Psychiatrists in Providence, RI

Photo of Nicole Solk, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nicole Solk
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02909  (Online Only)
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nicole Solk, has been working in psychiatry for over 10 years and as a Ketamine Practitioner since 2022. She believes that ketamine has the remarkable ability to help people access their innate capacity for healing, unlocking their potential for personal growth and transformation. She understands that healing goes beyond the physical realm and encompasses the emotional and spiritual aspects of a person's life. She creates a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can explore their inner worlds, confront their traumas, and tap into their inner strength.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Nicole Solk, has been working in psychiatry for over 10 years and as a Ketamine Practitioner since 2022. She believes that ketamine has the remarkable ability to help people access their innate capacity for healing, unlocking their potential for personal growth and transformation. She understands that healing goes beyond the physical realm and encompasses the emotional and spiritual aspects of a person's life. She creates a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can explore their inner worlds, confront their traumas, and tap into their inner strength.
(401) 249-4201 View (401) 249-4201
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Jeanne Marie Knight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02904
I enjoy treating all clients with complex mental health issues. There is no ideal client as one comes from all different backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I have learned to respect clients individually as they all have their own individual experiences that have caused them trauma, anxiety, depression, and possibly fears of specific situations or encounters. This affects their lives every day and my role is to understand them on all levels and imagine what it is like to be in that situation. I also have my own personal experience with anxiety and this allows me to have compassion in a humble manner.
I enjoy treating all clients with complex mental health issues. There is no ideal client as one comes from all different backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I have learned to respect clients individually as they all have their own individual experiences that have caused them trauma, anxiety, depression, and possibly fears of specific situations or encounters. This affects their lives every day and my role is to understand them on all levels and imagine what it is like to be in that situation. I also have my own personal experience with anxiety and this allows me to have compassion in a humble manner.
(401) 227-8208 View (401) 227-8208
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Sarah Stern
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906  (Online Only)
I work with pregnant and postpartum people as well as those experiencing hormonal shifts (PMDD, menopause), infertility and perinatal loss. I also treat women (including trans and non-binary people) throughout the lifespan who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have particular expertise in treating pregnancy and postpartum OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, PTSD and birth trauma. My primary focus is medication management and to support patients through collaborative, integrative care, keeping in mind each patients individual needs, goals, cultures and values.
I work with pregnant and postpartum people as well as those experiencing hormonal shifts (PMDD, menopause), infertility and perinatal loss. I also treat women (including trans and non-binary people) throughout the lifespan who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have particular expertise in treating pregnancy and postpartum OCD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, PTSD and birth trauma. My primary focus is medication management and to support patients through collaborative, integrative care, keeping in mind each patients individual needs, goals, cultures and values.
(401) 552-9430 View (401) 552-9430
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Thomas John Dolan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I have over 11 years of experience in mental health treatment and medication management. I work with young to older adults who have experienced depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, ADHD, OCD and PTSD.
I have over 11 years of experience in mental health treatment and medication management. I work with young to older adults who have experienced depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sleep disorders, ADHD, OCD and PTSD.
(401) 337-8873 View (401) 337-8873
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Adebola Adelaiye
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP
Verified 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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Darryle Steinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, CNM
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
Not accepting new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adult men and women working to overcome anxiety and/or depression. I hold an additional national certification as a certified nurse-midwife. I have extensive experience treating men and women with mood changes that can arise during the various stages of one's life. This includes, but is not limited to, addressing stressors related to life transitions, work, school, relationships, parenting, and care-taking of others. Seeking support at these challenging and vulnerable times is a brave and important step to feeling and functioning better in one's life.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adult men and women working to overcome anxiety and/or depression. I hold an additional national certification as a certified nurse-midwife. I have extensive experience treating men and women with mood changes that can arise during the various stages of one's life. This includes, but is not limited to, addressing stressors related to life transitions, work, school, relationships, parenting, and care-taking of others. Seeking support at these challenging and vulnerable times is a brave and important step to feeling and functioning better in one's life.
(401) 313-3275 View (401) 313-3275
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Cherry Tree Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02903
We are now accepting clients in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We specialize in providing medication management to all adults with various diagnoses. We have completed extra training specifically for treating PMDD, pre and post natal depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Each client will receive a comprehensive assessment, personalized treatment plan, and 24/7 on call availability. Our mission is to provide quality care in a supportive and judgement free environment.
We are now accepting clients in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We specialize in providing medication management to all adults with various diagnoses. We have completed extra training specifically for treating PMDD, pre and post natal depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Each client will receive a comprehensive assessment, personalized treatment plan, and 24/7 on call availability. Our mission is to provide quality care in a supportive and judgement free environment.
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MYM Child & Adult Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02909  (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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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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Revive Therapeutic Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CRNP, PMHNP
Verified 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
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Afya Services LLC
Psychiatric Nurse, APRN, AGNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906
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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Joshua Selly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02904
Are you tired of trying many different medications with no results? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Revive Therapeutic Services, my mission is to help my clients overcome any mental health condition or issue that is hindering them from living their desired life. I specialize in providing evidence-based, compassionate care to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other psychiatric illnesses.
Are you tired of trying many different medications with no results? As a psychiatric nurse practitioner at Revive Therapeutic Services, my mission is to help my clients overcome any mental health condition or issue that is hindering them from living their desired life. I specialize in providing evidence-based, compassionate care to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other psychiatric illnesses.
(401) 992-5364 View (401) 992-5364
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David Kahn
Psychiatrist, MD, CGP
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
I am a licensed psychiatrist, with over 20 years' experience helping people succeed in living healthy and full lives. I received my medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, and completed residencies in General Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at St. Vincent's Medical Center, New York City. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, I maintain private practices in New York City and Providence, RI. I've trained and supervised clinicians and residents of Brown University Medical School. I offer the following: * Individual therapy * Group therapy * Family therapy * Children and adolescents * Couples' therapy * Medication.
I am a licensed psychiatrist, with over 20 years' experience helping people succeed in living healthy and full lives. I received my medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School, and completed residencies in General Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at St. Vincent's Medical Center, New York City. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, I maintain private practices in New York City and Providence, RI. I've trained and supervised clinicians and residents of Brown University Medical School. I offer the following: * Individual therapy * Group therapy * Family therapy * Children and adolescents * Couples' therapy * Medication.
(401) 246-4063 View (401) 246-4063
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Renata Sasson NP @PVD Ketamine & Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02909
Psychiatric nurse practitioner Renata Sasson is the owner and founder of PVD Ketamine & Wellness. She has been working as a Ketamine Practitioner since 2021 and has successfully treated hundreds of clients with sublingual ketamine. Her vision for PVD Ketamine & Wellness is to offer impactful non-traditional healing modalities, with ketamine being the first. She is a proponent of including meditation and mindfulness as part of a well-rounded therapeutic approach. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Renata is committed to creating an inclusive, empowering, and person-centered healing space.
Psychiatric nurse practitioner Renata Sasson is the owner and founder of PVD Ketamine & Wellness. She has been working as a Ketamine Practitioner since 2021 and has successfully treated hundreds of clients with sublingual ketamine. Her vision for PVD Ketamine & Wellness is to offer impactful non-traditional healing modalities, with ketamine being the first. She is a proponent of including meditation and mindfulness as part of a well-rounded therapeutic approach. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Renata is committed to creating an inclusive, empowering, and person-centered healing space.
(401) 320-4247 View (401) 320-4247
Photo of Kaitlin Kelley - Kaitlin Kelley-Revive Therapeutic Services, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Kaitlin Kelley-Revive Therapeutic Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified 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 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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Hosa Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, FNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02905  (Online Only)
Marian has over a decade of experience in practice. Marian is a dual-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and Family nurse practitioner. As such, every client's needs are treated in an individualized and holistic manner. Marian specializes in providing medication management to children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, thought disorder, ADHD, bipolar, and the list goes on. Our mission is to provide the highest care that is compassionate, evidence-based, and patient-centered. We know that each patient has individualized needs, so we offer comprehensive assessment and alternative med services.
Marian has over a decade of experience in practice. Marian is a dual-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and Family nurse practitioner. As such, every client's needs are treated in an individualized and holistic manner. Marian specializes in providing medication management to children, adolescents, and adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, thought disorder, ADHD, bipolar, and the list goes on. Our mission is to provide the highest care that is compassionate, evidence-based, and patient-centered. We know that each patient has individualized needs, so we offer comprehensive assessment and alternative med services.
(401) 589-5543 View (401) 589-5543
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Alison Perry PMHNP, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adults working to overcome anxiety and/or depression. I hold an additional national certification as a family nurse practitioner and bring a holistic view of the intersection of physical and emotional wellbeing to my practice. I am experienced in treating individuals with mood changes that can arise during the various stages of one's life such as stressors related to life transitions, work, school, relationships, and caretaking. I have extensive experience working with women who seek to manage symptoms due to hormonal shifts and menopause.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adults working to overcome anxiety and/or depression. I hold an additional national certification as a family nurse practitioner and bring a holistic view of the intersection of physical and emotional wellbeing to my practice. I am experienced in treating individuals with mood changes that can arise during the various stages of one's life such as stressors related to life transitions, work, school, relationships, and caretaking. I have extensive experience working with women who seek to manage symptoms due to hormonal shifts and menopause.
(401) 324-1745 View (401) 324-1745
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Goldline Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Providence, RI 02906  (Online Only)
Group practice that specializes in medication management. We are accepting new clients in RI, MA & CT. Our practice is a medication management practice that provides med management services to children, adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, thought disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We are a group of 3 nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatric treatment, we are caring, compassionate and great listeners.
Group practice that specializes in medication management. We are accepting new clients in RI, MA & CT. Our practice is a medication management practice that provides med management services to children, adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, thought disorders and other psychiatric conditions. We are a group of 3 nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatric treatment, we are caring, compassionate and great listeners.
(401) 337-7493 View (401) 337-7493
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Tahir Tellioglu M D
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified 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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Paul Christopher
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Providence, RI 02906
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Providence, RI

70+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Providence, RI who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
95% Anxiety
83% ADHD
83% Medication Management
76% Bipolar Disorder
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

85% BlueCross and BlueShield
81% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in Providence, RI see their clients

68% In Person and Online
32% Online Only

Gender breakdown

77% Female
23% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Providence?

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.