Psychiatrists in Burlington, VT

Photo of Dr. Misty Stafford, Psychiatrist in Burlington, VT
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
Photo of Shawn R. May And Vermont Mental Health Clinic, Physician Assistant in Burlington, VT
Shawn R. May And Vermont Mental Health Clinic
Physician Assistant, PA-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
Follow the link to my WEBSITE. www.vermontmentalhealth.org and click "Become a New Patient." You will have access to my calendar to set your first apt. Vermont Mental Health Clinic (VMCH) offers psychiatric & social work services to individuals who are motivated to improve mental health and well-being. Psychiatric assessment, medical mgt, and psychotherapy provided. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, Addiction, and behavioral disturbance. My patients work to reclaim ultimate responsibility of their own mental health and stability. Age 14+; LGBTQ safe. All are welcome!
Follow the link to my WEBSITE. www.vermontmentalhealth.org and click "Become a New Patient." You will have access to my calendar to set your first apt. Vermont Mental Health Clinic (VMCH) offers psychiatric & social work services to individuals who are motivated to improve mental health and well-being. Psychiatric assessment, medical mgt, and psychotherapy provided. Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, PTSD, ADHD, Addiction, and behavioral disturbance. My patients work to reclaim ultimate responsibility of their own mental health and stability. Age 14+; LGBTQ safe. All are welcome!
(802) 402-4777 View (802) 402-4777
Photo of Susan P Lax, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Susan P Lax
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
Not accepting new clients
Do you feel that life is hard and not as satisfying as you would like it to be? Did you experience neglect or abuse as a child? Do you often feel sad, depressed, irritable, anxious, or blah? Do you lack confidence and worry about not being good enough? Is it difficult for you to trust people? Do you experience relationships as confusing, hurtful, or hard to manage? Do you sometimes cope by overeating, restricting, or using substances? These are common human problems that I have helped people overcome.
Do you feel that life is hard and not as satisfying as you would like it to be? Did you experience neglect or abuse as a child? Do you often feel sad, depressed, irritable, anxious, or blah? Do you lack confidence and worry about not being good enough? Is it difficult for you to trust people? Do you experience relationships as confusing, hurtful, or hard to manage? Do you sometimes cope by overeating, restricting, or using substances? These are common human problems that I have helped people overcome.
(802) 242-8732 View (802) 242-8732
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Jeffrey M Brown
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
I offer in-person consultations, individual psychotherapy, and couples therapy. I take pride in bringing compassion, patience, and transparency to every encounter. I believe each individual is unique and complex, and should play an active role in making decisions related to their health and well-being. I commonly work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depressive symptoms, trauma, grief, relationships, life transitions, existential angst, sleep or sex dysfunction, and/or those who simply seek to know themselves and improve their health on a more holistic level.
I offer in-person consultations, individual psychotherapy, and couples therapy. I take pride in bringing compassion, patience, and transparency to every encounter. I believe each individual is unique and complex, and should play an active role in making decisions related to their health and well-being. I commonly work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depressive symptoms, trauma, grief, relationships, life transitions, existential angst, sleep or sex dysfunction, and/or those who simply seek to know themselves and improve their health on a more holistic level.
(802) 255-9157 View (802) 255-9157
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Joshua Tzvi Schupp-Star And Green Mountain Behavioral Medicine
Physician Assistant, PA-C, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401
Waitlist for new clients
With two decades in mental health / human services prior to medical training, my hope is to work with patients who are interested in co-creating a new narrative of overcoming adversity and finding greater self-kindness. As a physician assistant I build upon previous work as a psychotherapist with additional medical training and work in collaboration with a psychiatrist MD Mentor to offer therapy in addition to medication management.
With two decades in mental health / human services prior to medical training, my hope is to work with patients who are interested in co-creating a new narrative of overcoming adversity and finding greater self-kindness. As a physician assistant I build upon previous work as a psychotherapist with additional medical training and work in collaboration with a psychiatrist MD Mentor to offer therapy in addition to medication management.
(802) 216-0727 View (802) 216-0727
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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
Photo of Michael O'Toole DNP, APRN & PsyIpsum, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Michael O'Toole DNP, APRN & PsyIpsum
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
Please reach out to us directly by email to schedule an appointment. Please check spam if you don't hear from us! Ongoing enrollment for CT and VT residents. As Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) - Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider (CIMHP), with Functional Nutrition and Telehealth Certification - we are licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan and collaborate with patients to use medications judiciously, and only when necessary. As practitioners, we value our shared humanity, and encourage compassion, humility, connection and empathy.
Please reach out to us directly by email to schedule an appointment. Please check spam if you don't hear from us! Ongoing enrollment for CT and VT residents. As Doctors of Nursing Practice (DNP), Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) - Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider (CIMHP), with Functional Nutrition and Telehealth Certification - we are licensed to prescribe psychiatric medication across the lifespan and collaborate with patients to use medications judiciously, and only when necessary. As practitioners, we value our shared humanity, and encourage compassion, humility, connection and empathy.
(475) 239-2813 View (475) 239-2813
Photo of Dr. Alicia Johnson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Dr. Alicia Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401
My name is Dr. Johnson. I am a double-board certified psychiatric provider. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.drjohnsonpsych.com (Book Online Today!)
My name is Dr. Johnson. I am a double-board certified psychiatric provider. I love to help people dealing with real-life issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and those struggling with self-defeating behaviors. Delivering a safe, comfortable, non-judgmental environment and making a difference is what it is all about. My passion is assisting others in their journey, will prescribe medication, if needed, as I can make a difference. I am here to help. WEBSITE: www.drjohnsonpsych.com (Book Online Today!)
(802) 551-1115 View (802) 551-1115
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OptiMind for Women
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (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
Photo of Julie Rogers Yankowsky, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Julie Rogers Yankowsky
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, APHN
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
New York and Vermont - At PsychLife Mental Wellness, we specialize in caring for those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, bipolar, depression, and trauma related disorders. You desire a life that's filled with joy and love without being stressed about the symptoms of a mental illness and we're here to help you do just that!
(315) 678-4429 View (315) 678-4429
Photo of Megan Buhr, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Megan Buhr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401
As a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am dedicated to promoting mental wellness and healing for adolescents and adults of all ages. I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate care by integrating psychotherapy and medication management services, fostering a holistic approach to mental health. Using a person-centered approach, I ensure that each patient's needs, goals, and values are at the forefront of their care. Please note, although telehealth appointments are available to established patients, the initial visit must be completed in person.
As a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), I am dedicated to promoting mental wellness and healing for adolescents and adults of all ages. I strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate care by integrating psychotherapy and medication management services, fostering a holistic approach to mental health. Using a person-centered approach, I ensure that each patient's needs, goals, and values are at the forefront of their care. Please note, although telehealth appointments are available to established patients, the initial visit must be completed in person.
(802) 727-7284 View (802) 727-7284
Photo of Green State Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Burlington, VT
Green State Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
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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Dr. Andrés Abreu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
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Photo of North Country Behavioral Medicine and TMS, Psychiatrist in Burlington, VT
North Country Behavioral Medicine and TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
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
Photo of Julia Frankel, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Julia Frankel, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (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 Lauren Bierman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Lauren Bierman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
I’m a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with an additional board certification in adult-geriatric primary care. While working in primary care, I found that there was a vast need for mental health services in our community. I realized that I could help fill that need, so I went back to school to study psychiatry. Now, I’m honored to be able to serve our community by providing holistic mental health care and education across the lifespan. My practice incorporates mindfulness, yoga, and Ayurveda because I believe true mental health care focuses on the whole person, and not just the mind or the med.
I’m a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with an additional board certification in adult-geriatric primary care. While working in primary care, I found that there was a vast need for mental health services in our community. I realized that I could help fill that need, so I went back to school to study psychiatry. Now, I’m honored to be able to serve our community by providing holistic mental health care and education across the lifespan. My practice incorporates mindfulness, yoga, and Ayurveda because I believe true mental health care focuses on the whole person, and not just the mind or the med.
(802) 577-2631 View (802) 577-2631
Photo of Dr. Nicole Brynes, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Dr. Nicole Brynes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401
Dr. Nicole Brynes, DNP, PMHNP-BC, provides psychiatric medication management, consultation & diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents & adults to help you achieve your highest potential. Perhaps you are interested in learning what medications might be options for you or your loved one, want a second opinion, or are ready to start regular medication management with an experienced provider. Please note that in accordance with the Ryan-Haight Act, I do not prescribe controlled substances (including stimulants or benzodiazepines) to those outside of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Nicole Brynes, DNP, PMHNP-BC, provides psychiatric medication management, consultation & diagnostic evaluations for children, adolescents & adults to help you achieve your highest potential. Perhaps you are interested in learning what medications might be options for you or your loved one, want a second opinion, or are ready to start regular medication management with an experienced provider. Please note that in accordance with the Ryan-Haight Act, I do not prescribe controlled substances (including stimulants or benzodiazepines) to those outside of Pennsylvania.
(412) 838-3773 View (412) 838-3773
Photo of Survival Telepsychiatry Services- STPS, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Burlington, VT
Survival Telepsychiatry Services- STPS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
I am Cynthia Frimpong, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am Licensed in Vermont and New Hampshire. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and brief therapy for children, adolescents & adults, and a Board Certified Telemental Health provider (BC-TMH) with years of experience working in inpatient psychiatry, Jail, and school settings.
I am Cynthia Frimpong, a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am Licensed in Vermont and New Hampshire. I provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and brief therapy for children, adolescents & adults, and a Board Certified Telemental Health provider (BC-TMH) with years of experience working in inpatient psychiatry, Jail, and school settings.
(802) 200-2492 View (802) 200-2492
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Holistic Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MBA
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05405  (Online Only)
Hi! This is Julie, I'm looking forward to meeting you! Did you know there are many ways to feel better along with medications? Don't get discouraged if medicine alone is not enough! We can dive into lots of alternatives that may also help. This is the essence of holistic healing- treating the whole person and utilizing medicine with alternatives for best results. I understand there are different ways to improve mental health and am happy to share them with you!
Hi! This is Julie, I'm looking forward to meeting you! Did you know there are many ways to feel better along with medications? Don't get discouraged if medicine alone is not enough! We can dive into lots of alternatives that may also help. This is the essence of holistic healing- treating the whole person and utilizing medicine with alternatives for best results. I understand there are different ways to improve mental health and am happy to share them with you!
(508) 545-9464 View (508) 545-9464
Photo of Dr. David Mooney, Psychiatrist in Burlington, VT
Dr. David Mooney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401
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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Number of Psychiatrists in Burlington, VT

30+

Average cost per session

$200

Psychiatrists in Burlington, VT who prioritize treating:

94% Depression
87% Medication Management
84% Anxiety
68% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
68% Bipolar Disorder
65% Trauma and PTSD
58% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% BlueCross and BlueShield
67% Cigna and Evernorth
58% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Burlington, VT see their clients

52% In Person and Online
48% Online Only

Gender breakdown

72% Female
28% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Burlington?

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.