Psychiatrists in 10010

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Matthew Zimmerman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I am a psychiatrist with expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy. I have been involved with medical student and resident education in these areas as a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University Medical Center, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
I am a psychiatrist with expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy. I have been involved with medical student and resident education in these areas as a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University Medical Center, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
(646) 461-7372 View (646) 461-7372
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Donna McCabe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, GNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
My name is Donna McCabe I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and geriatric nurse practitioner. I have over 20 years of advanced practice nursing experience caring for adults. I have expertise in helping people who are dealing with the mental health issues of depression and anxiety that often accompany other medical health conditions. Managing ongoing health conditions is challenging! Developing tools to strengthen your coping and resilience to manage these conditions can promote overall wellness and enhance quality of life. Let me help you focus on your health and living well.
My name is Donna McCabe I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and geriatric nurse practitioner. I have over 20 years of advanced practice nursing experience caring for adults. I have expertise in helping people who are dealing with the mental health issues of depression and anxiety that often accompany other medical health conditions. Managing ongoing health conditions is challenging! Developing tools to strengthen your coping and resilience to manage these conditions can promote overall wellness and enhance quality of life. Let me help you focus on your health and living well.
(646) 736-7310 View (646) 736-7310
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Stella New York - SGB and Ketamine Therapy
Physician Assistant, PA, MD, LCSW, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, or PTSD? We can help. Stella Center offers in-office medical treatments for mental health paired with virtual integration therapy to bring dramatic healing in the window of transformation following treatment. Get relief from symptoms like disrupted sleep, panic attacks, irritability, hypervigilance, difficulties concentrating, sexual dysfunction, and more. Our protocols include medical & biopsychosocial assessment, ketamine infusions, stellate ganglion block (SGB), trauma informed integration therapy, and more.
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, or PTSD? We can help. Stella Center offers in-office medical treatments for mental health paired with virtual integration therapy to bring dramatic healing in the window of transformation following treatment. Get relief from symptoms like disrupted sleep, panic attacks, irritability, hypervigilance, difficulties concentrating, sexual dysfunction, and more. Our protocols include medical & biopsychosocial assessment, ketamine infusions, stellate ganglion block (SGB), trauma informed integration therapy, and more.
(646) 779-2551 View (646) 779-2551
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Mark Hall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Mark is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner. He provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy to all individuals. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University. He has specialized training in managing mental health for clients living with HIV, and substance use problems. He strives to provide an anti-racist, LGBTQ affirming, non-judgmental, open, honest environment for all clients to express openly and create the change you seek.
Mark is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner. He provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and psychotherapy to all individuals. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University. He has specialized training in managing mental health for clients living with HIV, and substance use problems. He strives to provide an anti-racist, LGBTQ affirming, non-judgmental, open, honest environment for all clients to express openly and create the change you seek.
(646) 846-7256 View (646) 846-7256
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Shannon Eugene Carroll
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I am an NYU trained and nationally certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry. I offer Person-centered, holistic care while working collaboratively with clients. My theoretical leaning is Rogerian, which means that at each session you will experience unconditional positive regard, empathy and presence. I offer combined treatment, which means I see patients for medication management and psychotherapy. Or if you prefer and you are already engaged with a therapist, I will coordinate care together with your therapist.More about my professional life: I am a former member of the psychiatry team at NYU.
I am an NYU trained and nationally certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry. I offer Person-centered, holistic care while working collaboratively with clients. My theoretical leaning is Rogerian, which means that at each session you will experience unconditional positive regard, empathy and presence. I offer combined treatment, which means I see patients for medication management and psychotherapy. Or if you prefer and you are already engaged with a therapist, I will coordinate care together with your therapist.More about my professional life: I am a former member of the psychiatry team at NYU.
(347) 905-5956 View (347) 905-5956
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Monarch Psychiatric NP PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
Our practice was founded by Elizabeth Durovich, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CEN, a board-certified advanced practice nurse in psychiatry and mental health. Our office treats a range of mental health issues and psychiatric disorders in the adult population. We believe that everyone needs a mental health provider and currently offers comprehensive services and values all patient’s input on determining a plan of care and treatment options. We welcome all patients to seek care to address their mental health needs.
Our practice was founded by Elizabeth Durovich, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CEN, a board-certified advanced practice nurse in psychiatry and mental health. Our office treats a range of mental health issues and psychiatric disorders in the adult population. We believe that everyone needs a mental health provider and currently offers comprehensive services and values all patient’s input on determining a plan of care and treatment options. We welcome all patients to seek care to address their mental health needs.
(929) 276-1696 x1 View (929) 276-1696 x1
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Joshua Phelps
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I am a former resident at Columbia University and current psychoanalytic candidate at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalysis. In my small private practice, I focus on mood and anxiety disorders, as well as individuals who are facing problems with relationships, their career, and their sense of self and identity, among other things. I hope that I can help you to become more comfortable in being more fully yourself, and to improve troubling symptoms and behaviors in doing so. I am licensed to practice in NY, and I offer virtual appointments.
I am a former resident at Columbia University and current psychoanalytic candidate at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalysis. In my small private practice, I focus on mood and anxiety disorders, as well as individuals who are facing problems with relationships, their career, and their sense of self and identity, among other things. I hope that I can help you to become more comfortable in being more fully yourself, and to improve troubling symptoms and behaviors in doing so. I am licensed to practice in NY, and I offer virtual appointments.
(332) 895-7110 View (332) 895-7110
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Grant Hilary Brenner
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
My focus is on leveraging a range of skills, training and experience to provide the best treatment and advice possible personalized for you. My practice is small and individualized so I can be fully present for you. In addition to psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management, I offer treatment with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a safe and effective FDA-indicated treatment for Major Depression and OCD, with a new indication for treating depression in teenagers. Visit my website for more information about treatment options.
My focus is on leveraging a range of skills, training and experience to provide the best treatment and advice possible personalized for you. My practice is small and individualized so I can be fully present for you. In addition to psychotherapy and psychiatric medication management, I offer treatment with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a safe and effective FDA-indicated treatment for Major Depression and OCD, with a new indication for treating depression in teenagers. Visit my website for more information about treatment options.
(646) 759-0544 View (646) 759-0544
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Feizal Fakier | Sgb And Ketamine Therapy For Anxiety Depression And Ptsd
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I am a physician assistant with +12 years of experience and oversee Stella Center's New York clinic, supporting clients experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, and TBI. We offer in-office medical treatments for mental health paired with trauma-informed integration therapy to bring dramatic healing in the window of transformation following treatment. Our protocols include medical & biopsychosocial assessments, ketamine infusions, the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), integration therapy, and more. Symptoms we treat include disrupted sleep, panic attacks, irritability, hypervigilance, and more.
I am a physician assistant with +12 years of experience and oversee Stella Center's New York clinic, supporting clients experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, and TBI. We offer in-office medical treatments for mental health paired with trauma-informed integration therapy to bring dramatic healing in the window of transformation following treatment. Our protocols include medical & biopsychosocial assessments, ketamine infusions, the dual sympathetic reset (an advanced stellate ganglion block (SGB), integration therapy, and more. Symptoms we treat include disrupted sleep, panic attacks, irritability, hypervigilance, and more.
(646) 713-0958 View (646) 713-0958
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Dr. Anne Yeung
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I am a licensed psychiatrist and currently a fellow at the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship where I work at an OnTrackNY program, which empowers young people who are newly diagnosed with schizophrenia to make meaning of their experiences and attain their goals for school, work, and relationships. I completed my residency training at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
I am a licensed psychiatrist and currently a fellow at the Columbia University Public Psychiatry Fellowship where I work at an OnTrackNY program, which empowers young people who are newly diagnosed with schizophrenia to make meaning of their experiences and attain their goals for school, work, and relationships. I completed my residency training at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
(332) 244-0360 View (332) 244-0360
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Paolo Travers
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Dr. Paolo Travers is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 1996. Dr. Travers treats clients through evidence-based, current psychopharmacology. Outside of work, Dr. Travers enjoys international travel, dining out, watching movies, and Broadway shows.
Dr. Paolo Travers is a Psychiatrist in New York who has been practicing since 1996. Dr. Travers treats clients through evidence-based, current psychopharmacology. Outside of work, Dr. Travers enjoys international travel, dining out, watching movies, and Broadway shows.
(332) 455-1630 View (332) 455-1630
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Nudrat Bisciello
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Nudrat Bisciello is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in NYS. She has over 10 years of experience working in both inpatient & outpatient mental health settings with a variety of populations. Nudrat believes in a holistic & integrative approach to treatment that can involve medications, psychotherapy, & alternative modalities, with a focus on empathic, compassionate care. She has additional certifications in Holistic Health, & Mindfulness and Meditation, and believes in integrating complementary practices in treatment when appropriate. Nudrat also has a strong interest in psychedelics for mental wellness.
Nudrat Bisciello is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in NYS. She has over 10 years of experience working in both inpatient & outpatient mental health settings with a variety of populations. Nudrat believes in a holistic & integrative approach to treatment that can involve medications, psychotherapy, & alternative modalities, with a focus on empathic, compassionate care. She has additional certifications in Holistic Health, & Mindfulness and Meditation, and believes in integrating complementary practices in treatment when appropriate. Nudrat also has a strong interest in psychedelics for mental wellness.
(332) 378-1856 View (332) 378-1856
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Amy Zhu
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I completed my psychiatric nurse practitioner training at NYU with a clinical focus in child/adolescent psychiatry. Since then I have worked extensively with adolescents coming out of intensive care programs for psychosis and children/adolescents with neurodiversity. I am also an adjunct faculty at NYU School of Nursing teaching inpatient psychiatric clinicals. I provide various psychiatric assessment and treatment, including psychiatric evaluation, medication management, individual therapy, school collorations and genetic testing. A typical initial evaluation is 90 minutes and the follow-ups are 30 minutes.
I completed my psychiatric nurse practitioner training at NYU with a clinical focus in child/adolescent psychiatry. Since then I have worked extensively with adolescents coming out of intensive care programs for psychosis and children/adolescents with neurodiversity. I am also an adjunct faculty at NYU School of Nursing teaching inpatient psychiatric clinicals. I provide various psychiatric assessment and treatment, including psychiatric evaluation, medication management, individual therapy, school collorations and genetic testing. A typical initial evaluation is 90 minutes and the follow-ups are 30 minutes.
(646) 916-4831 View (646) 916-4831
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Olivia Costagliola
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
Mental health care allows us to explore who we are, what we need, and how our worldview has developed.
Mental health care allows us to explore who we are, what we need, and how our worldview has developed.
(332) 334-7813 View (332) 334-7813
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Rachna Kenia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
Dr. Kenia is a board certified and licensed Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst who believes in a holistic approach. She takes time to get to know each person so she can provide thoughtful and individualized treatment. She is trained in both medication management and talk therapy to treat a variety of adult disorders. As former Medical Director of the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders [CITPD at Mount Sinai West] she has the unique background and experience required to help those with a diagnosis of personality disorder and/or histories of trauma.
Dr. Kenia is a board certified and licensed Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst who believes in a holistic approach. She takes time to get to know each person so she can provide thoughtful and individualized treatment. She is trained in both medication management and talk therapy to treat a variety of adult disorders. As former Medical Director of the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders [CITPD at Mount Sinai West] she has the unique background and experience required to help those with a diagnosis of personality disorder and/or histories of trauma.
(914) 506-5951 View (914) 506-5951
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Dr. Goksin Ozkarahan - Lifestyle Psychiatrist And Psychotherapist
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist (MD) and NASM-Certified Nutrition Coach / Personal Trainer who treats adults (ages 20s-40s) struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, body image/eating issues, life adjustments, loss, insomnia, panic, and OCD. With a warm and practical approach to psychotherapy, I prescribe medications gently and only when necessary. My multiple certifications by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) enable me to offer comprehensive lifestyle-oriented psychiatric treatment incorporating coaching on physical exercise, nutrition, yoga, sleep, & meditation to aim for optimal wellness.
I am a Board-Certified Psychiatrist (MD) and NASM-Certified Nutrition Coach / Personal Trainer who treats adults (ages 20s-40s) struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, body image/eating issues, life adjustments, loss, insomnia, panic, and OCD. With a warm and practical approach to psychotherapy, I prescribe medications gently and only when necessary. My multiple certifications by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) enable me to offer comprehensive lifestyle-oriented psychiatric treatment incorporating coaching on physical exercise, nutrition, yoga, sleep, & meditation to aim for optimal wellness.
(212) 213-4129 View (212) 213-4129
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Roberta Zanzonico
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist, teacher, and published author. I offer treatments designed for adults and older adults, and I have a dedicated focus on reproductive psychiatry. I have trained between Italy and the United States, where I conducted research at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and ultimately completed my training at the University of Southern California. In 2020, I became a Clinical Instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I perfected my training and gained a second board certification in Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, which focuses on complex clinical scenarios.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist, teacher, and published author. I offer treatments designed for adults and older adults, and I have a dedicated focus on reproductive psychiatry. I have trained between Italy and the United States, where I conducted research at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and ultimately completed my training at the University of Southern California. In 2020, I became a Clinical Instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I perfected my training and gained a second board certification in Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, which focuses on complex clinical scenarios.
(727) 261-2256 View (727) 261-2256
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Veronica Rojas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
It is a privilege to do what I do on a daily basis; working with the "body/mind connection". I love working with people and going through their life stages together; adolescents, college students, young adults and then adults. I believe that the modality of treatment should be suited to the patient's needs. I have trained through different schools and continue to do so. Once we work together on identifying their issues, we work on them with a "tailored treatment", that said; individual psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, complementary treatment with vitamins, exercises and if needed medication.
It is a privilege to do what I do on a daily basis; working with the "body/mind connection". I love working with people and going through their life stages together; adolescents, college students, young adults and then adults. I believe that the modality of treatment should be suited to the patient's needs. I have trained through different schools and continue to do so. Once we work together on identifying their issues, we work on them with a "tailored treatment", that said; individual psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, complementary treatment with vitamins, exercises and if needed medication.
(917) 746-1415 View (917) 746-1415
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Benjamin R Bryan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10010
Worried that your partying has gotten out of hand? Worried you are drinking or drugging too much? Not sure what to do about it? I can help. I am a great psychiatrist for people questioning if their substance use is a problem or what they might do about it, people with mental illness and substance use problems, people in recovery, people not sure they are ready to commit to abstaining altogether from drugs or alcohol, or people experiencing depression, anxiety, or other general psychiatric issues.
Worried that your partying has gotten out of hand? Worried you are drinking or drugging too much? Not sure what to do about it? I can help. I am a great psychiatrist for people questioning if their substance use is a problem or what they might do about it, people with mental illness and substance use problems, people in recovery, people not sure they are ready to commit to abstaining altogether from drugs or alcohol, or people experiencing depression, anxiety, or other general psychiatric issues.
(646) 374-4648 View (646) 374-4648
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Dr. Bertrand Vulcain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10010
I am trained and experienced in treating those experiencing with a range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders. I am particularly passionate about working with those navigating life transitions such as school graduations, marriage and having children. I focus on helping patients identify resilient qualities within themselves that can help live a more fulfilling life.
I am trained and experienced in treating those experiencing with a range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders. I am particularly passionate about working with those navigating life transitions such as school graduations, marriage and having children. I focus on helping patients identify resilient qualities within themselves that can help live a more fulfilling life.
(929) 822-5291 View (929) 822-5291

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10010

100+

Average cost per session

$275

Psychiatrists in 10010 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
97% Anxiety
77% ADHD
77% Medication Management
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
65% Trauma and PTSD
64% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

87% Aetna
75% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
72% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 10010 see their clients

76% In Person and Online
24% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
37% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10010?

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.