Psychiatrists in Middletown, PA

Photo of Edena Walden, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Edena Walden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Middletown, PA 17057
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
Ideally my patient is as invested in their care as I am. They could have a variety of diagnoses but the thing they have in common is they are willing to give the process time, are open to new ideas, and know there is no magic pill to fix all their problems. My patients want to get to the best version of themselves and are willing to try therapy as well as medications to help them reach that goal. My patient wants an empathetic, listening provider who can guide their care based on the evidence, but tailored to their individual needs.
(717) 923-5120 View (717) 923-5120
Photo of Shannon Bucciarelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Shannon Bucciarelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, B-C
Verified Verified
Middletown, PA 17057
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
My ideal client would understand that the journey to wellness and recovery requires time, effort, and patience. They would be receptive to treatment suggestions which may include psychotherapy, behavioral interventions, and medication options. My patients would take an active role in their care, and engage in open and honest communication with their provider.
(717) 987-7937 View (717) 987-7937
Photo of Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter, Psychiatrist in Middletown, PA
Dr. Andrea Papa-Molter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Middletown, PA 17057
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
I am double board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I believe in using both medication when indicated as well as therapy. I was trained in CBT and was given the Excellence in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my residency program. I use supportive therapy with each client I see. During my residency I served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Overall Excellence in Psychiatry Award as well as the Clinical Excellence Award.
(717) 883-6316 View (717) 883-6316
Photo of Dr. Michael Rosen, Psychiatrist in Middletown, PA
Dr. Michael Rosen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Middletown, PA 17057
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
The ideal client is quite simply someone who truly wants help. Someone who is willing to work where the goal is to live the best life, reach the goals one seeks, and to enjoy the journey. The details of how that is done of course depends on the individual's station at the time one seeks help.
(717) 937-8709 View (717) 937-8709
Photo of Dr. Allen Masry, Psychiatrist in Middletown, PA
Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Middletown, PA 17057
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
(717) 971-4564 View (717) 971-4564

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Photo of Sheila Jourdain, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Sheila Jourdain
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17101  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
Accepting New Patients! I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides a holistic approach in the treatment of mental challenges and conditions. I specialize in the treatment of adults in providing motivational talk psychotherapy, medication management, consulting, and alternative treatments when applicable. I develop comprehensive and thorough treatment plans. I am eager and excited to assist patients in achieving their individual goals for their mental health. I like to work alongside my patients as a guide to help them decide the best treatment options for their diagnosis.
(610) 490-8436 View (610) 490-8436
Photo of Kirsten George, Psychiatrist in Middletown, PA
Kirsten George
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17111  (Online Only)
Telehealth available. Psychiatrist in PA. I am committed to providing high quality, individualized, evidenced-based treatment to adults with mental health issues. I place great value on the relationship between the doctor and patient and strive to understand the needs of my patients in order to make decisions based on their treatment goals. I approach patients with a holistic mindset, taking into account the myriad of factors that may be causing mental health symptoms, including lifestyle choices, nutrition, exercise, stress, relationship issues, and medical conditions.
Telehealth available. Psychiatrist in PA. I am committed to providing high quality, individualized, evidenced-based treatment to adults with mental health issues. I place great value on the relationship between the doctor and patient and strive to understand the needs of my patients in order to make decisions based on their treatment goals. I approach patients with a holistic mindset, taking into account the myriad of factors that may be causing mental health symptoms, including lifestyle choices, nutrition, exercise, stress, relationship issues, and medical conditions.
(814) 830-1361 View (814) 830-1361
Photo of Danielle M Trenelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Danielle M Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Not Verified Not Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17102  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
Hello, I'm Dani, a Family Nurse Practitioner with certifications in Geriatrics and Counseling. My goal is to ensure that patients have easy and immediate access to healthcare. When requested by my patients, I combine conventional medications with functional and integrative medicine approaches to address concerns like anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I'm passionate about empowering individuals to find their own motivation for a healthy life. In addition to addressing behavioral health, I am capable of treating a wide range of conditions, both acute (skin and respiratory infections) and chronic (pre-diabetes, diabetes, HTN, and pain)
(570) 526-2394 View (570) 526-2394
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Eagle Behavioral Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN, MSN, PMHNP-B, APN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrisburg, PA 17102
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH.....Eagle Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
EVALUATION & FOLLOW-UP IS AVAILABLE VIA TELEHEALTH.....Eagle Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to helping clients with their mental health needs. Through comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, customized individual treatment plan, and medication management, we help our clients to feel and function better in the quickest time possible. We team up with our clients in working through their issues cooperatively and collaboratively.
(717) 276-4371 View (717) 276-4371
Photo of Beverly Ann Curtis, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Beverly Ann Curtis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP-B, PPCNP-B
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Dr. Beverly Ann Curtis helps families with concerns regarding child and adolescent behavioral issues. She brings 16 years of NP experience to LifeStance as she is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Curtis evaluates her patient's mental health status by reviewing the medical history, performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, and identifying risk factors that might affect mental health. With this information, Dr. Curtis provides support and education to families regarding medication management and/or the need for therapy.
Dr. Beverly Ann Curtis helps families with concerns regarding child and adolescent behavioral issues. She brings 16 years of NP experience to LifeStance as she is dually certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Curtis evaluates her patient's mental health status by reviewing the medical history, performing comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, and identifying risk factors that might affect mental health. With this information, Dr. Curtis provides support and education to families regarding medication management and/or the need for therapy.
(717) 493-8474 View (717) 493-8474
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Abigail Frimpong
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ASDCS, C-DBT
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Abigail Frimpong is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist. Abigail is the CEO and the Founder of Mental Peace Psychiatry. Abigail has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations suffering from serious physical ailments with comorbid psychiatric, mental, behavioral, and substance use disorders in the emergency, inpatient and outpatient settings.
Abigail Frimpong is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist. Abigail is the CEO and the Founder of Mental Peace Psychiatry. Abigail has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations suffering from serious physical ailments with comorbid psychiatric, mental, behavioral, and substance use disorders in the emergency, inpatient and outpatient settings.
(223) 218-4368 View (223) 218-4368
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Bright Mind Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Harrisburg, PA 17111  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for medication management and psychiatric evaluations for Pennsylvania residents! Free consultations prior to appointments. Have you been feeling stressed, anxious, sad, or overwhelmed? Are some days extremely harder than others and you lack motivation? Do you sleep by tossing and turning all night? At Bright Mind Wellness, we provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our focus is the Mind, Body, and Spirit collectively.
Accepting new patients for medication management and psychiatric evaluations for Pennsylvania residents! Free consultations prior to appointments. Have you been feeling stressed, anxious, sad, or overwhelmed? Are some days extremely harder than others and you lack motivation? Do you sleep by tossing and turning all night? At Bright Mind Wellness, we provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management. Our focus is the Mind, Body, and Spirit collectively.
(717) 297-6438 View (717) 297-6438
Photo of Michael Tolleson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Michael Tolleson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Michael Tolleson is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2020. He studied at James Madison University, Penn State University, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Walden University. As a medical practitioner, Michael firmly upholds the principles of punctuality, expertise, and preparation, recognizing that these qualities are integral to the patient experience that he, too, anticipates when seeking medical care.
Michael Tolleson is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2020. He studied at James Madison University, Penn State University, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Walden University. As a medical practitioner, Michael firmly upholds the principles of punctuality, expertise, and preparation, recognizing that these qualities are integral to the patient experience that he, too, anticipates when seeking medical care.
(717) 897-6363 View (717) 897-6363
Photo of Alexandra (Sopher) Ruane, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Alexandra (Sopher) Ruane
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17111  (Online Only)
As a mental health consumer myself, I understand what it feels like to have mental health affect your life. You may have tried therapy or medication, which may have helped a little or not at all. I believe that you and I are a team in deciding the best treatment for you and that by explaining the options available, you can make an informed decision on how you want to proceed. I believe that listening to your treatment goals gives us the best chance of success in helping you. Please be advised that Brightside Health does not allow prescribing of controlled substances.
As a mental health consumer myself, I understand what it feels like to have mental health affect your life. You may have tried therapy or medication, which may have helped a little or not at all. I believe that you and I are a team in deciding the best treatment for you and that by explaining the options available, you can make an informed decision on how you want to proceed. I believe that listening to your treatment goals gives us the best chance of success in helping you. Please be advised that Brightside Health does not allow prescribing of controlled substances.
(415) 360-3348 View (415) 360-3348
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Newton Psychiatric Clinic, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc, DABPN
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Working in both administrative and clinically driven roles, he remains highly involved and up-to-date in innovative approaches to mental health treatment. Dr. Newton has provided mental health care in all treatment settings including but not limited to, acute inpatient, outpatient, residential, corrections, long term inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and any other imaginable setting that provides mental health treatment.
Working in both administrative and clinically driven roles, he remains highly involved and up-to-date in innovative approaches to mental health treatment. Dr. Newton has provided mental health care in all treatment settings including but not limited to, acute inpatient, outpatient, residential, corrections, long term inpatient settings, partial hospitalization programs, and any other imaginable setting that provides mental health treatment.
(570) 673-0954 View (570) 673-0954
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Ashok Bharucha
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17105
I am a graduate of the internationally renowned McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School with additional fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I deal with the entire spectrum of mental health conditions for anyone 18+ years. Unlike most practices which operate with brief, purely medication-oriented approaches, I spend time getting to know my clients' personal and family history, and how these may affect their well-being and treatment.
I am a graduate of the internationally renowned McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School with additional fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I deal with the entire spectrum of mental health conditions for anyone 18+ years. Unlike most practices which operate with brief, purely medication-oriented approaches, I spend time getting to know my clients' personal and family history, and how these may affect their well-being and treatment.
(272) 225-5551 View (272) 225-5551
Photo of Fitz Martin, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Fitz Martin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17101  (Online Only)
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
tion Hello, feeling sad, anxious, or having difficulty concentrating and focusing? I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focused on delivering Client-Centered, Caring, Compassionate, and Dedicated Care. I can help you through this trying time if the symptoms impact your daily living. Sometimes we fall into a rut and can not pull ourselves out. I treat individuals ages 14 to 70.
(223) 215-4330 View (223) 215-4330
Photo of Erin Colleran, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Erin Colleran
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Erin A. Colleran is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Illinois. Erin's treatment philosophy is to treat every patient as an individual and respect that individual's decisions. She works with her patients to make a collaborative plan that feels comfortable and supportive.
Erin A. Colleran is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania who has been practicing since 2020. She has a Master's of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Illinois. Erin's treatment philosophy is to treat every patient as an individual and respect that individual's decisions. She works with her patients to make a collaborative plan that feels comfortable and supportive.
(717) 910-6903 View (717) 910-6903
Photo of Kathryn Newton, Psychiatrist in Middletown, PA
Kathryn Newton
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH
Verified Verified
Harrisburg, PA 17101  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Hi! I'm Dr. Newton, a board certified adult psychiatrist. My particular areas of expertise include women's issues, especially issues surrounding perimenstrual mood disorders, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. I am passionate about treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic illnesses for adults of all ages, genders and identities. We can work one on one or in collaboration with your primary care provider, primary psychiatrist or Ob/Gyn for specialty care.
Hi! I'm Dr. Newton, a board certified adult psychiatrist. My particular areas of expertise include women's issues, especially issues surrounding perimenstrual mood disorders, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. I am passionate about treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and psychotic illnesses for adults of all ages, genders and identities. We can work one on one or in collaboration with your primary care provider, primary psychiatrist or Ob/Gyn for specialty care.
(215) 798-5716 View (215) 798-5716
Photo of Roxanne Swistock, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Middletown, PA
Roxanne Swistock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Lewisberry, PA 17339  (Online Only)
Hello, I’m Roxy. I have been an adult nurse practitioner for 10 years and I reside in Central PA. I have a passion for authenticity and connecting with my patients on a personal level. Throughout my practice experiences, I have found the best outcomes for patients are provided when we, the providers, understand the patient's needs and desires as they relate to reaching our treatment goals. By helping patients reach their healthcare goals, physically, mentally, emotionally, and aesthetically, I hope to add an extra touch of caring and compassion to your healthcare experience.
Hello, I’m Roxy. I have been an adult nurse practitioner for 10 years and I reside in Central PA. I have a passion for authenticity and connecting with my patients on a personal level. Throughout my practice experiences, I have found the best outcomes for patients are provided when we, the providers, understand the patient's needs and desires as they relate to reaching our treatment goals. By helping patients reach their healthcare goals, physically, mentally, emotionally, and aesthetically, I hope to add an extra touch of caring and compassion to your healthcare experience.
(831) 851-3215 View (831) 851-3215

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Middletown, PA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Middletown, PA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
80% Relationship Issues
80% Addiction
80% ADHD
80% Grief
80% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

17 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% AmeriHealth
100% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in Middletown, PA see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Middletown?

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.