Psychiatrists in 10021

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Samuel L Pauker
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychiatrist in New York City, where I see both individuals and couples in my private practice. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed my psychiatric residency at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and my psychoanalytic training at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training & Research. I am Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center, Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at NY Presbyterian Hospital, and teach at Weill-Cornell Medical School.
I am a clinical psychiatrist in New York City, where I see both individuals and couples in my private practice. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed my psychiatric residency at the Payne Whitney Clinic of New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and my psychoanalytic training at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training & Research. I am Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center, Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at NY Presbyterian Hospital, and teach at Weill-Cornell Medical School.
(646) 766-0219 View (646) 766-0219
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Michelle Tricamo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
I am a board certified adult, child & adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders with an expertise in psychotherapy. I believe thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that cause conflicts in our lives can be identified and processed using a variety of techniques and methods. I aim to create a partnership with my patients and a safe environment to explore and develop insightful understanding which might help relieve these issues and bring comfort to patients' lives. Through empathy, patience, active listening and diligent research, I believe my patient's desired goals can be achieved.
I am a board certified adult, child & adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders with an expertise in psychotherapy. I believe thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that cause conflicts in our lives can be identified and processed using a variety of techniques and methods. I aim to create a partnership with my patients and a safe environment to explore and develop insightful understanding which might help relieve these issues and bring comfort to patients' lives. Through empathy, patience, active listening and diligent research, I believe my patient's desired goals can be achieved.
(646) 681-7357 View (646) 681-7357
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Sharon Batista
Psychiatrist, MD, DFAPA, FACLP, FAWMA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
Dr. Sharon Batista, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist in private telepsychiatry practice. She works with patients suffering from anxiety,depression, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and OC-Related disorders, hoarding, perfectionism, body dysmorphia and eating disorders. Dr. Batista provides care across the lifespan including perinatal mental health consultation for pre-pregnancy planning, during pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. Dr. Batista's areas of clinical focus include physician mental health. Telehealth treatment available in NY, NJ, CT, CA, FL, IL, KS, OH, PA,TX and VA.
Dr. Sharon Batista, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist in private telepsychiatry practice. She works with patients suffering from anxiety,depression, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and OC-Related disorders, hoarding, perfectionism, body dysmorphia and eating disorders. Dr. Batista provides care across the lifespan including perinatal mental health consultation for pre-pregnancy planning, during pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. Dr. Batista's areas of clinical focus include physician mental health. Telehealth treatment available in NY, NJ, CT, CA, FL, IL, KS, OH, PA,TX and VA.
(347) 673-0599 View (347) 673-0599
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Fara White
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021
Not accepting new clients
I am a psychiatrist who believes that therapy is crucial for meaningful results; medication is also effective when used thoughtfully and judiciously. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, and distractibility, as well as sexual and developmental trauma. Helping people through personal and professional transitions is particularly rewarding.
I am a psychiatrist who believes that therapy is crucial for meaningful results; medication is also effective when used thoughtfully and judiciously. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, and distractibility, as well as sexual and developmental trauma. Helping people through personal and professional transitions is particularly rewarding.
(646) 368-8169 View (646) 368-8169
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Philip Lister
Psychiatrist, MD, SEP
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
The key ingredient for effective psychotherapy is the establishment of an alliance, built on trust and mutual respect. With this foundation, we can explore present difficulties, their roots in the past, and manifestations - in relationships with loved ones, work relationships, feelings about oneself, difficulty with impulses, inhibitions, or mood. In addition to detailing life in the present and past, an exploration of one's inner life - dreams and daydreams - can be of great value, in achieving self-awareness. Our relationship in therapy offers an invaluable window into how our hopes and fears influence our behavior.
The key ingredient for effective psychotherapy is the establishment of an alliance, built on trust and mutual respect. With this foundation, we can explore present difficulties, their roots in the past, and manifestations - in relationships with loved ones, work relationships, feelings about oneself, difficulty with impulses, inhibitions, or mood. In addition to detailing life in the present and past, an exploration of one's inner life - dreams and daydreams - can be of great value, in achieving self-awareness. Our relationship in therapy offers an invaluable window into how our hopes and fears influence our behavior.
(646) 762-0177 View (646) 762-0177
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Inesa Kichkimet
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner NY and FL with prescriptive authorities and knowledge in therapies. Specializes in treating broad variety of mental disorders. Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, ADHD, Stress, Insomnia, PTSD are just some examples of compact emotional disturbances that can significantly influence one's quality of life. Providing well managed, client centered care is essential to ensures that client provided a nurturing judgement free environment to achieve the balance in the life. As a health care professional since 2000 understands the connection between emotional, behavioral and physical health
ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner NY and FL with prescriptive authorities and knowledge in therapies. Specializes in treating broad variety of mental disorders. Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, ADHD, Stress, Insomnia, PTSD are just some examples of compact emotional disturbances that can significantly influence one's quality of life. Providing well managed, client centered care is essential to ensures that client provided a nurturing judgement free environment to achieve the balance in the life. As a health care professional since 2000 understands the connection between emotional, behavioral and physical health
(631) 250-5368 View (631) 250-5368
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Joshua S Greene
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and neuroscientist. I offer talk-therapy and medication management for people with a range of mental-health concerns. I have extensive experience treating mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Whether you’re experiencing low mood or anxiety, or are simply feeling stuck at work or in your relationships, I provide compassionate, thorough, and individualized psychiatric services. I offer both in person and virtual sessions.
I am a Columbia University trained psychiatrist and neuroscientist. I offer talk-therapy and medication management for people with a range of mental-health concerns. I have extensive experience treating mood, anxiety and trauma-related disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Whether you’re experiencing low mood or anxiety, or are simply feeling stuck at work or in your relationships, I provide compassionate, thorough, and individualized psychiatric services. I offer both in person and virtual sessions.
(646) 798-4683 View (646) 798-4683
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Simon Dosovitz
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
I am a Columbia University trained, board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. My practice focuses on mood, anxiety, and substance use problems, as well as individuals who are facing difficulties with relationships, their career, or self-esteem. One of my primary aims is to cultivate a comfortable and accepting atmosphere where we can address your concerns. I hope that I can help you to manage troubling symptoms and behaviors, as well as to find more satisfaction and enjoyment in your life.
I am a Columbia University trained, board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist. My practice focuses on mood, anxiety, and substance use problems, as well as individuals who are facing difficulties with relationships, their career, or self-esteem. One of my primary aims is to cultivate a comfortable and accepting atmosphere where we can address your concerns. I hope that I can help you to manage troubling symptoms and behaviors, as well as to find more satisfaction and enjoyment in your life.
(914) 342-7495 View (914) 342-7495
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Victoria Morrow, MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
Whether practicing insight-oriented psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, I listen to the way a person tries to solve his or her problems and help them to come to a new understanding based on greater tolerance for what they feel. My medical background helps me to be aware of the complicated interplay between what is physical and what is psychological. I help my patients sort out what we can treat with psychotherapy and when medications may make a difference. I am a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst and a psychotherapist practicing in CT and NYC. I work with adults and young adults starting at age 18.
Whether practicing insight-oriented psychotherapy or psychoanalysis, I listen to the way a person tries to solve his or her problems and help them to come to a new understanding based on greater tolerance for what they feel. My medical background helps me to be aware of the complicated interplay between what is physical and what is psychological. I help my patients sort out what we can treat with psychotherapy and when medications may make a difference. I am a psychiatrist, a psychoanalyst and a psychotherapist practicing in CT and NYC. I work with adults and young adults starting at age 18.
(646) 759-0924 View (646) 759-0924
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Pratik Jain
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
Noam Spencer, PhD has said “ Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going.” I am Dr. Jain and my goal is to help you navigate your mental health journey to happiness. I am a double board certified psychiatrist who is practicing in New York. I completed my residency at Jamacia Hospital Medical Center and Flushing Hospital in Queens, NY. I went on to do a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and Forensic Psychiatry from Yale University, New Haven, CT
Noam Spencer, PhD has said “ Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going.” I am Dr. Jain and my goal is to help you navigate your mental health journey to happiness. I am a double board certified psychiatrist who is practicing in New York. I completed my residency at Jamacia Hospital Medical Center and Flushing Hospital in Queens, NY. I went on to do a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and Forensic Psychiatry from Yale University, New Haven, CT
(347) 916-3996 View (347) 916-3996
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Complete Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist who practices both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
I am a board certified psychiatrist who practices both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
(914) 928-2461 View (914) 928-2461
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David S Ludwig
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021
I am a highly experienced board-certified psychiatrist deeply committed to the well-being of my patients. I received my medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed my residency in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center where I was a chief resident my final year. Prior to attending medical school I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
I am a highly experienced board-certified psychiatrist deeply committed to the well-being of my patients. I received my medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed my residency in psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center where I was a chief resident my final year. Prior to attending medical school I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
(914) 350-5783 View (914) 350-5783
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Magdalena Spariosu
Psychiatrist, FAPA, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome to my page! As a Brain Injury Medicine Psychiatrist, I am passionate about helping high-achieving individuals who are facing the challenges of medical and neurological co-morbidities, particularly those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), whether recently or in the past. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance to patients recovering from TBI, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as they work towards reclaiming their sense of self and achieving their optimal well-being once again.
Hello and welcome to my page! As a Brain Injury Medicine Psychiatrist, I am passionate about helping high-achieving individuals who are facing the challenges of medical and neurological co-morbidities, particularly those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), whether recently or in the past. I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance to patients recovering from TBI, who may be dealing with issues such as depression, anxiety, memory deficits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as they work towards reclaiming their sense of self and achieving their optimal well-being once again.
(347) 897-5791 View (347) 897-5791
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Emily Steinberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety, attention, and eating disorders in adults. I take a patient-centered approach to treatment, offering psychopharmacology and an array of specialized psychotherapeutic techniques. My goal is primarily to work with individuals to develop treatment plans that are comfortable and effective over the long term. I often work closely with other clinicians as well, to provide a team-based approach to treatment. I currently serve as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai. I have done additional training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety, attention, and eating disorders in adults. I take a patient-centered approach to treatment, offering psychopharmacology and an array of specialized psychotherapeutic techniques. My goal is primarily to work with individuals to develop treatment plans that are comfortable and effective over the long term. I often work closely with other clinicians as well, to provide a team-based approach to treatment. I currently serve as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai. I have done additional training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.
(646) 430-9938 View (646) 430-9938
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Marcus McGill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
Hello, my name is Marcus McGill and I am a graduate of New York University and a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New York City. I specialize in ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. I perform psychiatric evaluations, diagnose psychiatric disorders, and prescribe & provide medication management to patients residing in New York via online telepsychiatry video and or phone. I believe it is imperative to integrate patient-centered and individualized care while implementing a combination of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to therapy.
Hello, my name is Marcus McGill and I am a graduate of New York University and a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner based in New York City. I specialize in ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. I perform psychiatric evaluations, diagnose psychiatric disorders, and prescribe & provide medication management to patients residing in New York via online telepsychiatry video and or phone. I believe it is imperative to integrate patient-centered and individualized care while implementing a combination of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to therapy.
(646) 791-4152 View (646) 791-4152
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Michele Campione
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
I am a psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychiatric treatment of adults with medication management. I attended New York University Medical School and NYU Psychiatry Residency. I have had the honor of being Unit Chief of the Inpatient Psychiatric Services at Elmhurst Hospital. I have also been the Associate Director and the Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the Mount Sinai Hospital. I have been an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Hospital since 2000 where I teach residents and medical students. I am Board-Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1998.
I am a psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychiatric treatment of adults with medication management. I attended New York University Medical School and NYU Psychiatry Residency. I have had the honor of being Unit Chief of the Inpatient Psychiatric Services at Elmhurst Hospital. I have also been the Associate Director and the Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Room at the Mount Sinai Hospital. I have been an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Hospital since 2000 where I teach residents and medical students. I am Board-Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1998.
(646) 846-0968 View (646) 846-0968
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David Pioquinto
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
I'm a psychotherapist and board-certified psychiatrist who provides medication management, psychotherapy, and combination treatment. I help to manage a wide array of psychiatric challenges you may be facing including mood disorders, anxiety, panic, OCD, personality disorders, and difficulties with identity and/or relationships. My practice is informed by a personalized and warm approach where I will work collaboratively with you to develop treatment for your specific goals.
I'm a psychotherapist and board-certified psychiatrist who provides medication management, psychotherapy, and combination treatment. I help to manage a wide array of psychiatric challenges you may be facing including mood disorders, anxiety, panic, OCD, personality disorders, and difficulties with identity and/or relationships. My practice is informed by a personalized and warm approach where I will work collaboratively with you to develop treatment for your specific goals.
(646) 481-8281 View (646) 481-8281
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Sara VanBronkhorst
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
Not accepting new clients
I'm a psychiatrist for children, adolescents, and adults. I take a holistic approach to understanding how psychiatric distress develops, and also how to treat it. Sometimes a simple medication or a short course of talk therapy will make a world of difference, and sometimes you need a number of different supports to feel whole again. I'm here to help you figure that out, walking alongside you, and supporting you with an effective treatment that fits with your values and goals.
I'm a psychiatrist for children, adolescents, and adults. I take a holistic approach to understanding how psychiatric distress develops, and also how to treat it. Sometimes a simple medication or a short course of talk therapy will make a world of difference, and sometimes you need a number of different supports to feel whole again. I'm here to help you figure that out, walking alongside you, and supporting you with an effective treatment that fits with your values and goals.
(833) 401-9547 View (833) 401-9547
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Dr. Saide Altinsan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021  (Online Only)
Saide Altinsan, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist offering tele-psychiatry services to adult patients. She has practiced for nearly 30 years. Dr. Altinsan has experience in treating the full spectrum of mild to severe mental disorders. In her long career as an outpatient and inpatient psychiatrist, she has worked in academic, clinical-trial, and private-practice settings. With each patient, Dr. Altinsan focuses on a thorough initial evaluation followed by collaboration with her patient in tailoring an individualized, evidence-based care. The plan may involve medication management and/or psychotherapy.
Saide Altinsan, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist offering tele-psychiatry services to adult patients. She has practiced for nearly 30 years. Dr. Altinsan has experience in treating the full spectrum of mild to severe mental disorders. In her long career as an outpatient and inpatient psychiatrist, she has worked in academic, clinical-trial, and private-practice settings. With each patient, Dr. Altinsan focuses on a thorough initial evaluation followed by collaboration with her patient in tailoring an individualized, evidence-based care. The plan may involve medication management and/or psychotherapy.
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Eric Hollander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
New York, NY 10021
Our Mission is to provide state of the art, interdisciplinary, novel, and integrated treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and PANDAS Disorders in adults, adolescents and children.
Our Mission is to provide state of the art, interdisciplinary, novel, and integrated treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and PANDAS Disorders in adults, adolescents and children.
(646) 699-3957 View (646) 699-3957

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10021

90+

Average cost per session

$400

Psychiatrists in 10021 who prioritize treating:

96% Anxiety
91% Depression
78% Medication Management
74% ADHD
71% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
64% Trauma and PTSD
63% Relationship Issues

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

79% Aetna
64% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
61% Cigna and Evernorth

How Psychiatrists in 10021 see their clients

66% In Person and Online
34% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10021?

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.