Psychiatrists in Shelburne, VT

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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.
Photo of Joseph Lasek, MD, Psychiatrist
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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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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Suzan White
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelburne, VT 05482
My clients are adults motivated to be free of emotional pain and to overcome blockages from past trauma. They are ready to achieve greater ease, resilience and balance through a professional partnership that will help them to discover the root cause of their pain and provide the tools to shift it. They are open to an approach that calls upon the best of Western medicine, functional medicine, holistic practices and ancient wisdom. They are looking for someone smart, down-to-earth and experienced to help them achieve their treatment goals. They understand true healing must consider the needs of mind, body, and heart /soul/spirit.
My clients are adults motivated to be free of emotional pain and to overcome blockages from past trauma. They are ready to achieve greater ease, resilience and balance through a professional partnership that will help them to discover the root cause of their pain and provide the tools to shift it. They are open to an approach that calls upon the best of Western medicine, functional medicine, holistic practices and ancient wisdom. They are looking for someone smart, down-to-earth and experienced to help them achieve their treatment goals. They understand true healing must consider the needs of mind, body, and heart /soul/spirit.
(802) 494-4869 View (802) 494-4869
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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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Lisa Hardy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNM, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Shelburne, VT 05482
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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Johanna Golston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Shelburne, VT 05482
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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Good Shepherd Psychiatric Consultant, INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP, AAPRN, BC
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
Our mission is to provide high-quality mental health care to individuals suffering from mental illness. Treatments include diagnostic evaluations, medication management, integrative interventions and genetic testing.
Our mission is to provide high-quality mental health care to individuals suffering from mental illness. Treatments include diagnostic evaluations, medication management, integrative interventions and genetic testing.
(754) 714-7912 View (754) 714-7912
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Welina Psychiatric Health Services, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
VIRTUAL appointments in CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, NM, NY, UT, VT, WA, OR, MD, IA, & MT. Dr. Ann Marie Buchanan-Cummings is a doctoral prepared, board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 18 years of experience in the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Dr. Buchanan-Cummings earned a BS in Nursing from the College of New Rochelle, NY, a Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. Our prescriber can prescribe all medications excluding Controlled Substances such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Ritalin, Adderall, and others in some states.
VIRTUAL appointments in CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, NM, NY, UT, VT, WA, OR, MD, IA, & MT. Dr. Ann Marie Buchanan-Cummings is a doctoral prepared, board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with 18 years of experience in the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Dr. Buchanan-Cummings earned a BS in Nursing from the College of New Rochelle, NY, a Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the Medical University of South Carolina. Our prescriber can prescribe all medications excluding Controlled Substances such as Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Ritalin, Adderall, and others in some states.
(678) 293-7821 View (678) 293-7821
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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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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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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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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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Jeff Lourie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP, MSN
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
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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Dr. Andrés Abreu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
The focus of my practice is on establishing meaningful and longitudinal therapeutic relationships with patients seeking to explore their problems in living. Through a relational and integrative approach, I focus on the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the therapeutic relationship to elucidate and interpret the challenges patients face in the wider world.
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Green State Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
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) 432-2788 View (802) 432-2788
Alpine Telehealth
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Burlington, VT 05401
We specialize in the psychiatric treatment of mental health disorders.
We specialize in the psychiatric treatment of mental health disorders.
(802) 481-4035 View (802) 481-4035
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Darcy Faibish
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Charlotte, VT 05445  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
I am accepting new clients for therapy and medication management from Vermont. Please request an appointment on my website ShelburneMindBodyMedicine.com I regularly help individuals facing an array of challenges, which may appear in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, chronic illness, panic, insomnia, focus problems, relationship and work difficulties. We will collaborate to explore the psychological, biological and environmental contributors to the situation and develop an integrated treatment plan that including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, lifestyle and complementary medicine.
(802) 392-0825 View (802) 392-0825
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Chukwuka Sopulu Onubogu .currently Not Accepting New Cliants
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burlington, VT 05401  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, schizoaffective disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, ADHD, sleep disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and OCD. My practice also offers laboratory investigations to support accurate diagnosis. If you're based in Vermont, I am currently accepting new patients and can schedule appointments within 24 to 48 hours without any waitlist.
As a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, I specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, schizoaffective disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, ADHD, sleep disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and OCD. My practice also offers laboratory investigations to support accurate diagnosis. If you're based in Vermont, I am currently accepting new patients and can schedule appointments within 24 to 48 hours without any waitlist.
(802) 659-0233 View (802) 659-0233
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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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Number of Psychiatrists in Shelburne, VT

< 10

Psychiatrists in Shelburne, VT who prioritize treating:

86% Depression
86% Anxiety
71% Trauma and PTSD
71% Bipolar Disorder
71% Medication Management
57% ADHD
57% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
60% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Shelburne, VT see their clients

72% In Person and Online
28% Online Only

Gender breakdown

86% Female
14% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Shelburne?

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.