Psychiatrists in Franklin County, VT

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Dr. Archil Chechelashvili
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Albans, VT 05478
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
Saint Albans, VT 05478
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

Online Psychiatrists

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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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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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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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Holistic Psychiatric Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC, MBA
Verified Verified
Stowe, VT 05672  (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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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.
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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
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Susan R Tucker MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Norwich, VT 05055
I practice general adult psychiatry with special interest in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and psychiatric illness in the elderly.
I practice general adult psychiatry with special interest in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and psychiatric illness in the elderly.
(802) 992-1655 View (802) 992-1655
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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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Balance Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CRNP
Verified Verified
Barre, VT 05641  (Online Only)
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
We understand that you are coming to us at one of the most vulnerable and difficult times in your life. We will listen to your concerns without judgement and offer a safe space to overcome your unique challenges. We are here to help if you are struggling with overwhelming feelings of sadness, irritability, anxious thoughts, or chaotic shifts in your mood. We can assess for ADHD if you feel unable to focus or struggle with completing tasks without distraction. We are experienced in providing trauma informed care.
(206) 457-1128 View (206) 457-1128
New England Integrative Psychiatry, PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Killington, VT 05751
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist for over 25 years, and though there are positive responses to pharmacology, this is not always the case. These situations are the ones that spurred me on to the study of integrative psychiatry and would be the way I wish all psychiatry would be practiced. Our profession became weighted toward a pharmacology-only model around the 1990's, and left behind the integrated BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL model. I can work with you to discern other factors impeding recovery, be they your unique biology, physiology or other health factors. My focus is on nutritional and gut health impact to mental health.
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist for over 25 years, and though there are positive responses to pharmacology, this is not always the case. These situations are the ones that spurred me on to the study of integrative psychiatry and would be the way I wish all psychiatry would be practiced. Our profession became weighted toward a pharmacology-only model around the 1990's, and left behind the integrated BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL model. I can work with you to discern other factors impeding recovery, be they your unique biology, physiology or other health factors. My focus is on nutritional and gut health impact to mental health.
(802) 992-1734 View (802) 992-1734
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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
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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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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
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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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Towerlight Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelburne, VT 05482  (Online Only)
My name is Oshetisi Stanney and I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. 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. This could be through talking, medication, or a combination of both. I see patients via telehealth in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida.
My name is Oshetisi Stanney and I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. 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. This could be through talking, medication, or a combination of both. I see patients via telehealth in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Florida.
(727) 966-2781 View (727) 966-2781
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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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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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Lauren Bierman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Middlebury, VT 05753
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

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Franklin County?

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.