Psychiatrists in 10017

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Mary Ellen Mitchell Haddad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
I am a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry trained at Columbia University with a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of working with individuals with a variety of personal challenges. My holistic approach allows me to appreciate the complexity of each person in their unique experience without judgement. I listen attentively and empathically and work collaboratively with each person to develop a therapeutic relationship, fostering trust, hope, self-esteem, and a safe space for curiosity, insight, and change.
I am a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry trained at Columbia University with a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of working with individuals with a variety of personal challenges. My holistic approach allows me to appreciate the complexity of each person in their unique experience without judgement. I listen attentively and empathically and work collaboratively with each person to develop a therapeutic relationship, fostering trust, hope, self-esteem, and a safe space for curiosity, insight, and change.
(646) 899-8237 View (646) 899-8237
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Healthy Minds NYC | Dr. Patrick Schulte
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
Are you feeling anxious or depressed? I'm here to help. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder, but I support clients through a wide range of mental health challenges. As a physician, I can provide you with both talk therapy and medication management (if needed). In our therapy practice, we value partnering with our clients to find the best solution for long-term health. We never over-medicate or rush through your care.
Are you feeling anxious or depressed? I'm here to help. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder, but I support clients through a wide range of mental health challenges. As a physician, I can provide you with both talk therapy and medication management (if needed). In our therapy practice, we value partnering with our clients to find the best solution for long-term health. We never over-medicate or rush through your care.
(646) 762-0603 View (646) 762-0603
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Christina Hollingsworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
Hi, I'm Christina Hollingsworth and I'm a board certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working in New York City. From my training at Columbia University to my years of practice in both outpatient and inpatient settings, I have worked with many patients from all walks of life. I primarily offer medication management, but strongly believe in the importance of supportive therapy and the behavioral changes that a person can engage in to live a happy and healthy life. It's important for me to collaborate with all of my patients to create a comprehensive treatment plan that works for your individual needs and unique goals.
Hi, I'm Christina Hollingsworth and I'm a board certified, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) working in New York City. From my training at Columbia University to my years of practice in both outpatient and inpatient settings, I have worked with many patients from all walks of life. I primarily offer medication management, but strongly believe in the importance of supportive therapy and the behavioral changes that a person can engage in to live a happy and healthy life. It's important for me to collaborate with all of my patients to create a comprehensive treatment plan that works for your individual needs and unique goals.
(646) 576-7227 View (646) 576-7227
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Mudassar Iqbal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
Not accepting new clients
Life is challenging, and at times it can bring unusual emotional suffering that needs exploration and understanding. To work through these roadblocks​, we need someone non-judgmental who can listen with patience, empathy and undivided presence. Most of our traumas happen in relationships and the healing has to take place in this relational space, in an environment of emotional safety and trust. It is courageous to recognize that our vision of ourselves can have blind spot. We need mirroring from a thoughtful compassionate person who helps us rediscover freedom and authenticity in our relationships, work, and creative endeavors.
Life is challenging, and at times it can bring unusual emotional suffering that needs exploration and understanding. To work through these roadblocks​, we need someone non-judgmental who can listen with patience, empathy and undivided presence. Most of our traumas happen in relationships and the healing has to take place in this relational space, in an environment of emotional safety and trust. It is courageous to recognize that our vision of ourselves can have blind spot. We need mirroring from a thoughtful compassionate person who helps us rediscover freedom and authenticity in our relationships, work, and creative endeavors.
(929) 205-1399 View (929) 205-1399
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Moein Foroughi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with advanced training in psychotherapy providing a wide range of psychiatric services, including consultation, psychotherapy, and medication management when appropriate.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist with advanced training in psychotherapy providing a wide range of psychiatric services, including consultation, psychotherapy, and medication management when appropriate.
(646) 846-9823 View (646) 846-9823
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Linda Suarez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, AANP, FNP, ANCC, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
I believe unaddressed mental health disturbances can negatively impact a person's life. I want to work with you, from a medication and counseling perspective, to help you realize your full potential. I became a mental health professional so that I could help others live a productive and fulfilled life.
I believe unaddressed mental health disturbances can negatively impact a person's life. I want to work with you, from a medication and counseling perspective, to help you realize your full potential. I became a mental health professional so that I could help others live a productive and fulfilled life.
(646) 791-3072 View (646) 791-3072
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Gundu Anupama Reddy
Psychiatrist, MD, MBBS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
Dr. Gundu Reddy is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. Prior to starting residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine she pursued additional research in HIV psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU psychoanalytic institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
Dr. Gundu Reddy is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in New York City. Prior to starting residency at Mount Sinai School of medicine she pursued additional research in HIV psychiatry. As well as residency training, she has also pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the NYU psychoanalytic institute. She states that whether prescribing medication, family, or relationship therapy, understanding psychodynamic conflict and causes of symptoms will cause help to enhance the quality of care. As well as psychodynamic training Dr Reddy also has a background in integrative psychiatry and treatment resistance.
(646) 846-1196 View (646) 846-1196
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Oliver Harper
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatrist on faculty at NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center. I am committed to providing comprehensive care for people of all ages. I believe that successful psychiatric treatment begins with formulating an individualized treatment plan together with you. I have completed advanced training in psychotherapy, and I practice therapy because I view it as a powerful tool to enhance personal growth and achieve lasting benefits. As a physician I prescribe medications when appropriate. If you have a therapist I will collaborate with them to optimize your treatment.
I am a board-certified child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatrist on faculty at NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center. I am committed to providing comprehensive care for people of all ages. I believe that successful psychiatric treatment begins with formulating an individualized treatment plan together with you. I have completed advanced training in psychotherapy, and I practice therapy because I view it as a powerful tool to enhance personal growth and achieve lasting benefits. As a physician I prescribe medications when appropriate. If you have a therapist I will collaborate with them to optimize your treatment.
(646) 859-1622 View (646) 859-1622
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Arnab Datta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
Arnab Datta, MD is a general psychiatrist, talk therapist, addiction psychiatrist, couples therapist and meditation/EMDR doctor in one. Dr. Datta was a meditation teacher, singer and artist before becoming an MD. Most of his patients want the truth ie. a great listener who provides real world congruent answers to their specific problems in the fewest sessions. You don’t need to be an addict to see Dr. Datta either. He’s a controlled substance specialist who treats adderall, benzos and suboxone patients. Those who have done ayahuasca and ketamine have come in for analysis. All this is provided under one roof and on video chat
Arnab Datta, MD is a general psychiatrist, talk therapist, addiction psychiatrist, couples therapist and meditation/EMDR doctor in one. Dr. Datta was a meditation teacher, singer and artist before becoming an MD. Most of his patients want the truth ie. a great listener who provides real world congruent answers to their specific problems in the fewest sessions. You don’t need to be an addict to see Dr. Datta either. He’s a controlled substance specialist who treats adderall, benzos and suboxone patients. Those who have done ayahuasca and ketamine have come in for analysis. All this is provided under one roof and on video chat
(347) 514-6663 View (347) 514-6663
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Elizabeth Janssen
Psychiatric Nurse, MA, NP, PMHCNS, BC, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
Are you feeling overwhelmed or anxious with life or a relationship? Or more shut down or depressed? Unable to keep up with your daily routine? Patterns develop while growing up in our families of origin that no longer work or produce symptoms. We work on understanding those attachment patterns historically and in the present in order to reflect and change them. I teach tools to help people process the energy from feeling states in their nervous systems so a wider range of feelings can be experienced without flooding or shutting down. Then we reprocess the traumatic memories that feed the symptoms.
Are you feeling overwhelmed or anxious with life or a relationship? Or more shut down or depressed? Unable to keep up with your daily routine? Patterns develop while growing up in our families of origin that no longer work or produce symptoms. We work on understanding those attachment patterns historically and in the present in order to reflect and change them. I teach tools to help people process the energy from feeling states in their nervous systems so a wider range of feelings can be experienced without flooding or shutting down. Then we reprocess the traumatic memories that feed the symptoms.
(646) 600-5132 View (646) 600-5132
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Boris Fligelman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
I am committed to helping people work towards relief from emotional difficulties and towards reaching their best potentials. To do so, I focus on learning about you as an individual rather than focusing on one or two symptoms in isolation. In every encounter, my goal is to understand where you are coming from by listening carefully and without assigning "good" or "bad" labels. When that understanding is gained, I find the most appropriate and helpful tools to help, whether it's therapy, medications or both.
I am committed to helping people work towards relief from emotional difficulties and towards reaching their best potentials. To do so, I focus on learning about you as an individual rather than focusing on one or two symptoms in isolation. In every encounter, my goal is to understand where you are coming from by listening carefully and without assigning "good" or "bad" labels. When that understanding is gained, I find the most appropriate and helpful tools to help, whether it's therapy, medications or both.
(347) 697-4462 View (347) 697-4462
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Sarah Kent
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CPNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
I have successfully treated patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, Hallucinations and Delusions as well as addiction and alcoholism. I have worked with patients as young as 2 years old and as old as 105 years old.
I have successfully treated patients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Insomnia, Bipolar Disorder, Dementia, Hallucinations and Delusions as well as addiction and alcoholism. I have worked with patients as young as 2 years old and as old as 105 years old.
(516) 701-2131 View (516) 701-2131
Joan Gerbasi
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. My practice includes psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I have extensive experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, eating disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders and maladaptive personality traits. I have a secondary specialty in women's mental health including symptoms associated with the reproductive cycle. I have an additional focus on work life balance, especially in the context of high achieving careers, major life transitions and acute stress. I am accepting patients in NY and CA (telehealth).
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. My practice includes psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I have extensive experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, eating disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders and maladaptive personality traits. I have a secondary specialty in women's mental health including symptoms associated with the reproductive cycle. I have an additional focus on work life balance, especially in the context of high achieving careers, major life transitions and acute stress. I am accepting patients in NY and CA (telehealth).
(347) 851-8340 View (347) 851-8340
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Connie Yip
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP), I do talk therapy and prescribe psychiatric medication for individuals with a variety of therapeutic needs. As a certified advanced schema therapist, I integrate CBT, psychodynamic, and gestalt therapy. My experience includes working with adolescents, families, and adults in hospital, residential, and school settings. Whether you are going through a difficult transition in your life or addressing a longstanding issue, I can help you meet your individual goals with pragmatic tools. I focus on the strengths of each individual, providing a safe space to discuss your personal narrative.
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP), I do talk therapy and prescribe psychiatric medication for individuals with a variety of therapeutic needs. As a certified advanced schema therapist, I integrate CBT, psychodynamic, and gestalt therapy. My experience includes working with adolescents, families, and adults in hospital, residential, and school settings. Whether you are going through a difficult transition in your life or addressing a longstanding issue, I can help you meet your individual goals with pragmatic tools. I focus on the strengths of each individual, providing a safe space to discuss your personal narrative.
(917) 746-8780 View (917) 746-8780
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Nia Gil
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
Not accepting new clients
We're so glad you're considering Tinsley Psychiatry. My name is Nia Gil, PMHNP-BC (Nia Tinsley maiden name). With over three years experience as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and over nine years experience as a registered nurse in psychiatry across the lifespan, I am committed to mental health care for the better. I evaluate for and treat Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar II Disorder and OCD. As a provider, I focus on what's most important - treating and caring for my clients.
We're so glad you're considering Tinsley Psychiatry. My name is Nia Gil, PMHNP-BC (Nia Tinsley maiden name). With over three years experience as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and over nine years experience as a registered nurse in psychiatry across the lifespan, I am committed to mental health care for the better. I evaluate for and treat Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar II Disorder and OCD. As a provider, I focus on what's most important - treating and caring for my clients.
(646) 681-7664 View (646) 681-7664
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Healthy Minds NYC | Dr. Travis Meadows
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
VIDEO SESSIONS AVAILABLE NOW. Dr. Travis Meadows is skilled in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using a variety of therapy techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema therapy, and Psychodynamic therapy.
VIDEO SESSIONS AVAILABLE NOW. Dr. Travis Meadows is skilled in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using a variety of therapy techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema therapy, and Psychodynamic therapy.
(845) 977-0670 View (845) 977-0670
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Kara J Gulewicz
Psychiatrist, MA, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10017
Hello! I am a Mount Sinai affiliated psychiatrist specializing in ketamine assisted psychotherapy / psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. We work with multiple New York-based compounding pharmacies to create an effective, non-invasive under-the-tongue ketamine lozenges for use during 1.5 hour therapeutic sessions. Ketamine has been shown to accelerate progress in depression, trauma, addiction, anxiety, understanding sexual/gender orientation, and for those who feel "stuck." Clients can often seek partial out-of-network reimbursement. We serve all US states remotely. Include "ketamine" in your message if interested.
Hello! I am a Mount Sinai affiliated psychiatrist specializing in ketamine assisted psychotherapy / psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. We work with multiple New York-based compounding pharmacies to create an effective, non-invasive under-the-tongue ketamine lozenges for use during 1.5 hour therapeutic sessions. Ketamine has been shown to accelerate progress in depression, trauma, addiction, anxiety, understanding sexual/gender orientation, and for those who feel "stuck." Clients can often seek partial out-of-network reimbursement. We serve all US states remotely. Include "ketamine" in your message if interested.
(516) 701-3372 View (516) 701-3372
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Empath Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
Salman Abouzied is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in therapy and psycho-pharmacological treatment of Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder), Substance Recovery, Anxiety Disorders, Psychotic/Thought Disorders, Childhood ADHD/ADD, and management of psychiatric symptoms related to Autism Spectrum Disorder. A graduate of New York University, Mr. Abouzied has over 15 years of practice working in the field of mental health."
Salman Abouzied is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in therapy and psycho-pharmacological treatment of Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder), Substance Recovery, Anxiety Disorders, Psychotic/Thought Disorders, Childhood ADHD/ADD, and management of psychiatric symptoms related to Autism Spectrum Disorder. A graduate of New York University, Mr. Abouzied has over 15 years of practice working in the field of mental health."
(929) 547-7486 View (929) 547-7486
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Diana Li
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
As a bilingual mental health nurse practitioner, I prioritize psychiatric evaluation and medication management, collaborating with patients to achieve balance. Providing personalized care, I accommodate diverse needs with flexible hours. Through medication management and collaborative decision-making, I empower clients to reclaim self-worth.
As a bilingual mental health nurse practitioner, I prioritize psychiatric evaluation and medication management, collaborating with patients to achieve balance. Providing personalized care, I accommodate diverse needs with flexible hours. Through medication management and collaborative decision-making, I empower clients to reclaim self-worth.
(929) 512-7758 View (929) 512-7758
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Jill Ahluwalia
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, MPH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified, Columbia University trained, psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments to improve mental health. My holistic approach combines personalized medicine with my passion for listening deeply to your experience. By going beyond the symptoms that bring you into treatment, I will partner with you to help you achieve more joy and fulfillment in your life.
I am a board-certified, Columbia University trained, psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in medication management, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments to improve mental health. My holistic approach combines personalized medicine with my passion for listening deeply to your experience. By going beyond the symptoms that bring you into treatment, I will partner with you to help you achieve more joy and fulfillment in your life.
(929) 244-2945 View (929) 244-2945

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10017

70+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10017 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
92% Depression
82% Medication Management
73% ADHD
70% Trauma and PTSD
66% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
63% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

78% Aetna
66% Cigna and Evernorth
59% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 10017 see their clients

77% In Person and Online
23% Online Only

Gender breakdown

60% Female
40% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10017?

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.