Psychiatrists in Montpelier, VT

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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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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 treatment. 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 treatment. 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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Partners In Integrative Healing, State Street TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Montpelier, VT 05602
My current expertise and interests are; Community Psychiatry and building relationships within the natural environment. I perform second opinion consultations for complex cases or people who feel misdiagnosed. I have a focus on Women’s health and Reproductive Psychiatry, treating persons throughout the perinatal journey, I am an advocate and ally of LGBTQ and BIPOC community and am committed to an anti-racist and inclusive therapeutic stance. Integrative General Psychiatry, which includes traditional approaches in addition to holistic approaches. Interventional Psychiatry; transcranial magnetic stimulation and esketamine.
My current expertise and interests are; Community Psychiatry and building relationships within the natural environment. I perform second opinion consultations for complex cases or people who feel misdiagnosed. I have a focus on Women’s health and Reproductive Psychiatry, treating persons throughout the perinatal journey, I am an advocate and ally of LGBTQ and BIPOC community and am committed to an anti-racist and inclusive therapeutic stance. Integrative General Psychiatry, which includes traditional approaches in addition to holistic approaches. Interventional Psychiatry; transcranial magnetic stimulation and esketamine.
(802) 300-3569 View (802) 300-3569
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Jeffrey M Brown
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Montpelier, VT 05602
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
Montpelier, VT 05601
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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Megan Buhr
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montpelier, VT 05602
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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North Country Behavioral Medicine and TMS
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Montpelier, VT 05602
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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Dr. David Mooney
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Montpelier, VT 05602
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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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

Online Psychiatrists

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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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Michael Lawrie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rutland, VT 05701
My ideal client struggles with acute or chronic mental health issues and seeks a comprehensive approach to treatment. They need a personalized plan combining therapy and medication, empathetic support, and education about their condition. Their goals include managing symptoms, improving coping skills, and building healthy relationships. They want relief from distress, empowerment, and a supportive, non-judgmental environment to foster hope and recovery, driven by a genuine commitment to improving their mental health.
My ideal client struggles with acute or chronic mental health issues and seeks a comprehensive approach to treatment. They need a personalized plan combining therapy and medication, empathetic support, and education about their condition. Their goals include managing symptoms, improving coping skills, and building healthy relationships. They want relief from distress, empowerment, and a supportive, non-judgmental environment to foster hope and recovery, driven by a genuine commitment to improving their mental health.
(802) 489-6799 View (802) 489-6799
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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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Glenne Fletcher
Psychiatric Nurse, RN, BSN, MEd
Verified Verified
Putney, VT 05346
If you struggle with sexuality or intimacy, you need a therapist who is an expert in the medical, cultural, psychological, spiritual and relational issues specific to this area. As a registered nurse I am able to bridge the world of medicine and therapy to assist you in moving past your issue. I work quickly and provide a non judgemental environment so you can have confidence in yourself and experience pleasure.
If you struggle with sexuality or intimacy, you need a therapist who is an expert in the medical, cultural, psychological, spiritual and relational issues specific to this area. As a registered nurse I am able to bridge the world of medicine and therapy to assist you in moving past your issue. I work quickly and provide a non judgemental environment so you can have confidence in yourself and experience pleasure.
(267) 493-1272 View (267) 493-1272
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Carolyn Simmons Gaeckle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Northfield, VT 05663  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I started my nursing career in community health where I quickly realized the great need for psychiatric care providers. I transitioned into psychiatric care six years ago because I believe that all people should have access to care that will allow them to reach their full potential. I believe in a holistic practice, treating the body, mind, and spirit as a whole.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I started my nursing career in community health where I quickly realized the great need for psychiatric care providers. I transitioned into psychiatric care six years ago because I believe that all people should have access to care that will allow them to reach their full potential. I believe in a holistic practice, treating the body, mind, and spirit as a whole.
(802) 455-4678 View (802) 455-4678
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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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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
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Julia Frankel, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rutland, VT 05701
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
Donald Grenier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN , APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Manchester Center, VT 05255
I help people who are stuck during life transitions, and people who are experiencing chronic challenges with mental health. I enjoy working with people all sorts of people with different challenges and I take special interest in treatment resistant conditions. Please check out my website linked on this profile for a full bio.
I help people who are stuck during life transitions, and people who are experiencing chronic challenges with mental health. I enjoy working with people all sorts of people with different challenges and I take special interest in treatment resistant conditions. Please check out my website linked on this profile for a full bio.
(802) 347-6893 View (802) 347-6893
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Joseph Lasek
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Shelburne, VT 05482
I offer holistic, person-centered psychiatric care to anyone 18 or older. I work well with those who are motivated for change and willing to explore a variety of methods to help them in their recovery. The foundation of my treatment philosophy is an individualized approach to each patient with a focus on them as a whole person. This involves getting to know each person in all areas of their life & then co-creating a comprehensive approach to not just treating the presenting challenges but also focusing on improving & enhancing overall wellness & resilience.
I offer holistic, person-centered psychiatric care to anyone 18 or older. I work well with those who are motivated for change and willing to explore a variety of methods to help them in their recovery. The foundation of my treatment philosophy is an individualized approach to each patient with a focus on them as a whole person. This involves getting to know each person in all areas of their life & then co-creating a comprehensive approach to not just treating the presenting challenges but also focusing on improving & enhancing overall wellness & resilience.
(802) 694-6501 View (802) 694-6501
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Ascend Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNS, APRN-BC
Verified Verified
White River Junction, VT 05001
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with over fifteen years of clinical experience providing psychiatric care to children, adolescents, and families. My work in private practice focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, as well as the support of parents as they navigate the challenges inherent to supporting their child's mental health and wellbeing. I prioritize the development of a positive therapeutic alliance and view the development of such a relationship to be a key component to achieving treatment success.
I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with over fifteen years of clinical experience providing psychiatric care to children, adolescents, and families. My work in private practice focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis, and medication management of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, as well as the support of parents as they navigate the challenges inherent to supporting their child's mental health and wellbeing. I prioritize the development of a positive therapeutic alliance and view the development of such a relationship to be a key component to achieving treatment success.
(802) 810-8759 View (802) 810-8759

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Montpelier, VT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Montpelier, VT who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Medication Management
88% Anxiety
88% Trauma and PTSD
88% Bipolar Disorder
75% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
75% Stress

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
71% Medicaid
57% Medicare

How Psychiatrists in Montpelier, VT see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

57% Male
43% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Montpelier?

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.