Psychiatrists in 10001

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Lee Dockery
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Lee Dockery serves as a general pscyhiatry provider for Talkiatry since joining in August 2022. He is board-eligible with expected certification in fall 2022, with further addiction psychiatry board-certification expected in 2023. He has been training and practicing psychiatry since 2018. Dr. Dockery’s practice emphasizes medication management within a therapy-informed framework, utilizing skills from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, motivation interviewing, and supportive therapy. Typically, he offers 60-minute new visits and 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Lee Dockery serves as a general pscyhiatry provider for Talkiatry since joining in August 2022. He is board-eligible with expected certification in fall 2022, with further addiction psychiatry board-certification expected in 2023. He has been training and practicing psychiatry since 2018. Dr. Dockery’s practice emphasizes medication management within a therapy-informed framework, utilizing skills from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, mindfulness based therapies, motivation interviewing, and supportive therapy. Typically, he offers 60-minute new visits and 30-minute follow-up visits.
(646) 394-9728 View (646) 394-9728
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Eduardo Rivera Mirabal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Rivera Mirabal has extensive experience and a genuine interest in treating patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, adjustment disorders, and trauma-related disorders. He is committed to fostering a collaborative and trusting relationship with each patient, working together to address mental health concerns and promote overall well-being. Dr Rivera Mirabal is a compassionate and skilled psychiatrist committed to providing holistic and humanistic care. He has robust training in psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, supportive, Acceptance and Commitment Psychotherapy (ACT), and CBT.
Dr. Rivera Mirabal has extensive experience and a genuine interest in treating patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, adjustment disorders, and trauma-related disorders. He is committed to fostering a collaborative and trusting relationship with each patient, working together to address mental health concerns and promote overall well-being. Dr Rivera Mirabal is a compassionate and skilled psychiatrist committed to providing holistic and humanistic care. He has robust training in psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, supportive, Acceptance and Commitment Psychotherapy (ACT), and CBT.
(646) 759-4188 View (646) 759-4188
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Adeeb Yacoub
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Yacoub has expertise in complex mood disorders, psychotic disorders, interventional psychiatry, and advanced psychopharmacology. Dr. Yacoub focuses on the interconnectivity of the mind, body, and soul. In addition to medication management, he is proficient in supportive and interpersonal psychotherapy. He has treated adults, geriatric patients and diverse populations including and veterans. He is dedicated and empathetic to all his patients.
Dr. Yacoub has expertise in complex mood disorders, psychotic disorders, interventional psychiatry, and advanced psychopharmacology. Dr. Yacoub focuses on the interconnectivity of the mind, body, and soul. In addition to medication management, he is proficient in supportive and interpersonal psychotherapy. He has treated adults, geriatric patients and diverse populations including and veterans. He is dedicated and empathetic to all his patients.
(929) 392-2683 View (929) 392-2683
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Michael Chung
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
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Since I was 9 years old, I knew I wanted to be a psychiatrist. I was enthralled by how humans were influenced by emotions and wanted to better understand that within myself and others. I am an NYU-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, who uses a holistic approach to carefully understand an individual's needs. I use a mix of psychotherapy and psychiatric medicine to alleviate symptoms. My hope is that you will feel better each time we meet.
Since I was 9 years old, I knew I wanted to be a psychiatrist. I was enthralled by how humans were influenced by emotions and wanted to better understand that within myself and others. I am an NYU-trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, who uses a holistic approach to carefully understand an individual's needs. I use a mix of psychotherapy and psychiatric medicine to alleviate symptoms. My hope is that you will feel better each time we meet.
(929) 447-0092 View (929) 447-0092
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Walter Piddoubny
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Dr. Walter Piddoubny is a double boarded psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University followed by his medical degree at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at Stony Brook University Hospital followed by his fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Piddoubny has held academic appointment at Stony Brook University Hospital practicing as a consultant psychiatrist as well as Associate Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program.
Dr. Walter Piddoubny is a double boarded psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University followed by his medical degree at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at Stony Brook University Hospital followed by his fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Piddoubny has held academic appointment at Stony Brook University Hospital practicing as a consultant psychiatrist as well as Associate Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program.
(646) 542-0259 View (646) 542-0259
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Katrina C Im
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Katrina is a board certified Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Talkiatry and she is dedicated to providing holistic treatment to those seeking mental healthcare. Katrina works primarily with young adults, adolescents and children. Her goal is to provide individualized holistic care to each patient using a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Katrina also treats non-complex PTSD with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Katrina has clinical experience in multiple settings over the last 5 years.
Katrina is a board certified Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Talkiatry and she is dedicated to providing holistic treatment to those seeking mental healthcare. Katrina works primarily with young adults, adolescents and children. Her goal is to provide individualized holistic care to each patient using a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Katrina also treats non-complex PTSD with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Katrina has clinical experience in multiple settings over the last 5 years.
(646) 259-3390 View (646) 259-3390
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Susan Park
Psychiatrist, MD, ABIHM
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and therapist who believes in providing integrated and comprehensive treatment tailored to the individual needs of my patients. I believe in our ability to choose one thought over another to reduce stress and improve overall mental wellness. My goal is to provide compassionate and professional care to reduce stress and improve quality of life.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and therapist who believes in providing integrated and comprehensive treatment tailored to the individual needs of my patients. I believe in our ability to choose one thought over another to reduce stress and improve overall mental wellness. My goal is to provide compassionate and professional care to reduce stress and improve quality of life.
(646) 679-5751 View (646) 679-5751
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Adele Veksman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Veksman is a double board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions. She approaches each patient as the unique individual, offering a non-judgmental space helping patients develop into their best selves. She focuses primarily on medication management to alleviate symptoms while partnering with patients on behavioral changes to address underlying issues. If additional therapy is needed, she may suggest adding a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Veksman is a double board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience diagnosing and treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions. She approaches each patient as the unique individual, offering a non-judgmental space helping patients develop into their best selves. She focuses primarily on medication management to alleviate symptoms while partnering with patients on behavioral changes to address underlying issues. If additional therapy is needed, she may suggest adding a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
(929) 203-4856 View (929) 203-4856
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Joshua Flores
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
CityMind NP aims to make therapy more accessible, affordable, and convenient — so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime and anywhere. As New Yorkers we are afforded with diverse cultural experiences which is an integral part of what defines New York City. We believe therapy is an instrument for gaining self-understanding and through this awareness one begins to better understand how they can become the best versions of themselves. It is here, with understanding and with knowledge of self, where we can thrive, whether its overcoming challenges created by our psyche or the bustling dynamics of NYC.
CityMind NP aims to make therapy more accessible, affordable, and convenient — so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime and anywhere. As New Yorkers we are afforded with diverse cultural experiences which is an integral part of what defines New York City. We believe therapy is an instrument for gaining self-understanding and through this awareness one begins to better understand how they can become the best versions of themselves. It is here, with understanding and with knowledge of self, where we can thrive, whether its overcoming challenges created by our psyche or the bustling dynamics of NYC.
(718) 808-8652 View (718) 808-8652
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Juliet Nicolescu-Nichols
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Juliet Nichols has been a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2002 and has been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years. While an expert in psychopharmacology, Dr. Nichols has an integrative approach to treatment and she often incorporates psychotherapeutic techniques when appropriate, tailoring every treatment to each patient's individual needs. She completed her Psychiatry residency at Stony Brook-SUNY and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
Dr. Juliet Nichols has been a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2002 and has been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years. While an expert in psychopharmacology, Dr. Nichols has an integrative approach to treatment and she often incorporates psychotherapeutic techniques when appropriate, tailoring every treatment to each patient's individual needs. She completed her Psychiatry residency at Stony Brook-SUNY and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
(646) 762-0631 View (646) 762-0631
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Hee Seung Haley Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
I am a Yale-trained, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner based in NYC who has been treating adults with mental health concerns in various hospital and outpatient settings since 2010. I am experienced in treating individuals with mood and adjustment disorders, stress/trauma-related disorders, and ADHD. My goal is to offer individualized treatment using evidence-based psychotherapy and medication management to help individuals struggling with difficult mood symptoms, life transitions, relationship issues, and low self-esteem while improving coping skills to manage stress.
I am a Yale-trained, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner based in NYC who has been treating adults with mental health concerns in various hospital and outpatient settings since 2010. I am experienced in treating individuals with mood and adjustment disorders, stress/trauma-related disorders, and ADHD. My goal is to offer individualized treatment using evidence-based psychotherapy and medication management to help individuals struggling with difficult mood symptoms, life transitions, relationship issues, and low self-esteem while improving coping skills to manage stress.
(718) 619-4745 View (718) 619-4745
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Michele Wiener
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Michele Wiener is a psychiatrist with over 35 years of experience treating patients with mental health issues. Her practice has historically focused on treating patients with varying mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Wiener enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is skilled in both psychotherapy and medication management. While the emphasis will generally be on medication management, Dr. Wiener will utilize insight oriented, cognitive behavioral, and supportive psychotherapy skills to help her patients reach their treatment goals.
Dr. Michele Wiener is a psychiatrist with over 35 years of experience treating patients with mental health issues. Her practice has historically focused on treating patients with varying mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Wiener enjoys working with patients of all ages. She is skilled in both psychotherapy and medication management. While the emphasis will generally be on medication management, Dr. Wiener will utilize insight oriented, cognitive behavioral, and supportive psychotherapy skills to help her patients reach their treatment goals.
(646) 693-3152 View (646) 693-3152
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Melissa Desa
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Dr. Melissa Desa is a board certified Psychiatrist who completed her residency in 2011 from the University of Rochester where she served as Chief Resident of Acute Services. She stayed on at the university working in both the emergency room, or Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), and community mental health clinic for Severely Mentally Ill (SMI) patients. She enjoyed supervising both medical students and psychiatry residents in both settings, teaching psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
Dr. Melissa Desa is a board certified Psychiatrist who completed her residency in 2011 from the University of Rochester where she served as Chief Resident of Acute Services. She stayed on at the university working in both the emergency room, or Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), and community mental health clinic for Severely Mentally Ill (SMI) patients. She enjoyed supervising both medical students and psychiatry residents in both settings, teaching psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
(332) 263-4312 View (332) 263-4312
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Michael Dulchin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
I am a psychiatrist in private practice in the Union Square area of Manhattan. I am also the Director of Psychiatry of our group, the Union Square Practice, which offers both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I work with people with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder as well as relationship issues and work problems. I see some patients for psychotherapy, some for medication and others for both.
I am a psychiatrist in private practice in the Union Square area of Manhattan. I am also the Director of Psychiatry of our group, the Union Square Practice, which offers both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I work with people with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder as well as relationship issues and work problems. I see some patients for psychotherapy, some for medication and others for both.
(646) 681-2458 View (646) 681-2458
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Evan Hy Einstein
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
I believe every person deserves personalized individual mental healthcare. Through my rigorous training and clinical experience, I have developed a comprehensive and compassionate approach to mental health issues and treatments. Please visit www.einhx.com for more information and to submit a consultation request.
I believe every person deserves personalized individual mental healthcare. Through my rigorous training and clinical experience, I have developed a comprehensive and compassionate approach to mental health issues and treatments. Please visit www.einhx.com for more information and to submit a consultation request.
(929) 499-2318 View (929) 499-2318
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Menachem Liss
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Liss was born and raised in a neighborhood in the North Bronx. He attended Queens College, CUNY where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Hebrew. He completed Medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and thereafter was accepted to NUMC for psychiatry residency training. For his final year of residency, Dr. Liss was appointed to the position of Chief Resident at NUMC, Nassau University Medical Center.
Dr. Liss was born and raised in a neighborhood in the North Bronx. He attended Queens College, CUNY where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Hebrew. He completed Medical school at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY and thereafter was accepted to NUMC for psychiatry residency training. For his final year of residency, Dr. Liss was appointed to the position of Chief Resident at NUMC, Nassau University Medical Center.
(929) 419-4265 View (929) 419-4265
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Shelley Sellinger
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001
Dr. Shelley Sellinger is a board certified psychiatrist in practice for 25 years. Her career has been devoted to serving both her local community as well as high risk and under served patients. As a pioneer and advocate for the use of telepsychiatry years prior to the pandemic she has presented at the American Telehealth conference as well as at grand rounds.
Dr. Shelley Sellinger is a board certified psychiatrist in practice for 25 years. Her career has been devoted to serving both her local community as well as high risk and under served patients. As a pioneer and advocate for the use of telepsychiatry years prior to the pandemic she has presented at the American Telehealth conference as well as at grand rounds.
(646) 760-5739 View (646) 760-5739
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Geoffrey Peckover
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Dr. Peckover is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. He has been practicing for three and a half years. Dr. Peckover provides patient-centered care with an emphasis on medication management, psychoeducational, and lifestyle adjustments. He typically provides supportive or integrative therapy along with medication management, but some cases will require the addition of a therapist to the treatment team.
Dr. Peckover is a Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. He has been practicing for three and a half years. Dr. Peckover provides patient-centered care with an emphasis on medication management, psychoeducational, and lifestyle adjustments. He typically provides supportive or integrative therapy along with medication management, but some cases will require the addition of a therapist to the treatment team.
(877) 915-1075 View (877) 915-1075
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Scott Shapiro, MD - Specializing in Anxiety + CBT
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001
You REALLY can feel calmer, more confident, and reach your goals. Anxiety can get in the way of your success by creating doubt, worry, and wasted energy. We have all been there, which can be very uncomfortable and undermining. However, goal focused treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy and medications can provide you with the tools to feel better. For twenty years, I have helped professionals just like you to get back on their feel and reach their goals.
You REALLY can feel calmer, more confident, and reach your goals. Anxiety can get in the way of your success by creating doubt, worry, and wasted energy. We have all been there, which can be very uncomfortable and undermining. However, goal focused treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy and medications can provide you with the tools to feel better. For twenty years, I have helped professionals just like you to get back on their feel and reach their goals.
(646) 461-3674 View (646) 461-3674
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Grace Kim
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Grace Kim (she/her) is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. Grace is passionate about equity and meets every client with empathy, honoring each person’s highly individualized route to a healing path. She focuses on creating a collaborative environment and incorporates both evidence-based psychopharmacology and supportive therapies.
Grace Kim (she/her) is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Rappore, a therapy services and medication management practice based in Manhattan, New York. Grace is passionate about equity and meets every client with empathy, honoring each person’s highly individualized route to a healing path. She focuses on creating a collaborative environment and incorporates both evidence-based psychopharmacology and supportive therapies.
(332) 378-5268 View (332) 378-5268

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10001

400+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10001 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
89% Medication Management
82% Bipolar Disorder
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
77% Trauma and PTSD
64% Stress

Average years in practice

9 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

94% Aetna
92% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 10001 see their clients

61% Online Only
39% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

67% Female
33% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10001?

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.