, with expertise in both psychotherapy and pharmacological treatment. I have been in private practice for almost 20 years, working extensively with women's mental health issues. I have helped my clients navigate emerging young adulthood, eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy and the postpartum period, and menopause. I am an integrative psychiatrist, that believes in exploring and treating the underlying physiological causes of mental illnesses, and combine nutraceuticals and complementary treatment with pharmacotherapy.
(617) 648-7244 View (617) 648-7244
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Naila Tariq
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP
Verified Verified
Wellesley, MA 02481  (Online Only)
Naila Tariq, APRN, is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Naila worked as a psychiatric nurse for five years before obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College and graduated summa cum laude. Naila has experience working in community mental health, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient practice, and consult psychiatry. Naila understands the struggles of finding the right psychiatric provider for her patients and wishes to provide the best evidence-based care. Naila sees patients 18 and older.
Naila Tariq, APRN, is a dual board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Naila worked as a psychiatric nurse for five years before obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College and graduated summa cum laude. Naila has experience working in community mental health, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient practice, and consult psychiatry. Naila understands the struggles of finding the right psychiatric provider for her patients and wishes to provide the best evidence-based care. Naila sees patients 18 and older.
(339) 300-4275 View (339) 300-4275
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Rangsun Sitthichai
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Watertown, MA 02472  (Online Only)
I approach the clients by understanding each client as a whole person, deep respect for individuals as unique human beings by using a creative process and open-ended communication. I am mindful in prescribing medications. My ultimate treatment goals not only target the treatment of mental health problems, but I will take effort to facilitate clients’ personal growth and improve their vitality.
I approach the clients by understanding each client as a whole person, deep respect for individuals as unique human beings by using a creative process and open-ended communication. I am mindful in prescribing medications. My ultimate treatment goals not only target the treatment of mental health problems, but I will take effort to facilitate clients’ personal growth and improve their vitality.
(860) 934-0523 View (860) 934-0523
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Diana Deister
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newton, MA 02464  (Online Only)
My practice, Bountiful Mental Health, provides a boutique psychiatric experience for families, children, adolescents, and adults, with timely appointment availability and individualized care. Our two-hour evaluation session allows time to establish the initial correct diagnosis. Through our work together, I get a full picture of your life and how best to help you and your family achieve your goals. Non-medication approaches are emphasized as the most sustainable path to life-long health, though medications may be prescribed with careful attention to preventing or eliminating side effects while obtaining full benefits.
My practice, Bountiful Mental Health, provides a boutique psychiatric experience for families, children, adolescents, and adults, with timely appointment availability and individualized care. Our two-hour evaluation session allows time to establish the initial correct diagnosis. Through our work together, I get a full picture of your life and how best to help you and your family achieve your goals. Non-medication approaches are emphasized as the most sustainable path to life-long health, though medications may be prescribed with careful attention to preventing or eliminating side effects while obtaining full benefits.
(617) 544-0626 View (617) 544-0626
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Darya Terekhova
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02456  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist. I specialize in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry, college student and young adult mental health, and mental health issues in LGBT+ and neurodivergent persons. The issues I help with include but are not limited to depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety and OCD, ADHD, adjustment to life transitions, relationship issues, and clarifying one's values and goals. I use a combination of medication and CBT or psychodynamic psychotherapy to alleviate distress and help you live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
Hello! I'm a Harvard trained, board certified psychiatrist. I specialize in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry, college student and young adult mental health, and mental health issues in LGBT+ and neurodivergent persons. The issues I help with include but are not limited to depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety and OCD, ADHD, adjustment to life transitions, relationship issues, and clarifying one's values and goals. I use a combination of medication and CBT or psychodynamic psychotherapy to alleviate distress and help you live a meaningful and fulfilling life.
(857) 367-2849 View (857) 367-2849
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David Geltman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Newton, MA 02468
When you feel stuck in an emotional or behavioral rut and find your usual coping skills are no longer enough, this is a good time to seek help. I enjoy helping individuals and couples who want to get unstuck to discover new paths toward growth and fulfillment. I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years experience specializing in psychotherapy. In my view, the therapeutic relationship is the main vehicle for psychological healing and change. I pay close attention to creating a safe and effective collaboration with you. I try to tailor an approach that suits you.
When you feel stuck in an emotional or behavioral rut and find your usual coping skills are no longer enough, this is a good time to seek help. I enjoy helping individuals and couples who want to get unstuck to discover new paths toward growth and fulfillment. I am a Harvard-trained, board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years experience specializing in psychotherapy. In my view, the therapeutic relationship is the main vehicle for psychological healing and change. I pay close attention to creating a safe and effective collaboration with you. I try to tailor an approach that suits you.
(617) 874-1957 View (617) 874-1957

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in West Newton?

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.