Psychiatrists in 10007

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Tara Chouake
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10007
I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who sees patients of all ages both for psychotherapy and medication management. I take pride in how carefully I get to know patients and families. With warmth, humor, and kindness, I perform thorough diagnostic assessments, considering how biologic predispositions, developmental challenges, family dynamics, life stressors, and cultural factors contribute to patients' symptoms. I do extensive psychotherapy myself with patients of all ages, supplementing with medication only when necessary. I also collaborate with other therapists as needed to provide medication management.
I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who sees patients of all ages both for psychotherapy and medication management. I take pride in how carefully I get to know patients and families. With warmth, humor, and kindness, I perform thorough diagnostic assessments, considering how biologic predispositions, developmental challenges, family dynamics, life stressors, and cultural factors contribute to patients' symptoms. I do extensive psychotherapy myself with patients of all ages, supplementing with medication only when necessary. I also collaborate with other therapists as needed to provide medication management.
(332) 263-4472 View (332) 263-4472
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Sanjay Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10007
I am a board certified adult and child psychiatrist, and I'm also board certified in integrative and holistic medicine. I treat anxiety, attention, and mood difficulties, including adult and child ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, and depression. When necessary, I recommend medication, with the lowest effective doses. I recommend traditional and natural treatments along with practical suggestions about communication, lifestyle, and stress management. I am on faculty at NYU School of Medicine.
I am a board certified adult and child psychiatrist, and I'm also board certified in integrative and holistic medicine. I treat anxiety, attention, and mood difficulties, including adult and child ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, and depression. When necessary, I recommend medication, with the lowest effective doses. I recommend traditional and natural treatments along with practical suggestions about communication, lifestyle, and stress management. I am on faculty at NYU School of Medicine.
(646) 798-7270 View (646) 798-7270
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NY Medical Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP-C
New York, NY 10007
Accepting new clients for medication management for an array of different medical conditions. I have prescriptive privileges in NY state. You can make your appointment online on our website at www.nymedpractice.com or by calling or texting 917-983-0050. Feel comfortable and confident knowing that my patients are my priority no matter what they are experiencing.
Accepting new clients for medication management for an array of different medical conditions. I have prescriptive privileges in NY state. You can make your appointment online on our website at www.nymedpractice.com or by calling or texting 917-983-0050. Feel comfortable and confident knowing that my patients are my priority no matter what they are experiencing.
(646) 971-1765 View (646) 971-1765
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Dr. Jen Sweet
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
I offer mental healthcare for women and their loved ones, encompassing a more holistic, and I believe, warmer approach to emotional health treatment. I aim to provide specialized and comprehensive treatment for challenges specific to your different life stages. I offer inclusive and truly quality care with the ultimate goal of helping you overcome emotional hurdles that you face, in any phase of your life.
I offer mental healthcare for women and their loved ones, encompassing a more holistic, and I believe, warmer approach to emotional health treatment. I aim to provide specialized and comprehensive treatment for challenges specific to your different life stages. I offer inclusive and truly quality care with the ultimate goal of helping you overcome emotional hurdles that you face, in any phase of your life.
(646) 847-3787 View (646) 847-3787
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Pavel Filimonov
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10007
Hello, my name is Dr. Pavel Filimonov, M.D. and I am a Holistic Psychiatrist. I am a bit different because I don't limit myself to just writing prescriptions and using talk therapy. I integrate Eastern healing techniques with the best researched principles of Western medicine, combining these elements to evoke change in the system as a whole--physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. This combined approach helps me to deal with my patients' anxiety, fear and overwhelment in a much more efficient way, markedly REDUCING NEED FOR MEDICATIONS. *IMPORTANT: Insurance pays ONLY a small portion of Holistic treatment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Pavel Filimonov, M.D. and I am a Holistic Psychiatrist. I am a bit different because I don't limit myself to just writing prescriptions and using talk therapy. I integrate Eastern healing techniques with the best researched principles of Western medicine, combining these elements to evoke change in the system as a whole--physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. This combined approach helps me to deal with my patients' anxiety, fear and overwhelment in a much more efficient way, markedly REDUCING NEED FOR MEDICATIONS. *IMPORTANT: Insurance pays ONLY a small portion of Holistic treatment.
(347) 983-9320 View (347) 983-9320
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Lisa Roth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10007
People come to treatment for all sorts of reasons — anxiety, depression, trauma, difficulty functioning at work or school, family conflict, challenges in relationships, low self-esteem, or simply a desire to learn more about themselves. As a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy, I can help patients develop a treatment plan that meets their needs. My style is guided by warmth and flexibility, with the goals of helping patients build insight and reduce symptoms. Prospective patients can find more information about my practice at https://downtownpsychiatry.com.
People come to treatment for all sorts of reasons — anxiety, depression, trauma, difficulty functioning at work or school, family conflict, challenges in relationships, low self-esteem, or simply a desire to learn more about themselves. As a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy, I can help patients develop a treatment plan that meets their needs. My style is guided by warmth and flexibility, with the goals of helping patients build insight and reduce symptoms. Prospective patients can find more information about my practice at https://downtownpsychiatry.com.
(646) 798-6767 View (646) 798-6767
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Mary Jane Guerrero
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
I am accepting new clients for tele-health appointments. I provide medication management for: anxiety, depression, bipolar, and ADHD. I have after-hour appointments and Saturday availability.
I am accepting new clients for tele-health appointments. I provide medication management for: anxiety, depression, bipolar, and ADHD. I have after-hour appointments and Saturday availability.
(646) 553-4219 View (646) 553-4219
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Suhana deLeon-Sanchez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, NCTTP
Verified
4 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007
Day-to-day life does not have to be THIS hard. You do not deserve to feel overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, despair, fear, worry, or that you cannot get yourself to sleep or focus enough to function at work or at home. Therapy, eating a well-balanced nutritious diet, and getting enough exercise are sometimes not enough. Combining talk therapy with medications can help you manage your stress so that you can regain some control in your life. Using medications can be short-term only. Speak to a prescriber who will educate, guide, and support you in selecting a safe & effective treatment option tailored specifically for you.
Day-to-day life does not have to be THIS hard. You do not deserve to feel overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, despair, fear, worry, or that you cannot get yourself to sleep or focus enough to function at work or at home. Therapy, eating a well-balanced nutritious diet, and getting enough exercise are sometimes not enough. Combining talk therapy with medications can help you manage your stress so that you can regain some control in your life. Using medications can be short-term only. Speak to a prescriber who will educate, guide, and support you in selecting a safe & effective treatment option tailored specifically for you.
(347) 685-6996 View (347) 685-6996
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Aaron Savedoff
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
6 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007
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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Tomas Felipe Restrepo Palacio
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
Important changes in life, such as getting a new job, ending a relationship, losing a loved one, adjusting to married or single life, or dealing with self esteem issues can cause a great deal of anxiety. I will work with you to find the root of your symptoms, and treat them, aiming to improve your quality of life.
Important changes in life, such as getting a new job, ending a relationship, losing a loved one, adjusting to married or single life, or dealing with self esteem issues can cause a great deal of anxiety. I will work with you to find the root of your symptoms, and treat them, aiming to improve your quality of life.
(646) 542-1015 View (646) 542-1015
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Ankur Upadhyay
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
Dr. Ankur Upadhyay is a licensed Psychiatrist. He provides psychiatric care supported by evidence based medical practices, highlighted by his experience with mindfulness based therapies and psychoanalysis. His journey started in India where he gained knowledge in spirituality and the practice of mindful living. He has since completed his Psychiatry residency training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Morningside-West Hospitals), and treated patients from diverse backgrounds. He has also completed training in the Intensive Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy program at William Alanson White Institute in NYC.
Dr. Ankur Upadhyay is a licensed Psychiatrist. He provides psychiatric care supported by evidence based medical practices, highlighted by his experience with mindfulness based therapies and psychoanalysis. His journey started in India where he gained knowledge in spirituality and the practice of mindful living. He has since completed his Psychiatry residency training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Morningside-West Hospitals), and treated patients from diverse backgrounds. He has also completed training in the Intensive Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy program at William Alanson White Institute in NYC.
(646) 956-4559 View (646) 956-4559
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Michael Petetit
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
Most psychiatrists do not practice psychotherapy, but this impairs a more holistic and complex appreciation for their clients, which can create a disjointed experience for many people that leads them to disengage from treatment. My approach to treatment is non-judgmental, collaborative, holistic, direct, and uses the latest evidence-based interventions. I’m fortunate to have joined like-minded doctors in a practice where you can have dedicated time for both psychotherapy and medical services, direct access to me, and a working relationship that affords you a better understanding of and control over how you address your goals.
Most psychiatrists do not practice psychotherapy, but this impairs a more holistic and complex appreciation for their clients, which can create a disjointed experience for many people that leads them to disengage from treatment. My approach to treatment is non-judgmental, collaborative, holistic, direct, and uses the latest evidence-based interventions. I’m fortunate to have joined like-minded doctors in a practice where you can have dedicated time for both psychotherapy and medical services, direct access to me, and a working relationship that affords you a better understanding of and control over how you address your goals.
(201) 389-2890 View (201) 389-2890
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Samuel Omolade
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
I have over 7 years of experience in the mental health field, working as a behavioral health nurse at Jacobi Medical Center, Nix Hospital, Perimeter Behavioral Health, and as a consultant at King Haven Counseling Group. I am a highly skilled and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I have demonstrated my proficiency in helping individuals struggling with anxiety by implementing evidence-based treatment modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication management.
I have over 7 years of experience in the mental health field, working as a behavioral health nurse at Jacobi Medical Center, Nix Hospital, Perimeter Behavioral Health, and as a consultant at King Haven Counseling Group. I am a highly skilled and compassionate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with a wealth of experience in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I have demonstrated my proficiency in helping individuals struggling with anxiety by implementing evidence-based treatment modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication management.
(512) 812-8765 View (512) 812-8765
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Christopher Magoon
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007
I am a psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School faculty member with expertise treating a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, substance use, and psychosis. I have additional expertise in grief/bereavement, supporting patients through complex medical decisions, advanced care planning, and anxiety disorders. I can see patients who are located in New York or Massachusetts via secure video platform or in person at my office near Harvard Square.
I am a psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School faculty member with expertise treating a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, substance use, and psychosis. I have additional expertise in grief/bereavement, supporting patients through complex medical decisions, advanced care planning, and anxiety disorders. I can see patients who are located in New York or Massachusetts via secure video platform or in person at my office near Harvard Square.
(508) 501-8315 View (508) 501-8315
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Jim Dhrymes MD - Psychiatrist, Holistic Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007
Do you find it difficult to manage stress, or do you struggle with depression or anxiety (including OCD & panic attacks), PTSD, alcohol or other substance abuse challenges? Working together, I can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation and suggestions for going forward. In many cases, Motivational Interviewing and other types of psychotherapy can deliver substantial improvements. Based on your needs, we will map a treatment plan that includes therapy, or a blend of therapy and medication. If you are already in psychotherapy and need medication management, your therapist and I will cooperate to deliver the best results possible.
Do you find it difficult to manage stress, or do you struggle with depression or anxiety (including OCD & panic attacks), PTSD, alcohol or other substance abuse challenges? Working together, I can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation and suggestions for going forward. In many cases, Motivational Interviewing and other types of psychotherapy can deliver substantial improvements. Based on your needs, we will map a treatment plan that includes therapy, or a blend of therapy and medication. If you are already in psychotherapy and need medication management, your therapist and I will cooperate to deliver the best results possible.
(646) 480-7215 View (646) 480-7215
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The Happiness Psychiatrist: Concierge Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
Welcome! Founded in 2012 by Dr. Sheenie Ambardar, M.D., The Happiness Psychiatrist is a premier New York and California telehealth and wellness practice that provides concierge psychiatry, psychotherapy, and GLP-1 weight therapy to patients in New York & California as well as coaching services to clients of all ages worldwide. At The Happiness Psychiatrist, we use low-dose psychiatric medications in conjunction with an eclectic blend of psychotherapeutic modalities including psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, solution-focused therapy, inner child work, CBT, meditation, & Kundalini Yoga.
Welcome! Founded in 2012 by Dr. Sheenie Ambardar, M.D., The Happiness Psychiatrist is a premier New York and California telehealth and wellness practice that provides concierge psychiatry, psychotherapy, and GLP-1 weight therapy to patients in New York & California as well as coaching services to clients of all ages worldwide. At The Happiness Psychiatrist, we use low-dose psychiatric medications in conjunction with an eclectic blend of psychotherapeutic modalities including psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, solution-focused therapy, inner child work, CBT, meditation, & Kundalini Yoga.
(646) 956-3585 View (646) 956-3585
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MindHealthNet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
Are you having trouble managing your emotions? Are you having difficulty with sleep? Do you have difficulty with attention, focus, and motivation to complete tasks? There is hope. I help people manage their anxiety, depression, and focus before it has a chance to control your life and well being. My practice is able to treat and prescribe medication for a range of mental health issues including but not limited to: Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, or Personality Disorders.
Are you having trouble managing your emotions? Are you having difficulty with sleep? Do you have difficulty with attention, focus, and motivation to complete tasks? There is hope. I help people manage their anxiety, depression, and focus before it has a chance to control your life and well being. My practice is able to treat and prescribe medication for a range of mental health issues including but not limited to: Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, or Personality Disorders.
(720) 594-5702 View (720) 594-5702
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Dr Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
New York, NY 10007  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(332) 262-7969 View (332) 262-7969
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Olena Zakharova
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
New York, NY 10007
Stressed out, feeling stuck? As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating a host of mental health conditions across the life span, I am here listen to you deeply and to understand your experience so that I can be of greatest help. I am pleased to provide all of my psychiatric services in English or Russian.
Stressed out, feeling stuck? As a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with experience treating a host of mental health conditions across the life span, I am here listen to you deeply and to understand your experience so that I can be of greatest help. I am pleased to provide all of my psychiatric services in English or Russian.
(347) 218-9928 View (347) 218-9928
Photo of Melissa Cardinal, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 10007, NY
Melissa Cardinal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
15 Endorsed
New York, NY 10007
Melissa Cardinal is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Melissa Cardinal specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult ADHD. Through the use of psychopharmacology, she treats these disorders successfully. Ms. Cardinal incorporates a holistic treatment approach, including Complementary Alternative Medicine, which has resulted in clients reporting increases in wellness, personal satisfaction, and fulfillment. Melissa also tailors her treatment plan according to genetic testing, another step in her efforts to improve the quality of life for her patients.
Melissa Cardinal is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Melissa Cardinal specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and adult ADHD. Through the use of psychopharmacology, she treats these disorders successfully. Ms. Cardinal incorporates a holistic treatment approach, including Complementary Alternative Medicine, which has resulted in clients reporting increases in wellness, personal satisfaction, and fulfillment. Melissa also tailors her treatment plan according to genetic testing, another step in her efforts to improve the quality of life for her patients.
(332) 877-9004 View (332) 877-9004

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10007

40+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10007 who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
98% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
80% Trauma and PTSD
73% ADHD
73% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

81% Aetna
81% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
69% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 10007 see their clients

63% In Person and Online
37% Online Only

Gender breakdown

64% Female
36% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10007?

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.