Psychiatrists in 10003

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M.N Psych Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
My ideal client is someone who is concerned with every day life and possibly has concerns with anxiety and depression. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when mental health concerns are overbearing. I would enjoy helping clients explore these feelings and find solutions to potentially overcome their concerns. Clients may be experiencing symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, dealing with persistent feelings of sadness or constant worrying, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, or a lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed. Together, we can solve these issues by setting plausible goals and medication management.
My ideal client is someone who is concerned with every day life and possibly has concerns with anxiety and depression. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when mental health concerns are overbearing. I would enjoy helping clients explore these feelings and find solutions to potentially overcome their concerns. Clients may be experiencing symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, dealing with persistent feelings of sadness or constant worrying, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, or a lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed. Together, we can solve these issues by setting plausible goals and medication management.
(646) 956-4941 View (646) 956-4941
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Antoine Adam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
I will try to understand you and we will develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs. My goal is to bring hope to my clients, and help them understand and cope better with the people and life situations associated with the onset of their symptoms. I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who specializes in different forms of psychotherapy--cognitive behavioral (CBT), metacognitive (MCT), interpersonal (IPT), psychodynamic, and supportive therapy--in addition to pharmacology to augment psychotherapy only when the need arises. I enjoy a diverse, multicultural client base and speak several languages.
I will try to understand you and we will develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs. My goal is to bring hope to my clients, and help them understand and cope better with the people and life situations associated with the onset of their symptoms. I am a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who specializes in different forms of psychotherapy--cognitive behavioral (CBT), metacognitive (MCT), interpersonal (IPT), psychodynamic, and supportive therapy--in addition to pharmacology to augment psychotherapy only when the need arises. I enjoy a diverse, multicultural client base and speak several languages.
(917) 746-6006 View (917) 746-6006
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Meredith Hobart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
(347) 321-7538 View (347) 321-7538
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Daniel L Crane MD,FAPA
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 40 years experience. I have treated all types of patients with psychiatric disorders. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Biplor Disorder and ADHD. I am friendly to the LBGTQ community and welcome a younger adult generation. We do not accommodate adolescents (ages 1-17) or geriatric patients 55 +. I am doing tele-vists so my ability to see patient's from other states is now available.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 40 years experience. I have treated all types of patients with psychiatric disorders. I specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Biplor Disorder and ADHD. I am friendly to the LBGTQ community and welcome a younger adult generation. We do not accommodate adolescents (ages 1-17) or geriatric patients 55 +. I am doing tele-vists so my ability to see patient's from other states is now available.
(646) 974-9990 View (646) 974-9990
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Danielle Overton-Miller
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation and intuition. As a PMHNP, my role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate and therapist.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. I possess strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation and intuition. As a PMHNP, my role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate and therapist.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
Julie Y Low
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. I believe in goal-oriented and empathic therapy, as well as conservative, targeted, and effective psychopharmacologic intervention when indicated. In my experience, high quality communication between patient and psychiatrist most often leads to optimal outcomes. I am located in downtown Manhattan and am on the faculty of NYU and St. Vincent's Hospital
I specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. I believe in goal-oriented and empathic therapy, as well as conservative, targeted, and effective psychopharmacologic intervention when indicated. In my experience, high quality communication between patient and psychiatrist most often leads to optimal outcomes. I am located in downtown Manhattan and am on the faculty of NYU and St. Vincent's Hospital
(646) 600-8075 View (646) 600-8075
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Bradley Lewis
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
Not accepting new clients
I am psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and humanities professor. My career has been devoted to increasing the human dimension of clinical work. I work with people navigating a wide range of issues and concerns. My approach is collaborative dialogue, creative meaning-making, self-care and calming, and imaginative problem-solving (including the possibility of medication).
I am psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and humanities professor. My career has been devoted to increasing the human dimension of clinical work. I work with people navigating a wide range of issues and concerns. My approach is collaborative dialogue, creative meaning-making, self-care and calming, and imaginative problem-solving (including the possibility of medication).
(646) 846-8197 View (646) 846-8197
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Skypiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I launched my telepsychiatry practice in 2014 because I saw a need for high-quality, personalized psychiatric services that were also convenient for my patients. Due in large part to the Coronavirus pandemic, the need for convenient, online care has only increased. Since we have been doing this awhile, we know how to deliver high quality psychiatric care that maximizes convenience. Your appointment will always start on time, and you'll never waste precious time stuck in traffic, sitting in a waiting room, or standing in line at the pharmacy - we'll send your prescriptions directly to them.
I launched my telepsychiatry practice in 2014 because I saw a need for high-quality, personalized psychiatric services that were also convenient for my patients. Due in large part to the Coronavirus pandemic, the need for convenient, online care has only increased. Since we have been doing this awhile, we know how to deliver high quality psychiatric care that maximizes convenience. Your appointment will always start on time, and you'll never waste precious time stuck in traffic, sitting in a waiting room, or standing in line at the pharmacy - we'll send your prescriptions directly to them.
(646) 603-1686 View (646) 603-1686
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Esther Kim
Psychiatrist, MD, ABIHM
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
I am a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and also board certified in integrative holistic medicine. I have special interests in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and treating individuals experiencing difficult life circumstances including relationship, high performance academic/job, and infertility stresses. I believe that mental health involves physical, emotional, environmental, cultural, and spiritual systems that are all interconnected. Treating each individual is unique and requires a thoughtful and collaborative approach and I employ an integrative and holistic approach to treatment.
I am a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and also board certified in integrative holistic medicine. I have special interests in ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and treating individuals experiencing difficult life circumstances including relationship, high performance academic/job, and infertility stresses. I believe that mental health involves physical, emotional, environmental, cultural, and spiritual systems that are all interconnected. Treating each individual is unique and requires a thoughtful and collaborative approach and I employ an integrative and holistic approach to treatment.
(917) 242-4876 View (917) 242-4876
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Dr. Jena Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
Jena M. Simon, DNP, is a Double Board-Certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family health. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010 as a Family and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Simon worked in New York City at a large tertiary medical center caring for adults with sickle cell disease. In this role, she became attuned to the needs of people living with chronic illness and chronic pain.
Jena M. Simon, DNP, is a Double Board-Certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatric mental health and family health. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010 as a Family and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Simon worked in New York City at a large tertiary medical center caring for adults with sickle cell disease. In this role, she became attuned to the needs of people living with chronic illness and chronic pain.
(347) 967-5203 View (347) 967-5203
Nora Hymowitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with an office conveniently located at Union Square. I offer comprehensive treatment for adolescents and adults who struggle with all kinds of emotional, relationship, and self-esteem problems. I work with patients to help them gain an understanding of behaviors that may be causing problems, an understanding which ultimately can lead to change.
I am a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with an office conveniently located at Union Square. I offer comprehensive treatment for adolescents and adults who struggle with all kinds of emotional, relationship, and self-esteem problems. I work with patients to help them gain an understanding of behaviors that may be causing problems, an understanding which ultimately can lead to change.
(646) 791-3699 View (646) 791-3699
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Meredith Hobart
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
I am an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in precision psychiatry. I received my graduate degree from Yale University School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a Nurse Practitioner, I have been a psychiatric RN for 37 years. Prior to entering Yale, I worked for 7 years on a major Harvard Medical School psychiatric teaching unit. I am a conservative prescriber and believe in using the smallest possible dosages of medication to treat a client's symptoms. I do very thorough initial evaluations with my clients and work with them closely until they are stable on their medications.
(646) 491-8704 View (646) 491-8704
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Dr. Vijal Parikh, D.O.
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
As a licensed medical doctor and practicing psychiatrist, I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of mental conditions. As an osteopathic, physician, my philosophy incorporates a complete integration of the mind and the body. My training, both in psychopharmacology (medication) and psychotherapy (talk therapy), helps me incorporate both treatment modalities in my practice. This approach also relates to work I do in public mental health where I work part time providing mental health care to the homeless, severely mentally ill and LGBT at risk youth.
As a licensed medical doctor and practicing psychiatrist, I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of mental conditions. As an osteopathic, physician, my philosophy incorporates a complete integration of the mind and the body. My training, both in psychopharmacology (medication) and psychotherapy (talk therapy), helps me incorporate both treatment modalities in my practice. This approach also relates to work I do in public mental health where I work part time providing mental health care to the homeless, severely mentally ill and LGBT at risk youth.
(646) 681-6152 View (646) 681-6152
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Dr. Ian Hsu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003
My aim is to help you find fulfilling relationships, self-esteem, authenticity, and peace in your life. My approach to treatment is built on a foundation of psychotherapy, paired with thoughtful incorporation of medications if they may be helpful for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions. In our work together, we will explore current difficulties but also past experiences, paying attention to things like relationships, upbringing, family, culture, identity, and trauma.
My aim is to help you find fulfilling relationships, self-esteem, authenticity, and peace in your life. My approach to treatment is built on a foundation of psychotherapy, paired with thoughtful incorporation of medications if they may be helpful for symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions. In our work together, we will explore current difficulties but also past experiences, paying attention to things like relationships, upbringing, family, culture, identity, and trauma.
(646) 798-5603 View (646) 798-5603
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Daferti Afflick
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Daferti Afflick is a dedicated adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner offering virtual consultations at Orenda Psychiatry. With a master's degree in nursing from Molloy University, Ms. Afflick is skilled at managing various mental health concerns. She helps patients deal with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also offers prescription refills.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Daferti Afflick is a dedicated adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner offering virtual consultations at Orenda Psychiatry. With a master's degree in nursing from Molloy University, Ms. Afflick is skilled at managing various mental health concerns. She helps patients deal with issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also offers prescription refills.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Jennifer Markus
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
I provide psychotherapy and/or medication management for people looking for physician who strives to be empathic, interactive and straightforward. I have particular expertise in the use of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), also incorporating Cogntive-Behavioral and Mindfulness techniques. I work closely with clients' other therapists and healthcare providers and, when appropriate, include partners and other family.
I provide psychotherapy and/or medication management for people looking for physician who strives to be empathic, interactive and straightforward. I have particular expertise in the use of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), also incorporating Cogntive-Behavioral and Mindfulness techniques. I work closely with clients' other therapists and healthcare providers and, when appropriate, include partners and other family.
(646) 600-5089 View (646) 600-5089
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Linda Kim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
I strive to offer a holistic and warmer approach to emotional health treatment. I am passionate about supporting women and their families, and have taken specialized training to offer the most comprehensive care possible. My vision is to create a nurturing space that supports you through unique issues that we face – whether it be depression, anxiety, work-life balance, mood disorders in pregnancy, infertility, menopause, and more. Patients state that they look forward to their appointments with me as an opportunity to heal, to learn, and to grow in ways that were surprising to them.
I strive to offer a holistic and warmer approach to emotional health treatment. I am passionate about supporting women and their families, and have taken specialized training to offer the most comprehensive care possible. My vision is to create a nurturing space that supports you through unique issues that we face – whether it be depression, anxiety, work-life balance, mood disorders in pregnancy, infertility, menopause, and more. Patients state that they look forward to their appointments with me as an opportunity to heal, to learn, and to grow in ways that were surprising to them.
(646) 849-1687 View (646) 849-1687
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Francesca Rome-Marie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10003  (Online Only)
You want to move forward with a psychiatric provider with the time, energy, & attention to really get to know you and your life. You’re looking for someone who sees you as a whole person and can think outside the box. Therapy and psychiatry in one place with one person. You're most likely part of an LGBTQIA+ community and a creative of some kind struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and/or ADHD. Let's speak and get things moving for you on all levels- biological, psychological, emotional, habit, lifestyle, and more...
You want to move forward with a psychiatric provider with the time, energy, & attention to really get to know you and your life. You’re looking for someone who sees you as a whole person and can think outside the box. Therapy and psychiatry in one place with one person. You're most likely part of an LGBTQIA+ community and a creative of some kind struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and/or ADHD. Let's speak and get things moving for you on all levels- biological, psychological, emotional, habit, lifestyle, and more...
(332) 378-5421 View (332) 378-5421
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Jeanie Tse
Psychiatrist, MD, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I am a therapist and physician experienced in helping people of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, learning difficulties, medical illnesses and other challenges. Life brings many transitions and crises, and you may need the right people on your team to navigate through them. Your solutions may include psychotherapy, medication, or other treatments, and I will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. I believe that the foundation of treatment is a person's core values and goals. Using education and motivation-based counseling, I aim to give people the tools to take care of their health.
I am a therapist and physician experienced in helping people of all ages experiencing depression, anxiety, learning difficulties, medical illnesses and other challenges. Life brings many transitions and crises, and you may need the right people on your team to navigate through them. Your solutions may include psychotherapy, medication, or other treatments, and I will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. I believe that the foundation of treatment is a person's core values and goals. Using education and motivation-based counseling, I aim to give people the tools to take care of their health.
(646) 392-8302 View (646) 392-8302
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Yochai Re'em
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10003
I treat a spectrum of psychiatric and psychological concerns, focusing on issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, as well as challenges such as relationship difficulties, life transitions, personal fulfillment, and identity. My approach is generally thoughtful, individualized, and empathetic. I offer a psychotherapy that has potential to be deep, meaningful, and rewarding. For those who may benefit from psychiatric medication, I use a collaborative approach when deciding on medications and their utility.
I treat a spectrum of psychiatric and psychological concerns, focusing on issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, as well as challenges such as relationship difficulties, life transitions, personal fulfillment, and identity. My approach is generally thoughtful, individualized, and empathetic. I offer a psychotherapy that has potential to be deep, meaningful, and rewarding. For those who may benefit from psychiatric medication, I use a collaborative approach when deciding on medications and their utility.
(332) 239-5372 View (332) 239-5372

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10003

100+

Average cost per session

$350

Psychiatrists in 10003 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
86% Medication Management
72% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
66% Bipolar Disorder
64% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

16 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

90% Aetna
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
76% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 10003 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

66% Female
33% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10003?

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.