Psychiatrists in Rhode Island

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Photo of Sarah Xavier, Psychiatrist in Rhode Island
Sarah Xavier
Psychiatrist
Verified
Dr. Xavier is a Yale trained psychiatrist with advanced training in Child, Adolescent, Adult and Forensic Psychiatry. She has been a physician for over fifteen years. She has worked extensively with clients in a variety of settings (hospital/office) and roles (medical director/consultant) in order to bring an extensive toolkit of treatment options into her private practice. Dr. Xavier develops compassionate, comprehensive, goal oriented treatment plans that are tailored to one's ability and motivation level. In addition to private practice, she is the attending psychiatrist at Bryant University Counseling Center.
Dr. Xavier is a Yale trained psychiatrist with advanced training in Child, Adolescent, Adult and Forensic Psychiatry. She has been a physician for over fifteen years. She has worked extensively with clients in a variety of settings (hospital/office) and roles (medical director/consultant) in order to bring an extensive toolkit of treatment options into her private practice. Dr. Xavier develops compassionate, comprehensive, goal oriented treatment plans that are tailored to one's ability and motivation level. In addition to private practice, she is the attending psychiatrist at Bryant University Counseling Center.
(401) 262-4316 View (401) 262-4316
Photo of Elizabeth Niemiec, Psychiatrist in Rhode Island
Elizabeth Niemiec
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Newport, RI 02840
As a board certified adult psychiatrist, I specialize in prescribing medication and providing psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, sleep disturbances and other emotional conditions. I studied at Harvard, Brown and Cornell Universities, and I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Patients often come to me when they are struggling to find the right psychiatric medication to manage their symptoms. It can be difficult to find a medication that offers relief without burdensome side effects. Together, we can find a regimen that works for you.
As a board certified adult psychiatrist, I specialize in prescribing medication and providing psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, sleep disturbances and other emotional conditions. I studied at Harvard, Brown and Cornell Universities, and I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Patients often come to me when they are struggling to find the right psychiatric medication to manage their symptoms. It can be difficult to find a medication that offers relief without burdensome side effects. Together, we can find a regimen that works for you.
(401) 205-0287 View (401) 205-0287
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Revive Therapeutic Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02904
Do you feel like you're not living the life you want to? Do you feel like there's something wrong with you, but you don't know what it is? At Revive Therapeutic Services, we specialize in helping people becoming there best. Our team of providers are ready to help with any condition or issue that might be holding you back from the life of your dreams—whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, life transitions…the list goes on. Your life doesn't have to be defined by your mental health struggles anymore. Let us help!
Do you feel like you're not living the life you want to? Do you feel like there's something wrong with you, but you don't know what it is? At Revive Therapeutic Services, we specialize in helping people becoming there best. Our team of providers are ready to help with any condition or issue that might be holding you back from the life of your dreams—whether it's depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, life transitions…the list goes on. Your life doesn't have to be defined by your mental health struggles anymore. Let us help!
(401) 208-0446 View (401) 208-0446
Photo of Alexander Scagnelli MD PC, Psychiatrist in Rhode Island
Alexander Scagnelli MD PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Warwick, RI 02886
We are a mental health office that provides medication management to children, adolescents and adults for a variety of diagnoses including ADHD, GAD, MDD, PTSD, and OCD. We also offer Psychological Testing. Our staff consists of Dr. Alexander Scagnelli MD, Anna Flaherty, RNP, Susan Perry, RNP, Brett Michelson, RNP, and Allison Silvers, LMHC, Psy.D. To book a new client appointment please call 401-821-4100.
We are a mental health office that provides medication management to children, adolescents and adults for a variety of diagnoses including ADHD, GAD, MDD, PTSD, and OCD. We also offer Psychological Testing. Our staff consists of Dr. Alexander Scagnelli MD, Anna Flaherty, RNP, Susan Perry, RNP, Brett Michelson, RNP, and Allison Silvers, LMHC, Psy.D. To book a new client appointment please call 401-821-4100.
(401) 217-4253 View (401) 217-4253
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Evan Stoler
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MPAS, CAQ-PSY
Verified
Cranston, RI 02920  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a psych PA which means I focus on medication management but I try to be as thorough and comprehensive as possible with treatment plans. I schedule 1 hour intakes to try to get to know you the best I can because the better I can know you, the better I can help you. You will outline in the beginning what your goals are and what you have been feeling. From there we will cover your psychiatric and medical history, the range of all mental health symptoms you have experienced, talk about substance use, social history, labs, and together develop a plan that feels right, ensuring time to answer all your questions and concerns.
Hello! I am a psych PA which means I focus on medication management but I try to be as thorough and comprehensive as possible with treatment plans. I schedule 1 hour intakes to try to get to know you the best I can because the better I can know you, the better I can help you. You will outline in the beginning what your goals are and what you have been feeling. From there we will cover your psychiatric and medical history, the range of all mental health symptoms you have experienced, talk about substance use, social history, labs, and together develop a plan that feels right, ensuring time to answer all your questions and concerns.
(401) 259-0340 View (401) 259-0340
Photo of Arielle Rounds - West Bay Psychiatric Associates, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Arielle Rounds - West Bay Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Warwick, RI 02886
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing psychiatric medication management for variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood and bipolar spectrum disorders, among others. I work together with my clients to establish a tailored treatment plan specific to their unique needs.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) providing psychiatric medication management for variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood and bipolar spectrum disorders, among others. I work together with my clients to establish a tailored treatment plan specific to their unique needs.
(401) 208-2750 View (401) 208-2750
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Tahir Tellioglu M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Providence, RI 02903  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatrist with sub-specialty in Addiction/Substance Use Disorders. I work at a Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital in Boston, MA. My main focuses are the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of adult patients (18+), who are suffering from psychiatric disorders (i.e.depression, anxiety, bipolar,..) and substance use disorders (alcoholism, heroin, cocaine, drug use).
I am a Psychiatrist with sub-specialty in Addiction/Substance Use Disorders. I work at a Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital in Boston, MA. My main focuses are the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of adult patients (18+), who are suffering from psychiatric disorders (i.e.depression, anxiety, bipolar,..) and substance use disorders (alcoholism, heroin, cocaine, drug use).
(401) 205-3906 View (401) 205-3906
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Monissa Solberg - Wellness Rhode Island
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Riverside, RI 02915
Dr. Solberg is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at The University of California, Los Angeles. She went to medical school at UCLA and also completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship through UCLA. She currently provides medication management for adolescents and adults with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Attention Deficit Disorder, eating disorders, psychosis and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as other neuropsychiatric conditions.
Dr. Solberg is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at The University of California, Los Angeles. She went to medical school at UCLA and also completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship through UCLA. She currently provides medication management for adolescents and adults with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, Attention Deficit Disorder, eating disorders, psychosis and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as other neuropsychiatric conditions.
(401) 437-4116 View (401) 437-4116
Photo of Renee Rotman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Renee Rotman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified
Not accepting new clients
Renee Rotman is board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is trained in medication management and offers both online and in person sessions in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Renee's primary approach is to discuss the challenges clients encounter that may prevent them from living the life they want to live. By gathering a complete history, treatment goals are identified. Once a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation is completed, Renee will recommend medications using evidence based practice guidelines. She will then continue to meet with her clients to assess how they are feeling.
Renee Rotman is board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She is trained in medication management and offers both online and in person sessions in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Renee's primary approach is to discuss the challenges clients encounter that may prevent them from living the life they want to live. By gathering a complete history, treatment goals are identified. Once a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation is completed, Renee will recommend medications using evidence based practice guidelines. She will then continue to meet with her clients to assess how they are feeling.
(401) 227-8668 View (401) 227-8668
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Spectrum Neuro Behavioral Care ( SNBCare )
Psychiatrist, MD, Psych , NP, LICSW
Verified
North Smithfield, RI 02896  (Online Only)
SNBCare is a multidisciplinary group of dedicated professionals, providing the best quality care for a wide range of outpatient mental health services. We have been serving adults, families, and couples for over a decade in a caring, patient-friendly environment. We are offering Telemedicine and Teletherapy through video to all who want to be seen during this time, as well as TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). We accept almost all insurances. We are currently accepting new patients for telemedicine, teletherapy, and TMS and would be honored to support you on your journey to mental wellness.
SNBCare is a multidisciplinary group of dedicated professionals, providing the best quality care for a wide range of outpatient mental health services. We have been serving adults, families, and couples for over a decade in a caring, patient-friendly environment. We are offering Telemedicine and Teletherapy through video to all who want to be seen during this time, as well as TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). We accept almost all insurances. We are currently accepting new patients for telemedicine, teletherapy, and TMS and would be honored to support you on your journey to mental wellness.
(401) 307-4494 View (401) 307-4494
Photo of Gillian Cooperstein, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Gillian Cooperstein
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Cranston, RI 02910
Gillian Cooperstein is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the psychiatric treatment and care for children, adolescents and young adults (ages 6-25). She most commonly treats depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, oppositional defiance and mood disorders. She believes in treating the whole person and is thoughtful when making decisions about medication options.
Gillian Cooperstein is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who specializes in the psychiatric treatment and care for children, adolescents and young adults (ages 6-25). She most commonly treats depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, oppositional defiance and mood disorders. She believes in treating the whole person and is thoughtful when making decisions about medication options.
(401) 592-5651 View (401) 592-5651
Photo of Mark Gauthier, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Mark Gauthier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNPBC
Verified
Providence, RI 02906
* Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * Master's degree in Nursing, Boston College * Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner * Over 20 years experience in the field of Mental Health/Psychiatry * Over 10 years experience in acute, inpatient psychiatry. I work with ages 16-59 years old and specialize in Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and Bipolar Disorders. Though I am a medication provider, I believe in a holistic approach to mental health, which includes healthy lifestyle and habits.
* Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth * Master's degree in Nursing, Boston College * Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner * Over 20 years experience in the field of Mental Health/Psychiatry * Over 10 years experience in acute, inpatient psychiatry. I work with ages 16-59 years old and specialize in Depression, Anxiety, ADHD and Bipolar Disorders. Though I am a medication provider, I believe in a holistic approach to mental health, which includes healthy lifestyle and habits.
(844) 452-5024 View (844) 452-5024
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Nicole Miele
Psychiatric Nurse, BA, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
East Greenwich, RI 02818  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
I have a few openings for postpartum (up to one year) experiencing symptoms of mild-moderate anxiety, and depression, women experiencing mood/anxiety changes related to the menstrual cycle, perimenopause, and menopause. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that works with women, ages 21-55. I have many years of experience working in women's health, and maternal-child health, including postpartum depression/anxiety and parent-child attachment.
I have a few openings for postpartum (up to one year) experiencing symptoms of mild-moderate anxiety, and depression, women experiencing mood/anxiety changes related to the menstrual cycle, perimenopause, and menopause. I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner that works with women, ages 21-55. I have many years of experience working in women's health, and maternal-child health, including postpartum depression/anxiety and parent-child attachment.
(401) 648-2533 View (401) 648-2533
Photo of James A Gallo, MD and Associates, Psychiatrist in Rhode Island
James A Gallo, MD and Associates
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Warwick, RI 02886
Welcome, Our practice focuses on medication management and Individual psychotherapy for major psychiatric problems. Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, ADD, OCD, PTSD, Psychosis, and Addictions. I make sure the appropriate amount of quality time is spent with all of our patients. Our certified psychiatric nurse practitioners work with me and all have direct access and consult with me when needed. We see patients in the office and on occasion will use telehealth.
Welcome, Our practice focuses on medication management and Individual psychotherapy for major psychiatric problems. Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, ADD, OCD, PTSD, Psychosis, and Addictions. I make sure the appropriate amount of quality time is spent with all of our patients. Our certified psychiatric nurse practitioners work with me and all have direct access and consult with me when needed. We see patients in the office and on occasion will use telehealth.
(401) 425-6773 View (401) 425-6773
Photo of Nicole Sanchez, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Nicole Sanchez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
Hello, my name is Nicole Sanchez. I became a nurse practitioner because I genuinely love to help people. I was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. I started my journey to become a registered nurse because I felt a calling to help people in need and when they are at their worst. I graduated from National University College in Arecibo, Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2011. I am fluent in Spanish and English. I have worked as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for over 6 years.
Hello, my name is Nicole Sanchez. I became a nurse practitioner because I genuinely love to help people. I was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. I started my journey to become a registered nurse because I felt a calling to help people in need and when they are at their worst. I graduated from National University College in Arecibo, Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2011. I am fluent in Spanish and English. I have worked as an inpatient psychiatric nurse for over 6 years.
(401) 289-1014 View (401) 289-1014
Photo of Danielle M. Trenelli, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Danielle M. Trenelli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP-BC
Verified
Cranston, RI 02905  (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)
(401) 324-1195 View (401) 324-1195
Photo of Garden City Psychiatry, LLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Garden City Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Cranston, RI 02920
Our practice is exclusive to medication management only. We specialize in providing medication management to adults and children diagnosed with mental health issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, traumatic events, panic attacks, and life stressors. Each patient will receive a comprehensive initial evaluation, medication management, personalized attention, 24/7 on call coverage and coordination with your healthcare providers. Adele Palazzo, APRN and Melanie Koehler, APRN treat the adult population.
Our practice is exclusive to medication management only. We specialize in providing medication management to adults and children diagnosed with mental health issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, traumatic events, panic attacks, and life stressors. Each patient will receive a comprehensive initial evaluation, medication management, personalized attention, 24/7 on call coverage and coordination with your healthcare providers. Adele Palazzo, APRN and Melanie Koehler, APRN treat the adult population.
(401) 946-6400 View (401) 946-6400
Photo of Kelsey Sorensen, Physician Assistant in Rhode Island
Kelsey Sorensen
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
Cranston, RI 02920  (Online Only)
Are you considering starting medication but are apprehensive about the options? Are you already on medications but are struggling with side effects or the medication not working? Are you just not feeling like yourself? Let's work together to find the best treatment plan for you. My approach to care is conversational rather than clinical. I like to get to know you, as a person, not just a diagnosis. We will work together to find a treatment plan that feels comfortable. While my specialty is medication management, I focus on using the least amount of medication possible and reducing the use of multiple medications whenever able.
Are you considering starting medication but are apprehensive about the options? Are you already on medications but are struggling with side effects or the medication not working? Are you just not feeling like yourself? Let's work together to find the best treatment plan for you. My approach to care is conversational rather than clinical. I like to get to know you, as a person, not just a diagnosis. We will work together to find a treatment plan that feels comfortable. While my specialty is medication management, I focus on using the least amount of medication possible and reducing the use of multiple medications whenever able.
(401) 417-4840 View (401) 417-4840
Photo of Ann Bisland, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Ann Bisland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
Verified
I am a pediatric nurse practitioner and mental health specialist with over 10 years of experience working with young children, adolescents and young adults to foster academic success and mental wellness. I earned my Masters in Nursing at Yale University and am a current fellow of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. I specialize in the diagnosis and management of ADHD, anxiety and depression in children that are struggling with their emotional regulation, impulsivity, attention and mood.
I am a pediatric nurse practitioner and mental health specialist with over 10 years of experience working with young children, adolescents and young adults to foster academic success and mental wellness. I earned my Masters in Nursing at Yale University and am a current fellow of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. I specialize in the diagnosis and management of ADHD, anxiety and depression in children that are struggling with their emotional regulation, impulsivity, attention and mood.
(401) 360-9011 View (401) 360-9011
Photo of Adebola Adelaiye, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Rhode Island
Adebola Adelaiye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified
Providence, RI 02903
Emmanuel Medical Services - PCP at home. We Provide Psychiatric and Primary Care at Home. Telehealth Care Services also available. Our psychiatric home visit service provides comprehensive mental health evaluations, diagnoses, and treatment plans for patients with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Our primary care home visit service offers a range of medical services, including preventive care, health assessments, chronic disease management, and acute care for illnesses and injuries. Dr. Adebola Adelaiye DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is here to help you with your healthcare needs.
Emmanuel Medical Services - PCP at home. We Provide Psychiatric and Primary Care at Home. Telehealth Care Services also available. Our psychiatric home visit service provides comprehensive mental health evaluations, diagnoses, and treatment plans for patients with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Our primary care home visit service offers a range of medical services, including preventive care, health assessments, chronic disease management, and acute care for illnesses and injuries. Dr. Adebola Adelaiye DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC is here to help you with your healthcare needs.
(401) 358-6364 View (401) 358-6364

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Rhode Island who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
91% Anxiety
84% Medication Management
81% ADHD
70% Bipolar Disorder
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

91% BlueCross and BlueShield
82% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
74% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Rhode Island see their clients

73% In Person and Online
27% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Rhode Island?

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.