Psychiatrists in Vermont

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Photo of Dr. Archil Chechelashvili, Psychiatrist in Vermont
Dr. Archil Chechelashvili
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colchester, VT 05446
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist providing assessment and medical management for children and adolescents up to age 17 (18 if still in high school). Conditions I treat include ADHD, anxiety, OCD and depression. Although I do not provide very much psychotherapy myself, I can assess and recommend psychotherapy in appropriate cases. I also participate in providing assessment and treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
I am an experienced Board Certified Psychiatrist providing assessment and medical management for children and adolescents up to age 17 (18 if still in high school). Conditions I treat include ADHD, anxiety, OCD and depression. Although I do not provide very much psychotherapy myself, I can assess and recommend psychotherapy in appropriate cases. I also participate in providing assessment and treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
(802) 392-2660 View (802) 392-2660
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North Country Behavioral Medicine and TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Colchester, VT 05446
North Country Behavioral Medicine provides psychiatric services to patients of all ages. We utilize multiple treatment modalities including specific psychotherapies, medication management and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Specific psychotherapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy, and Eclectic Psychotherapies. Telehealth services are also available. We also offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for patients suffering from depression that has failed to respond to medications. Although we offer visits via telehealth, all initial assessments are completed in person.
North Country Behavioral Medicine provides psychiatric services to patients of all ages. We utilize multiple treatment modalities including specific psychotherapies, medication management and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Specific psychotherapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy, and Eclectic Psychotherapies. Telehealth services are also available. We also offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for patients suffering from depression that has failed to respond to medications. Although we offer visits via telehealth, all initial assessments are completed in person.
(802) 402-4472 View (802) 402-4472
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Jeff Lourie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Montpelier, VT 05602
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized, holistic mental health care. I use a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment which integrates medication management in coordination with the rest of your team. My practice is built on the belief that everyone deserves access to high-quality, personalized mental health care.
I am a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) dedicated to providing compassionate, individualized, holistic mental health care. I use a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment which integrates medication management in coordination with the rest of your team. My practice is built on the belief that everyone deserves access to high-quality, personalized mental health care.
(802) 536-8071 View (802) 536-8071
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Breck Baker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819  (Online Only)
Life's journey is filled with challenges and seeking support can make all the difference. My mission is to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use, ensuring access to compassionate, quality care for all. I am committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of my patients by treating each person individually and looking at their specific symptoms rather than their diagnosis. I am dedicated to promoting mental wellbeing for individuals 18 years and older.
Life's journey is filled with challenges and seeking support can make all the difference. My mission is to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use, ensuring access to compassionate, quality care for all. I am committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of my patients by treating each person individually and looking at their specific symptoms rather than their diagnosis. I am dedicated to promoting mental wellbeing for individuals 18 years and older.
(904) 842-2937 View (904) 842-2937
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Dr. David Mooney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colchester, VT 05446
When it comes to your mental and emotional well-being, having a compassionate and experienced guide can make all the difference. Dr. David Mooney is that guide, a dedicated psychiatrist who empowers his patients to overcome obstacles, heal, and thrive. With an inviting and empathetic demeanor, he creates a safe and non-judgmental space for you to express your thoughts and feelings, free of stigma or fear. Please note, although telehealth appointments are available to established patients, the initial visit must be completed in person.
When it comes to your mental and emotional well-being, having a compassionate and experienced guide can make all the difference. Dr. David Mooney is that guide, a dedicated psychiatrist who empowers his patients to overcome obstacles, heal, and thrive. With an inviting and empathetic demeanor, he creates a safe and non-judgmental space for you to express your thoughts and feelings, free of stigma or fear. Please note, although telehealth appointments are available to established patients, the initial visit must be completed in person.
(802) 327-7256 View (802) 327-7256
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Dr. Misty Stafford
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05405  (Online Only)
I am an ivy league-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services via telehealth. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe it reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
I am an ivy league-trained child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist seeing patients for combined psychotherapy and medication management services via telehealth. My practice is small and patient-focused with a tailored approach to meet every patient's unique needs. My approach to treatment is to provide a safe, comforting environment where patients feel able to express themselves emotionally without fear of judgment. I pride myself on being empathic, warm and caring with an ability to personally connect with each of my patients and their families. I love what I do and I believe it reflects in the results I help my patients achieve.
(802) 794-4314 View (802) 794-4314
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Gwyn M Cattell
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Whiting, VT 05778
Waitlist for new clients
I practice patient and family centered psychiatry for individuals and families with a goal of helping people create a life that has dignity, meaning and joy. I specialize in trauma, complex behavioral issues, mood disorders, anxiety, and major mental illness throughout the life span. New appointments are at 11 am, with priority given to children and young adults. Please note, copies of records for personal use are charged at $1 per page.
I practice patient and family centered psychiatry for individuals and families with a goal of helping people create a life that has dignity, meaning and joy. I specialize in trauma, complex behavioral issues, mood disorders, anxiety, and major mental illness throughout the life span. New appointments are at 11 am, with priority given to children and young adults. Please note, copies of records for personal use are charged at $1 per page.
(802) 768-9029 View (802) 768-9029
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Partners In Integrative Healing, State Street TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montpelier, VT 05602
My current expertise and interests are; Community Psychiatry and building relationships within the natural environment. I perform second opinion consultations for complex cases or people who feel misdiagnosed. I have a focus on Women’s health and Reproductive Psychiatry, treating persons throughout the perinatal journey, I am an advocate and ally of LGBTQ and BIPOC community and am committed to an anti-racist and inclusive therapeutic stance. Integrative General Psychiatry, which includes traditional approaches in addition to holistic approaches. Interventional Psychiatry; transcranial magnetic stimulation and esketamine.
My current expertise and interests are; Community Psychiatry and building relationships within the natural environment. I perform second opinion consultations for complex cases or people who feel misdiagnosed. I have a focus on Women’s health and Reproductive Psychiatry, treating persons throughout the perinatal journey, I am an advocate and ally of LGBTQ and BIPOC community and am committed to an anti-racist and inclusive therapeutic stance. Integrative General Psychiatry, which includes traditional approaches in addition to holistic approaches. Interventional Psychiatry; transcranial magnetic stimulation and esketamine.
(802) 300-3569 View (802) 300-3569
Photo of Katie M Whitaker, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
Katie M Whitaker
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Montpelier, VT 05602
Waitlist for new clients
I am passionate about supporting people on their path to becoming their healthiest, happiest, and most embodied selves. I believe that we all have the power to tap into our own inner healer and find our way toward wellness. My focus is on holistic treatment models, specializing in consciousness medicine. I utilize an integrative approach to these therapies as a PMHNP-BC. I have completed the 100-hr training with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in MDMA-assisted therapy and am in the supervision phase of my certificate in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy through Polaris Insight Center.
I am passionate about supporting people on their path to becoming their healthiest, happiest, and most embodied selves. I believe that we all have the power to tap into our own inner healer and find our way toward wellness. My focus is on holistic treatment models, specializing in consciousness medicine. I utilize an integrative approach to these therapies as a PMHNP-BC. I have completed the 100-hr training with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in MDMA-assisted therapy and am in the supervision phase of my certificate in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy through Polaris Insight Center.
(802) 255-8736 View (802) 255-8736
Photo of Crystal LeBoeuf, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
Crystal LeBoeuf
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
At Sage Mental Health we recognize that finding appropriate mental healthcare can be daunting. Taking the step to seek help for one’s mental health can be difficult for many, and it is our goal to make the process as easy as possible. We understand that many of our clients are coming to see us at a difficult time in their lives, already feeling vulnerable, confused, and whether change is possible. The goal at Sage Mental Health is to offer hope that change is possible through education, collaboration, and thoughtful treatment goals.
At Sage Mental Health we recognize that finding appropriate mental healthcare can be daunting. Taking the step to seek help for one’s mental health can be difficult for many, and it is our goal to make the process as easy as possible. We understand that many of our clients are coming to see us at a difficult time in their lives, already feeling vulnerable, confused, and whether change is possible. The goal at Sage Mental Health is to offer hope that change is possible through education, collaboration, and thoughtful treatment goals.
(802) 397-9557 View (802) 397-9557
Photo of OptiMind for Women, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
OptiMind for Women
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelburne, VT 05482  (Online Only)
VERMONT-BASED. I specialize in helping women during pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause to achieve optimal mental wellness using integrative psychiatry. As an Ivy-league trained and dual board-certified Nurse-Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I partner with you to heal anxiety, depression, and mood swings from a women's health perspective. I also offer specialized services to adoptive parents or those considering adoption. Please visit my website for a more comprehensive description of my services, practice philosophy, and pricing model and to get in touch with me. I look forward to hearing from you!
VERMONT-BASED. I specialize in helping women during pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause to achieve optimal mental wellness using integrative psychiatry. As an Ivy-league trained and dual board-certified Nurse-Midwife and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I partner with you to heal anxiety, depression, and mood swings from a women's health perspective. I also offer specialized services to adoptive parents or those considering adoption. Please visit my website for a more comprehensive description of my services, practice philosophy, and pricing model and to get in touch with me. I look forward to hearing from you!
(802) 328-5105 View (802) 328-5105
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Green State Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Green State Psychiatry offers high quality Psychiatric Evaluation and ongoing treatment. We are currently accepting referrals for patients of all ages, including Perinatal and Post-partum women. We offer in-person appointments at our South Burlington office, as well as Telemedicine appointments. Please see our website www.greenstatepsych.com for details.
Green State Psychiatry offers high quality Psychiatric Evaluation and ongoing treatment. We are currently accepting referrals for patients of all ages, including Perinatal and Post-partum women. We offer in-person appointments at our South Burlington office, as well as Telemedicine appointments. Please see our website www.greenstatepsych.com for details.
(802) 432-2788 View (802) 432-2788
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Ascend Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNS, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with over fifteen years of clinical experience providing psychiatric care to children, adolescents, and families. My work in private practice focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, as well as the support of parents as they navigate the challenges inherent to supporting their child's mental health and wellbeing. I prioritize the development of a positive therapeutic alliance and view the development of such a relationship to be a key component to achieving treatment success.
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with over fifteen years of clinical experience providing psychiatric care to children, adolescents, and families. My work in private practice focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, as well as the support of parents as they navigate the challenges inherent to supporting their child's mental health and wellbeing. I prioritize the development of a positive therapeutic alliance and view the development of such a relationship to be a key component to achieving treatment success.
(802) 810-8759 View (802) 810-8759
Photo of Carolyn Robinson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
Carolyn Robinson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, VT 05445  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont and New Jersey. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com. I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont and New Jersey. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com. I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
(856) 666-8496 View (856) 666-8496
Photo of Julia Frankel, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
Julia Frankel, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rutland, VT 05701  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that works with adults treating a variety of mental health conditions. I have been working in the mental health field for over 15 years across numerous settings including inpatient, outpatient, community and residential programs in both Connecticut and Vermont. My practice philosophy is both evidence-based and client-centered, working with my clients to help them find stability of symptoms so that they can enjoy their lives to their fullest.
I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner that works with adults treating a variety of mental health conditions. I have been working in the mental health field for over 15 years across numerous settings including inpatient, outpatient, community and residential programs in both Connecticut and Vermont. My practice philosophy is both evidence-based and client-centered, working with my clients to help them find stability of symptoms so that they can enjoy their lives to their fullest.
(802) 866-6826 View (802) 866-6826
Photo of Rebecca A Brooklyn, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
Rebecca A Brooklyn
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Williston, VT 05495  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have been a health care provider for 30+ years starting as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Returning for a second degree in Psychiatry in 2013. I practice patient and family centered psychiatry with individuals and families to help people create a life that has dignity, meaning and joy. My practice consists of clients from 5-95 years of age. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier.
I have been a health care provider for 30+ years starting as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Returning for a second degree in Psychiatry in 2013. I practice patient and family centered psychiatry with individuals and families to help people create a life that has dignity, meaning and joy. My practice consists of clients from 5-95 years of age. I have always believed that brain health is the key to every form of well being and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms has the potential to be healthier.
(802) 455-9175 View (802) 455-9175
Photo of Juliana Pires, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
Juliana Pires
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Burlington, VT 05403  (Online Only)
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.
(774) 260-8038 View (774) 260-8038
Photo of At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
At Your Service Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Shelburne, VT 05482
To see available appointments and SELF-SCHEDULE online go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com ONLINE TELEPSYCHIATRY with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This practice is a telepsychiatry practice focusing on caring for you from your home, or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar I & II, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, agoraphobia, and various conditions.
To see available appointments and SELF-SCHEDULE online go to AtYourServicePsychiatry.com ONLINE TELEPSYCHIATRY with medications sent right to your local pharmacy. This practice is a telepsychiatry practice focusing on caring for you from your home, or office, with visits from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. With over a decade of psychiatry experience, we care for people with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar I & II, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, postpartum depression, agoraphobia, and various conditions.
Photo of Darcy Faibish, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
Darcy Faibish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, VT 05445  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
(802) 392-0825 View (802) 392-0825
Photo of VirtualPsychiatricCare.com, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont
VirtualPsychiatricCare.com
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits offering psych evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates out of pocket rates. Accepting some insurances.
Accepting new patients for telehealth visits offering psych evaluations and medication management. We treat anyone suffering with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue that is adversely affecting optimal functioning at work, deterring their best social self, or preventing being fully present for loved ones. Our clients are looking to be properly diagnosed and treated using the safest prescribing principles. Make your appointment on our website today. Evening and weekend hours are available. Affordable rates out of pocket rates. Accepting some insurances.
(802) 521-2876 View (802) 521-2876

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Average cost per session

$250

Psychiatrists in Vermont who prioritize treating:

91% Depression
84% Anxiety
79% Medication Management
67% Bipolar Disorder
66% Trauma and PTSD
64% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
62% ADHD

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

84% BlueCross and BlueShield
70% Cigna and Evernorth
56% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Vermont see their clients

61% In Person and Online
39% Online Only

Gender breakdown

76% Female
22% Male
2% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Vermont?

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.