Psychiatrists in 10004

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Lama Bazzi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
While most psychiatrists provide only medication management, I offer patients a combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I believe that medications facilitate therapy, in that they allow us just enough distance from our emotions for therapy to take hold and grow. As a physician, a psychiatrist, and a therapist, I am uniquely positioned to treat your entire being, ensuring your physical, mental, and emotional needs are all addressed in the same place, by the same person.
While most psychiatrists provide only medication management, I offer patients a combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I believe that medications facilitate therapy, in that they allow us just enough distance from our emotions for therapy to take hold and grow. As a physician, a psychiatrist, and a therapist, I am uniquely positioned to treat your entire being, ensuring your physical, mental, and emotional needs are all addressed in the same place, by the same person.
(646) 798-7074 View (646) 798-7074
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Betty Lau
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
Not accepting new clients
While all psychiatrists receive some child psychiatry training, I’m a Board-certified child psychiatrist, in private practice. Simultaneously, as the director of one of the largest public, child psychiatry clinics in New York City, 90% of my patients are under the age of 18. I’ve dedicated my entire career to working with children and families. I manage the gamut of high acuity cases in the emergency room, to recent hospitalizations, to stable young adults. I’m well-versed in long-term and short-term dynamic, as well as, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and am able to integrate pharmacotherapy into the treatment of patients of all
While all psychiatrists receive some child psychiatry training, I’m a Board-certified child psychiatrist, in private practice. Simultaneously, as the director of one of the largest public, child psychiatry clinics in New York City, 90% of my patients are under the age of 18. I’ve dedicated my entire career to working with children and families. I manage the gamut of high acuity cases in the emergency room, to recent hospitalizations, to stable young adults. I’m well-versed in long-term and short-term dynamic, as well as, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and am able to integrate pharmacotherapy into the treatment of patients of all
(646) 849-2310 View (646) 849-2310
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Elie G Aoun
Psychiatrist, MD, MRO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
Elie G. Aoun, MD, MRO, is a Columbia University, quadruple board certified psychiatrist licensed in New York and in California practicing in downtown NYC. Dr. Aoun trained in general psychiatry at Brown University, in addiction psychiatry at UCSF and in forensic psychiatry at the combined Columbia University and Cornell University program. He has additional expertise in neuro-psycho-endocrinology and psychotherapy. Dr. Aoun provides diagnostic evaluations including second opinions, treatment for psychiatric disorders using psychotherapy, medication management , and forensic evaluations for civil and criminal litigation.
Elie G. Aoun, MD, MRO, is a Columbia University, quadruple board certified psychiatrist licensed in New York and in California practicing in downtown NYC. Dr. Aoun trained in general psychiatry at Brown University, in addiction psychiatry at UCSF and in forensic psychiatry at the combined Columbia University and Cornell University program. He has additional expertise in neuro-psycho-endocrinology and psychotherapy. Dr. Aoun provides diagnostic evaluations including second opinions, treatment for psychiatric disorders using psychotherapy, medication management , and forensic evaluations for civil and criminal litigation.
(347) 658-5633 View (347) 658-5633
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Sonia Jasmine Bonsu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004  (Online Only)
If this is your first time seeking help, welcome! I appreciate your trust in me. Starting can be scary, especially talking to someone new about your feelings. I offer a caring environment to support you through your struggles and help you lead a happy healthy life. Your privacy is crucial to me, and my telehealth services are secure. Whether you are new or returning, I'm here to continue your mental health journey and hope to see positive growth. It is my ask that you please be open, and honest during each encounter with me to help facilitate and develop the best personalized treatment plan for you.
If this is your first time seeking help, welcome! I appreciate your trust in me. Starting can be scary, especially talking to someone new about your feelings. I offer a caring environment to support you through your struggles and help you lead a happy healthy life. Your privacy is crucial to me, and my telehealth services are secure. Whether you are new or returning, I'm here to continue your mental health journey and hope to see positive growth. It is my ask that you please be open, and honest during each encounter with me to help facilitate and develop the best personalized treatment plan for you.
(929) 249-5111 View (929) 249-5111
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Phanessa Jean
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004  (Online Only)
Phanessa Jean, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry across the lifespan. Ms. Phanessa received her Masters of Science degree from Stony Brook University. She has dedicated her life and her career to psychiatry. She strives to provide the most up to date evidence based care. She utilizes psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to ensure positive treatment outcomes and long term success. She has successful experience working with patients diagnosed with anxiety and depressive disorders as well as OCD, PTSD, Bipolar and ADHD.
Phanessa Jean, PMHNP-BC is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry across the lifespan. Ms. Phanessa received her Masters of Science degree from Stony Brook University. She has dedicated her life and her career to psychiatry. She strives to provide the most up to date evidence based care. She utilizes psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to ensure positive treatment outcomes and long term success. She has successful experience working with patients diagnosed with anxiety and depressive disorders as well as OCD, PTSD, Bipolar and ADHD.
(516) 217-8340 x100 View (516) 217-8340 x100
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Daniel Jason Zimmerman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004
Acheronpsych.com. Total, comprehensive, and inclusive service for the mental health needs of all sufferers and truth-seekers, with conventional and psychedelic medication options, and attuned individual and group psychotherapy programs.
Acheronpsych.com. Total, comprehensive, and inclusive service for the mental health needs of all sufferers and truth-seekers, with conventional and psychedelic medication options, and attuned individual and group psychotherapy programs.
(646) 583-2311 View (646) 583-2311
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VIP Integrative Health Care LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, Family , DNP, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004  (Online Only)
I create a safe, supportive, and non‑judgmental environment for every client and understand the importance of empathy, trust and kindness. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patient makes me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues. I empower them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery. Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! same day/next day appointments available! Call for psychiatric evaluations, medication management, prescriptions, addiction, anxiety/depression/bipolar disorder
I create a safe, supportive, and non‑judgmental environment for every client and understand the importance of empathy, trust and kindness. My sympathetic, kindhearted, and caring approaches to each individual patient makes me capable of reaching the core of each of my patients’ issues. I empower them to enhance their awareness of their potentials in dealing with treatment and recovery. Tele Health Virtual Visits Available! same day/next day appointments available! Call for psychiatric evaluations, medication management, prescriptions, addiction, anxiety/depression/bipolar disorder
(929) 242-6534 View (929) 242-6534
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Dr. Alden Bush
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MPH
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004  (Online Only)
I'm Dr. Alden Bush, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in working with adults dealing with mental health issues like ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. I offer medication services only and am fully bilingual in English/Spanish. Currently, I only see patients virtually. It's important to note that I am not a Psychiatrist (MD), but I am a prescribing clinician in Psychiatry. I do NOT provide psychotherapy. Please feel free to email me or book directly with me on my website link to Headway.
I'm Dr. Alden Bush, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I specialize in working with adults dealing with mental health issues like ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. I offer medication services only and am fully bilingual in English/Spanish. Currently, I only see patients virtually. It's important to note that I am not a Psychiatrist (MD), but I am a prescribing clinician in Psychiatry. I do NOT provide psychotherapy. Please feel free to email me or book directly with me on my website link to Headway.
(518) 809-8565 View (518) 809-8565
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Rivka Moskowitz
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004  (Online Only)
Rivka Moskowitz is an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s Degree at Stony Brook University where she trained to work with a variety of mental health disorders to those across the lifespan including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. Her mission is to provide empathic, attentive, and evidence-based care by utilizing an integrative psychotherapy and medication management approach to treatment. She strives to provide a nonjudgmental, open and honest environment to all clients.
Rivka Moskowitz is an ANCC Board-Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s Degree at Stony Brook University where she trained to work with a variety of mental health disorders to those across the lifespan including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and mood disorders. Her mission is to provide empathic, attentive, and evidence-based care by utilizing an integrative psychotherapy and medication management approach to treatment. She strives to provide a nonjudgmental, open and honest environment to all clients.
(646) 783-1616 View (646) 783-1616
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Margaret Seide
Psychiatrist, MS, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
I completed my psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins University where I continued to work as an attending psychiatrist and faculty member for 5 years. I am board certified in psychiatry and neurology and have publications in both esteemed scientific journals and textbooks. I am a proud native New Yorker who cherishes the meaningful work of helping to facilitate change in an individuals' life.
I completed my psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins University where I continued to work as an attending psychiatrist and faculty member for 5 years. I am board certified in psychiatry and neurology and have publications in both esteemed scientific journals and textbooks. I am a proud native New Yorker who cherishes the meaningful work of helping to facilitate change in an individuals' life.
(646) 783-3046 View (646) 783-3046
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Dolores Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
Dolores Joseph is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Dolores earned her doctorate at New York University, specializing in psychopharmacology for mood and anxiety disorders, attentional issues, and enhancing wellness. Dolores has a treatment philosophy geared towards helping all of her clients maximize their potential in all spheres of life (personal, professional, and creative). She provides a customized approach individualized for each client. Dolores focuses on the individual as a whole to promote life satisfaction.
Dolores Joseph is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Dolores earned her doctorate at New York University, specializing in psychopharmacology for mood and anxiety disorders, attentional issues, and enhancing wellness. Dolores has a treatment philosophy geared towards helping all of her clients maximize their potential in all spheres of life (personal, professional, and creative). She provides a customized approach individualized for each client. Dolores focuses on the individual as a whole to promote life satisfaction.
(929) 284-7859 View (929) 284-7859
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Paul A Suarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004  (Online Only)
If you are interested in starting treatment, please send me an email indicating which insurance you have and I will use my partner to email you a link where you will verify your benefits in seconds. Once complete and verified, you can head to my website and fill out the new patient forms including the biographical intake form. I also take clients without insurance - $300 for initial evaluation and $200 for follow up appointments.
If you are interested in starting treatment, please send me an email indicating which insurance you have and I will use my partner to email you a link where you will verify your benefits in seconds. Once complete and verified, you can head to my website and fill out the new patient forms including the biographical intake form. I also take clients without insurance - $300 for initial evaluation and $200 for follow up appointments.
(646) 798-1236 View (646) 798-1236
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Scott Shapiro MD - Specializing in Adult ADHD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004
Are you looking an Adult ADHD Psychiatrist? Do you want specific strategies to improve your productivity and organization? Dr. Shapiro is one of the country's top Adult ADHD Psychiatrists. He is Harvard-trained and Board-Certified. He can provide you with counseling, specific strategies, and medication management all in one place. One patient said, "For over 30 years, I struggled with so many challenges related to ADHD. Dr. Shapiro cares and it really shows. He changed my life."
Are you looking an Adult ADHD Psychiatrist? Do you want specific strategies to improve your productivity and organization? Dr. Shapiro is one of the country's top Adult ADHD Psychiatrists. He is Harvard-trained and Board-Certified. He can provide you with counseling, specific strategies, and medication management all in one place. One patient said, "For over 30 years, I struggled with so many challenges related to ADHD. Dr. Shapiro cares and it really shows. He changed my life."
(212) 804-7992 View (212) 804-7992
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Louis Joseph
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004
I am excited to announce that SinclairMethod.Org is now providing online alcohol treatment to all residents of Florida, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and others. The Sinclair Method (TSM) is an evidence-based treatment using the FDA-approved medication Naltrexone to gradually reduce problem-drinking. TSM has a success rate of 78%, with most patients reporting a significant reduction in their alcohol use, as well as reduced cravings and preoccupation with drinking.
I am excited to announce that SinclairMethod.Org is now providing online alcohol treatment to all residents of Florida, New York, Illinois, Michigan, and others. The Sinclair Method (TSM) is an evidence-based treatment using the FDA-approved medication Naltrexone to gradually reduce problem-drinking. TSM has a success rate of 78%, with most patients reporting a significant reduction in their alcohol use, as well as reduced cravings and preoccupation with drinking.
(786) 420-6822 View (786) 420-6822
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Scott Shapiro, MD - Specializing in Anxiety + CBT
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004
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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Madeleine M Castellanos
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
I have 2 different, but overlapping, focuses in my practice. I am a holistic/nutritional psychiatrist, using a functional medicine approach to health and wellness, thereby trying to reduce or eliminate the need for medications. I also have a 15yr+ specialty in sex therapy with couples/individuals treating all sexual dysfunctions in all areas of desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, or sexual issues that interfere with a couple's happiness. I give couples & individuals a holistic understanding of their sexual difficulties - incorporating physical, psychological, emotional, and relational - to enhance sexual pleasure while maintaining balance in one's physical and emotional health.
I have 2 different, but overlapping, focuses in my practice. I am a holistic/nutritional psychiatrist, using a functional medicine approach to health and wellness, thereby trying to reduce or eliminate the need for medications. I also have a 15yr+ specialty in sex therapy with couples/individuals treating all sexual dysfunctions in all areas of desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, or sexual issues that interfere with a couple's happiness. I give couples & individuals a holistic understanding of their sexual difficulties - incorporating physical, psychological, emotional, and relational - to enhance sexual pleasure while maintaining balance in one's physical and emotional health.
(917) 740-4996 View (917) 740-4996
Nazlim Hagmann
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10004
Whatever the reasons might be that you decide to come and see me, you can be assured that you are going to be in the center. You will take the lead and I will accompany you in your journey for a while, holding you when you stumble, clearing the dirt from your path and holding the torch so you can see better. I am interested in having an Open Dialogue as partners, trying to understand what hinders you, exploring new possibilities, and healing your wounds.
Whatever the reasons might be that you decide to come and see me, you can be assured that you are going to be in the center. You will take the lead and I will accompany you in your journey for a while, holding you when you stumble, clearing the dirt from your path and holding the torch so you can see better. I am interested in having an Open Dialogue as partners, trying to understand what hinders you, exploring new possibilities, and healing your wounds.
(347) 394-5689 View (347) 394-5689
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Michelle Freedland
Psychiatric Nurse
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. I practice personalized medicine and believe in the need for individualized care with the goal of forging relationships that allow for change based on knowledge and support. Ingrained in my approach is the notion of holistic care and that kindness and empathy aid in the promotion of healing and recovery. I am committed to assisting clients with developing the tools they need to lead productive and meaningful lives.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specializing in Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. I practice personalized medicine and believe in the need for individualized care with the goal of forging relationships that allow for change based on knowledge and support. Ingrained in my approach is the notion of holistic care and that kindness and empathy aid in the promotion of healing and recovery. I am committed to assisting clients with developing the tools they need to lead productive and meaningful lives.
(646) 762-7545 View (646) 762-7545
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Michael Dulchin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004
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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Roomana Qayyum
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10004
My focus of interest is working with people who feel paralyzed in their relationships and work lives and find it impossible to live following their desires. It's essential to my work to empathize with my patient's dilemmas, suffering, and pain. The experience of being known and understood is crucial in the journey toward healing. I do my best to ensure my patients feel safe to open up. I foster an environment of warmth and curiosity. I work best with people who want to make changes yet feel trapped in a frustrating incapacity to implement them.
My focus of interest is working with people who feel paralyzed in their relationships and work lives and find it impossible to live following their desires. It's essential to my work to empathize with my patient's dilemmas, suffering, and pain. The experience of being known and understood is crucial in the journey toward healing. I do my best to ensure my patients feel safe to open up. I foster an environment of warmth and curiosity. I work best with people who want to make changes yet feel trapped in a frustrating incapacity to implement them.
(917) 765-3513 View (917) 765-3513

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10004

50+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10004 who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
94% Anxiety
79% Medication Management
77% ADHD
69% Self Esteem
65% Sleep or Insomnia
63% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

74% Aetna
74% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
68% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 10004 see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

59% Female
41% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10004?

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.