Psychiatrists in Colchester, VT

Photo of Dr. Archil Chechelashvili, MD, Psychiatrist
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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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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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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Megan Buhr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Colchester, VT 05446
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

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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
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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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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
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Towerlight Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelburne, VT 05482  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Oshetisi Stanney and I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I see patients via telehealth in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida. Please visit my practice website to schedule your first appointment - www.towerlightcapecod.com. The care that I provide integrates talk therapy, psychiatric assessment and medication education and management. This means that as we talk, we will utilize psychotherapy techniques to chat about your past, your current mental health state, and uncover and help you reach your mental health goals!
Hello! My name is Oshetisi Stanney and I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. I see patients via telehealth in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida. Please visit my practice website to schedule your first appointment - www.towerlightcapecod.com. The care that I provide integrates talk therapy, psychiatric assessment and medication education and management. This means that as we talk, we will utilize psychotherapy techniques to chat about your past, your current mental health state, and uncover and help you reach your mental health goals!
(802) 520-0693 View (802) 520-0693
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Survival Telepsychiatry Services- STPS
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Shelburne, VT 05482  (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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Johanna Golston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Burlington, VT 05403
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) 327-7914 View (802) 327-7914
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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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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
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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
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Autumn Stanford
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CRNP, RN-BC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
South Burlington, VT 05403
Hi! I am so happy you are here! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take a Functional + Integrative + Holistic + Evidence-Based approach to Mental Wellness. Through my own health journey & professional experience, I’ve witnessed significant gaps in the conventional healthcare model, changing the way I provide mental healthcare. The mind & body are interconnected & I believe in seeing the whole-person, not just the symptoms. It is my passion to educate, empower, and support women & adolescents (ages 10 and up) in their journey to optimal mental wellness.
Hi! I am so happy you are here! I am a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I take a Functional + Integrative + Holistic + Evidence-Based approach to Mental Wellness. Through my own health journey & professional experience, I’ve witnessed significant gaps in the conventional healthcare model, changing the way I provide mental healthcare. The mind & body are interconnected & I believe in seeing the whole-person, not just the symptoms. It is my passion to educate, empower, and support women & adolescents (ages 10 and up) in their journey to optimal mental wellness.
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Alexis B Ressler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
I am an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with the privilege of practicing for a decade in Vermont. I relocated to Western North Carolina in 2019. I have devoted myself to outpatient psychiatric and neurological practice specializing in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders in a cognitive behavioral therapy setting as well as dementia care for patients and their families. My role is primarily medication management. Also, I am a veteran Army officer who has experience providing psychiatric care to active duty serice members. My practice is 100% telehealth.
I am an experienced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with the privilege of practicing for a decade in Vermont. I relocated to Western North Carolina in 2019. I have devoted myself to outpatient psychiatric and neurological practice specializing in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders in a cognitive behavioral therapy setting as well as dementia care for patients and their families. My role is primarily medication management. Also, I am a veteran Army officer who has experience providing psychiatric care to active duty serice members. My practice is 100% telehealth.
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Photo of undefined - Mood Clinic, PLLC, FNP, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mood Clinic, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
Tired of mental illness pushing you around? Ready to win the struggle with anxiety, mood swings, depression? Starting today, we can help you take the first step toward transformation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health - over 50% of adults with mental illness went untreated last year, but there's no need for that to be you. Starting today you can take the first step toward transformation. At Mood Clinic, we believe in treating you as whole person. Our integrated approach, combines both medications and talk therapy in session- ensuring you receive personalized treatment designed for you and delivered with care.
(802) 213-9139 View (802) 213-9139
Photo of Lisa Hardy, APRN, CNM, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lisa Hardy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South Burlington, VT 05403
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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Jess Jawidzik
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Williston, VT 05495  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner offering medication management and therapy. Prior to my work as a prescriber, I gained experience as a psychiatric nurse for just under ten years in a wide variety of settings, as I have always been passionate about mental health. My approach is non-judgmental, holistic, and trauma-informed. I incorporate therapy as I believe that true, long-lasting change is achieved through a combination of strategies rather than solely focusing on medication.
I am a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner offering medication management and therapy. Prior to my work as a prescriber, I gained experience as a psychiatric nurse for just under ten years in a wide variety of settings, as I have always been passionate about mental health. My approach is non-judgmental, holistic, and trauma-informed. I incorporate therapy as I believe that true, long-lasting change is achieved through a combination of strategies rather than solely focusing on medication.
(802) 659-3163 View (802) 659-3163
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Kelley Bitter
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05402  (Online Only)
Welcome to my profile, I'm Kelley Bitter, a dedicated mental health nurse practitioner with over two decades of rich experience in the healthcare realm. My educational path began at the University of Phoenix and reached its zenith at the University of Akron, where I achieved my APRN certification specializing in psychiatry. This journey has bestowed upon me a profound understanding and essential skills in nursing, which I apply daily in my practice. As an expert in mental health, my passion lies in supporting individuals through their emotional challenges and managing conditions like ADHD.
Welcome to my profile, I'm Kelley Bitter, a dedicated mental health nurse practitioner with over two decades of rich experience in the healthcare realm. My educational path began at the University of Phoenix and reached its zenith at the University of Akron, where I achieved my APRN certification specializing in psychiatry. This journey has bestowed upon me a profound understanding and essential skills in nursing, which I apply daily in my practice. As an expert in mental health, my passion lies in supporting individuals through their emotional challenges and managing conditions like ADHD.
(206) 210-2191 View (206) 210-2191
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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

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Colchester, VT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Colchester, VT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Medication Management
75% Child
75% ADHD

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Medicaid

How Psychiatrists in Colchester, VT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Colchester?

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.