Psychiatrists in Merrimack, NH

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April Levesque
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner credentialed with the American Nurses Credentialing Center currently licensed in New Hampshire. I received my Masters of Science in Nursing from Rivier University in 2022 specializing in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Prior to this, I was a psychiatric and mental health registered nurse for 9 years on a locked acute inpatient behavioral and mental health unit. I found my passion for those who suffer from mental health while serving 9 years in the United States Navy. I am compassionate and caring and use a direct approach in caring for my patients.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner credentialed with the American Nurses Credentialing Center currently licensed in New Hampshire. I received my Masters of Science in Nursing from Rivier University in 2022 specializing in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Prior to this, I was a psychiatric and mental health registered nurse for 9 years on a locked acute inpatient behavioral and mental health unit. I found my passion for those who suffer from mental health while serving 9 years in the United States Navy. I am compassionate and caring and use a direct approach in caring for my patients.
(857) 382-3209 View (857) 382-3209
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Zen Behavioral Health Clinic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, AGPCNP
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
Zen Behavioral Health Clinic offers assessment, diagnosing and treatment for people struggling with various mental health illnesses. Our clinicians are highly educated and have years of training and experience helping individuals and families cope with mental health issues. We strive to provide a comprehensive and patient centered treatments that are trailered to an individual's and family's needs. The focus at Zen is too educate, empower and encourage individual struggling with mental illness to feel better and to succeed. We understand each person is unique and we respect every diversity and differences among our patients.
Zen Behavioral Health Clinic offers assessment, diagnosing and treatment for people struggling with various mental health illnesses. Our clinicians are highly educated and have years of training and experience helping individuals and families cope with mental health issues. We strive to provide a comprehensive and patient centered treatments that are trailered to an individual's and family's needs. The focus at Zen is too educate, empower and encourage individual struggling with mental illness to feel better and to succeed. We understand each person is unique and we respect every diversity and differences among our patients.
(978) 591-6788 View (978) 591-6788
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Tuyet Nguyen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054
Tuyet is familiar with treating a variety of disorders including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, grief, and adjustment disorders (to name a few). Tuyet is also a certified Buprenorphine prescriber.
Tuyet is familiar with treating a variety of disorders including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, grief, and adjustment disorders (to name a few). Tuyet is also a certified Buprenorphine prescriber.
(603) 691-2227 View (603) 691-2227
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Wanda R Lanigan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054
We all have experiences, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that influence who we are. We are a product of all of this and our relationships. My approach is to provide you care with psychoeducation, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy has terrific benefits, and sometimes more help is needed. I prefer an integrated, holistic approach to each client, considering who you are and how we can support you to live your most fulfilled life.
We all have experiences, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that influence who we are. We are a product of all of this and our relationships. My approach is to provide you care with psychoeducation, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy has terrific benefits, and sometimes more help is needed. I prefer an integrated, holistic approach to each client, considering who you are and how we can support you to live your most fulfilled life.
(603) 484-0035 View (603) 484-0035
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Roselin Raja
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
Roselin Raja is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 9 years’ experience in the behavioral health area. She earned both Bachelor’s in Nursing and Master’s in Nursing (Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) from Rivier University. Her experience comes through working in various behavioral health settings such as in-patient, outpatient and community care. She works with clients ages 6 - 64 using both telehealth and in-person visits. Specializes in psychopharmacologic evaluation and medication management.
Roselin Raja is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with over 9 years’ experience in the behavioral health area. She earned both Bachelor’s in Nursing and Master’s in Nursing (Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) from Rivier University. Her experience comes through working in various behavioral health settings such as in-patient, outpatient and community care. She works with clients ages 6 - 64 using both telehealth and in-person visits. Specializes in psychopharmacologic evaluation and medication management.
(888) 491-5017 View (888) 491-5017
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Yvonne Amune
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
My clinical focus is on holistic care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, and substance use. I take a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping people reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing. I am passionate about working with diverse populations regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm understand culturally-conscious care, and have helped many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
My clinical focus is on holistic care for adults and adolescents, with special attention given to treating anxiety, depression, stress-related disorders, and substance use. I take a compassionate, nonjudgmental approach to helping people reach their goals. My practice emphasizes the importance of creating a safe, trusting therapeutic relationship to facilitate the process of healing. I am passionate about working with diverse populations regardless of gender, religion, race/ethnicity or sexual orientation. I'm understand culturally-conscious care, and have helped many families who have experienced trauma and cultural barriers.
(603) 825-4704 View (603) 825-4704
Johnmichael Kimani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Merrimack, NH 03054
Absolute Psych Care is a private practice located in Nashua, NH. We offer psychopharmacological treatment for individuals with mood, anxiety, sleep, and psychotic disorders including Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Binge-Eating Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder. Patients are treated with respect, and we take the time to create a private and therapeutic environment where your medication concerns are heard, symptoms are treated, and your overall wellbeing is a priority.
Absolute Psych Care is a private practice located in Nashua, NH. We offer psychopharmacological treatment for individuals with mood, anxiety, sleep, and psychotic disorders including Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Binge-Eating Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder. Patients are treated with respect, and we take the time to create a private and therapeutic environment where your medication concerns are heard, symptoms are treated, and your overall wellbeing is a priority.
(603) 709-2527 View (603) 709-2527
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Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
Chloe Griffith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham Southern College and later completed her Master's program at Vanderbilt University in 2017. Chloe aims to support her patients using personalized goals and education, brief cognitive behavioral techniques, and medications. She hopes to create an environment where clients feel empowered, connected, and valued.
(844) 462-8585 View (844) 462-8585
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Linda J Schommer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP serving both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I treat patients with Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder and many other Psychiatric Issues. I provide a holistic approach to patient care. My patients and I work as a team to build a treatment plan focused on each individual's personal goals. I look forward to working with you!
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP serving both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I treat patients with Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder and many other Psychiatric Issues. I provide a holistic approach to patient care. My patients and I work as a team to build a treatment plan focused on each individual's personal goals. I look forward to working with you!
(603) 932-5418 View (603) 932-5418
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Carissa Kajenski
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Merrimack, NH 03054  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Welcome to our psychiatric practice! For the past 9 years, I have had the privilege of serving patients and connecting with the community. The practice specializes in providing support to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder. I understand the importance of accessibility and flexibility, which is why I offer virtual and in-person visits to ensure that patients can receive the care they need, regardless of their location or circumstances. I accept various insurance plans, including Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans, Optum, Tufts, UMR, UnitedHealthcare.
Welcome to our psychiatric practice! For the past 9 years, I have had the privilege of serving patients and connecting with the community. The practice specializes in providing support to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorder. I understand the importance of accessibility and flexibility, which is why I offer virtual and in-person visits to ensure that patients can receive the care they need, regardless of their location or circumstances. I accept various insurance plans, including Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans, Optum, Tufts, UMR, UnitedHealthcare.
(603) 965-2825 View (603) 965-2825

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Natasa Ristivojevic
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bedford, NH 03110  (Online Only)
It’s fulfilling to see my clients regain their lives back. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, a low mood, or feelings of anger, it's my belief these things don't have to last forever. Your decision to reach out is essential, as it will initiate the direction you want to take. My goal is to listen carefully and use evidence-based interventions along with judicious use of prescription medications to address your symptoms. It's important to remember, however, that prescribing the right medication regimen is only one part of the treatment that leads to alleviating mental and emotional suffering.
It’s fulfilling to see my clients regain their lives back. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, a low mood, or feelings of anger, it's my belief these things don't have to last forever. Your decision to reach out is essential, as it will initiate the direction you want to take. My goal is to listen carefully and use evidence-based interventions along with judicious use of prescription medications to address your symptoms. It's important to remember, however, that prescribing the right medication regimen is only one part of the treatment that leads to alleviating mental and emotional suffering.
(508) 466-6151 View (508) 466-6151
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Light Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP
Verified Verified
Nashua, NH 03061
I value compassion, comprehensive, open and honest communication, where individuals feel understood and validated. Alliance in treatment is my goal, therefore I will work to understand your beliefs, values and goals to develop a treatment plan that is comfortable, effective while obtaining hope towards an optimal quality of life.
I value compassion, comprehensive, open and honest communication, where individuals feel understood and validated. Alliance in treatment is my goal, therefore I will work to understand your beliefs, values and goals to develop a treatment plan that is comfortable, effective while obtaining hope towards an optimal quality of life.
(351) 206-0255 View (351) 206-0255
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Amherst, NH 03031  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(412) 467-6410 View (412) 467-6410
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Dr. Carol L. Milliken
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNPBC, CFTP, CCRN
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Milford, NH 03055  (Online Only)
At Mae Mental Wellness, my goal is to work collaboratively with my patients to develop a treatment plan that will result in improved mental wellness. I am a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with diverse expertise. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and am board certified in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing, family trauma therapy, emergency, and critical care nursing. I am also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who stands at the forefront of advanced nursing practice and quality improvement in mental health care.
At Mae Mental Wellness, my goal is to work collaboratively with my patients to develop a treatment plan that will result in improved mental wellness. I am a highly skilled and dedicated Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with diverse expertise. I am a Doctor of Nursing Practice and am board certified in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing, family trauma therapy, emergency, and critical care nursing. I am also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt who stands at the forefront of advanced nursing practice and quality improvement in mental health care.
(561) 782-6865 View (561) 782-6865
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Optimal Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Bedford, NH 03110
We are here to help guide you along the route to better mental health. We believe that good mental health is essential to your overall health and well-being. We will consider your needs very carefully to understand how We treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, insomnia and OCD.
We are here to help guide you along the route to better mental health. We believe that good mental health is essential to your overall health and well-being. We will consider your needs very carefully to understand how We treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, insomnia and OCD.
(603) 634-8077 View (603) 634-8077
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Dr. Lionel Pereira
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Manchester, NH 03101
I am a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist based in Manchester, NH & Boston, MA. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, OCD, Trauma. I provide diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management for children ages 2-18 years. I am available for in person and remote/virtual/teletherapy visits. Send us an email or call 603-851-3801 and leave your name, phone number and email ID and we will get back to you.
I am a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist based in Manchester, NH & Boston, MA. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism, OCD, Trauma. I provide diagnostic evaluations, consultations, medication management for children ages 2-18 years. I am available for in person and remote/virtual/teletherapy visits. Send us an email or call 603-851-3801 and leave your name, phone number and email ID and we will get back to you.
(866) 747-1385 View (866) 747-1385
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Tai Slyne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Londonderry, NH 03053
I am a dual board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and a Doctor of Nursing Practice who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various mental health disorder across life span, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, substance abuse and insomnia, I collaborate with other clinicians. My approach is Patient Centered and Comprehensive as a prescriber. I will take the time to get to know you and understand your specific concerns and goals. Our practice motto is: Love is its foundation, Compassion is its anchor and Serenity are the arms that delivers the care.
I am a dual board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and a Doctor of Nursing Practice who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of various mental health disorder across life span, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, substance abuse and insomnia, I collaborate with other clinicians. My approach is Patient Centered and Comprehensive as a prescriber. I will take the time to get to know you and understand your specific concerns and goals. Our practice motto is: Love is its foundation, Compassion is its anchor and Serenity are the arms that delivers the care.
(833) 923-0243 View (833) 923-0243
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Elizabeth Martell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Hudson, NH 03051
Book with me now by clicking on my website. I specialize in treating women who have experienced depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping likely related to hormonal imbalances such as perimenopause or menopause. These hormonal shifts cause havoc in our bodies. My clients will want to discover the root of the problem and will not just want to be prescribed a medication to "band-aid" their issue. I do not treat ADHD.
Book with me now by clicking on my website. I specialize in treating women who have experienced depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping likely related to hormonal imbalances such as perimenopause or menopause. These hormonal shifts cause havoc in our bodies. My clients will want to discover the root of the problem and will not just want to be prescribed a medication to "band-aid" their issue. I do not treat ADHD.
(603) 541-7962 View (603) 541-7962
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Granite State Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nashua, NH 03060
Sarah is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing compassionate mental health care to all of her patients. She provides comprehensive behavioral health services including psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation, medication management, and psychoeducation for an array of mental health disorders. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Sarah is currently accepting new patients ages 18 and older. She is currently licensed in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is able to see clients in person or telehealth
Sarah is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner committed to providing compassionate mental health care to all of her patients. She provides comprehensive behavioral health services including psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulation, medication management, and psychoeducation for an array of mental health disorders. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Sarah is currently accepting new patients ages 18 and older. She is currently licensed in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is able to see clients in person or telehealth
(603) 865-1447 View (603) 865-1447
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Matthew Payne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester, NH 03104
I provide medication management and am committed to providing integrative care focusing on the “whole person” by examining the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of every person who comes into the office. To this end, there are many behavioral modification techniques and interventions that will be discussed in addition to medications.
I provide medication management and am committed to providing integrative care focusing on the “whole person” by examining the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of every person who comes into the office. To this end, there are many behavioral modification techniques and interventions that will be discussed in addition to medications.
(855) 938-2626 View (855) 938-2626

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Merrimack, NH

10+

Psychiatrists in Merrimack, NH who prioritize treating:

90% Depression
90% Anxiety
80% Bipolar Disorder
80% Medication Management
60% ADHD
60% Stress
50% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% BlueCross and BlueShield
89% Cigna and Evernorth
89% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Merrimack, NH see their clients

70% In Person and Online
30% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Merrimack?

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.