Psychiatrists in 11201

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Irina Kogan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dr. Irina Kogan is a board certified psychiatrist with a thorough knowledge of psychopharmacology across the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders. She is expert in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and attentional disorders. In addition, she completed addiction psychiatry training at Beth Israel Medical Center, where she gained expertise in the treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders (substance use that occurs alongside anxiety, depression, and other conditions). Dr. Kogan provides cutting edge treatment for the full spectrum of mood, anxiety, attentional and related conditions.
Dr. Irina Kogan is a board certified psychiatrist with a thorough knowledge of psychopharmacology across the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders. She is expert in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and attentional disorders. In addition, she completed addiction psychiatry training at Beth Israel Medical Center, where she gained expertise in the treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders (substance use that occurs alongside anxiety, depression, and other conditions). Dr. Kogan provides cutting edge treatment for the full spectrum of mood, anxiety, attentional and related conditions.
(929) 560-2115 View (929) 560-2115
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Jennifer Landolt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, P/NH
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Jennifer Landolt has worked in psychiatric nursing since 1994. She is a career nursing professional with experience treating clients throughout the adult lifespan and in many different environments ranging from inpatient to outpatient and from institutional to the private practice sectors. Jennifer is trained in diagnosing mental health disorders, addiction support and offering treatment options in the form of prescribing medication and other nonpharmacological interventions. She believes in the power of structure, exercise, meditation, mindfulness and journaling.
Jennifer Landolt has worked in psychiatric nursing since 1994. She is a career nursing professional with experience treating clients throughout the adult lifespan and in many different environments ranging from inpatient to outpatient and from institutional to the private practice sectors. Jennifer is trained in diagnosing mental health disorders, addiction support and offering treatment options in the form of prescribing medication and other nonpharmacological interventions. She believes in the power of structure, exercise, meditation, mindfulness and journaling.
(929) 581-8744 View (929) 581-8744
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Lisa Singer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Young adults, adolescents, and children, may face a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, trauma, and adjustment difficulties. They seek a safe, supportive environment to express themselves, develop emotional regulation and coping skills, and succeed academically and socially. Their aspiration is to overcome these challenges, feel understood, and lead fulfilling lives, excelling in their academic and extracurricular pursuits.
Young adults, adolescents, and children, may face a variety of mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, trauma, and adjustment difficulties. They seek a safe, supportive environment to express themselves, develop emotional regulation and coping skills, and succeed academically and socially. Their aspiration is to overcome these challenges, feel understood, and lead fulfilling lives, excelling in their academic and extracurricular pursuits.
(718) 313-4092 View (718) 313-4092
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Ideal Mental Health and Wellness
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients: Specialize in treating adults and children with mental health conditions, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Autism Medication Management, ADHD, ODD, and Learning Disabilities. If you're feeling overwhelmed, tired, irritable, struggling with daily tasks, experiencing poor concentration, sadness, anxiety, frequent mood swings, or anger issues, it's crucial not to let these symptoms define you. Seek help today, as many of these symptoms may be linked to your mental health and are often treatable. To schedule a free 15-minute consult, visit our website, www.idealmentalcare.com
Accepting New Clients: Specialize in treating adults and children with mental health conditions, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Autism Medication Management, ADHD, ODD, and Learning Disabilities. If you're feeling overwhelmed, tired, irritable, struggling with daily tasks, experiencing poor concentration, sadness, anxiety, frequent mood swings, or anger issues, it's crucial not to let these symptoms define you. Seek help today, as many of these symptoms may be linked to your mental health and are often treatable. To schedule a free 15-minute consult, visit our website, www.idealmentalcare.com
(929) 533-1893 View (929) 533-1893
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Mark Rybakov
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dr. Rybakov is a compassionate and insightful psychiatrist, treating adults, adolescents and children with a variety of issues including attention deficit disorders (ADHD), anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders and post traumatic stress disorders and stress related problems. Dr. Rybakov also provides tele-psychiatry follow up visits for busy adults and students. Dr. Rybakov splits his time between private practice, teaching and being a director of a community mental health center. Dr. Rybakov is not affiliated with any insurance plans. Documentation will be provided that can be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement.
Dr. Rybakov is a compassionate and insightful psychiatrist, treating adults, adolescents and children with a variety of issues including attention deficit disorders (ADHD), anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders and post traumatic stress disorders and stress related problems. Dr. Rybakov also provides tele-psychiatry follow up visits for busy adults and students. Dr. Rybakov splits his time between private practice, teaching and being a director of a community mental health center. Dr. Rybakov is not affiliated with any insurance plans. Documentation will be provided that can be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement.
(212) 645-1896 View (212) 645-1896
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Saumya Dave, MD PLLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Hi! I am Dr. Saumya Dave. As a board certified psychiatrist, I am passionate about working with people in areas such as self-care, depression, anxiety, burnout, and family conflict. I use an integrative, multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to come up with a unique treatment plan for each individual.
Hi! I am Dr. Saumya Dave. As a board certified psychiatrist, I am passionate about working with people in areas such as self-care, depression, anxiety, burnout, and family conflict. I use an integrative, multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to come up with a unique treatment plan for each individual.
(929) 238-8704 View (929) 238-8704
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The Talking Remedy
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
As your therapist, I am here to support you through life challenges and hurdles, supporting you and helping you attain a more positive aspect. I use an empathetic, patient centered approach sometimes in conjunction with medication to help you get to where you want to be in life.
As your therapist, I am here to support you through life challenges and hurdles, supporting you and helping you attain a more positive aspect. I use an empathetic, patient centered approach sometimes in conjunction with medication to help you get to where you want to be in life.
(929) 492-4220 View (929) 492-4220
Psychiatric services NYC, PC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I am board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions and addiction issues. I have completed fellowship at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Education. I have extensive experience in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and am committed to providing compassionate, top quality mental health care and addiction problems that is customized to meet each of my patient's individual needs. Initial consultation consists of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. I will also carefully screen for commonly missed coexisting conditions.
I am board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions and addiction issues. I have completed fellowship at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Education. I have extensive experience in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and am committed to providing compassionate, top quality mental health care and addiction problems that is customized to meet each of my patient's individual needs. Initial consultation consists of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. I will also carefully screen for commonly missed coexisting conditions.
(347) 252-3841 View (347) 252-3841
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Tenisha Simon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Tenisha Simon is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She enjoys working with clients to create their ideal treatment plan in order to achieve their health and wellness goals. Let's work together if: 1. You want a solid relationship with your provider. 2. You need more than what a traditional psychiatry practice offers. 3. You want to improve all aspects of your health by making lifestyle changes 4. You are ready to grow and heal with guidance.
Tenisha Simon is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She enjoys working with clients to create their ideal treatment plan in order to achieve their health and wellness goals. Let's work together if: 1. You want a solid relationship with your provider. 2. You need more than what a traditional psychiatry practice offers. 3. You want to improve all aspects of your health by making lifestyle changes 4. You are ready to grow and heal with guidance.
(347) 321-9631 View (347) 321-9631
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Erin Shindle
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I am trained and licensed to treat individuals across the lifespan with specialized experience working with older children, adolescents, and young adults. Treatment begins with an initial assessment to gain insight into you are and what brings you to treatment. We all may struggle to fully understand ourselves and our core challenges and patterns that may be impacting us adversely. Together, through thoughtful exploration, we will work to develop a shared understanding of these challenges and what underlies them. This shared understanding helps us to focus your treatment and guide you in achieving meaningful psychological change.
I am trained and licensed to treat individuals across the lifespan with specialized experience working with older children, adolescents, and young adults. Treatment begins with an initial assessment to gain insight into you are and what brings you to treatment. We all may struggle to fully understand ourselves and our core challenges and patterns that may be impacting us adversely. Together, through thoughtful exploration, we will work to develop a shared understanding of these challenges and what underlies them. This shared understanding helps us to focus your treatment and guide you in achieving meaningful psychological change.
(347) 609-7281 View (347) 609-7281
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Win Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, Board C
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
Psychiatric Mental Health Provider. Accepting new patients ages 12 and above. With over 13 years of experience in Mental Health Care, I am committed to providing my patients the best care, with a compassionate and holistic approach, in an understanding and therapeutic environment. I work collaboratively with individuals/families to create individualized treatment plans that best meet the needs of my patients. I will not judge you but rather guide and help improve your abilities to live a healthy lifestyle. Together we will achieve a realistic goal that focuses on prevention and treatment.
(929) 560-4682 View (929) 560-4682
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Ideal Mental Health and Wellness Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I offer specialized mental health services that cater to adults and children, providing expert support for individuals encountering various mental health conditions and symptoms. I am dedicated to supporting individuals facing various mental health conditions and symptoms, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, autism medication management, ADHD, ODD, and learning disabilities.
I offer specialized mental health services that cater to adults and children, providing expert support for individuals encountering various mental health conditions and symptoms. I am dedicated to supporting individuals facing various mental health conditions and symptoms, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, autism medication management, ADHD, ODD, and learning disabilities.
(347) 952-7689 x101 View (347) 952-7689 x101
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Tashai Surgeon
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
Are you seeking a compassionate and supportive environment to help you navigate life’s challenges, achieve your goals and improve your mental wellbeing ? I am dedicated to providing exactly that. I offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs, ensuring that you receive the care and attention you deserve. As a certified Gestalt psychotherapist, I specialize in fostering self-awareness and self-understanding. This approach helps individuals overcome personal barriers and reach their full potential. With my extensive knowledge and training, I can guide you towards greater emotional and mental balance
Are you seeking a compassionate and supportive environment to help you navigate life’s challenges, achieve your goals and improve your mental wellbeing ? I am dedicated to providing exactly that. I offer personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs, ensuring that you receive the care and attention you deserve. As a certified Gestalt psychotherapist, I specialize in fostering self-awareness and self-understanding. This approach helps individuals overcome personal barriers and reach their full potential. With my extensive knowledge and training, I can guide you towards greater emotional and mental balance
(347) 252-8116 View (347) 252-8116
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Natalie Rimar
Physician Assistant
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I am a Board Certified Advanced Practitioner and Physician Assistant who specializing in providing care to those affected by a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I specialize in medication management of a wide range of psychiatric conditions primarily including, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar and other Mood Disorders, PTSD and substance use disorders. I offer medication management only when necessary, while recognizing that each individual is unique and requires an individual treatment plan for optimal mental health and wellness outcomes.
I am a Board Certified Advanced Practitioner and Physician Assistant who specializing in providing care to those affected by a wide range of psychiatric conditions. I specialize in medication management of a wide range of psychiatric conditions primarily including, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar and other Mood Disorders, PTSD and substance use disorders. I offer medication management only when necessary, while recognizing that each individual is unique and requires an individual treatment plan for optimal mental health and wellness outcomes.
(347) 960-5154 View (347) 960-5154
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Ketrice-Ann Delonnay
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hi there! My name is Ketrice and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My career began at the bedside but I’ve always maintained a passion for knowing people. I’ve been academically prepared at Hofstra University, where I’m also obtaining my doctoral degree. I have experience working inpatient with the severely ill but also with those who just need some support through a rough time. I look forward to getting to know you!
Hi there! My name is Ketrice and I’m a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. My career began at the bedside but I’ve always maintained a passion for knowing people. I’ve been academically prepared at Hofstra University, where I’m also obtaining my doctoral degree. I have experience working inpatient with the severely ill but also with those who just need some support through a rough time. I look forward to getting to know you!
(347) 410-7227 View (347) 410-7227
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Stephanie English
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201  (Online Only)
I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychologist, and life coach with over 30 years of experience. I work with clients who live in New York State, are between the ages of 18 and 60, and are considering medication to help manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, or attention deficits. I work with ALL clients and am particularly a good fit for those who are considering medication for the first time OR whose first experience with medication was less than ideal. Once stable, I offer coaching to improve your thinking, habits, and lifestyle to reduce the risk of recurrence and improve your overall well-being.
I'm a psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychologist, and life coach with over 30 years of experience. I work with clients who live in New York State, are between the ages of 18 and 60, and are considering medication to help manage symptoms of depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, or attention deficits. I work with ALL clients and am particularly a good fit for those who are considering medication for the first time OR whose first experience with medication was less than ideal. Once stable, I offer coaching to improve your thinking, habits, and lifestyle to reduce the risk of recurrence and improve your overall well-being.
(347) 690-7245 View (347) 690-7245
Linda Perry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Linda Perry, PMHNP is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in trauma-informed care and postpartum support. She is also trained in Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy, treating children, adolescents, adult and geriatric Psychopharmacology. Linda is also a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife in NJ and NY, since 2002. She has experience as a Sexual assault nurse examiner, involvement in Domestic and Intimate Partner violence and is a volunteer advocate with the Rachel Coalition.
Linda Perry, PMHNP is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in trauma-informed care and postpartum support. She is also trained in Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy, treating children, adolescents, adult and geriatric Psychopharmacology. Linda is also a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife in NJ and NY, since 2002. She has experience as a Sexual assault nurse examiner, involvement in Domestic and Intimate Partner violence and is a volunteer advocate with the Rachel Coalition.
(347) 752-5850 View (347) 752-5850
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Susan Tansil
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
PLEASE NOTE This practice location is not in network with any insurance programs. I am a psychiatrist in private practice. I am currently accepting new patients--I see fully vaccinated patients in person on Thursdays in my office on Brooklyn Heights, or via telemedicine on other days of the week. In meeting, we can discuss what's been bothering you recently, and what you'd like to change to feel better.
PLEASE NOTE This practice location is not in network with any insurance programs. I am a psychiatrist in private practice. I am currently accepting new patients--I see fully vaccinated patients in person on Thursdays in my office on Brooklyn Heights, or via telemedicine on other days of the week. In meeting, we can discuss what's been bothering you recently, and what you'd like to change to feel better.
(917) 809-5067 View (917) 809-5067
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Abigail Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I am a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, treating the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions with care for each individual and their needs. I specialize in the treatment of ADHD across the lifespan, with particular attention to the intersection of ADHD and substance use and the unique problems faced by college students and young adults. Prior to medical training, I studied Art History at Rice University and Art Education at Columbia Teacher’s College. I attended Drexel University College of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
I am a double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, treating the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions with care for each individual and their needs. I specialize in the treatment of ADHD across the lifespan, with particular attention to the intersection of ADHD and substance use and the unique problems faced by college students and young adults. Prior to medical training, I studied Art History at Rice University and Art Education at Columbia Teacher’s College. I attended Drexel University College of Medicine and completed residency and fellowship training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
(347) 835-5743 View (347) 835-5743
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Dr. Mellen Lovrin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Not accepting new clients
As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychoanalyst, I am qualified to provide comprehensive psychiatric- mental health assessments, psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management.
As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychoanalyst, I am qualified to provide comprehensive psychiatric- mental health assessments, psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management.
(845) 977-0181 View (845) 977-0181

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in 11201

200+

Average cost per session

$267

Psychiatrists in 11201 who prioritize treating:

97% Depression
95% Anxiety
89% Medication Management
78% Bipolar Disorder
74% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
74% Trauma and PTSD
62% ADHD

Average years in practice

8 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

95% Aetna
91% Cigna and Evernorth
91% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Psychiatrists in 11201 see their clients

58% Online Only
42% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

55% Female
45% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in 11201?

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.