Psychiatrists in 10014

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Hung Do
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
I am board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Over the years, I have helped thousands of patients achieve sobriety with a combination of medication management and counseling. I have extensive experience with buprenorphine, methadone, vivitrol, and psychiatric medications to help with underlying mental illness.
I am board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Over the years, I have helped thousands of patients achieve sobriety with a combination of medication management and counseling. I have extensive experience with buprenorphine, methadone, vivitrol, and psychiatric medications to help with underlying mental illness.
(617) 201-1002 View (617) 201-1002
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Zebib Abraham
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Abraham is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her medical training at Weill Cornell Medical College. She went on to complete psychiatry residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received additional training in psychoanalytic therapy at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. She has a wide range of experience in depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as personality and trauma-related disorders.
Dr. Abraham is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her medical training at Weill Cornell Medical College. She went on to complete psychiatry residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received additional training in psychoanalytic therapy at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. She has a wide range of experience in depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as personality and trauma-related disorders.
(929) 209-4552 View (929) 209-4552
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Nidhi Sharoha
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Nidhi Sharoha is a double board certified psychiatrist in Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate training at Stony Brook University followed by medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has completed both a Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Sharoha has held academic appointment at Stony Brook University Hospital practicing as a consultant psychiatrist as well as Associate Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship.
Dr. Nidhi Sharoha is a double board certified psychiatrist in Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate training at Stony Brook University followed by medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has completed both a Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center. Dr. Sharoha has held academic appointment at Stony Brook University Hospital practicing as a consultant psychiatrist as well as Associate Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship.
(929) 493-4665 View (929) 493-4665
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Namrata Shah
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Shah is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience in different clinical settings including both inpatient and outpatient with a variety of patient populations. She treats conditions such as mood disorders including depression and bipolar illness, anxiety disorders including panic disorder and OCD, and ADHD. She has a special interest in women’s mental health, including perinatal mental health.
Dr. Shah is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with experience in different clinical settings including both inpatient and outpatient with a variety of patient populations. She treats conditions such as mood disorders including depression and bipolar illness, anxiety disorders including panic disorder and OCD, and ADHD. She has a special interest in women’s mental health, including perinatal mental health.
(718) 865-3246 View (718) 865-3246
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Alexander Wittenberg
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Wittenberg is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who recently completed his residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He offers highly individualized and empathic treatment, with a primary focus on medication management and supportive or cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. He aims to create a collaborative, patient-centered, and non-judgmental treatment environment to help foster the development of a meaningful therapeutic relationship. He emphasizes a holistic approach to care, recognizing the importance of obtaining symptomatic relief with a sense of overall well-being.
Dr. Wittenberg is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who recently completed his residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He offers highly individualized and empathic treatment, with a primary focus on medication management and supportive or cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. He aims to create a collaborative, patient-centered, and non-judgmental treatment environment to help foster the development of a meaningful therapeutic relationship. He emphasizes a holistic approach to care, recognizing the importance of obtaining symptomatic relief with a sense of overall well-being.
(718) 550-6921 View (718) 550-6921
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Richard Hess
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Hess is double board-certified in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. He has more than 24 years of experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care for depressive and bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dementia.
Dr. Hess is double board-certified in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. He has more than 24 years of experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care for depressive and bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dementia.
(929) 205-3647 View (929) 205-3647
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Alexandra Dunn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Dunn completed her medical training at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and moved to New York to complete her psychiatric residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. During her training, she gained extensive clinical experience treating patients of all ages and backgrounds. She co-led a mindfulness group in the outpatient clinic, worked with students at Baruch College and rotated with the Assertive Community Treatment team at MSBI. Ultimately she chose to specialize in outpatient care, specifically treating patients with mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Dunn completed her medical training at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and moved to New York to complete her psychiatric residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. During her training, she gained extensive clinical experience treating patients of all ages and backgrounds. She co-led a mindfulness group in the outpatient clinic, worked with students at Baruch College and rotated with the Assertive Community Treatment team at MSBI. Ultimately she chose to specialize in outpatient care, specifically treating patients with mood and anxiety disorders.
(718) 395-2571 View (718) 395-2571
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Sabrina Ghim
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Ghim is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who focuses on building a strong therapeutic and collaborative environment with patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety including social, obsessive compulsive, and generalized anxiety disorders, amongst others. Dr. Ghim provides primarily psychiatric medication management, in conjunction with supportive, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions, and other modalities of therapeutic treatment.
Dr. Ghim is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who focuses on building a strong therapeutic and collaborative environment with patients who are struggling with depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety including social, obsessive compulsive, and generalized anxiety disorders, amongst others. Dr. Ghim provides primarily psychiatric medication management, in conjunction with supportive, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions, and other modalities of therapeutic treatment.
(929) 203-8510 View (929) 203-8510
Thrive Mind Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014
Waitlist for new clients
A) Parents: You go to great lengths to ensure your children navigate youth optimally, minimizing the negative emotional experiences inherent to this unique journey. Their evolving capacities for expression make it difficult to respond to developmental pressures that may overwhelm their capacities to grow at their pace, manifesting as emotional and behavioral difficulties. B) Adults: It is common for those with admirable histories of resiliency to find themselves feeling alone in a particular emotional circumstance. Thrive Mind Psychiatry joins your dilemma and leverages your unique strengths to enlighten next steps.
A) Parents: You go to great lengths to ensure your children navigate youth optimally, minimizing the negative emotional experiences inherent to this unique journey. Their evolving capacities for expression make it difficult to respond to developmental pressures that may overwhelm their capacities to grow at their pace, manifesting as emotional and behavioral difficulties. B) Adults: It is common for those with admirable histories of resiliency to find themselves feeling alone in a particular emotional circumstance. Thrive Mind Psychiatry joins your dilemma and leverages your unique strengths to enlighten next steps.
(718) 865-2592 View (718) 865-2592
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Dr. Emily Watts
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health, adult psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I provide a collaborative and integrative approach based off of individual needs such as a range of psychotherapies, stress management, lifestyle adjustments, nutrition, sleep training, mindfulness, and medication when necessary after careful consideration. I provide treatment for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief, life transitions, career management and relationship issues among many other things related to an individual’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health, adult psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I provide a collaborative and integrative approach based off of individual needs such as a range of psychotherapies, stress management, lifestyle adjustments, nutrition, sleep training, mindfulness, and medication when necessary after careful consideration. I provide treatment for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief, life transitions, career management and relationship issues among many other things related to an individual’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.
(718) 568-6742 View (718) 568-6742
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Tulsie Patel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Dr. Tulsie Patel. I am a board certified psychiatrist. I graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and served as Chief Resident. After graduation, I worked at clinics in California and Florida. I have experience in medication management, individual/group therapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. I am dedicated to providing personalized, patient-centered, and continuously evolving treatment.
Hello, my name is Dr. Tulsie Patel. I am a board certified psychiatrist. I graduated Cum Laude from Drexel University and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. I completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern and served as Chief Resident. After graduation, I worked at clinics in California and Florida. I have experience in medication management, individual/group therapy, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. I am dedicated to providing personalized, patient-centered, and continuously evolving treatment.
(929) 447-2803 View (929) 447-2803
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Anne Rohs
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014
Dr. Anne Rohs is board certified in both adult and geriatric psychiatry and has been in practice for over ten years. She has an extensive background working in hospital settings treating critically ill patients, which has helped hone her skills in caring for individuals with complex psychiatric illnesses complicated by medical conditions. Dr. Rohs’ approach is to provide a consistent, empathic, nonjudgmental space to develop and attain shared treatment goals.
Dr. Anne Rohs is board certified in both adult and geriatric psychiatry and has been in practice for over ten years. She has an extensive background working in hospital settings treating critically ill patients, which has helped hone her skills in caring for individuals with complex psychiatric illnesses complicated by medical conditions. Dr. Rohs’ approach is to provide a consistent, empathic, nonjudgmental space to develop and attain shared treatment goals.
(718) 816-2806 View (718) 816-2806
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Ioana N Shirley
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
I am Ioana Shirley, psychiatrist with board certifications in child, and adult psychiatry. After many years of private practice work in Birmingham AL, as well as international work in Europe and South East Asia, I am opening a practice in New York City. I feel honored to return to the city where my American medical experience started, and I am thrilled to bring state of the art services that are personal, affordable and complete. I believe in therapy, psychopharmacology, holistic and allopathic medicine. Our conversation will start with You, and not with your disease, and through telemedicine it will be comfortable, private, safe.
I am Ioana Shirley, psychiatrist with board certifications in child, and adult psychiatry. After many years of private practice work in Birmingham AL, as well as international work in Europe and South East Asia, I am opening a practice in New York City. I feel honored to return to the city where my American medical experience started, and I am thrilled to bring state of the art services that are personal, affordable and complete. I believe in therapy, psychopharmacology, holistic and allopathic medicine. Our conversation will start with You, and not with your disease, and through telemedicine it will be comfortable, private, safe.
(332) 334-8226 View (332) 334-8226
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Briana Mathews
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Mathews is an adult psychiatrist who works with young adults and adults struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders. She uses a compassionate, non-judgmental, and reflective approach to listening and working with clients. Dr. Mathews’ practice focuses on medication management, offered in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
Dr. Mathews is an adult psychiatrist who works with young adults and adults struggling with anxiety and depressive disorders. She uses a compassionate, non-judgmental, and reflective approach to listening and working with clients. Dr. Mathews’ practice focuses on medication management, offered in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.
(929) 565-5761 View (929) 565-5761
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Ayokunmi Aluko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Kunmi is a warm and compassionate board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with several years of experience treating individuals across the lifespan in various settings. She graduated with highest honors from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree.
Kunmi is a warm and compassionate board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner with several years of experience treating individuals across the lifespan in various settings. She graduated with highest honors from Walden University with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree.
(718) 550-4236 View (718) 550-4236
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Albert Luong
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Albert Luong is an adult psychiatrist. He integrates a warm and collaborative approach to treating psychiatric conditions, with the aim of building a strong therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals. In line with holistic treatment, Dr. Luong utilizes both psychotherapy as well as medication management, implementing a safe, empathic, and individualistic framework to allow for healing and wellness.
Dr. Albert Luong is an adult psychiatrist. He integrates a warm and collaborative approach to treating psychiatric conditions, with the aim of building a strong therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals. In line with holistic treatment, Dr. Luong utilizes both psychotherapy as well as medication management, implementing a safe, empathic, and individualistic framework to allow for healing and wellness.
(718) 865-8405 View (718) 865-8405
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Emmalee Boyle
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Emmalee Boyle is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care. She offers a mix of medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Boyle’s areas of interest include treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders. In addition, she enjoys helping the patient explore a holistic approach to their mental health treatment.
Dr. Emmalee Boyle is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care. She offers a mix of medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Boyle’s areas of interest include treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders. In addition, she enjoys helping the patient explore a holistic approach to their mental health treatment.
(929) 207-2887 View (929) 207-2887
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Faizan Syed
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Faizan Syed, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist. He has experience working with patients of all age groups who have struggled with trauma, relationship/attachment issues, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis, and personality disorders. He believes in the power and importance of psychotherapy as part of the therapeutic process and integrates individualized psychotherapy. He tailors techniques to each patient’s needs. He uses an integrative, holistic approach that combines different schools of psychology, philosophy, and neurology,
Faizan Syed, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist. He has experience working with patients of all age groups who have struggled with trauma, relationship/attachment issues, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, psychosis, and personality disorders. He believes in the power and importance of psychotherapy as part of the therapeutic process and integrates individualized psychotherapy. He tailors techniques to each patient’s needs. He uses an integrative, holistic approach that combines different schools of psychology, philosophy, and neurology,
(929) 203-9081 View (929) 203-9081
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Marcel Green
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014
Marcel Green MD is a double board-certified Child & Adolescent as well as Adult Psychiatrist. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s medical school, and obtained psychiatry residency training within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and child-adolescent psychiatry fellowship training within the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is licensed to practice medicine in New York and California and has practiced extensively within the in- and outpatient settings and within urban, suburban, and rural settings of both states. Trained in numerous psychotherapy orientations he brings a holistic approach to care.
Marcel Green MD is a double board-certified Child & Adolescent as well as Adult Psychiatrist. He is a graduate of Columbia University’s medical school, and obtained psychiatry residency training within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and child-adolescent psychiatry fellowship training within the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He is licensed to practice medicine in New York and California and has practiced extensively within the in- and outpatient settings and within urban, suburban, and rural settings of both states. Trained in numerous psychotherapy orientations he brings a holistic approach to care.
(332) 455-1621 View (332) 455-1621
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David Schwartz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
Dr. Schwartz is a board eligible Staff Psychiatrist as Talkiatry. He completed his residency at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey. Where he excelled in his leadership and knowledge, becoming the Chief Resident in just his third year of residency at the busiest outpatient behavioral health clinic in New Jersey. Upon completion of his third year of residency he went on to become Chief Academic Resident of his program, which allowed him to bestow his knowledge of psychiatry on younger psychiatrists in training.
Dr. Schwartz is a board eligible Staff Psychiatrist as Talkiatry. He completed his residency at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey. Where he excelled in his leadership and knowledge, becoming the Chief Resident in just his third year of residency at the busiest outpatient behavioral health clinic in New Jersey. Upon completion of his third year of residency he went on to become Chief Academic Resident of his program, which allowed him to bestow his knowledge of psychiatry on younger psychiatrists in training.
(929) 565-6717 View (929) 565-6717

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10014

50+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10014 who prioritize treating:

97% Anxiety
95% Depression
83% Medication Management
78% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
71% Bipolar Disorder
69% Trauma and PTSD
66% ADHD

Average years in practice

10 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
92% Cigna and Evernorth
92% Oxford

How Psychiatrists in 10014 see their clients

57% Online Only
43% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

57% Female
43% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10014?

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.