Psychiatrists in 10005

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Calvin Cruz
Psychiatrist, MD, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
**Please note: I am not currently accepting insurance at my private office.** It’s time to make a change. I look forward to working with you during this exciting and reflective time. My experience as a psychiatrist treating a wide variety of issues, from anxiety to depression to relationship problems, as well as having spent many years as a social worker, makes me uniquely suited to help you. We can discuss when medication might be helpful. We can also discuss the role of therapy in identifying patterns in your life that are holding you back.
**Please note: I am not currently accepting insurance at my private office.** It’s time to make a change. I look forward to working with you during this exciting and reflective time. My experience as a psychiatrist treating a wide variety of issues, from anxiety to depression to relationship problems, as well as having spent many years as a social worker, makes me uniquely suited to help you. We can discuss when medication might be helpful. We can also discuss the role of therapy in identifying patterns in your life that are holding you back.
(646) 849-3544 View (646) 849-3544
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Fahimir Jean-Baptiste
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
As a psychiatrist and mental health nurse practitioner, I am deeply passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. With a background in psychiatry and advanced training in nursing, I have dedicated my career to helping individuals achieve optimal mental wellness and quality of life. My commitment to evidence-based practice, coupled with a holistic approach to treatment, allows me to address the complex needs of my patients.
As a psychiatrist and mental health nurse practitioner, I am deeply passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate care to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. With a background in psychiatry and advanced training in nursing, I have dedicated my career to helping individuals achieve optimal mental wellness and quality of life. My commitment to evidence-based practice, coupled with a holistic approach to treatment, allows me to address the complex needs of my patients.
(929) 577-3175 View (929) 577-3175
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Rasheedat Koleosho at Mental Soothe PLLC New York
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, CNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
Healing Minds, Changing Lives - who else wouldn't want to change for the better?
Healing Minds, Changing Lives - who else wouldn't want to change for the better?
(929) 810-4890 View (929) 810-4890
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Edward V. Haas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
I offer caring, professional, evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of mental health issues including severe depression, anxiety, and addiction issues, using medication and/or psychotherapy. Whether with the help of cutting edge medical treatments including suboxone, ketamine, and ssri's, or insightful psychotherapy, I can help you feel better quickly, and get back to being productive and enjoying your life.
I offer caring, professional, evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of mental health issues including severe depression, anxiety, and addiction issues, using medication and/or psychotherapy. Whether with the help of cutting edge medical treatments including suboxone, ketamine, and ssri's, or insightful psychotherapy, I can help you feel better quickly, and get back to being productive and enjoying your life.
(646) 535-4227 View (646) 535-4227
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The Mindful Lemon Marriage and Family Therapy INC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office-based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, and what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness, and fitness, or any combination of the above.
(646) 860-0702 View (646) 860-0702
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Haran Sivakumar
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
I am a double board-certified physician and addiction specialist. My virtual private practice offers a warm, comfortable and safe space for anyone who is struggling with substance use and searching for help in addressing the wide range of associated psychological struggles and emotional issues. I provide individualized, evidence-based treatments incorporating psychotherapy and the judicious use of medications to alleviate your symptoms and restore you back to emotional wellness and assist you in finding your own personalized path to recovery.
I am a double board-certified physician and addiction specialist. My virtual private practice offers a warm, comfortable and safe space for anyone who is struggling with substance use and searching for help in addressing the wide range of associated psychological struggles and emotional issues. I provide individualized, evidence-based treatments incorporating psychotherapy and the judicious use of medications to alleviate your symptoms and restore you back to emotional wellness and assist you in finding your own personalized path to recovery.
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Diamond Mind & Body
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, AGNP-C, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing stress, sadness, worry, persistent sense of unease, lack of focus, motivation, or sleep? Ever felt rushed or just labeled with symptoms in a mental health visit? Remember, you're way more than any diagnosis. I'm here to really get to know you and build trust, making it the heart of our work together. I take time to understand who you are and what you need. Together, we'll find ways to help you feel better, tailored just for you.
Are you experiencing stress, sadness, worry, persistent sense of unease, lack of focus, motivation, or sleep? Ever felt rushed or just labeled with symptoms in a mental health visit? Remember, you're way more than any diagnosis. I'm here to really get to know you and build trust, making it the heart of our work together. I take time to understand who you are and what you need. Together, we'll find ways to help you feel better, tailored just for you.
(929) 262-6542 View (929) 262-6542
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Dr. Gundu Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family/marital therapy, as well as psychiatric medication management. I believe that brain health is the key to every form of well being, and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms, has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include hallucinations, irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work-the core principles of treatment are often similar.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City . I have trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family/marital therapy, as well as psychiatric medication management. I believe that brain health is the key to every form of well being, and every individual regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms, has the potential to be healthier. Whether your reasons for seeking treatment include hallucinations, irritability, dysphoria, insomnia, wanting to perform better at work-the core principles of treatment are often similar.
(347) 830-7467 View (347) 830-7467
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Murla Ecclesiaste
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP, MSN
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
Greetings! I am Murla Ecclesiaste, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. I am also dual certified in Adult Gerontology. I have a passion for helping others and strive to empower individuals in their journey towards mental well-being. I have over 10 years of experience managing different areas in healthcare. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment where individuals can express themselves freely. Trust, empathy and respect are the cornerstone of my practice..
Greetings! I am Murla Ecclesiaste, a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive mental health care. I am also dual certified in Adult Gerontology. I have a passion for helping others and strive to empower individuals in their journey towards mental well-being. I have over 10 years of experience managing different areas in healthcare. I understand that seeking help can be daunting, and I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment where individuals can express themselves freely. Trust, empathy and respect are the cornerstone of my practice..
(973) 604-4255 View (973) 604-4255
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Maya E Kunofsky NP Psychiatry PC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
I am a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. Using evidence-based practices in psychopharmacology and psychiatry, I evaluate and treat a wide range of emotional disorders and mental illness.
I am a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health. Using evidence-based practices in psychopharmacology and psychiatry, I evaluate and treat a wide range of emotional disorders and mental illness.
(646) 760-6465 View (646) 760-6465
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Noam Koenigsberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I have a telepsychiatric practice where I see clients all over Florida and New York state. I am licensed in both states. My concierge practice specializes in medication management to treat psychiatric issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and all other psychiatric needs of the patient. I approach each client in a nonjudgmental manner to help decrease and eliminate symptoms and achieve treatment goals. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual.
I am a board certified psychiatrist. I have a telepsychiatric practice where I see clients all over Florida and New York state. I am licensed in both states. My concierge practice specializes in medication management to treat psychiatric issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and all other psychiatric needs of the patient. I approach each client in a nonjudgmental manner to help decrease and eliminate symptoms and achieve treatment goals. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual.
(305) 440-4768 View (305) 440-4768
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Theresa Flanagan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
Dr. Flanagan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who understands the challenges that children and their families face. With her compassionate and empathetic approach, she provides a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan that goes beyond just prescribing medication. Dr. Flanagan believes in the power of combining psychotherapy and parent guidance with medication management. She recognizes that mental health issues can have an impact on a child's daily life, and by addressing both the emotional and biological aspects, she aims to create lasting positive changes. What sets her apart understanding of lifestyle factors as well.
Dr. Flanagan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who understands the challenges that children and their families face. With her compassionate and empathetic approach, she provides a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan that goes beyond just prescribing medication. Dr. Flanagan believes in the power of combining psychotherapy and parent guidance with medication management. She recognizes that mental health issues can have an impact on a child's daily life, and by addressing both the emotional and biological aspects, she aims to create lasting positive changes. What sets her apart understanding of lifestyle factors as well.
(201) 903-9520 View (201) 903-9520
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Drew K. Goldbaum-Ratkevich
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, NP-P, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005  (Online Only)
Drew is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Co-Founder of the esteemed Bass Wellness Center (BWC). For the past 8+ years, Drew has been at the forefront of delivering inclusive and empathic psychiatric nursing care, primarily focusing on treating anxiety disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, disordered eating, and addictions and providing LGBTQ-affirmative care. Drew's passion lies in offering care tailored to your unique needs, all within a nurturing, safe & non-judgmental space.
Drew is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Co-Founder of the esteemed Bass Wellness Center (BWC). For the past 8+ years, Drew has been at the forefront of delivering inclusive and empathic psychiatric nursing care, primarily focusing on treating anxiety disorders, ADHD, mood disorders, disordered eating, and addictions and providing LGBTQ-affirmative care. Drew's passion lies in offering care tailored to your unique needs, all within a nurturing, safe & non-judgmental space.
(929) 325-0141 View (929) 325-0141
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Richard Brent
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
Recently awarded Top Psychiatrist in New York for 2013-2014 by the Leading Physicians of the world, Dr. Brent has over 29 years of experience in having excellent results while working with patients who have had some of the most challenging of problems. While past results obviously cannot be assurances, Dr. Brent is adept in customizing and optimizing his approach for the specific needs of the individual. This is brought about by applying the same level of expertise that he brings to the prescribing of medication to choosing and personally providing the most effective form of psychotherapy for the individual.
Recently awarded Top Psychiatrist in New York for 2013-2014 by the Leading Physicians of the world, Dr. Brent has over 29 years of experience in having excellent results while working with patients who have had some of the most challenging of problems. While past results obviously cannot be assurances, Dr. Brent is adept in customizing and optimizing his approach for the specific needs of the individual. This is brought about by applying the same level of expertise that he brings to the prescribing of medication to choosing and personally providing the most effective form of psychotherapy for the individual.
(646) 553-6387 View (646) 553-6387
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Margaret Seide
Psychiatrist, MS, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
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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Elie G Aoun
Psychiatrist, MD, MRO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
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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Aaron Savedoff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005
Psychiatry is as much a science as an art, and listening carefully to my patients is key. As a teaching psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry in the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, I treat a wide range of problems including Anxiety, Depression, Sleep issues, Bipolar Disorder, Adult ADHD, Addiction, OCD, Trauma, Family issues, and Stress Management issues. Sometimes medication is not the answer. I do psychotherapy in addition to medication, but I also collaborate with a large network of outside therapists to help you find the best fit for your needs.
Psychiatry is as much a science as an art, and listening carefully to my patients is key. As a teaching psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry in the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, I treat a wide range of problems including Anxiety, Depression, Sleep issues, Bipolar Disorder, Adult ADHD, Addiction, OCD, Trauma, Family issues, and Stress Management issues. Sometimes medication is not the answer. I do psychotherapy in addition to medication, but I also collaborate with a large network of outside therapists to help you find the best fit for your needs.
(646) 798-9351 View (646) 798-9351
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Michael Dulchin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10005
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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Genevieve S Yuen
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
Welcome to my practice. I specialize in the treatment of problems common in adults and older patients--depression, anxiety, mood/cognitive changes that occur in the setting of medical illness. Many seek help during crises, support during life transitions, or a better understanding of themselves and their relationships. I offer psychotherapy, medication, or both, depending on an individual's needs. During your initial visit, we will discuss what treatment will be most helpful and specific goals. My work with you will be collaborative, interactive, and focused on helping you make real progress in areas that currently trouble you.
Welcome to my practice. I specialize in the treatment of problems common in adults and older patients--depression, anxiety, mood/cognitive changes that occur in the setting of medical illness. Many seek help during crises, support during life transitions, or a better understanding of themselves and their relationships. I offer psychotherapy, medication, or both, depending on an individual's needs. During your initial visit, we will discuss what treatment will be most helpful and specific goals. My work with you will be collaborative, interactive, and focused on helping you make real progress in areas that currently trouble you.
(646) 759-9758 View (646) 759-9758
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Carlos Saavedra
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10005
My goal is to create a safe space in which my patients can be curious about themselves and their lives to freely address issues concerning mood, anxiety, diminished motivation, poor concentration, loneliness, work dissatisfaction, relationship difficulties, struggles around identity and existential questions.
My goal is to create a safe space in which my patients can be curious about themselves and their lives to freely address issues concerning mood, anxiety, diminished motivation, poor concentration, loneliness, work dissatisfaction, relationship difficulties, struggles around identity and existential questions.
(917) 791-3066 View (917) 791-3066

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10005

40+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10005 who prioritize treating:

95% Anxiety
93% Depression
90% Medication Management
86% ADHD
76% Trauma and PTSD
74% Bipolar Disorder
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
71% Cigna and Evernorth
71% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 10005 see their clients

53% In Person and Online
47% Online Only

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10005?

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.