Psychiatrists in Portsmouth, NH

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Steven K Elrod
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Portsmouth, NH 03801  (Online Only)
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A complete psychiatric evaluation and research-backed treatment could put you back on the right path.
Hi! Do you or your family need Medication or Therapy for Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger, PTSD? A complete psychiatric evaluation and research-backed treatment could put you back on the right path.
(603) 803-6476 View (603) 803-6476
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Haulek Tawmging
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03802  (Online Only)
Traditional psychiatry has its place in helping millions, but what if you're looking for a more nutritional point of view. We are what we eat, and we suffer when if we do not have the essentials for a healthy body. I focus on lifestyle, psychosocial, physical, spiritual, and nutritional perspective. I connect with teens, collegiate, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bipolar disorder, PMDD, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
Traditional psychiatry has its place in helping millions, but what if you're looking for a more nutritional point of view. We are what we eat, and we suffer when if we do not have the essentials for a healthy body. I focus on lifestyle, psychosocial, physical, spiritual, and nutritional perspective. I connect with teens, collegiate, and young professionals to navigate anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bipolar disorder, PMDD, stressors of career and school transitions, and family life.
(904) 204-9433 View (904) 204-9433
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David Schopick MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801  (Online Only)
The goal of my practice is helping people get their lives back. Restoring mental health can be a tricky road to navigate, but with perseverance and treatment, change is possible. I enjoy working with people, and from long years of experience, have a good sense of what it takes to help my patients return to productive, healthy lives. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. Dr. David Schopick primarily serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, but is also available for telemedicine appointments.
The goal of my practice is helping people get their lives back. Restoring mental health can be a tricky road to navigate, but with perseverance and treatment, change is possible. I enjoy working with people, and from long years of experience, have a good sense of what it takes to help my patients return to productive, healthy lives. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. Dr. David Schopick primarily serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, but is also available for telemedicine appointments.
(603) 431-5411 View (603) 431-5411
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Nyla Gardner
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Nyla Gardner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 2013. Nyla offers empathy and understanding. She is a good listener and offers a positive outlook by focusing on the person’s strengths, rather than their weaknesses. Outside of work, Nyla enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading, and following the Red Sox.
Nyla Gardner is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 2013. Nyla offers empathy and understanding. She is a good listener and offers a positive outlook by focusing on the person’s strengths, rather than their weaknesses. Outside of work, Nyla enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading, and following the Red Sox.
(888) 491-5017 View (888) 491-5017
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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801  (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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Jan Archambault
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , MSN, BSN
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Do you often feel anxious, sad, and long for happiness in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated that you aren’t able to move forward? Are you battling with body image, weight issues, and wishing you could make a change? I can help. I will help you identify your strengths and gain understanding of what is holding you back from feeling your best. We will work together to create realistic and practical strategies . Whether you are seeking psychotherapy, medication, or seeking help with creating a sustainable weight loss /exercise program, I am here to help you feel better mentally and physically.
Do you often feel anxious, sad, and long for happiness in your life? Do you feel overwhelmed and frustrated that you aren’t able to move forward? Are you battling with body image, weight issues, and wishing you could make a change? I can help. I will help you identify your strengths and gain understanding of what is holding you back from feeling your best. We will work together to create realistic and practical strategies . Whether you are seeking psychotherapy, medication, or seeking help with creating a sustainable weight loss /exercise program, I am here to help you feel better mentally and physically.
(603) 931-4024 View (603) 931-4024
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David J Schopick
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
The goal of my practice is helping people get their lives back. Restoring mental health can be a tricky road to navigate, but with perseverance and treatment, change is possible. I enjoy working with people, and from long years of experience, have a good sense of what it takes to help my patients return to productive, healthy lives. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. Dr. David Schopick primarily serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, but is also available for telemedicine appointments.
The goal of my practice is helping people get their lives back. Restoring mental health can be a tricky road to navigate, but with perseverance and treatment, change is possible. I enjoy working with people, and from long years of experience, have a good sense of what it takes to help my patients return to productive, healthy lives. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry. Dr. David Schopick primarily serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northern Massachusetts, but is also available for telemedicine appointments.
(603) 967-4466 View (603) 967-4466
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Jennifer Albert
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Dr. Albert is a board-certified psychiatrist who provides treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders. She completed residency in General Adult Psychiatry at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a focus in reproductive psychiatry. While Dr. Albert holds a subspecialty of treatment during pregnancy and postpartum, she also provides treatment to adults for a vast array of issues, such as Depression, Bipolar, OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Panic, PTSD as well as ADHD. With a conservative approach with medications, she provides comprehensive holistic care to enhance quality of life.
Dr. Albert is a board-certified psychiatrist who provides treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders. She completed residency in General Adult Psychiatry at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a focus in reproductive psychiatry. While Dr. Albert holds a subspecialty of treatment during pregnancy and postpartum, she also provides treatment to adults for a vast array of issues, such as Depression, Bipolar, OCD, Generalized Anxiety, Panic, PTSD as well as ADHD. With a conservative approach with medications, she provides comprehensive holistic care to enhance quality of life.
(855) 641-6027 View (855) 641-6027
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Sylvia Park
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
It is the brave person who allows him or herself to feel vulnerable, admit there is a problem, and take steps to find the right help. Loneliness, sadness, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and/or mood swings are common experiences. Some have experienced trauma in the past, which may continue to cause problems today. I am committed to help people live their best lives. I completed a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and am board-certified in Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine.
It is the brave person who allows him or herself to feel vulnerable, admit there is a problem, and take steps to find the right help. Loneliness, sadness, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and/or mood swings are common experiences. Some have experienced trauma in the past, which may continue to cause problems today. I am committed to help people live their best lives. I completed a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and am board-certified in Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine.
(207) 407-5174 View (207) 407-5174
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Misty Stafford
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801  (Online Only)
I am an ivy league-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services via telehealth. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe it reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
I am an ivy league-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services via telehealth. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe it reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
(860) 718-4351 View (860) 718-4351
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James M Kennedy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, ADHD-CC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Portsmouth, NH 03801
As a graduate of Boston College with extensive experience at premier Harvard-teaching hospitals, including McLean Hospital, MGH and BIDMC, my commitment to your well-being is deeply ingrained and well-informed. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to establishing genuine connections with individuals through medication management, accurate diagnostics and authentic, patient-centered care. The care I provide is rooted in authenticity, empathy, and pragmatism.
As a graduate of Boston College with extensive experience at premier Harvard-teaching hospitals, including McLean Hospital, MGH and BIDMC, my commitment to your well-being is deeply ingrained and well-informed. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner devoted to establishing genuine connections with individuals through medication management, accurate diagnostics and authentic, patient-centered care. The care I provide is rooted in authenticity, empathy, and pragmatism.
(617) 841-3134 View (617) 841-3134
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Lili Wierbonics
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Lili Wierbonics is a licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families in the Seacoast area. Lili has an interest in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, behavioral issues and eating disorders. In her spare time she loves cooking, gardening, kayaking, camping and hiking with family and friends.
Lili Wierbonics is a licensed Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families in the Seacoast area. Lili has an interest in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, behavioral issues and eating disorders. In her spare time she loves cooking, gardening, kayaking, camping and hiking with family and friends.
(603) 207-3197 View (603) 207-3197
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Steven C Henricks
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist in private practice in Exeter, New Hampshire. I have a profound interest in and commitment to the vocation of depth psychotherapy. In addition to careful attention to your life history and presenting problems, our work together often involves close examination of unconscious phenomena, including dreams, and nightmares, and sometimes spontaneous art and active imagination (engaging the unconscious while awake). My clients often have a history of trauma, especially childhood trauma. They often have been painfully alienated from others and have a strong connection to the unconscious and to nature.
I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist in private practice in Exeter, New Hampshire. I have a profound interest in and commitment to the vocation of depth psychotherapy. In addition to careful attention to your life history and presenting problems, our work together often involves close examination of unconscious phenomena, including dreams, and nightmares, and sometimes spontaneous art and active imagination (engaging the unconscious while awake). My clients often have a history of trauma, especially childhood trauma. They often have been painfully alienated from others and have a strong connection to the unconscious and to nature.
(603) 567-4228 View (603) 567-4228
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Roberta Stanhope Arnp,Pmh,Cns,BC,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMH, CNS, BC, PLLC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Not accepting new clients
I have been in practice for over 30 years as a Psychiatric NP, and 10 years prior as an RN. I specialize in providing psychiatric evaluations, and pharmacological management, with a focus on non-addictive, yet clinically effective treatments. I am experienced with treating psychiatric issues including but not limited to, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD, Grief, Psychotic Disorders, ADHD, and Recovery. I obtained my BSN at Boston University and MSN at USF. Subsequently, I worked with terminally ill cancer patients at a Mass General-affiliated hospital.
I have been in practice for over 30 years as a Psychiatric NP, and 10 years prior as an RN. I specialize in providing psychiatric evaluations, and pharmacological management, with a focus on non-addictive, yet clinically effective treatments. I am experienced with treating psychiatric issues including but not limited to, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD, Grief, Psychotic Disorders, ADHD, and Recovery. I obtained my BSN at Boston University and MSN at USF. Subsequently, I worked with terminally ill cancer patients at a Mass General-affiliated hospital.
(603) 288-1634 View (603) 288-1634
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Gurvinder Singh Arora
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
I have extensive training and experience in treating a wide array of psychiatric disorders. I am a double board certified psychiatrist with board certifications in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry.
I have extensive training and experience in treating a wide array of psychiatric disorders. I am a double board certified psychiatrist with board certifications in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry.
(781) 780-6762 View (781) 780-6762
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Dr. Mary Elizabeth Keyes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Now accepting patients ages 5-18 who reside in MA and NH for medication management. For more information or to schedule a consultation call please visit www.keyesbehavioralhealth.com. I am a doctorally prepared board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I became passionate about child and adolescent mental health while treating families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I enjoy working with children and their families affected by ADHD, autism, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Now accepting patients ages 5-18 who reside in MA and NH for medication management. For more information or to schedule a consultation call please visit www.keyesbehavioralhealth.com. I am a doctorally prepared board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I became passionate about child and adolescent mental health while treating families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I enjoy working with children and their families affected by ADHD, autism, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
(978) 696-8578 View (978) 696-8578
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Stephen Morley
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Stephen Morley is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in both Maine and New Hampshire, Stephen works with virtually all ages—from mid-adolescents to adults—and offers his patients both in-office and remote teletherapy options. With a true affinity for the humanistic, health-promoting principles of nursing, Stephen is dedicated to providing each client with compassionate, supportive care. He strives to create a collaborative healthcare experience for every client, offering holistic, patient-centered care that respects and supports individual autonomy.
Stephen Morley is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Licensed in both Maine and New Hampshire, Stephen works with virtually all ages—from mid-adolescents to adults—and offers his patients both in-office and remote teletherapy options. With a true affinity for the humanistic, health-promoting principles of nursing, Stephen is dedicated to providing each client with compassionate, supportive care. He strives to create a collaborative healthcare experience for every client, offering holistic, patient-centered care that respects and supports individual autonomy.
(207) 218-0029 View (207) 218-0029
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Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
(603) 823-3058 View (603) 823-3058
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Christoforos Iraklis Giakoumatos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
I treat adults with mental health disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD and PTSD. I also treat adults with substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. I believe in individualizing treatment based on each person's needs. I offer medication management visits, complemented with elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodymanic psychotherapy. I also offer psychotherapy visits without medication management, if someone is not in need of medications.
I treat adults with mental health disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD and PTSD. I also treat adults with substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. I believe in individualizing treatment based on each person's needs. I offer medication management visits, complemented with elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and psychodymanic psychotherapy. I also offer psychotherapy visits without medication management, if someone is not in need of medications.
(857) 810-4123 View (857) 810-4123
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Paul F. Belliveau, M.D. & Ms. Tasha Humphreys PNP
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portsmouth, NH 03801
We offer traditional adult psychiatry treatment as well as newer interventional psychiatry treatments. We will work in collaboration with your current treatment team or if you do not have a provider you can begin care here. Interventional psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in providing r-TMS or Spravato/Ketamine treatment. These are two treatment options for people who still suffer from depression despite past trials of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
We offer traditional adult psychiatry treatment as well as newer interventional psychiatry treatments. We will work in collaboration with your current treatment team or if you do not have a provider you can begin care here. Interventional psychiatry is a branch of psychiatry that specializes in providing r-TMS or Spravato/Ketamine treatment. These are two treatment options for people who still suffer from depression despite past trials of antidepressants and psychotherapy.
(603) 606-9452 View (603) 606-9452

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Number of Psychiatrists in Portsmouth, NH

30+

Average cost per session

$177

Psychiatrists in Portsmouth, NH who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
88% Anxiety
88% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
73% Trauma and PTSD
64% ADHD
61% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

69% Cigna and Evernorth
66% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
66% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Portsmouth, NH see their clients

67% In Person and Online
33% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Female
42% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Portsmouth?

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.