Psychiatrists in Worcester, MA

Photo of Erin Tanner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Worcester, MA
Erin Tanner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605
Erin Tanner, NP-C, completed her Master of Science in Nursing at MCPHS University. She is a fully licensed and accredited AANP nurse practitioner. She has dedicated over 20 years to health care, practicing as a registered nurse prior to becoming a nurse practitioner. Erin sees patient education, paired with preventative medicine, as the keys to health and wellness. When not seeing patients, Erin enjoys spending time with her family traveling and doing outdoor activities like running, hiking, and kayaking in and around beautiful New England.
Erin Tanner, NP-C, completed her Master of Science in Nursing at MCPHS University. She is a fully licensed and accredited AANP nurse practitioner. She has dedicated over 20 years to health care, practicing as a registered nurse prior to becoming a nurse practitioner. Erin sees patient education, paired with preventative medicine, as the keys to health and wellness. When not seeing patients, Erin enjoys spending time with her family traveling and doing outdoor activities like running, hiking, and kayaking in and around beautiful New England.
(774) 252-7408 View (774) 252-7408
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Alex Cutler
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01609
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is double board certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. I incorporate psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, supportive therapies, and psychopharmacological management and tailor my approach to meet your specific needs. I work with individuals and families to navigate through difficult times and I will provide personalized recommendations to address the difficulties you may be facing. I have a lot of research and clinical work in sleep medicine and can utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to help with your sleep difficulties.
I am a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is double board certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. I incorporate psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral, supportive therapies, and psychopharmacological management and tailor my approach to meet your specific needs. I work with individuals and families to navigate through difficult times and I will provide personalized recommendations to address the difficulties you may be facing. I have a lot of research and clinical work in sleep medicine and can utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to help with your sleep difficulties.
(508) 449-9034 View (508) 449-9034
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Margaret Akintan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01606
Margaret Akintan is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering both in-person and online services. Accepting new patients, Margaret specializes in medication management and psychotherapy for various psychiatric conditions. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my primary focus is on meeting the unique needs of my clients with compassion and expertise. I understand that mental health is a deeply personal journey, and I am dedicated to providing individualized care tailored to each client’s specific situation. I prioritize creating a safe and supportive environment where clients feel heard and respected.
Margaret Akintan is a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner offering both in-person and online services. Accepting new patients, Margaret specializes in medication management and psychotherapy for various psychiatric conditions. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my primary focus is on meeting the unique needs of my clients with compassion and expertise. I understand that mental health is a deeply personal journey, and I am dedicated to providing individualized care tailored to each client’s specific situation. I prioritize creating a safe and supportive environment where clients feel heard and respected.
(508) 501-0263 View (508) 501-0263
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Dr. Lucy Muigai
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-BC
Verified
Worcester, MA 01606
I am a dual board-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Having started as an Educator, My Education and training Include a Master’s in psychology, a Master’s in Community and Public health, a Master’s in Family Nurse Practitioner, CAGS in PMHNP and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. As a Doctorate prepared Psychiatric and Family practitioner, I draw on my knowledge of Nursing, Psychology, Community / Public Health and Education to advocate for and provide the very best solutions for those I serve. I'm glad to be welcoming new patients Via Telehealth and face to face. You can reach me via email /phone call.
I am a dual board-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Having started as an Educator, My Education and training Include a Master’s in psychology, a Master’s in Community and Public health, a Master’s in Family Nurse Practitioner, CAGS in PMHNP and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. As a Doctorate prepared Psychiatric and Family practitioner, I draw on my knowledge of Nursing, Psychology, Community / Public Health and Education to advocate for and provide the very best solutions for those I serve. I'm glad to be welcoming new patients Via Telehealth and face to face. You can reach me via email /phone call.
(774) 235-6883 View (774) 235-6883
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Bernard Waigi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MPH, PMHNP-B, BSN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01608
I am an experienced board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of the VA Boston Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. I work with patients, adults ages 18 and above. I am well-versed with best practices and utilization of evidence-based care that is patient centered. I am also a very experienced educator, compassionate provider who works to build a strong relationship with patients and their loved ones. It is my believe that treatment works best when an empathic and trusting relationship exists between the patient and the clinician.
I am an experienced board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a graduate of the VA Boston Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. I work with patients, adults ages 18 and above. I am well-versed with best practices and utilization of evidence-based care that is patient centered. I am also a very experienced educator, compassionate provider who works to build a strong relationship with patients and their loved ones. It is my believe that treatment works best when an empathic and trusting relationship exists between the patient and the clinician.
(617) 286-3703 View (617) 286-3703
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Integrated Psychiatric Consulting, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01609  (Online Only)
At Integrated Psychiatric Consulting, PC, our providers have a broad background in mental health conditions. We provide medication management for conditions like ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, impulse control disorders, and neuropsychiatric conditions, such as brain injuries and intellectual/developmental disabilities. We also provide cognitive-behavioral therapy for these conditions as well as coping with phase of life transitions, men's and women's mental health, and relationship and peer difficulties. Please give us a call to see how we can help.
At Integrated Psychiatric Consulting, PC, our providers have a broad background in mental health conditions. We provide medication management for conditions like ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, impulse control disorders, and neuropsychiatric conditions, such as brain injuries and intellectual/developmental disabilities. We also provide cognitive-behavioral therapy for these conditions as well as coping with phase of life transitions, men's and women's mental health, and relationship and peer difficulties. Please give us a call to see how we can help.
(774) 260-6741 View (774) 260-6741
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Mind Healing & Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
Worcester, MA 01603
I am a board certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with 15yrs+ experience, incorporating a holistic approach in management of both mental health and substance use treatment. You’re wondering if there’s even a chance to reclaim your time, energy, and hope. The answer is a resounding YES! When you find holistic, effective care that takes your whole self into account. I believe that with empathy, evidence based care treatment plan and strategies, you can achieve your most dearly-held goals.
I am a board certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with 15yrs+ experience, incorporating a holistic approach in management of both mental health and substance use treatment. You’re wondering if there’s even a chance to reclaim your time, energy, and hope. The answer is a resounding YES! When you find holistic, effective care that takes your whole self into account. I believe that with empathy, evidence based care treatment plan and strategies, you can achieve your most dearly-held goals.
(774) 504-5349 View (774) 504-5349
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EleMental Wellness Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605
****Accepting new patients for both Video and in-office appointments for Adults 18+ and adolescents 12 years and older****** Here at EleMental Wellness Center, we provide diagnostic assessment and treatment for broad range of psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to: Mood Disorders [Depression/Bipolar disorder], Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, Alcohol use disorders and Panic disorders.
****Accepting new patients for both Video and in-office appointments for Adults 18+ and adolescents 12 years and older****** Here at EleMental Wellness Center, we provide diagnostic assessment and treatment for broad range of psychiatric illnesses including but not limited to: Mood Disorders [Depression/Bipolar disorder], Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment disorders, OCD, PTSD, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, Alcohol use disorders and Panic disorders.
(508) 213-9438 View (508) 213-9438
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Jasmine Velez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Worcester, MA 01606
Not accepting new clients
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management, experience in treating children and adults summer 2024. Mental health is the foundation of an individual's overall health. We focus on an integrative treatment approach emphasizing making life changes in addition to treatment with medication. To create a well-rounded treatment plan, we work with our clients to develop an understanding of their unique stressors and pressures of everyday life.
Accepting New Patients for Medication Management, experience in treating children and adults summer 2024. Mental health is the foundation of an individual's overall health. We focus on an integrative treatment approach emphasizing making life changes in addition to treatment with medication. To create a well-rounded treatment plan, we work with our clients to develop an understanding of their unique stressors and pressures of everyday life.
(508) 593-9055 View (508) 593-9055
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Bright Act Behavioral Health Center LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605
Bright Act Behavioral Center LLC is an outpatient Mental Health Center in Worcester, Massachusetts which provides diagnostic, treatment, and prescriptive services related to mental and behavioral disorders. At Bright Act Behavioral Center We've been proudly attending to our patients’ mental health needs and have been working tirelessly to brighten peoples lives coupled with offering proactive quality Mental healthcare in a safe and comfortable environment. We offer services including Medication Management, Counselling, Substance abuse counselling and other related mental health needs. We guarantee to provide quality mental health.
Bright Act Behavioral Center LLC is an outpatient Mental Health Center in Worcester, Massachusetts which provides diagnostic, treatment, and prescriptive services related to mental and behavioral disorders. At Bright Act Behavioral Center We've been proudly attending to our patients’ mental health needs and have been working tirelessly to brighten peoples lives coupled with offering proactive quality Mental healthcare in a safe and comfortable environment. We offer services including Medication Management, Counselling, Substance abuse counselling and other related mental health needs. We guarantee to provide quality mental health.
(508) 665-2595 View (508) 665-2595
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Dr. Momen El Nesr
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01610
Relationship first and foremost, I believe that a healthy, caring relationship with a doctor who knows you - as a person - is the most important aspect of psychiatric care. As such, I make it a priority to develop a therapeutic relationship with you for your treatment. The second part of my commitment to you is to discuss and offer state-of-the-art treatment. This includes both medication and non-medication treatments. I have extensive experience and expertise treating all age groups and have found that my patients appreciate the consistency and simplicity of the care.
Relationship first and foremost, I believe that a healthy, caring relationship with a doctor who knows you - as a person - is the most important aspect of psychiatric care. As such, I make it a priority to develop a therapeutic relationship with you for your treatment. The second part of my commitment to you is to discuss and offer state-of-the-art treatment. This includes both medication and non-medication treatments. I have extensive experience and expertise treating all age groups and have found that my patients appreciate the consistency and simplicity of the care.
(774) 804-5764 View (774) 804-5764
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Maria C Arcia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Worcester, MA 01602
Dr. Arcia is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry. She obtained her MD degree from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Thereafter, she completed an internship in Internal Medicine, before pursuing residency training in Psychiatry at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Brighton, MA), where she also served as Chief Resident in Psychiatry. She has over 13 years of clinical experience in both in-patient and out-patient treatment of patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, especially in patients with medical comorbidities. She is also certified in electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) by Cornell University.
Dr. Arcia is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry. She obtained her MD degree from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Thereafter, she completed an internship in Internal Medicine, before pursuing residency training in Psychiatry at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Brighton, MA), where she also served as Chief Resident in Psychiatry. She has over 13 years of clinical experience in both in-patient and out-patient treatment of patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, especially in patients with medical comorbidities. She is also certified in electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) by Cornell University.
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Jillian Bonzani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605  (Online Only)
Jillian is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression and anxiety. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. As a PMHNP, Jillian’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager. Jillian completed her Master's Degree in Nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Jillian is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression and anxiety. She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults. As a PMHNP, Jillian’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and medication manager. Jillian completed her Master's Degree in Nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
(774) 772-5525 View (774) 772-5525
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LifeTent Behavioral Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP, APRN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01609  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for diagnostic evaluation and medication management. Schedule appointment at lifetentcare.com. Insurance and self-pay accepted. Feel free to text or call us. Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, alcohol and substance use, and other mental health issues? Do you know it is recommended to combine therapy with medication? Medication can help reduce your symptoms, while therapy can teach you skills to manage the symptoms. Our experienced, board-certified psychiatric mental health providers will listen to you and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Accepting new patients for diagnostic evaluation and medication management. Schedule appointment at lifetentcare.com. Insurance and self-pay accepted. Feel free to text or call us. Are you struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, alcohol and substance use, and other mental health issues? Do you know it is recommended to combine therapy with medication? Medication can help reduce your symptoms, while therapy can teach you skills to manage the symptoms. Our experienced, board-certified psychiatric mental health providers will listen to you and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
(508) 635-0144 View (508) 635-0144
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Shaina LaBonte
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC, PMHNPBC
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605  (Online Only)
Shaina LaBonte is a double board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC). She has over 7 years of experience working with clients who are experiencing a wide variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, and more.
Shaina LaBonte is a double board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC). She has over 7 years of experience working with clients who are experiencing a wide variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, and more.
(774) 228-7193 View (774) 228-7193
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Jennifer Caraballo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605  (Online Only)
Jennifer Caraballo DNP- PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, school issues, sleep/insomnia, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bipolar disorder. Jennifer enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, and across the life span providing comprehensive and compassionate care.
Jennifer Caraballo DNP- PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who manages and treats a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, school issues, sleep/insomnia, trauma, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bipolar disorder. Jennifer enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, and across the life span providing comprehensive and compassionate care.
(774) 771-1235 View (774) 771-1235
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Diana De Souza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NPI
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605
Graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing form Salve Regina University and certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Diana’s goal at BNBA is to deliver advanced nursing care to patients experiencing symptoms of mental and /or behavioral health diagnoses, to promote optimal wellness and functioning through the use patient-centered interventions. One fun fact about Diana is she loves to dance!
Graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing form Salve Regina University and certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Diana’s goal at BNBA is to deliver advanced nursing care to patients experiencing symptoms of mental and /or behavioral health diagnoses, to promote optimal wellness and functioning through the use patient-centered interventions. One fun fact about Diana is she loves to dance!
(508) 715-3596 View (508) 715-3596
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Peninah Elizabeth Waithira
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
3 Endorsed
Worcester, MA 01608
Are you looking for stability in a Provider, a professional who does not consider you just a number? One who is empathetic and non-judgmental? My ideal client is one who wants the best version of themselves. One who is aware that mental health struggles do not define them, but makes them stronger. If you are out there and need a fresh start, let's press the reset button together. If you are looking for an experienced Provider, who treats you as a unique person, listens to you, and provides top-notch care, look no further.
Are you looking for stability in a Provider, a professional who does not consider you just a number? One who is empathetic and non-judgmental? My ideal client is one who wants the best version of themselves. One who is aware that mental health struggles do not define them, but makes them stronger. If you are out there and need a fresh start, let's press the reset button together. If you are looking for an experienced Provider, who treats you as a unique person, listens to you, and provides top-notch care, look no further.
(508) 290-4068 View (508) 290-4068
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Stacie Rose
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Worcester, MA 01605
Stacie is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing diagnostic mental health evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychosocial and behavioral health concerns. Utilizing an integrative approach, treatment is a collaborative process that may include a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle/nutritional modifications, and complementary practices.
Stacie is a dual-certified Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, providing diagnostic mental health evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of psychosocial and behavioral health concerns. Utilizing an integrative approach, treatment is a collaborative process that may include a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, lifestyle/nutritional modifications, and complementary practices.
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A&M Community Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, - BC
Verified
Worcester, MA 01609
I have a strong passion for mental health care and have worked in this field for over a decade. Unfortunately, I have noticed a concerning shortage of mental healthcare services. That's why A&M Community Healthcare is committed to providing our community with mental health services. We work with clients to provide accurate diagnoses and collaborate with clients on their recovery journeys. Our services are evidence-based and include behavioral health and substance use support.
I have a strong passion for mental health care and have worked in this field for over a decade. Unfortunately, I have noticed a concerning shortage of mental healthcare services. That's why A&M Community Healthcare is committed to providing our community with mental health services. We work with clients to provide accurate diagnoses and collaborate with clients on their recovery journeys. Our services are evidence-based and include behavioral health and substance use support.
(508) 374-9608 View (508) 374-9608

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Worcester, MA

70+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Worcester, MA who prioritize treating:

93% Depression
93% Anxiety
84% Medication Management
81% Trauma and PTSD
79% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% ADHD

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

93% BlueCross and BlueShield
88% Optum
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Worcester, MA see their clients

51% In Person and Online
49% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
34% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Worcester?

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.