Psychiatrists in 10583

Photo of Dr. Suparna Basu, Psychiatrist in 10583, NY
Dr. Suparna Basu
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Working with you to reach your full potential is my number one goal. My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which my working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about my practice on my website; http://basupsychiatry.com
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression you should know you are not alone. Problems with your emotional health can prevent you from pursuing your dreams and living life to the fullest. Working with you to reach your full potential is my number one goal. My approach can best be described as interpersonal/humanistic, one in which my working relationship is every bit as important as any medication you might decide to use. You can learn more about my practice on my website; http://basupsychiatry.com
(914) 529-6364 View (914) 529-6364
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Shreya Maniar Nagula
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Waitlist for new clients
Though dually board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, my expertise lies in college students and adults suffering from anxiety (social or generalized anxiety, panic, OCD), depression, and/or dealing with significant life stressors or changes. I pride myself in risk assessments, and in discerning accurate diagnoses, thereby helping recognize normal patterns and behaviors from those more pathological. Whether virtual or in-person, I work with patients (and their families if warranted) to holistically address their concerns, and collectively develop effective interventions and treatment modalities.
Though dually board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, my expertise lies in college students and adults suffering from anxiety (social or generalized anxiety, panic, OCD), depression, and/or dealing with significant life stressors or changes. I pride myself in risk assessments, and in discerning accurate diagnoses, thereby helping recognize normal patterns and behaviors from those more pathological. Whether virtual or in-person, I work with patients (and their families if warranted) to holistically address their concerns, and collectively develop effective interventions and treatment modalities.
(914) 740-8233 View (914) 740-8233
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Jessica Eisenberg
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
I am a double board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in New York. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults to feel better understood as individuals, reach their personal goals, and forge more meaningful relationships. To accomplish this, I approach my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize integrated and holistic methods of treatment. I’m trained in various modalities of evidenced based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. When the need arises, I also prescribe medication to enhance treatment.
I am a double board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist in New York. I am passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults to feel better understood as individuals, reach their personal goals, and forge more meaningful relationships. To accomplish this, I approach my patients with warmth and empathic curiosity and utilize integrated and holistic methods of treatment. I’m trained in various modalities of evidenced based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic psychotherapy. When the need arises, I also prescribe medication to enhance treatment.
(914) 233-3414 View (914) 233-3414
Robin Schafer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, CPNP
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
I understand mental health disorders as being a very disruptive time in one's life. My over 15 years as a medical practitioner incorporates my knowledge as a mental health professional in treating the entire patient. I specialize in collaborating with your therapist and providing medication and medication management for unresolved disorders. I do not generally medicate on the first visit, rather I take the time to properly diagnose and titrate medication appropriately when warranted.
I understand mental health disorders as being a very disruptive time in one's life. My over 15 years as a medical practitioner incorporates my knowledge as a mental health professional in treating the entire patient. I specialize in collaborating with your therapist and providing medication and medication management for unresolved disorders. I do not generally medicate on the first visit, rather I take the time to properly diagnose and titrate medication appropriately when warranted.
(646) 392-7239 View (646) 392-7239
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Faiq A Hameedi
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
The Anxiety & Depression Center of Scarsdale is a unique, private psychiatry practice located in lower Westchester County and the Bronx. Dr. Hameedi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the discreet treatment of individuals experiencing mental illness and psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Hameedi understands that each individual is unique and requires a custom-tailored approach to address that person’s needs. Our goal is to provide a friendly and supportive environment so that our patients can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers which limit their potential.
The Anxiety & Depression Center of Scarsdale is a unique, private psychiatry practice located in lower Westchester County and the Bronx. Dr. Hameedi is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in the discreet treatment of individuals experiencing mental illness and psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Hameedi understands that each individual is unique and requires a custom-tailored approach to address that person’s needs. Our goal is to provide a friendly and supportive environment so that our patients can explore their emotional needs and overcome barriers which limit their potential.
(914) 491-5722 View (914) 491-5722
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Matias Verna
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
I provide psychiatric evaluation services, psychotherapy and medication management for children of all ages, adolescents, and adults. As a bilingual psychiatrist I can provide services in Spanish and English.
I provide psychiatric evaluation services, psychotherapy and medication management for children of all ages, adolescents, and adults. As a bilingual psychiatrist I can provide services in Spanish and English.
(718) 569-7020 View (718) 569-7020
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Jeffrey P Kahn
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
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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Westchester Consultation and Psychotherapy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Jeffery Smith, MD is an author and leader who specializes in helping individuals and families in their most challenging and difficult times. He offers thoughtful and through evaluation, diagnosis and discussion of options in person and online. He is full clinical professor at New York Medical College, as well as Leader of the Psychotherapy Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association and President Elect of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. His years of practice and teaching other therapists allow him to give patients confidence in navigating the maze of mental health treatments and choices.
Jeffery Smith, MD is an author and leader who specializes in helping individuals and families in their most challenging and difficult times. He offers thoughtful and through evaluation, diagnosis and discussion of options in person and online. He is full clinical professor at New York Medical College, as well as Leader of the Psychotherapy Caucus of the American Psychiatric Association and President Elect of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. His years of practice and teaching other therapists allow him to give patients confidence in navigating the maze of mental health treatments and choices.
(914) 401-4472 View (914) 401-4472
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Feng Liu
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Is your child smart but gets poor grades in school? Is your child too shy or too worried about blending in with peers? Does your child lose interest in things and refuse to go to school? Does your child seem angry, sad, tired, argumentative or unable to focus? I can help, with my 8 years of experience as an attending psychiatrist in the child inpatient unit at NYU-Bellevue Hospital and 12 years of experience as an outpatient psychiatrist in mid/downtown Manhattan, and with my knowledge and skills as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.
Is your child smart but gets poor grades in school? Is your child too shy or too worried about blending in with peers? Does your child lose interest in things and refuse to go to school? Does your child seem angry, sad, tired, argumentative or unable to focus? I can help, with my 8 years of experience as an attending psychiatrist in the child inpatient unit at NYU-Bellevue Hospital and 12 years of experience as an outpatient psychiatrist in mid/downtown Manhattan, and with my knowledge and skills as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine.
(646) 798-9217 View (646) 798-9217
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Tara Brass
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned my MD from Jefferson Medical College. I completed my Psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai (NYC) where I received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My specialties are in the areas of mood, anxiety and eating disorders. I am also trained and certified as a health coach by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have maintained a private practice in Scarsdale since 2005 and I am now thrilled to be able to offer my services to patients in Florida via my telemedicine practice.
I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned my MD from Jefferson Medical College. I completed my Psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai (NYC) where I received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. My specialties are in the areas of mood, anxiety and eating disorders. I am also trained and certified as a health coach by The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have maintained a private practice in Scarsdale since 2005 and I am now thrilled to be able to offer my services to patients in Florida via my telemedicine practice.
(914) 499-0168 View (914) 499-0168
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Michael Hidalgo
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
Our services are made with the busy family, student and professional in mind. Dr. Hidalgo offers convenient evening and weekend virtual appointments to fit your busy schedule. Our goal is to find the core of your symptoms and create a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan. We will explore your professional/academic life, family responsibilities, personal relationships, and physical health to identify areas where you can find relief. We will work together to find the best combination of medications, therapy, coaching, and lifestyle changes to achieve your goals.
(914) 521-3327 View (914) 521-3327
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May Tsui
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Feeling anxious, depressed or angry? Do you have self-esteem issues? Are you troubled by past experiences? Do you struggle with school, work or relationships? Psychotherapy can help you make changes to your life.
Feeling anxious, depressed or angry? Do you have self-esteem issues? Are you troubled by past experiences? Do you struggle with school, work or relationships? Psychotherapy can help you make changes to your life.
(646) 600-8110 View (646) 600-8110
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Rachel Ward
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
**Email inquiries for quick response!** I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a commitment to maintaining a warm, open and non-judgmental space for all individuals I work with. I have experience diagnosing & treating a wide range of mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders, perinatal and postpartum depression/anxiety/psychosis, and adult ADD/ADHD.
**Email inquiries for quick response!** I am a board-certified psychiatrist with a commitment to maintaining a warm, open and non-judgmental space for all individuals I work with. I have experience diagnosing & treating a wide range of mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, thought disorders, perinatal and postpartum depression/anxiety/psychosis, and adult ADD/ADHD.
(347) 801-7640 View (347) 801-7640
Photo of Adam N Raff, M.D., Psychiatrist in 10583, NY
Adam N Raff, M.D.
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
I treat adults and adolescents with a wide array of emotional and psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, concentration problems, emotional dysregulation, and bipolar disorder. I also help individuals struggling with relationship or work issues, low self-esteem, anger/irritability, sleep troubles, and questions of meaning and purpose. A thorough and comprehensive psychiatric consultation demands that my patient and I do our best to understand all the potential reasons for their presentation for help. I focus on an alliance that supports an interaction of mutual involvement rather than a traditional paternalistic or authoritarian hierarchy in the doctor-patient relationship.
I treat adults and adolescents with a wide array of emotional and psychological concerns, such as depression, anxiety, concentration problems, emotional dysregulation, and bipolar disorder. I also help individuals struggling with relationship or work issues, low self-esteem, anger/irritability, sleep troubles, and questions of meaning and purpose. A thorough and comprehensive psychiatric consultation demands that my patient and I do our best to understand all the potential reasons for their presentation for help. I focus on an alliance that supports an interaction of mutual involvement rather than a traditional paternalistic or authoritarian hierarchy in the doctor-patient relationship.
(917) 791-6643 View (917) 791-6643
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Mavida Health
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
Mavida Health is a deeply specialized, comprehensive mental health platform for the path to parenthood - including those trying to conceive, pregnant - including adoption and surrogacy, experiencing pregnancy loss, or in the postpartum. We offer 1:1 therapy, couples/family therapy, group therapy, prescribing, and medication management.
Mavida Health is a deeply specialized, comprehensive mental health platform for the path to parenthood - including those trying to conceive, pregnant - including adoption and surrogacy, experiencing pregnancy loss, or in the postpartum. We offer 1:1 therapy, couples/family therapy, group therapy, prescribing, and medication management.
(914) 814-6428 View (914) 814-6428
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William Nguyen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. My virtual private practice is a friendly, comfortable and safe space where one can come get help for a wide range of psychological struggles and emotional issues. I have a genuine desire to understand each individual and listen with an empathic, nonjudgmental and warm approach. I provide personalized, evidence-based treatments, incorporating psychotherapy and the judicious use of medications to alleviate symptoms to restore you back to emotional wellness.
I am a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. My virtual private practice is a friendly, comfortable and safe space where one can come get help for a wide range of psychological struggles and emotional issues. I have a genuine desire to understand each individual and listen with an empathic, nonjudgmental and warm approach. I provide personalized, evidence-based treatments, incorporating psychotherapy and the judicious use of medications to alleviate symptoms to restore you back to emotional wellness.
(646) 647-3297 View (646) 647-3297
Nirvair Psychiatry
Psychiatrist
Verified
1 Endorsed
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Nirvair Psychiatry is a Manhattan-based virtual and in-office private practice which brings a unique blend of medical expertise and psychiatric specialization to the forefront of mental health care. Our Board Certified Psychiatrist will begin with a comprehensive assessment to learn about your past experiences, current stressors, and future goals to develop a narrowly tailored and collaborative treatment plan. Nirvair Psychiatrists have vast experience including Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, certified MDMA Therapist, VA PTSD cohort specialist.
Nirvair Psychiatry is a Manhattan-based virtual and in-office private practice which brings a unique blend of medical expertise and psychiatric specialization to the forefront of mental health care. Our Board Certified Psychiatrist will begin with a comprehensive assessment to learn about your past experiences, current stressors, and future goals to develop a narrowly tailored and collaborative treatment plan. Nirvair Psychiatrists have vast experience including Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, certified MDMA Therapist, VA PTSD cohort specialist.
(347) 712-3216 View (347) 712-3216
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Dr. Mark Chofla | Empathy Therapy
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583  (Online Only)
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Mark Chofla is a board-certified psychiatrist and physician who completed his specialty residency training at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California at Davis, Dr. Chofla earned his medical degree from Midwestern University: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
(914) 359-3899 View (914) 359-3899
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Yadagiri Chepuru MD
Psychiatrist, MD, FAPA
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
I am a board certified Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist trained in England and united States. Been on faculty at NewYork Medical college and Albert Einstein College of Medicine . Currently the Chief Of Psychiatry at St john's Hospital, Yonkers, NY.
I am a board certified Psychiatrist and Psychopharmacologist trained in England and united States. Been on faculty at NewYork Medical college and Albert Einstein College of Medicine . Currently the Chief Of Psychiatry at St john's Hospital, Yonkers, NY.
(914) 816-2997 View (914) 816-2997
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Nasir Naqvi
Psychiatrist, MD, PhD
Verified
Scarsdale, NY 10583
You've taken the first step toward getting help. Now you may be wondering: Do I need talk therapy, medication or both? As a board-certified psychiatrists who is trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, I can help you choose a treatment that suits your unique needs. I provide integrated, holistic care that addresses mind, brain, body and environment while emphasizing safety, comfort, understanding and availability. No matter what kind of treatment you choose, I will listen to what you say.
You've taken the first step toward getting help. Now you may be wondering: Do I need talk therapy, medication or both? As a board-certified psychiatrists who is trained in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, I can help you choose a treatment that suits your unique needs. I provide integrated, holistic care that addresses mind, brain, body and environment while emphasizing safety, comfort, understanding and availability. No matter what kind of treatment you choose, I will listen to what you say.
(914) 920-2953 View (914) 920-2953

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How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 10583

40+

Average cost per session

$300

Psychiatrists in 10583 who prioritize treating:

98% Depression
95% Anxiety
81% ADHD
79% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
79% Trauma and PTSD
79% Medication Management
71% Bipolar Disorder

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
75% Cigna and Evernorth
38% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 10583 see their clients

74% In Person and Online
26% Online Only

Gender breakdown

58% Male
42% Female

FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 10583?

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.