Psychiatrists in 10018

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Nichola Ali
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Nichola Ali is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nichola had completed an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN) in 2014 from Rutgers University prior to becoming a PMHNP. Nichola received her first Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2010 from Stony Brook University before diving into nursing.
Nichola Ali is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Stony Brook University with a specialty in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Nichola had completed an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (RN) in 2014 from Rutgers University prior to becoming a PMHNP. Nichola received her first Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2010 from Stony Brook University before diving into nursing.
(646) 798-1783 View (646) 798-1783
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Kristoffer Acasio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Kristoffer Acasio is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Kristoffer strives to build a collaborative relationship with each patient while empowering them to achieve their personal goals. He has experience working with diverse populations to develop effective, well-rounded treatment plans. Kristoffer uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and supportive therapy. He helps his patients identify their feelings and symptoms, then guides them in learning new ways to manage those symptoms through medication management and therapy. Kristoffer works with patients ages 18-55.
Kristoffer Acasio is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Kristoffer strives to build a collaborative relationship with each patient while empowering them to achieve their personal goals. He has experience working with diverse populations to develop effective, well-rounded treatment plans. Kristoffer uses cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and supportive therapy. He helps his patients identify their feelings and symptoms, then guides them in learning new ways to manage those symptoms through medication management and therapy. Kristoffer works with patients ages 18-55.
(929) 296-1877 View (929) 296-1877
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Claudia Rhanes
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Claudia A. Rhanes is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Claudia helps her patients achieve their goals and restore normalcy to their lives. She is passionate about delivering holistic, individualized care. She believes that empathizing with her patients and normalizing their experiences can help them feel calmer. She educates her patients and draws on their natural strengths to build confidence and self-esteem. Her ultimate goal is to support her patients so they can achieve their highest goals in life.
Claudia A. Rhanes is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Claudia helps her patients achieve their goals and restore normalcy to their lives. She is passionate about delivering holistic, individualized care. She believes that empathizing with her patients and normalizing their experiences can help them feel calmer. She educates her patients and draws on their natural strengths to build confidence and self-esteem. Her ultimate goal is to support her patients so they can achieve their highest goals in life.
(646) 963-9015 View (646) 963-9015
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Christopher Zeoli
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Christopher holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, from Stony Brook University, and is a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has extensive clinical experience and has worked in various psychiatric and mental health care settings, both inpatient and outpatient, seeing patients across the lifespan.
Christopher holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing, from Stony Brook University, and is a board-certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has extensive clinical experience and has worked in various psychiatric and mental health care settings, both inpatient and outpatient, seeing patients across the lifespan.
(646) 588-1463 View (646) 588-1463
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Yana Bekker
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018
Dr Bekker is currently accepting new patients and is an in-network Psychiatrist with Aetna, Cigna, Compsych, , Horizon BCBS of NJ, Lyra, Oscar, Oxford and United Healthcare (Commercial plans only). As a board-certified psychiatrist who focuses on a holistic approach to mental health, Dr. Bekker approaches psychiatry by focusing on your overall well-being, which includes addressing your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Dr Bekker is currently accepting new patients and is an in-network Psychiatrist with Aetna, Cigna, Compsych, , Horizon BCBS of NJ, Lyra, Oscar, Oxford and United Healthcare (Commercial plans only). As a board-certified psychiatrist who focuses on a holistic approach to mental health, Dr. Bekker approaches psychiatry by focusing on your overall well-being, which includes addressing your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
(718) 869-4700 View (718) 869-4700
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Dr. Henrietta Okpala
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, MSN, B SN
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Hello there! I'm Dr. Henrietta O. Okpala, your friendly neighborhood Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm all about giving you the kind of mental health care that feels like it's made just for you and your loved ones. My mission? To be there for everyone who needs help, especially those in tough spots like shelters or with limited means. My nursing career kicked off with top honors, and I didn't stop there—I went on to master the world of psychiatry and even got my Doctorate. But it's not just about the diplomas on my wall; it's about making sure you get the latest and greatest in mental health care.
Hello there! I'm Dr. Henrietta O. Okpala, your friendly neighborhood Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I'm all about giving you the kind of mental health care that feels like it's made just for you and your loved ones. My mission? To be there for everyone who needs help, especially those in tough spots like shelters or with limited means. My nursing career kicked off with top honors, and I didn't stop there—I went on to master the world of psychiatry and even got my Doctorate. But it's not just about the diplomas on my wall; it's about making sure you get the latest and greatest in mental health care.
(347) 427-5120 View (347) 427-5120
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Nancy Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018
Nancy provides the highest quality of care with her patients. She helps each of her clients reach their best potential and live healthy, fulfilling lives.
Nancy provides the highest quality of care with her patients. She helps each of her clients reach their best potential and live healthy, fulfilling lives.
(929) 284-2085 View (929) 284-2085
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Marie Rommage
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Marie Rommage, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC is a dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to assisted living facilities and patient’s homes. Marie graduated in 2011 with an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Remington College of Nursing in Lake Mary Florida. She spent the early part of her nursing career working as a bedside nurse at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY caring for a marginalized patient population.
Marie Rommage, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC is a dual Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients across the lifespan and across practice settings, from hospitals to assisted living facilities and patient’s homes. Marie graduated in 2011 with an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Remington College of Nursing in Lake Mary Florida. She spent the early part of her nursing career working as a bedside nurse at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY caring for a marginalized patient population.
(646) 956-4455 View (646) 956-4455
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Patrick Sassoon
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
My approach is based on integrative psychiatry, which uses medications, therapy and complementary medicine to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I address the combined impact of sleep, lifestyle, relationships, nutrition and chronic medical conditions on well-being, and use cutting edge tools like genetic testing to guide personalized treatment with medication and supplements. I consider the patient’s cultural background in my assessments and I can provide treatment in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. My goal is to help my patients create lasting changes and build vitality, resilience and purpose in life.
(929) 560-2386 View (929) 560-2386
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Akindele Onadeko
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Dele is a board- certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working with a variety of mental health disorders and specializes in working with adults who suffer from ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and several other mental health disorders.
Dele is a board- certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with experience working with a variety of mental health disorders and specializes in working with adults who suffer from ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and several other mental health disorders.
(929) 389-0572 View (929) 389-0572
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Melissa Cardinal
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018
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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David Abramson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018
Since 2009, l’ve specialized in medication management for ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Depression in NYC and surrounding areas. I offer longer than average appointment times and employ the latest testing such as genetic screening to get the medication right! Be assured, I will do what it takes to find the 'right' treatment for you whether that’s pharmacological, holistic/supplement-based, or all of the above. I also believe humor and kindness are pretty good things for a psychiatrist to have handy and my patients think I do pretty well with both of them:) Let's work together to find the best treatment option for you!
Since 2009, l’ve specialized in medication management for ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Depression in NYC and surrounding areas. I offer longer than average appointment times and employ the latest testing such as genetic screening to get the medication right! Be assured, I will do what it takes to find the 'right' treatment for you whether that’s pharmacological, holistic/supplement-based, or all of the above. I also believe humor and kindness are pretty good things for a psychiatrist to have handy and my patients think I do pretty well with both of them:) Let's work together to find the best treatment option for you!
(646) 798-5296 View (646) 798-5296
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Aparna Dole
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
Dr. Dole is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Mumbai in 2002. She worked briefly with the NHS system in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the US. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn in 2009 and completed her fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2010. She has more than 10 years of experience in working with patients with Depression, and Anxiety.
(646) 687-4868 View (646) 687-4868
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Myrva Grand-Pierre
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018
Myrva G. Grand-Pierre is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Myrva makes her clients feel at ease to share their stories that manifest from unique life experiences. In a session with you, she will assess, teach about coping skills, prescribe, and manage medications related to the issues you are experiencing. You can expect to be served by a genuine, respectful, and empathetic provider.
Myrva G. Grand-Pierre is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Myrva makes her clients feel at ease to share their stories that manifest from unique life experiences. In a session with you, she will assess, teach about coping skills, prescribe, and manage medications related to the issues you are experiencing. You can expect to be served by a genuine, respectful, and empathetic provider.
(929) 357-2785 View (929) 357-2785
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Rachel Waters
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Rachel Waters is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Rachel’s treatment philosophy incorporates the mind and body. She conducts thorough patient assessments that factor in medical or biological contributors to behaviors, referring patients to resources when needed. Her goal is to enrich her patients’ lives so they can embrace life – the good and the bad. Rachel’s patients can expect to establish a trusting relationship with her as they receive individualized, evidence-based care.
Rachel Waters is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Rachel’s treatment philosophy incorporates the mind and body. She conducts thorough patient assessments that factor in medical or biological contributors to behaviors, referring patients to resources when needed. Her goal is to enrich her patients’ lives so they can embrace life – the good and the bad. Rachel’s patients can expect to establish a trusting relationship with her as they receive individualized, evidence-based care.
(646) 663-4142 View (646) 663-4142
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Alexander Welge
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Dr. Welge completed his Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, based at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY. For most of the past 10 years, Dr. Welge has primarily worked as an Outpatient Psychiatrist in a Community-based Behavioral Health Center in rural Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed building relationships with clients. Dr. Welge also has a Master's in Physiology, and that background served as a strength, as one's medical issues become as important as one's psychiatric issues as one ages.
Dr. Welge completed his Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, based at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, NY. For most of the past 10 years, Dr. Welge has primarily worked as an Outpatient Psychiatrist in a Community-based Behavioral Health Center in rural Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed building relationships with clients. Dr. Welge also has a Master's in Physiology, and that background served as a strength, as one's medical issues become as important as one's psychiatric issues as one ages.
(646) 798-7521 View (646) 798-7521
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Dr. Jon Deam
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Dr. Jon, founder of Aveo Wellness, a concierge psychiatry practice, knows all about helping you face challenges and life transitions with medication optimization, therapy, life-coaching, and addiction/overuse management.
Dr. Jon, founder of Aveo Wellness, a concierge psychiatry practice, knows all about helping you face challenges and life transitions with medication optimization, therapy, life-coaching, and addiction/overuse management.
(646) 718-4913 View (646) 718-4913
Photo of Joseph M. Otonichar, DO, Psychiatrist
Joseph M. Otonichar
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
As a physician and therapist, I believe that mental health is characterized by flexibility and fluidity of thought and intention. I take a balanced and gentle approach in my treatment style and am careful to gauge and work with each of my patients wherever each may be. I enjoy helping people work to live more authentically and vibrantly. I try to help my patients unlock underlying patterns that may perpetuate a sense of stagnation. While I readily offer the use of medications if and when they may be helpful, I have often found talk therapy to achieve enduring change.
As a physician and therapist, I believe that mental health is characterized by flexibility and fluidity of thought and intention. I take a balanced and gentle approach in my treatment style and am careful to gauge and work with each of my patients wherever each may be. I enjoy helping people work to live more authentically and vibrantly. I try to help my patients unlock underlying patterns that may perpetuate a sense of stagnation. While I readily offer the use of medications if and when they may be helpful, I have often found talk therapy to achieve enduring change.
(646) 586-3544 View (646) 586-3544
Photo of Aimee Bensimhon, PMHNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Aimee Bensimhon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Aimee is passionate about helping her patients thrive and strive for mental wellness while achieving their personal goals. She adopts a genuine and nonjudgmental approach to her practice to foster a safe and comfortable therapeutic space. She uses a person-centered approach while incorporating a good balance between psychotherapy, exploring lifestyle enhancements, and recommending medication.
Aimee is passionate about helping her patients thrive and strive for mental wellness while achieving their personal goals. She adopts a genuine and nonjudgmental approach to her practice to foster a safe and comfortable therapeutic space. She uses a person-centered approach while incorporating a good balance between psychotherapy, exploring lifestyle enhancements, and recommending medication.
(201) 351-2732 View (201) 351-2732
Photo of Robert Weston, PMHNP, BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Robert Weston
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
11 Endorsed
New York, NY 10018  (Online Only)
Robert Weston is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Robert provides comprehensive care using an integrated approach of brief psychotherapy and judicious use of medication when appropriate. His goal is to support patients in living their most fulfilled lives. During sessions with Robert, patients can expect empathetic, patient-centered care.
Robert Weston is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. Robert provides comprehensive care using an integrated approach of brief psychotherapy and judicious use of medication when appropriate. His goal is to support patients in living their most fulfilled lives. During sessions with Robert, patients can expect empathetic, patient-centered care.
(646) 828-1637 View (646) 828-1637

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10018

80+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10018 who prioritize treating:

98% Anxiety
95% Depression
85% Medication Management
83% ADHD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
73% Stress
70% Sleep or Insomnia

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

89% Cigna and Evernorth
87% Aetna
87% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 10018 see their clients

52% Online Only
48% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

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

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10018?

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.