Psychiatrists in 10580

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Jessica Nowillo
Psychiatrist, DO, FAPA
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment. I have a special interest in women's mental health issues that include mood disorders related to menstruation, pregnancy and postpartum, as well as menopause and other life transitions. I enjoy providing comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric treatment that may include psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medication when appropriate. I am happy to coordinate with other treatment providers as necessary.
I am a board certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment. I have a special interest in women's mental health issues that include mood disorders related to menstruation, pregnancy and postpartum, as well as menopause and other life transitions. I enjoy providing comprehensive and compassionate psychiatric treatment that may include psychotherapy (talk therapy) and medication when appropriate. I am happy to coordinate with other treatment providers as necessary.
(914) 334-6127 View (914) 334-6127
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Juan A. Rivolta
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Juan Rivolta, MD, PLLC is a Child and Adult Psychiatry Private Practice, with the ultimate goal of providing patients the time and attention they need. I am Board-Certified in both Child and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my general psychiatry residency at BronxCare/Mount Sinai, and my Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. The practice focuses on supportive/psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management to help children and adults suffering from different psychiatric disorders.
Juan Rivolta, MD, PLLC is a Child and Adult Psychiatry Private Practice, with the ultimate goal of providing patients the time and attention they need. I am Board-Certified in both Child and Adult Psychiatry. I completed my general psychiatry residency at BronxCare/Mount Sinai, and my Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. The practice focuses on supportive/psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management to help children and adults suffering from different psychiatric disorders.
(914) 279-8822 View (914) 279-8822
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Dr. Alexandra Kreitman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Alexandra is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in New York with experience in treating children/adolescents and adults. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at one of the nation's leading institutes, Columbia University School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NYU. Her approach toward mental health is holistic and integrative, with a focus on biological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute to mental health and wellness.
Alexandra is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in New York with experience in treating children/adolescents and adults. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at one of the nation's leading institutes, Columbia University School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NYU. Her approach toward mental health is holistic and integrative, with a focus on biological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute to mental health and wellness.
(914) 996-6672 View (914) 996-6672
Allison Downer
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
My ideal client comes in and while they may not be able to verbalize directly, they are open to the process of working with me in a collaborative way to present what is going on in their lives currently. They will also have an idea of what their goals are or we can work together to define them. My ideal client recognizes that we are a team and that I am not there to merely give orders but to work as a team in implementing a plan moving forward. There are patients that come in because their prescriber has retired or relocated-of course that has its own management plan.
My ideal client comes in and while they may not be able to verbalize directly, they are open to the process of working with me in a collaborative way to present what is going on in their lives currently. They will also have an idea of what their goals are or we can work together to define them. My ideal client recognizes that we are a team and that I am not there to merely give orders but to work as a team in implementing a plan moving forward. There are patients that come in because their prescriber has retired or relocated-of course that has its own management plan.
(914) 499-0137 View (914) 499-0137
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Christopher S. Aloezos, MD
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rye, NY 10580
I am a psychiatrist board certified in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and provide comprehensive mental health treatment for adults - including psychotherapy and medication management, when indicated. I combine evidence-based treatment with person-centered care, and understand the intrinsic importance of the doctor-patient alliance. While I am a mental health expert, I know that each patient brings their unique life story, culture, and perspective to their mental health needs. In doing so, I work together with my patients to build insight and ultimately achieve treatment goals.
I am a psychiatrist board certified in general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and provide comprehensive mental health treatment for adults - including psychotherapy and medication management, when indicated. I combine evidence-based treatment with person-centered care, and understand the intrinsic importance of the doctor-patient alliance. While I am a mental health expert, I know that each patient brings their unique life story, culture, and perspective to their mental health needs. In doing so, I work together with my patients to build insight and ultimately achieve treatment goals.
(347) 997-8468 View (347) 997-8468
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Lauren Adis Tabone
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC) providing medication management for mental health conditions in adults . I sub-specialize in the treatment of ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression. I I conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations to diagnose mental health conditions and provide evidence based treatment. I am trained in psychopharmacology and offer a personalized approach that is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment may include education, medication, and wellness practices such as exercise, nutrition, and other integrative approaches.
I am Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, (PMHNP-BC) providing medication management for mental health conditions in adults . I sub-specialize in the treatment of ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression. I I conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations to diagnose mental health conditions and provide evidence based treatment. I am trained in psychopharmacology and offer a personalized approach that is tailored to your individual needs. Treatment may include education, medication, and wellness practices such as exercise, nutrition, and other integrative approaches.
(845) 977-0411 View (845) 977-0411
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Parinda Parikh
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Rye, NY 10580
Trained in clinical and administrative skills, Dr. Parikh worked as a faculty at NYPH in Westchester since 2002. She had been the Chief of Eating disorder, treating inpatient and outpatient child, adolescent and adults. Her expertise has resulted in book chapters and few publications. She is now in full time, outpatient practice offering concierge medicine, 24/7 access to clinicians while offering integrative and holistic individualized psychiatric treatment. With goals of bridging gap between inpatient and weekly outpatient, We now offer a comprehensive approach to psychiatric treatment.
Trained in clinical and administrative skills, Dr. Parikh worked as a faculty at NYPH in Westchester since 2002. She had been the Chief of Eating disorder, treating inpatient and outpatient child, adolescent and adults. Her expertise has resulted in book chapters and few publications. She is now in full time, outpatient practice offering concierge medicine, 24/7 access to clinicians while offering integrative and holistic individualized psychiatric treatment. With goals of bridging gap between inpatient and weekly outpatient, We now offer a comprehensive approach to psychiatric treatment.
(914) 468-6084 View (914) 468-6084
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Karen G. Gennaro
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A PSYCHOANALYST, I can help you better understand the root of your issues and develop methods for coping and moving forward. I will offer treatment tailored to your specific needs to help you maximize your unique strengths and shore up any vulnerabilities. Together we will work to enhance your sense of individuality, community and personal freedom. You will gain the strength to finally break out of old habits and release new potentials. Although I am an expert using psychiatric medication, I ONLY OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY THERAPY.
AS A PSYCHIATRIST WHO IS ALSO A PSYCHOANALYST, I can help you better understand the root of your issues and develop methods for coping and moving forward. I will offer treatment tailored to your specific needs to help you maximize your unique strengths and shore up any vulnerabilities. Together we will work to enhance your sense of individuality, community and personal freedom. You will gain the strength to finally break out of old habits and release new potentials. Although I am an expert using psychiatric medication, I ONLY OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PEOPLE WILLING TO WORK WITH ME IN AT LEAST ONCE WEEKLY THERAPY.
(914) 260-6437 View (914) 260-6437
Brittany Dudas
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Anxiety, depression, irritability, overwhelming stress, and obsessive worries can be debilitating and significantly limit your capacity to live life. These feelings lead to self doubt, relationship conflict, feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, uncertainty about direction in life, and potentially to substance use to lift depression or ease anxiety. My treatment philosophy draws from diverse experience and theoretical approaches. Treatment is individualized, collaborative, and aimed at understanding underlying conflicts, clarifying life goals, and making substantive behavioral change to enable you to live life in a more introspective, mindful way that leads to greater fulfillment.
Anxiety, depression, irritability, overwhelming stress, and obsessive worries can be debilitating and significantly limit your capacity to live life. These feelings lead to self doubt, relationship conflict, feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, uncertainty about direction in life, and potentially to substance use to lift depression or ease anxiety. My treatment philosophy draws from diverse experience and theoretical approaches. Treatment is individualized, collaborative, and aimed at understanding underlying conflicts, clarifying life goals, and making substantive behavioral change to enable you to live life in a more introspective, mindful way that leads to greater fulfillment.
(917) 725-5165 View (917) 725-5165
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Jeffrey P Kahn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Jeffrey P. Kahn, MD is a Columbia trained psychiatrist and Full Cornell Professor in Westchester (Scarsdale) and on the Upper West Side. He offers thoughtful psychotherapy, careful medication, and thorough evaluation. This empathic approach helps with relationship, work and career issues - and with anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Thorough evaluation includes attentive listening, detailed history, emotional understanding, clear diagnoses, and best options. Mostly an office psychiatrist, he has studied, written, spoken, and taught on many topics. More then ten years a Top Doctor (New York Magazine, Castle-Connolly Medical).
Jeffrey P. Kahn, MD is a Columbia trained psychiatrist and Full Cornell Professor in Westchester (Scarsdale) and on the Upper West Side. He offers thoughtful psychotherapy, careful medication, and thorough evaluation. This empathic approach helps with relationship, work and career issues - and with anxiety, depression, and psychosis. Thorough evaluation includes attentive listening, detailed history, emotional understanding, clear diagnoses, and best options. Mostly an office psychiatrist, he has studied, written, spoken, and taught on many topics. More then ten years a Top Doctor (New York Magazine, Castle-Connolly Medical).
(914) 610-7316 View (914) 610-7316
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Dr. Becky Jordan - Founder
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rye, NY 10580
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Veteran & College Professor with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have specialty training in psychiatry to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Treatment is customized to the individual client needs I perform psychiatric evaluations to diagnosis, prescribe and manage psychiatric medications. I collaborate with medical providers, therapists/school psychologists to provide comprehensive psychiatric treatment. I prescribe Medical Marijuana for many conditions.
I am a Board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Veteran & College Professor with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I have specialty training in psychiatry to diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Treatment is customized to the individual client needs I perform psychiatric evaluations to diagnosis, prescribe and manage psychiatric medications. I collaborate with medical providers, therapists/school psychologists to provide comprehensive psychiatric treatment. I prescribe Medical Marijuana for many conditions.
(914) 315-4291 View (914) 315-4291
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Changing Minds
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Changing Minds specializes in cases where traditional methods fall short. Our focus is using MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy), a safe, gentle, non-invasive and personalized treatment which is FDA-approved and insurance reimbursed (depression). It has demonstrated remarkable success in modulating neural activity and promoting neuroplasticity, particularly in treatment-resistant conditions. Notably, MeRT employs Dry-Lead EEG technology to guide treatment, allowing us to tailor interventions with unprecedented speed and precision based on each patient's unique brain activity.
Changing Minds specializes in cases where traditional methods fall short. Our focus is using MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy), a safe, gentle, non-invasive and personalized treatment which is FDA-approved and insurance reimbursed (depression). It has demonstrated remarkable success in modulating neural activity and promoting neuroplasticity, particularly in treatment-resistant conditions. Notably, MeRT employs Dry-Lead EEG technology to guide treatment, allowing us to tailor interventions with unprecedented speed and precision based on each patient's unique brain activity.
(475) 244-9174 View (475) 244-9174
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Tamisha Kelly
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Tamisha and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Masters of Science from SUNY Stony Brook University. My specializations includes Anxiety, Depression and ADHD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
Hello, I look forward to meeting you! My name is Tamisha and I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with a Masters of Science from SUNY Stony Brook University. My specializations includes Anxiety, Depression and ADHD. I work with an amazing group of colleagues at Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office, where we believe psychiatric care shouldn't be expensive nor impossible to access.
(516) 614-4327 View (516) 614-4327
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Arashinder Dhaliwal
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Arashinder Dhaliwal has 10+ years of experience working with wide range of mental health issues. He believes that a thorough assessment of all aspects of mental health followed by collaborative treatment planning is key to successful treatment. He partners with his patients for their treatment goals and strives to provide holistic mental health care using up to date advancements in medications and therapy. He has special interest in anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, first break psychosis, trauma associated mental health disorders and ADHD.
Arashinder Dhaliwal has 10+ years of experience working with wide range of mental health issues. He believes that a thorough assessment of all aspects of mental health followed by collaborative treatment planning is key to successful treatment. He partners with his patients for their treatment goals and strives to provide holistic mental health care using up to date advancements in medications and therapy. He has special interest in anxiety, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, first break psychosis, trauma associated mental health disorders and ADHD.
(914) 928-2138 View (914) 928-2138
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John A. Zagat
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatrist working in private practice in Westchester county (Harrison) as well as Greenwich Village. In addition to my practice, I am affiliated with NYU Child Study Center as an Adjunct Faculty Member, and I am a volunteer faculty member at New York Medical College. Previously, I was an attending psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical College.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist working in private practice in Westchester county (Harrison) as well as Greenwich Village. In addition to my practice, I am affiliated with NYU Child Study Center as an Adjunct Faculty Member, and I am a volunteer faculty member at New York Medical College. Previously, I was an attending psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Center at Westchester Medical Center, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical College.
(212) 301-0517 View (212) 301-0517
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Edisa Korac
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Edisa Korac is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), a BSN in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), and an MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College. As a health professional for over 7 years, Edisa has seen so much suffering but has also seen the natural human propensity to veer towards hope. Hope keeps us all going and it's the driving force behind why she is where she is today. Edisa can empathize with clients and instill hope with her holistic view of health.
Edisa Korac is a Nurse Practitioner in New York who has been practicing since 2015. She has a BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), a BSN in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), and an MSN Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College. As a health professional for over 7 years, Edisa has seen so much suffering but has also seen the natural human propensity to veer towards hope. Hope keeps us all going and it's the driving force behind why she is where she is today. Edisa can empathize with clients and instill hope with her holistic view of health.
(914) 685-5471 View (914) 685-5471
Photo of Dr. David L. Lopez / Cornell Affiliated, Psychiatrist in 10580, NY
Dr. David L. Lopez / Cornell Affiliated
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA, DFAACAP, Cornell, Faculty
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Cornell and Columbia trained, Dr. Lopez does not believe in one-size-fits-all treatments. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the national Child and Adolescent Psychiatry society (AACAP) and believes in down-to-earth approaches that really make sense. Dr. Lopez is also an adult psychotherapist with years of training in the most in-depth psychotherapies. He provides interventions that have clear results. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), he has taught at Cornell and Columbia specialized programs for more than 15 years. He now brings to Philadelphia the latest knowledge to help kids, parents, and adult patients.
Cornell and Columbia trained, Dr. Lopez does not believe in one-size-fits-all treatments. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the national Child and Adolescent Psychiatry society (AACAP) and believes in down-to-earth approaches that really make sense. Dr. Lopez is also an adult psychotherapist with years of training in the most in-depth psychotherapies. He provides interventions that have clear results. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), he has taught at Cornell and Columbia specialized programs for more than 15 years. He now brings to Philadelphia the latest knowledge to help kids, parents, and adult patients.
(215) 650-8406 View (215) 650-8406
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Tara Eyma
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580
Dr. Eyma is a board certified psychiatrist licensed to practice in both New York and Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/City College of New York (a combined BS/MD program) and obtained her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She has been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital. She has a particular interest in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. She spent two years working in a mental health clinic in the Wellington region of New Zealand providing care to a diverse patient population including Maori and Pasifika people.
Dr. Eyma is a board certified psychiatrist licensed to practice in both New York and Connecticut. She is a graduate of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/City College of New York (a combined BS/MD program) and obtained her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She has been a staff psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital. She has a particular interest in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health. She spent two years working in a mental health clinic in the Wellington region of New Zealand providing care to a diverse patient population including Maori and Pasifika people.
(914) 353-4807 View (914) 353-4807
Photo of Kelli Hamilton, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 10580, NY
Kelli Hamilton
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
I take a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health emphasizing care of the mind and body. As a provider who is board certified in psychiatric mental health and primary care, I am equipped to partner with my clients to meet their psychological and medical needs with an open mind. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, as well as the physical health impact on mental health. I partner with clients using psychodynamic therapy and evidence-based pharmacology. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, running and biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.
I take a comprehensive and holistic approach to mental health emphasizing care of the mind and body. As a provider who is board certified in psychiatric mental health and primary care, I am equipped to partner with my clients to meet their psychological and medical needs with an open mind. I recognize the profound impact that mental health has on physical health, as well as the physical health impact on mental health. I partner with clients using psychodynamic therapy and evidence-based pharmacology. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, running and biking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my dog.
(347) 707-7735 View (347) 707-7735
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Mara Weinberg
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Rye, NY 10580  (Online Only)
You deserve a life filled with happiness, confidence, and peace, where every day presents opportunities for fulfillment and meaningful connections. But let's face it, life loves throwing curveballs that could put a damper on even the brightest day. It can feel like a whirlwind with the influx of calls, messages, e-mails, work pressures, family obligations, health challenges, and constant flow of uncertainties. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all, please know that you're not alone.
You deserve a life filled with happiness, confidence, and peace, where every day presents opportunities for fulfillment and meaningful connections. But let's face it, life loves throwing curveballs that could put a damper on even the brightest day. It can feel like a whirlwind with the influx of calls, messages, e-mails, work pressures, family obligations, health challenges, and constant flow of uncertainties. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by it all, please know that you're not alone.
(516) 981-4775 View (516) 981-4775

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10580

20+

Average cost per session

$257

Psychiatrists in 10580 who prioritize treating:

96% Depression
96% Anxiety
72% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
72% Bipolar Disorder
72% Medication Management
64% ADHD
64% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

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

How Psychiatrists in 10580 see their clients

80% In Person and Online
20% Online Only

Gender breakdown

61% Female
39% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10580?

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.