Psychiatrists in Salem, NH

Photo of Vannessa Davis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Vannessa Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP-C
Verified
Salem, NH 03079
Accepting new patients. Bethany Health Services, LLC offers telehealth psychiatric consultation and chronic disease management. We provide pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy (mental health treatment) for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Psychotic disorder, Bordering Personality Disorder and much more.
Accepting new patients. Bethany Health Services, LLC offers telehealth psychiatric consultation and chronic disease management. We provide pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy (mental health treatment) for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Psychotic disorder, Bordering Personality Disorder and much more.
(603) 945-5377 View (603) 945-5377
Photo of Lori Eaton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Lori Eaton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, NH 03079
Not accepting new clients
Lori Eaton is a Board Certified - Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Salem, New Hampshire. She graduated with honors from University of New Mexico School Of Medicine in 2012. Having more than 11 years of diverse experiences. Crossroads Recovery Center (603-912-4490) to learn more about Lori's services or call Lori Eaton directly on phone number (603-327-8301) for more information and advice or to book an appointment. I am dedicated to treating the whole person. In-Network with all NH Medicaid providers and most major insurance carriers.
Lori Eaton is a Board Certified - Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in Salem, New Hampshire. She graduated with honors from University of New Mexico School Of Medicine in 2012. Having more than 11 years of diverse experiences. Crossroads Recovery Center (603-912-4490) to learn more about Lori's services or call Lori Eaton directly on phone number (603-327-8301) for more information and advice or to book an appointment. I am dedicated to treating the whole person. In-Network with all NH Medicaid providers and most major insurance carriers.
(603) 912-4490 View (603) 912-4490
Photo of Serena Verolla, Psychiatric Nurse in Salem, NH
Serena Verolla
Psychiatric Nurse, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Salem, NH 03079
Accepting New patients. Telehealth/video appointments available. Licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Medication management for adults. Board certified in both psychiatric mental health and family medicine. I do not accept Medicare or Medicaid insurances.
Accepting New patients. Telehealth/video appointments available. Licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Medication management for adults. Board certified in both psychiatric mental health and family medicine. I do not accept Medicare or Medicaid insurances.
(603) 207-3563 View (603) 207-3563
Photo of Kimberly Lemkin, Psychiatrist in Salem, NH
Kimberly Lemkin
Psychiatrist, MD
1 Endorsed
Salem, NH 03079
Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Visit my website lemkinmd.com. I am a Harvard trained, board certified adult psychiatrist with additional training in consultation- liaison psychiatry and psychodynamic therapy. I offer individual therapy, psychiatric assessments, and medication management in my private practice.
Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Visit my website lemkinmd.com. I am a Harvard trained, board certified adult psychiatrist with additional training in consultation- liaison psychiatry and psychodynamic therapy. I offer individual therapy, psychiatric assessments, and medication management in my private practice.
(508) 286-6091 View (508) 286-6091
Photo of John Donovan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
John Donovan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, NH 03079
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. Whether or not you have a lengthy history of mental health struggles or reaching out for the first time I will support and guide you.
You deserve a life that makes you happy to wake up in the morning and at peace when you get in bed at night. I’m here to help! I can promise you that I will listen and support you through whatever life is handing you right now. I love clients who are motivated and open to change. I know taking that first step towards seeking help can be intimidating and hard, but I’m here for you! Together we will create a personalized treatment plan that includes medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. Whether or not you have a lengthy history of mental health struggles or reaching out for the first time I will support and guide you.
(781) 562-4672 View (781) 562-4672
Photo of Henry Kengong Ntoro, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Henry Kengong Ntoro
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
Salem, NH 03079
I am an adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a unique experience in psychopharmacology focusing on mechanism of action for psychotropic medications. Please go to my website yourplaceofcare.com, fill a referral form and send to me via email or fax. I am also offering pharmacogenetic testing as need arises. It's all about you!
I am an adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a unique experience in psychopharmacology focusing on mechanism of action for psychotropic medications. Please go to my website yourplaceofcare.com, fill a referral form and send to me via email or fax. I am also offering pharmacogenetic testing as need arises. It's all about you!
(603) 392-7984 View (603) 392-7984
Photo of Cara-Jean Donaghey, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Cara-Jean Donaghey
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, ANP, PMHNP
Verified
Salem, NH 03079
Dually board certified a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a background in internal medicine, I have extensive experience in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns in the setting of physical health. Comprehensive services include consultation, psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment with particular focus on development of a strong therapeutic partnership. I provide primarily medication management, some psychotherapy and alternative modalities to adolescents and adults, ages 16 and up. Appointments are offered in person or via telehealth.
Dually board certified a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Nurse Practitioner, with a background in internal medicine, I have extensive experience in treating a wide variety of mental health concerns in the setting of physical health. Comprehensive services include consultation, psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment with particular focus on development of a strong therapeutic partnership. I provide primarily medication management, some psychotherapy and alternative modalities to adolescents and adults, ages 16 and up. Appointments are offered in person or via telehealth.
(603) 417-4378 View (603) 417-4378
Photo of Chloe Griffith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Salem, NH 03079  (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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Photo of Rebecca LaFrance, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Rebecca LaFrance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Derry, NH 03038
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My goal is to work with clients to identify medication needs to address psychiatric symptoms in order to improve their quality of life. I believe strongly that medications can be a tool to help people function, however, I do not believe that they are the whole answer for people. Ideally, they are just one tool that patients may choose to utilize on the path to feeling better.
I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. My goal is to work with clients to identify medication needs to address psychiatric symptoms in order to improve their quality of life. I believe strongly that medications can be a tool to help people function, however, I do not believe that they are the whole answer for people. Ideally, they are just one tool that patients may choose to utilize on the path to feeling better.
(978) 228-1076 View (978) 228-1076
Photo of Tai Slyne, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Tai Slyne
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
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
Photo of Alysha Cutts, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Alysha Cutts
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNPBC
Verified
Londonderry, NH 03053
Intake appointments available within 2 weeks! I am licensed in NH and MA. My ideal patients are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, hallucinations, unstable mood, people who just feel like there must be more to life than what is in front of them. Sometimes we just don't know what's wrong or how to explain it-I am happy to talk to you and help you figure out what's going on and treating it with medication if applicable.
Intake appointments available within 2 weeks! I am licensed in NH and MA. My ideal patients are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, hallucinations, unstable mood, people who just feel like there must be more to life than what is in front of them. Sometimes we just don't know what's wrong or how to explain it-I am happy to talk to you and help you figure out what's going on and treating it with medication if applicable.
(603) 782-9691 View (603) 782-9691
Photo of Bri Boulanger, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Bri Boulanger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Londonderry, NH 03053
There is so much more to mental health than just medication. It requires thorough background information to be gathered, physical ailments to be addressed, and the assistance of the right form of therapy in order to see marked improvement in symptoms. With Bri, you will be able to feel as though you are part of the decision making process and a partner in working towards a decrease in symptoms and an improvement to daily life. With a biopsychosocial model approach and a strong belief in neuroplasticity, Bri can assist in helping you find more stability and happiness. (Intakes 1.5 hours, Follow ups 25 mins)
There is so much more to mental health than just medication. It requires thorough background information to be gathered, physical ailments to be addressed, and the assistance of the right form of therapy in order to see marked improvement in symptoms. With Bri, you will be able to feel as though you are part of the decision making process and a partner in working towards a decrease in symptoms and an improvement to daily life. With a biopsychosocial model approach and a strong belief in neuroplasticity, Bri can assist in helping you find more stability and happiness. (Intakes 1.5 hours, Follow ups 25 mins)
(603) 473-4451 View (603) 473-4451
Photo of Granite State Family Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Granite State Family Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hudson, NH 03051
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS OF ALL AGES BOTH IN PERSON AND VIA TELEHEALTH (VIDEO)* I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), nationally accredited to provide psychiatric services across the lifespan. I provide comprehensive behavioral health services including consultation, psychiatric assessment, diagnostic formulation, medication management, and education. I provide care to children ages 5 and up including adolescents/teens, college students, young professionals, adults, and geriatrics.
ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS OF ALL AGES BOTH IN PERSON AND VIA TELEHEALTH (VIDEO)* I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), nationally accredited to provide psychiatric services across the lifespan. I provide comprehensive behavioral health services including consultation, psychiatric assessment, diagnostic formulation, medication management, and education. I provide care to children ages 5 and up including adolescents/teens, college students, young professionals, adults, and geriatrics.
(603) 827-4866 View (603) 827-4866
Photo of Andrea Paquette, Psychiatric Nurse in Salem, NH
Andrea Paquette
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, PNP-BC, AHN-BC
Verified
Londonderry, NH 03053
Andrea Paquette, APRN is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a board certified Holistic Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in natural treatments for emotional and mental health issues in women, adolescents and children. She believes in the value of integrative health care that includes natural treatments and conventional health care for mental health issues, such as ADHD/ADD, adjustment disorders, anxiety, binge eating, chronic stress, depression, food refusal/phobia, grief issues, OCD, self esteem issues, obesity, fibromyalgia, insomnia, IBS, PMS, post-partum depression, menopausal symptoms and chronic fatigue.
Andrea Paquette, APRN is a board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a board certified Holistic Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in natural treatments for emotional and mental health issues in women, adolescents and children. She believes in the value of integrative health care that includes natural treatments and conventional health care for mental health issues, such as ADHD/ADD, adjustment disorders, anxiety, binge eating, chronic stress, depression, food refusal/phobia, grief issues, OCD, self esteem issues, obesity, fibromyalgia, insomnia, IBS, PMS, post-partum depression, menopausal symptoms and chronic fatigue.
(603) 236-7433 View (603) 236-7433
Photo of Victoria Gorveatt, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Victoria Gorveatt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Londonderry, NH 03053
Victoria Gorveatt is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 2000. She earned a Bachelor of Science Nursing, a Master's of Science Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner and a Post-Master's Certificate-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. With more than 20 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner before she became a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Victoria was lucky to help many clients who were older adults and found a niche in caring for this vulnerable population.
Victoria Gorveatt is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in New Hampshire who has been practicing since 2000. She earned a Bachelor of Science Nursing, a Master's of Science Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner and a Post-Master's Certificate-Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. With more than 20 years of experience as a family nurse practitioner before she became a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Victoria was lucky to help many clients who were older adults and found a niche in caring for this vulnerable population.
(888) 491-5017 View (888) 491-5017
Photo of Jennifer Sims, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Jennifer Sims
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Derry, NH 03038  (Online Only)
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Ms. Jennifer Sims is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in psychiatry and in a variety of settings including inpatient, academics, and outpatient. Ms. Sims received her Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She is also a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and has an MBA. Her clinical passion is Patient-Centered Care and working in collaboration with Clients to assist them with their mental health well-being. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders to include, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
(855) 907-1143 View (855) 907-1143
Photo of Dawn Marie Chui, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Dawn Marie Chui
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-B
Verified
1 Endorsed
Derry, NH 03038  (Online Only)
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
Are you tired of feeling down, depressed, not like your usual self? Having trouble sleeping, focusing, and feeling anxious? Looking for accessible and quality mental health care from a provider that will treat you with the compassion and respect you deserve? It can be difficult to navigate life’s challenges when you are experiencing mental pain and suffering. We will work together to ease your pain and help you become a more peaceful and happier version of yourself. I utilize a holistic approach to mental health that combines both traditional medications and complimentary treatments that are evidenced-based.
(603) 931-4328 View (603) 931-4328
Photo of Ample Grace Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Ample Grace Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , PMHNP, APRN
Verified
Derry, NH 03038  (Online Only)
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
We are currently accepting new patients for ADHD Neuropsychological testing. Think you have ADHD? No problem! We offer ADHD Objective Testing that can be used to guide ADHD diagnosis for patients. The testing can also be done at the office and via telehealth. We also offer adult autism assessment and trauma therapy. At Ample Grace Psychiatry, we offer a custom approach for each client! We start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. We help you put a plan in place to help you move forward, and we celebrate your successes along the way. We offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual visits to suit your schedule.
(603) 338-6027 View (603) 338-6027
Photo of Chloe Griffith, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Chloe Griffith
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Derry, NH 03038  (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.
(877) 791-5155 View (877) 791-5155
Photo of Linda J Schommer, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Salem, NH
Linda J Schommer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hudson, NH 03051  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric NP serving both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I am most recognized in my community for providing a holistic approach to patient care. I have been specializing in Psychiatric Medication Management since 1999, and I continue to obtain higher education and practice experience. My extensive medical background including critical care, mother-infant care, geriatric, and medical-surgical experience, help me to formulate a thorough diagnosis. 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 am most recognized in my community for providing a holistic approach to patient care. I have been specializing in Psychiatric Medication Management since 1999, and I continue to obtain higher education and practice experience. My extensive medical background including critical care, mother-infant care, geriatric, and medical-surgical experience, help me to formulate a thorough diagnosis. 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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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Salem, NH

< 10

Psychiatrists in Salem, NH who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
88% ADHD
88% Bipolar Disorder
88% Medication Management
75% Addiction
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
83% Cigna and Evernorth
83% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Salem, NH see their clients

88% In Person and Online
12% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Salem?

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.