Psychiatrists in 10025

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Daniel L. Kimmel
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
New York, NY 10025
I am a board-certified Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and neuroscientist at Columbia University with expertise in treating a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, adult ADHD, substance use, and psychosis. I work collaboratively with patients to develop a treatment approach that incorporates psychotherapy and/or medications. My specializations include psychodynamic psychotherapy balanced with pragmatic and behavioral approaches. In addition, I specialize in managing multiple medications, providing a careful assessment of each medication and coordinating their interactions.
I am a board-certified Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and neuroscientist at Columbia University with expertise in treating a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, adult ADHD, substance use, and psychosis. I work collaboratively with patients to develop a treatment approach that incorporates psychotherapy and/or medications. My specializations include psychodynamic psychotherapy balanced with pragmatic and behavioral approaches. In addition, I specialize in managing multiple medications, providing a careful assessment of each medication and coordinating their interactions.
(646) 846-7717 View (646) 846-7717
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Katherine Falk
Psychiatrist, MD, ABIOM
Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
Dr. Katherine Falk practices Integrative and Holistic Psychiatry in New York City.She is also licensed in CA, CT, IL, NJ, MA, PA and can treat those who live there by Telepsychiatry.In addition to providing psychotherapy, she has developed a method of evaluating the biological underpinnings of mental illness and recommends a personalized approach for each of her patients.Using natural substances, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, homeopathy–she is able to minimize (and often eliminate) the need for psychiatric medications. She has a longstanding interest in spirituality and, when appropriate, teaches breathing and meditation.
Dr. Katherine Falk practices Integrative and Holistic Psychiatry in New York City.She is also licensed in CA, CT, IL, NJ, MA, PA and can treat those who live there by Telepsychiatry.In addition to providing psychotherapy, she has developed a method of evaluating the biological underpinnings of mental illness and recommends a personalized approach for each of her patients.Using natural substances, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, homeopathy–she is able to minimize (and often eliminate) the need for psychiatric medications. She has a longstanding interest in spirituality and, when appropriate, teaches breathing and meditation.
(646) 933-0423 View (646) 933-0423
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Evelyn A Stephens MD PC
Psychiatrist
Verified
New York, NY 10025
Hi there, I have been trained to treat many psychiatric illnesses and issues, with both medication and therapy. The different types of therapy I use include DBT, CBT, supportive and psychodynamic therapy. My patient population ranges from children as young as 6 years old to adults. The majority of children I work with are struggling with anxiety or ADHD, often both. The adolescents and adults that I treat have a variety of issues, including anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Hi there, I have been trained to treat many psychiatric illnesses and issues, with both medication and therapy. The different types of therapy I use include DBT, CBT, supportive and psychodynamic therapy. My patient population ranges from children as young as 6 years old to adults. The majority of children I work with are struggling with anxiety or ADHD, often both. The adolescents and adults that I treat have a variety of issues, including anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
(347) 321-9712 View (347) 321-9712
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Dirk C Winter
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025
A great psychiatrist needs to combine clinical and scientific expertise with empathy and curiosity about people and their troubles. Throughout my career, I have been fascinated with how each of us develop our unique personal style of coping with a life that will inevitably bring problems in love, work, and relationships. If you or your loved one suffers from problems with mood, anxiety, attention, or seems stuck in a pattern of maladaptive behavior, I will work with you to identify the cause and find a solution.
A great psychiatrist needs to combine clinical and scientific expertise with empathy and curiosity about people and their troubles. Throughout my career, I have been fascinated with how each of us develop our unique personal style of coping with a life that will inevitably bring problems in love, work, and relationships. If you or your loved one suffers from problems with mood, anxiety, attention, or seems stuck in a pattern of maladaptive behavior, I will work with you to identify the cause and find a solution.
(212) 365-8556 View (212) 365-8556
Jennifer Furst
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I believe in finding common ground with clients and getting to know them as human beings as we work on any psychiatric or psychosocial issues. I work hard to create a collaborative partnership in which the client feels that their concerns are truly heard and addressed. Clients can expect to come away with a clear understanding of how I conceive of their diagnosis and what options exist for treatment. I aim to provide education and skills as well as medication and therapeutic interaction. I want you to understand the WHY of any treatment I recommend so that you can make your best decisions for your health.
I believe in finding common ground with clients and getting to know them as human beings as we work on any psychiatric or psychosocial issues. I work hard to create a collaborative partnership in which the client feels that their concerns are truly heard and addressed. Clients can expect to come away with a clear understanding of how I conceive of their diagnosis and what options exist for treatment. I aim to provide education and skills as well as medication and therapeutic interaction. I want you to understand the WHY of any treatment I recommend so that you can make your best decisions for your health.
(646) 506-3757 View (646) 506-3757
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Dr. Sophie C. Ebel
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in New York City. I completed my Adult Psychiatry training at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and I am currently completing a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Weill Cornell and Columbia University Medical Centers. At this time, I am accepting adult clients only, though I will look forward to welcoming child and adolescent clients beginning in Summer 2024. I have expertise in both talk therapy and medication management for a wide range of mental health concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in New York City. I completed my Adult Psychiatry training at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and I am currently completing a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Weill Cornell and Columbia University Medical Centers. At this time, I am accepting adult clients only, though I will look forward to welcoming child and adolescent clients beginning in Summer 2024. I have expertise in both talk therapy and medication management for a wide range of mental health concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD.
(914) 313-8464 View (914) 313-8464
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Tali Tuvia
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10025
Dr. Tali Tuvia is a board certified child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She works as an attending psychiatrist at Mount Sinai St. Lukes Hospital, where she sees patients in the Child and Family Institute. Dr. Tuvia also holds a position as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she supervises residents and fellows in training. She completed her psychiatry training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. To deepen her therapeutic skills, Dr. Tuvia is completing a fellowship at Columbia University in child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Dr. Tali Tuvia is a board certified child and adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She works as an attending psychiatrist at Mount Sinai St. Lukes Hospital, where she sees patients in the Child and Family Institute. Dr. Tuvia also holds a position as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she supervises residents and fellows in training. She completed her psychiatry training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. To deepen her therapeutic skills, Dr. Tuvia is completing a fellowship at Columbia University in child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy.
(917) 832-1866 View (917) 832-1866
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Lindsey Carey Wright
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025
My patients come to me searching for a mental health provider who is well-rounded, experienced, thorough, and attentive to their life’s story. While I work as a generalist, I have extensive experience treating patients and families who have been coping with chronic stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, pain or other difficult to control physical symptoms associated with medical illness. I also have experience working with individuals and families who are dealing with advanced illness and want to find a psychiatric provider who "get's it."
My patients come to me searching for a mental health provider who is well-rounded, experienced, thorough, and attentive to their life’s story. While I work as a generalist, I have extensive experience treating patients and families who have been coping with chronic stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, pain or other difficult to control physical symptoms associated with medical illness. I also have experience working with individuals and families who are dealing with advanced illness and want to find a psychiatric provider who "get's it."
(917) 725-0516 View (917) 725-0516
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Erica Silen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025
I am a board-certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in diagnosis, medication management, and therapy. Since graduating from Columbia School of Nursing in 2012, I have gained extensive experience treating children, adolescents, adults, and families with a wide range of symptoms. Addressing mental health issues can be scary, especially for children and parents. I work with families to create a calming and trusting environment. Clients and families are encouraged to discuss their wants, needs, and fears, which in turn helps to destigmatize the process.
I am a board-certified, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in diagnosis, medication management, and therapy. Since graduating from Columbia School of Nursing in 2012, I have gained extensive experience treating children, adolescents, adults, and families with a wide range of symptoms. Addressing mental health issues can be scary, especially for children and parents. I work with families to create a calming and trusting environment. Clients and families are encouraged to discuss their wants, needs, and fears, which in turn helps to destigmatize the process.
(646) 392-7251 View (646) 392-7251
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Guylene Joseph
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
New York, NY 10025
Guylene Joseph is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training and experience in the field of Behavioral Health. She has over 20 years of experience with the last 7 years as mental health NP. Her goal is to provide compassionate care and to partner with you to meet your wellness goal. She uses a holistic approach to care. She believes every patient deserves the best care. "I'm passionate about creating welcoming environment where my patients feel comfortable and safe to share their story. "
Guylene Joseph is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with extensive training and experience in the field of Behavioral Health. She has over 20 years of experience with the last 7 years as mental health NP. Her goal is to provide compassionate care and to partner with you to meet your wellness goal. She uses a holistic approach to care. She believes every patient deserves the best care. "I'm passionate about creating welcoming environment where my patients feel comfortable and safe to share their story. "
(646) 956-1367 View (646) 956-1367
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Yihe Nina Gao
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025
I am a psychiatrist in New York, NY who works with adults and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, and psychosis. I specialize in patients who have felt out of control or have difficulties in their experiences or perceptions of things around them. I believe that symptoms have a story behind them and aim to help my patients understand their thoughts and feelings. Even if our focus will be medication management, I want to understand how medication fits in with your personal narrative, history, or family history. From there, my focus will be to help you recognize and manage symptoms and improve coping.
I am a psychiatrist in New York, NY who works with adults and provides care for patients who struggle with anxiety, depression, and psychosis. I specialize in patients who have felt out of control or have difficulties in their experiences or perceptions of things around them. I believe that symptoms have a story behind them and aim to help my patients understand their thoughts and feelings. Even if our focus will be medication management, I want to understand how medication fits in with your personal narrative, history, or family history. From there, my focus will be to help you recognize and manage symptoms and improve coping.
(347) 875-6875 View (347) 875-6875
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Jennifer Jennings D'Orazio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified
New York, NY 10025
A board-certified doctoral prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience in diagnosing & treating mental illness. I specialize in women’s mental health throughout the life cycle, including in pregnancy & the postpartum. For the past 10 years, until recently, I worked in a fast-paced urban university setting with undergrad & graduate students. Issues ranged from anxiety, depression; SOGI-related; trauma/PTSD; executive (dys)function/ADHD. I offer traditional (RX, therapy) & complementary treatments (diet/supplements, exercise, sleep, lifestyle, etc.). Combined med & psychotherapy or either alone is available.
A board-certified doctoral prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner with 13 years of experience in diagnosing & treating mental illness. I specialize in women’s mental health throughout the life cycle, including in pregnancy & the postpartum. For the past 10 years, until recently, I worked in a fast-paced urban university setting with undergrad & graduate students. Issues ranged from anxiety, depression; SOGI-related; trauma/PTSD; executive (dys)function/ADHD. I offer traditional (RX, therapy) & complementary treatments (diet/supplements, exercise, sleep, lifestyle, etc.). Combined med & psychotherapy or either alone is available.
(516) 289-9392 View (516) 289-9392
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Selcuk Ipek
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, MSN
Verified
New York, NY 10025
I am an interactive provider that works with you to clear your obstacles and meet your goals in life, and experience your life meaningfully. I want you to find a path to travel on that is clear, makes sense to you and I want to support you. Anxiety, depression, fears and emotional blocks are fairly common.
I am an interactive provider that works with you to clear your obstacles and meet your goals in life, and experience your life meaningfully. I want you to find a path to travel on that is clear, makes sense to you and I want to support you. Anxiety, depression, fears and emotional blocks are fairly common.
(917) 573-7339 View (917) 573-7339
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Noam Koenigsberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I am a board certified psychiatrist with a telepsychiatric practice seeing patients in Florida and NY. I am licensed in Both Florida and New York states. My concierge practice specializes in medication management to treat psychiatric issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and all other psychiatric needs of the patient. I approach each client in a nonjudgmental manner to help decrease and eliminate symptoms and achieve treatment goals. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with a telepsychiatric practice seeing patients in Florida and NY. I am licensed in Both Florida and New York states. My concierge practice specializes in medication management to treat psychiatric issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and all other psychiatric needs of the patient. I approach each client in a nonjudgmental manner to help decrease and eliminate symptoms and achieve treatment goals. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual.
(332) 263-3922 View (332) 263-3922
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Evelyn A Stephens MD PC
Psychiatrist
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10025
Hi there, I have been trained to treat many psychiatric illnesses and issues, with both medication and therapy. The different types of therapy I use include DBT, CBT, supportive and psychodynamic therapy. My patient population ranges from children as young as 6 years old to adults. The majority of children I work with are struggling with anxiety or ADHD, often both. The adolescents and adults that I treat have a variety of issues, including anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Hi there, I have been trained to treat many psychiatric illnesses and issues, with both medication and therapy. The different types of therapy I use include DBT, CBT, supportive and psychodynamic therapy. My patient population ranges from children as young as 6 years old to adults. The majority of children I work with are struggling with anxiety or ADHD, often both. The adolescents and adults that I treat have a variety of issues, including anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder.
(347) 508-8094 View (347) 508-8094
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Rachel Wiedermann
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10025
I am a Manhattan-based psychiatrist trained in both medication management and psychotherapy who provides personalized, trauma-informed treatment for a variety of conditions. Areas of focus include depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, personality, stress and trauma-related disorders, psychosis, focus and compulsive disorders, relationship strain, life transitions, career stresses, gender dysphoria, gender transitions and myriad other challenges. During your initial consultation, we will begin with a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, and will discuss your current concerns, past experiences and long-term goals.
I am a Manhattan-based psychiatrist trained in both medication management and psychotherapy who provides personalized, trauma-informed treatment for a variety of conditions. Areas of focus include depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, personality, stress and trauma-related disorders, psychosis, focus and compulsive disorders, relationship strain, life transitions, career stresses, gender dysphoria, gender transitions and myriad other challenges. During your initial consultation, we will begin with a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, and will discuss your current concerns, past experiences and long-term goals.
(347) 712-3917 View (347) 712-3917
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David M Sherman
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10025
I am now seeing people virtually and in person. I provide psychotherapy with the option of medication and other integrative treatments for anxiety, depression, and stress related to relationships, work, and other life challenges. My patients experience me as warm, open, collaborative, humble, and very accessible. As my patient, I would help you identify treatment goals, and then work with you to achieve these goals by together making sense of your feelings and helping you realize new freedom in your life. For patients who are already in therapy, I also provide adjunctive medication treatment.
I am now seeing people virtually and in person. I provide psychotherapy with the option of medication and other integrative treatments for anxiety, depression, and stress related to relationships, work, and other life challenges. My patients experience me as warm, open, collaborative, humble, and very accessible. As my patient, I would help you identify treatment goals, and then work with you to achieve these goals by together making sense of your feelings and helping you realize new freedom in your life. For patients who are already in therapy, I also provide adjunctive medication treatment.
(917) 885-7805 x917885 View (917) 885-7805 x917885
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Dr. Robert (Bob) Abel
Psychiatric Nurse, DNP, PMHNP
New York, NY 10025
I am a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry who specializes in children, adolescents , adults and older adult medication management for anxiety, depression , ADHD and cyclic mood disorders (bipolar disorders). I believe medication can be helpful when prescribed in small dosages and when the patient is fully informed about what the medicine is expected to do for them. Nurse Practitioners are are not interested in labeling you with a diagnosis. We are generally far more focused in treating your distressing symptoms.
I am a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry who specializes in children, adolescents , adults and older adult medication management for anxiety, depression , ADHD and cyclic mood disorders (bipolar disorders). I believe medication can be helpful when prescribed in small dosages and when the patient is fully informed about what the medicine is expected to do for them. Nurse Practitioners are are not interested in labeling you with a diagnosis. We are generally far more focused in treating your distressing symptoms.
(917) 746-8724 View (917) 746-8724
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Sara Murphy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMNHPBC
Verified
New York, NY 10025
I listen, collaborate, and put medications and psychotherapy to work for you in a safe and shame-free environment. I offer medication management alone or in combination with psychotherapy for ages 18+, with a specialty in trauma-based challenges and trauma-informed care. I often work with clients to counteract harms from bigotry, prejudice, shame, and exclusion. I take the time to listen and to develop understanding before proposing medications or therapeutic approaches. I have an affinity for creators, artists, and performers of all types. While working together, we will be partners in creating your best life.
I listen, collaborate, and put medications and psychotherapy to work for you in a safe and shame-free environment. I offer medication management alone or in combination with psychotherapy for ages 18+, with a specialty in trauma-based challenges and trauma-informed care. I often work with clients to counteract harms from bigotry, prejudice, shame, and exclusion. I take the time to listen and to develop understanding before proposing medications or therapeutic approaches. I have an affinity for creators, artists, and performers of all types. While working together, we will be partners in creating your best life.
(347) 614-5638 View (347) 614-5638
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Jackie M Bosworth
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
New York, NY 10025
Every individual is a unique mixture of emotional health and sickness. Healthy impulses come from our basic desires to understand, be productive and to love. My job as a psychiatrist is to make contact with a person's uniqueness and to relieve pain and suffering, thereby freeing his or her underlying health. Often this can be achieved in therapy without medication. Before starting medical school I maintained a private practice as a social worker for more than fifteen years. I later trained in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. I treat patients from infancy to seniority.
Every individual is a unique mixture of emotional health and sickness. Healthy impulses come from our basic desires to understand, be productive and to love. My job as a psychiatrist is to make contact with a person's uniqueness and to relieve pain and suffering, thereby freeing his or her underlying health. Often this can be achieved in therapy without medication. Before starting medical school I maintained a private practice as a social worker for more than fifteen years. I later trained in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. I treat patients from infancy to seniority.
(917) 765-4785 View (917) 765-4785

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Number of Psychiatrists in 10025

70+

Average cost per session

$385

Psychiatrists in 10025 who prioritize treating:

95% Depression
95% Anxiety
85% Medication Management
76% ADHD
76% Bipolar Disorder
74% Trauma and PTSD
69% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

77% Aetna
65% Cigna and Evernorth
62% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 10025 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

62% Female
38% Male

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10025?

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.