Psychiatrists in 10019

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Arthur Robin Williams
Psychiatrist, MD, MBE
Verified
New York, NY 10019
I specialize in working with patients with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders who have found that drugs and alcohol are worsening their ability to feel fulfilled, be productive, or thrive in healthy relationships. I use modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and relapse prevention (RPT) to help patients enhance their adaptive coping strategies in response to distress in life. When indicated, I also provide medication management to augment psychotherapy.
I specialize in working with patients with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders who have found that drugs and alcohol are worsening their ability to feel fulfilled, be productive, or thrive in healthy relationships. I use modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and relapse prevention (RPT) to help patients enhance their adaptive coping strategies in response to distress in life. When indicated, I also provide medication management to augment psychotherapy.
(929) 207-6097 View (929) 207-6097
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Where Hearts Speak, PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome to my profile! I've worked in mental health for 13 years. For the last 6 years, I provided both therapy and medication management to adults living with Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD (NY and MA only). I am also trained to provide Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. While I do not prescribe Ketamine, I enjoy offering support to those preparing to receive Ketamine treatment or those looking to integrate past Ketamine treatment experiences. I also provide coaching services (in/outside NY and MA) around personal growth and development, spirituality, and creativity.
Hello and welcome to my profile! I've worked in mental health for 13 years. For the last 6 years, I provided both therapy and medication management to adults living with Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD (NY and MA only). I am also trained to provide Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. While I do not prescribe Ketamine, I enjoy offering support to those preparing to receive Ketamine treatment or those looking to integrate past Ketamine treatment experiences. I also provide coaching services (in/outside NY and MA) around personal growth and development, spirituality, and creativity.
(929) 306-6848 View (929) 306-6848
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Barbara Bartlik
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019
My private practice is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and also via telemedicine. I have been treating women, men, and couples with emotional problems, sexual dysfunction, weight management concerns, and matters of general health and wellness for thirty years.
My private practice is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and also via telemedicine. I have been treating women, men, and couples with emotional problems, sexual dysfunction, weight management concerns, and matters of general health and wellness for thirty years.
(914) 342-7696 View (914) 342-7696
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Inna Murzakhanova
Psychiatrist, DO, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019
I am a Board certified psychiatrist with a broad training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, addiction, and emergency psychiatry. I treat adolescents and adults with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, panic attacks, PTSD, insomnia, personality disorders, interpersonal and parenting issues by using evidence-based psychopharmacological methods as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, supportive therapy, and, most importantly, an empathetic and non-judgmental approach. I received my training in Russia, where I practiced psychiatry for eight years and in the United States from NY School of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by 4 year of residency at St.Lukes Roosevelt Hospital.
I am a Board certified psychiatrist with a broad training in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, addiction, and emergency psychiatry. I treat adolescents and adults with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, panic attacks, PTSD, insomnia, personality disorders, interpersonal and parenting issues by using evidence-based psychopharmacological methods as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, supportive therapy, and, most importantly, an empathetic and non-judgmental approach. I received my training in Russia, where I practiced psychiatry for eight years and in the United States from NY School of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by 4 year of residency at St.Lukes Roosevelt Hospital.
(646) 798-4020 View (646) 798-4020
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Behavioral Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
New York, NY 10019
Dr. Thertus completed medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, followed by residency and fellowship in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She has broad experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, patients from diverse backgrounds and is double board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. She emphasizes shared decision making , encouraging personal input in goal setting and the recovery process.
Dr. Thertus completed medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, followed by residency and fellowship in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She has broad experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, patients from diverse backgrounds and is double board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry. She emphasizes shared decision making , encouraging personal input in goal setting and the recovery process.
(862) 212-1995 View (862) 212-1995
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James Dusenbury
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified
New York, NY 10019
James Dusenbury, offers medication assessment and management. HE is licensed as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York State. Additionally, he holds a National Board Certification in Psychiatry from the ANCC. James has over 15 years of experience in psychiatry and started his own private practice, Different Approach Therapy, inc. . He has worked in both clinical and administrative roles at Bellevue and Mount Sinai Hospitals, and Jacobi Medical Center. James has also worked in the psychiatric emergency room at Coney Island Hospital.
James Dusenbury, offers medication assessment and management. HE is licensed as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in New York State. Additionally, he holds a National Board Certification in Psychiatry from the ANCC. James has over 15 years of experience in psychiatry and started his own private practice, Different Approach Therapy, inc. . He has worked in both clinical and administrative roles at Bellevue and Mount Sinai Hospitals, and Jacobi Medical Center. James has also worked in the psychiatric emergency room at Coney Island Hospital.
(833) 717-0437 View (833) 717-0437
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Aerin Hyun
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
Board certified Columbia trained psychiatrist (NY and NJ licensed) specializing in Women's Reproductive Health, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. My Ph.D. is in English Literature, providing an additional perspective that many find enhances the treatment process, which I view largely as integrative (between medicine and the humanities, mind and body, and eastern and western perspectives).
Board certified Columbia trained psychiatrist (NY and NJ licensed) specializing in Women's Reproductive Health, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology. My Ph.D. is in English Literature, providing an additional perspective that many find enhances the treatment process, which I view largely as integrative (between medicine and the humanities, mind and body, and eastern and western perspectives).
(347) 565-4034 View (347) 565-4034
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Manhattan Tms Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Psychiatrist
Verified
New York, NY 10019
At Manhattan TMS, a division of Principium Psychiatry, we specialize in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a cutting edge, FDA approved treatment that uses an MRI type magnet to stimulate areas of the brain, thereby treating depression and anxiety. This treatment is non-invasive and is performed in the comfort of our private office, overlooking Central Park, near Columbus Circle, in Manhattan. Manhattan TMS is under the leadership of Dr. Ziv Cohen, an expert in mood and anxiety disorders and faculty member at Cornell and Columbia Universities.
At Manhattan TMS, a division of Principium Psychiatry, we specialize in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a cutting edge, FDA approved treatment that uses an MRI type magnet to stimulate areas of the brain, thereby treating depression and anxiety. This treatment is non-invasive and is performed in the comfort of our private office, overlooking Central Park, near Columbus Circle, in Manhattan. Manhattan TMS is under the leadership of Dr. Ziv Cohen, an expert in mood and anxiety disorders and faculty member at Cornell and Columbia Universities.
(646) 760-8517 View (646) 760-8517
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Anees Benferhat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
*Video Sessions Available* I welcome you as you are. You may be seeking to shift a pattern of thinking or behavior, to heal trauma from your past, or to just stop feeling so lousy. We will partner together to understand your strengths, stuck points, and goals, and we will tailor our work to meet your specific needs. We will help you create the life that you want and deserve, one step at a time, at your pace. You may see me for psychotherapy, medications, or both. I work with all adults 18 and older, and I specialize in anxiety, lack of fulfillment, trauma, creativity/performance challenges, and spiritual & cultural issues.
*Video Sessions Available* I welcome you as you are. You may be seeking to shift a pattern of thinking or behavior, to heal trauma from your past, or to just stop feeling so lousy. We will partner together to understand your strengths, stuck points, and goals, and we will tailor our work to meet your specific needs. We will help you create the life that you want and deserve, one step at a time, at your pace. You may see me for psychotherapy, medications, or both. I work with all adults 18 and older, and I specialize in anxiety, lack of fulfillment, trauma, creativity/performance challenges, and spiritual & cultural issues.
(914) 996-4161 View (914) 996-4161
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Jonathan Benjamin Lauter
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019
I'm an experienced,skilled psychiatrist with expertise in diagnosis, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, child development and personalized medicine including genomics, neuro-cognitive assessment and bio-markers. A large percentage of my clients have sought care previously and are looking for more options to gain their optimal health.
I'm an experienced,skilled psychiatrist with expertise in diagnosis, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, child development and personalized medicine including genomics, neuro-cognitive assessment and bio-markers. A large percentage of my clients have sought care previously and are looking for more options to gain their optimal health.
(646) 392-8537 View (646) 392-8537
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Lesley Michael
Psychiatrist, DO, PMH-C
Verified
New York, NY 10019
New York-based psychiatrist Dr. Michael specializes in Reproductive, Child/Adolescent and Adult psychiatry. Her approach to evaluations and treatment is holistic, blending evidence-based psychopharmacology (medication management) with psychodynamic, attachment-based, and behavioral-based psychotherapy approaches. Dr. Michael also introduces elements of functional and integrative medicine, when appropriate, to optimize wellness. Her therapeutic style is practical, warm and collaborative.
New York-based psychiatrist Dr. Michael specializes in Reproductive, Child/Adolescent and Adult psychiatry. Her approach to evaluations and treatment is holistic, blending evidence-based psychopharmacology (medication management) with psychodynamic, attachment-based, and behavioral-based psychotherapy approaches. Dr. Michael also introduces elements of functional and integrative medicine, when appropriate, to optimize wellness. Her therapeutic style is practical, warm and collaborative.
(347) 745-7625 View (347) 745-7625
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Avishay Adri
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
14 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
I can help you succeed in your professional and personal life by promoting wellness and addressing your health needs including: Stress management, Anxiety, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Depression, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive disorder), Bipolar disorder, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and Post-partum Depression/Anxiety and more.
I can help you succeed in your professional and personal life by promoting wellness and addressing your health needs including: Stress management, Anxiety, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Depression, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive disorder), Bipolar disorder, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and Post-partum Depression/Anxiety and more.
(516) 701-1762 View (516) 701-1762
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David H. Jiang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019
I am a board certified psychiatrist in Manhattan and faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. My approach towards helping people is empathetic, relaxed, and trauma-informed. With a down to earth manner I like to genuinely get to know the people I work with. As an experienced supervisor of psychiatry and psychotherapy, I am confident in addressing a breadth of issues whether they are distressing symptoms, difficulties with relationships, problematic life patterns, healing from past hurts, and helping those who aren't even sure what's wrong in finding answers.
I am a board certified psychiatrist in Manhattan and faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. My approach towards helping people is empathetic, relaxed, and trauma-informed. With a down to earth manner I like to genuinely get to know the people I work with. As an experienced supervisor of psychiatry and psychotherapy, I am confident in addressing a breadth of issues whether they are distressing symptoms, difficulties with relationships, problematic life patterns, healing from past hurts, and helping those who aren't even sure what's wrong in finding answers.
(646) 480-2819 View (646) 480-2819
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Richard Hoetzel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
My ideal client is anyone in conflict or distress who seeks help through a combination of psychotherapy (with myself or a qualified colleague) and/or medication. I am currently accepting only adult patients online or in person.
My ideal client is anyone in conflict or distress who seeks help through a combination of psychotherapy (with myself or a qualified colleague) and/or medication. I am currently accepting only adult patients online or in person.
(646) 846-6414 View (646) 846-6414
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Dillon Charles Hayes
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019
Welcome. My name is Dr. Dillon Hayes and I’m a board-certified psychiatrist with a private practice located in New York City. My aim is to help you cultivate mindfulness, insight and a desire for personal growth in all areas of your life. The goal is not to simply reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression, but to help you thrive in your personal and professional endeavors. I have training in both medication management and talk therapy, and I specialize in treating clients dealing with depression, anxiety, adult ADHD, addictions, difficulties with low self-esteem, and issues concerning stress and burnout in the workplace.
Welcome. My name is Dr. Dillon Hayes and I’m a board-certified psychiatrist with a private practice located in New York City. My aim is to help you cultivate mindfulness, insight and a desire for personal growth in all areas of your life. The goal is not to simply reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression, but to help you thrive in your personal and professional endeavors. I have training in both medication management and talk therapy, and I specialize in treating clients dealing with depression, anxiety, adult ADHD, addictions, difficulties with low self-esteem, and issues concerning stress and burnout in the workplace.
(347) 697-4760 View (347) 697-4760
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Ashley N Sansom
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified
New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
Evening and weekend appointments available! I am a Doctorally-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. Using a patient-centered, holistic approach to care, I address both the physical and emotional aspects of health and well-being. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment.
Evening and weekend appointments available! I am a Doctorally-trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience treating a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders. Using a patient-centered, holistic approach to care, I address both the physical and emotional aspects of health and well-being. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care in a warm and welcoming environment.
(914) 256-8039 View (914) 256-8039
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Patrick Haenlein
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
Patrick Haenlein, MD (pronouns: he/him) is a double-board certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. He completed his general adult psychiatry training at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Columbia University Medical Center before continuing his education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center where he completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship. Currently, he is an Attending Psychiatrist in the psychiatric emergency room at Mount Sinai West & Morningside Hospitals where he teaches medical students and residents.
Patrick Haenlein, MD (pronouns: he/him) is a double-board certified Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. He completed his general adult psychiatry training at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Columbia University Medical Center before continuing his education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center where he completed his addiction psychiatry fellowship. Currently, he is an Attending Psychiatrist in the psychiatric emergency room at Mount Sinai West & Morningside Hospitals where he teaches medical students and residents.
(347) 252-9443 View (347) 252-9443
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Alison Lenet
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
Welcome! I am a Columbia and Cornell trained, Board-Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist. Whether you are seeking an evaluation, psychotherapy, or thoughtful medication management, I provide a safe environment to talk and help you reach your goals.
Welcome! I am a Columbia and Cornell trained, Board-Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist. Whether you are seeking an evaluation, psychotherapy, or thoughtful medication management, I provide a safe environment to talk and help you reach your goals.
(646) 916-3864 View (646) 916-3864
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David Brody
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019
I treat a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions including mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, cognitive and memory problems, and persistent psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. I have extensive experience treating the lasting effects of traumatic experiences and helping individuals overcome grief. My practice also includes diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in adults (e.g., bulimia). Although my practice is guided by research on the most effective treatments, I tailor my treatment recommendations to the individual's specific circumstances.
I treat a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions including mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, cognitive and memory problems, and persistent psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia. I have extensive experience treating the lasting effects of traumatic experiences and helping individuals overcome grief. My practice also includes diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in adults (e.g., bulimia). Although my practice is guided by research on the most effective treatments, I tailor my treatment recommendations to the individual's specific circumstances.
(646) 233-0291 View (646) 233-0291
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John C Shershow, M.D. Expert Add/Adhd Psychiatrist
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10019  (Online Only)
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I specialize in treating ADD and ADHD. I was educated at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Southern California. I practiced for many years in Boston, and was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. I came to New York 26 years ago to become the Associate Dean of Downstate Medical School. I currently am in private practice in New York City, focusing on treating ADD and ADHD.
Thank you for your interest in my practice. I specialize in treating ADD and ADHD. I was educated at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Southern California. I practiced for many years in Boston, and was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. I came to New York 26 years ago to become the Associate Dean of Downstate Medical School. I currently am in private practice in New York City, focusing on treating ADD and ADHD.
(646) 681-3965 View (646) 681-3965

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Number of Psychiatrists in 10019

80+

Average cost per session

$362

Psychiatrists in 10019 who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
91% Depression
80% ADHD
74% Medication Management
64% Trauma and PTSD
61% Bipolar Disorder
59% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

14 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

88% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
69% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 10019 see their clients

84% In Person and Online
16% Online Only

Gender breakdown

52% Male
48% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10019?

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.