Psychiatrists in Barrington, RI

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Lilia Romero-Bosch
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Barrington, RI 02806
Not accepting new clients
Lilia Romero-Bosch, MD is a board certified psychiatrist that works with young children, adolescents and adults. She received training from Brown University in: General Pediatrics/General Adult Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Bosch is also one of the only physicians in southern New England to practice Functional Psychiatry, which focuses on helping you find your healthiest self and not just helping you treat a "diagnosis".
Lilia Romero-Bosch, MD is a board certified psychiatrist that works with young children, adolescents and adults. She received training from Brown University in: General Pediatrics/General Adult Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Bosch is also one of the only physicians in southern New England to practice Functional Psychiatry, which focuses on helping you find your healthiest self and not just helping you treat a "diagnosis".
(401) 213-3329 View (401) 213-3329
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Paul Christopher
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Barrington, RI 02806
I am a Brown-trained, board-certified psychiatrist who provides individually tailored psychotherapy to adults over eighteen. I also provide medication management, if needed, for those I see for psychotherapy. I have expertise in treating a range of problems including work and academic stress, relationship concerns, self-esteem issues, life transitions, as well as depression, anxiety, and grief.
I am a Brown-trained, board-certified psychiatrist who provides individually tailored psychotherapy to adults over eighteen. I also provide medication management, if needed, for those I see for psychotherapy. I have expertise in treating a range of problems including work and academic stress, relationship concerns, self-esteem issues, life transitions, as well as depression, anxiety, and grief.
(401) 234-0204 View (401) 234-0204
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Laura Whiteley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Barrington, RI 02806
I am a board certified psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, mood, sleep, and attentional disorders in adults and adolescents. As a psychiatrist, I can provide both therapy and medications to integrate your care. If preferred, I can also work with your therapist to provide medication management. My office is conveniently located on the east side of Providence within walking distance from Brown, Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson and Wales. Please visit: www.laurawhiteleymd.com for more information.
I am a board certified psychiatrist, with fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, mood, sleep, and attentional disorders in adults and adolescents. As a psychiatrist, I can provide both therapy and medications to integrate your care. If preferred, I can also work with your therapist to provide medication management. My office is conveniently located on the east side of Providence within walking distance from Brown, Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson and Wales. Please visit: www.laurawhiteleymd.com for more information.
(401) 375-2708 View (401) 375-2708
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Jonathan L Crist
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Barrington, RI 02806  (Online Only)
I enjoy treating adults and college students who are interested in changing patterns of behavior that are detrimental in their relationships and work life. This is achieved through psychotherapy (and medication where indicated) so that you can obtain your full potential. I am trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, an approach that looks comprehensively at an entire person's life, as well as cognitive and behavioral therapy. My psychotherapy training was through Leigh McCullough., a Harvard professor and clinician who also researched what causes true change in therapy. More recently I have studied AEDP a form of Positive Psychotherapy.
I enjoy treating adults and college students who are interested in changing patterns of behavior that are detrimental in their relationships and work life. This is achieved through psychotherapy (and medication where indicated) so that you can obtain your full potential. I am trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, an approach that looks comprehensively at an entire person's life, as well as cognitive and behavioral therapy. My psychotherapy training was through Leigh McCullough., a Harvard professor and clinician who also researched what causes true change in therapy. More recently I have studied AEDP a form of Positive Psychotherapy.
(401) 229-6078 View (401) 229-6078
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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Barrington, RI 02806  (Online Only)
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Our Goal is to find the right balance between your need for appropriate therapeutic interventions and safe medication management for struggles with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Mood Disturbances, Sleep Challenges, Obsessive-Compulsive, Trauma & Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(401) 420-7620 View (401) 420-7620
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Kaitlin Kelley-Revive Therapeutic Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrington, RI 02806
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 just like you. 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 just like you. 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) 593-3496 View (401) 593-3496
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Emily Daniell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
Barrington, RI 02806
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes strongly in the collaborative relationship between practitioner and client. I believe in offering non-stigmatized care in a comfortable setting where a trusting rapport can be built. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, etc. I am a certified Addiction specialist and have a decade of experience treating Substance Use Disorders. I offer treatment with Suboxone, Sublocade, Brixadi, or Vivitrol as well as general psychiatric med management. If you are looking for MAT, psych med mgmt, or both, I would love to work with you.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who believes strongly in the collaborative relationship between practitioner and client. I believe in offering non-stigmatized care in a comfortable setting where a trusting rapport can be built. I have experience treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, insomnia, etc. I am a certified Addiction specialist and have a decade of experience treating Substance Use Disorders. I offer treatment with Suboxone, Sublocade, Brixadi, or Vivitrol as well as general psychiatric med management. If you are looking for MAT, psych med mgmt, or both, I would love to work with you.
(401) 343-7562 View (401) 343-7562
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Afya Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrington, RI 02806
Afya Services LLC is a private practice that offers both primary care and medication management to individuals 18 years of age and above. Are symptoms of anxiety, depression and ADHD impacting your daily life? Don't feel stuck and hopeless, I can help reduce the barriers that you are facing. Phina Mayu APRN has extensive years in mental health including MHW and tailor’s individual treatment plan in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and MAT/Suboxone. I offer in office as well as Telehealth services. EVENING & WEEKEND HOURS also available. I diagnose, provide medication management, and refer to therapists as needed.
Afya Services LLC is a private practice that offers both primary care and medication management to individuals 18 years of age and above. Are symptoms of anxiety, depression and ADHD impacting your daily life? Don't feel stuck and hopeless, I can help reduce the barriers that you are facing. Phina Mayu APRN has extensive years in mental health including MHW and tailor’s individual treatment plan in Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and MAT/Suboxone. I offer in office as well as Telehealth services. EVENING & WEEKEND HOURS also available. I diagnose, provide medication management, and refer to therapists as needed.
(401) 561-8992 View (401) 561-8992
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Ann Bisland
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CPNP-PC, PMHS
Verified Verified
Barrington, RI 02806
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

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A Knew You and Wellness LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
Bristol, RI 02809  (Online Only)
Dr. Costa is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Grief, Compulsive Disorders, Dementia/Cognitive Disorders, and Mood Disorders.
Dr. Costa is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both primary care and psychiatry; diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of her practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Grief, Compulsive Disorders, Dementia/Cognitive Disorders, and Mood Disorders.
(401) 655-2031 View (401) 655-2031
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Sarah Xavier
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
East Greenwich, RI 02818
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
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Hilary Cerullo
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Cranston, RI 02910
Brown University Adult Psychiatry Residency completed June 2008. New York College of Osteopathic Medicine completed 2004. Columbia University Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program completed 2000.
Brown University Adult Psychiatry Residency completed June 2008. New York College of Osteopathic Medicine completed 2004. Columbia University Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program completed 2000.
(401) 652-6403 View (401) 652-6403
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Corrine Potter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02903  (Online Only)
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 15 years experience in nursing. I believe in providing individualized care specific to each patient and their needs. I utilize medication management and psychotherapy during appointments for optimal patient outcomes. I specialize in Anxiety, Panic disorders, Depression, Bipolar disorders, Insomnia, Adjustment disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Eating disorders, ADHD, ADD, OCD, Stress and Psychotic disorders.
I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with 15 years experience in nursing. I believe in providing individualized care specific to each patient and their needs. I utilize medication management and psychotherapy during appointments for optimal patient outcomes. I specialize in Anxiety, Panic disorders, Depression, Bipolar disorders, Insomnia, Adjustment disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Eating disorders, ADHD, ADD, OCD, Stress and Psychotic disorders.
(508) 388-1548 View (508) 388-1548
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Katie Thayer - West Bay Psychiatric Associates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Warwick, RI 02886
Hello! My name is Katie and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides medication management services for preteens, adolescents, and adults. I work in treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. In addition to providing medication I provide a holistic approach to mental health treatment that includes patient and family centered care to promote wellness.
Hello! My name is Katie and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who provides medication management services for preteens, adolescents, and adults. I work in treating psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. In addition to providing medication I provide a holistic approach to mental health treatment that includes patient and family centered care to promote wellness.
(401) 208-0891 View (401) 208-0891
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New Leaf Psychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pawtucket, RI 02860  (Online Only)
Falashade Adewuyi is board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who treats individuals with mental health illnesses. She has been caring for patients with psychiatric illness for over 19 years. She specialize in the treatment of adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, and other psychiatric disorders.
Falashade Adewuyi is board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who treats individuals with mental health illnesses. She has been caring for patients with psychiatric illness for over 19 years. She specialize in the treatment of adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, PTSD, substance abuse, and other psychiatric disorders.
(401) 405-1300 View (401) 405-1300
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Dr. Jose Rengifo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906
Dr Rengifo is a Harvard trained board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in medical education and diagnosing & treatment of various psychiatric conditions in adults. He completed his education at Cornell University and Rush Medical College as well as completing a psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry through Brown Medical School in Providence, RI with several teaching awards. Dr Rengifo brings a passion for teaching and excellent beside manner to all his patients.
Dr Rengifo is a Harvard trained board-certified psychiatrist who has expertise in medical education and diagnosing & treatment of various psychiatric conditions in adults. He completed his education at Cornell University and Rush Medical College as well as completing a psychiatry residency at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Most recently, he has an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry through Brown Medical School in Providence, RI with several teaching awards. Dr Rengifo brings a passion for teaching and excellent beside manner to all his patients.
(612) 482-7011 View (612) 482-7011
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Ike Uzowulu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02903  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression and anxiety related disorders. Substance use disorder/MAT, ADHD, PTSD, Acute stress and sleep related disorders
I am a board-certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have a master's degree in psychiatric nursing specializing in mental and behavioral health medicine. I have verifiable experience in treating variety of psychiatric disorders such as; mood disorders including resistant depression and anxiety related disorders. Substance use disorder/MAT, ADHD, PTSD, Acute stress and sleep related disorders
(401) 208-0884 View (401) 208-0884
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Monissa Solberg - Wellness Rhode Island
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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
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Danielle Lasden
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02903
Dedicated to compassionate, patient-focused care, Danielle Lasden brings over 7 years of hands-on experience to Emory Recovery Center. As a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in addiction medicine, Danielle possesses an unwavering commitment to the holistic treatment of individuals grappling with substance use disorders. Having served at renowned institutions like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Danielle has demonstrated expertise in integrating addiction medicine into primary care, ensuring comprehensive and seamless care for her patients.
Dedicated to compassionate, patient-focused care, Danielle Lasden brings over 7 years of hands-on experience to Emory Recovery Center. As a board-certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in addiction medicine, Danielle possesses an unwavering commitment to the holistic treatment of individuals grappling with substance use disorders. Having served at renowned institutions like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Danielle has demonstrated expertise in integrating addiction medicine into primary care, ensuring comprehensive and seamless care for her patients.
(508) 978-4966 View (508) 978-4966
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Katrina Sivo-Souza
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pawtucket, RI 02860  (Online Only)
You deserve to have a provider who is compassionate, caring and knowledgable. I provide flexible, evening and weekend medication management services to clients in RI/ MA and CT. I am a nurse practitioner who treats adolescents and adults ages 15 years and older for multiple psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, schizophrenia and many more.
You deserve to have a provider who is compassionate, caring and knowledgable. I provide flexible, evening and weekend medication management services to clients in RI/ MA and CT. I am a nurse practitioner who treats adolescents and adults ages 15 years and older for multiple psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, schizophrenia and many more.
(401) 208-0465 View (401) 208-0465

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Barrington, RI

< 10

Psychiatrists in Barrington, RI who prioritize treating:

89% Depression
89% Anxiety
78% ADHD
78% Medication Management
56% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
56% Sleep or Insomnia
56% Stress

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
83% Aetna
67% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in Barrington, RI see their clients

78% In Person and Online
22% Online Only

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Barrington?

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.